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Federal Register Summary for week of 22 August

    Commerce

  • Science Advisory Board; Preliminary Report of the NOAA Science Advisory Board Fire Weather Research Working Group

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment.

    SUMMARY: NOAA Research (OAR) publishes this notice on behalf of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) to announce the availability of the preliminary draft report of the SAB Fire Weather Research Working Group's (here called the FWRWG) for public comment. The preliminary draft report of the FWRWG has been prepared pursuant to the request initiated from NOAA for an external panel of experts to carry out an independent review of current fire weather research being conducted by NOAA and other federal agencies, and in universities and elsewhere, and examine how the results of that research are being further developed and transitioned to operations by NOAA.

    DATES: Comments on this preliminary report must be received by 5 p.m. on September 19, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: The Preliminary Draft Report of the FWRWG will be available on the NOAA Science Advisory Board Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Reports/FWRWG. The public is encouraged to submit comments electronically to noaa.sab.comments@noaa.gov. For individuals who do not have access to the Internet, comments may be submitted in writing to: NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB), c/o Dr. Cynthia Decker, 1315 East-West Highway-R/ SAB, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, 1315 East-West Highway-R/SAB, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-734-1459) during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-19210.htm

  • Availability of Seats for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.

    SUMMARY: NOAA is seeking applicants for the following vacant seats on the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary advisory council (council): Fishing Seat. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve 2-year terms, pursuant to the council's Charter.

    DATES: Applications are due by September 15, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits may be obtained from Shannon Rides, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606. Completed applications should be sent to the same address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannon Ricles, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606, 757-591-7328, Shannon.ricles@noaa.gov

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-19027.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Upcoming Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and Effects Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee Augmented for the Advisory on EPA's Aquatic Life Water Quality Criteria. The teleconference is being held to discuss the Committee's draft advisory report.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on September 16, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code to participate in the teleconference may 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; telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9995; fax (202) 233-0643; or via e-mail at: armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the teleconference announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-19515.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Biodefense Science Board

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

    ACTION: Notice.

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

    DATES: The NBSB will hold a public meeting on September 23, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES: The Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S. Orme Street, Arlington, VA 22204. Phone: 703-521-1900.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CAPT Leigh A. Sawyer, D.V.M., M.P.H., 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 Ave, SW., Room 638G, Washington, DC 20201; 202-205-3815; fax: 202-205-0613; e-mail address: leigh.sawyer@hhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-19505.htm

  • Interior

  • USGS Agency Information Collection: Comment Request

    AGENCY: United States Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of a new 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 review and approval. This notice provides the public an opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this collection.

    DATE: You must submit comment on or before September 22, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments to Phadrea Ponds, Information Collections Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 2150-C Center Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (mail); (970) 226-9230 (fax); or pponds@usgs.gov (e- mail). Please reference Information Collection 1028-NEW, LANDSAT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Earlene Swann by mail at U.S. Geological Survey, 2150-C Center Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80525, or by telephone at (970) 226-9346.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: The Societal Value of Moderate Resolution Satellite Imagery. OMB Control Number: 1028-new. Abstract: USGS Geography investigates some of the most pressing natural resource and environmental issues of our Nation. Observing the Earth with remote sensing satellites, the USGS monitors and analyzes changes on the land, studies connections between people and the land, and provides society with relevant science information to inform public decisions. The USGS's Land Remote Sensing (LRS) Program has initiated a study on the benefits of Landsat imagery. The last comprehensive evaluations of the costs of moderate resolution satellite imagery (such as Landsat) were completed over 30 years ago. This study will attempt to understand the current uses and benefits of the Landsat program. This collection is important because it will provide information that the USGS LRS Program needs to better formulate the Program's new strategic plan.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-19359.htm

  • State

  • Delegation by the Deputy Secretary of State to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs To Convene an Interagency Committee on Climate Change

    DEPARTMENT OF STATE

    [Delegation of Authority No. 315]

    Delegation by the Deputy Secretary of State to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs To Convene an Interagency Committee on Climate Change

    By virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 1 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2651a), I hereby delegate to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, to the extent authorized by law, the authority to convene an interagency meeting on climate change consistent with Section 684(b) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, FY 2008 (Pub. L. 110-161).

    Any act, executive order, regulation or procedure subject to, or affected by, this delegation shall be deemed to be such act, executive order, regulation or procedure as amended from time to time.

    Notwithstanding this delegation of authority, the Secretary or the Deputy Secretary may at any time exercise any authority or function delegated by this delegation of authority.

    This delegation of authority shall be published in the Federal Register.

    Dated: August 7, 2008.
    

    John Negroponte,

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-19294.htm

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