[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 100 (Wednesday, May 23, 2012)]
[Pages 30528-30529]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-12499]




Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory 
Board; Libby Amphibole Asbestos Review Panel

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science 
Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office

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announces a public teleconference of the SAB Libby Amphibole Asbestos 
Panel to discuss the Panel's revised draft review report of EPA's 
Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos (August 2011 Draft).

DATES: The public teleconference will take place on July 25, 2012 from 
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information concerning the public teleconference may contact 
Dr. Diana Wong, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by 
telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2049 or via email at [email protected]. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory 
Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    Background: The SAB was established pursuant to the Environmental 
Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDAA) 
codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and 
technical peer review, advice, consultation, and recommendations to the 
EPA Administrator on the technical basis for EPA actions. As a Federal 
Advisory Committee, the SAB conducts business in accordance with the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and related 
regulations. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given 
that the SAB Libby Amphibole Asbestos Panel will hold a public 
teleconference to discuss its revised draft review report of EPA's 
draft Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos (August 2011). 
The Panel previously held a public meeting on February 6-8, 2012 
(Federal Register 76, Number 247, Page 80368), and public 
teleconferences on May 1 and May 8, 2012 (Federal Register 77, Number 
60, Page 18808) to discuss its review comments and draft report, 
respectively. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all 
appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Background 
information about this SAB review can be found on the SAB Web site at 
    Availability of the review materials: Agendas and materials in 
support of the teleconference will be placed on the SAB Web site at 
http://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the teleconference. For technical 
questions and information concerning EPA's Draft Toxicological Review 
of Libby Amphibole Asbestos (August 2011), please contact Dr. Danielle 
DeVoney, of EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), 
by phone (703) 347-8558, or via email at [email protected]; or 
Dr. Bob Benson, of EPA Region 8, by phone (303) 312-7070, or via email 
at [email protected].
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Public comment for 
consideration by EPA's federal advisory committees and panels has a 
different purpose from public comment provided to EPA program offices. 
Therefore, the process for submitting comments to a federal advisory 
committee is different from the process used to submit comments to an 
EPA program office. Federal advisory committees and panels, including 
scientific advisory committees, provide independent advice to EPA. 
Members of the public can submit comments for a federal advisory 
committee to consider as it develops advice for EPA. Input from the 
public to the SAB will have the most impact if it consists of comments 
that provide specific scientific or technical information or analysis 
for the SAB panel to consider or if it relates to the clarity or 
accuracy of the technical information.
    Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an 
oral presentation at a public teleconference will be limited to three 
minutes per speaker. Interested parties should contact Dr. Diana Wong, 
DFO, in writing (preferably via email), at the contact information 
noted above, by July 18, 2012 to be placed on the list of public 
speakers for the July 25, 2012 public teleconference. Written 
Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff 
Office by July 18, 2012 so that the information may be made available 
to the SAB Panel for their consideration. Written statements should be 
supplied to the DFO in electronic format via email (acceptable file 
formats: Adobe Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or 
Rich Text files in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format). It is the SAB 
Staff Office general policy to post written comments on the web page 
for the advisory meeting or teleconference. Submitters are requested to 
provide an unsigned version of each document because the SAB Staff 
Office does not publish documents with signatures on its Web sites. 
Members of the public should be aware that their personal contact 
information, if included in any written comments, may be posted to the 
SAB Web site. Copyrighted material will not be posted without explicit 
permission of the copyright holder.
    Procedures for Registration to Listen to the Teleconference: 
Members of the public who would like to listen to the conference call 
should contact Dr. Diana Wong, DFO, via email at the contact 
information noted above by July 23, 2012.
    Accessibility: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Diana Wong at the 
phone number or email address noted above, preferably at least ten days 
prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process 
your request.

    Dated: May 16, 2012.
Thomas H. Brennan,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2012-12499 Filed 5-22-12; 8:45 am]