[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 127 (Thursday, July 2, 2015)]
[Pages 38197-38198]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-16198]




The National Drinking Water Advisory Council: Request for 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Request for nominations.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites 
nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for a three-year 
appointment to the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or 
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 four new vacancies from 
December 2015 through December 2018. 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 the general public (two vacancies).

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DATES: Nominations should be submitted on or before July 31, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to Michelle Schutz, 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 
NDWACResume2015 to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Email your questions to Michelle 
Schutz or call her at (202) 564-7374.

    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 
the Chairperson, all of whom are appointed by the EPA's Administrator. 
Five members represent appropriate state and local agencies concerned 
with water hygiene and public water supply; five members represent 
private organizations or groups demonstrating an active interest in the 
field of water hygiene and public water supply--of which two such 
members shall be associated with small, rural public water systems; and 
five members represent the general public. 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. 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 the general public 
(two 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 experience 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 are encouraged to provide any additional 
information that they think 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. Nominees should be identified by name, occupation, 
position, current business address, email and telephone number. 
Interested candidates may self-nominate. The DFO will acknowledge 
receipt of nominations.
    Persons selected for membership will receive compensation for 
travel and a nominal daily compensation (if appropriate) while 
attending meetings. Additionally, all selected candidates will be 
designated as Special Government Employees (SGEs) and will be required 
to fill out the ``Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for 
Environmental Protection Agency Special Government Employees'' (EPA 
Form 3110-48). This confidential form provides information to EPA's 
ethics officials to determine whether there is a conflict between the 
SGE's public duties and their private interests, including an 
appearance of a loss of impartiality as defined by federal laws and 
regulations. The form may be viewed and downloaded through the ``Ethics 
Requirements for Advisors'' link on the EPA NDWAC Web site at 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 EPA in evaluating the effectiveness of its outreach 
efforts, please tell us how you learned of this opportunity.

    Dated: June 25, 2015.
Peter Grevatt,
Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.
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