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48 / Monday, March 14, 2005 / Notices

Dated: March 4, 2005. biosphere of the Earth has a wide workshops and issue reports for this
James A. Hanlon, variety of consequences that are study.
Director, Office of Wastewater Management. magnified with time as reactive nitrogen
Nomination of Candidates for SAB
[FR Doc. 05–4959 Filed 3–11–05; 8:45 am] moves along its biogeochemical
pathway. Furthermore, research
indicates the influence of reactive The SAB Staff Office is soliciting
nitrogen in the environment should be public nominations of nationally and
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION considered from a systems perspective internationally recognized scientists
AGENCY and integrated across environmental with expertise in one or more of the
media. For example, reactive nitrogen following areas:
that produces urban air pollution can Biogeochemistry and Effects
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; also contribute to water pollution and
the extensive use of nitrogen-containing (1) The sources of Nr released into the
Request for Nominations, Ad Hoc environment from human activities and
Integrated Nitrogen Research materials in a watershed has a strong
impact on the health of the associated natural sources, including: Intentional
Committee of the Science Advisory cultivation of crops which promote
Board coastal zone. Accordingly, there is a
need to assess the extent of linkage conversion of nitrogen gas to organic
AGENCY: Environmental Protection among the effects that nitrogen causes in nitrogen; combustion of fossil fuels; and
Agency (EPA). the environment, and to explore the the Haber-Bosch process.
implications of these linkages for (2) The behavior and effects of Nr in
ACTION: Notice.
nitrogen research and risk management. the atmosphere, including tropospheric
SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental The EPA Science Advisory Board ozone, particulate matter and visibility,
Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) (SAB) was established by 42 U.S.C. 4365 and greenhouse gases and stratospheric
Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff to provide independent scientific and ozone.
Office (hereinafter, the ‘‘Staff Office’’) is technical advice, consultation, and (3) The behavior and effects of Nr on
announcing the formation of a new Ad recommendations to the EPA humans and ecosystems in the
Hoc Integrated Nitrogen Research Administrator on the technical bases for terrestrial environment, including
Committee of the Science Advisory EPA policies and regulations. It is the grassland/forest and agroecosystem.
Board (hereinafter, the ‘‘Committee’’) (4) The behavior and effects of
initial assessment of the SAB that EPA’s
and is hereby soliciting nominations for nitrogen in the aquatic environment,
research programs on Nr could be better
this Committee. including wetlands, groundwater,
integrated. The SAB is conducting a
DATES: Nominations should be
surface waters, estuarine, coastal and
study to assess the degree of integration
submitted by April 11, 2005, per the marine environments.
among the current EPA programs, to
instructions below. make recommendations for a more Risk Reduction
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any integrated research program on Nr, and (5) Risk Reduction Approaches
member of the public wishing further to identify opportunities for a more including implementation of regulatory
information regarding this Request for integrated approach to nitrogen and voluntary approaches to risk
Nominations may contact Ms. Kathleen management. reduction.
White, Designated Federal Officer To carry out the Integrated Nitrogen
(DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Research Project, the SAB is forming an Control
Staff, at telephone/voice mail: (202) Ad Hoc Committee, known as the (6) Specific control technologies or
343–9878; or via e-mail at: Integrated Nitrogen Research practices, including combustion General Committee. The Staff Office is soliciting controls for nitrogen oxides, ozone
information concerning the SAB can be nominations for members of the new precursors, and particulate matter/
found on the EPA Web site at: http:// Committee. The Committee will provide visibility and practices for controlling advice through the chartered SAB. The ammonia in agriculture.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Committee will comply with the Process and Deadline for Submitting
provisions of the Federal Advisory Nominations: Any interested person or
Background Committee Act (FACA) and all organization may nominate qualified
Reactive nitrogen compounds (Nr)— appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural experts from academia, industry, non-
that is, all biologically active, policies. governmental organizations or State,
photochemically reactive, and The Committee will address the local and tribal governments in the areas
radiatively active nitrogen compounds following questions: of expertise described above to serve on
in the atmosphere and biosphere of the 1. What are the nitrogen problems? the Committee. Nominations should be
Earth can cause multiple effects in the 2. What are the linkages among/ submitted in electronic format through
atmosphere, in terrestrial ecosystems, in between the different nitrogen the Form for Nominating Individuals to
freshwater and marine systems, and on problems? Panels of the EPA Science Advisory
human health. The result is a wide 3. What EPA environmental programs Board provided on the SAB Web site at:
variety of beneficial and detrimental and policies could provide the greatest The form can
changes in the health and welfare of control of nitrogen? What are the be accessed through a link on the blue
people and ecosystems. Information to benefits of integrated nitrogen navigational bar at that Web site. To be
date indicates reactive nitrogen is management? considered, nominations must include
accumulating in the environment. 4. What are the research needs to all the information required on that
Anthropogenic activity leading to better understand the nitrogen problems form.
production of reactive nitrogen has been and to strengthen the integrated risk Anyone who is unable to submit
shown to exceed that from natural management of nitrogen? nominations electronically using this
systems. Circulation of reactive nitrogen To achieve these overall goals, the form, or who has questions concerning
in the atmosphere, hydrosphere and SAB plans to conduct a number of the nomination process may contact Ms.

