FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meetings and Request for Nomination of Ad Hoc Expert Reviewers, 40047-40050 [2019-17336]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 13, 2019 / Notices presentation of general comments is projected to be longer than 10 minutes, the presenter should also state why a longer period is needed. Persons failing to submit a written notice but desiring to speak at the conference should notify the presiding officer immediately before the conference, and they will be scheduled on a time-available basis. The conference will be conducted informally and chaired by an EPA official. There will be no sworn testimony or cross examination. A verbatim transcript of the conference proceedings will be produced and placed in the docket. Speakers should bring extra copies of their presentation for inclusion in the docket and for the convenience of the recorder. Speakers will also be permitted to enter written comments into the record. Additional written statements or comments should be sent to the OAR Regulatory Docket (see ADDRESSES section). A transcript of the proceedings and a copy of all written comments will be maintained in Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2019– 0454, which will remain open until November 4, 2019, for the purpose of receiving additional comments. Dated: August 2, 2019. Panagiotis E. Tsirigotis, Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. [FR Doc. 2019–17305 Filed 8–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2019–0417; FRL–9997–78] FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meetings and Request for Nomination of Ad Hoc Expert Reviewers Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day, public, in-person meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to consider and review the Approaches for Quantitative Use of Surface Water Monitoring Data in Pesticide Drinking Water Assessments. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a preparatory, public, virtual meeting, conducted via teleconference and webcast using Adobe Connect, to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for this peer review. In addition, EPA is requesting nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc reviewers to assist VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Aug 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 the FIFRA SAP with this review. Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be considered as prospective candidates for this review by following the instructions provided in this notice. DATES: Meetings: The 4-day, public, inperson meeting will be held November 19 to November 22, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. (EST). The date, time, and registration instructions for the preparatory, public, virtual meeting will be announced on the FIFRA SAP website (http:// www.epa.gov/sap) by late-August. You may subscribe to the following listserv for alerts when notices regarding this and other SAP-related activities are published: https:// public.govdelivery.com/accounts/ USAEPAOPPT/subscriber/new?topic_ id=USAEPAOPPT_101. Nominations: Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc reviewers, to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review, should be provided on or before September 12, 2019. Special accommodations: Requests for special accommodations should be submitted on or before October 29, 2019, to allow EPA time to process your request. Comments: The Agency encourages written comments and requests for oral comments be submitted on or before October 4, 2019. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the in-person meeting, but anyone submitting such comments and requests after October 4, 2019, should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.D. and Unit I.E. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: In-Person Meeting: The location of the 4-day, public, in-person meeting will be announced on the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap. This meeting may also be viewed via webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP website at http:// www.epa.gov/sap for information on how to access the webcast. Please note that this webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the inperson meeting will continue as planned. Virtual Meeting: The preparatory, virtual meeting is open to the public and will be conducted via webcast using Adobe Connect and telephone. Registration is required to participate during the preparatory, virtual meeting. PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40047 Please refer to the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap for additional information including how to register. Nominations: Submit nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc reviewers, to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review, to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Special accommodations: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation for a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Comments. Submit requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Submit your written comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2019–0417, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not electronically submit any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. • Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/ DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460–0001. • Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http:// www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html. Additional information on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http:// www.epa.gov/dockets. For additional instructions related to this meeting, see Unit I.D. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tamue L. Gibson, MS, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: 202–564–7642; email address: gibson.tamue@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me? This action is directed to the public in general. This action may be of interest to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and FIFRA. Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific E:\FR\FM\13AUN1.SGM 13AUN1 40048 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 13, 2019 / Notices entities that may be affected by this action. jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for EPA? 1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit CBI information to EPA through regulations.gov or email. If your comments contain any information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instructions before submitting your comments. 2. Tips for preparing your comments. When preparing and submitting your comments, see Tips for Effective Comments at http://www.epa.gov/ dockets/comments.html. C. Request for Nominations To Serve as Ad Hoc Expert Reviewers To Assist the FIFRA SAP With This Review As part of a broader process for developing a pool of candidates for each review, FIFRA SAP staff routinely solicits the stakeholder community for nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc reviewers. Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be considered as prospective candidates for a specific topic. Individuals nominated for this meeting should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: (i) Statistician (experience in water quality data—preferably pesticides); (ii) environmental exposure scientist (experience in aquatic modeling preferably); (iii) environmental risk assessor (experience in pesticides, environmental fate of pesticides); (iv) water quality expert (experience in pesticides); (v) water quality monitoring specialist; (vi) hydrologist; (vii) aquatic modeler; (viii) aquatic model developer; and (ix) GIS specialist. Nominees should be scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, including training and experience, to provide expert comments on the scientific issues for this review. Nominees should be identified by name, occupation, position, address, email address, and telephone number. Nominations should be provided to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT on or before September 12, 2019. The Agency will consider all nominations of prospective candidates for this review that are received on or before that date. However, final selection of ad hoc reviewers is a discretionary function of the Agency. The selection of scientists to serve on a FIFRA SAP review is based on the function of the Panel and the expertise needed to address the Agency’s charge to the Panel. No interested scientists VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Aug 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 shall be ineligible to serve by reason of their membership on any other advisory committee to a Federal department or agency or their employment by a Federal department or agency, except EPA. Other factors considered during the selection process include availability of the potential reviewer to fully participate in the Panel’s review, absence of any conflicts of interest or appearance of loss of impartiality, independence with respect to the matters under review, and lack of bias. Although financial conflicts of interest, the appearance of loss of impartiality, lack of independence, and bias may result in disqualification, the absence of such concerns does not assure that a candidate will be selected to serve on a FIFRA SAP review. Numerous qualified candidates are identified for each review; therefore, selection decisions involve carefully weighing a number of factors, including the candidates’ areas of expertise and professional qualifications and achieving an overall balance of different scientific perspectives on the Panel. In order to have the collective breadth of experience needed to address the Agency’s charge for this review, the Agency anticipates selecting approximately 12 ad hoc scientists. FIFRA SAP members and ad hoc reviewers are subject to the provisions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch at 5 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2635, conflict of interest statutes in Title 18 of the United States Code, and related regulations. In anticipation of these requirements, prospective candidates for service on FIFRA SAP will be asked to submit confidential financial information which shall fully disclose, among other financial interests, the candidate’s employment, stocks, and bonds, and where applicable, sources of research support. EPA will evaluate the candidate’s financial disclosure form to assess whether there are financial conflicts of interest, appearance of a loss of impartiality, or any prior involvement with the development of the documents under consideration (including previous scientific peer review) before the candidate is considered further for service on FIFRA SAP. Those who are selected from the pool of prospective candidates will be asked to attend the public meetings and to participate in the discussion of key issues and assumptions at these meetings. In addition, they will be asked to review and to help finalize the meeting minutes and final report. The list of FIFRA SAP members and ad hoc reviewers participating at this meeting will be PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 posted on the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap or may be obtained from the OPP Docket at http://www.regulations.gov. D. How may I participate in the inperson meeting? You may participate in the in-person meeting by following the instructions in this unit. To ensure proper receipt of comments, nominations or other requests by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket ID number EPA– HQ–OPP–2019–0417 in the subject line on the first page of your request. 1. Written comments. The Agency encourages written comments for the inperson meeting be submitted using the instructions in ADDRESSES and Unit I.B., on or before October 4, 2019, to provide FIFRA SAP the time necessary to consider and review the written comments. FIFRA SAP may not be able to fully consider written comments submitted after October 4, 2019. Written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after October 4, 2019, should contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Anyone submitting written comments at the meeting should bring 30 copies for distribution to the FIFRA SAP by the DFO. 2. Oral comments. The Agency encourages each individual or group wishing to make brief oral comments to the FIFRA SAP during the in-person meeting to submit their request to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT on or before October 4, 2019, in order to be included on the meeting agenda. Requests to present oral comments will be accepted until the date of the in-person meeting and, to the extent that time permits, the Chair of the FIFRA SAP may permit the presentation of oral comments at the inperson meeting by interested persons who have not previously requested time. The request should identify the name of the individual making the presentation, the organization (if any) the individual will represent, and any requirements for audiovisual equipment. Oral comments before the FIFRA SAP during the in-person meeting are limited to 5 minutes unless arrangements have been made prior to October 4, 2019. In addition, each speaker should bring 30 copies of his or her comments and presentation to the meeting for distribution to the FIFRA SAP by the DFO. 3. Seating at the meeting. Seating at the in-person meeting will be open and on a first-come basis. 4. Webcast. This meeting may also be viewed via webcast. Please refer to the E:\FR\FM\13AUN1.SGM 13AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 13, 2019 / Notices The FIFRA SAP is composed of a permanent panel consisting of seven members who are appointed by the EPA Administrator from nominees provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). FIFRA established a Science Review Board (SRB) consisting of at least 60 scientists who are available to FIFRA SAP on an ad hoc basis to E. How may I participate in the assist in reviews conducted by FIFRA preparatory virtual meeting? SAP. As a scientific peer review mechanism, FIFRA SAP provides Registration for the preparatory comments, evaluations, and virtual meeting is required. To recommendations to improve the participate by listening or making a effectiveness and quality of analyses comment during this meeting, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/sap to register. made by Agency scientists. Members of Registration online will be confirmed by FIFRA SAP are scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, email that will include the webcast including training and experience, to meeting Adobe Connect link and audio provide expert advice and teleconference information. recommendation to the Agency. 