[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 221 (Friday, November 15, 2013)]
[Page 68838]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27273]

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National Drinking Water Advisory Council; Request for Nominations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.


SUMMARY: The EPA invites nominations of qualified candidates to be 
considered for a three-year appointment to the National Drinking Water 
Advisory Council (Council). The 15 member Council was established by 
the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to provide practical and independent 
advice, consultation and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on 
the activities, functions, policies, and regulations required by the 
SDWA. This notice solicits nominations to fill five new vacancies 
through December 15, 2016. To maintain the representation required by 
statute, nominees will be selected to represent: State and local 
agencies concerned with water hygiene and public water supply (two 
vacancies) and private organizations or groups demonstrating an active 
interest in the field of water hygiene and public water supply (three 

DATES: Nominations should be submitted on or before December 20, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to Roy Simon, Designated Federal Officer 
(DFO), The National Drinking Water Advisory Council, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (Mail Code 
4601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. You may 
also email nominations with the subject line NDWACResume2013 to 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Email your questions to Roy Simon or 
call him at 202-564-3868.

    National Drinking Water Advisory Council: The Council was created 
by Congress on December 16, 1974, as part of the Safe Drinking Water 
Act of 1974, Public Law 93-523, 42 U.S.C. 300j-5 and is operated in 
accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act 
(FACA), 5 U.S.C. App.2. The Council consists of 15 members, including a 
Chairperson, appointed by the EPA's Administrator. Five members 
represent the general public; five members represent appropriate State 
and local agencies concerned with water hygiene and public water 
supply; and five members represent private organizations or groups 
demonstrating an active interest in the field of water hygiene and 
public water supply, of which two members shall represent small, rural 
public water systems. The current list of members is available on the 
EPA Web site at: http://water.epa.gov/drink/ndwac/.
    The Council will meet in person once each year and may hold a 
second meeting during the year either in person or by video/
teleconferencing. These meetings generally occur in the spring and 
fall. Additionally, members may be asked to participate in ad hoc 
workgroups to develop policy recommendations, advice letters and 
reports to address specific program issues.
    Member Nominations: Any interested person and/or organization may 
nominate qualified individuals for membership. The EPA values and 
welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse 
candidates, the agency encourages nominations of women and men of all 
racial and ethnic groups.
    All nominations will be fully considered, but applicants need to be 
aware of the specific representation required by the SDWA for the 
current vacancies: State and local agencies concerned with water 
hygiene and public water supply (two vacancies), and private 
organizations or groups demonstrating an active interest in the field 
of water hygiene and public water supply (three vacancies). Other 
criteria used to evaluate nominees will include:
     Demonstrated experience with drinking water issues at the 
national, State or local level;
     Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication 
and consensus-building skills;
     Willingness to commit time to the Council and demonstrated 
ability to work constructively on committees;
     Absence of financial conflicts of interest;
     Absence of appearance of a lack of impartiality; and
     Background and experiences that would help members 
contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the Council, e.g., 
geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, 
professional affiliations, and other considerations.
    Nominations must include a resume, which provides the nominee's 
background, experience and educational qualifications, as well as a 
brief statement (one page or less) describing the nominee's interest in 
serving on the Council and addressing the other criteria previously 
described. Nominees should be identified by name, occupation, position, 
current business address, and email and telephone number. Interested 
candidates may self-nominate.
    The DFO will acknowledge receipt of nominations. Nominees are 
encouraged to provide any additional information that they feel would 
be useful for consideration, such as: Availability to participate as a 
member of the Council; how the nominee's background, skills and 
experience would contribute to the diversity of the Council; and any 
concerns the nominee has regarding membership.
    Persons selected for membership will receive compensation for 
travel and a nominal daily compensation (if appropriate) while 
attending meetings. Additionally, selected candidates will be required 
to fill out the ``Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for EPA 
Special Government Employees'' [EPA Form 3310-48]. This confidential 
form allows EPA to determine whether there is a statutory conflict 
between that person's public responsibilities as a Special Government 
Employee and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a 
lack of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be 
viewed and downloaded through the ``Ethics Requirements for Advisors'' 
link on the EPA NDWAC Web site, http://water.epa.gov/drink/ndwac/fact.cfm.
    Other sources, in addition to this Federal Register notice, may 
also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. To help the EPA in 
evaluating the effectiveness of its outreach efforts, please tell us 
how you learned of this opportunity.

    Dated: November 6, 2013.
Peter Grevatt,
Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.
[FR Doc. 2013-27273 Filed 11-14-13; 8:45 am]