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Federal Register Summary for week of 30 January

    Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Open Meeting of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA's EFAB will hold an open meeting of the full board in

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    Washington, DC on March 16-17, 2009. EFAB is an EPA advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from informed speakers on environmental finance issues, proposed legislation, Agency priorities, and to discuss progress with work products under EFAB's current Strategic Action Agenda. Environmental financing topics expected to be discussed include: Financial Assurance Mechanisms (Commercial Insurance & Cost Estimation); Financial Assurance and CO2 Underground Injection Control/Carbon Capture and Sequestration; Water Loss Reduction (``Leaky Pipes''); Innovative Financing Tools, and State Revolving Fund Investment Options. This meeting is open to the public, however, seating is limited. All members of the public who are planning to attend the meeting must register in advance, no later than Friday, March 6, 2009.

    DATES: Full Board Meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2009 from 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and March 17, 2009 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Madison, 1177 15th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005. Registration and Information Contact: To register for this meeting or get further information, please contact Sandra Keys, U.S. EPA, at (202) 564-4999 or keys.sandra@epa.gov. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Sandra Keys. To request accommodations for a disability, contact Sandra Keys, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    Dated: January 22, 2009. Joshua Baylson, Acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-1809.htm

  • Good Neighbor Environmental Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (Board). The Board meets three times each calendar year, twice at different locations along the U.S. border with Mexico, and once in Washington, DC. It was created in 1992 by the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act, Public Law 102-532, 7 U.S.C. Section 5404. Implementing authority was delegated to the Administrator of EPA under Executive Order 12916. The Board is responsible for providing advice to the President and the Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues and needs within the States contiguous to Mexico in order to improve the quality of life of persons residing on the United States side of the border. The statute calls for the Board to have representatives from U.S. Government agencies; the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas; and tribal and private organizations with expertise on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S./Mexico Border. The purpose of the meeting is to hear from representatives from various groups on possible themes for the Board's next report. The meeting will include a planning session, a business meeting and a public comment session. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/gneb.

    DATES: The Good Neighbor Environmental Board will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, March 10, from 10 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.) to 5:30 p.m. The following day, March 11, the Board will hold a business meeting from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Potomac Yards Conference Center, 2777 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Telephone: 703-308-0092. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Joyce, Designated Federal Officer, joyce.mark@epa.gov, 202-564-3120, U.S. EPA, Office of Cooperative Environmental Management (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-2039.htm

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Science and Technology for Sustainability Mid-Cycle Subcommittee Meetings--Winter 2009

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Science and Technology for Sustainability Subcommittee.

    DATES: The first meeting (teleconference call) will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2009, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The second meeting (face-to-face) will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Meetings may adjourn early if all business is finished. Requests for the draft agenda or for making oral presentations at the meetings will be accepted up to one business day before the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: Participation in the conference call will be by teleconference only--meeting rooms will not be used. Members of the public may obtain the call-in number and access code for the call from Greg Susanke, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. The face-to-face meeting will be held at the EPA Building--One Potomac Yard, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia, 22202. The meeting is in the Fourth Floor Conference Center North, room N-4830. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0926, by one of the following methods:

    http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    E-mail: Send comments by electronic mail (e-mail) to: ORD.Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0926.

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    Fax: Fax comments to: (202) 566-0224, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0926.

    Mail: Send comments by mail to: Board of Scientific Counselors, Science and Technology for Sustainability Mid-Cycle Subcommittee Meetings--Winter 2009 Docket, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0926.

    Hand Delivery or Courier. Deliver comments to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room B102, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2008- 0926. Note: this is not a mailing address. Such deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2008-0926. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http:// www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Board of Scientific Counselors, Science and Technology for Sustainability Mid- Cycle Subcommittee Meetings--Winter 2009 Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer via mail at: Greg Susanke, Mail Drop 8104-R, Office of Science Policy, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-9945; via fax at: (202) 565-2911; or via e-mail at: susanke.greg@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-1701.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing a public teleconference of the SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) to discuss its draft Advisory on EPA's draft Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on March 4, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding the public teleconference and call-in numbers may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9867, or via e-mail at stallworth.holly@epa.gov. The SAB mailing address is: U.S. EPA, Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB, as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced in this notice, may be found in the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-1615.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Expert Elicitation Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Science Advisory Board Expert Elicitation Advisory Panel to review EPA's draft Expert Elicitation Task Force White Paper.

    DATES: The meeting dates are Wednesday, February 25, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Thursday, February 26, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the SAB Conference Center, located at 1025 F Street, NW., Room 3705, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this meeting may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Nugent may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail; (202) 343-9981; fax (202) 233-0643; or e- mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-1919.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Clean Air Act; Request for Waiver, California (Memorandum of January 26, 2009)

    Presidential Documents

    Memorandum of January 26, 2009

    State of California Request for Waiver Under 42 U.S.C. 7543(b), the Clean Air Act

    Memorandum for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

    Under the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401-7671q), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets emissions standards for new motor vehicles. California may also adopt standards for new motor vehicles if the Administrator of the EPA, based on criteria set out in the statute, waives the general statutory prohibition on State adoption or enforcement of emissions standards. Other States may adopt emissions standards for new motor vehicles if they are identical to the California standards for which a waiver has been granted and comply with other statutory criteria.

