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Federal Register Summary for week of 9 January

    Commerce

  • Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Groundfish Allocation Committee

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    (GAC) will hold a working meeting, which is open to the public.

    DATES: The GAC meeting will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. until business for the day is completed. The GAC will reconvene on Wednesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 29, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. each day until their business is completed.

    ADDRESSES: The GAC meeting will be held at the Shilo Inn Portland Airport, Mt. Hood Room, 11707 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97220; telephone: +(503) 252-7500. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John DeVore, Groundfish Management Coordinator; telephone: (503) 820-2280.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-143.htm

  • Listing Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List Atlantic Wolffish as Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of petition finding; request for information.


    SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce a 90-day finding for a petition to list Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific information indicating the petitioned action may be warranted. We will conduct a status review of Atlantic wolffish to determine if the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the review is comprehensive, we solicit information pertaining to this species from any interested party.

    DATES: Information related to this petition finding must be received by March 6, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the XRIN 0648-XM05, by any of the following methods: Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Mail or hand-delivery: Assistant Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. 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). The petition and other pertinent information are also available electronically at the NMFS website at http://www.nero.noaa.gov/prot_res/CandidateSpeciesProgram/csr.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Damon-Randall, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office (978) 281-9300 x6535 or Marta Nammack, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources (301) 713-1401.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E8-31362.htm

  • Defense

  • Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Stormwater Treatment Areas in Everglades Agricultural Area Located in Palm Beach and Hendry Counties, FL

    AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is issuing this notice to advise the public that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) has been completed and is available for review and comment.

    DATES: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), we have filed the Final EIS with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for publication of their notice of availability in the Federal Register. The EPA notice officially starts the 30-day review period for this document. It is

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    the goal of the USACE to have this notice published on the same date as the EPA notice. However, if that does not occur, the date of the EPA notice will determine the closing date for comments on the Final EIS. Comments on the Final EIS must be submitted to the address below under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT and must be received no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday, February 9, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The Final EIS can be viewed online at http:// www.saj.usace.army.mil/regulatory/index.htm. Copies of the Final EIS are also available for review at the following libraries: Belle Glade Branch Public Library, 530 S. Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430. Palm Beach County Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., W. Palm Beach, FL 33406. Clewiston Public Library, 120 W. Osceola Ave., Clewiston, FL 33440. Pahokee Branch Public Library, 525 Bacom Point Rd., Pahokee, FL 33476. Legislative Library, 701 The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300. Glades County Public Library, PO Box 505, Riverside Dr., Moorehaven, FL 33471. South Bay Public Library, 375 SW. 2nd Ave., South Bay, FL 33493.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Alisa Zarbo, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, 4400 PGA Boulevard, Suite 500, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410, Telephone: 772-219-8418, Fax: 561-626-6971.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-219.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Good Neighbor Environmental Board; Request for Nominations to the Good Neighbor Environmental Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Good Neighbor Environmental Board. Vacancies are expected to be filled by late spring 2009. Additional sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E8-31153.htm

  • 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 16, 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 92-463. UNEB 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 US/Mexico Border.

    Supplementary Information: If you wish to make oral comments or submit written comments to the Board, please contact Mark Joyce at least five days prior to the meeting.

    General Information: Additional information concerning the GNEB can be found on its Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/gneb.

    Meeting Access: For information on access or services for individual with disabilities, please contact Mark Joyce at (202) 564- 2130 or e-mail him at joyce.mark@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Mark Joyce at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E8-31152.htm

  • Predicting Future Introductions of Nonindigenous Species to the Great Lakes

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the availability of a final report titled, "Predicting Future Introductions of Nonindigenous Species to the Great Lakes'' (EPA/600/R-08/066F). The report was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). The Great Lakes of the United States have been subjected to adverse ecological and economic impacts from introduced species. Ballast water discharge from commercial shipping is the major means by which these nonindigenous species have entered the Great Lakes. This assessment demonstrates that successful invasions are best predicted by knowing the propagule pressure (i.e., the number of larvae/individuals entering a new area) and habitat matching (i.e., how similar is the invaded area to the native range of the species). The purpose of the report is to help resource managers focus monitoring activities on particular nonindigenous species at ports that are most at risk of invasion.

    DATES: This document will be available on or about January 5, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The document will be available electronically through the NCEA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies will be available from EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242; telephone: 1-800-490-9198; facsimile: 301-604-3408; e-mail: nscep@bps-lmit.com. Please provide your name, your mailing address, the title and the EPA number of the requested publication.

