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Federal Register Summary for week of 8 August

    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, 86 Stat. 770) 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: September 9, 2008, at 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; September 10, 2008, at 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: API, 1220 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005-4070.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valri Lightner, Designated Federal Official 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/E8-18309.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on O3

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Peer-Review Workshop.

    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing that Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer-review workshop to review the external review draft document titled, "Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on O3'' (EPA/600/R-07/094). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development.

    The public comment period, announced in (73 FR 39695), and the external peer-review workshop are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA has released this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

    EPA invites the public to register to attend this workshop as observers. In addition, EPA invites the public to give oral and/or provide written comments at the workshop regarding the draft document under review. The draft document and EPA's peer-review charge are available primarily via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at www.epa.gov/ ncea. In preparing a final report, EPA will consider the Versar, Inc. report of the comments and recommendations from the external peer- review workshop and any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.

    DATES: The peer-review panel workshop will begin on August 26, 2008, at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. on the same day.

    ADDRESSES: The peer-review workshop will be held at the U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park Campus, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27709. The EPA contractor, Versar Inc., is organizing, convening, and conducting the peer-review workshop. To attend the workshop, register by August 19, 2008, preferably via the Internet at http://epa.versar.com/climatechangeimpactsonozone, or via the following means: by calling Versar, Inc. at 703-750-3000, extension 737 or 211; sending a facsimile to Attn: Malikah Moore at 703-642-6954, or; sending an e- mail to mmoore@versar.com and dsinkowski@versar.com. The draft "Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on O3'' is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, and the document title. Copies are not available from Versar, Inc.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding information, registration, access or services for individuals with disabilities, or logistics for the external peer-review workshop should be directed to Versar, Inc., 6850 Versar Center, Springfield, VA 22151; telephone: 703-750-3000, extension 737 or 211; facsimile: Attn.: Malikah Moore at 703-642-6954; e-mail: mmoore@versar.com and dsinkowski@versar.com. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Malikah Moore at mmoore@versar.com or 703-750-3000, ext. 211, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give as much time as possible to process your request.

    If you need technical information about the document, please contact Brooke L. Hemming, Ph.D., National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA); telephone: 919-541-5668; facsimile: 919-541-7885; e- mail: hemming.brooke@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-17925.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Amending the Formats of the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), propose to amend the formats of the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants to include current practices and standards that will make the regulations and Lists easier for the public to understand. When we finalize this proposed rule, we will publish the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants in their entirety in the new formats.

    DATES: We must receive comments by September 4, 2008 in order to ensure their consideration in our final decision.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R9-ES-2008-0063; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203. We will not accept e-mail or faxes. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Franz, Office of Program Support, Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203; telephone 703-358-2079. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-17533.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Request for Public Comment on Use of Cost Sharing in National Science Foundation-Funded Activities

    ACTION: Notice; request for public comment.

    SUMMARY: On August 9, 2007, the America COMPETES Act directed the National Science Board (Board) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to "evaluate the impact of its [2004] policy to eliminate cost sharing for research grants and cooperative agreements for existing programs that were developed around industry partnerships and historically required industry cost sharing, such as the Engineering Research Centers [ERCs] and Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers [I/ UCRCs].'' The Act directed that the Board "also consider the impact that the cost sharing policy has on initiating new programs for which industry interest and participation are sought.''

    In fall 2007, the Board charged a Task Force on Cost Sharing to evaluate the impacts of its 2004 policy on the ERC and I/UCRC programs and also on the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), another NSF program with capacity-building goals. On February 8, 2008, the Board issued a report to Congress containing several recommendations regarding mandatory cost sharing policy at NSF (http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/publications/2008/rprtcongresscs_policy.pdf ). The Board is continuing its study, focusing now on voluntary cost sharing and the impact of both mandatory and voluntary cost sharing on broadening the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups and organizations in federally sponsored research. The Board's intent is to release a second, more comprehensive report on NSF cost sharing policy in early 2009. Qualitative input from the research community for this report will be drawn in part from responses to this notice and from two public roundtable discussions held in Arlington, VA on July 9 and 10, 2008.

    The Board is soliciting public comment regarding community experiences in cost sharing with emphasis on the following: (1) The relationship between cost sharing and NSF program goals; (2) the relationship between cost sharing and institutional competitiveness in NSF grant funding; (3) the role of cost sharing in the NSF merit review process; (4) the importance of types, sources, and timing of voluntary cost sharing; (5) effort associated with tracking and reporting cost- shared resources; (6) the relationship between cost sharing and institutional strategic investment; (7) options for ensuring equity in NSF grant funding when cost sharing is either required or volunteered; (8) research resources from state providers; and (9) research resources from industry providers.

    Full text of questions can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/ committees/cs/comment.jsp. Additional background material about the Task Force can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/committees/tskforce_cs.jsp.

    DATES: Comments must be received by October 1, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Jennifer Richards, Executive Secretary, Task Force on Cost Sharing, National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1220, Arlington, VA 22230; telephone (703) 292-7000; FAX (703) 292-9008; e- mail nsbcostsharing@nsf.gov. Due to potential delays in NSB's receipt and processing of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, we encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Please include ``Cost Sharing'' in the subject line of the e-mail message, and your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and e-mail address in the text of the e-mail message. Please also include the full body of your comments in the text of the e-mail message and as an attachment.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Richards at the addresses noted above.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-18023.htm

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR Part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    Agency Holding Meeting: National Science Board.

    Date and Time: Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at 8 a.m.; and Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 8 a.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Blvd. Room 1235 Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

    Status: Some portions open, some portions closed.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-18024.htm

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