Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the chartered SAB on July 5, 2011 to conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report, Review of EPA's Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan (Quality Review Draft).
The public teleconference will be held on July 5, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).
The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning the public teleconference may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Nugent may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2188; fax at (202) 565-2098; or e-mail at email@example.com. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The SAB was established pursuant to the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDAA), codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and technical advice to the EPA 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), 5 U.S.C., App. 2. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB will hold a public teleconference to conduct a quality review of a draft report entitled Review of EPA's Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.
Background: EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) is initiating a study of the potential environmental and human health implications of hydraulic fracturing with special emphasis on the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources. ORD has requested that the SAB review its draft Study Plan. The SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan Review Panel has developed the draft report that will undergo quality review by the chartered SAB.
Background information about the SAB advisory activity, including its meetings and teleconferences, can be found on the SAB Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/HFSP?OpenDocument.
Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda and other materials in support of the teleconference will be placed on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the teleconference.
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.Start Printed Page 35217
Federal advisory committees and panels, including scientific advisory committees, provide independent advice to EPA. Members of the public can submit comments for a federal advisory committee to consider as it develops advice for EPA. Input from the public to the SAB will have the most impact if it provides specific scientific or technical information or analysis for SAB panels 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 Designated Federal Officer directly.
Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at a teleconference will be limited to three minutes. Those interested in being placed on the public speakers list for the July 5, 2011 teleconference should contact Dr. Nugent at the contact information provided above no later than June 30, 2011.
Written Statements: Written statements should be supplied to the DFO via email at the contact information noted above by June 30, 2011 for the teleconference so that the information may be made available to the Panel members for their consideration. Written statements should be supplied in one of the following electronic formats: Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format. It is the SAB Staff Office general policy to post written comments on the Web page for the advisory meeting or teleconference. Submitters are requested to provide an unsigned version of each document because the SAB Staff Office does not publish documents with signatures on its Web sites. Members of the public should be aware that their personal contact information, if included in any written comments, may be posted to the SAB Web site. 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. Nugent (202) 564-2188 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Dr. Nugent preferably at least ten days prior to the teleconference to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.Start Signature
Dated: June 9, 2011.
Vanessa T. Vu,
Director, EPA Science Advisory Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-15002 Filed 6-15-11; 8:45 am]
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