Thursday, May 31, 2012

Establishment Of The Great Lakes Advisory Board

May 31: U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register [77 FR 32089] that it is establishing the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB). The purpose of the GLAB is to provide advice to the Administrator in her capacity as Chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force established per Executive Order 13340 (May 18, 2004), on matters related to Great Lakes restoration and protection. The major objectives will be to provide advice and recommendations on: Great Lakes protection and restoration policy; long term goals and objectives for Great Lakes protection and restoration; and annual priorities to protect and restore the Great Lakes that may be used to help inform budget decisions.
    EPA said it has determined that this Federal advisory committee is in the public interest and will assist the EPA in performing its duties and responsibilities. Copies of the GLAB's charter will be filed with the appropriate congressional committees and the Library of Congress. The GLAB will be composed of approximately fifteen (15) members who will serve as representative members, Regular Government Employees (RGEs), or Special Government Employees (SGEs). The GLAB expects to meet in person or by electronic means (e.g., telephone, videoconference, webcast, etc.) approximately two (2) times a year, or as needed and approved by the Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Meetings will be held in the Great Lakes region and Washington, DC.

    Access the FR announcement (click here). Access a release from EPA with comments from the Administrator (click here).
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