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Federal Register Summary for week of 27 February

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  • Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Notice of Public Availability and Meetings

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of public availability and meetings.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with section 304(e) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA), as amended, NOAA is soliciting public comment on the draft management plan and draft environmental assessment for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

    DATES: Comments: Comments on the draft management plan and draft environmental assessment will be considered if received on or before April 10, 2009. Public meetings: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for the dates and locations for the public meetings.

    ADDRESSES: To obtain a copy: For a copy of the draft management plan and draft environmental assessment, contact the Management Plan Review Coordinator, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI 49707. Copies can also be downloaded from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) website at http:// www.thunderbay.noaa.gov. To submit comments: Comments on the draft management plan and draft environmental assessment may be submitted by one of the following methods: 1. In writing to the Thunder Bay NMS Management Plan Review Coordinator (see to obtain a copy section above); 2. By e-mail to TBMPR@noaa.gov; or 3. By providing comments (oral or written) at one of the public meetings (see public meetings section below). Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will be generally posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NOAA will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Public meetings: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for the dates and locations for the public meetings.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3720.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

    Agency: National Institutes of Health

    Action: Notice of a Meeting


    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 Board of Scientific Counselors, NIEHS.

    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 as indicated below in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual other conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, and the competence of individual investigators, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Board of Scientific Counselors, NIEHS.

    Date: March 22-24, 2009.

    Closed: March 22, 2009, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Doubletree Guest Suites, 2515 Meridian Parkway, Research Triangle Park, NC 27713.

    Closed: March 23, 2009, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Executive Conference Room, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: March 23, 2009, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Agenda: An overview of the organization and research in the Laboratory of Pharmacology.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, South Campus, Conference Rooms 101 A, B, and C, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: March 23, 2009, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, South Campus, Executive Conference Room, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: March 23, 2009, 1:15 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of the Laboratory of Pharmacology and an overview of the Cellular & Molecular Pathology Branch.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, South Campus, Conference Rooms 101 A, B, and C, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: March 23, 2009, 6:20 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, South Campus, Executive Conference Room, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: March 23, 2009, 8:30 p.m. to Adjournment.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Doubletree Guest Suites, 2515 Meridian Parkway, Research Triangle Park, NC 27713.

    Closed: March 24, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, South Campus, Executive Conference Room, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: March 24, 2009, 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Agenda: Review of research of Tenure Track Investigators.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, South Campus, Conference Rooms 101 A, B, and C, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed:March 24, 2009, 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, South Campus, Executive Conference Room, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: March 24, 2009, 1:05 p.m. to Adjournment.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate programmatic and personnel issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, South Campus, Conference Room 101 A, B, and C, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Contact Person: Perry J Blackshear, PhD, MD., Acting Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research, National Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, PO Box 12233, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-4899, black009@niehs.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-4193.htm

  • Public Meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Science, The President's Council on Bioethics.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The President's Council on Bioethics (Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD, Chairman) will hold its thirty-sixth meeting; the primary focus of discussion will be the future of public bioethics and national bioethics commissions in the United States. The full agenda will be posted on the Council's Web site at http://www.bioethics.gov prior to the meeting. Subjects discussed at past Council meetings (although not on the agenda for the March 2009 meeting) include: therapeutic and reproductive cloning, assisted reproduction, reproductive genetics, neuroscience, aging retardation, organ transplantation, personalized medicine, standards for the determination of death, children and bioethics, and lifespan-extension, among others. Publications issued by the Council to date include: Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry (July 2002); Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness (October 2003); Being Human: Readings from the President's Council on Bioethics (December 2003); Monitoring Stem Cell Research (January 2004); Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies (March 2004); Alternative Sources of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: A White Paper (May 2005); Taking Care: Ethical Caregiving in Our Aging Society (September 2005); Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics (March 2008); The Changing Moral Focus of Newborn Screening: An Ethical Analysis by The President's Council on Bioethics (December 2008); and Controversies in the Determination of Death: A White Paper by The President's Council on Bioethics (December 2008). Reports are forthcoming on organ transplantation and health care reform.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Thursday, March 12, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET; and Friday, March 13, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., ET.

    ADDRESSES: Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel, 999 9th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20001. Phone 202-898-9000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3843.htm

  • Interior

  • 60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of Information; Opportunity for Public Comment

    AGENCY: Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a proposed new collection of information (OMB 1024-xxxx).

