Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) and SAB Standing Committees, 18225-18227 [2020-06660]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 63 / Wednesday, April 1, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES appurtenances in offshore waters of Texas (Project), as authorized in the April 17, 2018 Order Amending Abandonment Authorization 1 (April 17 Order). The April 17 Order required Transco to complete the authorized abandonment within two years of the Order date. Transco states that the offshore construction window generally runs from May 1st through September 30th of each year allowing for a very limited window to safely complete activities offshore. Transco asserts that it identified and addressed integrity issues downstream of the Project in 2018. Transco affirms that it started the abandonment work in 2019 but did not complete all the required work before the 2019 offshore construction window closed. Transco proposes to finish the remaining work required to abandon the Project facilities, including the cutting and removing of the tube turn at the base of the riser on the Brazos Area 133 A platform, during the 2020 offshore construction window. This notice establishes a 15-calendar day intervention and comment period deadline. Any person wishing to comment on the extension motion may do so. No reply comments or answers will be considered. If you wish to obtain legal status by becoming a party to the proceedings for this request, you should, on or before the comment date stated below, file a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214 or 385.211) and the Regulations under the Natural Gas Act (18 CFR 157.10). However, only motions to intervene from entities that were party to the underlying proceeding will be accepted. As a matter of practice, the Commission itself generally acts on requests for extensions of time to complete construction for NGA facilities when such requests are contested before order issuance. For those extension requests that are contested,2 the Commission acting as a whole will aim to issue an order acting on the request within 45 days.3 The Commission will address all arguments relating to whether the applicant has demonstrated there is good cause to grant the extension. The Commission will not consider arguments that re-litigate the issuance of the abandonment order, including whether the Commission 1 Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC, 163 FERC ¶ 62,046 (2018). 2 Contested proceedings are those where an intervenor disputes any material issue of the filing. 18 CFR 385.2201(c)(1) (2019). 3 Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC, 170 FERC ¶ 61,144, at P 40 (2020). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:31 Mar 31, 2020 Jkt 250001 properly found the project to be in the public convenience or necessity and whether the Commission’s environmental analysis for the certificate complied with the National Environmental Policy Act.4 At the time a pipeline requests an extension of time, orders on certificates of public convenience and/or necessity are final and the Commission will not re-litigate their issuance. The OEP Director, or his or her designee, will act on all of those extension requests that are uncontested. The extension request is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s website web at http:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (886) 208–3676 or TYY, (202) 502–8659. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http:// www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and three copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 9, 2020. Dated: March 25, 2020. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–06817 Filed 3–31–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–10007–25–OA] Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) and SAB Standing Committees Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the EPA SUMMARY: 4 Similarly, the Commission will not re-litigate the issuance of an NGA section 3 authorization, including whether a proposed project is not inconsistent with the public interest and whether the Commission’s environmental analysis for the permit order complied with NEPA. PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18225 Science Advisory Board (SAB) and four SAB standing committees described in this notice. Appointments will be announced by the Administrator and are anticipated to be filled by the start of Fiscal Year 2021 (October 2020). DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 1, 2020. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The SAB is a chartered Federal Advisory Committee, established in 1978, under the authority of the Environmental Research, Development and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDDAA), codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator. Members of the SAB constitute distinguished bodies of nonEPA scientists, engineers, and economists who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for a three-year term and serve as Special Government Employees who provide independent expert advice to the agency. Additional information about the SAB is available at http:// www.epa.gov/sab. Expertise Sought for the SAB: The chartered SAB provides scientific advice to the EPA Administrator on a variety of EPA science and research. All the work of SAB standing committees and ad-hoc panels is conducted under the auspices of the chartered SAB. The chartered SAB reviews all SAB standing committee and ad-hoc panel draft reports and determines whether each is of a high enough quality to deliver to the EPA Administrator. The SAB Staff Office invites nominations to serve on the chartered SAB in the following scientific disciplines as they relate to human health and the environment: Analytical chemistry; benefit-cost analysis; causal inference; complex systems; ecological sciences and ecological assessment; economics; engineering; forestry; geochemistry; health sciences; hydrology; hydrogeology; medicine; microbiology; modeling; pediatrics; public health; risk assessment; social, behavioral and decision sciences; statistics; toxicology; epidemiology; and uncertainty analysis. The SAB Staff Office is especially interested in scientists in the disciplines described above who have knowledge and experience in air quality; agricultural sciences; atmospheric sciences; benefit-cost analysis; complex systems; drinking water; energy and the environment; epidemiology; dose- E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 01APN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 18226 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 63 / Wednesday, April 1, 2020 / Notices response, exposure, and physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling; water quality; water quantity and reuse; ecosystem services; community environmental health; sustainability; and waste management. For further information about the chartered SAB membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, DFO, by telephone at (202) 564–2155 or by email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. The SAB Staff Office is also seeking nominations of experts for possible vacancies on four SAB standing committees: The Agricultural Science Committee, the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee; the Drinking Water Committee; and the Radiation Advisory Committee. (1) The SAB Agricultural Science Committee (ASC) provides advice to the chartered SAB on matters that have been determined to have a significant direct impact on farming and agriculture-related industries. The SAB Staff Office invites the nomination of scientists with expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: Agricultural science; agricultural economics, including the valuation of ecosystem goods and services; agricultural chemistry; agricultural engineering; agronomy and soil science; animal science; aquaculture science; biofuel engineering; biotechnology; crop science and phytopathology; environmental chemistry; forestry; and hydrology. For further information about the ASC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Shaunta Hill-Hammond, DFO, by telephone at (202) 564–3343 or by email at hill-hammond.shaunta@epa.gov. (2) The SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) provides advice through the chartered SAB regarding selected toxicological reviews of environmental chemicals. The SAB Staff Office invites the nomination of scientists with experience in chemical assessments and expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: Toxicology, including, developmental/ reproductive toxicology, and inhalation toxicology; carcinogenesis; doseresponse, exposure, and physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling; biostatistics; uncertainty analysis; epidemiology and risk assessment. For further information about the CAAC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Suhair Shallal, DFO, by telephone at (202) 564–2057 or by email at shallal.suhair@epa.gov. (3) The SAB Drinking Water Committee (DWC) provides advice on the scientific and technical aspects of VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:31 Mar 31, 2020 Jkt 250001 EPA’s national drinking water program. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts with experience on drinking water issues. Members should have expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: Environmental engineering; epidemiology; microbiology; public health; toxicology, including new and emerging contaminants; uncertainty analysis; and risk assessment. For further information about the DWC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Bryan Bloomer, DFO, by telephone at (202) 564–4222 or by email at bloomer.bryan@ epa.gov. (4) The Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) provides advice on radiation protection, radiation science, and radiation risk assessment. The SAB Staff Office invites the nomination of experts to serve on the RAC with demonstrated expertise in the following disciplines: Radiation carcinogenesis; radiochemistry; radiation dosimetry; radiation epidemiology; radiation exposure; radiation health and safety; radiological risk assessment; uncertainty analysis; and radionuclide fate and transport. For further information about the RAC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Diana Wong, DFO, by telephone at (202) 564–2049 or by email at wong.diana-m@epa.gov. Selection Criteria for the SAB and the SAB Standing Committees includes: —Demonstrated scientific credentials and disciplinary expertise in relevant fields; —Willingness to commit time to the committee and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees; —Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee, e.g., geographical, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, professional affiliations; and other considerations; and —For the committee as a whole, the collective breadth and depth of scientific expertise is considered. As the SAB and its standing committees and ad-hoc panels undertake specific advisory activities, the SAB Staff Office will consider two additional criteria for each new activity: Absence of financial conflicts of interest and absence of an appearance of a loss of impartiality. How to Submit Nominations: Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to these advisory committees. Individuals may PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 self-nominate. Nominations should be submitted in electronic format (preferred) using the online nomination form under the ‘‘Nomination of Experts’’ category at the bottom of the SAB home page at http://www.epa.gov/sab. To be considered, all nominations should include the information requested below. EPA values and welcomes diversity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, race, disability or ethnicity. Nominators are asked to identify the specific committee for which nominee is to be considered. The following information should be provided on the nomination form: Contact information for the person making the nomination; contact information for the nominee; the disciplinary and specific areas of expertise of the nominee; the nominee’s curriculum vitae; and a biographical sketch of the nominee indicating current position, educational background; research activities; sources of research funding for the last two years; and recent service on other national advisory committees or national professional organizations. To help the agency evaluate the effectiveness of its outreach efforts, please indicate how you learned of this nomination opportunity. Persons having questions about the nomination process or the public comment process described below, or who are unable to submit nominations through the SAB website, should contact the DFO for the committee, as identified above. The DFO will acknowledge receipt of nominations and in that acknowledgement, will invite the nominee to provide any additional information that the nominee feels would be useful in considering the nomination, such as availability to participate as a member of the committee; how the nominee’s background, skills and experience would contribute to the diversity of the committee; and any questions the nominee has regarding membership. The names and biosketches of qualified nominees identified by respondents to this Federal Register notice, and any additional experts identified by the SAB Staff Office, will be posted in a List