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Federal Register Summary for week of 29 May

    Agriculture

  • Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act (RCA); Meetings

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: NRCS will hold public meetings to gather stakeholder input on important natural resource concerns and program approaches to address these natural resource concerns in the next decade.

    On June 22, 2008, Congress reauthorized the RCA, 16 U.S.C. 2001- 2009, through amendments in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246). In the reauthorization, Congress extended RCA through 2018 and called for the first report to be delivered to Congress by January 2011. RCA provides USDA with broad strategic assessment and planning authority and calls for the development of a national program to guide USDA activities for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of soil, water, and related natural resources. Through RCA, USDA appraises the status and trends of soil, water, and related resources on non-Federal land, assesses their capability to meet present and future demands, evaluates current and needed programs, policies, and authorities, and develops a national soil and water conservation program to give direction for USDA soil and water conservation activities.

    Public participation is a central element of the RCA process. USDA will hold listening sessions to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on conservation priorities, program approaches, future conservation needs, and opportunities to improve the appraisal process.

    DATES: The meetings will be held on the following dates at the following locations:

    Ramkota Hotel, 800 S.Third Street, Bismarck, North Dakota 58504-5728. June 15, 10:30-12:30. Co-hosted by National Association of Conservation Districts-Northern Plains Regional Meeting.

    Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 Second Street, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87012. June 15, 2:30-4:30. Co-hosted by National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils--National Conference.

    Holiday Inn Select, 155 Holiday Drive, Solomons, Maryland 20688. July 27, 1:45-3:30. Co-hosted by National Association of Conservation Districts--Northeast Regional Meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Lawrence, Director, Strategic and Performance Planning Division, NRCS, Post Office Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013; telephone: (202) 690-0467; or fax: (202) 720- 3057. Submit electronic requests for additional information to RCA@wdc.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12340.htm

  • Commerce

  • Hydrographic Services Review Panel; Membership Solicitation

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of membership solicitation for Hydrographic Services Review Panel.


    SUMMARY: This notice responds to the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act Amendments of 2002, Public Law 107-372, which requires the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to solicit nominations for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (the Panel). This advisory committee will advise the Under Secretary on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, and such other appropriate matters as the Under Secretary refers to the Panel for review and advice.

    DATES: R[eacute]sum[eacute]s should be sent to the address, e-mail, or fax specified and must be received by June 26, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Director, Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, fax: 301- 713-4019, e-mail: Hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Captain Steven Barnum, NOAA, Director, Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service (NOS), NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; Telephone: 301-713- 2770, Fax: 301-713-4019; e-mail: steven.barnum@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12066.htm

  • Notice Requesting Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES)

    AGENCY: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) was constituted to advise the Secretary of Commerce through the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters relating to the U.S. commercial remote sensing industry and NOAA's activities to carry out responsibilities of the Department of Commerce set forth in the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992 (15 U.S.C. Secs 5621-5625). The Committee is composed of leaders in the commercial space-based remote sensing industry, space-based remote sensing data users, government (federal, state, local), and academia. The Department of Commerce is seeking up to five highly qualified individuals knowledgeable about the commercial space-based remote sensing industry and uses of space-based remote sensing data to serve on the Committee.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked on or before June 25, 2009.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12117.htm

  • Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.

    DATES: The Council and its advisory entities will meet June 11-18, 2009. The Council meeting will begin on Saturday, June 13, at 8 a.m., reconvening each day through Thursday, June 18, 2009. All meetings are open to the public, except a closed session will be held from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 to address litigation and personnel matters. The Council will meet as late as necessary each day to complete its scheduled business.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at Doubletree Hotel Spokane - City Center, 322 North Spokane Falls Court, Spokane, WA 99201; telephone: (509) 455-9600.

    Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Donald O. McIsaac, Executive Director, telephone: (866) 806-7204 or (503) 820-2280; or access the Pacific Council website, http://www.pcouncil.org for the current meeting location, proposed agenda, and meeting briefing materials.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12220.htm

  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings; Correction

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

    ACTION: Notice of correction to a public meeting notice.


    SUMMARY: Update to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) meeting of its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details.

    DATES: The meeting will be held June 7-12, 2009. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times. (Note that these are the dates for the SAFMC meeting. The SSC meeting dates are listed below in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.)

    ADDRESSES: The Council 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/E9-12035.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board Radiation Advisory Committee Augmented for the Review of EPA's Radiogenic Cancer Risk Assessment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) to discuss its draft review report of EPA's draft document entitled "EPA Radiogenic Cancer Risk Models and Projections for the U.S. Population," December 2008.

    DATES: The teleconference dates are Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) and Wednesday, July 22, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code for the public teleconference may contact Dr. K. Jack Kooyoomjian, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by mail at the EPA SAB Staff Office (1400F), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at (202) 343-9984; by fax at (202) 233-0643; or by e-mail at: kooyoomjian.jack@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12480.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Toxicology Program (NTP); Office of Liaison, Policy and Review Meeting of the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors

    AGENCY: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health.

    ACTION: Meeting announcement and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC). The BSC is a federally chartered, external advisory group composed of scientists from the public and private sectors that provides primary scientific oversight to the NTP Director and evaluates the scientific merit of the NTP's intramural and collaborative programs.

