AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of public scoping session and extension of public comment period.
SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is holding a public scoping session for issue-focused public meeting(s) to be held in April 2009 on the APHIS proposed rule, ``Importation, Interstate Movement, and Release Into the Environment of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms.'' The purpose of the scoping session is to discuss with all interested parties the agenda and format for the April 2009 issue meeting(s).
DATES: The scoping session will be on March 13, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The scoping session will be held at USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD, in Conference Room A. For directions or facilities information, call (301) 734-8010. Other Information: Additional details regarding the format of the meeting are available at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/biotechnology/340/ 340_index.shtml.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you plan to attend the scoping session, please contact Mr. Richard Coker, BRS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238; (301) 734-5720.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.
ACTION: Notice; request for comments.
SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces its decision to expand the scope of the Mitchell Act Hatchery Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to include analysis of the environmental effects of hatchery programs in a way that will inform future NMFS decisions about Endangered Species Act compliance for all Columbia River hatchery programs. Our previous notice of intent to prepare an EIS on the funding and operation of Columbia River hatcheries under the Mitchell Act was published on September 3, 2004. We are opening a 30-day comment period on our decision to expand the scope.
DATES: Written or electronic comments from all interested parties are encouraged and must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time April 13, 2009.
ADDRESSES: All comments concerning the preparation of the EIS and NEPA process should be addressed to: Patty Dornbusch, NMFS, 1201 N.E. Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Comments may also be submitted via fax (503) 872-2737 Attn: Mitchell Act Hatchery EIS, or by electronic mail to MitchellActEIS.firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line containing the document identifier: ``Mitchell Act Hatchery EIS.''
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Patty Dornbusch, NMFS Northwest Region, (503) 230-5430.
GENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for letter of authorization; request for comments and information.
SUMMARY: NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to military readiness training activities and research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) to be conducted in the Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC) for the period beginning September 2009 and ending September 2014. Pursuant to the implementing regulations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing our receipt of the Navy's request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals and inviting information, suggestions, and comments on the Navy's application and request.
DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than April 10, 2009.
ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225. The mailbox address for providing email comments is PR1.0648-XN87@noaa.gov. NMFS is not responsible for e-mail comments sent to addresses other than the one provided here. Comments sent via e-mail, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10-megabyte file size.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 713-2289, ext. 166.
AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.
SUMMARY: The Department of the Navy (Navy) announces its decision to revise the Record of Decision (ROD) issued on June 26, 2008, and published on July 7, 2008 (73 FR 38424) on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS) for the Hawaii Range Complex (HRC). These revisions address the authorizations recently issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in December 2008 and January 2009 under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the incidental harassment of marine mammals resulting from Navy training and Department of Defense (DoD) research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) activities conducted within the HRC for the proposed action presented in Alternative 3. The Revised ROD is effective February 26, 2009. Except as discussed in the Revised ROD, all other provisions of the June 26, 2008 ROD remain in full force and effect. Implementation of the preferred alternative, initiated in June 2008 will continue. Because the Navy is required by section 5062 of Title 10 of the United States Code to organize, train, equip, and maintain combat-ready forces, ongoing training and RDT&E activities within the HRC will continue at current levels in the event that the proposed action is not implemented.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Revised ROD has been distributed to all those individuals who requested a copy of the Final EIS/OEIS and agencies and organizations that received a copy of the Final EIS/OEIS. The full text of the Revised ROD is available for public viewing at http://www.govsupport.us/navynepahawaii/downloads.aspx. Single copies of the Revised ROD will be made available upon request by contacting the Public Affairs Officer, Pacific Missile Range Facility, Attn: HRC EIS/OEIS REVISED ROD, P.O. Box 128, Kekaha, Hawaii 96752-0128; e-mail: email@example.com; or calling the Public Affairs Officer at telephone: 866-767-3347.
AGENCY: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
ACTION: Notice of open teleconference meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces an open teleconference meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.
DATES: March 19, 2009 at 11 a.m.-12 p.m. EST.
ADDRESSES: Meeting will be conducted via conference call. Call-in information can be obtained by contacting T.J. Heibel at (410) 997-7778 ext. 223; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valri Lightner, Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-0937 or T.J. Heibel at (410) 997-7778 ext. 223; e-mail: email@example.com
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of document availability and request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2007 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990 through 2007 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions. The inventory also includes estimates of carbon fluxes in U.S. agricultural and forest lands. The technical approach used in this report to estimate emissions and sinks for greenhouse gases is consistent with the methodologies recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and reported in a format consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting guidelines. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2007 is the latest in a series of annual U.S. submissions to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC.
DATES: To ensure your comments are considered for the final version of the document, please submit your comments within 30 days of the appearance of this notice. However, comments received after that date will still be welcomed and be considered for the next edition of this report.
ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to Mr. Leif Hockstad at: Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Division (6207J), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Fax: (202) 343-2359. You are welcome and encouraged to send an e-mail with your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Leif Hockstad, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, (202) 343-9432, email@example.com.