    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/2009/E8-31295.htm

  • Interior

  • Harvest and Export of American Ginseng; Notice of meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice: announcement of public meeting; request for information from the public.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public meeting on American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). This meeting will help us gather information from the public in preparation of our 2009 findings on the export of American ginseng roots, for the issuance of permits under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

    DATES: The meeting date is February 24, 2009. An information session will occur at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a public meeting at 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting location is: Bristol, VA--Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Bristol Convention Center, 3005 Linden Drive, Bristol, VA 24202; telephone number: (276) 466-4100.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, or directions to the meeting, contact Ms. Pat Ford, Division of Scientific Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 110, Arlington, VA 22203; 703-358-1708 (telephone), 703-358-2276 (fax), or patricia_ford@fws.gov (e-mail).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E8-31471.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Partial 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List 475 Species in the Southwestern United States as Threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of 90-day petition finding.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on 270 species from a petition to list 475 species in the southwestern United States as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that for these 270 species the petition does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing these species may be warranted. Therefore, for these 270 species, we will not initiate a further status review in response to this petition. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of these 270 species or threats to them or their habitat at any time. This information will help us monitor and encourage the conservation of these species. An additional 5 species of the 475 included in the petition do not fall within the scope of the petition or are not a listable entity and, therefore, were not considered in this finding (see Petition).

    DATES: The finding announced in this document was made on January 6, 2009. You may submit new information concerning this species for our consideration at any time.

    ADDRESSES: This finding is available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. Supporting information we used in preparing this finding is available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Regional Ecological Services Office, 500 Gold Ave., SW., Albuquerque, NM 87102. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions concerning these species or this finding to the above address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Gloman, Assistant Regional Director, Southwest Regional Ecological Services Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone 505/248-6920; facsimile 505/248-6788. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E8-31454.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) Conservation Assessment

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; draft conservation assessment; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announce the

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    availability of the Draft Mexican Wolf Conservation Assessment (draft assessment) for public review and comment. The draft assessment provides scientific information relevant to the conservation of the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in Arizona and New Mexico as a component of the Service's gray wolf (Canis lupus) recovery efforts. Not required by the Endangered Species Act (Act), the draft assessment is a non-regulatory document that does not require action by any party. We solicit review and comment from the public on this document.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive any comments from interested parties no later than March 10, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may obtain a paper or electronic copy of the draft assessment by contacting John Slown, Biologist, New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office, 2105 Osuna, NE., Albuquerque, NM 87113; telephone: 505/761-4782, facsimile 505/346-2542, e-mail: John_Slown@fws.gov. The draft assessment is also available online at: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/. You may submit written comments on the draft assessment by any one of the following means: (1) By U.S. mail to John Slown at the Albuquerque address above; (2) by fax to the number above, or (3) e- mail to mexwolfdca@fws.gov. We must receive comments by the date in DATES.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct all questions or requests for more information on the draft assessment to John Slown, Biologist, at the Albuquerque address above; telephone: 505/761-4782.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-298.htm

  • Papahaanaumokuaakea Marine National Monument, Hawai`i

    AGENCIES: Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Interior; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of the monument management plan, environmental assessment, and findings of no significant impact.


    SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that NOAA, FWS, the State of Hawai'i's Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and the Office of Hawai'ian Affairs have completed a Monument Management Plan (MMP) for the Papahaanaumokuaakea Marine National Monument (Monument) located in the Northwestern Hawai`ian Islands (NWHI). The Monument's resources, and current and future management activities, are described in the MMP and associated environmental assessment (EA). The NOAA and FWS developed separate findings of no significant impact (FONSIs) to address each agency's MMP/EA findings. Both FONSIs are available with the MMP/EA.

    DATES: The MMP/EA and FONSIs are now available. Implementation of the MMP is effective and may begin immediately.

    ADDRESSES: Printed copies of the MMP/EA and FONSIs are available for viewing at NOAA's Papahaanaumokuaakea Marine National Monument office at 6600 Kalaniana`ole Highway, Suite 300, Honolulu, HI 96825, and may be obtained by visiting or writing to the office or by telephone at (808) 397-2660. These documents are also available on compact disk from the Monument, and for viewing and downloading on the Internet at http:/ /papahanaumokuakea.gov, and http://www.fws.gov/pacific/planning/. Additional documents developed as part of the MMP/EA planning process that specifically support FWS programs and environmental compliance requirements are also available on http://www.fws.gov/pacific/planning/ .

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan White, FWS Superintendent, phone (808) 792-9480.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E8-31303.htm

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