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Federal Register Summary for week of 24 June

    Commerce

  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will hold a public meeting on July 14, 2009. The MAFMC’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a public meeting on July 15-16, 2009. The MAFMC’s Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass, and Bluefish Monitoring Committee’s (MC) will hold a meeting on July 17, 2009.

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    DATES: Tuesday, July 14, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MAFMC Meeting); Wednesday and Thursday, July 15-16, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (SSC Meeting); Friday, July 17, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (MC Meetings)

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Philadelphia Airport, 4509 Island Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153; telephone: (215) 365-4150. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 300 S. New Street, Room 2115, Dover, DE 19904; telephone: (302) 674-2331.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 300 S. New Street, Room 2115, Dover, DE 19904; telephone: (302) 674-2331, extension 19.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-14571.htm

  • Technology Innovation Program Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology; Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app., notice is hereby given that the Technology Innovation Program Advisory Board, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will meet Tuesday, July 7, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) Advisory Board is composed of ten members appointed by the Director of NIST who are eminent in such fields as business, research, science and technology, engineering, education, and management consulting. The purpose of this meeting is to review and make recommendations regarding general policy for the Technology Innovation Program, its organization, its budget, and its programs within the framework of applicable national policies as set forth by the President and the Congress. The agenda will include a TIP Update. Agenda may change to accommodate Board business.

    DATES: The meeting will convene Tuesday, July 7, at 8:30 a.m. and will adjourn at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Administration Building, Employees' Lounge, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: JoEllen Hansroth, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-4700, telephone number (301) 975-2162. JoEllen's e-mail address is joellen.hansroth@nist.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-14733.htm

  • Energy

  • Amended Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program

    AGENCY: Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council (Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Council), an interstate compact agency organized under the authority of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980, 16 U.S.C. 839 et seq. (Northwest Power Act).

    ACTION: Notice of final action adopting the amended Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, the Council has amended its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (program). The final amended program may be found on the Council’s Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program. Background: Pursuant to section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, in November 2007 the Northwest Power and Conservation Council requested in writing that State and Federal fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, and others submit recommendations for amendments to the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council received over 3000 pages of recommendations and supporting information from 65 entities. The Council then received extensive written public comment on the program amendment recommendations. In September 2008, after reviewing the recommendations, the supporting information, and the comments received on the recommendations, the Council released for public review a draft revised Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council received over 1000 pages of substantial written comments on the draft amendments. All of these documents may be found on the Council’s Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program/2008amend. The Council also took oral testimony at a dozen public hearings around the region. Transcripts of these hearings are in the administrative record along with the written comments. As specified in section 4(h)(5), the Council also held a number of consultations on the recommendations and draft amendments with representatives of State and Federal fish and wildlife agencies, Indian tribes, Federal hydrosystem agencies, and customers of the Bonneville Power Administration. Notes from these consultations are also in the administrative record.

    Following this public review process required by the Northwest Power Act, and after deliberations in public over the course of several Council meetings, the Council adopted the final revised program in February 2009 at a Council meeting in Portland, Oregon. The Council based its decisions on the recommendations, supporting documents, and the views and information obtained through public comment and participation and consultation with the agencies, tribes, and customers. The Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program continues to include detailed plans for nearly 60 subbasins and mainstem reaches of the Columbia River Basin. The subbasin plans themselves were not revised in this process. In the final step of this program amendment process, at its June 2009 meeting in Whitefish, Montana, the Council adopted written findings explaining its disposition of the program amendment recommendations, as required by section 4(h)(7) of the Northwest Power Act, along with responses to comments received on the program amendment recommendations and on the draft amended program. The findings and responses have been made part of the program as Appendix F. All of the elements of the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program may be found on the Council’s Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please visit the Council’s Web site at http://www.nwcouncil.org or contact the Council at (503) 222-5161 or toll free (800) 452-5161.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15090.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of an Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and Effects Committee

    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 Ecological Processes and Effects Committee to provide advice on EPA’s implementation of the Ecosystem Services Research Program.

    DATES: The meeting dates are Tuesday, July 14, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Wednesday, July 15, 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 EPA’s Ecosystem Services Research Program should be directed to Dr. Rick Linthurst of EPA’s Office of Research and Development at linthurst.rick@epa.gov or (919) 541-4909. 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/E9-14713.htm

  • Request for Nominations to the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Nominations.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites nominations to fill vacancies on its Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). The Agency seeks qualified senior-level decision makers from diverse sectors throughout the United States to be considered for appointments. EPA encourages interested applicants to send their resumes and qualifications as soon as possible by July 24, 2009. Additional avenues and resources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations via e-mail or fax to Martha Berger, Designated Federal Officer, berger.martha@epa.gov, 202-564-2733 (fax), Office of Children's Health Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1107A), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Background: The CHPAC is a Federal advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the CHPAC in 1998 to provide independent advice to the EPA Administrator on regulations, research, and communications issues relevant to children's environmental health. CHPAC consists of representatives from industry, private foundations, pediatricians, nurses, scientists, environmental organizations, citizen organizations/networks, Federal government, environmental justice community, state/local/tribal governments, outreach groups, user/processors (i.e., foods), and economists.

    Members are appointed by the Administrator of EPA for two year terms with the possibility of reappointment for up to 6 years. The Committee usually meets 3-4 times annually (with additional teleconference meetings as needed) and the average workload for the members is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. Members serve on the Committee in a voluntary capacity; however, EPA provides reimbursement for travel expenses associated with official government business.

    Potential candidates should possess the following qualifications: Occupy a senior position within their organization; Broad experience outside of their current position; Experience dealing with public policy issues affecting children; Membership in broad-based networks; Recognized expert in matters affecting children's health to be addressed by the CHPAC.

