AGENCY: Research, Education and Economics, USDA.
ACTION: Solicitation for membership.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations to fill 10 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board.
DATES: Deadline for Advisory Board member nominations is July 17, 2009.
ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, completed Form AD-755, and any letters of support must be sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 321-A, Whitten Building; Washington, DC 20250-0321.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Hunter, Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 321-A, Whitten Building, Washington, DC 20250-0321, telephone: 202-720-8408; fax: 202- 720-6199; e-mail: Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 89th meeting in Washington, DC on June 16-18, 2009. The Business Session, open to the public, will convene at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2009 in Washington, DC. An Executive Session will follow adjournment of the Business Session.
The Agenda items include:
(1) Call to order and approval of the Agenda.
(2) Approval of the Minutes of the 88th Meeting.
(3) Commissioners and Staff Reports.
(4) Discussion of USARC Goals and Activities.
The focus of the meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic.
Any person planning to attend this meeting who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission in advance of those needs.
Contact Person for More Information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (FMP); request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted the FMP for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. The FMP is intended to establish a comprehensive permitting and regulatory framework to manage the development of an environmentally sound and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the Gulf of Mexico exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The FMP would establish application and permit requirements, aquaculture operational requirements and restrictions, siting requirements and conditions, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements; specify allowable aquaculture species; provide for evaluation and approval/disapproval of proposed aquaculture systems (e.g., cages or net pens); establish restricted access zones around aquaculture facilities; and establish a regulatory framework for modifying certain aquaculture-related management measures consistent with the provisions of the FMP. In addition, the FMP would establish biological reference points and status determination criteria specific to aquaculture in the EEZ.
DATES: Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., eastern time, on August 3, 2009.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the proposed rule, identified by "0648-AS65", by any one of the following methods:
Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.
Mail: Jess Beck, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
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.
To submit comments through the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov, enter "NOAA-NMFS-2008-0233" in the keyword search, then check the box labeled "Select to find documents accepting comments or submissions", then select "Send a Comment or Submission." NMFS 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.
Copies of the FMP may be obtained from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone 813-348-1630; fax 813-348-1711; e-mail: email@example.com; or may be downloaded from the Council's website at http://www.gulfcouncil.org/. The FMP includes a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, a Regulatory Impact Review, and a Social Impact Assessment/Fishery Impact Statement.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jess Beck, telephone: 727-824-5301; fax: 727-824-5320; e-mail: Jess.Beck@noaa.gov.
AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.
SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is establishing a financial assistance program for awardees to develop and implement with NIST a measurement science and engineering fellowship program as part of NIST's activities implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, or Recovery Act), Pub. L. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115. The fellowship program is intended to promote training and practical experience in science and engineering, and to advance NIST's mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
DATES: All applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time on Monday, July 27, 2009. Late applications will not be reviewed or considered.
ADDRESSES: Proposals may be submitted in hard copy or in electronic format. Hard copy proposals may be submitted to Dr. Jason Boehm, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1060, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1060. Electronic proposals may be uploaded to http://www.grants.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For complete information about this program and instructions for applying by paper or electronically, read the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) Notice at http://www.grants.gov. A paper copy of the FFO may be obtained by calling (301) 975-5718. Technical questions should be addressed to Dr. Jason Boehm at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section above, or at Tel: (301) 975- 8678; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: (301) 216-0529. Grants Administration questions should be addressed to Grants and Agreements Management Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1650, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1650; Tel: (301) 975-5718; E-mail: email@example.com; Fax: (301) 840-5976. For assistance with using Grants.gov contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.
SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is establishing a financial assistance program to award research grants and cooperative agreements to support measurement science and engineering research proposals in the following six focus areas: Energy; environment and climate change; information technology/ cybersecurity; biosciences/healthcare; manufacturing; and physical infrastructure, as part of NIST's activities implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery Act).
DATES: All proposals must be received no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time on Monday, July 13, 2009. Late proposals will not be reviewed or considered.
ADDRESSES: Proposals may be submitted in hard copy or in electronic format. Hard copy proposals may be submitted to Dr. Jason Boehm, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1060, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1060. Electronic proposals may be uploaded to http://www.Grants.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For complete information about this program and instructions for applying by paper or electronically, read the Federal Funding Opportunity Notice (FFO) at http://www.grants.gov. A paper copy of the FFO may be obtained by calling (301) 975-5718. Technical questions should be addressed to Dr. Jason Boehm at the address listed in the Addresses section above, or at Tel: (301) 975- 4455; E-mail: email@example.com; Fax: (301) 216-0529. Grants Administration questions should be addressed to Grants and Agreements Management Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1650, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1650; Tel: (301) 975-5718; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: (301) 840-5976. For assistance with using Grants.gov contact email@example.com.
AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of availability of funds.
SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces that it will hold a NIST Construction Grant Program competition under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is soliciting proposals for financial assistance.
DATES: A Letter of Intent is required and must be received no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, June 25, 2009. A corresponding full proposal must be received no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, August 10, 2009. Review, selection, and grant award processing is expected to be completed in February 2010.
ADDRESSES: Letters of Intent may only be submitted by paper to: National Institute of Standards and Technology; 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 4701; Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4701. Full proposals may be submitted by paper and electronically. Paper Submissions: National Institute of Standards and Technology; 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 4701; Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4701. Electronic submissions: www.grants.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Lambis at 301-975-4447 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA or Agency) Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) announces a public meeting of the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) to advise the Agency on EPA's scientific and ethical reviews of research with human subjects.
DATES: The public meeting will be held from June 24, 2009 from approximately 9:30 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m., through June 25, 2009 from approximately 8:30 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Location: Holiday Inn National Airport, 2605 Jefferson Davis Highway (Crystal City), Arlington, VA 22202 (703-684-7200).
Meeting Access: Seating at the meeting will be on a first-come basis. To request accommodation of a disability please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 business days prior to the meeting, to allow EPA as much time as possible to process your request.
Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral comments for the HSRB to consider during the advisory process. Additional information concerning submission of relevant written or oral comments is provided in Unit I.D. of this notice.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes further information should contact Jim Downing, EPA, Office of the Science Advisor, (8105R), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-2468; fax: (202) 564-2070; e-mail addresses: email@example.com. General information concerning the EPA HSRB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the NACEPT Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship.
The purpose of the proposed Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship (SPES) of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) will be to advise the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on how to promote broad, organization-wide environmental stewardship practices in the regulated community and other sectors, as appropriate, in order to enhance human health and environmental protection. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/.
DATES: The NACEPT Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship will hold an open meeting on June 30, 2009 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and July 1, 2009 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Eastern.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, One Potomac Yard Conference Center (1st Floor), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Langton, Designated Federal Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-566-2178, U.S. EPA Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation (MC1807T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.
Great Outdoors Month, 2009
By the President of the United States of America
The United States is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty. From remote forests to urban parks, these spaces have inspired visitors for generations. Today, these areas continue to raise the human spirit in those who experience them. During the month of June, I encourage Americans to pay tribute to and preserve the great outdoors.
Americans of all ages can find calm and enjoyment in our Nation's vast outdoors. Those desiring quiet or solitude can explore one of our many National Parks, which offer tranquil and pristine surroundings. Those seeking recreation can also explore public lands, or they can simply run, bicycle, or fish in areas close to their homes. Whether near or far, the outdoors offers unique experiences.
Exploring the great outdoors can also help improve one's health. These spaces provide countless venues for walking, hiking, running, swimming, and boating, among other activities. Americans can combine the enjoyment of being outside with the exercise we all need to stay healthy.
My Administration is working to connect America's youth with our treasured landscapes, which should be viewed as classrooms for environmental education and gateways to careers in natural resources. These efforts will include outreach to those who typically lack representation in, and exposure to, these fields. The Department of the Interior is launching a summer mentoring initiative as part of this effort. This program invites families and friends to teach children about the joys and wonders of the outdoors. My Administration is also increasing the number of youth involved in national service on public lands. Through AmeriCorps and other programs and partnerships, we can continue our Nation's proud tradition of service and respect for the environment.
Americans are fortunate to have so many beautiful natural wonders and open spaces. I encourage all in our Nation to enjoy these resources and to help protect them for future generations. Together, we can carry forward our Nation's proud tradition of admiration and preservation of the great outdoors.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Great Outdoors Month. I encourage all Americans to spend more time outside and to participate in the nationwide events marking this occasion.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry and researchers entitled "The Radioactive Drug Research Committee: Human Research Without an Investigational New Drug Application." This draft guidance provides information to those using radioactive drugs for certain research purposes to help determine whether research studies may be conducted under an FDA-approved radioactive drug research committee, or whether research studies must be conducted under an investigational new drug application (IND). It also offers answers to frequently asked questions on conducting research with radioactive drugs, and provides information on the membership, functions, and reporting requirements of a radioactive drug research committee approved by FDA.
