Notification of a Request for Nominations of Experts for a Science Advisory Board Panel on Economy-Wide Modeling, 24425-24427 [2014-09902]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 83 / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Notices Island since 2006. Dr. Slitt’s graduate and postdoctoral training was heavily focused on liver biology and health, with a focus in the area of toxicology, and included research in nuclear receptors, biotransformation, and transporter expression. Her current research interests focus on how (1) expression of drug transporters affects chemical disposition and toxicity, (2) nutrition and intake of dietary antioxidants affects the expression of drug transporters, (3) liver disease (i.e., diabetes, cholestasis, and ethanol cirrhosis) affects transporter expression and chemical disposition, and (4) transporter expression affects cholesterol transport and susceptibility to gallstone formation. She has also recently investigated the effect of PFOS on caloric restriction in mice. Dr. Slitt is presently on the Editorial Board of BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology, and Toxicology Methods and Mechanism, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous other journals. She is author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and was recently awarded the University of Rhode Island Early Career Faculty Research Excellence Award. 14. Calvin C. Willhite, Ph.D., Risk Sciences International and McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment. i. Expertise: Toxicology (developmental/reproductive) and Human Health Risk Assessment. ii. Education: Dartmouth Medical School, Ph.D. in Pharmacology (1980). iii. Professional Experience: Dr. Willhite has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of toxicology and human health risk assessment. He is currently employed as a Contract Toxicologist for Risk Sciences International and McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment at the University of Ottawa, where he performs chemical-specific human health risk assessments for Health Canada and European Union REACH. Prior to his present employment, Dr. Willhite also conducted chemical specific risk assessment as a Toxicologist for the National Sanitation Foundation (2005–2012) and for the State of California (1985–2011). He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Dartmouth Medical School in 1980. Dr. Willhite has more than 100 publications in basic and applied toxicology and human health risk assessment. He has experience with many types of compounds including chemicals in occupational, submarine and ambient air; drugs in dermatology; endocrine-active drugs and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:41 Apr 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 environmental chemicals; inorganic elements; and dietary supplements. His editorial responsibilities include serving on the Editorial Board and/or as Reviewer of many peer reviewed toxicology journals. He is currently serving on the Editorial Board of Toxicology and Applied Toxicology, Journal of Toxicology, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A, and the International Journal of Toxicology. He has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Toxicology, EPA National Advisory Committee, American Conference of Industrial Hygienists, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Society of Toxicology, and National Institutes of Health advisory committees. 15. Raymond G. York, Ph.D., DABT, Fellow-ATS, RG York and Associates, LLC. i. Expertise: Toxicology (developmental/reproductive and neurotoxicology). ii. Education: University of Cincinnati, Ph.D. in Toxicology (1982). iii. Professional Experience: Dr. York is a board-certified Toxicologist and operates his own consulting company, RG York and Associates, LCC. Dr. York received his Ph.D. in Toxicology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 1982 and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation in Cincinnati in the area of developmental toxicology. He has previously served as Senior Scientific Director at WIL Research Laboratories (2008–2011), Associate Director of Research/Program Manager at Charles River Laboratories (1995–2008), and Director of Reproductive Toxicology and Neurotoxicology at International Research and Development Corporation (now MPI Research) (1989–1995). Dr. York was board-certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology in 1986 and served four years on its Board of Directors. His work focus is in the field of toxicology, particularly reproductive and developmental toxicology. Dr. York has served as a study director on over 700 safety evaluation studies, published over 100 manuscripts, review articles, book chapters and abstracts, and has been an invited speaker at international conferences. He is currently on the EPA Science Advisory Board for trimethylbenzene. Dr. York has also been a member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) since 1985 and the American College of Toxicology since 1998. He is currently President of the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section of SOT. In PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24425 addition, Dr. York has been a member of the Teratology Society since 1984, and served as the President for both the Midwest Teratology Association (1989) and the Middle Atlantic Reproduction and Teratology Association (2004). He has served as a reviewer for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology and International Journal of Toxicology and as a member of the Editorial Board of Fundamental and Applied Toxicology. Dated: April 22, 2014. Nancy K. Stoner, Acting Assistant Administer, Office of Water. [FR Doc. 2014–09888 Filed 4–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9910–27–OA] Notification of a Request for Nominations of Experts for a Science Advisory Board Panel on EconomyWide Modeling Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form an SAB panel to provide advice through the chartered SAB on the appropriate role of economy-wide modeling of the costs and benefits of air regulations in informing the regulatory process. DATES: Nominations should be submitted by May 21, 2014 per the instructions below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564–2073 or via email at stallworth.holly@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The SAB (42 U.S.C. 4365) is a chartered Federal Advisory Committee that provides independent scientific and technical peer review, advice, consultation, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the technical basis for EPA actions. As a Federal Advisory Committee, the SAB conducts business in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and related