Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the chartered SAB to review the scientific and technical basis of the following proposed rules: (1) Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed and Modified Sources Review and (2) National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.
The public teleconferences of the chartered Science Advisory Board will be held on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Monday, May 11, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.
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Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the public teleconferences may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2155, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/sab.
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Background: The SAB was established pursuant to the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDDAA), codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and technical advice to the EPA Administrator on the scientific and 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. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB will hold two public teleconferences to review the scientific and technical basis of two proposed rules. Under the SAB's authorizing statute, the SAB “may make available to the Administrator, within the time specified by the Administrator, its advice and comments on the adequacy of the scientific and technical basis” of proposed rules. The SAB will hold a public teleconference on Monday, March 30, 2020, to receive briefings from the EPA on the following two proposed rules and discuss whether to review the scientific and technical basis of the proposed rules: (1) Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emissions Standards for New, Reconstructed and Modified Sources Review and (2) National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (84 FR 61684). If the SAB decides to provide advice and comments to EPA on the two proposed rules, SAB workgroups will be formed to develop draft reports on the proposed rules and the SAB will hold a second teleconference on May 11, 2020, to discuss the workgroup reports.
Availability of Meeting Materials: Prior to the teleconferences, the agenda and other meeting materials for each teleconference will be placed on the SAB website at http://epa.gov/sab.
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.
Federal advisory committees and panels, including scientific advisory committees, provide independent advice to the EPA. Members of the public can submit relevant comments pertaining to the committee's charge or meeting materials. Input from the public to the SAB will have the most impact if it provides specific scientific or technical information or analysis for the SAB 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 DFO directly.
Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at a public teleconference will be limited to three minutes. Persons interested in providing oral statements on March 30, 2020, should contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, DFO, in writing (preferably via email) at the contact information noted above by March 23, 2020, to be placed on the list of registered speakers. Persons interested in providing oral statements on May 11, 2020, should contact Dr. Armitage by Start Printed Page 14939May 4, 2020, to be placed on the list of registered speakers.
Written Statements: Written statements will be accepted throughout the advisory process; however, for timely consideration by SAB members, statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office by March 23, 2020, for consideration at the public teleconference on March 30, 2020. Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office by May 4, 2020, for consideration at the public teleconference on May 11, 2020. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO at the contact information above via email (preferred) or in hard copy with original signature. Submitters are requested to provide a signed and unsigned version of each document because the SAB Staff Office does not publish documents with signatures on its websites. Members of the public should be aware that their personal contact information, if included in any written comments, may be posted to the SAB website. 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. Armitage at the phone number or email address noted above, preferably at least ten days prior to the meeting, to give the EPA as much time as possible to process your request.
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V. Khanna Johnston,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2020-05253 Filed 3-13-20; 8:45 am]
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