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 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 is a committee of individuals who represent diverse interests from academia, industry, non- governmental organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. To mark NACEPT's 20th anniversary and its achievements over the last two decades, a project was initiated to: (1) Identify the issues and challenges that EPA will face and should focus on over the next 10 years; (2) Review NACEPT's operations and accomplishments; and (3) Develop a strategic framework for how NACEPT can best serve EPA based on the prospective and retrospective findings. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the prospective and retrospective reports, and to develop a strategic framework for the Council. 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 two-day meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 26, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first- come, first-served basis.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sonia Altieri, Designated Federal Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 564-0243, U.S. EPA, Office of Cooperative Environmental Management (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency), National Center for Environmental Innovation (NCEI) is giving notice of the availability of its solicitation for proposals from institutions that are interested in organizing two symposia over four years to promote sharing and transfer of innovative environmental protection approaches among States, EPA, and other primarily governmental representatives. The solicitation is available at the Agency’s State Innovation Grant Web site: http://www.epa.gov/innovation/2010symposium.htm, or may be requested from the Agency by e-mail to email@example.com, telephone, or by mail.
Eligible recipients include States, territories, Indian Tribes, interstate organizations, intrastate organizations, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and individuals. Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply. For-profit organizations are generally not eligible for funding.
DATES: Eligible applicants will have until April 22, 2009, to respond with a pre-proposal, budget, and project summary.
ADDRESSES: Copies of the solicitation can be downloaded from the Agency’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/innovation/2010symposium.htm or may be requested by telephone (202-566-2236), or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can request a solicitation application package be sent to you by fax or by mail by contacting NCEI as indicated below. Applicants are requested to apply online using the www.grants.gov Web site with an electronic signature. Applicants are encouraged to submit their pre-proposals early. For those applicants who lack the technical capability to apply electronically via www.grants.gov, please contact Scott Fontenot by phone at (202) 566-2236 and/or by e-mail at email@example.com, for alternative submission procedures. FOR
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this notice, please contact EPA at this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or, you may call Scott Fontenot at (202) 566-2236.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on April 22-23, 2009. A draft agenda is under development that will include reports from and discussions about current issues from the following PPDC work groups: Work Group on 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies; Work Group on Web-Distributed Labeling; and Work Group on Comparative Safety Statements for Pesticide Product Labeling. The agenda will also include a discussion about current water quality issues (including an update on spray drift); a discussion about an overall strategy regarding incident data, including pyrethroid incidents and pet incidents; and updates on the Endocrine Disruptors Screening Program, Pollinator Protection, and the Endangered Species Act consultation process. Several PPDC work group meetings have also been scheduled in March and April 2009, and are open to the public. Information about all of these meetings can be found on EPA's website at: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc.
DATES: The PPDC meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, April 23, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Conference Center on the lobby level at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's location at 1 Potomac Yard South, 2777 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. This location is approximately one mile from the Crystal City Metro Station.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margie Fehrenbach, Office of Pesticide Programs (7501P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-4775; fax number: (703) 308-4776; e-mail address: email@example.com.
Executive Order 13505 of March 9, 2009
Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. Research involving human embryonic stem cells and human non-embryonic stem cells has the potential to lead to better understanding and treatment of many disabling diseases and conditions. Advances over the past decade in this promising scientific field have been encouraging, leading to broad agreement in the scientific community that the research should be supported by Federal funds.
For the past 8 years, the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fund and conduct human embryonic stem cell research has been limited by Presidential actions. The purpose of this order is to remove these limitations on scientific inquiry, to expand NIH support for the exploration of human stem cell research, and in so doing to enhance the contribution of America's scientists to important new discoveries and new therapies for the benefit of humankind.
Sec. 2. Research. The Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary), through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law.
Sec. 3. Guidance. Within 120 days from the date of this order, the Secretary, through the Director of NIH, shall review existing NIH guidance and other widely recognized guidelines on human stem cell research, including provisions establishing appropriate safeguards, and issue new NIH guidance on such research that is consistent with this order. The Secretary, through NIH, shall review and update such guidance periodically, as appropriate.
Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the
head thereof; or
(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(c) This order 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.
Sec. 5. Revocations. (a) The Presidential statement of August 9, 2001, limiting Federal funding for research involving human embryonic stem cells, shall have no further effect as a statement of governmental policy.
(b) Executive Order 13435 of June 20, 2007, which supplements the August 9, 2001, statement on human embryonic stem cell research, is revoked.
(Presidential Sig.) THE WHITE HOUSE
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration on a wide range of issues, including improvement of public health, protection of the environment, increased efficiency in the use of energy and other resources, mitigation of the threat of climate change, and protection of national security.
The public must be able to trust the science and scientific process informing public policy decisions. Political officials should not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings and conclusions. If scientific and technological information is developed and used by the Federal Government, it should ordinarily be made available to the public. To the extent permitted by law, there should be transparency in the preparation, identification, and use of scientific and technological information in policymaking. The selection of scientists and technology professionals for positions in the executive branch should be based on their scientific and technological knowledge, credentials, experience, and integrity.
