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Federal Register Summary for week of 22 May

    Agriculture

  • Notice of Opportunity To Submit Content Request for the 2012 Census of Agriculture

    AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    ACTION: Notice and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is currently accepting stakeholder feedback in the form of content requests for the 2012 Census of Agriculture. This census is required by law under the "Census of Agriculture Act of 1997," Public Law No. 105-113 (7 U.S.C. 2204g).

    DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by August 28, 2009 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES: Requests must address items listed in comments section below. Please submit requests online at http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/ 2012/ or via mail to: USDA-NASS, Census Content Team, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Rm. 6436B, MS 2052, Washington, DC 20250.

    If you have any questions, send an e-mail to censusdatacontentteam@nass.usda.gov or call 1-800-727-9540.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-4333, Fax: 202-720-9013, or e- mail: HQ_OA@nass.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-11622.htm

  • Commerce

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Proposed Rulemaking to Establish Take Prohibitions for the Threatened Southern Distinct Population Segment of North American Green Sturgeon

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments; notice of availability of a draft environmental assessment.


    SUMMARY: Under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) is required to adopt such regulations as he deems necessary and advisable for the conservation of species listed as threatened. This proposed ESA 4(d) rule represents the regulations that we, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), believe necessary and advisable to conserve the threatened Southern Distinct Population Segment of North American green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris; hereafter Southern DPS). We propose to apply the prohibitions listed under ESA sections 9(a)(1)(A) through 9(a)(1)(G) for the Southern DPS, and we highlight specific categories of activities that are likely to result in take of Southern DPS fish. We do not find it necessary and advisable to apply the take prohibitions to certain categories of activities that contribute to conserving the Southern DPS. We also propose a variety of methods by which take of the Southern DPS may be authorized.

    We announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes the environmental impacts of promulgating these proposed 4(d) regulations for the Southern DPS. Finally, we solicit comments regarding the draft EA and this proposed rule.

    DATES: Comments regarding the proposed rule and supporting documents may be sent to the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES), no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on July 20, 2009. A public hearing will be held promptly if any person so requests by July 6, 2009. Notice of the location and time of any such hearing will be published in the Federal Register not less than 15 days before the hearing is held.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648-AV94, by any one of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.

    Facsimile (fax): 562-980-4027, Attn: Melissa Neuman.

    Mail: Submit written comments to Chief, Protected Resources Division, Attn: Melissa Neuman, Southwest Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213.

    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be 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.

    We 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.

    A list of reference materials regarding this proposed rule can be obtained via the Internet at http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov or by submitting a request to the Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Neuman, NMFS, Southwest Region (562) 980-4115 or Lisa Manning, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources (301) 713-1401.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-11945.htm

  • Gulf of Mexico 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 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a joint meeting of the Standing and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).

    DATES: The meeting will convene at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2009 and conclude by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton, 2225 N. Lois Ave., Tampa, FL 33607, telephone: (813) 877-6688.

    Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Atran, Population Dynamics Statistician; Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-11472.htm

  • International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Initial Implementation of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS proposes regulations to implement, in part, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (Act), which authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to promulgate regulations needed to carry out the obligations of the United States under the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention), including implementing the decisions of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC). NMFS has determined that this action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its international obligations under the Convention, to which it is a Contracting Party. It would have the effect of requiring that all relevant U.S. fishing vessels are operated in conformance with the provisions of the Convention.

    DATES: Comments must be submitted in writing by June 22, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this proposed rule, identified by 0648-AV63, and the draft environmental assessment (EA) and the regulatory impact review (RIR) prepared for the proposed rule by any of the following methods:

    Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking portal, at http:// www.regulations.gov.

    Mail: William L. Robinson, Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO), 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814. Include the identifier "0648-AV63" in the comments.

    Instructions: All comments received are part of the public record and generally will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (if submitting comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking portal, enter "N/A" in the relevant required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    An initial regulatory flexibility analysis (IRFA) prepared under the authority of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) is included in the Classification section of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this proposed rule.

    Copies of the draft EA and RIR prepared for this proposed rule are available at http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/IFD/ifddocumentsdata.html or may be obtained from William L. Robinson (see ADDRESSES).

    Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this proposed rule may be submitted to William L. Robinson, Regional Administrator, NMFS PIRO (see address above) and by e-mail to David_ Rostker@omb.eop.gov or fax to 202-395-7285.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Graham, NMFS PIRO, 808-944-2219.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12037.htm

  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council), its Research Set-Aside Committee (RSA), its Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Committee (SMB), its Surfclam, Ocean Quahog, and Tilefish Committee, its Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee, its Executive Committee, and its Annual Catch Limits (ACL) and Accountability Measures (AM) Committee will hold public meetings.

    DATES: The meetings will be held Monday, June 8, 2009 through Thursday, June 11, 2009. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway, 49 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001; telephone: (212) 736-3800.

    Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 300 S. New St., Room 2115, Dover, DE 19904; telephone: (302) 674-2331.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 674-2331 ext. 19.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12027.htm

  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), Golden Crab Advisory Panel, Wreckfish Advisory Panel, Limited Access Privilege Program (LAPP) Committee, Golden Crab Committee, SSC Selection Committee (Closed Session), a joint meeting of its Executive and Finance Committees, Dolphin/Wahoo Committee, Spiny Lobster Committee, Mackerel Committee, Advisory Panel Selection Committee (Closed Session), Standard Operating, Policy and Procedure (SOPPs) Committee, SouthEast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Committee, Ecosystem- Based Management Committee, Snapper Grouper Committee, and a meeting of the full Council. The Council will conduct a workshop with the SSC and Golden Crab Advisory Panel (AP) and a separate workshop with the SSC and Wreckfish AP. The Council will also hold an informal public question and answer session with NMFS Regional Administrator and Council Chairman as well as an open public comment period relative to agenda items. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details.

    DATES: The meeting will be held June 7-12, 2009. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hutchinson Island Marriott, 555 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996; telephone: (800) 775-5936 or (772) 225-3700; fax: (772) 225-0003. Copies of documents are available from Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer; telephone: (843) 571-4366 or toll free at (866) SAFMC-10; fax: (843) 769-4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-11476.htm

  • Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Atlantic Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan

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

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces its determination that the pelagic longline fishery has a high level of mortality and serious injury across a number of marine mammal stocks, and issues the final Atlantic Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan (PLTRP) and implementing regulations to reduce serious injuries and mortalities of pilot whales and Risso's dolphins in the Atlantic pelagic longline fishery. The PLTRP is based on consensus recommendations submitted by the Atlantic Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Team (PLTRT). The PLTRP is intended to meet the statutory mandates and requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) through both regulatory and non-regulatory measures, including a special research area, gear modifications, outreach material, observer coverage, and captains' communications.

    DATES: This final rule is effective June 18, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Copies of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA), the Regulatory Impact Review (RIR), and the Final Regulatory Flexibility Act (FRFA) analysis are available from Protected Resources Division, NMFS, Southeast Region, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5505. The PLTRP Compliance guide and Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Team (PLTRT) meeting summaries may be obtained by writing to Erin Fougeres, NMFS, Southeast Region, 263 13\th \Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5505.

    This final rule, its references, and background documents for the PLTRP can be downloaded from the Take Reduction web site at http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/interactions/trt/pl-trt.htm and the NMFS Southeast Regional Office website at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pr.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Fougeres or Jennifer Lee, NMFS, Southeast Region, 727-824-5312, or Kristy Long, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, 301-713-2322. Individuals who use telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-11664.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Receipt of a Clean Air Act Waiver Application To Increase the Allowable Ethanol Content of Gasoline to 15 Percent; Extension of Comment Period

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"), in response to many requests from the public, is extending the public comment period on the waiver application to increase the allowable ethanol content of gasoline to 15 percent ("E15") which was submitted by Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers on March 6, 2009. EPA published notice of receipt and request for comment in the Federal Register for Growth Energy's application on April 21, 2009 (74 FR 18228). The public comment period was to end on May 21, 2009. The purpose of this document is to extend the comment period an additional 60 days until July 20, 2009. This extension of the comment period is provided to allow the public additional time to respond to the legal and technical issues raised in the application. This action does not extend the 270-day statutory deadline for the Administrator to grant or deny the E15 waiver request, which ends on December 1, 2009.

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before July 20, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2009-0211, by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: a-and-r-docket@epa.gov.

    Fax: (202) 566-1741.

    Mail: Air and Radiation Docket, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR- 2009-0211, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 6102T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please include a total of two copies.

    Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Public Reading Room, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. 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-OAR- 2009-0211. 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. 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.

    How Can I Access the Docket?

