Reminder that EPA is requesting nominations and comments related to the
establishment of a new FACA called the Science Advisory Committee on
Chemicals. Self-nominations are permitted, and the deadline for submissions is
today. See below for more information.
[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 166 (Friday, August 26, 2016)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office
[FR Doc No: 2016-20550]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals; Establishment of a
Federal Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: As required by section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act (FACA), EPA is giving notice that, pursuant to section
2625(o) of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century
Act, the Agency is establishing the Science Advisory Committee on
Chemicals (SACC). The purpose of the SACC is to provide independent
advice and expert consultation, at the request of the EPA
Administrator, with respect to the scientific and technical aspects of
risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or
approaches supporting implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg
Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Copies of the SACC charter
will be filed with the appropriate congressional committees and the
Library of Congress. The 14 members of the SACC will be selected from
interested and available members of the existing EPA Chemical Safety
Advisory Committee (CSAC). In addition, EPA invites the public to
nominate experts to be considered for the Science Advisory Committee on
DATES: Nominations and comments must be received on or before October
ADDRESSES: Submit your nominations and comments, identified by docket
identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0474, by one of the
Federal eRulemaking Portal:
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit
electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business
Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted
Mail: OPPT Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket
Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC
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 instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along
with more information about dockets generally, is available at
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Knott, DFO, Office of Science
Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number:
(202) 564-0103; email address:
I. General Information
A. Does this action apply to me?
This action is directed to the public in general. This action may,
however, be of interest to those involved in the manufacture,
processing, distribution, disposal, and/or interested in the assessment
of risks involving chemical substances and mixtures. Since other
entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to
describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action.
B. What is EPA's authority?
This committee is being established under FACA, 5 U.S.C. Appendix
2, and pursuant to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st
II. Purpose and Function of the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals
The SACC is being established under FACA section 9(a), and pursuant
to section 2625(o) of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the
21st Century Act, to provide advice and recommendations on the
scientific basis for risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution
prevention measures or approaches.
EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) manages
programs under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st
Century Act, 15 U.S.C. 2601 et seq. and the Pollution Prevention Act
(PPA), 42 U.S.C. 13101 et seq. Under these laws, EPA evaluates new and
existing chemical substances and their risks, and finds ways to prevent
or reduce pollution before it is released into the environment. OPPT
also manages a variety of environmental stewardship programs that
encourage companies to reduce and prevent pollution.
The SACC will be composed of approximately 14 members who will
serve as Special Government Employees or Regular Government Employees
(RGEs). The SACC expects to meet in person or by electronic means
(e.g., webinar) approximately 3 to 4 times a year, or as needed and
approved by the Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Meetings will be held
in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The charter will be in effect
for 2 years from the date it is filed with Congress. After the initial
2-year period, the charter will be renewed as authorized in accordance
with section 14 of FACA (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2, Section 14). A copy of
the charter will be available on the EPA Web site and in the docket.
III. Nominations Sought
Potentially, 9 of the 14 members of the SACC will be selected from
interested and available members of the existing EPA Chemical Safety
Advisory Committee (CSAC). Brief biographical sketches for CSAC members
are posted on the CSAC Web site at
https://www.epa.gov/csac/chemical-safety-advisory-committee-members. CSAC ;
members who are interested and
available for the SACC include:
1. Holly Davies, Ph.D., Senior Toxicologist, Department of Ecology,
State of Washington, Olympia, WA.
2. William Doucette, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, UT.
3. Panos G. Georgopoulos, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental and
Occupational Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences--School of
Public Health, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway,
4. Kathleen Gilbert, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Microbiology
and Immunology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little
5. John Kissel, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental and Occupational
Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
6. Jaymie Meliker, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Program in Public
Health, Department of Family, Population, & Preventive Medicine, Stony
Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.
7. Kenneth Portier, Ph.D., Vice President, Statistics and
Evaluation Center, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.
8. Daniel Schlenk, Ph.D., Professor of Aquatic Ecotoxicology and
Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Riverside,
9. Kristina Thayer, Ph.D., Deputy Division Director of Analysis and
Director, Office of Health Assessment and Translation, National
Toxicology Program, National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC.
In addition to the 9 interested and available members of CSAC, EPA
anticipates selecting 5 new members for the SACC. Nominations for
membership are being solicited through publication of this document in
the Federal Register and through other sources. Any interested person
or organization may nominate him or herself or any qualified individual
to be considered for the SACC. Nominations should include candidates
who have demonstrated high levels of competence, knowledge, and
expertise in scientific/technical fields relevant to chemical risk
assessment and pollution prevention. In particular, the nominees should
include representation of the following disciplines, including, but not
limited to: Human health and ecological risk assessment, biostatistics,
epidemiology, pediatrics, physiologically-based pharmacokinetics
(PBPK), toxicology and pathology (including neurotoxicology,
developmental/reproductive toxicology, and carcinogenesis), and
chemical exposure to susceptible life stages and subpopulations
(including women, children, and others). EPA values and welcomes
diversity and encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and
IV. Selection Criteria
In addition to scientific expertise, in selecting members, EPA will
consider the differing perspectives and breadth of collective
experience needed to address EPA's charge to the SACC, as well as the
Background and experiences that would contribute to the
diversity of scientific viewpoints on the committee, including
professional experiences in government, labor, public health, public
interest, animal protection, industry, and other groups, as the EPA
Administrator determines to be advisable (e.g., geographical location;
social and cultural backgrounds; and professional affiliations);
Skills and experience working on committees and advisory
panels including demonstrated ability to work constructively and
effectively in a committee setting;
Absence of financial conflicts of interest or the
appearance of a loss of impartiality;
Willingness to commit adequate time for the thorough
review of materials provided to the committee; and
Availability to participate in committee meetings.
The names, affiliations and brief biographical sketches of the
interested and available nominees will be published in the Federal
Register for a 30 day public comment period. This same information for
those who are selected by EPA to serve on the SACC will be available on
the EPA Web site at https://www.epa.gov/csac.
Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2625 et seq.; 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2 et seq.
Dated: August 17, 2016.
Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution
[FR Doc. 2016-20550 Filed 8-25-16; 8:45 am]
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