    DATES: Public comments on this Information Collection Request (ICR) will be accepted on or before April 24, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Send Comments To: Wayne Freimund, Arkwright Professor of Protected Area Studies, University of Montana, College of Forestry and Conservation, 32 Campus Drive, CHCB 463, Missoula, MT 59812, (406) 243- 5184, wayne.freimund@umontana.edu. Also, you may send comments to Leonard Stowe, NPS Information Collection Clearance Officer, 1849 C St., NW., (2605), Washington, DC 20240; or by e-mail at Leonard_ stowe@nps.gov. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. To Request a Draft of Proposed Collection of Information Contact: Wayne Freimund, Arkwright Professor of Protected Area Studies, University of Montana, College of Forestry and Conservation, 32 Campus Drive, CHCB 463, Missoula, MT 59812; or via phone at 406/243-5184; or via e-mail at wayne.freimund@umontana.edu, or Jack Potter, Chief of Science and Resource Management, Glacier National Park, NPS, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936; or via phone at 406/888-7821; or via e- mail at jack_potter@nps.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. James Gramann, NPS Social Science Program, 1201 ``Eye'' St., Washington, DC 20005; or via phone at 202/ 513-7189; or via e-mail at James_Gramann@partner.nps.gov. You are entitled to a copy of the entire ICR package free of charge once the package is submitted to OMB for review. You can access this ICR at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3789.htm

  • Call for Nominations for Resource Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Resource Advisory Council Call for Nominations.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) that have member terms expiring this year. The RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. The BLM will consider public nominations for 45 days after the publication date of this notice.

    DATE: Send all nominations to the appropriate BLM state office no later than April 13, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the locations to send your nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Greenberger, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Legislative Affairs and Correspondence Division, 1849 C Street, NW., MS-401 LS, Washington, DC 20240; 202-452-5066.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-4260.htm

  • Second Call for Nominations: North Slope Science Initiative, Science Technical Advisory Panel, Alaska

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Second call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a second call for nominations to serve on the North Slope Science Initiative, Science Technical Advisory Panel in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972, 5 U.S.C. Appendix. Nominees who answered the first call for nominations published in Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 230, Nov. 28, 2008; do not need to reapply under this Notice.

    DATES: Submit a completed nomination form and nomination letter to the address listed below no later than March 30, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, Executive Director; North Slope Science Initiative; c/o Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office AK-910; 222 West 7th Avenue, 13; Anchorage, Alaska 99513; phone (907) 271-3431, or johnfpayne@blm.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-4140.htm

  • Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee; Announcement of Public Teleconference and Webcast

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public teleconference and Webcast.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will host an optional Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting via Webcast and teleconference, on March 13, 2009. This meeting is open to the public but will be limited to 75 public participants. The meeting agenda will include a briefing by the Synthesis Subcommittee to the full Committee on the latest draft Recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will take place on March 13, 2009, from 12 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Pre-meeting Public Registration: If you are a member of the public wishing to participate in the March 13, 2009, meeting, you must register online by March 6, 2009 (see ``Meeting Participation Information'' in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel London, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, (703) 358-2161.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3748.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board Meeting

    Agency: National Science Foundation

    Action: Notice of Meeting


    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR Part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    Agency Holding Meeting: National Science Board.

    Date and Time: Monday, February 23, 2009, at 8 a.m.; and Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 8 a.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Blvd. Room 1235 Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

    Status: Some portions open, some portions closed

    Open Sessions:

    February 23, 2009

    8 a.m.-8:05 a.m. 8:05 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

    February 24, 2009

    8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Closed Sessions:

    February 23, 2009

    2:15 p.m.-4 p.m. 4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

    February 24, 2009

    11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 1:30 p.m.-1:40 p.m. 1:40 p.m.-2 p.m.

    Agency Contact: Dr. Robert E. Webber, rwebber@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000, http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-4054.htm

  • Responsible Conduct of Research

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF).

    ACTION: Request for public comment on requirement for students and postdoctoral researchers involved in NSF proposals to be educated in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR).


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is soliciting public comment on the agency's proposed implementation of Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o-1). This section of the Act requires that ``each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.''

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the NSF's implementation of the America COMPETES Act, contact Jean Feldman; Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution & Award Support; National Science Foundation; 4201 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22230; e-mail: jfeldman@nsf.gov; telephone: (703) 292-8243; fax: (703) 292-9171.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-4100.htm

  • Office of Management and Budget

  • Federal Regulatory Review

    AGENCY: Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.

    ACTION: Request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is developing a set of recommendations to the President for a new Executive Order on Federal Regulatory Review, and invites public comments on how to improve the process and principles governing regulation.

    DATES: Comments must be in writing and received by March 16, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments by one of the following methods: E-mail: oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Fax: (202) 395-7245. Mail: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Records Management Center, Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Mabel Echols, Room 10102, NEOB, 725 17th Street, NW.,Washington, DC 20503. We are still experiencing delays in the regular mail, including first class and express mail. To ensure that your comments are received on time, we recommend that comments be electronically submitted. All comments submitted in response to this notice will be made available to the public on OMB's Web site. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If you send an e-mail comment directly to OMB, 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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mabel Echols, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Records Management Center, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, NEOB, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. Telephone: (202) 395-6880.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-4080.htm

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