1. Written comments. Written comments for the preparatory virtual B. Public Meeting meeting should be submitted, using the Pesticides are regulated in the U.S. instructions in ADDRESSES and Unit I.B., under both FIFRA and FFDCA. In 1996, on or before October 4, 2019. Congress passed the Food Quality 2. Oral comments. Registration is Protection Act (FQPA) which amended required to participate in the preparatory virtual meeting. Please visit both FIFRA and FFDCA. Under FQPA, for human health, EPA must consider the FIFRA SAP website at http:// combined exposures (i.e., aggregate www.epa.gov/sap to register online. exposure) to a single pesticide and the Each individual or group wishing to associated transformation products make brief oral comments to the FIFRA across multiple exposure routes (i.e., SAP during the preparatory virtual oral, dermal, and inhalation) and across meeting should submit their request when registering online or with the DFO multiple pathways (e.g., food, drinking water, and residential uses). listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Historically, the Agency has used CONTACT on or before October 4, 2019. aquatic exposure models to estimate Oral comments before the FIFRA SAP potential pesticide concentrations in during the preparatory virtual meeting drinking water sources across the are limited to approximately 5 minutes country. due to the time constraints of this Recently, EPA developed a drinking meeting. water framework document that 3. Webcast. The preparatory meeting describes the existing and longstanding will be webcast only. Please refer to the continuum of approaches used to assess FIFRA SAP website at http:// pesticide exposure in drinking water. www.epa.gov/sap for information on EPA used a tiered approach, which how to access the webcast. Registration began with simple and conservative is required. assumptions and moved towards more refined, less conservative assumptions II. Background and approaches, as needed. The most A. Purpose of the FIFRA SAP refined tiers considered the use of The FIFRA SAP serves as one of the surface water monitoring to estimate primary scientific peer review pesticide concentrations. Historically, mechanisms of EPA’s Office of EPA has generally used surface water Chemical Safety and Pollution monitoring for characterization and not Prevention (OCSPP) and is structured to to estimate pesticide concentrations. provide independent scientific advice, Pesticide surface water monitoring data information and recommendations to rarely have been used as a quantitative the EPA Administrator on pesticides measure of exposure in drinking water, and pesticide-related issues as to the but rather are typically used as a line of impact of regulatory actions on human evidence to support the conceptual health and the environment. FIFRA SAP exposure model or ground truth model is a Federal advisory committee estimated concentrations. Further, most surface water established in 1975 under FIFRA that monitoring programs typically collect operates in accordance with samples on a nondaily basis, such as requirements of the Federal Advisory weekly or biweekly, even in relatively Committee Act (5 U.S.C. Appendix). jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES FIFRA SAP website at http:// www.epa.gov/sap for information on how to access the webcast. Please note that this webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the inperson meeting will continue as planned. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Aug 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40049 high-sampling frequency programs. Based on EPA’s review of available surface water monitoring data, it is not uncommon for monitoring sites to be sampled once per year or quarterly, and in many cases, the same monitoring sites are not sampled every year. The quantitative use of pesticide surface water monitoring data in drinking water assessments requires an understanding of the impact of numerous variables on the frequency and magnitude of pesticide occurrence (e.g., sample site location, sample frequency, watershed characteristics, pesticide use, rainfall patterns, etc.). Because of the nature of pesticide concentrations in surface water (e.g., spikes in concentration following rainfall events, followed by lower concentrations over longer periods of time) and limited sampling frequencies, available surface water data may not provide a reliable estimate of the true range of pesticide concentrations relevant to the durations of exposure associated with cancer and non-cancer risks. Moreover, based on the Agency’s review of available surface water monitoring sites, sampling sites are often not located in the vulnerable areas where pesticide concentrations are expected to be at the upper end of the anticipated concentration range, although targeted surface water monitoring data may be available for some pesticides. The Agency is interested in using surface water monitoring data to confidently estimate pesticide concentrations in surface water that may be sourced by community water systems. Specifically, the Agency is seeking advice and recommendation from the FIFRA SAP on scientific issues associated with the evaluation and utility of SEAsonalWAVEQ with EXtended capabilities model (SEAWAVE–QEX), long-term sampling bias factors, watershed regressions, and optimization of short-term sampling bias factors. EPA has a method for better utilizing available pesticide surface water quality monitoring data that are temporally and spatially limited for estimating upperbound concentrations relevant for use in drinking water assessments. As part of the SAP, EPA is soliciting comments from the panel on approaches for quantitative use of surface water monitoring data in its drinking water assessments. C. FIFRA SAP Documents and Meeting Minutes The EPA’s background paper, the supporting materials, and draft charge/ questions to FIFRA SAP will be E:\FR\FM\13AUN1.SGM 13AUN1 40050 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 13, 2019 / Notices available by late-August. In addition, a list of candidates under consideration as prospective ad hoc panelists for this meeting will be available for a 15-day public comment period by mid to lateSeptember. The Agency will provide additional background documents (e.g., the meeting agenda) as the materials become available. You may obtain electronic copies of these documents, and certain other related documents that might be available, at http:// www.regulations.gov in docket EPA– HQ–OPP–2019–0417 and on the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap. The FIFRA SAP will prepare meeting minutes summarizing its recommendations to the Agency approximately 90 days after the meeting. The meeting minutes will be posted on the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap or may be obtained from the OPP Docket at http:// www.regulations.gov. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et. seq.; 21 U.S.C. 301 et seq. Dated: August 2, 2019. Hayley Hughes, Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy. [FR Doc. 2019–17336 Filed 8–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [OMB 3060–0936; OMB 3060–1159] Information Collections Being Submitted for Review and Approval to Office of Management and Budget Federal Communications Commission. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 156 (Tuesday, August 13, 2019)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0417; FRL-9997-78]


FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meetings and 
Request for Nomination of Ad Hoc Expert Reviewers

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day, public, in-person meeting of the 
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific 
Advisory Panel (SAP) to consider and review the Approaches for 
Quantitative Use of Surface Water Monitoring Data in Pesticide Drinking 
Water Assessments. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a 
preparatory, public, virtual meeting, conducted via teleconference and 
webcast using Adobe Connect, to consider the scope and clarity of the 
draft charge questions for this peer review. In addition, EPA is 
requesting nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc 
reviewers to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review. Any interested 
person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be 
considered as prospective candidates for this review by following the 
instructions provided in this notice.

DATES: 
    Meetings: The 4-day, public, in-person meeting will be held 
November 19 to November 22, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 
p.m. (EST). The date, time, and registration instructions for the 
preparatory, public, virtual meeting will be announced on the FIFRA SAP 
website (http://www.epa.gov/sap) by late-August. You may subscribe to 
the following listserv for alerts when notices regarding this and other 
SAP-related activities are published: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USAEPAOPPT/subscriber/new?topic_id=USAEPAOPPT_101.
    Nominations: Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc 
reviewers, to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review, should be provided 
on or before September 12, 2019.
    Special accommodations: Requests for special accommodations should 
be submitted on or before October 29, 2019, to allow EPA time to 
process your request.
    Comments: The Agency encourages written comments and requests for 
oral comments be submitted on or before October 4, 2019. However, 
written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted 
until the date of the in-person meeting, but anyone submitting such 
comments and requests after October 4, 2019, should contact the 
Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.D. and Unit I.E. of 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: 
    In-Person Meeting: The location of the 4-day, public, in-person 
meeting will be announced on the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap. This meeting may also be viewed via webcast. Please 
refer to the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap for 
information on how to access the webcast. Please note that this webcast 
is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If 
difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the in-person 
meeting will continue as planned.
    Virtual Meeting: The preparatory, virtual meeting is open to the 
public and will be conducted via webcast using Adobe Connect and 
telephone. Registration is required to participate during the 
preparatory, virtual meeting. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP website at 
http://www.epa.gov/sap for additional information including how to 
register.
    Nominations: Submit nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc 
reviewers, to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review, to the DFO listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Special accommodations: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation for a 
disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.
    Comments. Submit requests to present oral comments to the DFO 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Submit your written comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0417, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not 
electronically submit any information you consider to be Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute.
     Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket 
Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 
20460-0001.
     Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand 
delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the 
instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.
    Additional information on commenting or visiting the docket, along 
with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets. For additional instructions related to this 
meeting, see Unit I.D. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tamue L. Gibson, MS, DFO, Office of 
Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone 
number: 202-564-7642; email address: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may 
be of interest to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing 
of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act 
(FFDCA) and FIFRA. Since other entities may also be interested, the 
Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific

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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 CBI information to EPA through 
regulations.gov or email. If your comments contain any information that 
you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special 
instructions before submitting your comments.
    2. Tips for preparing your comments. When preparing and submitting 
your comments, see Tips for Effective Comments at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/comments.html.

C. Request for Nominations To Serve as Ad Hoc Expert Reviewers To 
Assist the FIFRA SAP With This Review

    As part of a broader process for developing a pool of candidates 
for each review, FIFRA SAP staff routinely solicits the stakeholder 
community for nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad 
hoc reviewers. Any interested person or organization may nominate 
qualified individuals to be considered as prospective candidates for a 
specific topic. Individuals nominated for this meeting should have 
expertise in one or more of the following areas: (i) Statistician 
(experience in water quality data--preferably pesticides); (ii) 
environmental exposure scientist (experience in aquatic modeling 
preferably); (iii) environmental risk assessor (experience in 
pesticides, environmental fate of pesticides); (iv) water quality 
expert (experience in pesticides); (v) water quality monitoring 
specialist; (vi) hydrologist; (vii) aquatic modeler; (viii) aquatic 
model developer; and (ix) GIS specialist. Nominees should be scientists 
who have sufficient professional qualifications, including training and 
experience, to provide expert comments on the scientific issues for 
this review. Nominees should be identified by name, occupation, 
position, address, email address, and telephone number. Nominations 
should be provided to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT on or before September 12, 2019. The Agency will consider all 
nominations of prospective candidates for this review that are received 
on or before that date. However, final selection of ad hoc reviewers is 
a discretionary function of the Agency.
    The selection of scientists to serve on a FIFRA SAP review is based 
on the function of the Panel and the expertise needed to address the 
Agency's charge to the Panel. No interested scientists shall be 
ineligible to serve by reason of their membership on any other advisory 
committee to a Federal department or agency or their employment by a 
Federal department or agency, except EPA. Other factors considered 
during the selection process include availability of the potential 
reviewer to fully participate in the Panel's review, absence of any 
conflicts of interest or appearance of loss of impartiality, 
independence with respect to the matters under review, and lack of 
bias. Although financial conflicts of interest, the appearance of loss 
of impartiality, lack of independence, and bias may result in 
disqualification, the absence of such concerns does not assure that a 
candidate will be selected to serve on a FIFRA SAP review. Numerous 
qualified candidates are identified for each review; therefore, 
selection decisions involve carefully weighing a number of factors, 
including the candidates' areas of expertise and professional 
qualifications and achieving an overall balance of different scientific 
perspectives on the Panel. In order to have the collective breadth of 
experience needed to address the Agency's charge for this review, the 
Agency anticipates selecting approximately 12 ad hoc scientists.
    FIFRA SAP members and ad hoc reviewers are subject to the 
provisions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the 
Executive Branch at 5 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2635, conflict 
of interest statutes in Title 18 of the United States Code, and related 
regulations. In anticipation of these requirements, prospective 
candidates for service on FIFRA SAP will be asked to submit 
confidential financial information which shall fully disclose, among 
other financial interests, the candidate's employment, stocks, and 
bonds, and where applicable, sources of research support. EPA will 
evaluate the candidate's financial disclosure form to assess whether 
there are financial conflicts of interest, appearance of a loss of 
impartiality, or any prior involvement with the development of the 
documents under consideration (including previous scientific peer 
review) before the candidate is considered further for service on FIFRA 
SAP. Those who are selected from the pool of prospective candidates 
will be asked to attend the public meetings and to participate in the 
discussion of key issues and assumptions at these meetings. In 
addition, they will be asked to review and to help finalize the meeting 
minutes and final report. The list of FIFRA SAP members and ad hoc 
reviewers participating at this meeting will be posted on the FIFRA SAP 
website at http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap or may be obtained from the 
OPP Docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

