Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of Public Meetings Teleconferences) of the Science Advisory Board Hypoxia Advisory Panel, 77743-77744 [E6-22141]

Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices Planning and Standards (OAQPS), within the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), will publish a Final Ozone Staff Paper as part of its review of the ozone NAAQS. The Final Ozone Staff Paper evaluates the policy implications of the key scientific and technical information contained in the Agency’s final Air Quality Criteria for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants, Volumes I, II, and III, (EPA/600/R–05/004aF–cF, February 2006), and identifies critical elements that EPA believes should be considered in its review of the ozone NAAQS. The Ozone Staff Paper is intended to ‘‘bridge the gap’’ between the scientific review contained in the Ozone Air Quality Criteria Document (AQCD) and the public health and welfare policy judgments required of the EPA Administrator in reviewing the ozone NAAQS. EPA solicited advice and recommendations from the CASAC Panel on the First Draft Ozone Staff Paper (November 2005) in a public meeting on December 8, 2005, in Durham, NC. The CASAC’s letter to the EPA Administrator (EPA–CASAC– CON–06–003, dated February 16, 2006) is posted on the SAB Web Site at http:// www.epa.gov/sab/pdf/ casac_con_06_003.pdf. In addition, EPA solicited the Panel’s advice and recommendations on the Second Draft Ozone Staff Paper (July 2006) in a public meeting on August 24–25, 2006, in Durham, NC. The CASAC’s letter to the Administrator (EPA–CASAC–07– 001, dated October 24, 2006) is posted on the SAB Web site at http:// www.epa.gov/sab/pdf/casac-07–001.pdf. In that letter, the CASAC indicated it would review the Agency’s Final Ozone Staff Paper and offer additional, unsolicited advice to the Agency on Chapter 6 (The Primary O3 NAAQS) and Chapter 8 (The Secondary O3 NAAQS). The purpose of such advice is to advise EPA as it develops a proposed rule for ozone and related photochemical oxidants. This teleconference meeting continues the CASAC Ozone Review Panel’s advisory activities in the current review cycle for the ozone NAAQS. Technical Contact: Any questions concerning the Agency’s Final Ozone Staff Paper should be directed to Dr. Dave McKee, OAQPS, at phone: (919) 541–5288, or e-mail: mckee.dave@epa.gov. Availability of Meeting Materials: The Final Ozone Staff Paper will be posted on or about January 5, 2007 on the Agency’s Technology Transfer Network (TTN) Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ ttn/naaqs/standards/ozone/ s_o3_index.html. The document may be accessed in the ‘‘Documents for Current VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 Review’’ section under ‘‘Staff Papers.’’ A copy of the draft agenda and other materials for this CASAC teleconference will be posted on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab/panels/ casacorpanel.html prior to the meeting. Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral information for the CASAC Ozone Review 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 Mr. Butterfield, CASAC DFO, in writing (preferably via e-mail), by January 22, 2007, at the contact information noted above, to be placed on the list of public speakers for this meeting. Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office by January 26, 2007, so that the information may be made available to the CASAC Panel for their consideration prior to this teleconference. 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 Mr. Butterfield at the phone number or email address noted above, preferably at least ten days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Dated: December 19, 2006. Vanessa Vu, Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office. [FR Doc. E6–22146 Filed 12–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8262–2] Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of Public Meetings Teleconferences) of the Science Advisory Board Hypoxia Advisory Panel Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77743 SUMMARY: The EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing four public teleconferences of the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel to discuss preparation of a Draft Advisory on the science concerning hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. DATES: The dates and times for the teleconferences are: (1) SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 1: Characterization of the Causes of Hypoxia—January 26, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time; (2) SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 2: Characterization of Nutrient Sources, Fate, and Transport— January 25, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time; (3) SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 3: Scientific Basis for Goals and Management Options—February 20, 2007 from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time; and (4) SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel: February 12, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Location: The teleconferences will be conducted by phone only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain the teleconference call-in numbers and access codes to participate in the teleconferences may contact the following individuals. (1) For the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 1’s teleconference on January 26, 2007, contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by telephone at (202) 343–9995, or e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. (2) For the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 2’s teleconference on January 25, 2007, contact Mr. David Wangsness, DFO, by telephone at (202) 343–9975, or e-mail at wangsness.david@epa.gov. (3) For the Hypoxia Advisory Panel’s teleconference on February 12, 2007 and Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 3’s teleconference on February 20, 2007, contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, DFO, by telephone at (202) 343–9867, or e-mail at stallworth.holly@epa.gov. General information about the SAB, as well as any updates concerning the teleconferences announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92–463, notice is hereby given that the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel will hold public meetings to continue its discussion and prepare a draft report that evaluates the state of the science regarding hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The SAB was established by 42 U.S.C. 4365 to provide E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 77744 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices 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: EPA participates with other Federal agencies, states and tribes in the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force. In 2001, the Task Force released the Action Plan for Reducing, Mitigating and Controlling Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (or Action Plan available at http:// www.epa.gov/msbasin/taskforce/ actionplan.htm). The Action Plan was informed by the science described in An Integrated Assessment of Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (or Integrated Assessment available at http:// oceanservice.noaa.gov/products/ hypox_final.pdf) developed by the National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Six technical reports provided the scientific foundation for the Integrated Assessment and are available at http:// oceanservice.noaa.gov/products/ pubs_hypox.html#fia. The aforementioned documents provide a comprehensive summary of the state-ofthe-science for the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone through about the year 2000. EPA’s Office of Water has requested that the SAB develop a report that evaluates the state-of-the-science regarding the causes and extent of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the scientific basis of possible management options in the Mississippi River Basin. The SAB is asked to focus on scientific advances since 2000 that may have increased scientific understanding and control options. In response to EPA’s request, the SAB Staff Office formed the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel. Background on the Panel formation process was provided in a Federal Register notice published on February 17, 2006 (71 FR 8578– 8580). The SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel met on September 6–7, 2006 to plan its work and organized itself into three subgroups listed above. The SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel also met on December 6–8, 2006. Background for the first meeting of the Hypoxia Advisory Panel was provided in a Federal Register published in 71 FR 45543– 45544; and background for the second meeting was provided in 71 FR 66329– 66330. The three subgroups of the Panel have held multiple public VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 teleconferences to begin developing the Panel’s report. Background information for the subgroup teleconferences was provided in Federal Register notices published on September 25, 2006 (71 FR 55786–55787) and October 6, 2006 (71 FR 59107). Information about the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel is available on the SAB Web Site at: http:// www.epa.gov/sab. Availability of Meeting Materials: Materials in support of this meeting will be placed on the SAB Web Site http:// www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the meeting. Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral information for the SAB to consider during the advisory process. Oral Statements: In general, 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 the appropriate Designated Federal Officer at the contact information noted above no later two weeks prior to each teleconference to be placed on the public speaker list. Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office no later than two weeks prior to the teleconference or meeting so that the information may be available to the SAB for their consideration prior to this meeting. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO in the following formats: one hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via email to stallworth.holly@epa.gov (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBM– PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format). Meeting Access: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Stallworth at (202) 343–9867 or stallworth.holly@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Dr. Stallworth, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Dated: December 20, 2006. Vanessa T. Vu, Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office. [FR Doc. E6–22141 Filed 12–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8262–1] Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Teleconference of the Ecological Processes and Effects Committee Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee to discuss a draft report on advancing the science and application of ecological risk assessment. DATES: The public teleconference will be held on January 26, 2007, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (eastern standard time). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code for the teleconference may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by mail at EPA SAB Staff Office (1400F), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at (202) 343–9995; or by e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information about the SAB may be found on the SAB Web site at http:// www.epa.gov/sab. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92–463, notice is hereby given that the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee will hold a public teleconference to discuss a draft advisory report to EPA on advancing the science and application of ecological risk assessment. 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: The SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee is conducting a study to provide advice to EPA on advancing the science and application of ecological risk assessment in environmental decision making. To gather information for developing an advisory report, the Committee held a public workshop on February 7–9, 2006 on the state of the practice of ecological risk assessment. Background E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1

