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Federal Register Summary for week of 30 November

    Agriculture

  • National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Notice of Solicitation for Membership

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for membership.

    SUMMARY: We are giving notice that we have reestablished the Secretary’s National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee for a 2-year period. The Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership on this Committee.

    DATES: Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before January 14, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be addressed to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Joanne Garrett, Director, Operational Support Staff, WS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 87, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234; (301) 734-5149.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-23195.htm

  • Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period for the Forest Service Proposed Wind Energy Directives

    Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period for the Forest Service Proposed Wind Energy Directives (FSM 2720, FSH 2609.13 and FSH 2709.11)

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of extension of public comment period.

    SUMMARY: The Forest Service is extending the public comment period an additional 60 days, from November 23, 2007, to January 23, 2008, for the proposed directives for wind energy development on National Forest System (NFS) lands. As stated in the original Public Notice which was published on Monday, September 24, 2007, Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 184, the Forest Service is proposing to amend its internal directives for special use authorizations and wildlife monitoring. Reviewers may obtain a copy of the proposed amendments from the address cited in the addresses section below or from the Forest Service home page on the World Wide Web at: http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/permits/energy.htm.

    Public comment is invited and will be considered in the development of final directives.

    DATES: Comments must be received by January 23, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Wind Energy Proposed Directives, Attention: Director, Lands Staff, 4th Floor-South, USDA Forest Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Mailstop 1124, Washington, DC 20250, or by facsimile to (202) 205-1604. You may also submit comments by following the instructions at the Federal e-rulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov .

    All comments, including names and addresses when provided, will be
    

    placed in the record and will be available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received on the proposed directives in the USDA Forest Service Headquarters located at 201 14th Street, SW., Washington, DC, during regular business hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Those wishing to inspect comments are encouraged to call ahead to (202) 205- 1248 or (202) 205-0895 to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Johnson, Minerals and Geology Management, (703) 605-4793, or Julett Denton, Lands Staff, (202) 205- 1256.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-22977.htm

  • Commerce

  • NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIs): (1) Alaska and Related Arctic Regions Environmental Research and (2) Earth System Modeling for Climate Applications

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; Correction.

    SUMMARY: On October 24, 2007, the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) published a notice of availability of funds to establish two new NOAA cooperative institutes (CIs): (1) Alaska and Related Arctic Regions Environmental Research and (2) Earth System Modeling for Climate Applications (72, FR 60317). That notice contained a typographical error in the discussion under the heading “Earth System Modeling for Climate Applications CI.” This notice corrects the error.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. John Cortinas, 1315 East West Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone 301-734- 1090. Facsimile: (301) 713-3515; e-mail: John.Cortinas@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/07-5828.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Guidance Regarding Clean Water Act Jurisdiction After Rapanos

    AGENCIES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD; and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.

    SUMMARY: On June 5, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced agency guidance regarding Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the consolidated cases Rapanos v. United States and Carabell v. United States (“Rapanos”). The agencies issued this guidance to ensure that jurisdictional determinations, administrative enforcement actions, and other relevant agency actions being conducted under CWA section 404 are consistent with the Rapanos decision and provide effective protection for public health and the environment. A six-month public comment period to solicit input on early experience with implementing the guidance began on June 8, 2007. The agencies are extending the public comment period by 45 days.

