[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 184 (Tuesday, September 22, 2020)]
[Page 59524]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20883]

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Notification of a Public Meeting of the Chartered Science 
Advisory Board

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory 
Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Chartered 
SAB. The Chartered SAB will meet to conduct quality reviews of two 
draft SAB reports: (1) SAB Peer Review of EPA's Revised Guidelines for 
Preparing Economic Analyses, and (2) Review of EPA's Reduced Form Tools 

DATES: The public meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board will 
be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern 

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be conducted remotely via webcast 
and telephone. Please refer to the SAB website at http://www.epa.gov/sab for information on how to access the meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants 
further information concerning the public meeting may contact Dr. 
Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. EPA Science 
Advisory Board, via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2155, or email at 
[email protected]. General information concerning the SAB can be 
found on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: 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 
scientific and 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 Chartered SAB will hold a public meeting to discuss and 
deliberate on the topics below.
    The Chartered SAB will conduct a quality review of the SAB Economic 
Guidelines Review Panel report titled SAB Peer Review of EPA's Revised 
Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses. Background information 
about this activity is available on the SAB website at: https://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/0/30D5E59E8DC91C2285258403006EEE00?OpenDocument. The SAB will also 
conduct a quality review of the SAB Reduced- Form Tools Review Panel 
report titled Review of EPA's Reduced Form Tools Evaluation. Background 
information about this activity is available on the SAB website at: 
https://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf//0/46C3F741097CD634852585500048F4BA?OpenDocument. The SAB quality review 
process ensures that all draft reports developed by SAB panels, 
committees or workgroups are reviewed and approved by the Chartered SAB 
before being finalized and transmitted to the EPA Administrator. These 
reviews are conducted in a public meeting as required by FACA.
    Technical Contacts: Any technical questions concerning EPA's 
document titled Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses should be 
directed to Dr. Al McGartland [email protected] and Dr. 
[email protected] Simon. Any technical questions concerning EPA's 
document titled Evaluating Reduced-Form Tools for Estimating Air 
Quality Benefits should be directed to Dr. Erika Sasser 
([email protected]).
    Availability of Meeting Materials: Prior to the meeting, an agenda 
and other meeting materials will be placed on the SAB website at http://epa.gov/sab.
    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 committee's 
charge or meeting materials. Input from the public to the SAB will have 
the most impact if it provides specific scientific or technical 
information or analysis for the SAB 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 teleconference will be limited to three 
minutes. Persons interested in providing oral statements should contact 
Dr. Thomas Armitage, DFO, in writing via email) at the contact 
information noted above by November 5, 2020, to be placed on the list 
of registered speakers.
    Written Statements: Written statements will be accepted throughout 
the advisory process; however, for timely consideration by SAB members, 
statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office by November 5, 
2020, with original signature. Submitters are requested to provide a 
signed and unsigned version of each document because the SAB Staff 
Office does not publish documents with signatures on its websites. 
Members of the public should be aware that their personal contact 
information, if included in any written comments, may be posted to the 
SAB website. 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. Armitage at the phone 
number or email address noted above, preferably at least ten days prior 
to the meeting, to give the EPA as much time as possible to process 
your request.

V. Khanna Johnston,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2020-20883 Filed 9-21-20; 8:45 am]