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Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Risk and Technology Review Methods Review Panel

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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 Risk and Technology Review (RTR) Methods Review Panel to discuss its draft advisory report.


The public teleconference will be held on December 3, 2009 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).


The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

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Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code to participate in the teleconference may contact Dr. Sue Shallal, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9977; fax (202) 233-0643; or via e-mail at: General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the teleconference announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at​sab .

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Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2 (FACA), notice is hereby given that the SAB RTR Methods Review Panel will hold a public teleconference to discuss its draft advisory report. The SAB was established pursuant to 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 FACA. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.Start Printed Page 58286

Background: EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) requested that the Science Advisory Board (SAB) review their draft methodologies for conducting Risk and Technology Review assessments (RTR assessments) as required by the Clean Air Act. These assessments evaluate the effects of industrial emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) on public health and the environment. The proposed methodologies are demonstrated through the use of two case studies, (1) petroleum refineries and (2) Portland cement manufacturing facilities. The SAB RTR Methods Review Panel held a meeting on July 28-29, 2009 to review the EPA methodology and assessment document. A Federal Register notice dated June 10, 2009 (74 FR 27538) announced the meeting and provided background information on this advisory activity. Information on the process of forming the RTR Methods Review Panel was provided in a Federal Register notice dated January 31, 2008 (73 FR 5836-5838). The purpose of this upcoming teleconference is for the Panel to discuss its draft advisory report. Additional information about this advisory activity can be found on the SAB Web site at​sab.

Availability of Meeting Materials: The teleconference agenda and other materials including the SAB Committee's draft report will be placed on the SAB Web site at​sab in advance of the teleconference.

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. Interested parties should contact Dr. Shallal, DFO, in writing (preferably via e-mail) at the contact information noted above, by November 24, 2009 to be placed on the list of public speakers for the teleconference. Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office no later than November 30, 2009 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). Submitters are requested to provide two versions of each document submitted with and without signatures, because the SAB Staff Office does not publish documents with signatures on its Web sites.

Accessibility: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Shallal 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: November 4, 2009.

Vanessa T. Vu,

Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.

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[FR Doc. E9-27169 Filed 11-10-09; 8:45 am]