Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board; Environmental Economics Advisory Committee, 45475-45476 [2016-16710]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 135 / Thursday, July 14, 2016 / Notices ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9949–04–OA] Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board; Environmental Economics Advisory Committee Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) to review its draft report regarding the EPA’s proposed methodology for updating its mortality risk valuation estimates for policy analysis. DATES: The SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee will conduct public teleconferences on August 4 and August 5, 2016. Each of the teleconferences will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the public teleconferences may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at (202) 564–2155 or via email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at http:// www.epa.gov/sab. 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 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 Environmental Economics Advisory Committee will hold two public teleconferences to discuss its draft report on the EPA’s methodology for updating its mortality risk valuation estimates for policy analysis. The asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:33 Jul 13, 2016 Jkt 238001 committee will provide advice to the Administrator through the chartered SAB. The EPA’s Office of Policy requested advice on proposed improvements to the Agency’s methodology for estimating benefits associated with reduced risk of mortality. This methodology takes into account the amounts that individuals are willing to pay for reductions in mortality risk. The resulting values are combined into an estimate known as the value of statistical life (VSL) which is used in regulatory benefit-cost analysis. The EPA also requested that the SAB review options for accounting for changes in the VSL over time as real income grows, known as income elasticity of willingness to pay. The EPA submitted the following documents to the SAB for review: (1) Valuing Mortality Risk for Policy: A Meta-analytic Approach, a white paper prepared by the EPA Office of Policy to describe the Agency’s interpretation and application of SAB recommendations received in July 2011 regarding updates to the EPA’s estimates of mortality risk valuation; (2) The Effect of Income on the Value of Mortality and Morbidity Risk Reductions, a report prepared for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation on options for updating the Agency’s recommended estimate for the income elasticity of the value of statistical life; and (3) Recommended Income Elasticity and Income Growth Estimates: Technical Memorandum, an EPA memorandum providing supplementary information to the report. The SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee met on March 7–8, 2016, to receive agency briefings, hear public comments, and deliberate on responses to the EPA charge questions (81 FR 4296–4297). The committee also held teleconferences on June 16 and June 17, 2016 to discuss its draft report with responses to the charge questions (81 FR 30535–30536). The purpose of the teleconferences described in this notice is to continue the discussion of the committee’s draft report. The two committee teleconferences will be conducted as one complete meeting beginning on August 4, 2016 and continuing on August 5, 2016, if needed to complete agenda items. Additional information about this SAB advisory activity can be found at the following URL: http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sab product.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/ Valuing%20fatal%20risk%20for%20 policy?OpenDocument. Technical Contacts: Any technical questions concerning the EPA documents reviewed by the SAB should be directed to Dr. Nathalie Simon in the PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45475 EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics, by telephone at (202) 566–2347 or by email at simon.nathalie@epa.gov. Availability of Meeting Materials: Prior to the meeting, the teleconference agenda, draft committee report, and other materials will be available on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ sab. Procedures for Providing Public Input: Public comment for consideration by EPA’s federal advisory committees and panels has a different purpose from public comment provided to EPA program offices. Therefore, the process for submitting comments to a federal advisory committee is different from the process used to submit comments to an EPA program office. Federal advisory committees and panels, including scientific advisory committees, provide independent advice to the EPA. Interested members of the public may submit relevant information on the topic of this advisory activity, and/or the group conducting the activity, for the SAB to consider during the advisory process. Input from the public to the SAB will have the most impact if it provides specific scientific or technical information or analysis for SAB committees and 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 DFO directly. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at the teleconference will be limited to three minutes. Interested parties wishing to provide comments should contact Dr. Armitage, DFO, in writing (preferably via email) at the contact information noted above by July 28, 2016, to be placed on the list of public speakers for the meeting. Written Statements: Written statements will be accepted throughout the advisory process; however, for timely consideration by committee members, statements should be supplied to the DFO (preferably via email) at the contact information noted above by July 28, 2016. It is the SAB Staff Office general policy to post written comments on the Web page for advisory meetings. 