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Federal Register Summary for week of 21 November

    Agriculture

  • Notice of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting

    Notice of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting

    AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

    DATES: The meeting dates are December 17, 2008, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and December 18, 2008, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Lincoln Room in USDA National Finance Center Client Services Office Facilities, South Building Room 1623, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Telephone (202) 720-3817.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27725.htm

  • Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture; Solicitation of Nominations

    ACTION: Solicitation of Nominations, Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App., the Agricultural Research Service is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). The charge for the AC21 is two-fold: to examine the long-term impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture system and USDA; and to provide guidance to USDA on pressing individual issues, identified by the Office of the Secretary, related to the application of biotechnology in agriculture.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by fax or postmarked on or before December 22, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: All nomination materials should be sent to Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, 202B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Telephone (202) 720-3817.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27724.htm

  • Information Collection; Evaluating Community Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes, and Preferences Concerning Fire and Fuels Management in Southwestern Forest, Woodland and Grassland Ecosystems

    Information Collection; Evaluating Community Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes, and Preferences Concerning Fire and Fuels Management in Southwestern Forest, Woodland and Grassland Ecosystems

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with revision of a currently approved information collection, Evaluating Community Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes and Preferences Concerning Fire and Fuels Management in Southwestern Forest, Woodland and Grassland Ecosystems.

    DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before January 20, 2009 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Dr. Carol Raish, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 333 Broadway, SE., Suite 115, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102-3497. Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to 505-724-3688 or by e-mail to: craish@fs.fed.us. The public may inspect comments received at USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 333 Broadway, SE., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102-3497, during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 505-

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    724-3666 to facilitate entry to the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Carol Raish, 505-724-3666. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27587.htm

  • Commerce

  • Final Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States and Response to Comments

    Final Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States and Response to Comments

    AGENCY: NOAA, Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of availability of the final Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States and response to comments on Revised Draft Framework.


    SUMMARY: NOAA and the Department of the Interior (DOI) jointly propose the Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States (Framework), as required by Executive Order 13158 on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This Framework provides overarching guidance for collaborative efforts among federal, state, commonwealth, territorial, tribal and local governments and stakeholders to develop an effective National System of MPAs (national system) from existing sites, build coordination and collaborative efforts, and identify ecosystem-based gaps in the protection of significant natural and cultural resources for possible future action by the nation's MPA authorities. The document further provides the guiding principles, key definitions, goals, and objectives for the National System, based on the breadth of input received from MPA stakeholders and governmental partners around the nation over the past several years, and two public comment periods.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct all questions and requests for additional information concerning the Framework to: Lauren Wenzel, NOAA, at 301-713-3100, ext. 136 or via e-mail at Lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov. An electronic copy of the Framework is available for download at http://www.mpa.gov/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27143.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application Form for Membership on a National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

    Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application Form for Membership on a National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 20, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Karen M. Brubeck, 206-842-6084 or karen.brubeck@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27297.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconference meetings of the chartered SAB to: (1) Conduct its quality review of several draft SAB reports, and (2) to receive a briefing from EPA on biofuels.

    DATES: The meeting dates are Tuesday, December 9, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Tuesday, December 16, 2008, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Eastern Time). Location: The meeting will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning this public teleconference meeting should contact Mr. Thomas Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200

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    Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 343-9982; fax (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at miller.tom@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27612.htm

  • Interior

  • Oil Shale Management--General

    Oil Shale Management--General

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is finalizing regulations to set out the policies and procedures for the implementation of a commercial leasing program for the management of federally-owned oil shale and any associated minerals located on Federal lands. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EP Act) directs the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to: Make public lands available for conducting oil shale research and development activities; Complete a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for a commercial leasing program for both oil shale and tar sands resources on the BLM-administered lands in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming; and Issue regulations establishing a commercial oil shale leasing program. These final regulations incorporate specific provisions of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 (MLA) and the EP Act relating to: Oil shale lease size; Acreage limitations; Rental; and Lease diligence. These regulations also address the diligent development requirements of the EP Act by establishing work requirements and milestones to ensure diligent development of leases. The rule also provides for other standard components of a BLM mineral leasing program, including lease administration and operations.

    DATES: This rule is effective on January 17, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may send inquiries or suggestions to Director (320), Bureau of Land Management, 1620 L Street, NW., Room 501, Washington, DC 20036, Attention: RIN-AD90.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mitchell Leverette, Chief, Division of Solid Minerals at (202) 452-5088 for issues related to the BLM's commercial oil shale leasing program or Kelly Odom at (202) 452-5028 for regulatory process issues. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27025.htm

  • Policy on Wilderness Stewardship; Availability

    Policy on Wilderness Stewardship

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: We establish policy for implementing the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended, and the Wilderness Act of 1964 as Part 610 Chapters 1-5 of the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual. In the Wilderness Act, Congress called for the establishment of a National Wilderness Preservation System to secure an "enduring resource of wilderness'' for the American public. This policy updates guidance on administrative and public activities on wilderness within the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System).

    ADDRESSES: You may download a copy of this policy at: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/policyMakers/NWRpolicies.html or request a copy from: National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Nancy Roeper, National Wilderness Coordinator, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 657, Arlington, VA 22203; fax (703) 358-1929.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Roeper, National Wilderness Coordinator, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 657, Arlington, Virginia 22203 (telephone: 703-358-2389, fax: 703-358-1929).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27014.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Proposal Review; Notice of Meetings

    Proposal Review; Notice of Meetings

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces its intent to hold proposal review meetings throughout the year. The purpose of these meetings is to provide advice and recommendations concerning proposals submitted to the NSF for financial support. The agenda for each of these meetings is to review and evaluate proposals as part of the selection process for awards. The review and evaluation may also include assessment of the progress of awarded proposals. The majority of these meetings will take place at NSF, 4201 Wilson, Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    These meetings will be closed to the public. The proposals being reviewed include information of a proprietary or confidential nature, including technical information; financial data, such as salaries; and personal information concerning individuals associated with the proposals. These matters are exempt under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), (4) and (6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act. NSF will continue to review the agenda and merits of each meeting for overall compliance of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

    These closed proposal review meetings will not be announced on an individual basis in the Federal Register. NSF intends to publish a notice similar to this on a quarterly basis. For an advance listing of the closed proposal review meetings that include the names of the proposal review panel and the time, date, place, and any information on changes, corrections, or cancellations, please visit the NSF Web site: http://www.nsf.gov/events/advisory.jsp. This information may also be requested by telephoning 703/292-8182.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27190.htm

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