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Federal Register Summary for week of 26 December

    Agriculture

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee; call for nominations

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of intent to establish the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee and call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of Agriculture intends to establish the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (Committee) pursuant to Section 8005 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246) passed into law as an amendment to the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 on June 18, 2008. The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee is being established to coordinate non-industrial private forestry activities within the Department of Agriculture and with the private sector. As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, charters for Federal advisory committees must be renewed every two years. The Committee is soliciting nominations to fill eight vacancies with staggered terms up to three years. The public is invited to submit nominations for membership on the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee.

    DATES: All nominations must be received in writing by January 6, 2009. Nominations must contain a completed application packet that includes the nominee's name, resume, and completed form AD-755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background Information).

    ADDRESSES: Send application to James Melonas, Forest Service, USDA, Cooperative Forestry, Room 4SE, 201 14th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024, by express mail or overnight courier service. Nominations sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be sent to the following address: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Cooperative Forestry, State & Private Forestry, Mail Stop 1123, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1123.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ted Beauvais, Cooperative Forestry, State and Private Forestry, telephone (202) 205-1190, fax (202) 205- 1271, e-mail: tbeauvais@fs.fed.us, or James Melonas, Cooperative Forestry, State and Private Forestry, telephone (202) 205-1382, fax (202) 205-1271, e-mail: jmelonas@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-30353.htm

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council; Grant Program

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Announcement for the 2009 U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program.


    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Foresty Advisory Council, (NUCFAC), is charged, by law, to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on urban forestry related issues and opportunities. Part of the Council's role is to recommend the criteria for the U.S. Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry, (U&CF) Challenge Cost Share Grant Program.

    NUCFAC has revised their criteria for the U.S. Forest Service's U&CF Challenge Cost Share Grant Program for 2009. The new U&CF Challenge Cost Share Grant Program will be solicited in two categories: Innovation grants and Best Practices grants. At total anticipated amount of one million dollars will be divided in half between the two categories.

    Innovation Grants

    Innovation grants, are to focus on one of the Council's identified priority issues confronting the UC&F

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    community: Energy Conservation, Climate Change and Public Health.

    NUCFAC will seek proposals from organizations and partnerships that demonstrate the reach, resources and expertise needed to deliver meaningful, replicable results. As much as $500,000 would be available in 2009 for one or more Innovation Grants.

    2009 Best Practices Grants

    Smaller grants will be funded up to $50,000 per application for organizations that can implement, demonstrate, and disseminate replicable approaches to: Make best practices/latest science in urban forestry accessible to practitioners;

    Nurture networks of urban forestry practitioners within existing conservation, organizations, professional societies, social networks, and Internet communities; and

    Address other challenges to the U&CF community.

    DATES: Applications are available electronically at the following Web site, http://www.grants.gov, due by 11:59 p.m., February 17, 2009.

    Those that do not have access to a computer may request a hardcopy of the application and instructions by contacting Nancy Stremple at the address below.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this announcement should be addressed to Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, 201 14th St., SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250-1151. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to nstremple@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 202-690-5792.

    All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at 201 14th St., SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250-1151. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 202-205-1054 to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff or Robert Prather, Staff Assistant to National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, 201 14th St., SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250-1151, phone 202-205-1054.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-30657.htm

  • Energy

  • Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Savannah River Site

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Savannah River Site. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Monday, January 26, 2009, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gerri Flemming, Office of External Affairs, Department of Energy, Savannah River Operations Office, P.O. Box A, Aiken, SC 29802; Phone: (803) 952-7886.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-30655.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Good Neighbor Environmental Board; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notification of public advisory committee teleconference.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) will hold a public teleconference on January 8, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meeting is open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconference and background materials, please contact Mark Joyce at the number listed below.

    Background: GNEB is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463. GNEB provides advice and recommendations to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico.

    Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the Good Neighbor Environmental Board's Twelfth Report: Innovative Approaches to Addressing Environmental Problems along the U.S./Mexico Border.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-30535.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Toxicology Program (NTP); Office of Liaison, Policy and Review; Meeting of the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors

    AGENCY: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health.

    ACTION: Meeting announcement and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors (NTP BSC). The NTP BSC is a federally chartered, external advisory group composed of scientists from the public and private sectors that provides primary scientific oversight to the NTP and evaluates the scientific merit of the NTP's intramural and collaborative programs.

    DATES: The NTP BSC meeting will be held on February 24, 2009. The deadline for submission of written comments is February 6, 2009, and for pre-registering to attend the meeting, including providing notice of intent to present oral comments, is February 17, 2009. Persons needing interpreting services in order to attend should contact 301- 402-8180 (voice) or 301-435-1908 (TTY). For other accommodations, contact 919-541-2475 or e-mail niehsoeeo@niehs.nih.gov. Requests should be made at least 7 days in advance of the event.

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    ADDRESSES: The NTP BSC meeting will be held in the Rodbell Auditorium, Rall Building at the NIEHS, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Public comments and any other correspondence should be submitted to Dr. Barbara Shane, Executive Secretary for the NTP BSC, NTP Office of Liaison, Policy and Review, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD A3-01, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; telephone: 919-541- 4253; fax: 919-541-0295; or e-mail: shane@niehs.nih.gov. Courier address: NIEHS, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Room K2138, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Barbara Shane (telephone: 919-541- 4253 or e-mail: shane@niehs.nih.gov).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-30288.htm

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Meeting

    National Institutes of Health

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which

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    would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: February 19-20, 2009.

    Open: February 19, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: February 19, 2009, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: February 20, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Contact Person: Dennis R Lang, PhD, Acting Director, Division of Extramural Research and Training, Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, P.O. Box 12233/EC-3431, 79 Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-7729, lang4@niehs.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dert/c-agenda.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-30462.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Listing Three Foreign Bird Species From Latin America and the Caribbean as Endangered Throughout Their Range

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list three species of birds from Latin America and the Caribbean--the Andean flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus), the Chilean woodstar (Eulidia yarrellii), and the St. Lucia forest thrush (Cichlherminia lherminieri sanctaeluciae)--as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). This proposal, if made final, would extend the Act's protection to these species. The Service seeks data and comments from the public on this proposed rule.

    DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before February 23, 2009. We must receive requests for public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by February 9, 2009.

    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: FWS-R9-IA-2008-0117; 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 comments by e-mail or fax. 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: Rosemarie Gnam, Division of Scientific Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 110, Arlington, VA 22203; telephone 703-358-1708; facsimile 703-358- 2276. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-30464.htm

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