Notification of a Public Meeting and Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board, 26551-26552 [2016-10392]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / Notices (31) Docket ID Number: EPA–HQ– OECA–2014–0034; Title: NSPS for Kraft Pulp Mills (40 CFR part 60, subpart BB); EPA ICR Number 2485.03, OMB Control Number 2060–0690; Expiration Date: June 30, 2017. Respondents: Kraft pulp mills. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 60, subpart BB). Estimated number of respondents: 4 (total). Frequency of response: Initially, occasionally, and semiannually. Estimated annual burden: 1,910 hours. Estimated annual cost: $753,000, includes $567,000 annualized capital or O&M costs. Changes in Estimates: There is an expected increase in burden hours from the previous ICR due to growth in the respondent universe. (32) Docket ID Number: EPA–HQ– OECA–2013–0316; Title: NSPS for Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plants (40 CFR part 60, subparts KKK and LLL); EPA ICR Number 1086.12, OMB Control Number 2060–0120; Expiration Date: August 31, 2017. Respondents: Onshore natural gas processing plants. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 60, subparts KKK and LLL). Estimated number of respondents: 577 (total). Frequency of response: Initially, occasionally, and semiannually. Estimated annual burden: 122,000 hours. Estimated annual cost: $12,000,000, includes $68,400 annualized capital or O&M costs. Changes in Estimates: There is no change in burden hours from the previous ICR. Dated: April 18, 2016. Edward J. Messina, Director, Monitoring, Assistance and Media Programs Division. [FR Doc. 2016–10393 Filed 5–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FRL–9945–99–OA] Notification of a Public Meeting and Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 May 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting and a public teleconference of the chartered SAB to conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report on an assessment of potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources and to receive briefings on topics of interest for possible future SAB advice. DATES: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The teleconference, if needed to accommodate registered public speakers, will be held on June 8, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the meeting may contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, 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) 564–4885, or email at carpenter.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http:// www.epa.gov/sab. Technical Contact for EPA’s Draft Report: Any technical questions concerning EPA’s draft report, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (May 2015 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R–15/ 047), should be directed to Dr. Jeffrey Frithsen, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Mail Code 8601P, Washington, DC 20460, telephone (703) 347–8623 or via email at frithsen.jeff@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26551 hold a public meeting to discuss and deliberate on the topics below. (1) Quality review of the SAB Draft 4– 26–16 Review of EPA’s draft Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources. The EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) requested the SAB to conduct a peer review of the draft assessment report concerning the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water in the United States. The purpose of the report, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (May 2015 External Review Draft, EPA/ 600/R–15/047), is to synthesize available scientific literature and data to assess the potential for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas to impact the quality or quantity of drinking water resources, and identify factors affecting the frequency or severity of any potential impacts. The SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel conducted a peer review of the EPA draft assessment and the chartered SAB will conduct a quality review of the panel’s draft report. Quality review is a key function of the chartered SAB. Draft reports prepared by SAB committees, panels, or work groups must be reviewed and approved by the chartered SAB before transmittal to the EPA Administrator. Consistent with FACA, the chartered SAB makes a determination in a public meeting about each draft report and determines whether the report is ready to be transmitted to the EPA Administrator. Background on the current advisory activity, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources, can be found on the SAB Web site at https://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/ sabproduct.nsf//LookupWebProjects CurrentBOARD/F7A9DB9ABBAC0 15785257E540052DD54?Open Document. (2) Briefings from representatives of the EPA and other EPA advisory Committees on topics of interest for possible future SAB advice. If the SAB Staff Office determines that there will be insufficient time during the June 14–15, 2016 meeting to accommodate the members of the public who registered in advance to provide oral public comments, the teleconference will be held on June 8, 2016 to provide additional time for oral public comments. Availability of Meeting Materials: A meeting agenda and other materials for the meeting will be placed on the SAB Web site at http://epa.gov/sab. E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 26552 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / Notices 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 EPA’s charge, meeting materials, or the group providing advice. 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 meeting will be limited to five minutes. Persons interested in providing oral statements at the June 14–15, 2016 meeting should contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, DFO, in writing (preferably via email) at the contact information noted above by June 1, 2016 to be placed on the list of registered speakers. Written Statements: Written statements for the June 14–15, 2016 meeting should be received in the SAB Staff Office by June 7, 2016 so that the information can be made available to the SAB for its consideration prior to the meeting. 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 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 Mr. Carpenter 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 May 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 Dated: April 27, 2016. Thomas H. Brennan, Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office. [FR Doc. 2016–10392 Filed 5–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9945–94–OEI] Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Connecticut Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces EPA’s approval of the State of Connecticut’s request to revise its National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation EPA-authorized program to allow electronic reporting. DATES: EPA’s approval is effective June 2, 2016 for the State of Connecticut’s National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation program, if no timely request for a public hearing is received and accepted by the Agency. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Seeh, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Information, Mail Stop 2823T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 566–1175, seeh.karen@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 13, 2005, the final Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 59848) and codified as part 3 of title 40 of the CFR. CROMERR establishes electronic reporting as an acceptable regulatory alternative to paper reporting and establishes requirements to assure that electronic documents are as legally dependable as their paper counterparts. Subpart D of CROMERR requires that state, tribal or local government agencies that receive, or wish to begin receiving, electronic reports under their EPA-authorized programs must apply to EPA for a revision or modification of those programs and obtain EPA approval. Subpart D provides standards for such approvals based on consideration of the electronic document receiving systems that the state, tribe, or local government will use to implement the electronic reporting. Additionally, § 3.1000(b) through (e) of 40 CFR part 3, subpart D provides special procedures for program revisions and modifications to allow electronic reporting, to be used at the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 option of the state, tribe or local government in place of procedures available under existing programspecific authorization regulations. An application submitted under the subpart D procedures must show that the state, tribe or local government has sufficient legal authority to implement the electronic reporting components of the programs covered by the application and will use electronic document receiving systems that meet the applicable subpart D requirements. On April 11, 2016, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) submitted an application titled Compliance Monitoring Data Portal for revision to its EPA-approved drinking water program under title 40 CFR to allow new electronic reporting. EPA reviewed CT DPH’s request to revise its EPA-authorized program and, based on this review, EPA determined that the application met the standards for approval of authorized program revision set out in 40 CFR part 3, subpart D. In accordance with 40 CFR 3.1000(d), this notice of EPA’s decision to approve Connecticut’s request to revise its Part 142—National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation program to allow electronic reporting under 40 CFR part 141 is being published in the Federal Register. CT DPH was notified of EPA’s determination to approve its application with respect to the authorized program listed above. Also, in today’s notice, EPA is informing interested persons that they may request a public hearing on EPA’s action to approve the State of Connecticut’s request to revise its authorized public water system program under 40 CFR part 142, in accordance with 40 CFR 3.1000(f). Requests for a hearing must be submitted to EPA within 30 days of publication of today’s Federal Register notice. Such requests should include the following information: (1) The name, address and telephone number of the individual, organization or other entity requesting a hearing; (2) A brief statement of the requesting person’s interest in EPA’s determination, a brief explanation as to why EPA should hold a hearing, and any other information that the requesting person wants EPA to consider when determining whether to grant the request; (3) The signature of the individual making the request, or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity. E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 85 (Tuesday, May 3, 2016)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Notification of a Public Meeting and Public Teleconference of the 
Chartered Science Advisory Board

