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Federal Register Summary for week of 15 August

    Commerce

  • U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product Draft Report 1.2 "Past Climate Variability and Change in the Arctic and at High Latitudes''

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 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 1.2 "Past Climate Variability and Change in the Arctic and at High Latitudes.''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 September 25, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: The draft Synthesis and Assessment Product: 1.2 is posted on the CCSP Web site at: http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap1-2/default.php Detailed instructions for making comments on this draft report are provided on the link above. Comments must be prepared in accordance to these instructions and must be submitted to: 1.2-clivar@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/E8-18405.htm

  • Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy; Office of Science.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee. Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Friday, September 5, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., E.D.T.

    ADDRESSES: Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen (301-903-9817; david.thomassen@science.doe.gov) Designated Federal Officer, Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://www.science.doe.gov/ober/berac/announce.html.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-18950.htm

  • Interior

  • Interagency Cooperation Under the Endangered Species Act

    AGENCIES: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service, Commerce.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY: The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, `"Services'' or "we'') propose to amend regulations governing interagency cooperation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The Services are proposing these changes to clarify several definitions, to clarify when the section 7 regulations are applicable and the correct standards for effects analysis, and to establish time frames for the informal consultation process.

    DATES: We must receive your comments by September 15, 2008 to ensure their full consideration in the final decision on this proposal.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments or materials concerning this proposed rule in one of the following ways: (1) Through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions on the Web site for submitting comments. (2) By U.S. mail or hand-delivery to Public Comment Processing, Attention: 1018-AT50, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North 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: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240; telephone: 202-208-4416; or James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; telephone: 301-713-2332.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-18938.htm

  • Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative, Science Technical Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, North Slope Science Initiative, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), will meet as indicated below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held September 18 and 19, 2008, at the National Park Service Office, 4175 Geist Road, Fairbanks, Alaska. The September 18 meeting will begin at 9 a.m., with a one-hour public comment beginning at 3 p.m. The September 19 meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 12:20 p.m.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, PhD, Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative (910), c/o Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, 13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513. Telephone (907) 271-3131 or e-mail jpayne@ak.blm.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-18715.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are revising currently designated critical habitat for the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In 1992, we designated critical habitat for the northern spotted owl on 6, 887, 000 acres (ac) (2, 787, 070 hectares (ha)) of Federal lands in California, Oregon, and Washington. In this document we finalize revised critical habitat for the northern spotted owl on a total of approximately 5, 312, 300 acres (ac) (2, 149, 800 hectares (ha)) of Federal lands in California, Oregon, and Washington.

    DATES: This rule becomes effective on September 12, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: This final rule and its associated economic analysis are available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov and http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/species/. Supporting documentation we used in preparing this final rule will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97266; telephone 503-231-6179; facsimile 503- 231-6195.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Henson, Field Supervisor, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, (see ADDRESSES); Ken Berg, Field Supervisor, Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, 510 Desmond Drive, Lacey, WA 98503 (telephone 360-753-9440); Michael Long, Field Supervisor, Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521 (telephone 707-822-7201). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-17866.htm

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