of Candidates on the SAB website at http://www.epa.gov/sab. Public comments on each List of Candidates will be accepted for 21 days from the date the list is posted. The public will be requested to provide relevant information or other documentation on nominees that the SAB Staff Office should consider in evaluating candidates. Candidates invited to serve will be asked to submit the ‘‘Confidential E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 01APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 63 / Wednesday, April 1, 2020 / Notices 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 EPA to determine whether there is a statutory conflict between that person’s public responsibilities as a Special Government Employee and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a loss of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded through the ‘‘Ethics Requirements for Advisors’’ link on the SAB home page at http://www.epa.gov/sab. This form should not be submitted as part of a nomination. V. Khanna Johnston, Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office. [FR Doc. 2020–06660 Filed 3–31–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ– OAR–2019–0333; FRL–10007– 19–OAR] Alternative Methods for Calculating Off-Cycle Credits Under the Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program: Applications From Toyota Motor North America Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting comment on applications from Toyota Motor North America (‘‘Toyota’’) for off-cycle carbon dioxide (CO2) credits under EPA’s lightduty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards. ‘‘Off-cycle’’ emission reductions can be achieved by employing technologies that result in real-world benefits, but where that benefit is not adequately captured on the test procedures used by manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with emission standards. EPA’s light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas program acknowledges these benefits by giving automobile manufacturers several options for generating ‘‘off-cycle’’ CO2 credits. Under the regulations, a manufacturer may apply for CO2 credits for off-cycle technologies that result in off-cycle benefits. In these cases, a manufacturer must provide EPA with a proposed methodology for determining the real-world off-cycle benefit. Toyota has submitted applications that describe methodologies for determining off-cycle credits from technologies described in jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:31 Mar 31, 2020 Jkt 250001 their applications. Pursuant to applicable regulations, EPA is making these off-cycle credit calculation methodologies available for public comment. DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 1, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2019–0333, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit https://www2.epa.gov/dockets/ commenting-epa-dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linc Wehrly, Director, Light Duty Vehicle Center, Compliance Division, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Telephone: (734) 214–4286. Fax: (734) 214–4053. Email address: wehrly.linc@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background EPA’s light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) program provides three pathways by which a manufacturer may accrue off-cycle carbon dioxide (CO2) credits for those technologies that achieve CO2 reductions in the real world but where those reductions are not adequately captured on the test used to determine compliance with the CO2 standards, and which are not otherwise reflected in the standards’ stringency. The first pathway is a predetermined list of credit values for specific off-cycle technologies that may be used beginning in model year 2014.1 This pathway allows manufacturers to use conservative credit values established by EPA for a wide range of technologies, with minimal data submittal or testing requirements, if the technologies meet EPA regulatory definitions. In cases where the off-cycle technology is not on the menu but additional laboratory testing can demonstrate emission benefits, a second pathway allows manufacturers to use a broader array of emission tests (known as ‘‘5-cycle’’ testing because the methodology uses five different testing procedures) to demonstrate and justify off-cycle CO2 credits.2 The additional emission tests allow emission benefits to be demonstrated over some elements of real-world driving not adequately captured by the GHG compliance tests, including high speeds, hard accelerations, and cold temperatures. These first two methodologies were completely defined through notice and comment rulemaking and therefore no additional process is necessary for manufacturers to use these methods. The third and last pathway allows manufacturers to seek EPA approval to use an alternative methodology for determining the off-cycle CO2 credits.3 This option is only available if the benefit of the technology cannot be adequately demonstrated using the 5-cycle methodology. Manufacturers may also use this option to demonstrate reductions that exceed those available via use of the predetermined list. Under the regulations, a manufacturer seeking to demonstrate off-cycle credits with an alternative methodology (i.e., under the third pathway described above) must describe a methodology that meets the following criteria: • Use modeling, on-road testing, onroad data collection, or other approved analytical or engineering methods; • Be robust, verifiable, and capable of demonstrating the real-world emissions benefit with strong statistical significance; • Result in a demonstration of baseline and controlled emissions over a wide range of driving conditions and number of vehicles such that issues of data uncertainty are minimized; • Result in data on a model type basis unless the manufacturer demonstrates that another basis is appropriate and adequate. Further, the regulations specify the following requirements regarding an application for off-cycle CO2 credits: • A manufacturer requesting off-cycle credits must develop a methodology for demonstrating and determining the benefit of the off-cycle technology and 2 See 1 See PO 00000 40 CFR 86.1869–12(b). Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18227 3 See E:\FR\FM\01APN1.SGM 40 CFR 86.1869–12(c). 40 CFR 86.1869–12(d). 01APN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Science 
Advisory Board (SAB) and SAB Standing Committees

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites 
nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines 
to be considered for appointment to the EPA Science Advisory Board 
(SAB) and four SAB standing committees described in this notice. 
