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Federal Register Summary for week of 12 June

    Agriculture

  • Conservation Practice Technical Assistance

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: Section 1242(h) of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Act), requires that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): (1) Review conservation practice standards, including engineering design specifications, in effect on June 18, 2008; (2) ensure the completeness and relevance of the standards to local agricultural, forestry, and natural resource needs including specialty crops, native and managed pollinators, bioenergy crop production, forestry, and other such needs as determined by the Secretary; and (3) ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, that the standards provide for the optimal balance between meeting site-specific conservation needs and minimizing risks of design failure and associated costs of construction and installation. NRCS conducted an internal review of the conservation practice standards and met with various stakeholder groups, as required by section 1242(h)(2), to obtain their input about how to improve the completeness and relevance of the standards. NRCS is hereby notifying the public of the results of the preliminary review and requests comments from the public about how to improve the conservation practice standards to meet the goals and objectives of Section 1242(h) of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended.

    DATES: Comment Date: Submit comments on or before August 11, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may send comments using any of the following methods:

    Government-wide rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending comments electronically.

    Mail: Norman Widman, National Agronomist, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Practice Standard Comments, Post Office Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013.

    Fax: (202) 720-5334.

    E-mail: nrcscpta2008@wdc.usda.gov.

    Hand Delivery: USDA South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 5234, Washington, DC 20250, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Please ask the guard at the entrance to the South Building to call (202) 720-4630 in order to be escorted into the building.

    This notice may be accessed via Internet. Users can access the NRCS homepage at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/; select the Farm Bill link from the menu; select Notices. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA TARGET Center at: (202) 720- 2600 (voice and TDD).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Norman Widman, National Agronomist, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013-2890; or e-mail: norm.widman@wdc.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-13870.htm

  • Commerce

  • Fisheries of the United States Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Fisheries of the Arctic Management Area; Bering Sea Subarea

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS issues a proposed rule that would implement the Fishery Management Plan for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area (Arctic FMP) and Amendment 29 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (Crab FMP). The Arctic FMP and Amendment 29 to the Crab FMP, if approved, would establish sustainable management of commercial fishing in the Arctic Management Area and move the northern boundary of the Crab FMP out of the Arctic Management Area south to Bering Strait. This action is necessary to establish a management framework for commercial fishing and to provide consistent management of fish resources in the Arctic Management Area before the potential onset of unregulated commercial fishing in the area. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMPs, and other applicable laws.

    DATES: Written comments must be received by July 27, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Send comments to Sue Salveson, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. You may submit comments, identified for this action by 0648-AX71 (PR), by any one of the following methods:

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

    Mail: P. O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802.

    Fax: (907) 586-7557.

    Hand delivery to the Federal Building: 709 West 9th Street, Room 420A, Juneau, AK.

    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 (e.g., name, 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 (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 portable document file (pdf) formats only.

    Copies of the Arctic FMP, Amendment 29 to the Crab FMP, maps of the action area and essential fish habitat, and the Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review/Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (EA/RIR/IRFA) for this action may be obtained from the Alaska Region at the mailing address above or from the Alaska Region website at http://www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Brown, 907-586-7228.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-13628.htm

  • List of Fisheries for 2010

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2010, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2010 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must categorize each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of serious injury and mortality of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The categorization of a fishery in the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

    DATES: Comments must be received by August 10, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Send comments by any one of the following methods.

    (1) Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic comments through the Federal eRulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov (follow instructions for submitting comments).

    (2) Mail: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Attn: List of Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Comments regarding the burden-hour estimates, or any other aspect of the collection of information requirements contained in this proposed rule, should be submitted in writing to Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or to David Rostker, OMB, by fax to 202-395-7285 or by email to David_ Rostker@omb.eop.gov.

    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. 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.