By this memorandum, I assign to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (Director) the responsibility for ensuring the highest level of integrity in all aspects of the executive branch's involvement with scientific and technological processes. The Director shall confer, as appropriate, with the heads of executive departments and agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget and offices and agencies within the Executive Office of the President (collectively, the "agencies"), and recommend a plan to achieve that goal throughout the executive branch.
Specifically, I direct the following:
Within 120 days from the date of this memorandum, the Director shall develop recommendations for Presidential action designed to guarantee scientific integrity throughout the executive branch, based on the following principles:
(a) The selection and retention of candidates for science and technology positions in the executive branch should be based on the candidate's knowledge, credentials, experience, and integrity;
(b) Each agency should have appropriate rules and procedures to ensure the integrity of the scientific process within the agency;
(c) When scientific or technological information is considered in policy decisions, the information should be subject to well-established scientific processes, including peer review where appropriate, and each agency should appropriately and accurately reflect that information in complying with and applying relevant statutory standards;
(d) Except for information that is properly restricted from disclosure under procedures established in accordance with statute, regulation, Executive Order, or Presidential Memorandum, each agency should make available to the public the scientific or technological findings or conclusions considered or relied on in policy decisions;
(e) Each agency should have in place procedures to identify and address instances in which the scientific process or the integrity of scientific and technological information may be compromised; and
(f) Each agency should adopt such additional procedures, including any appropriate whistleblower protections, as are necessary to ensure the integrity of scientific and technological information and processes on which the agency relies in its decisionmaking or otherwise uses or prepares.
Each agency shall make available any and all information deemed by the Director to be necessary to inform the Director in making recommendations to the President as requested by this memorandum. Each agency shall coordinate with the Director in the development of any interim procedures deemed necessary to ensure the integrity of scientific decisionmaking pending the Director's recommendations called for by this memorandum.
(a) Executive departments and agencies shall carry out the provisions of this memorandum to the extent permitted by law and consistent with their statutory and regulatory authorities and their enforcement mechanisms.
(b) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(c) 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.
The Director is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Action: Notice of a meeting
In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the CDC announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:
Time and Date: 6 p.m.-7 p.m., March 4, 2009.
Place: The teleconference call will originate at the CDC. Details on accessing the teleconference are located in the supplementary information.
Status: Open to the public, teleconference access limited only by availability of telephone ports.
Purpose: The committee will provide advice to the Director, CDC on strategic and other broad issues facing CDC.
Matters To Be Discussed: During this conference call, the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee (NBAS) will provide recommendations to the ACD, CDC for transmittal to the administration. Since the NBAS was created in May, 2008, the subcommittee has been on a very aggressive timeline in order to provide the administration with key recommendations for improving the nation's biosurveillance capability. In order for these recommendations to go through the proper clearance steps and still be timely and relevant for the administration, the ACD, CDC must review and approve these recommendations as soon as possible. The NBAS was originally scheduled to present these recommendations to the ACD, CDC at the meeting scheduled for February 24, 2009. Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services proposes to rescind the December 19, 2008 final rule entitled “Ensuring That Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of Federal Law.” The Department believes it is important to have an opportunity to review this regulation to ensure its consistency with current Administration policy and to reevaluate the necessity for regulations implementing the Church Amendments, Section 245 of the Public Health Service Act, and the Weldon Amendment.
DATES: Submit written or electronic comment on the regulatory changes proposed by this document by April 9, 2009.
ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to “Rescission Proposal.” To better manage the comment process, we will not accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission. You may submit comments in one of four ways (no duplicates, please): 1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To submit electronic comments to http:// www.regulations.gov, go to the Web site and click on the link “Comment or Submission” and enter the keywords “Rescission Proposal.” [Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Excel; however, we prefer Microsoft Word.] 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Rescission Proposal Comments, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 716G, Washington, DC 20201. 3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Rescission Proposal Comments, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 716G, Washington, DC 20201. 4. By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) before the close of the comment period to the following address: Room 716G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201. (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readily available to persons without federal government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the mail drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp- in clock is available for persons wishing to retain proof of filing by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the documents being filed.) Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following Web site as soon as possible after they have been received: http://www.regulations.gov. Click on the link “Comment or Submission” on that Web site to view public comments. Comments received timely will also be available for public inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 weeks after publication of a document, at the headquarters of the Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201, Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Federal Register document is also available from the Federal Register online database through GPO Access, a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office. Free public access is available on a Wide Area Information Service (WAIS) through the Internet and via asynchronous dial-in. Internet users can access the database by using the World Wide Web (the Superintendent of Documents’ home page address is http://www.gpoaccess.gov/, by using local WAIS client software, or by telnet to swais.access.gpo.gov, then login as guest (no password required). Dial-in users should use communications software and modem to call (202) 512-1661; type swais, then login as guest (no password required).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mahak Nayyar, (240) 276-9866, Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 716G, Hubert E. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201.