Appointments will be announced by the Administrator and are anticipated 
to be filled by the start of Fiscal Year 2021 (October 2020).

DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than 
May 1, 2020.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Background: The SAB is a chartered Federal Advisory Committee, 
established in 1978, under the authority of the Environmental Research, 
Development and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDDAA), codified at 
42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and technical peer 
review, consultation, advice and recommendations to the EPA 
Administrator. Members of the SAB constitute distinguished bodies of 
non-EPA scientists, engineers, and economists who are nationally and 
internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Members 
are appointed by the EPA Administrator for a three-year term and serve 
as Special Government Employees who provide independent expert advice 
to the agency. Additional information about the SAB is available at 
http://www.epa.gov/sab.
    Expertise Sought for the SAB: The chartered SAB provides scientific 
advice to the EPA Administrator on a variety of EPA science and 
research. All the work of SAB standing committees and ad-hoc panels is 
conducted under the auspices of the chartered SAB. The chartered SAB 
reviews all SAB standing committee and ad-hoc panel draft reports and 
determines whether each is of a high enough quality to deliver to the 
EPA Administrator. The SAB Staff Office invites nominations to serve on 
the chartered SAB in the following scientific disciplines as they 
relate to human health and the environment: Analytical chemistry; 
benefit-cost analysis; causal inference; complex systems; ecological 
sciences and ecological assessment; economics; engineering; forestry; 
geochemistry; health sciences; hydrology; hydrogeology; medicine; 
microbiology; modeling; pediatrics; public health; risk assessment; 
social, behavioral and decision sciences; statistics; toxicology; 
epidemiology; and uncertainty analysis.
    The SAB Staff Office is especially interested in scientists in the 
disciplines described above who have knowledge and experience in air 
quality; agricultural sciences; atmospheric sciences; benefit-cost 
analysis; complex systems; drinking water; energy and the environment; 
epidemiology; dose-

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response, exposure, and physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) 
modeling; water quality; water quantity and reuse; ecosystem services; 
community environmental health; sustainability; and waste management. 
For further information about the chartered SAB membership appointment 
process and schedule, please contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, DFO, by 
telephone at (202) 564-2155 or by email at [email protected].
    The SAB Staff Office is also seeking nominations of experts for 
possible vacancies on four SAB standing committees: The Agricultural 
Science Committee, the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee; the 
Drinking Water Committee; and the Radiation Advisory Committee.
    (1) The SAB Agricultural Science Committee (ASC) provides advice to 
the chartered SAB on matters that have been determined to have a 
significant direct impact on farming and agriculture-related 
industries. The SAB Staff Office invites the nomination of scientists 
with expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: 
Agricultural science; agricultural economics, including the valuation 
of ecosystem goods and services; agricultural chemistry; agricultural 
engineering; agronomy and soil science; animal science; aquaculture 
science; biofuel engineering; biotechnology; crop science and 
phytopathology; environmental chemistry; forestry; and hydrology. For 
further information about the ASC membership appointment process and 
schedule, please contact Dr. Shaunta Hill-Hammond, DFO, by telephone at 
(202) 564-3343 or by email at [email protected].
    (2) The SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) provides 
advice through the chartered SAB regarding selected toxicological 
reviews of environmental chemicals. The SAB Staff Office invites the 
nomination of scientists with experience in chemical assessments and 
expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: Toxicology, 
including, developmental/reproductive toxicology, and inhalation 
toxicology; carcinogenesis; dose-response, exposure, and 
physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling; biostatistics; 
uncertainty analysis; epidemiology and risk assessment. For further 
information about the CAAC membership appointment process and schedule, 
please contact Dr. Suhair Shallal, DFO, by telephone at (202) 564-2057 
or by email at [email protected].
