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Federal Register Summary for week of 2 May

    Commerce

  • U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product Draft Report 3.4 "Abrupt Climate Change''

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comments.

    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publishes this notice to announce a 45-day public comment period for the draft report titled, U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.4 “Abrupt Climate Change.” This draft report is being released solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by NOAA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. After consideration of comments received on the draft report, a revised version along with the comments received will be published on the CCSP web site.

    DATES: Comments must be received by June 16, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: The draft Synthesis and Assessment Product: 3.4 is posted on the CCSP Web site at: http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap3-4/default.php Detailed instructions for making comments on this draft report are provided on the SAP 3.4 webpage. Comments must be prepared in accordance to these instructions and must be submitted to: 3.4-abrupt@climatescience.gov

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Fabien Laurier, Climate Change Science Program Office, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006, Telephone: (202)419-3481.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-9473.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463, as amended) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

    Dates and Times: May 20, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., May 21, 2008 at 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Iowa Corn Promotion Board—Board Room, 5505 NW 88th Street, Johnston, Iowa 50131, Phone: (515) 225-9242.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valri Lightner, Designated Federal Officer for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-0937 or Carolyn Clark at (202) 586- 8077; E-mail: cclark@bcs-hq.com.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-9676.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations To Augment Expertise on the Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB or the Board) Staff Office is requesting nominations of experts in the area of aquatic toxicology of endocrine disrupting chemicals to augment expertise on the SAB’s Ecological Processes and Effects Committee. Nominees will be considered for service on the augmented EPEC to provide advice on a methodology for deriving water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life based on chemical mode of action.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by May 16, 2008 per the instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Request for Nominations please contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office, at: armitage.thomas@epa.gov or (202) 343-9995. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-9738.htm

  • Interior

  • National Land Remote Sensing Education, Outreach and Research

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of a new information collection.

    SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we will submit to OMB a new information collection request (ICR) for approval of the paperwork requirements for the National Land Remote Sensing Education, Outreach and Research Program (NLRSEORP). To submit a proposal for the NLRSEORP three standard OMB forms and project narrative must be completed and submitted via Grants.gov. This notice provides the public an opportunity to http://publish.aibs.org/mt-static/images/formatting-icons/link.gifomment on the paperwork burden of these forms. The forms are available at http://www07.grants.gov/agencies/approved— standard—forms.jsp.

    DATES: Submit written comments by June 30, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this information collection to the Department of the Interior, USGS, via: E-mail .atravnic@usgs.gov Use Information Collection Number 1028-NEW, NLRSEORP in the subject line. FAX: (703) 648-7069. Use Information Collection Number 1028-NEW, NLRSEORP in the subject line. Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; USGS Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, Reston, VA 20192. Please reference Information Collection 1028- NEW, NLRSEORP in your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Cecere at 703-648-5551. Copies of the forms can be obtained at no cost at http://www.reginfo.gov, or by contacting the USGS clearance officer at the phone number listed below.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-9197.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Notice of Time Extension for Public Comment on a Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice of time extension for public comment.

    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is extending the time for public comment on a Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The notice was published later than anticipated (Federal Register: April 24, 2008 [Volume 73, Number 80], page 22180). The deadline for submittal of comments is now May 26, 2008. The Draft PEA can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/geo/oce/pubs/OOIDraftEA408.pdf.

    DATES: Deadline for submittal of public comments is now May 26, 2008.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Shelby Walker, National Science Foundation, Division of Ocean Sciences, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 725, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8580.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-9350.htm

  • Advisory Committee for GPRA Performance Assessment (13853); Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended) the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting.

    Name: Advisory Committee for GPRA Performance Assessment, 13853.

    Date and Time: June 19, 2008, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 20, 2008, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, Room 555II.

    If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF building, please contact Joyce Grainger (jgrainge@nsf.gov) for a visitor’s badge.

    Contact: Ms. Joyce Grainger, BFA/BD, National Science Foundation, jgrainge@nsf.gov, Telephone: 703-292-4481.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Director regarding the Foundation’s performance as it relates to the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA).

    Agenda: Presentations and discussion of topics regarding the assessment of accomplishments of NSF awards as they relate to three strategic outcome goals stated in the National Science Foundation’s 2006-2011 Strategic Plan: Discovery, Learning, and Research Infrastructure.

    Thursday, June 19, 2008

    Welcome and Introductions; Charge to the Committee; and overview presentations on Foundation-wide issues in the context of performance assessment. The Committee, in subgroups, will analyze and assess accomplishments under the Discovery, Learning, and Research Infrastructure strategic outcome goals.

    Friday, June 20, 2008

    The NSF Deputy Director will meet with the Committee. The Committee reconvenes as a Committee of the Whole to hear progress reports from the strategic goals’ subgroups, discuss findings and conclusions, make recommendations, and complete preparation of the final report to NSF.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-9032.htm

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