    DATES: Public comments are now due by January 21, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2007-0282, by one of the following methods: http:/www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. E-mail: OW-Docket@epa.gov. Include the docket number, EPA- HQ-OW-2007-0282 in the subject line of the message. Mail: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Hand Delivery: 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Room 3334, Washington, Dc 20460. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operations, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Instructions for submitting comments are provided in the notice published on June 8, 2007 (72 FR 31824). Consideration will be given to all comments received by January 21, 2008.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Russell Kaiser, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters, 441 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20314; telephone number: (202) 761-7763: fax number: (202) 761-5096; e-mail address: Rapanos.Comments@usace.army.mil. Donna M. Downing, Office of Water (4502T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-1783; e-mail address: CWAwaters@epa.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the June 8, 2007, issue of the Federal Register (72 FR 31824), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the issuance of agency guidance, which took effect on that date, regarding Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the consolidated cases Rapanos v. Carabell v. United States (126 S. Ct. 2208 (2006)) (“Rapanos”). The agencies invited public comment and case studies during the first six months implementing the guidance, only early experience with implementing the guidance. Several entities have requested an extension of the comment period for the guidance. The EPA and the Corps find that a 45-day extension of the comment period is warranted. Therefore, the comment period is extended until January 21, 2008. The agencies, within nine months after the Rapanos guidance was issued, intend to either reissue, revise, or suspend the guidance after carefully considering the public comments received and field experience with implementing the guidance. A copy of the guidance can be found on EPA’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/guidance/ CWAwaters.html and on the Corps’ Web site at http://www.usace.army.mil/ cw/cecwo/reg/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/07-5867.htm

  • Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program; Workshop to Discuss Draft Policies and Procedures

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: EPA is convening a 1-day public workshop to discuss the Agency’s draft administrative policies and procedures for completing the initial screening and testing under EPA’s Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) and the burden and cost estimates for the related information collection activities. In two forthcoming notices in the Federal Register, EPA will announce the availability for public review and comment of: (1) The draft policies and procedures EPA is considering adopting for conducting the initial screening and testing under the EDSP and (2) the draft Information Collection Request (ICR) for the initial screening and testing. The purpose of the public workshop is to allow the public to ask questions and for EPA to provide further explanation about these aspects of the EDSP, which in turn may facilitate the preparation of comments.

    DATES: The meeting is on Monday, December 17, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special accommodations: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center—Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Building), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Wooge, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (OSCP), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 546-8476; e-mail address: wooge.william@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-22895.htm

  • Interior

  • Office of the Secretary, National Invasive Species Council; Request for Nominations for the Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the interdepartmental National Invasive Species Council, proposes to appoint new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). The Secretary of the Interior, acting as administrative lead, is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the ISAC.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked by January 14, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Lori Williams, Executive Director, National Invasive Species Council (OS/NISC), Regular Mail: 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240; Express Mail: 1201 Eye Street, NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, Program Analyst, at (202) 513-7243, fax: (202) 371-1751, or by e-mail at Kelsey_Brantley@ios.doi.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-23213.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Biodefense Science Board

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding its inaugural meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on December 17, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on December 18, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Atrium Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 2004. Phone: 202-312-1300.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CAPT Leigh A. Sawyer, DVM, MPH, Executive Director, National Biodefense Science Board, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/07-5885.htm

  • Federal Trade Commission

  • Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims

    AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

    ACTION: Request for public comment; announcement of public meetings.

    SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) requests public comment on its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (“Green Guides” or “Guides”). The Commission is soliciting comment as part of its systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides. The Commission also is announcing plans to host public meetings to explore developments in environmental and “green energy-related” marketing.

    DATES: Written comments relating to the Green Guides review must be received by February 11, 2008. The first public meeting, “Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates,” will be held on January 8, 2008 in Washington, DC. Details, including location and registration information, are set forth in a separate Federal Register notice published concurrently. The Commission plans to announce additional environmental marketing public meetings at later dates.

    ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments relating to the Green Guides review. Comments should refer to “Green Guides Regulatory Review, 16 CFR part 260, Comment, Project No. P954501” to facilitate organization of comments. A comment filed in paper form should include this reference both in the text and on the envelope, and should be mailed or delivered to the following address: Federal Trade Commission/Office of the Secretary, Room H-135 (Annex B), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580. Comments containing confidential material must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled “Confidential”, and must comply with Commission Rule 4.9(c).\1\ The FTC is requesting that any comment filed in paper form be sent by courier or overnight service, if possible, because postal mail in the Washington area and at the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security precautions.


    \1\ The comment must be accompanied by an explicit request for confidential treatment, including the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. The request will be granted or denied by the Commission’s General Counsel, consistent with applicable law and the public interest. See Commission Rule 4.9(C), 16 CFR 4.9(c).