    DATES: The BSC meeting will be held on July 23-24, 2009. The deadline for submission of written comments is July 9, 2009, and for pre- registration to attend the meeting, including registering to present oral comments, is July 16, 2009. Persons needing interpreting services in order to attend should contact 301-402-8180 (voice) or 301-435-1908 (TTY). For other accommodations while on the NIEHS campus, contact 919-541-2475 or e-mail niehsoeeo@niehs.nih.gov. Requests should be made at least 7 days in advance of the event.

    ADDRESSES: The BSC meeting will be held in the Rodbell Auditorium, Rall Building, at the NIEHS, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Public comments on all agenda topics and any other correspondence should be submitted to Dr. Barbara Shane, Executive Secretary for the BSC, NTP Office of Liaison, Policy and Review, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K2-03, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; telephone: 919-541-4253; fax: 919-541-0295; or e-mail: shane@niehs.nih.gov. Courier address: NIEHS, 530 Davis Drive, Room K 2138, Research Triangle Park, NC 27713.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Barbara Shane (telephone: 919-541- 4253 or e-mail: shane@niehs.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12204.htm

  • Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of a public teleconference of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established NSABB to provide advice, guidance and leadership regarding Federal oversight of dual use research, defined as biological research with legitimate scientific purposes that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    A publicly accessible teleconference line will be available for the meeting.

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: May 27, 2009.

    Open: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding revisions to the draft NSABB report on Enhancing Personnel Reliability among Individuals with Access to Select Agents and Toxins.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Office of Biotechnology Activities, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892. (Telephone Conference Call).

    Call-in Information: Toll-Free Number: 1-800-988-9458. Participant Passcode: NSABB.

    Contact Person: Ronna Hill, NSABB Program Assistant, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892. (301) 496-9838.

    The teleconference meeting agenda, revised draft report and other information about the NSABB will be available at http://www.biosecurityboard.gov. Please check this Web site for updates.

    The teleconference will include opportunity for public comment. In addition, any interested person may file written comments with the committee. All written comments must be received by May 26, 2009 and should be sent via e-mail to nsabb@od.nih.gov with "NSABB Public Comment" as the subject line or by regular mail to 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, Attention: Ronna Hill. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and, when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12275.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    The meeting will be open to the public, 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.

    Name of Committee: Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    Date: June 16-17, 2009.

    Time: June 16, 2009, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Agenda: The Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols as well as a discussion of Biosafety Considerations for the Cloning of the Risk Group 4 Mononegavirales: Marburg, Nipah and Hendra viruses--in Non- Pathogenic E. coli. Please check the meeting agenda at http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/rdna.html for more information.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Floor 6C, Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Time: June 17, 2009, 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Agenda: The Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols as well as related data management activities. Please check the meeting agenda at http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/rdna.html for more information.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Floor 6C, Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Laurie Lewallen, Advisory Committee Coordinator, Office of Biotechnology Activities, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 750, Bethesda, MD 20892-7985. 301-496- 9838. lewallla@od.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www4.od.nih.gov/oba/, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12208.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-seventh and final meeting. The full agenda will be posted on the Council's Web site at http:// www.bioethics.gov prior to the meeting. 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, health care reform, and the future of national bioethics commissions.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Thursday, June 25, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ET; and Friday, June 26, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., ET.

    ADDRESSES: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC, 1150 22nd Street, NW., Washington, DC 20037. Phone 202-835-0500.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Diane M. Gianelli, Director of Communications, The President's Council on Bioethics, 1425 New York Avenue, NW., Suite C100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202/296-4669. E-mail: info@bioethics.gov. Web site: http://www.bioethics.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-12538.htm

  • Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for Which Public Health Service Funding Is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.


    [Please note, this notice was originally published in the Federal Register on 8 May 2009 but was omitted from the Federal Register Resource.]

    SUMMARY: On behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Public Health Service (PHS), a component of the HHS, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks comments from the public on whether the HHS should amend its regulations on the responsibility of applicants for promoting objectivity in research for which phs funding is sought and on responsible prospective. We are interested particularly in receiving comments on the issues presented below from the general public, individual Investigators, scientific societies and associations, Members of Congress, other Federal agencies that support or conduct research, and institutions that receive PHS funds to conduct or support biomedical or behavioral research.

    DATES: To assure consideration, comments must be received by July 7, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals and organizations interested in submitting comments, identified by RIN 0925-AA53 and Docket Number NIH-2008-0002, may do so by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions

    You may submit electronic comments in the following way:

    The Regulations.gov portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    To ensure timelier processing of comments, NIH is no longer accepting comments submitted to the agency by e-mail. The NIH encourages you to continue to submit electronic comments by using the Regulations.gov portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

    Written Submissions

    You may send written submissions in the following ways:

    Fax: 301-402-0169.

    Mail: Attention: Jerry Moore, NIH Regulations Officer, NIH, Office of Management Assessment, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 601, MSC 7669, Rockville, MD 20852-7669.

    Hand Delivery/Courier (for paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions): Attention: Jerry Moore, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 601, Rockville, MD 20852-7669.

    Docket

    For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to the Regulations.gov portal and insert the docket number provided in brackets in the heading on page one of this document into the "Search" box and follow the prompts.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Moore at the address above, or telephone 301-496-4607 (not a toll-free number) concerning questions about the rulemaking process; and Sally J. Rockey, PhD, Deputy Director, Office of Extramural Research, One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 142, Bethesda, MD 20892, e-mail FCOI-ANPRM@NIH.GOV concerning programmatic questions.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-10666.htm

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