    EPA has established a public docket for this application under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0211, which is available for Online viewing at http://www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the EPA/ DC Docket Center Public Reading Room, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC. The EPA/DC 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 Reading Room is 202-566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air and Radiation Docket is 202-566- 1742.

    Use http://www.regulations.gov to obtain a copy of the waiver request, submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select "search," then key in the docket ID number identified in this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert K. Anderson, Office of Transportation and Air Quality (6405J), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-7518; fax number: (202) 343-2802; e-mail address: anderson.robert@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-11785.htm

  • Notice of Upcoming Joint Rulemaking To Establish Vehicle GHG Emissions and CAFE Standards

    AGENCIES: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT).

    ACTION: Notice of Intent to conduct a joint rulemaking.


    SUMMARY: There is a critically important need for our country to address global climate change and to reduce oil consumption. In this context, EPA and DOT currently intend to work in coordination to propose standards for control of emissions of greenhouse gases and for fuel economy, respectively. If proposed and finalized, these standards would apply to passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles (light-duty vehicles) built in model years 2012 through 2016. Together, these vehicle categories, which include passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, minivans, and pickup trucks, are responsible for almost 60 percent of all U.S. transportation- related greenhouse gas emissions. If ultimately adopted, these standards would represent a harmonized and consistent national policy pursuant to the separate statutory frameworks under which EPA and DOT operate. The approach addressed in this Notice, if ultimately adopted, is intended to allow manufacturers to build a single light-duty national fleet that would satisfy all requirements under both programs and would provide significant reductions in both greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: EPA: Christopher Lieske, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; telephone number: 734-214-4584; fax number: 734-214-4816; e-mail address: lieske.christopher@epa.gov, or Assessment and Standards Division Hotline; telephone number (734) 214-4636; e-mail address: asdinfo@epa.gov. DOT/NHTSA: Julie Abraham, Office of Rulemaking, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-1455.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12009.htm

  • Public Hearing for the RFS2 Rule

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Announcement of public hearing.


    SUMMARY: The EPA is announcing a public hearing to be held for the proposed rule "Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Program'' (the proposed rule is hereinafter referred to as "RFS2"), which will be published separately in the Federal Register. The hearing will be held in Washington, DC on June 9, 2009.

    In a separate notice of proposed rulemaking, EPA is proposing a regulation to implement changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard program as mandated by the Clean Air Act (as amended by Sections 201, 202, and 210 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007). The revised statutory requirements specify the volumes of cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that must be used in transportation fuel each year, with the volumes increasing over time. The rule proposes regulations designed to ensure that refiners, blenders, and importers of gasoline and diesel would use enough renewable fuel each year so that the four volume requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act would be met with renewable fuels that also meet the required lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions performance standards. The RFS2 proposed rule describes the standards that would apply to these parties and the renewable fuels that would qualify for compliance, and the proposed regulations make a number of changes to the current Renewable Fuel Standard program while retaining many elements of the compliance and trading system already in place. The signed notice of proposed rulemaking was posted on the EPA Web site prior to publication in the Federal Register, and contained the same public hearing date presented in this announcement.

    DATES: The public hearing will be held on June 9, 2009 in Washington, DC. To register to testify at the hearing, notify the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by June 1, 2009. Information regarding time of the hearing, as well as the Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) workshop, is also listed below in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: The hearing will be held at the following location: Dupont Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20036. Written comments on the proposed rule may also be submitted to EPA electronically, by mail, by facsimile, or through hand delivery/ courier. Please refer to the notice of proposed rulemaking for the addresses and detailed instructions for submitting written comments.

    When the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register, a complete set of documents related to the proposal will be available for public inspection at the EPA Docket Center, located at 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. A reasonable fee may be charged for copying. Documents are also available through the electronic docket system at http://www.regulations.gov. The EPA Web site for the rulemaking, which includes information about the public hearings and a copy of the signed proposal (which is essentially the same as the proposal that will be published) can be found at: http:// www.epa.gov/otaq/renewablefuels/index.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia MacAllister, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; telephone number: (734) 214-4131; fax number: (734) 214-4816; e- mail address: macallister.julia@epa.gov, or Assessment and Standards Division Hotline; telephone number (734) 214-4636; E-mail address: asdinfo@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-11644.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making

    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 SAB Committee to develop a work plan for its study.