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory 
Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting and a public 
teleconference of the chartered SAB to conduct a quality review of a 
draft SAB report on an assessment of potential impacts of hydraulic 
fracturing on drinking water resources and to receive briefings on 
topics of interest for possible future SAB advice.

DATES: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, from 
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 
1:00 p.m. The teleconference, if needed to accommodate registered 
public speakers, will be held on June 8, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 
p.m. (Eastern Time).

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Westin Alexandria, 400 
Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants 
further information concerning the meeting may contact Mr. Thomas 
Carpenter, 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) 564-4885, or 
email at carpenter.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the 
SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.
    Technical Contact for EPA's Draft Report: Any technical questions 
concerning EPA's draft report, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of 
Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (May 
2015 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R-15/047), should be directed to 
Dr. Jeffrey Frithsen, National Center for Environmental Assessment, 
Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue 
NW., Mail Code 8601P, Washington, DC 20460, telephone (703) 347-8623 or 
via email at frithsen.jeff@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    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 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 a 
public meeting to discuss and deliberate on the topics below.
    (1) Quality review of the SAB Draft 4-26-16 Review of EPA's draft 
Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and 
Gas on Drinking Water Resources. The EPA's Office of Research and 
Development (ORD) requested the SAB to conduct a peer review of the 
draft assessment report concerning the relationship between hydraulic 
fracturing and drinking water in the United States. The purpose of the 
report, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for 
Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (May 2015 External Review 
Draft, EPA/600/R-15/047), is to synthesize available scientific 
literature and data to assess the potential for hydraulic fracturing 
for oil and gas to impact the quality or quantity of drinking water 
resources, and identify factors affecting the frequency or severity of 
any potential impacts.
    The SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel conducted a 
peer review of the EPA draft assessment and the chartered SAB will 
conduct a quality review of the panel's draft report. Quality review is 
a key function of the chartered SAB. Draft reports prepared by SAB 
committees, panels, or work groups must be reviewed and approved by the 
chartered SAB before transmittal to the EPA Administrator. Consistent 
with FACA, the chartered SAB makes a determination in a public meeting 
about each draft report and determines whether the report is ready to 
be transmitted to the EPA Administrator.
    Background on the current advisory activity, Assessment of the 
Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking 
Water Resources, can be found on the SAB Web site at https://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf//LookupWebProjectsCurrentBOARD/F7A9DB9ABBAC015785257E540052DD54?OpenDocument.
    (2) Briefings from representatives of the EPA and other EPA 
advisory Committees on topics of interest for possible future SAB 
advice.
    If the SAB Staff Office determines that there will be insufficient 
time during the June 14-15, 2016 meeting to accommodate the members of 
the public who registered in advance to provide oral public comments, 
the teleconference will be held on June 8, 2016 to provide additional 
time for oral public comments.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: A meeting agenda and other 
materials for the meeting will be placed on the SAB Web site at http://epa.gov/sab.

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    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 EPA's charge, 
meeting materials, or the group providing advice. 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 meeting will be limited to five minutes. 
Persons interested in providing oral statements at the June 14-15, 2016 
meeting should contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, DFO, in writing 
(preferably via email) at the contact information noted above by June 
1, 2016 to be placed on the list of registered speakers. Written 
Statements: Written statements for the June 14-15, 2016 meeting should 
be received in the SAB Staff Office by June 7, 2016 so that the 
information can be made available to the SAB for its consideration 
prior to the meeting. 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 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 Mr. Carpenter 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.

    Dated: April 27, 2016.
 Thomas H. Brennan,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2016-10392 Filed 5-2-16; 8:45 am]
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