[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 244 (Monday, December 21, 2015)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-31996]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Clean Air Scientific
Advisory Committee (CASAC) Sulfur Oxides Panel and a Public
Teleconference of the Chartered CASAC and the CASAC Sulfur Oxides Panel
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory
Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air
Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Sulfur Oxides Panel and a public
teleconference of the Chartered CASAC and CASAC Sulfur Oxides Panel to
review of EPA's Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Sulfur Oxides--
Health Criteria (External Review Draft--November 2015).
DATES: The face-to-face meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 27,
2016, and Thursday, January 28, 2016. The teleconference will be held
on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Location: The face-to-face meeting will be held at the DoubleTree
by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Brownstone-University, 1707 Hillsborough
Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. The public teleconference will be held
by telephone only. Call-in information will be available on the
respective CASAC meeting Web pages or by contacting the Designated
Federal Officer (DFO).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to
obtain information concerning the public
meeting or teleconference may contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, 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) 564-2050 or at [email protected].
General information about the CASAC, as well as any updates concerning
the meetings announced in this notice, may be found on the CASAC Web
page at http://www.epa.gov/casac.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CASAC was established pursuant to the
Clean Air Act (CAA) Amendments of 1977, codified at 42 U.S.C.
7409(d)(2), to review air quality criteria and National Ambient Air
Quality Standards (NAAQS) and recommend any new NAAQS and revisions of
existing criteria and NAAQS as may be appropriate. The CASAC is a
Federal Advisory Committee chartered under the Federal Advisory
Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2. Section 109(d)(1) of the CAA
requires that the Agency periodically review and revise, as
appropriate, the air quality criteria and the NAAQS for the six
``criteria'' air pollutants, including sulfur oxides. EPA is currently
reviewing the primary (health-based) NAAQS for sulfur dioxide
(SO2), as an indicator for health effects caused by the
presence of sulfur oxides in the ambient air. Pursuant to FACA and EPA
policy, notice is hereby given that the CASAC Sulfur Oxides Panel will
hold a public face-to-face meeting to review EPA's Integrated Science
Assessment for Sulfur Oxides--Health Criteria (External Review Draft--
November 2015). The CASAC Sulfur Oxides Panel will hold a public
teleconference to discuss its draft peer review report and the
Chartered CASAC will discuss the disposition of the panel's report at
the end of the teleconference. The Chartered CASAC and CASAC Sulfur
Oxides Panel will comply with the provisions of FACA and all
appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.
Technical Contacts: Any technical questions concerning the
Integrated Science Assessment for Sulfur Oxides--Health Criteria
(External Review Draft--November 2015) should be directed to Dr. Tom
Long ([email protected]), EPA Office of Research and Development.
Availability of Meeting Materials: Prior to the meeting, the review
documents, agenda and other materials will be available on the CASAC
Web page at http://www.epa.gov/casac/.
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. Interested members of the public may
submit relevant written or oral information on the topic of this
advisory activity, and/or the group conducting the activity, for the
CASAC to consider during the advisory process. Input from the public to
the CASAC will have the most impact if it provides specific scientific
or technical information or analysis for CASAC 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 DFO
directly. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting
an oral presentation at a public face-to-face meeting will be limited
to five minutes and on a public teleconference will be limited to three
minutes. Each person making an oral statement should consider providing
written comments as well as their oral statement so that the points
presented orally can be expanded upon in writing. Interested parties
should contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, DFO, in writing (preferably via email)
at the contact information noted above by January 20, 2016, to be
placed on the list of public speakers for the face-to-face meeting and
by March 30, 2016, for the teleconference. Written Statements: Written
statements should be supplied to the DFO via email at the contact
information noted above by January 20, 2016, for the face-to-face
meeting and by March 30, 2016, for the teleconference so that the
information may be made available to the Panel 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 CASAC Web site. Copyrighted
material will not be posted without explicit permission of the
Accessibility: For information on access or services for
individuals with disabilities, please contact Mr. Aaron Yeow at (202)
564-2050 or [email protected]. To request accommodation of a
disability, please contact Mr. Yeow preferably at least ten days prior
to each meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your
Dated: December 14, 2015.
Thomas H. Brennan,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2015-31996 Filed 12-18-15; 8:45 am]
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