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Kathleen White, DFO, as indicated by work history and affiliation), and the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
above in this notice. Nominations collective breadth of experience to AGENCY
should be submitted in time to arrive no adequately address the charge. Public
later than April 11, 2005. responses to the Short List candidates
To be considered, all nominations will be considered in the selection of Science Advisory Board Staff Office;
must include: (a) a current biography, the Committee, along with information Notification of Advisory Meeting of the
curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resume, provided by candidates and information Science Advisory Board; Regulatory
which provides the nominee’s independently-gathered by the SAB Environmental Modeling (REM)
background, experience and
Staff Office on the background of each Guidance Review Panel
qualifications for the Committee; and (b)
candidate (e.g., financial disclosure
a brief biographical sketch AGENCY: Environmental Protection
(‘‘biosketch’’). The biosketch should be information and computer searches to
Agency (EPA).
no longer than one page and must evaluate a nominee’s prior involvement
ACTION: Notice.
contain the following information for with the topic under review). Specific
the nominee: criteria to be used in evaluating an SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board
(i) Current professional affiliations individual Committee member include: (SAB) Regulatory Environmental
and positions held; (a) Scientific and/or technical expertise, Modeling (REM) Guidance Review
(ii) Area(s) of expertise, and research knowledge, and experience (primary Panel will hold a public advisory
activities and interests; factors); (b) availability and willingness meeting, as a teleconference, to discuss
(iii) Leadership positions in national to serve; (c) absence of financial preparation of its draft peer review
associations or professional publications conflicts of interest; (d) scientific report of the Agency’s draft guidance
or other significant distinctions; credibility and impartiality; and (e) entitled, ‘‘Draft Guidance on the
(iv) Educational background, skills working in advisory committees, Development, Evaluation, and
especially advanced degrees, including subcommittees and review panels. Application of Regulatory
when and from which institutions these Environmental Models,’’ dated
were granted; Short List candidates must submit the
November 2003 (referred to here also as
(v) Service on other advisory ‘‘Confidential Financial Disclosure the Draft Guidance), and the ‘‘Models
committees, professional societies, Form for Special Government Knowledge Base’’ related to modeling
especially those associated with issues Employees Serving on Federal Advisory activity within the EPA.
under discussion in this review; and Committees at the U.S. Environmental DATES: March 28, 2005, 1 to 4 p.m.
(vi) Sources of recent (i.e., within the Protection Agency’’ (EPA Form 3110– eastern standard time.
preceding two years) grant and/or other 48). This confidential form allows
ADDRESSES: The public teleconference
contract support, from government, Government officials to determine
industry, academia, etc., including the will take place via teleconference only.
whether there is a statutory conflict
topic area of the funded activity. Please FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any
between that person’s public
note that even if there is no responsive member of the public who wishes to
responsibilities (which includes
information (e.g., no recent grant or obtain the teleconference call-in number
membership on an EPA Federal and access code, would like to submit
contract funding), this must be advisory committee) and private
indicated on the biosketch (by ‘‘N/A’’ or written or brief oral comments (5
interests and activities, or the minutes or less for the public face-to-
‘‘None’’). Incomplete biosketches will appearance of a lack of impartiality, as
result in nomination packages not being face meeting, and 3 minutes or less for
defined by Federal regulation. The form the public teleconference meeting), or
The EPA SAB Staff Office will may be viewed and downloaded from who wants further information
acknowledge receipt of the nomination. the following URL address: http:// concerning this public meeting should
After considering the nominees (termed– contact Dr. Jack Kooyoomjian,
the ‘‘Widecast’’), the SAB Staff Office 48.pdf. Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA
will identify a subset (known as the The approved policy under which the SAB, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
‘‘Short List’’) for more detailed EPA SAB Office selects ad hoc (MC 1400F), Washington, DC 20460; via
consideration. Criteria used by the Staff committees and review panels is telephone/voice mail: (202) 343–9984;
Office in developing this Short List are described in the following document: fax: (202) 233–0643; or e-mail at:
given at the end of the following Overview of the Panel Formation The general
paragraph. The Short List will be posted Process at the Environmental Protection SAB telephone number is (202) 343–
on the SAB Web site at: http:// 9999 to obtain the dial in number and
Agency Science Advisory Board (EPA–, and will include the pass code for the conference call.
SAB–EC–02–010), which is on the SAB
nominees’ names and their biosketches. General information concerning the
Web site at: (
Public comments will be accepted for 21 SAB can be found on the SAB Web site
sab) at:
calendar days on the Short List. During ecm02003.pdf
this comment period, the public may SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
provide information, analysis or other Background: The EPA’s Office if
documentation on nominees that the Dated: March 4, 2005. Research Development (ORD) requested
Staff Office should consider in Vanessa T. Vu, that the SAB review the Agency’s Draft
evaluating candidates for the Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Guidance and Models Knowledge Base.
Committee. Office. Additional background information on
For the EPA SAB Staff Office, a [FR Doc. 05–4960 Filed 3–11–05; 8:45 am] this review activity, such as the Federal
balanced Committee is characterized by Register notice (68 FR 46602, Aug. 6,
inclusion of candidates who possess the 2003) soliciting nominations for REM
necessary domains of knowledge, the Guidance Review Panel membership
relevant scientific perspectives (which, and the Federal Register notice (70 FR
among other factors, can be influenced 1243, January 6, 2005) announcing the

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