D. How may I participate in the in-person meeting?

    You may participate in the in-person meeting by following the 
instructions in this unit. To ensure proper receipt of comments, 
nominations or other requests by EPA, it is imperative that you 
identify docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0417 in the subject line on 
the first page of your request.
    1. Written comments. The Agency encourages written comments for the 
in-person meeting be submitted using the instructions in ADDRESSES and 
Unit I.B., on or before October 4, 2019, to provide FIFRA SAP the time 
necessary to consider and review the written comments. FIFRA SAP may 
not be able to fully consider written comments submitted after October 
4, 2019. Written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, 
but anyone submitting written comments after October 4, 2019, should 
contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Anyone 
submitting written comments at the meeting should bring 30 copies for 
distribution to the FIFRA SAP by the DFO.
    2. Oral comments. The Agency encourages each individual or group 
wishing to make brief oral comments to the FIFRA SAP during the in-
person meeting to submit their request to the DFO listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT on or before October 4, 2019, in order to 
be included on the meeting agenda. Requests to present oral comments 
will be accepted until the date of the in-person meeting and, to the 
extent that time permits, the Chair of the FIFRA SAP may permit the 
presentation of oral comments at the in-person meeting by interested 
persons who have not previously requested time. The request should 
identify the name of the individual making the presentation, the 
organization (if any) the individual will represent, and any 
requirements for audiovisual equipment. Oral comments before the FIFRA 
SAP during the in-person meeting are limited to 5 minutes unless 
arrangements have been made prior to October 4, 2019. In addition, each 
speaker should bring 30 copies of his or her comments and presentation 
to the meeting for distribution to the FIFRA SAP by the DFO.
    3. Seating at the meeting. Seating at the in-person meeting will be 
open and on a first-come basis.
    4. Webcast. This meeting may also be viewed via webcast. Please 
refer to the

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FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap for information on how to 
access the webcast. Please note that this webcast is a supplementary 
public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise 
resulting in webcasting outages, the in-person meeting will continue as 
planned.

E. How may I participate in the preparatory virtual meeting?

    Registration for the preparatory virtual meeting is required. To 
participate by listening or making a comment during this meeting, 
please visit: http://www.epa.gov/sap to register. Registration online 
will be confirmed by email that will include the webcast meeting Adobe 
Connect link and audio teleconference information.
    1. Written comments. Written comments for the preparatory virtual 
meeting should be submitted, using the instructions in ADDRESSES and 
Unit I.B., on or before October 4, 2019.
    2. Oral comments. Registration is required to participate in the 
preparatory virtual meeting. Please visit the FIFRA SAP website at 
http://www.epa.gov/sap to register online. Each individual or group 
wishing to make brief oral comments to the FIFRA SAP during the 
preparatory virtual meeting should submit their request when 
registering online or with the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT on or before October 4, 2019. Oral comments before the FIFRA 
SAP during the preparatory virtual meeting are limited to approximately 
5 minutes due to the time constraints of this meeting.
    3. Webcast. The preparatory meeting will be webcast only. Please 
refer to the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap for 
information on how to access the webcast. Registration is required.

II. Background

A. Purpose of the FIFRA SAP

    The FIFRA SAP serves as one of the primary scientific peer review 
mechanisms of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention 
(OCSPP) and is structured to provide independent scientific advice, 
information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides 
and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on 
human health and the environment. FIFRA SAP is a Federal advisory 
committee established in 1975 under FIFRA that operates in accordance 
with requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. 
Appendix). The FIFRA SAP is composed of a permanent panel consisting of 
seven members who are appointed by the EPA Administrator from nominees 
provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National 
Science Foundation (NSF). FIFRA established a Science Review Board 
(SRB) consisting of at least 60 scientists who are available to FIFRA 
SAP on an ad hoc basis to assist in reviews conducted by FIFRA SAP. As 
a scientific peer review mechanism, FIFRA SAP provides comments, 
evaluations, and recommendations to improve the effectiveness and 
quality of analyses made by Agency scientists. Members of FIFRA SAP are 
scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, including 
training and experience, to provide expert advice and recommendation to 
the Agency.