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. E:\FR\FM\14JYN1.SGM 14JYN1 45476 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 135 / Thursday, July 14, 2016 / Notices Accessibility: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Armitage at the contact information provided above. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Dr. Armitage preferably at least ten days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Dated: July 5, 2016. Thomas H. Brennan, Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office. [FR Doc. 2016–16710 Filed 7–13–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2016–0338; FRL–9948–03] Alpha-chlorohydrin and Hydrogen Cyanamide Registration Review Interim Decisions; Notice of Availability Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: can perform its intended function without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide’s registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For pesticide specific information, contact: The Chemical Review Manager for the pesticide of interest identified in the table in Unit II., Pesticide ReEvaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. For general information on the registration review program, contact: Richard Dumas, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 308–8015; email address: dumas.richard@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information This notice announces the availability of EPA’s interim registration review decisions for the pesticides alpha-chlorohydrin (case 4120) and hydrogen cyanamide (case 7005). Registration review is EPA’s periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide SUMMARY: A. Does this action apply to me? This action is directed to the public in general and may be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders including environmental, human health, farm worker, and agricultural advocates; the chemical industry; pesticide users; and members of the public interested in the sale, distribution, or use of pesticides. Since others also may be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the Chemical Review Manager for the pesticide of interest identified in the table in Unit II. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: B. How can I get copies of this document and other related information? The docket for this action, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2016–0338 is available at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Pesticide Programs Regulatory Public Docket (OPP Docket) in the Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), West William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the OPP Docket is (703) 305–5805. Please review the visitor instructions and additional information about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets. II. What action is the agency taking? Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.58(c), this notice announces the availability of EPA’s interim registration review decisions for the pesticides shown in the following table. TABLE—INTERIM REGISTRATION REVIEW DECISIONS Pesticide docket ID No. Chemical review manager, telephone number, email address Alpha-chlorohydrin, Case 4120 ................ Hydrogen cyanamide, Case 7005 ........... asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Registration review case name and No. EPA–HQ–OPP–2015–0726 .... EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–1014 .... Matthew Manupella, (703) 347–0411, manupella.matthew@epa.gov. Dana L. Friedman, (703) 347–8827, friedman.dana@epa.gov. Alpha-chlorohydrin. The registration review docket for alpha-chlorohydrin opened in December 2015. For alphachlorohydrin, the Agency expedited the registration review and opened the docket with the proposed interim decision and supporting documents. The only registered use for alphachlorohydrin is as a tamper-proof bait station/bait application delivery system for elimination of Norway rats. Alphachlorohydrin is approved for use in and around commercial/industrial facilities and sanitary sewers. The label prohibits the use of the product in any facility where children may be present, and no outdoor uses are permitted. Exposure to pollinators is unlikely because alphachlorohydrin is deployed in a bait VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:33 Jul 13, 2016 Jkt 238001 station. Therefore, pollinator data will not be required, nor will exposure to pollinators be assessed. The Agency has made the following interim decision: (1) No additional data are required at this time; (2) no changes to the affected registrations or their labeling are needed at this time; and (3) EPA does not expect alpha-chlorohydrin to have direct or indirect adverse effects to non-listed, and listed species or to adversely modify any designated critical habitat for such species, and is making a ‘‘no effect’’ determination under the Endangered Species Act for all listed species and designated critical habitat for such species. At this time, EPA is making no human health or environmental safety findings PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 associated with the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) screening of alpha-chlorohydrin. EPA’s registration review decision for alpha-chlorohydrin will depend upon the result of an EDSP Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) section 408(p) determination. Hydrogen cyanamide. Hydrogen cyanamide is a plant growth regulator used to promote uniform bud break in orchard fruit trees and vines; there are no residential uses. It is the only registered plant growth regulator available to induce uniform bud break in United States fruit production, and there are significant economic benefits associated with its use in areas where the critical number of chilling hours needed for bud break do not occur or are E:\FR\FM\14JYN1.SGM 14JYN1

