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Federal Register Summary for week of 31 October

    Commerce

  • Announcement of Notice To Re-Solicit Proposals for the National Coastal and Estuarine Research and Technology Program (NCERT)

    AGENCY: Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of National Coastal and Estuarine Research and Technology Program: Request for Resubmissions.

    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to re-solicit proposals for the National Coastal and Estuarine Research and Technology Program (NCERT). This notice provides further information regarding the Summary Description, Program Priorities, Funding Availability, and the Review and Selection Process for the program. Any proposals that were submitted to the initial solicitation must be re-submitted by the new deadline to be considered for an award. New proposals are also eligible for funding.

    DATES: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on December 8, 2008. Applications received after the deadline will be returned to the sender without further consideration. No facsimile or electronic mail applications will be accepted.

    Addresses for Submitting Proposals: Applications must be submitted through http://www.grants.gov, unless an applicant does not have Internet access. In that case, hard copies with original signatures may be sent to Marie Bundy, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, SSMC4 10542, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marie Bundy, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, SSMC4 10542, Silver Spring, MD 20910; or by Phone at (301) 713- 3155 ext. 101, or fax at (301) 713-4012, or via E-mail at marie.bundy@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-25578.htm

  • Defense

  • Notice of Meeting of the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP) will hold its third regularly scheduled meeting of the year. The meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday, December 5, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the public should submit their comments one week in advance of the meeting to the Point of Contact.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the offices of the Consortium of Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., 4th Floor, Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Charles L. Vincent, Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 22203-1995, telephone: 703-696-4118.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-25666.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Electronic Report on the Environment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.

    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the availability of the electronic Report on the Environment (eROE or ROE), an online site that provides access to the environmental and human health information contained in the EPA's 2008 Report on the Environment (EPA/600/R-07/045F), released May 20, 2008, and in the EPA's 2008 Report on the Environment: Highlights of National Trends, released September 24, 2008, in one location and in a searchable format. The ROE asks important questions about the condition of our nation's environment and human health over time and provides answers to those questions in the form of indicators. The site also includes the methodology, references, and sources of additional information behind the indicators that form the foundation of the reports. Indicators will be updated periodically on the ROE Web site so the most up-to-date information on environmental and human health condition is available to the public in a searchable format. The Web site was developed by EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment, within the Office of Research and Development, and the Office of Environmental Information.

    ADDRESSES: The Web site URL is http://www.epa.gov/roe.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Information Management Team, National Center for Environmental Assessment (8601P), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: 703-347-8561; fax: 703-347-8691; e- mail: nceadc.comment@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-25907.htm

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting; Request for Comments.

    SUMMARY: Notice of Meeting--Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT is a committee of individuals who represent diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments.

    The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft findings from NACEPT's 20th anniversary report, sustainable water infrastructure, biofuels, EPA's 2009-2014 Strategic Plan Change Document, and EPA's Draft Information Access Strategy. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/nacept/cal-nacept.htm.

    Request for Comments--In recognition of its 20th anniversary in 2008, NACEPT is preparing two reports that seek to: (1) Identify the issues and challenges EPA will face and should focus on over the next 5-10 years ("prospective report''), and (2) review NACEPT's activities and accomplishments during its 20-year history (``retrospective report'').

    For the prospective report (1 above), EPA has begun gathering input on the following ten questions about future environmental issues and trends and EPA's role in addressing them.

    1. What do you consider to be the most influential long-term trends or forces (whether social, economic, technological, or otherwise) that are most likely to impact the environment over the next ten years?
    2. What is your opinion on whether EPA is adequately addressing these trends or developments?
    3. What steps could EPA take to improve its ability to anticipate and address these trends and related issues?
    4. What do you consider to be the top environmental issues or challenges that the EPA must address in the next 10 years?
    5. What might limit the Agency's ability to respond to the identified issues?
    6. What are some specific steps that the Agency could take to respond to the issues and overcome the constraints?
    7. What might the Agency look like ten years from now and what major changes in the way the Agency currently operates should be implemented now to achieve this ten year vision?
    8. Over the next ten years, how would you define success for the EPA?
    9. What measures would indicate success or failure for the Agency in the next ten years?
    10. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

    The initial findings that have emerged from the input received thus far include the following:

    Climate change presents a challenge that will require substantial EPA involvement over the next ten years and beyond.

    EPA does or should play a pivotal role as the nation's leading source of environmental science and technology and should foster collaborative and cooperative relationships with all public and private sector interests.

    Some factors that will influence the degree to which EPA is successful over the next ten years remain largely beyond the Agency's control.

    The draft prospective report will be posted at http://epa.gov/ocem/ nacept/reports/index.html. You may send your comments to Sonia Altieri at the contact information listed below. EPA will review the comments received, but will not respond to individual comments.