regulations. The SAB will comply with the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 24426 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 83 / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Notices provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. On February 5, 2014, the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE) and the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) announced (79 FR 6899—6900) that they had developed a draft ‘‘analytic blueprint’’ of materials on the technical merits and challenges of using economy-wide models to evaluate the social costs, benefits and economic impacts associated with EPA’s air regulations. These materials, along with draft charge questions for the SAB and public comments can be found in the docket at http:// www.regulations.gov under the docket identification, EPA–HQ–OA–2014– 0129. The EPA has requested that the SAB provide review of the EPA’s modeling and ability to measure full regulatory impacts and to make recommendations on the use of economy-wide modeling frameworks to characterize the social costs, benefits, and economic impacts of air regulations with the aim of improving benefit-cost and economic impact analyses used to inform decision-making at the agency. As a first step, the EPA has asked the SAB to provide feedback on its draft charge questions and analytic blueprint following the 60-day public comment period referenced in EPA–HQ–OA– 2014–0129. With today’s Notice, the Science Advisory Board Staff Office is soliciting nominations for an expert panel to provide advice to EPA through the chartered SAB on its draft analytical blueprint and any subsequent materials developed on economy-wide modeling. To conduct this review, the SAB Staff Office is forming an expert panel under the auspices of the Chartered SAB. Technical Contact for EPA’s Draft Report: For information concerning EPA’s draft charge questions and draft analytic blueprint on economy-wide modeling, please contact Dr. Ann Wolverton, National Center for Environmental Economics at wolverton.ann@epa.gov or 202–566– 2278. Request for Nominations: The SAB Staff Office requests nominations of environmental economists and other scientists with expertise in the following areas: Cost-benefit analysis; computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling with experience in representing environmental and/or energy policy; the use of detailed sector models and linking CGE models to detailed sector models; non-CGE (macro) models for capturing general equilibrium effects of environmental policy; dynamic stochastic modeling in VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:41 Apr 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 CGE and/or macro model contexts; representation of health improvements and other types of benefits in a CGE or non-CGE framework (e.g. use of statedependent utility functions); transition dynamics in a general equilibrium framework (e.g., in labor or capital markets; spatial sorting models); interface of macro- and micro-economic modeling; quantifying and monetizing spatially differentiated mortality/ morbidity/non-health welfare, and nonuse effects of air quality; and the representation of non-use or environmental preferences in the utility function. The SAB Staff Office seeks labor economists with a macroeconomic or general equilibrium perspective who have expertise in the short-and long-run implications of regulatory decisions for household labor market decisions (e.g., labor-leisure trade-offs); and expertise in the labor market implications of productivity improvements due to better health. The SAB Staff Office is also seeking expertise on risk and uncertainty to formally characterize uncertainty in CGE and non-CGE models including representation of the effects of uncertainty on behavior of economic agents. Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations: Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals in the areas of expertise described above for possible service on this expert panel. Self-nominations are allowed as well. Nominations should be submitted in electronic format (preferred over hard copy) following the instructions for ‘‘Nominating Experts to Advisory Panels and Ad Hoc Committees Being Formed,’’ provided on the SAB Web site. The instructions can be accessed through the ‘‘Nomination of Experts’’ link on the blue navigational bar at the SAB Web site http://www.epa.gov/sab. To receive full consideration, nominations should include all of the information requested below. EPA’s SAB Staff Office requests contact information about the person making the nomination; contact information about the nominee; the disciplinary and specific areas of expertise of the nominee; the nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae; sources of recent grant and/or contract support; and a biographical sketch of the nominee indicating current position, educational background, research activities, and recent service on other national advisory committees or national professional organizations. Persons having questions about the nomination procedures, or who are unable to submit nominations through the SAB Web site, should contact Dr. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Holly Stallworth, DFO, as indicated above in this notice. Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 21, 2014. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. The EPA SAB Staff Office will acknowledge receipt of nominations. The names and biosketches of qualified nominees identified by respondents to this Federal Register notice, and additional experts identified by the SAB Staff, will be posted in a List of Candidates on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. Public comments on this List of Candidates will be accepted for 21 days. The public will be requested to provide relevant information or other documentation on nominees that the SAB Staff Office should consider in evaluating candidates. For the EPA SAB Staff Office a balanced review panel includes candidates who possess the necessary domains of knowledge, the relevant scientific perspectives (which, among other factors, can be influenced by work history and affiliation), and the collective breadth of experience to adequately address the charge. In forming this expert panel, the SAB Staff Office will consider public comments on the List of Candidates, information provided by the candidates themselves, and background information independently gathered by the SAB Staff Office. Selection criteria to be used for panel membership include: (a) Scientific and/or technical expertise, knowledge, and experience (primary factors); (b) availability and willingness to serve; (c) absence of financial conflicts of interest; (d) absence of an appearance of