    Comments filed in electronic form should be submitted by following the instructions on the web-based form at https://secure.commentworks.com/ftc-GreenGuidesReview. To ensure that the Commission considers an electronic comment, you must file it on that web-based form. You may also visit http://www.regulations.gov to read this notice, and may file an electronic comment through that Web site. The Commission will consider all comments that http://www.regulations.gov forwards to it.

    The FTC Act and other laws the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives, whether filed in paper or electronic form. Comments received will be available to the public on the FTC Web site, to the extent practicable, at http://www.ftc.gov. As a matter of discretion, the FTC makes every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments it receives before placing those comments on the FTC Web site. To read our policy on how we handle the information you submit—including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act—please review the FTC’s privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.shtm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janice Podoll Frankle, Attorney, 202- 326-3022, or Laura Koss, Attorney, 202-326-2890, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission.

  • Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims; Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates; Public Workshop

    AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

    ACTION: Announcement of public workshop; request for public comment.

    SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) is planning to host a public workshop on January 8, 2008 to examine the emerging market for carbon offsets (i.e., greenhouse gas emission reduction products) and renewable energy certificates, and related advertising claims. The workshop is a component of the Commission’s regulatory review of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, which is being announced in a separate Federal Register notice published concurrently.

    DATES: The workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the FTC’s Satellite Building Conference Center, located at 601 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. Any written comments related to the workshop must be received by January 25, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Registration Information: The workshop is open to the public, and there is no fee for attendance. The FTC also plans to make this workshop available via a webcast (see http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/workshops/carbonoffsets/index.shtml). For admittance to the Conference Center, all attendees will be required to show a valid photo identification, such as a driver’s license. The FTC will accept pre-registration for this workshop. Pre-registration is not necessary to attend, but is encouraged so that we may better plan this event. To pre-register, please e-mail your name and affiliation to carbonworkshop@ftc.gov. When you pre-register, we will collect your name, affiliation, and your e-mail address. This information will be used to estimate how many people will attend. We may use your e-mail address to contact you with information about the workshop.

    Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission’s Privacy Policy at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm. The FTC Act and other laws the Commission administers permit the collection of this contact information to consider and use for the above purposes.

    Written and Electronic Comments: The submission of comments is not required for attendance at the workshop. If you wish to submit written or electronic comments about the topics to be discussed at the workshop, such comments must be received by January 25, 2008. Such comments may be submitted before or after the workshop at the discretion of the commenter. Comments should refer to “Carbon Offset Workshop—Comment, Project No. P074207,” to facilitate organization of comments. A comment filed in paper form should include this reference both in the text and on the envelope, and should be mailed or delivered to the following address: Federal Trade Commission/Office of the Secretary, Room H-135 (Annex O), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580. Comments containing confidential material must be filed in paper form; must be clearly labeled “Confidential;” and must comply with Commission Rule 4.9(c).\1\ The FTC is requesting that any comment filed in paper form be sent by courier or overnight service, if possible, because postal mail in the Washington area and at the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security precautions.

    Comments filed in electronic form should be submitted by following the instructions on the web-based form at http://secure.commentworks.com/ftc-carbonworkshop. To ensure that the Commission considers an electronic comment, you must file it on that web-based form. You may also visit http://www.regulations.gov to read this notice, and may file an electronic comment through that Web site. The Commission will consider all comments that http://www.regulations.gov forwards to it.

    The FTC Act and other laws the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives, whether filed in paper or electronic form. Comments received will be available to the public on the FTC Web site, to the extent practicable, at http://www.ftc.gov. As a matter of discretion, the FTC makes every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments it receives before placing those comments on the FTC Web site. To read our policy on how we handle the information you submit—including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act—please review the FTC’s privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.shtm. The comment must be accompanied by an explicit request for confidential treatment, including the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. The request will be granted or denied by the Commission’s General Counsel, consistent with applicable law and the public interest. See Commission Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hampton Newsome, Attorney, 202-326- 2889, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-23006.htm

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