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[FRL-9949-04-OA]


Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science 
Advisory Board; Environmental Economics Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory 
Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the 
Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) to review its draft 
report regarding the EPA's proposed methodology for updating its 
mortality risk valuation estimates for policy analysis.

DATES: The SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee will conduct 
public teleconferences on August 4 and August 5, 2016. Each of the 
teleconferences will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern 
Time).

ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants 
further information concerning the public teleconferences may contact 
Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science 
Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by 
telephone at (202) 564-2155 or via email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. 
General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

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 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 Environmental Economics 
Advisory Committee will hold two public teleconferences to discuss its 
draft report on the EPA's methodology for updating its mortality risk 
valuation estimates for policy analysis. The committee will provide 
advice to the Administrator through the chartered SAB.
    The EPA's Office of Policy requested advice on proposed 
improvements to the Agency's methodology for estimating benefits 
associated with reduced risk of mortality. This methodology takes into 
account the amounts that individuals are willing to pay for reductions 
in mortality risk. The resulting values are combined into an estimate 
known as the value of statistical life (VSL) which is used in 
regulatory benefit-cost analysis. The EPA also requested that the SAB 
review options for accounting for changes in the VSL over time as real 
income grows, known as income elasticity of willingness to pay. The EPA 
submitted the following documents to the SAB for review: (1) Valuing 
Mortality Risk for Policy: A Meta-analytic Approach, a white paper 
prepared by the EPA Office of Policy to describe the Agency's 
interpretation and application of SAB recommendations received in July 
2011 regarding updates to the EPA's estimates of mortality risk 
valuation; (2) The Effect of Income on the Value of Mortality and 
Morbidity Risk Reductions, a report prepared for the EPA's Office of 
Air and Radiation on options for updating the Agency's recommended 
estimate for the income elasticity of the value of statistical life; 
and (3) Recommended Income Elasticity and Income Growth Estimates: 
Technical Memorandum, an EPA memorandum providing supplementary 
information to the report. The SAB Environmental Economics Advisory 
Committee met on March 7-8, 2016, to receive agency briefings, hear 
public comments, and deliberate on responses to the EPA charge 
questions (81 FR 4296-4297). The committee also held teleconferences on 
June 16 and June 17, 2016 to discuss its draft report with responses to 
the charge questions (81 FR 30535-30536). The purpose of the 
teleconferences described in this notice is to continue the discussion 
of the committee's draft report. The two committee teleconferences will 
be conducted as one complete meeting beginning on August 4, 2016 and 
continuing on August 5, 2016, if needed to complete agenda items. 
Additional information about this SAB advisory activity can be found at 
the following URL: http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Valuing%20fatal%20risk%20for%20policy?OpenDocument.
    Technical Contacts: Any technical questions concerning the EPA 
documents reviewed by the SAB should be directed to Dr. Nathalie Simon 
in the EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics, by telephone 
at (202) 566-2347 or by email at simon.nathalie@epa.gov.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: Prior to the meeting, the 
teleconference agenda, draft committee report, and other materials will 
be available on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Public comment for 
consideration by EPA's federal advisory committees and panels has a 
different purpose from public comment provided to EPA program offices. 
Therefore, the process for submitting comments to a federal advisory 
committee is different from the process used to submit comments to an 
EPA program office. Federal advisory committees and panels, including 
scientific advisory committees, provide independent advice to the EPA. 
Interested members of the public may submit relevant information on the 
topic of this advisory activity, and/or the group conducting the 
activity, for the SAB to consider during the advisory process. Input 
from the public to the SAB will have the most impact if it provides 
specific scientific or technical information or analysis for SAB 
committees and 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 DFO directly. Oral Statements: In 
general, individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at the 
teleconference will be limited to three minutes. Interested parties 
wishing to provide comments should contact Dr. Armitage, DFO, in 
writing (preferably via email) at the contact information noted above 
by July 28, 2016, to be placed on the list of public speakers for the 
meeting. Written Statements: Written statements will be accepted 
throughout the advisory process; however, for timely consideration by 
committee members, statements should be supplied to the DFO (preferably 
via email) at the contact information noted above by July 28, 2016. It 
is the SAB Staff Office general policy to post written comments on the 
Web page for advisory meetings. 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.

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    Accessibility: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Armitage at the 
contact information provided above. To request accommodation of a 
disability, please contact Dr. Armitage preferably at least ten days 
prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process 
your request.

    Dated: July 5, 2016.
Thomas H. Brennan,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2016-16710 Filed 7-13-16; 8:45 am]
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