    DATES: The meeting dates are Tuesday, June 9, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday, June 10, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd Street, NW., Washington, DC 20037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this meeting must contact Mr. Thomas Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Mr. Miller 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) 343-9982; fax (202) 233-0643; or e- mail at miller.tom@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/E9-11521.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Coaster Brook Trout as Endangered

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of 12-month petition finding.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the coaster brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The petition also asked that critical habitat be designated for the species. After review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that the coaster brook trout is not a listable entity under the Act, and therefore, listing is not warranted. We ask the public to continue to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the taxonomy, biology, ecology, and status of coaster brook trout and to support cooperative conservation of coaster brook trout within its historical range in the Great Lakes.

    DATES: The finding announced in this document was made on May 19, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: This finding is available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov at Docket Number [FWS-R3-ES-2008-0030]. Supporting documentation for this finding is available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 3 Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office, 1 Federal Drive, Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, Fort Snelling, MN 55111. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions concerning this finding to the above address, Attention: Coaster brook trout.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Hogrefe, Region 3 Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office (see ADDRESSES) (telephone 612-713- 5346; facsimile 612-713-5292). 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/E9-11527.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Wintering Population of the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) in Texas; Final Rule

    GENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), designate revised critical habitat for the wintering population of the piping plover (Charadrius melodus) in 18 specific units in Texas under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 139,029 acres (56,263 hectares) fall within the boundaries of the revised critical habitat designation. The revised critical habitat is located in Cameron, Willacy, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Aransas, Calhoun, Matagorda, and Brazoria Counties, Texas. Other previously designated critical habitat for the wintering piping plover in Texas or elsewhere in the United States remains unaffected.

    DATES: This final rule becomes effective on June 18, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: This final rule, the associated final economic analysis, and the final environmental assessment are available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or www.fws.gov/southwest/es/Library/. Comments and materials we received, as well as supporting documentation we used in preparing this final rule, are available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office, 6300 Ocean Drive, TAMU-CC, Unit 5837, Corpus Christi, TX 78412- 5837.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allan Strand, Field Supervisor, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone 361-994-9005; facsimile 361-994-8262. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-11245.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Short-Tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus): Initiation of 5-Year Status Review; Availability of Final Recovery Plan

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of final recovery plan; initiation of 5- year status review and request for information.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of our final recovery plan for and the initiation of a 5- year status review for the short-tailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus), a bird species listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Our recovery plan describes the status, current management, recovery objectives and criteria, and specific actions needed to enable us to reclassify the short-tailed albatross from endangered to threatened, or from threatened to delisted. It also includes criteria that would justify reclassifying the species from threatened back to endangered. We conduct 5-year reviews to ensure that our classification of each species as threatened or endangered on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants is accurate. We request any new information on this species that may have a bearing on its classification as endangered. Based on the results of this 5-year review, we will make a finding on whether this species is properly classified under the Act.

    DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct our 5-year review, we are requesting that you submit your information no later than July 20, 2009. However, we accept new information about any listed species at any time.

    ADDRESSES: For instructions on how to submit information as well as the information that we receive for our 5-year review, see "Request for New Information." To obtain a copy of our recovery plan, see "Contacts."

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Balogh, Endangered Species Branch Chief, at the above address or by phone at (907) 271-2778.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-11700.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 a Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting via webcast and teleconference, on June 12, 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 third draft Recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will take place on June 12, 2009, from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Pre-meeting Public Registration: If you are a member of the public wishing to participate in the June 12, 2009, meeting, you must register online by June 5, 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/E9-11490.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Executive Office of the President; Transparency and Open Government

    SUMMARY: The President's January 21, 2009, memorandum entitled, Transparency and Open Government, directed the Chief Technology Officer, in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA), to develop a set of recommendations that will inform an Open Government Directive. This directive will be issued by OMB and will instruct executive departments and agencies on specific actions to implement the principles set forth in the President's memorandum. Members of the public are invited to participate in the process of developing recommendations via email or the White House Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/open offering comments, ideas, and proposals about possible initiatives and about how to increase openness and transparency in government.

    DATES: Comments must be received by June 19, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments by one of the following methods:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/open.

    E-mail: opengov@ostp.gov.

    Mail: Office of Science and Technology Policy, Attn: Open Government Recommendations, 725 17th Street, Washington, DC 20502.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice could be made available to the public online or by alternative means. 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 submit an e-mail comment, your e-mail address will be captured automatically and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Science and Technology Policy, Attn: Open Government, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20502.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12026.htm