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Federal Register Summary for week of 6 February

    Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy; Office of Science.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee. Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 19, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., E.S.T.

    ADDRESSES: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen (301-903-9817; david.thomassen@science.doe.gov) Designated Federal Officer, Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/

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    Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://www.science.doe.gov/ober/berac/announce.html.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-2354.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. 92463, EPA gives notice of a public teleconference 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 represents diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, State, and tribal governments. EPA asked NACEPT to identify issues and challenges that EPA will face over the next 10 years, and the approaches the Agency might take to address those issues. The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve draft NACEPT recommendations that address these issues. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/nacept/cal-nacept.htm.

    DATES: NACEPT will hold a public teleconference on Wednesday, February 18, from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the U.S. EPA East Building, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Room 1132, Washington, DC 20004.

    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/2009/E9-2255.htm

  • Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), Human Health Subcommittee Meetings--Fall 2008 and 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) Human Health Subcommittee.

    DATES: A teleconference call will be held on Friday, February 27, 2009, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT. The meeting 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 each meeting.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- ORD-2008-0649, by one of the following methods:

    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-2008-0649.

    Fax: Fax comments to: (202) 566-0224, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0649.

    Mail: Send comments by mail to: Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), Human Health Subcommittee Meetings--Fall 2008 and Winter 2009 Docket, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0649.

    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- 0649. Note: this is not a mailing address. Such deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of operation, and

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    special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2008-0649. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 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 www.regulations.gov or email. The 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 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 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 www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), Human Health Subcommittee Meetings--Fall 2008 and 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: Virginia Houk, Mail Code B305-02, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; via phone/voice mail at: (919) 541-2815; via fax at: (919) 685-3250; or via e-mail at: houk.virginia@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-2254.htm

  • Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to correct its rule entitled "Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the Effects Abroad of EPA Actions,'' which was published September 19, 2007. Since the final rule became effective on October 19, 2007, EPA has received inquiries about some minor inconsistencies and ambiguities in the final rule. This action involves four minor, technical corrections to the rule to address those issues. The first correction expands the definition of "applicants'' to include those who request EPA approvals. The second change clarifies that a categorical exclusion includes vacant land. The third change corrects the text to indicate that the number of extraordinary circumstances is ten. The last change expands Subpart C to apply to EPA approvals as well as permits and assistance grants. In the "Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we have made these four changes as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.

    DATES: Any comments must be received by March 6, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. [EPA-HQ-

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    OECA-2009-0006], by mail to by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: Hargrove.robert@epa.gov.

    Fax: 202-564-0072, Attention: Robert Hargrove.

    Mail: EPA-HQ-OECA-2009-0006, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center, Mailcode: 2201T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: Public Reading Room, Room B102, Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robert Hargrove; NEPA Compliance Division; Office of Federal Activities (Mailcode 2252A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-7157; fax number: (202)-564-0072; e-mail address: Hargrove.robert@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-2350.htm

  • EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts for EPA Science Advisory Board, Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting nominations for experts to serve on a SAB Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Committee. This Committee will review peer-reviewed publications from EPA scientists and makes recommendations for awards.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by February 25, 2009 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9946; by fax at (202) 233-0643 or via email at hanlon.edward@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-2343.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Petition To Reclassify the Wood Bison From Endangered to Threatened

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of 90-day petition finding and initiation of status review.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce our 90-day finding on a petition to reclassify the wood bison (Bison bison athabascae) from endangered to threatened throughout its range in the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife established under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific and commercial information indicating that the petitioned action of reclassifying the wood bison from endangered to threatened status under the Act may be warranted. Therefore, we are initiating a status review of the wood bison to determine if reclassification, as petitioned, is warranted under the Act. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are requesting submission of any new information on the wood bison since its original listing as endangered throughout its entire range under the predecessor of the Act on June 2, 1970 (35 FR 8491). At the conclusion of our status review, we will issue a 12-month finding on the petition, as provided in section 4(b)(3)(B) of the Act.

    DATES: The finding announced in this document was made on January 14, 2009. To be considered in the 12-month finding on this petition, we will accept comments and information from all interested parties until April 6, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit information, materials, and 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-2008-0123; 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: Rosemarie Gnam, Ph.D., Chief, 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; electronic mail ScientificAuthority@fws.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-2084.htm

  • Meeting Announcement: North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Council Meeting: March 16, 2009, 1-3 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Johnson, Council Coordinator, by phone at (703) 358-1784; by e-mail at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP 4501-4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-2085.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Partial 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List 206 Species in the Midwest and Western 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 165 species from a petition to list 206 species in the mountain-prairie region of the United States as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that, for these 165 species, the petition does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing may be warranted. Therefore, for these 165 species, we will not initiate a further status review in response to this petition; however, we are making no determination at this time on whether substantial information has been presented on the remaining 39 species included in the petition. A finding (or findings) will be made on the remaining 39 species at a later date. We ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of these 165 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 2 species of the 206 were reviewed in a concurrent 90-day finding and, therefore, were not considered in this finding (see Petition).

    DATES: The finding announced in this document was made on February 5, 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, Mountain- Prairie Regional Ecological Services Office, P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80255. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions concerning these species or this finding to the above address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Carlson, Listing Coordinator, Mountain-Prairie Regional Ecological Services Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone 303-236-4264. 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/E9-2358.htm

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