    For decades, the EPA has granted the State of California such waivers. The EPA's final decision to deny California's application for a waiver permitting the State to adopt limitations on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles was published in the Federal Register on March 6, 2008.

    In order to ensure that the EPA carries out its responsibilities for improving air quality, you are hereby requested to assess whether the EPA's decision to deny a waiver based on California's application was appropriate in light of the Clean Air Act. I further request that, based on that assessment, the EPA initiate any appropriate action.

    This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    You are hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    THE WHITE HOUSE,

    Washington, January 26, 2009

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-1939.htm

  • Health and Human Services

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

    National Institutes of Health

    Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of the eighteenth meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS), U.S. Public Health Service. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2009, and 8:30 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2009, 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.

    At this meeting, the Committee will begin to explore issues related to genetics and the future of the health care system with the first in a series of roundtables focusing on perspectives of stakeholders in the payer community. Other agenda items include a session on developments related to informed consent for genomic data sharing, discussion of the Committee's next steps to address concerns related to consumer- initiated genomic services, and updates on Department of Health and Human Services and agency priorities.

    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://oba.od.nih.gov/SACGHS/sacghs_home.html.

    Dated: January 22, 2009. Jennifer Spaeth, Director, NIH Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-1868.htm

  • Interior

  • Notice of an Open Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI)

    Geological Survey

    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the ACWI. This meeting is to discuss broad policy-related topics relating to national water initiatives, and the development and dissemination of water information, through reports from ACWI subgroups. The agenda will include status of a proposal from the ACWI Subcommittee on Ground Water; discussion of a new Extreme Storms subgroup proposed within the Subcommittee on Hydrology; status of the National Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and their Tributaries; request for ACWI approval of an update to the Water Quality Data Elements User Guide that would include physical habitat elements; discussion of ACWI participation in the National Environmental Status and Trends indicators project; and updates on recent activities of the Methods and Data Comparability Board.

    The ACWI was established under the authority of the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M92-01 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the ACWI is to provide a forum for water information users and professionals to advise the Federal Government on activities and plans that may improve the effectiveness of meeting the Nation's water information needs. Member organizations help to foster communications between the Federal and non-Federal sectors on sharing water information.

    Membership, limited to 35 organizations, represents a wide range of water resources interests and functions. Representation on the ACWI includes all levels of government, academia, private industry, and professional and technical societies. For more information on the ACWI, its membership, subgroups, meetings and activities, please see the Web site at: http://ACWI.gov.

    DATES: The formal meeting will convene at 9 a.m. on February 10, 2009, and will adjourn at 12 noon on February 11, 2009. The meeting will be followed by a public forum on the National Environmental Status and Trends Indicators project, which will begin at 1 p.m. on February 11, 2009 and adjourn at 12 noon on February 12, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Reston, Virginia, area, within a few miles of Dulles International Airport. Information on the exact location can be obtained from Ms. Wendy E. Norton, ACWI Executive Secretary, whose contact information is shown below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Wendy E. Norton, ACWI Executive Secretary and Chief, Water Information Coordination Program, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 417, Reston, VA 20192. Telephone: 703-648-6810; Fax: 703-648-5644; e-mail: wenorton@usgs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-1624.htm

  • National Science Foundation

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

    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: February 19, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; February 20, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your access into the building, please contact the individual listed below prior to the meeting so that a visitors badge may be prepared for you in advance.

    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 Numbers: (703) 292-4216, (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.

    Agenda

    Thursday, February 19, 2009

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair

    Presentations and Discussions:

    Communicating Science Broadly

    Discussion of Recommendations from the October 29, 2008

    Mini-Symposium on Native Americans

    Conversation with the NSF Director

    Presentation on the Policy White paper on Women of Color in STEM

    Roundtable Discussion by NSF Assistant Directors and Office Directors: Diversity Issues & Recent Broadening Participation Activities

    Concurrent Meetings of CEOSE Ad Hoc Subcommittees

    Reports of CEOSE Ad Hoc Subcommittees, Including the Status of the Preparation of the Biennial Report to Congress and Comments by Federal Agency Liaisons

    Friday, February 20, 2009

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair

    Presentations and Discussions:

    A Science of Broadening Participation

    Discussion: The CEOSE Path Forward

    Reports by CEOSE Liaisons to Advisory Committees of the National Science Foundation

    Completion of Unfinished Business

    Dated: January 27, 2009. Susanne Bolton, Committee Management Officer.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-2046.htm

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