Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference and Meeting of the SAB Radiation Advisory Committee for the Advisory Review of EPA's Draft Technical Report Pertaining to Uranium and Thorium In-Situ Leach Recovery and Post-Closure Stability Monitoring, 36918-36919 [2011-15761]

Download as PDF 36918 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 121 / Thursday, June 23, 2011 / Notices requesting that EPA object to the issuance of the Title V operating permit to TransAlta Centralia Generation, LLC for the operation of a coal-fired power plant in Centralia, Washington for the following reasons: (I) The Title V permit failed to provide for the control of carbon dioxide emissions, an air contaminant that is detrimental to human health and welfare, property, and business; (II) The Title V permit failed to provide for the control of mercury emissions, an air contaminant that is detrimental to human health and welfare, property, and business; (III) The Title V permit failed to provide for adequate control of nitrogen oxide emissions, an air contaminant that is detrimental to human health and welfare, property, and business; (IV) The Title V permit failed to require Reasonably Available Control Technology for the control of carbon dioxide emissions or for mercury emissions; and (V) The Title V permit’s start-up, shut-down and malfunction provisions are contrary to recent case law interpreting the requirements of the Clean Air Act. On April 28, 2011, the Administrator issued an order denying the petition. The order explains the reasons behind EPA’s conclusion to deny the petition for objection. Dated: June 10, 2011. Michelle L. Pirzadeh, Deputy Regional Administrator, Region 10. [FR Doc. 2011–15742 Filed 6–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9323–1] Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference and Meeting of the SAB Radiation Advisory Committee for the Advisory Review of EPA’s Draft Technical Report Pertaining to Uranium and Thorium In-Situ Leach Recovery and Post-Closure Stability Monitoring The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting and teleconference of the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) augmented for an advisory review of EPA’s draft report ‘‘Considerations Related to Post-Closure Monitoring of Uranium In-Situ Leach/In-Situ Recovery (ISL/ISR) Sites.’’ DATES: The public teleconference will be conducted on July 12, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight time). The two-day meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011 and adjourn no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only. The two-day meeting will be held at the Saint Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20006. Purpose of the Teleconference and Meeting: The purpose of the July 12, SUMMARY: Notice of Meeting of the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AGENCY: Notice of meeting. Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92–463, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held July 13 and 14 at Mount Vernon Place, 900 Massachusetts Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20001. The CHPAC advises the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children’s environmental health. SUMMARY: erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2011–15748 Filed 6–22–11; 8:45 am] Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. [FRL–9322–9] VerDate Mar<15>2010 Dated: June 10, 2011. Khesha Reed, Acting Designated Federal Official. AGENCY: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ACTION: The CHPAC will meet from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on July 13 and from 8:30 a.m. to Noon on July 14, 2011. ADDRESSES: Mount Vernon Place, 900 Massachusetts Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martha Berger, Office of Children’s Health Protection, USEPA, MC 1107T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 564–2191, berger.martha@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meetings of the CHPAC are open to the public. The final agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/children. Access: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Martha Berger at 202–564–2191 or berger.martha@epa.gov. DATES: 15:02 Jun 22, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2011 teleconference is to discuss and seek clarification of EPA’s charge to the RAC, discuss the draft agenda for the face-to-face meeting of July 18 and 19, 2011, as well as to discuss committee assignments. The purpose of the July 18 and 19, 2011 meeting is to receive presentations from the Agency staff, discuss responses to the charge questions, receive public comment and begin to draft the response. Availability of Meeting Materials: A roster and biosketches of the augmented RAC, the meeting agenda, the charge to the SAB for the advisory, and other supplemental materials will be posted on the SAB Web site at http:// www.epa.gov/sab prior to the teleconference and meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice may contact Dr. K. Jack Kooyoomjian, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office (1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or by telephone/voice mail at (202)– 564–2064, or via email at kooyoomjian.jack@epa.gov. The review materials may be found at http:// yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/ c91996cd39a82f648525742400690127/ 0314cef928df63cc8525775200482fa3! OpenDocument. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. Technical Contact: Technical background information pertaining to Uranium In-Situ Leach Recovery—PostClosure Stability Monitoring can be found at http://www.epa.gov/radiation/ tenorm/pubs.html. Information pertaining to EPA’s regulatory standards in 40 CFR part 192—Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings can be found at http://yosemite.epa.gov/ opei/rulegate.nsf/byRIN/2060–AP43? opendocument. For questions concerning the technical aspects of this topic, please contact Dr. Mary E. Clark of the U.S. EPA, ORIA by telephone at (202) 343–9348, fax at (202) 343–2395, or e-mail at clark.marye@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: 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 peer review advice, consultation and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the technical basis for Agency actions, positions and regulations. As a Federal Advisory Committee, the SAB conducts business E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 121 / Thursday, June 23, 2011 / Notices in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and related regulations. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB will hold a public teleconference to initiate an advisory, followed by a two-day meeting. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate EPA and SAB Staff Office procedural policies. EPA is conducting a review of its regulatory standards in 40 CFR part 192—Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings. In accordance with the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation and Control Act (UMTRCA) section 206, EPA is authorized to develop standards for the protection of public health, safety, and the environment from radiological and nonradiological hazards associated with residual radioactive materials. The Agency is currently undertaking a review to determine if the existing standards, last revised by EPA in 1995, should be updated. The expectation is that In-Situ Leach Recovery (ISL/ISR) operations will be the most common type of new uranium extraction facility in the U.S. These facilities can affect groundwater. Accordingly, EPA is seeking scientific advice and relevant technical criteria to establish standards and procedures, including the relevant period for monitoring ISL/ISR facilities once uranium extraction operations are completed, to provide reasonable assurances of aquifer stability and groundwater protection. The EPA has requested the SAB review a draft technical document on ISL/ISR post closure stability monitoring to evaluate what criteria should be considered to establish a specific period of monitoring for ISL/ ISR facilities, once uranium extraction operations are completed. Among the issues to be considered are whether a time frame can be established; whether specific site characteristics, features or benchmarks can be used to aid in establishing a post-closure monitoring time period; and if other technical approaches should be considered by EPA to provide reasonable assurances of aquifer stability and groundwater protection. The SAB Staff Office requested nominations of experts in the Federal Register (Vol. 75, No. 226, Weds, November 24, 2010, pages 71702– 71703) and has formed an expert panel by augmenting the RAC with additional experts to review the EPA’s draft technical report, which will be used as a basis to evaluate the technical and scientific issues pertaining to standards VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:02 Jun 22, 2011 Jkt 223001 in 40 CFR Part 192—Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings. Availability of Meeting Materials: The Agenda and other materials in support of the teleconference and two-day meeting will be placed on SAB Web site in advance of the teleconference and meeting. 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 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 6, 2011 teleconference should contact Dr. Kooyoomjian at the contact information provided above no later than noon on July 5, 2011. Those interested in being placed on the public speakers list for the July 18 and 19, 2011 meeting should contact Dr. Kooyoomjian by noon on July 15, 2011. Written Statements: Written statements should be supplied to the DFO via e-mail at the contact information noted by noon July 5, 2011 for the teleconference, and by noon on July 14, 2011 so that the information may be made available to the Panel members on the augmented RAC 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/Windows98/2000/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 PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36919 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. Kooyoomjian at (202) 564–2064 or email at kooyoomjian.jack@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Dr. Kooyoomjian preferably at least ten days prior to the teleconference or meeting to give as much time as possible to process your request. Dated: June 16, 2011. Anthony F. Maciorowski, Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office. [FR Doc. 2011–15761 Filed 6–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OECA–2009–0274; FRL–9322–8] [RIN 2020–AA47] Proof of Concept Demonstration for Electronic Reporting of Clean Water Act Compliance Monitoring Data: Announcement of Meeting and Demonstration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will conduct a public webinar in order to inform interested parties about an opportunity to participate in a technical proof of concept demonstration for electronic reporting of Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) compliance monitoring data. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT. EPA announced on July 6, 2009, that it would develop a Clean Water Action Plan 1 to enhance public transparency regarding clean water enforcement performance at Federal and state levels, to strengthen that performance, and to transform EPA’s water quality and compliance information systems. A consensus suggestion across coregulators and stakeholder groups was SUMMARY: 1 See: http://www.epa.gov/oecaerth/civil/cwa/ cwaenfplan.html. E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 121 (Thursday, June 23, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36918-36919]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-15761]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9323-1]


Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public 
Teleconference and Meeting of the SAB Radiation Advisory Committee for 
the Advisory Review of EPA's Draft Technical Report Pertaining to 
Uranium and Thorium In-Situ Leach Recovery and Post-Closure Stability 
Monitoring

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a 
public meeting and teleconference of the Radiation Advisory Committee 
(RAC) augmented for an advisory review of EPA's draft report 
``Considerations Related to Post-Closure Monitoring of Uranium In-Situ 
Leach/In-Situ Recovery (ISL/ISR) Sites.''

DATES: The public teleconference will be conducted on July 12, 2011 
from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight time). The two-day meeting will 
begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011 and adjourn no later than 5 
p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 
only. The two-day meeting will be held at the Saint Regis Hotel, 923 
16th and K Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20006.
    Purpose of the Teleconference and Meeting: The purpose of the July 
12, 2011 teleconference is to discuss and seek clarification of EPA's 
charge to the RAC, discuss the draft agenda for the face-to-face 
meeting of July 18 and 19, 2011, as well as to discuss committee 
assignments. The purpose of the July 18 and 19, 2011 meeting is to 
receive presentations from the Agency staff, discuss responses to the 
charge questions, receive public comment and begin to draft the 
response.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: A roster and biosketches of the 
augmented RAC, the meeting agenda, the charge to the SAB for the 
advisory, and other supplemental materials will be posted on the SAB 
Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab prior to the teleconference and 
meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information regarding this Notice may contact Dr. K. Jack 
Kooyoomjian, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office 
(1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or by 
telephone/voice mail at (202)-564-2064, or via email at 
kooyoomjian.jack@epa.gov. The review materials may be found at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/c91996cd39a82f648525742400690127/0314cef928df63cc8525775200482fa3!OpenDocument. General information 
concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB 
Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.
    Technical Contact: Technical background information pertaining to 
Uranium In-Situ Leach Recovery--Post-Closure Stability Monitoring can 
be found at http://www.epa.gov/radiation/tenorm/pubs.html. Information 
pertaining to EPA's regulatory standards in 40 CFR part 192--Health and 
Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill 
Tailings can be found at http://yosemite.epa.gov/opei/rulegate.nsf/byRIN/2060-AP43?opendocument. For questions concerning the technical 
aspects of this topic, please contact Dr. Mary E. Clark of the U.S. 
EPA, ORIA by telephone at (202) 343-9348, fax at (202) 343-2395, or e-
mail at clark.marye@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: 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 peer review advice, consultation 
and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the technical basis for 
Agency actions, positions and regulations. As a Federal Advisory 
Committee, the SAB conducts business

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in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. 
App. 2) and related regulations. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, 
notice is hereby given that the SAB will hold a public teleconference 
to initiate an advisory, followed by a two-day meeting. The SAB will 
comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate EPA and SAB 
Staff Office procedural policies.
    EPA is conducting a review of its regulatory standards in 40 CFR 
part 192--Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and 
Thorium Mill Tailings. In accordance with the Uranium Mill Tailings 
Radiation and Control Act (UMTRCA) section 206, EPA is authorized to 
develop standards for the protection of public health, safety, and the 
environment from radiological and non-radiological hazards associated 
with residual radioactive materials. The Agency is currently 
undertaking a review to determine if the existing standards, last 
revised by EPA in 1995, should be updated. The expectation is that In-
Situ Leach Recovery (ISL/ISR) operations will be the most common type 
of new uranium extraction facility in the U.S. These facilities can 
affect groundwater. Accordingly, EPA is seeking scientific advice and 
relevant technical criteria to establish standards and procedures, 
including the relevant period for monitoring ISL/ISR facilities once 
uranium extraction operations are completed, to provide reasonable 
assurances of aquifer stability and groundwater protection.
    The EPA has requested the SAB review a draft technical document on 
ISL/ISR post closure stability monitoring to evaluate what criteria 
should be considered to establish a specific period of monitoring for 
ISL/ISR facilities, once uranium extraction operations are completed. 
Among the issues to be considered are whether a time frame can be 
established; whether specific site characteristics, features or 
benchmarks can be used to aid in establishing a post-closure monitoring 
time period; and if other technical approaches should be considered by 
EPA to provide reasonable assurances of aquifer stability and 
groundwater protection.
    The SAB Staff Office requested nominations of experts in the 
Federal Register (Vol. 75, No. 226, Weds, November 24, 2010, pages 
71702-71703) and has formed an expert panel by augmenting the RAC with 
additional experts to review the EPA's draft technical report, which 
will be used as a basis to evaluate the technical and scientific issues 
pertaining to standards in 40 CFR Part 192--Health and Environmental 
Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: The Agenda and other materials 
in support of the teleconference and two-day meeting will be placed on 
SAB Web site in advance of the teleconference and meeting.
    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 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 6, 2011 teleconference should contact Dr. Kooyoomjian at the 
contact information provided above no later than noon on July 5, 2011. 
Those interested in being placed on the public speakers list for the 
July 18 and 19, 2011 meeting should contact Dr. Kooyoomjian by noon on 
July 15, 2011. Written Statements: Written statements should be 
supplied to the DFO via e-mail at the contact information noted by noon 
July 5, 2011 for the teleconference, and by noon on July 14, 2011 so 
that the information may be made available to the Panel members on the 
augmented RAC 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/Windows98/2000/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. Kooyoomjian at (202) 
564-2064 or e-mail at kooyoomjian.jack@epa.gov. To request 
accommodation of a disability, please contact Dr. Kooyoomjian 
preferably at least ten days prior to the teleconference or meeting to 
give as much time as possible to process your request.

    Dated: June 16, 2011.
Anthony F. Maciorowski,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-15761 Filed 6-22-11; 8:45 am]
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