[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 168 (Monday, August 31, 2015)]
[Pages 52472-52473]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-21485]




Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science 
Advisory Board

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a 
public teleconference of the Chartered SAB to discuss information 
provided in the agency's Spring 2015 regulatory agenda and to review 
the draft SAB report on the EPA's proposed Fourth Contaminant Candidate 
List (CCL 4).

DATES: The public teleconference for the Chartered SAB will be held on 
Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern 

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to 
obtain information concerning the public teleconference may contact Mr. 
Thomas Carpenter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science 
Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by 
telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-4885 or at [email protected]. 
General information about the SAB as well as any updates concerning the 
teleconference announced in this notice may be found on the EPA Web 
site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The SAB was established pursuant to the 
Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization 
Act (ERDDAA), 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. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is 
hereby given that the Chartered SAB will hold a public teleconference 
for two purposes.
    (1) The first purpose is to discuss recommendations regarding the 
information provided in the agency's Spring 2015 regulatory agenda, 
specifically planned actions and their supporting science. Information 
about this advisory activity can be found on the Web at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/SAB%20Spring%202015%20Reg%20Agenda?OpenDocument.
    (2) The second purpose of this public teleconference is to review a 
draft SAB report on the EPA's proposed Fourth Contaminant Candidate 
List (CCL 4). Quality review is a key function of the chartered SAB. 
Draft reports prepared by SAB committees, panels, or work groups must 
be reviewed and approved by the chartered SAB before transmittal to the 
EPA Administrator. Consistent with FACA, the chartered SAB makes a 
determination in a public meeting about each draft report and 
determines whether the report is ready to be transmitted to the EPA 
    The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires EPA to consult with the

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scientific community, including the Science Advisory Board, prior to 
publishing a list of currently unregulated contaminants that are known 
or anticipated to occur in public water systems and may require 
regulation under the SDWA (referred to as the Contaminant Candidate 
List, or CCL). This list is subsequently used to identify priority 
contaminants for further research needs and to make determinations on 
whether or not to regulate at least five contaminants from the CCL with 
national primary drinking water regulations. The draft CCL4 includes 
100 chemicals or chemical groups and 12 microbial contaminants. 
Information about this advisory activity can be found on the Web at 
    Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda and materials in 
support of this teleconference will be available on the EPA Web site at 
http://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the teleconference.
    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 provides specific scientific or technical 
information or analysis for SAB panels to consider or if it relates to 
the clarity or accuracy of the technical information. Members of the 
public wishing to provide comment should contact the Designated Federal 
Officer as noted above. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or 
groups requesting an oral presentation at a teleconference will be 
limited to three minutes. Each person making an oral statement should 
consider providing written comments as well so that the points 
presented orally can be expanded upon in writing. Interested parties 
should contact Mr. Carpenter, DFO, in writing (preferably via email) at 
the contact information noted above one week before the teleconference 
to be placed on the list of public speakers. Written Statements: 
Written statements should be supplied to the DFO, preferably via email, 
at the contact information noted above one week before each of the 
teleconferences so that the information may be made available to the 
Board members for their consideration. 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 Mr. Thomas Carpenter at 
(202) 564-4885 or [email protected]. To request accommodation of 
a disability, please contact Mr. Carpenter preferably at least ten days 
prior to the teleconference to give EPA as much time as possible to 
process your request.

    Dated: August 24, 2015.
Christopher S. Zarba,
Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2015-21485 Filed 8-28-15; 8:45 am]