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Federal Register Summary for week of 10 October

    Environmental Protection Agency

  • National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in his capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The Committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, Pub. L. 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled "Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 12 members representing academia, environmental non- governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 12 members representing state, local, and Tribal governments. The Committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC. The purpose of the meeting is to review and provide advice on CEC projects related to capacity building and information for decision- making. The committees will also provide advice on the CEC's 2009 Operational Plan and learn about regional transboundary environmental issues. A copy of the agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/nacgac-page.htm.

    DATES: The National and Governmental Advisory Committees will hold an open meeting on Thursday, October 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday October 24, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Cocopah Conference Center, 15268 S. Avenue B, Somerton, Arizona 85350. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, carrillo.oscar@epa.gov, 202-564-0347, U.S. EPA, Office of Cooperative Environmental Management (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-23865.htm

  • Interior

  • 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 approval of the paperwork requirements for the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR)-USGS competitive grant program conducted in conjunction with the State Water Resources Research Institutes. The NIWR cooperates with the USGS in establishing total programmatic direction, reporting on the activities of the Institutes, coordinating and facilitating regional research and information and technology transfer, and in operating the NIWR-USGS Student Internship Program. Furthermore, an annual progress and final technical report for all projects is required at the end of the project period. This notice provides the public an opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this collection.

    DATES: You must submit comment on or before December 8, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments to the IC 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, USGS-WRRI.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John E. Schefter, Chief, Office of External Research, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 424, Reston, Virginia 20192 (mail) at (703) 648-6800 (Phone); or schefter@usgs.gov (e-mail).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-23646.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); Notice of Meeting

    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

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

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).

    Dates/Time: October 29, 2008, 1 p.m.--5:30 p.m. October 30, 2008, 8:30 a.m.--5:30 p.m. October 31, 2008, 8:30 am--2 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Building entry badges must be obtained at the North Lobby Entrance of the above address. The meeting will be held in Room 1235 of the National Science Foundation Building located at 4201 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert. Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Liaison, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, Telephone Number: (703) 292-8040, mtolbert@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Minutes may be obtained from the Executive Liaison at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study NSF programs and policies and provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-23813.htm

  • Advisory Committee for Polar Programs; Notice of Meeting

    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

    Advisory Committee for Polar Programs; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Advisory Committee for Polar Programs (1130).

    Date/Time: November 4, 2008, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 5, 2008, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II-595.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Sue LaFratta, Office of Polar Programs (OPP). National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. (703) 292-8030.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To advise NSF on the impact of its policies, programs, and activities on the polar research community, to provide advice to the Director of OPP on issues related to long-range planning.

    Agenda: Staff presentations and discussion on opportunities and challenges for polar research, education and infrastructure; planning for Arctic and Antarctic Committees of Visitors; discussion on renewable and alternative energy technologies; and discussion of NSF's IPY activity and how it relates to IPY activity worldwide.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-24068.htm

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