    See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for a listing of all Regional Offices.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Andersen, Office of Protected Resources, 301-713-2322; David Gouveia, Northeast Region, 978-281-9280; Anne Ney, Southeast Region, 727-551-5758; Elizabeth Petras, Southwest Region, 562-980-3238; Brent Norberg, Northwest Region, 206-526-6733; Bridget Mansfield, Alaska Region, 907-586-7642; Lisa Van Atta, Pacific Islands Region, 808-944-2257. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the hearing impaired 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/E9-13714.htm

  • Defense

  • Nominations for Membership on the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP)

    AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP) is soliciting nominations for new members.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted no later than July 1, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted via e-mail to CDR D. Benjamin Reeder, U.S. Navy, at reederd@onr.navy.mil. Contact Information: Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 1425, ATTN: ONR Code 322B Room 1075, Arlington, VA 22203, telephone (703) 696-4395.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Charles L. Vincent, Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 22203-1995, telephone (703) 696-4118.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-13818.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Open Meeting of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) will hold an open meeting on August 10-11, 2009. EFAB is an EPA advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities.

    A meeting of the full board will be held to discuss progress with work products under EFAB's current Strategic Action Agenda and develop an action agenda to direct the Board's ongoing and new activities through FY 2010.

    Environmental Finance topics expected to be discussed include: Financial Assurance Mechanisms (Commercial Insurance & Cost Estimation); Financial Assurance and CO2 Underground Injection Control/ Carbon Capture and Sequestration; Water Loss Reduction ("Leaky Pipes"); Innovative Financing Tools, and State Revolving Fund Investment Options.

    This meeting is open to the public, however, seating is limited. All members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance, no later than Monday, July 27, 2009.

    DATES: Full Board Meeting is scheduled for August 10, 2009 from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. and August 11, 2009 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Omni San Francisco Hotel, 500 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104.

    Registration and Information Contact: To register for this meeting or get further information, please contact Sandra Keys, U.S. EPA, at (202) 564-4999 or keys.sandra@epa.gov. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Sandra Keys. To request accommodations for a disability, contact Sandra Keys at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-13731.htm

  • Request for Nominations to the National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Vacancies on these two committees are expected to be filled by fall 2009. We encourage nominations to be submitted as soon as possible. Additional sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-13488.htm

  • Rulemaking To Reaffirm the Promulgation of Revisions of the Acid Rain Program Rules

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: In this action, EPA is reaffirming the promulgation of certain revisions of the Acid Rain Program rules. These revisions have been in effect since mid-2006. Most of them are crucial to the ongoing operation of the Acid Rain Program, and the rest of them streamline and clarify requirements of the program, which has achieved significant, cost-effective reductions in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from utility sources since its commencement in 1995. These rule revisions were finalized in the Federal Register notices that also finalized the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and the final Federal Implementation Plans for CAIR (CAIR FIPs). On July 11, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision vacating and remanding CAIR and the CAIR FIPs. On December 23, 2008, in response to petitions for rehearing, the Court modified its July 11, 2008 decision and remanded CAIR and the CAIR FIPs but without a vacatur. These revisions to the Acid Rain Program rules were not addressed by, or involved in any of the issues raised by, any parties in the proceeding or the Court. EPA believes it is reasonable to view these revisions as unaffected by the Court's decision. However, EPA is treating the Court's remand as covering these revisions and, in response to the remand, is finalizing the rule reaffirming--pursuant to its authority under Title IV of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and CAA section 301--the promulgation of these revisions on their merits and in order to remove any uncertainty about their regulatory status. With this action, the existing Acid Rain regulations continue in effect, and the Acid Rain Program continues to operate, unchanged and uninterrupted.

    DATES: The effective date of this action is August 11, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0774 (which includes by reference the dockets for CAIR and the CAIR FIPs, i.e., Docket ID Nos. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0053 and EPA- HQ-OAR-2004-0076). All documents in the docket are listed in the Federal Docket Management System index at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air and Radiation Docket, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. The 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 Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air and Radiation Docket is (202) 566-1742.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dwight C. Alpern, Clean Air Markets Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Markets Division, Mailcode: 6204J, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone (202) 343-9151, e-mail at alpern.dwight@epa.gov. Electronic copies of this document can be accessed through the EPA Web site at: http://epa.gov/airmarkets.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-13860.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Committee on EPA's Report on the Environment

    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 Advisory Committee on EPA's Report on the Environment. The Committee will conduct a consultation on proposed approaches to developing future versions of EPA's Report on the Environment.

