EPA Cleanups: GE-Pittsfield/Housatonic River Site
Peer Review Meeting of the Model Validation Report for the Housatonic River
June 28-29, 2006, Peer Review Meeting on the Model Validation Report for GE/Housatonic River Site, Rest of River - Opportunity for Public Comment
This notice announces a Peer Review meeting, June 28-29, 2006 at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-New England is conducting a scientific peer review of the Model Validation Report for the General Electric (GE)/Housatonic River Site, Rest of River. This model will be one of the tools used to evaluate cleanup alternatives for the Rest of River. During the Peer Review meeting, Panel members will deliberate on the Model Validation Report, following questions laid out in the Charge for the Model Validation.
During the meeting, members of the public will have the opportunity to address the panel on questions laid out in the Charge. (See below for information on how to register to provide comment to the Panel.)
The peer review is being conducted in accordance with EPA's Peer Review Handbook and Appendix J to the Consent Decree lodged in the United States District Court of Massachusetts on October 7, 1999. EPA has retained SRA International, Inc. to independently administer the Peer Review process.
Following the Peer Review meeting, EPA will consider the comments from the peer review panel members and prepare a written response to these comments prior to finalizing the Model Validation Report.
The Model Validation Peer Review meeting will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, June 28-29, 2006 at the Cranwell Resort located at 55 Lee Road in Lenox, Massachusetts.
The peer review panel will convene at 9 a.m. each day. Deliberations are scheduled to end at 5:00 p.m.; however the panel reserves the right to deliberate longer each evening, as necessary. Members of the public may attend the meeting as observers. Observer registration will begin each day at 8:00 am.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to address the panel on questions laid out in the Charge on Wednesday, June 28 beginning at 9:00 a.m. However, once the panel begins its deliberations, there will no longer be an opportunity for public comment or input of any kind during the meeting.
If you wish to provide comment at the Model Validation Peer Review meeting, you must register by June 21, 2006. Time for comment is limited, and only those who register by the June 21 deadline will be allowed to provide comment at the meeting.
Public comments must be related to the questions posed in the Charge for the Model Validation. Each entity will be allotted an equal amount of time to comment, however this time will not exceed 30 minutes. Members of the Peer Review panel may ask questions of public commenters; however time for question and response does not count against the commenter's allotted time.
To register to comment, provide your contact information no later then Wednesday, June 21, 2006 to:
Beth Ragnauth, SRA Housatonic Peer Review
Telephone: (800) 584-1454
Fax: (703) 516-9108
Everyone who has registered will be informed by phone or e-mail by June 23 on the maximum amount of time that they will have to speak.
The full text of the Charge for the Model Validation, the Model Validation Report, EPA's Peer Review Handbook and Appendix J to the Consent Decree, as well as other related documents including a list of the Panel Members and public comments on the Model Validation Report received during the comment period are available through links on this web site.
Copies of the Model Validation Report and the full text of the Charge for the Model Validation, as well as other information on the site are available for review at the following locations:
Berkshire Athenaeum Public Library Reference Depart., 1 Wendell
Ave., Pittsfield MA
Cornwall Public Library, Pine St., Cornwall CT
Kent Memorial Library (Kent Library Association), 32 North Main St., Kent CT
Housatonic Valley Association, Cornwall Bridge CT
EPA Records Center, One Congress St., Suite 1100, Boston MA
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, 436 Dwight St., Suite 500, Springfield MA
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, 79 Elm St., Hartford CT
For technical and logistical questions about the Peer Review process, contact Beth Nerrie at the SRA Housatonic Peer Review toll-free line at (800) 584-1454 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
For general questions or information about the GE/Housatonic River site, contact Angela Bonarrigo, U.S. EPA, Region 1, Community Involvement Coordinator by telephone at (617) 918-1034 or e-mail at email@example.com