    DATES: NACEPT will hold a two-day meeting on Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday, November 14, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first- come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sonia Altieri, Designated Federal Officer, altieri.sonia@epa.gov, (202) 564-0243, U.S. EPA, Office of Cooperative Environmental Management (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-25411.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Notice of Meeting: Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    National Institutes of Health

    Notice of Meeting: Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society

    Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of the 17th
    

    meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS), U.S. Public Health Service. The meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2008, and 8 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201. The meeting will be open to the public with attendance limited to space available. The meeting also will be Web cast. For most of the first day of the meeting, SACGHS will review a preliminary draft report that addresses questions about whether gene patents and certain licensing practices are affecting patient access to genetic tests. SACGHS will discuss the draft report and determine whether it is ready to be released for public comment. Later in the day, the Committee will hear presentations about diagnostic laboratory standards and technology platforms and the role they are playing in innovation of genetic technologies. On day two, the Committee will continue to discuss priority issues and future study topics and come to a final decision about its strategic study plan. As always, the Committee welcomes hearing from anyone wishing to provide public comment on any issue related to genetics, health and society. Individuals who would like to provide public comment should notify the SACGHS Executive Secretary, Ms. Sarah Carr, by telephone at 301-496-9838 or e-mail at carrs@od.nih.gov. The SACGHS office is located at 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892. Anyone planning to attend the meeting who is in need of special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, is also asked to contact the Executive Secretary. Under authority of 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established SACGHS to serve as a public forum for deliberations on the broad range of human health and societal issues raised by the development and use of genetic and genomic technologies and, as warranted, to provide advice on these issues. The draft meeting agenda and other information about SACGHS, including information about access to the Web cast, will be available at the following Web site: http://www4.od.nih.gov/oba/sacghs.htm.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-25485.htm

  • Public Meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Science, The President's Council on Bioethics.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The President's Council on Bioethics (Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD, Chairman) will hold its thirty-fifth meeting, at which it will discuss three topics: exercises of conscience in the practice of the health professions, the problem of medical futility, and the future of public bioethics and national bioethics commissions in the United States. Subjects discussed at past Council meetings (although not on the agenda for the November 2008 meeting) include: therapeutic and reproductive cloning, assisted reproduction, reproductive genetics, neuroscience, aging retardation, organ transplantation, personalized medicine, standards for the determination of death, children and bioethics, and lifespan-extension among others. Publications issued by the Council to date include: Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry (July 2002); Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness (October 2003); Being Human: Readings from the President's Council on Bioethics (December 2003); Monitoring Stem Cell Research (January 2004), Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies (March 2004), Alternative Sources of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: A White Paper (May 2005), Taking Care: Ethical Caregiving in Our Aging Society (September 2005), and Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics (March 2008). Reports are forthcoming on four topics: controversies in the determination of death; organ donation, procurement, allocation, and transplantation; newborn screening; and medical care and the common good.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Thursday, November 20, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET; and Friday, November 21, 2008, from 9 a.m. to noon, ET.

    ADDRESSES: Hotel Palomar Arlington, 1121 North 19th Street, Arlington, VA 22209. Phone 703-351-9170.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Diane M. Gianelli, Director of Communications, The President's Council on Bioethics, 1425 New York Avenue, NW., Suite C100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202/296-4669. E-mail: info@bioethics.gov. Web site: http://www.bioethics.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-25564.htm

  • Interior

  • Designating the Northern Rocky Mountain Population of Gray Wolf as a Distinct Population Segment and Removing This Distinct Population Segment From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

    Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designating the Northern Rocky Mountain Population of Gray Wolf as a Distinct Population Segment and Removing This Distinct Population Segment From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.

    SUMMARY: On February 8, 2007, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), published a proposed rule to establish a distinct population segment (DPS) of the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in the Northern Rocky Mountains (NRM) of the United States and to remove the gray wolf in the NRM DPS from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) (72 FR 6106). On February 27, 2008, we issued a final rule establishing and delisting the NRM gray wolf DPS (73 FR 10514). Several parties filed a lawsuit challenging our final rule and asking to have it enjoined. On July 18, 2008, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana enjoined the Service's implementation of the final delisting rule, after concluding that Plaintiffs were likely to prevail on merits of their claims. In light of this decision, we asked the court to vacate the final rule and remand it to us. On October 14, 2008, the court issued an order vacating our February 27, 2008, final rule (73 FR 10514) and remanding it back to the Service for further consideration. We announce the reopening of the comment period for our February 8, 2007, proposed rule (72 FR 6106). We now intend to reconsider our 2007 proposed rule and issue a new listing determination. We seek information, data, and comments from the public regarding the 2007 proposal with an emphasis on new information relevant to this action, the issues raised by the Montana District Court (described in more detail below), and the issues raised by the September 29, 2008, ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with respect to the Western Great Lakes gray wolf DPS (also described in more detail below). If you have previously submitted comments, please do not resubmit them because we have already incorporated them in the public record and will fully consider them in our final decision.

    DATES: We request that comments on this proposal be submitted by the close of business on November 28, 2008.

    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: RIN 1018-AW37; 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: Edward E. Bangs, Western Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601 or telephone (406) 449-5225, extension 204. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337 for TTY assistance.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-25629.htm

  • Interagency Cooperation Under the Endangered Species Act

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; availability of Draft Environmental Assessment on proposed rule revising regulations implementing section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

    SUMMARY: The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, "Services'' or "we'') previously proposed to amend regulations governing interagency cooperation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act) (73 FR 47868-47875; August 15, 2008). The Services proposed these regulatory changes to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the section 7(a)(2) consultation process. This Federal Register notice advises the public that we (FWS and NOAA) have prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that assesses the potential environmental effects of the proposed regulatory changes currently under consideration. The Draft EA is available for public review at the following Web site: http://www.doi.gov/issues/esa.html.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive written comments by November 6, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted in two ways: (1) Through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions on the Web site for submitting comments; or (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. Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from public disclosure, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public disclosure in their entirety.

    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/E8-25678.htm

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