    (3) The SAB Drinking Water Committee (DWC) provides advice on the 
scientific and technical aspects of EPA's national drinking water 
program. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts with 
experience on drinking water issues. Members should have expertise in 
one or more of the following disciplines: Environmental engineering; 
epidemiology; microbiology; public health; toxicology, including new 
and emerging contaminants; uncertainty analysis; and risk assessment. 
For further information about the DWC membership appointment process 
and schedule, please contact Dr. Bryan Bloomer, DFO, by telephone at 
(202) 564-4222 or by email at [email protected].
    (4) The Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) provides advice on 
radiation protection, radiation science, and radiation risk assessment. 
The SAB Staff Office invites the nomination of experts to serve on the 
RAC with demonstrated expertise in the following disciplines: Radiation 
carcinogenesis; radiochemistry; radiation dosimetry; radiation 
epidemiology; radiation exposure; radiation health and safety; 
radiological risk assessment; uncertainty analysis; and radionuclide 
fate and transport. For further information about the RAC membership 
appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Diana Wong, DFO, 
by telephone at (202) 564-2049 or by email at [email protected].
    Selection Criteria for the SAB and the SAB Standing Committees 
includes:

--Demonstrated scientific credentials and disciplinary expertise in 
relevant fields;
--Willingness to commit time to the committee and demonstrated ability 
to work constructively and effectively on committees;
--Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the 
diversity of perspectives on the committee, e.g., geographical, social, 
cultural, educational backgrounds, professional affiliations; and other 
considerations; and
--For the committee as a whole, the collective breadth and depth of 
scientific expertise is considered.

    As the SAB and its standing committees and ad-hoc panels undertake 
specific advisory activities, the SAB Staff Office will consider two 
additional criteria for each new activity: Absence of financial 
conflicts of interest and absence of an appearance of a loss of 
impartiality.
    How to Submit Nominations: Any interested person or organization 
may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to 
these advisory committees. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominations 
should be submitted in electronic format (preferred) using the online 
nomination form under the ``Nomination of Experts'' category at the 
bottom of the SAB home page at http://www.epa.gov/sab. To be 
considered, all nominations should include the information requested 
below. EPA values and welcomes diversity. All qualified candidates are 
encouraged to apply regardless of gender, race, disability or 
ethnicity.
    Nominators are asked to identify the specific committee for which 
nominee is to be considered. The following information should be 
provided on the nomination form: Contact information for the person 
making the nomination; contact information for the nominee; the 
disciplinary and specific areas of expertise of the nominee; the 
nominee's curriculum vitae; and a biographical sketch of the nominee 
indicating current position, educational background; research 
activities; sources of research funding for the last two years; and 
recent service on other national advisory committees or national 
professional organizations. To help the agency evaluate the 
effectiveness of its outreach efforts, please indicate how you learned 
of this nomination opportunity. Persons having questions about the 
nomination process or the public comment process described below, or 
who are unable to submit nominations through the SAB website, should 
contact the DFO for the committee, as identified above. The DFO will 
acknowledge receipt of nominations and in that acknowledgement, will 
invite the nominee to provide any additional information that the 
nominee feels would be useful in considering the nomination, such as 
availability to participate as a member of the committee; how the 
nominee's background, skills and experience would contribute to the 
diversity of the committee; and any questions the nominee has regarding 
membership. The names and biosketches of qualified nominees identified 
by respondents to this Federal Register notice, and any additional 
experts identified by the SAB Staff Office, will be posted in a List of 
Candidates on the SAB website at http://www.epa.gov/sab. Public 
comments on each List of Candidates will be accepted for 21 days from 
the date the list is posted. The public will be requested to provide 
relevant information or other documentation on nominees that the SAB 
Staff Office should consider in evaluating candidates.
    Candidates invited to serve will be asked to submit the 
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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 EPA to 
determine whether there is a statutory conflict between that person's 
public responsibilities as a Special Government Employee and private 
interests and activities, or the appearance of a loss of impartiality, 
as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded 
through the ``Ethics Requirements for Advisors'' link on the SAB home 
page at http://www.epa.gov/sab. This form should not be submitted as 
part of a nomination.

V. Khanna Johnston,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2020-06660 Filed 3-31-20; 8:45 am]
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