a lack of impartiality; (e) skills working in committees, subcommittees and advisory panels; and, (f) for the panel as a whole, diversity of expertise and viewpoints. The SAB Staff Office’s evaluation of an absence of financial conflicts of interest will include a review of the ‘‘Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’’ (EPA Form 3110– 48). This confidential form allows government officials to determine whether there is a statutory conflict between a person’s public responsibilities (which include membership on an EPA federal advisory committee) and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a lack of impartiality, as defined by federal E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 83 / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Notices regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded from the following URL address http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/ sabproduct.nsf/Web/ ethics?OpenDocument. The approved policy under which the EPA SAB Office selects subcommittees and reviews panels is described in the following document: Overview of the Panel Formation Process at the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (EPA–SAB–EC– 02–010), which is posted on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab/pdf/ ec02010.pdf. Dated: April 24, 2014. Thomas H. Brennan, Deputy Director, Science Advisory Board Staff Office. [FR Doc. 2014–09902 Filed 4–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2013–0254; FRL–9909–68] Amendment of a Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Notice of Receipt of Application; Comment Request I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me? Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces EPA’s receipt of an application from Robert I. Rose, Ph.D., on behalf of James Mains, Ph.D., Mosquito Mate, Inc., requesting to amend 89668–EUP–1 experimental use permit (EUP) to allow the applicant to add release and monitoring sites in California for Aedes albopictus male mosquitoes with Wolbachia pipientis ZAP strain bacteria and to extend the permit for the currently approved sites. The Agency has determined that the amendment request for the permit may be of regional and national significance. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert McNally, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD), (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 305–7090; email address: BPPDFRNotices@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is directed to the public in general. Although this action may be of particular interest to those persons who conduct or sponsor research on pesticides, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for EPA? 1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to EPA through regulations.gov or email. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information in a disk or CD–ROM that you mail to EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD–ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD–ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. 2. Tips for preparing your comments. When submitting comments, remember to: i. Identify the document by docket ID number and other identifying PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24427 information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number). ii. Follow directions. The Agency may ask you to respond to specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number. iii. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9910-27-OA]


Notification of a Request for Nominations of Experts for a 
Science Advisory Board Panel on Economy-Wide Modeling

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests 
public nominations of scientific experts to form an SAB panel to 
provide advice through the chartered SAB on the appropriate role of 
economy-wide modeling of the costs and benefits of air regulations in 
informing the regulatory process.

DATES: Nominations should be submitted by May 21, 2014 per the 
instructions below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations 
may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB 
Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2073 or via email at 
stallworth.holly@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB 
can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Background: The SAB (42 U.S.C. 4365) is a chartered Federal 
Advisory Committee that provides independent scientific and technical 
peer review, advice, consultation, and recommendations to the EPA 
Administrator on the technical basis for EPA actions. As a Federal 
Advisory Committee, the SAB conducts business in accordance with the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and related 
regulations. The SAB will comply with the

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provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural 
policies.
    On February 5, 2014, the EPA's National Center for Environmental 
Economics (NCEE) and the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) announced 
(79 FR 6899--6900) that they had developed a draft ``analytic 
blueprint'' of materials on the technical merits and challenges of 
using economy-wide models to evaluate the social costs, benefits and 
economic impacts associated with EPA's air regulations. These 
materials, along with draft charge questions for the SAB and public 
comments can be found in the docket at http://www.regulations.gov under 
the docket identification, EPA-HQ-OA-2014-0129.
    The EPA has requested that the SAB provide review of the EPA's 
modeling and ability to measure full regulatory impacts and to make 
recommendations on the use of economy-wide modeling frameworks to 
characterize the social costs, benefits, and economic impacts of air 
regulations with the aim of improving benefit-cost and economic impact 
analyses used to inform decision-making at the agency. As a first step, 
the EPA has asked the SAB to provide feedback on its draft charge 
questions and analytic blueprint following the 60-day public comment 
period referenced in EPA-HQ-OA-2014-0129.
    With today's Notice, the Science Advisory Board Staff Office is 
soliciting nominations for an expert panel to provide advice to EPA 
through the chartered SAB on its draft analytical blueprint and any 
subsequent materials developed on economy-wide modeling. To conduct 
this review, the SAB Staff Office is forming an expert panel under the 
auspices of the Chartered SAB.
    Technical Contact for EPA's Draft Report: For information 
concerning EPA's draft charge questions and draft analytic blueprint on 
economy-wide modeling, please contact Dr. Ann Wolverton, National 
Center for Environmental Economics at wolverton.ann@epa.gov or 202-566-
2278.
