[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 126 (Wednesday, July 1, 2015)]
[Pages 37615-37616]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-16197]




Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science 
Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Augmented for the 
Review of EPA's Draft Benzo[a]pyrene Assessment

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science 
Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences 
of the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Augmented for the 
Review of the Draft Benzo[a]pyrene Assessment (CAAC-Benzo[a]pyrene 
Panel) to discuss its draft report concerning EPA's draft Integrated 
Risk Information System (IRIS) Toxicological Review of Benzo[a]pyrene 
(September, 2014 External Review Draft).

DATES: The public teleconferences will be held on Friday August 21, 
2015 and Wednesday September 2, 2015. The teleconferences will be held 
from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on both days.

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information concerning the teleconferences 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 advice to the Administrator on the technical basis for Agency 
positions and regulations. The SAB is a Federal Advisory Committee 
chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., 
App. 2. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all 
appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Pursuant to FACA and 
EPA policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB CAAC--Benzo[a]pyrene 
Panel will hold public teleconferences to discuss its draft report 
regarding the draft IRIS Toxicological Review of Benzo[a]pyrene 
(September 2014 External Review Draft). The EPA SAB Staff Office 
augmented the SAB CAAC with subject matter experts to provide advice 
through the chartered SAB regarding this IRIS assessment.
    The SAB CAAC--Benzo[a]pyrene Panel held a public meeting on April 
15-17, 2015. The purpose of that meeting was to develop responses to 
the peer review charge on the agency's draft IRIS Toxicological Review 
of Benzo[a]pyrene (September 2014 External Review Draft). The purpose 
of these public teleconferences is for the Panel to discuss its draft 
report peer reviewing the agency's draft toxicological review. The two 
public teleconferences will be conducted as one complete meeting, 
beginning on August 21, 2015 and if necessary, will continue on 
September 2, 2015.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: Additional background on this 
SAB activity, the teleconference agenda, draft report, and other 
materials for the teleconferences will be posted on the SAB Web site at 
    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 the EPA. 
Members of the public can submit relevant comments pertaining to the 
meeting materials or the group conducting this SAB activity. 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 SAB committees and panels to consider or if it relates to 
the clarity or accuracy of the technical information. Members

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of the public wishing to provide comment should contact the DFO 
    Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an 
oral presentation on a public teleconference will be limited to three 
minutes per speaker. Interested parties wishing to provide comments 
should contact Dr. Diana Wong, DFO (preferably via email), at the 
contact information noted above, by August 14, 2015 to be placed on the 
list of public speakers for the teleconference. Written Statements: 
Written statements for these teleconferences should be received in the 
SAB Staff Office by the same deadlines given above for requesting oral 
comments. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO via email. 
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.
    Accessibility: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Diana Wong at (202) 
564-2049 or [email protected]. To request accommodation of a 
disability, please contact Dr. Wong preferably at least ten days prior 
to the teleconferences, to give EPA as much time as possible to process 
your request.

    Dated: June 24, 2015.
Thomas H. Brennan,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2015-16197 Filed 6-30-15; 8:45 am]