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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and Sulfur Oxides (SOX) Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Review Panel (CASAC Panel) to conduct a consultation on EPA's Draft Plan for Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Nitrogen Dioxide (Draft Integrated Plan for Review of the Primary NAAQS for NO2, February 2007) and Draft Integrated Plan for Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Sulfur Dioxide (Draft Integrated Plan for Review of the Primary NAAQS for SO2, April 2007).


The teleconference meeting will be held on Friday, May 11, 2007, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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Any member of the public who wishes to obtain the teleconference call-in number and access code; submit a written or brief oral statement (three minutes or less); or receive further information concerning this teleconference meeting, must contact Mr. Fred Butterfield, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Mr. Butterfield may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9994; fax: (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at: General Start Printed Page 20337information concerning the CASAC or the EPA SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at​sab.

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Background: The CASAC, which is comprised of seven members appointed by the EPA Administrator, was established under section 109(d)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) (42 U.S.C. 7409) as an independent scientific advisory committee. The CASAC provides advice, information and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of issues related to air quality criteria and NAAQS under sections 108 and 109 of the Act. The CASAC is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. The CASAC NOX & SOX Primary NAAQS Review Panel consists of the seven CASAC members augmented by subject-matter-experts. The CASAC Panel provides advice and recommendations to EPA concerning oxides of nitrogen and sulfur oxides in ambient air relevant to the Agency's review of the primary (health-based) NO2 and SO2 NAAQS. The Panel complies with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.

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 NOX and SOX. The purpose of this public teleconference meeting is to conduct a consultation on the Agency's draft integrated plans for the reviews of the primary NO2 and SO2 NAAQS.

Availability of Meeting Materials: The Draft Integrated Plan for Review of the Primary NAAQS for NO2 is posted on the Agency's Technology Transfer Network (TTN) Web site at​ttn/​naaqs/​standards/​nox/​s_​nox_​index.html, and the Draft Integrated Plan for Review of the Primary NAAQS for SO2 is posted on the TTN Web site at​ttn/​naaqs/​standards/​so2/​s_​so2_​index.html. These draft integrated plans may be accessed in the “Documents from Current Review” section under “Planning Documents” on these respective Web pages. A copy of the draft agenda and other materials for this CASAC teleconference will be posted on the SAB Web Site at​sab/​panels/​casac_​nox_​and_​sox_​primary_​panel.htm prior to the meeting.

Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral information for the CASAC NOX & SOX Primary NAAQS Review Panel to consider during the advisory process. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at a public teleconference will be limited to three minutes per speaker, with no more than a total of 30 minutes for all speakers. Interested parties should contact Mr. Butterfield, CASAC DFO, in writing (preferably via e-mail), by May 4, 2007, at the contact information noted above, to be placed on the list of public speakers for this meeting.

Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office by May 9, 2007, so that the information may be made available to the CASAC Panel for its consideration prior to this teleconference. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO in the following formats: one hard copy with original signature (optional), and one electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, WordPerfect, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format).

Accessibility: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Mr. Butterfield at the phone number or e-mail address noted above, preferably at least ten days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

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Dated: April 18, 2007.

Anthony F. Maciorowski,

Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.

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[FR Doc. E7-7774 Filed 4-23-07; 8:45 am]