[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 244 (Monday, December 21, 2015)]
[Page 79337]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-31997]

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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 to review a draft SAB report on the EPA's 
Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Toxicological Review of 

DATES: The public teleconference for the Chartered SAB will be 
conducted on Tuesday January 26, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
(Eastern Time).

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 
to conduct a quality review of the draft SAB report on the IRIS 
programs Toxicological Assessment for Benzo[a]pyrene. The SAB undertook 
this review at the request of the EPA's Office of Research and 
Development (ORD). 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 
    For the EPA's Toxicological Review of Benzo[a]pyrene, External 
Review Draft (September, 2014), the ORD conducted a qualitative 
characterization of the hazards for benzo[a]pyrene, including a cancer 
descriptor of the chemical's human carcinogenic potential, cancer risk 
estimates for oral, inhalation and dermal exposure, and noncancer 
toxicity values for chronic oral (reference dose) and inhalation 
(reference concentration) exposure. Information about this advisory 
activity can be found on the Web at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/02ad90b136fc21ef85256eba00436459/4dcfd0e5f45a8cad85257b65005b17c8!OpenDocument.
    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. 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 as 
their oral statement so that the points presented orally can be 
expanded upon in writing. Interested parties should contact Mr. Thomas 
Carpenter, DFO, in writing (preferably via email) at the contact 
information noted above, by January 19, 2016 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 the teleconference 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: December 15, 2015.
Thomas H. Brennan,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Staff Office.
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