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Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling

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Office of Science; Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Department of Energy, (DOE).


Notice of open meeting.


The annual public meeting of the Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling (ISCMEM) will convene to discuss new operational initiatives for FY 2008 among the participating agencies.


September 25, 2007. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20009.

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Inquiries and notice of intent to attend the meeting may be faxed or e-mailed to: Dr. Robert T. Anderson, ISCMEM Chair, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23.4/Germantown Building, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290, Tel 301-903-5549, Fax 301-903-4154,

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Background: Eight Federal agencies have been cooperating under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the research and development of multimedia environmental models for the past year. The new MOU continues a previous 5 year effort that began in 2001 and establishes a framework for Start Printed Page 52868facilitating cooperation and coordination among the following agencies (the specific research organization within the agency is in parenthesis): U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Engineer Research and Development Center); U.S. Department of Agriculture (Natural Resources Conservation Service); U.S. Department of Energy (Office of Biological and Environmental Research); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Geological Survey; U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmosphere Administration; and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research); U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. These agencies are cooperating and coordinating in the research and development (R&D) of multimedia environmental models, software and related databases, including development, enhancements, applications and assessments of site specific, generic, and process-oriented multimedia environmental models as they pertain to human and environmental health risk assessment. Multimedia model development and simulation supports interagency interests in risk assessment, uncertainty analyses, water supply issues and contaminant transport.

Purpose of the Public Meeting: The annual public meeting provides an opportunity for the scientific community, other Federal and State agencies, and the public to be briefed on ISCMEM activities and their initiatives for the upcoming year, and to discuss technological advancements in multimedia environmental modeling.

Proposed Agenda: The ISCMEM Chair will open the meeting with a brief overview of the goals of the MOU and an update on current activities of ISCMEM. This introduction will be followed by series of invited presentations throughout the morning session focusing on topics of mutual interest to ISCMEM participants. The afternoon session will be largely devoted to discussing future goals and projects that will set the stage for collaborative interactions among ISCMEM participating agencies for coming year. A detailed agenda with presentation titles and speakers will be posted on the MOU public Web site: http://www.ISCMEM.Org.

Meeting Access: The Washington Hilton Hotel is located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20009. The most convenient transportation to the meeting venue is via Metro. Please take Metro to the Dupont Circle Metro stop on the Red Line. Upon exiting the Metro station proceed Northwest on Connecticut Avenue, NW., for about 4 blocks. The Washington Hilton is on the right. Please check with the hotel staff or look for signs for the ISCMEM public meeting room as you enter the building.

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Robert T. Anderson,

Chair, Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling.

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[FR Doc. E7-18254 Filed 9-14-07; 8:45 am]