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Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Meetings of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Review of EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference and a public meeting of the SAB Panel for the Review of EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment. The teleconference and meeting are being held to conduct a peer review of the EPA's draft Report on the Environment 2007: Science Report.

DATES:

The public teleconference will be held on June 22, 2007 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). The public meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on July 10, 2007; 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on July 11, 2007; and 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on July 12, 2007 (Eastern Daylight Time).

ADDRESSES:

The public meeting of the Panel will be held in the Washington, DC metropolitan area at a location that will be announced on the SAB Web site: http://www.epa.gov/​sab.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Any member of the public who wishes to obtain the teleconference call-in number and access code; submit a written or brief oral statement; or receive further information concerning the teleconference or meeting must contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Armitage 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) 343-9995; fax

(202) 233-0643; or e-mail at: armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the teleconference and meeting announced in this notice, may be found in the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/​sab. Start Printed Page 29499

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the SAB Panel for the Review of EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment will hold a public teleconference and public meeting to conduct a peer review of EPA's draft Report on the Environment 2007: Science Report. The SAB was established by 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), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.

Background: In 2003, EPA issued a draft Report on the Environment describing the status of and trends in the environment and human health. The draft 2003 Report on the Environment was reviewed by the SAB (see http://www.epa.gov/​sab/​pdf/​sab_​05_​004.pdf). EPA used advice received from the SAB and comments from stakeholders to develop an improved and updated draft Report on the Environment 2007. The Report on the Environment 2007 consists of a Science Report (ROE 2007 Science Report) containing detailed scientific and technical information, a Highlights Document written for concerned citizens, and an electronic document facilitating access to material in the reports.

EPA's Office of Research and Development has requested that the SAB review the ROE 2007 Science Report. The ROE 2007 Science Report asks key questions about the current status of, and trends in, the condition of the environment and human health. These questions are intended to be relevant to EPA's current regulatory and programmatic activities and mission, and they have been answered using a suite of environmental and human health indicators. The SAB has been asked to comment on: (1) The adequacy of the formulation and scope of the questions addressed in the ROE 2007 Science Report, (2) the appropriateness of the indicators used to answer the questions in the report, (3) the accuracy of the characterization of gaps and limitations in the indicators used in the report, (4) the appropriateness of regionalization of national indicators in the report, (5) the utility of regional indicators in the report, and (6) the overall quality of the report with respect to technical accuracy, clarity, and appropriateness of level of communication.

In response to EPA's request, the SAB Staff Office formed the SAB Panel for the Review of EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment. Background on the Panel formation process was provided in a Federal Register notice published on May 25, 2006 (71 FR 30138-30139). Information about the SAB Panel for the Review of EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment is available on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/​sab.

Availability of Meeting Materials: The draft Report on the Environment 2007: Science Report to be reviewed by the SAB Panel is available on the following EPA Office of Research and Development Web Site: http://cfpub.epa.gov/​ncea/​cfm/​recordisplay.cfm?​deid=​140917. Agendas and other material for the upcoming public teleconference and meeting will be posted on the SAB Web site http://www.epa.gov/​sab.

Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral information for the SAB 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. Individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at a public meeting will be limited to five minutes per speaker, with no more than a total of one hour for all speakers. Interested parties should contact Dr. Armitage, DFO, in writing (preferably via e-mail) at the contact information noted above, by June 15, 2007 to be placed on a list of public speakers for the teleconference, and by July 3, 2007 to be placed on the list of public speakers for the meeting. Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office by June 15, 2007 for the teleconference, and by July 3, 2007 for the meeting so that the information may be made available to the SAB Panel members for their consideration. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO in the following formats: one hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect, MS Word, 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 Dr. Armitage 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: May 21, 2007.

Anthony F. Maciorowski,

Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.

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[FR Doc. E7-10232 Filed 5-25-07; 8:45 am]

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