    Request for Nominations: The SAB Staff Office requests nominations 
of environmental economists and other scientists with expertise in the 
following areas: Cost-benefit analysis; computable general equilibrium 
(CGE) modeling with experience in representing environmental and/or 
energy policy; the use of detailed sector models and linking CGE models 
to detailed sector models; non-CGE (macro) models for capturing general 
equilibrium effects of environmental policy; dynamic stochastic 
modeling in CGE and/or macro model contexts; representation of health 
improvements and other types of benefits in a CGE or non-CGE framework 
(e.g. use of state-dependent utility functions); transition dynamics in 
a general equilibrium framework (e.g., in labor or capital markets; 
spatial sorting models); interface of macro- and micro-economic 
modeling; quantifying and monetizing spatially differentiated 
mortality/morbidity/non-health welfare, and non-use effects of air 
quality; and the representation of non-use or environmental preferences 
in the utility function. The SAB Staff Office seeks labor economists 
with a macroeconomic or general equilibrium perspective who have 
expertise in the short-and long-run implications of regulatory 
decisions for household labor market decisions (e.g., labor-leisure 
trade-offs); and expertise in the labor market implications of 
productivity improvements due to better health. The SAB Staff Office is 
also seeking expertise on risk and uncertainty to formally characterize 
uncertainty in CGE and non-CGE models including representation of the 
effects of uncertainty on behavior of economic agents.
    Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations: Any interested 
person or organization may nominate qualified individuals in the areas 
of expertise described above for possible service on this expert panel. 
Self-nominations are allowed as well. Nominations should be submitted 
in electronic format (preferred over hard copy) following the 
instructions for ``Nominating Experts to Advisory Panels and Ad Hoc 
Committees Being Formed,'' provided on the SAB Web site. The 
instructions can be accessed through the ``Nomination of Experts'' link 
on the blue navigational bar at the SAB Web site http://www.epa.gov/sab. To receive full consideration, nominations should include all of 
the information requested below.
    EPA's SAB Staff Office requests contact information about the 
person making the nomination; contact information about the nominee; 
the disciplinary and specific areas of expertise of the nominee; the 
nominee's resume or curriculum vitae; sources of recent grant and/or 
contract support; and a biographical sketch of the nominee indicating 
current position, educational background, research activities, and 
recent service on other national advisory committees or national 
professional organizations.
    Persons having questions about the nomination procedures, or who 
are unable to submit nominations through the SAB Web site, should 
contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, DFO, as indicated above in this notice. 
Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 21, 
2014. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain 
nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women 
and men of all racial and ethnic groups.
    The EPA SAB Staff Office will acknowledge receipt of nominations. 
The names and biosketches of qualified nominees identified by 
respondents to this Federal Register notice, and additional experts 
identified by the SAB Staff, will be posted in a List of Candidates on 
the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. Public comments on this 
List of Candidates will be accepted for 21 days. The public will be 
requested to provide relevant information or other documentation on 
nominees that the SAB Staff Office should consider in evaluating 
candidates.
    For the EPA SAB Staff Office a balanced review panel includes 
candidates who possess the necessary domains of knowledge, the relevant 
scientific perspectives (which, among other factors, can be influenced 
by work history and affiliation), and the collective breadth of 
experience to adequately address the charge. In forming this expert 
panel, the SAB Staff Office will consider public comments on the List 
of Candidates, information provided by the candidates themselves, and 
background information independently gathered by the SAB Staff Office. 
Selection criteria to be used for panel membership include: (a) 
Scientific and/or technical expertise, knowledge, and experience 
(primary factors); (b) availability and willingness to serve; (c) 
absence of financial conflicts of interest; (d) absence of an 
appearance of a lack of impartiality; (e) skills working in committees, 
subcommittees and advisory panels; and, (f) for the panel as a whole, 
diversity of expertise and viewpoints.
    The SAB Staff Office's evaluation of an absence of financial 
conflicts of interest will include a review of the ``Confidential 
Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government Employees Serving on 
Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency'' (EPA Form 3110-48). This confidential form allows government 
officials to determine whether there is a statutory conflict between a 
person's public responsibilities (which include membership on an EPA 
federal advisory committee) and private interests and activities, or 
the appearance of a lack of impartiality, as defined by federal

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regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded from the following 
URL address http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/Web/ethics?OpenDocument.
    The approved policy under which the EPA SAB Office selects 
subcommittees and reviews panels is described in the following 
document: Overview of the Panel Formation Process at the Environmental 
Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (EPA-SAB-EC-02-010), which is 
posted on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab/pdf/ec02010.pdf.

    Dated: April 24, 2014.
 Thomas H. Brennan,
Deputy Director, Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2014-09902 Filed 4-29-14; 8:45 am]
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