DATES: Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the agency considers your comments on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit written or electronic comments on the draft guidance by September 1, 2009.
ADDRESSES: Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, rm. 2201, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. Submit written comments on the draft guidance to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance document.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Orhan Suleiman, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 22, rm. 2206, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301- 796-1471.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR); Notice of National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures Kick-Off Meeting
Time and Date: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2009.
Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004.
Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 600 people.
Purpose: This meeting will launch the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures, a collaborative initiative to identify and prioritize actions for revitalizing the nation's public health approach to chemical exposures.
Meeting Agenda: The meeting will include a plenary session featuring Dr. Howard Frumkin, Director of NCEH/ATSDR as well as other guests. The plenary will provide an overview of this stakeholder and public involvement initiative. Breakout sessions will provide participants with opportunities to discuss specific issues related to public health and chemical exposures.
National Conversation Project: The 18 month long National Conversation will offer many opportunities for involvement, including: Expert working groups, regional and local face-to-face public meetings, and Web-based discussions. The resulting action agenda will outline steps for NCEH/ATSDR and other institutions to take to better protect public health from harmful chemical exposures. NCEH/ATSDR is sponsoring this project.
Contact for Additional Information: If you would like to receive additional information on this meeting and initiative, please send your contact information to: email@example.com.
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting.
SUMMARY: Authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research will help coordinate research and guide investments in comparative effectiveness research funded by the Recovery Act. The Coordinating Council is holding this meeting to hear from the public about their views on the Council's activities.
DATES: The meeting, which is the third of three public meetings that the Coordinating Council expects to convene, will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. EDT.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Convention Center, 900 10th St., NW., Washington, DC 20001. In addition, the meeting will be Web cast and individuals may also participate by audioconference.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Conway, Office of the Secretary, HHS, Telephone: 202-690-7858; E-mail: Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of public hearings; reopening of public comment period.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the schedule of public hearings on the proposed rule to remove (delist) the Hawaiian hawk (Buteo solitarius) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and the reopening of the public comment period on this proposed action. The public is invited to review and comment on the proposed rule and on the draft post-delisting monitoring plan (draft PDM Plan) for the Hawaiian hawk at the scheduled public hearings or in writing.
DATES: We will hold public hearings on the Island of Hawaii on June 30, 2009, at the Pu'ueo Community Center, 145 Wainaku Street, Hilo, Hawaii, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on July 1, 2009, at Yano Hall, 82-6156 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook, Hawaii, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public hearings are being held to provide interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule and draft PDM Plan. We will also accept written comments on or before August 4, 2009.
ADDRESSES: The proposed rule to delist the Hawaiian hawk and the draft PDM Plan may be downloaded from our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands. To request a hardcopy of the proposed rule or the draft PDM Plan, write to: Field Supervisor, Attention: Hawaiian Hawk Proposed Delisting/Draft PDM Plan, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm. 3-122, Box 50088, Honolulu, Hawaii 96850; or call 808-792-9400, or send an e-mail request to email@example.com.
You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to docket number FWS- R1-ES-2007-0024.
U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: RIN 1018-AU96; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.
Verbal testimony or delivery of written comments to hearing officials at the public hearing.
We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Availability of Comments section below for more information).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Field Supervisor, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, P.O. Box 50088, Honolulu, HI 96850; (telephone 808/792-9400). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800/877- 8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of meetings.
SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public. The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) will also meet. This meeting is also open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.
DATES: Council: Meeting is July 8, 2009, 1-4 p.m. Advisory Group: July 9, 2009, 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. If you wish to present information at either meeting, contact Mike Johnson by June 23, 2009.
ADDRESSES: Both meetings will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Johnson, Council Coordinator and Advisory Group contact, by phone at (703) 358-1784; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP 4075, Arlington, VA 22203.
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will host a Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting June 30 through July 2, 2009. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda will include reports from the Legal, Science Tools & Procedures, and Synthesis Subcommittees, and discussion of the current draft Recommendations to the Secretary.
DATES: The meeting is scheduled for June 30 through July 2, 2009. The sessions will be 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 30, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 1, and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 2.
ADDRESSES: Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78701. For more information, see "Meeting Location 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.