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Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of Public 
Meetings Teleconferences) of the Science Advisory Board Hypoxia 
Advisory Panel

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is 
announcing four public teleconferences of the SAB Hypoxia Advisory 
Panel to discuss preparation of a Draft Advisory on the science 
concerning hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.

DATES: The dates and times for the teleconferences are:
    (1) SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 1: Characterization of the 
Causes of Hypoxia--January 26, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern 
Standard Time;
    (2) SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 2: Characterization of 
Nutrient Sources, Fate, and Transport--January 25, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 
1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time;
    (3) SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 3: Scientific Basis for 
Goals and Management Options--February 20, 2007 from 2 to 4 p.m. 
Eastern Standard Time; and
    (4) SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel: February 12, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 12 
p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
    Location: The teleconferences will be conducted by phone only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to 
obtain the teleconference call-in numbers and access codes to 
participate in the teleconferences may contact the following 
individuals. (1) For the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 1's 
teleconference on January 26, 2007, contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, 
Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by telephone at (202) 343-9995, or e-
mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. (2) For the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel 
Subgroup 2's teleconference on January 25, 2007, contact Mr. David 
Wangsness, DFO, by telephone at (202) 343-9975, or e-mail at 
wangsness.david@epa.gov. (3) For the Hypoxia Advisory Panel's 
teleconference on February 12, 2007 and Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroup 
3's teleconference on February 20, 2007, contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, 
DFO, by telephone at (202) 343-9867, or e-mail at 
stallworth.holly@epa.gov. General information about the SAB, as well as 
any updates concerning the teleconferences announced in this notice, 
may be found on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the SAB Hypoxia 
Advisory Panel will hold public meetings to continue its discussion and 
prepare a draft report that evaluates the state of the science 
regarding hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The SAB was 
established by 42 U.S.C. 4365 to provide

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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: EPA participates with other Federal agencies, states 
and tribes in the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient 
Task Force. In 2001, the Task Force released the Action Plan for 
Reducing, Mitigating and Controlling Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of 
Mexico (or Action Plan available at http://www.epa.gov/msbasin/taskforce/actionplan.htm). The Action Plan was informed by the science 
described in An Integrated Assessment of Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf 
of Mexico (or Integrated Assessment available at http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/products/hypox_final.pdf) developed by the 
National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Environment and 
Natural Resources. Six technical reports provided the scientific 
foundation for the Integrated Assessment and are available at http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/products/pubs_hypox.html#fia. The aforementioned 
documents provide a comprehensive summary of the state-of-the-science 
for the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone through about the year 2000.
    EPA's Office of Water has requested that the SAB develop a report 
that evaluates the state-of-the-science regarding the causes and extent 
of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the scientific basis of 
possible management options in the Mississippi River Basin. The SAB is 
asked to focus on scientific advances since 2000 that may have 
increased scientific understanding and control options.
    In response to EPA's request, the SAB Staff Office formed the SAB 
Hypoxia Advisory Panel. Background on the Panel formation process was 
provided in a Federal Register notice published on February 17, 2006 
(71 FR 8578-8580). The SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel met on September 6-7, 
2006 to plan its work and organized itself into three subgroups listed 
above. The SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel also met on December 6-8, 2006. 
Background for the first meeting of the Hypoxia Advisory Panel was 
provided in a Federal Register published in 71 FR 45543-45544; and 
background for the second meeting was provided in 71 FR 66329-66330. 
The three subgroups of the Panel have held multiple public 
teleconferences to begin developing the Panel's report. Background 
information for the subgroup teleconferences was provided in Federal 
Register notices published on September 25, 2006 (71 FR 55786-55787) 
and October 6, 2006 (71 FR 59107). Information about the SAB Hypoxia 
Advisory Panel is available on the SAB Web Site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: Materials in support of this 
meeting will be placed on the SAB Web Site http://www.epa.gov/sab in 
advance of the meeting.
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the 
public may submit relevant written or oral information for the SAB to 
consider during the advisory process.
    Oral Statements: In general, 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 the appropriate Designated Federal 
Officer at the contact information noted above no later two weeks prior 
to each teleconference to be placed on the public speaker list. Written 
Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff 
Office no later than two weeks prior to the teleconference or meeting 
so that the information may be available to the SAB for their 
consideration prior to this meeting. 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 to 
stallworth.holly@epa.gov (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, 
WordPerfect, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBM-PC/
Windows 98/2000/XP format).
    Meeting Access: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Stallworth at (202) 
343-9867 or stallworth.holly@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a 
disability, please contact Dr. Stallworth, preferably at least 10 days 
prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process 
your request.

    Dated: December 20, 2006.
Vanessa T. Vu,
Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. E6-22141 Filed 12-26-06; 8:45 am]
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