B. Public Meeting

    Pesticides are regulated in the U.S. under both FIFRA and FFDCA. In 
1996, Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) which 
amended both FIFRA and FFDCA. Under FQPA, for human health, EPA must 
consider combined exposures (i.e., aggregate exposure) to a single 
pesticide and the associated transformation products across multiple 
exposure routes (i.e., oral, dermal, and inhalation) and across 
multiple pathways (e.g., food, drinking water, and residential uses). 
Historically, the Agency has used aquatic exposure models to estimate 
potential pesticide concentrations in drinking water sources across the 
country.
    Recently, EPA developed a drinking water framework document that 
describes the existing and longstanding continuum of approaches used to 
assess pesticide exposure in drinking water. EPA used a tiered 
approach, which began with simple and conservative assumptions and 
moved towards more refined, less conservative assumptions and 
approaches, as needed. The most refined tiers considered the use of 
surface water monitoring to estimate pesticide concentrations. 
Historically, EPA has generally used surface water monitoring for 
characterization and not to estimate pesticide concentrations. 
Pesticide surface water monitoring data rarely have been used as a 
quantitative measure of exposure in drinking water, but rather are 
typically used as a line of evidence to support the conceptual exposure 
model or ground truth model estimated concentrations.
    Further, most surface water monitoring programs typically collect 
samples on a nondaily basis, such as weekly or biweekly, even in 
relatively high-sampling frequency programs. Based on EPA's review of 
available surface water monitoring data, it is not uncommon for 
monitoring sites to be sampled once per year or quarterly, and in many 
cases, the same monitoring sites are not sampled every year. The 
quantitative use of pesticide surface water monitoring data in drinking 
water assessments requires an understanding of the impact of numerous 
variables on the frequency and magnitude of pesticide occurrence (e.g., 
sample site location, sample frequency, watershed characteristics, 
pesticide use, rainfall patterns, etc.). Because of the nature of 
pesticide concentrations in surface water (e.g., spikes in 
concentration following rainfall events, followed by lower 
concentrations over longer periods of time) and limited sampling 
frequencies, available surface water data may not provide a reliable 
estimate of the true range of pesticide concentrations relevant to the 
durations of exposure associated with cancer and non-cancer risks. 
Moreover, based on the Agency's review of available surface water 
monitoring sites, sampling sites are often not located in the 
vulnerable areas where pesticide concentrations are expected to be at 
the upper end of the anticipated concentration range, although targeted 
surface water monitoring data may be available for some pesticides.
    The Agency is interested in using surface water monitoring data to 
confidently estimate pesticide concentrations in surface water that may 
be sourced by community water systems.
    Specifically, the Agency is seeking advice and recommendation from 
the FIFRA SAP on scientific issues associated with the evaluation and 
utility of SEAsonalWAVEQ with EXtended capabilities model (SEAWAVE-
QEX), long-term sampling bias factors, watershed regressions, and 
optimization of short-term sampling bias factors.
    EPA has a method for better utilizing available pesticide surface 
water quality monitoring data that are temporally and spatially limited 
for estimating upper-bound concentrations relevant for use in drinking 
water assessments. As part of the SAP, EPA is soliciting comments from 
the panel on approaches for quantitative use of surface water 
monitoring data in its drinking water assessments.

C. FIFRA SAP Documents and Meeting Minutes

    The EPA's background paper, the supporting materials, and draft 
charge/questions to FIFRA SAP will be

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available by late-August. In addition, a list of candidates under 
consideration as prospective ad hoc panelists for this meeting will be 
available for a 15-day public comment period by mid to late-September. 
The Agency will provide additional background documents (e.g., the 
meeting agenda) as the materials become available. You may obtain 
electronic copies of these documents, and certain other related 
documents that might be available, at http://www.regulations.gov in 
docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0417 and on the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap.
    The FIFRA SAP will prepare meeting minutes summarizing its 
recommendations to the Agency approximately 90 days after the meeting. 
The meeting minutes will be posted on the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap or may be obtained from the OPP Docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 136 et. seq.; 21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.

    Dated: August 2, 2019.
Hayley Hughes,
Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy.
[FR Doc. 2019-17336 Filed 8-12-19; 8:45 am]
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