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Federal Register Summary for week of 25 July

    Agriculture

  • National Environmental Policy Act Procedures

    AGENCY: USDA Forest Service.

    ACTION: Final rule.

    SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture is moving the Forest Service's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) codifying procedures from Forest Service Manual (FSM) 1950 and Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 1909.15. In addition to codifying the procedures, the Department is clarifying and expanding them to incorporate Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) guidance and to better align Forest Service NEPA procedures with its decision processes. This rule gives Forest Service NEPA procedures more visibility, consistent with the transparent nature of the Forest Service's environmental analysis and decision making. Also, the additions to the Forest Service NEPA procedures in this rule are intended to provide an environmental analysis process that better fits with modern thinking on decisionmaking, collaboration, and adaptive management by describing a process for incremental alternative development and development of adaptive management alternatives. Maintaining Forest Service explanatory guidance in the FSH will facilitate timely responses to new ideas, new information, procedural interpretations, training needs, and editorial changes to assist field units when implementing the NEPA process.

    DATES: Effective Date: These NEPA procedures are effective July 24, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: The Forest Service NEPA procedures are set out in 36 CFR part 220, which is available electronically via the World Wide Web/ Internet at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html. Single paper copies are available by contacting Martha Twarkins, Forest Service, USDA, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff (Mail Stop 1104), 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1104. Additional information and analysis can be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/emc/nepa.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martha Twarkins, Ecosystem Management Staff, (202) 205-2935, Forest Service, USDA. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-16499.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts for a Science Advisory Board Committee To Provide Advice on Future Development of EPA's Report on the Environment

    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 soliciting nominations of nationally recognized scientists for consideration of membership on an SAB committee to provide advice on future development of EPA's Report on the Environment (ROE).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by August 13, 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 (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, or via telephone/voice mail (202) 343-9995; fax (202) 233-0643; or e- mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-16832.htm

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