    DATES: The meeting dates are Tuesday, June 30, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Wednesday, July 1, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the SAB Conference Center, 1025 F Street, NW., Room 3705, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this meeting must contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Armitage 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) 343-9995; fax (202) 233-0643; or e- mail at: armitage.thomas@epa.gov. Any inquiry regarding future development of EPA's Report on the Environment should be directed to Dr. Denice Shaw of EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment at shaw.denice@epa.gov or (703) 347-8628. 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/E9-13477.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Southwest Alaska Distinct Population Segment of the Northern Sea Otter

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period, notice of availability of draft economic analysis, and amended required determinations.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the extension of the public comment period on the proposed designation of critical habitat for the southwest Alaska Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) and an amended required determinations section of the proposal. We are extending the comment period for an additional 30 days from the date of this notice to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the revised proposed rule, the associated DEA, and the amended required determinations section. If you submitted comments previously, you do not need to resubmit them because we have already incorporated them into the public record and will fully consider them in preparation of the final rule.

    DATES: We will consider comments received on or before July 9, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R7-ES-2008-0105; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

    Public Hearing: We will hold one public hearing on June 18, 2009, at the Z.J. Loussac Library in Anchorage, Alaska. In addition to having the opportunity to provide oral comments in person, telephone access will be provided for this hearing. Contact the Marine Mammals Management Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) for more information about this public hearing.

    Public Comment Hotline: We will also establish a toll-free public comment hotline at 877-577-6930. Callers will have an opportunity to record their comments at any time during the public comment period.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov (see the "Public Comments" section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas M. Burn, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management Office, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, by telephone (907-786-3807), or by facsimile (907-786-3816). 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/E9-13314.htm

  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary is announcing a public meeting of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee.

    DATES: June 25, 2009, at 10:30 a.m.

    ADDRESSES: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Office, 441 West 5th Avenue, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Mutter, Department of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, 1689 "C" Street, Suite 119, Anchorage, Alaska 99501, (907) 271-5011.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-13174.htm

  • Request for Nominations for the Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, National Invasive Species Council.

    ACTION: Request for Nominations for the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the interdepartmental National Invasive Species Council, proposes to appoint new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). The Secretary of the Interior, acting as administrative lead, is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the ISAC.

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked by July 23, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Dr. Christopher Dionigi, Acting Executive Director, National Invasive Species Council (OS/NISC), Regular Mail: 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240; Express Mail: 1201 Eye Street, NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, Program Analyst and ISAC Coordinator, at (202) 513-7243, fax: (202) 371-1751, or by e-mail at Kelsey_Brantley@ios.doi.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-13312.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Panel for Integrative; Notice of Meeting; Committee of Visitors Panel for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR): Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Committee of Visitors Panel for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) 1373.

    Date and Time: August 11, 2009, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    August 12, 2009, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 320, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Partially open.

    Public Sessions:

    August 11, 2009, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. General introductions and instructions.

    August 12, 2009, 4 p.m.--5 p.m. Presentation of COV findings including outcomes under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).

    Closed Sessions: All sessions not stated above.

    Contact Person: Simona Gilbert, Administrative Manager, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8683.

    Purpose of Meeting: To carry out Committee of Visitors (COV) review, including examination of decisions on proposals, reviewer comments, and other privileged materials.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Program and provide assessment of program level technical and managerial matters pertaining to proposal decisions and program operations.

    Reason for Closing: Certain sessions of the meeting are closed to the public because the Committee is reviewing proposal actions that will include privileged intellectual property and personal information that could harm individuals if they are disclosed. If discussions were open to the public, these matters that are exempt under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c);, (4) and (6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act would be improperly disclosed.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-13843.htm

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); Notice of Meeting

    Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).

    Dates/Time: June 29, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 30, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235 Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your access into the building, please contact the individual listed below prior to the meeting so that a visitors badge may be prepared for you in advance.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Liaison, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Telephone Numbers: (703) 292-4216, (703) 292-8040, mtolbert@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Minutes may be obtained from the Executive Liaison at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study NSF programs and policies and provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-13842.htm