    EPA is seeking nominees for diverse representation from all sectors, in particular federal, state, local and tribal agencies, academia, healthcare, public health, industry, environmental justice, and non-governmental organizations.

    Nominations for membership must include a resume and short (one or two pages) biography describing the educational and professional qualifications of the nominee, the interest of the nominee in children's environmental health issues, and the nominee's current business address, e-mail address, and daytime telephone number.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martha Berger, Office of Children's Health Protection, USEPA, MC 1107A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 564-2191, berger.martha@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-14861.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board Integrated Nitrogen Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Integrated Nitrogen Committee (INC) to discuss the committee's draft report.

    DATES: The SAB INC will conduct two public teleconferences on July 8, 2009 and July 9, 2009. Both teleconferences will begin at 12 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning the two public teleconferences may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at (202) 343-9981 or e-mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-14858.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Public Meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics; Cancellation

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science, The President's Council on Bioethics.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: A notice was published in the Federal Register on Friday, May 29, 2009, Vol. 74, No. 102, to announce that a meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics was scheduled to be held on Thursday, June 25, 2009, and Friday, June 26, 2009. This meeting has been cancelled in its entirety. Currently, there are no plans to reschedule this meeting.

    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/E9-14775.htm

  • Interior

  • Notice of Offering of Five Alternative Energy Interim Policy Leases for Wind Resource Data Collection on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Delaware and New Jersey

    AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Lease Offering; Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment.


    SUMMARY: Notice is given that the MMS will issue five limited leases authorizing wind resource data collection on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore New Jersey and Delaware. Five OCS blocks will be leased for a term of 5 years; and the annual rent will be $3.00 per acre as established in the interim policy published in the Federal Register (72 FR 214, pp. 62673-62675) on November 6, 2007. The OCS blocks will be leased subject to the terms set forth in the lease form published in the Federal Register (73 FR 77, pp. 21363-21375) on April 21, 2008, and also subject to stipulations. The MMS will issue leases for four OCS blocks off the coast of New Jersey and one off the coast of Delaware to four companies: Bluewater Wind Delaware, LLC; Bluewater Wind New Jersey Energy LLC; Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey, LLC, and Deepwater Wind, LLC. The OCS blocks off the coast of New Jersey are Wilmington NJ 18-02 Block 6936 to Bluewater Wind New Jersey Energy, LLC; Wilmington NJ 18-02 Block 6931 to Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey, LLC; Wilmington NJ 18-02 Block 6738 and Wilmington NJ 18-02 Block 7033 to Deepwater Wind, LLC. The OCS block MMS will lease off the coast of Delaware is Salisbury NJ 18-05 Block 6325 to Bluewater Wind Delaware, LLC.

    The MMS is also giving notice that MMS is making available to the public an environmental assessment (EA) that addresses the issue of whether offering of leases off the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware would have a significant effect on the human environment and whether an environmental impact statement (EIS) must be prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. Based on the environmental review set forth in the EA, the MMS has determined that no significant effects on the human environment have been identified that would result from the issuance of leases for wind resource data collection on the OCS off the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware. Therefore, MMS concluded that an EIS was not required under the NEPA and prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The MMS is making available the FONSI and the decision memorandum approving the selection of the preferred alternative on the MMS Web site provided at the time of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Regarding the Lease Issuance: Ms. Maureen Bornholdt, Program Manager, Office of Offshore Alternative Energy Programs, 381 Elden Street MS 4090, Herndon, Virginia 20170, (703) 787-1300.

    Regarding the Environmental Assessment: Mr. James F. Bennett, Chief, Branch of Environmental Assessment, 381 Elden Street MS 4042, Herndon, Virginia 20170, (703) 787-1660.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15169.htm

  • Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative, Science Technical Advisory Panel, Alaska

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, North Slope Science Initiative, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below:

    DATES: The meeting will be held July 9 and 10, 2009, in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. On July 9, 2009, the meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the Arctic Caribou Inn, Ltd. Public comments will begin at 4 p.m. On July 10, 2009, the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the same location, and will adjourn at 11:45 a.m.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative; c/o Bureau of Land Management, AK-910; 222 W. Seventh Avenue, 13; Anchorage, AK 99513; phone 907-271- 3431 or e-mail johnfpayne@blm.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-14560.htm

  • Policy on Special Park Uses, Draft Directors Order 53

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability and Request for Comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) is requesting comments on its revision of its policy governing the issuance of permits for special park uses. This policy will apply to all units of the national park system, and will replace the previous policy which was issued in April 2000.

    DATES: Comments must be received by July 22, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The Draft Director’s Order 53 is available on the internet at http://www.nps.gov/policy/DO-53draft.htm. Requests for printed copies and written comments should be sent to Lee Dickinson, NPS Special Park Program Manager, 1849 C Street, NW. (2460), Washington, DC 20240 or to the internet address: lee_dickinson@nps.gov. Please include “Comments on Director’s Order 53” in the e-mail subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lee Dickinson at (202) 513-7092.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-14588.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Update of Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States for the Next Decade: An Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy (aka "Charting the Course"): Request for Public Input

    ACTION: Request for Public Input to an update of the January 2007 Charting the Course


    SUMMARY: In January 2007, Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States for the Next Decade: An Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy (Charting the Course) was published. Charting the Course was based on input gathered from public and private sources over a period of several months, and it has provided a basis for coordinated ocean science and technology investments. In view of scientific advancements and recognition of new ocean management challenges, the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST) is embarking upon an effort to update and refresh Charting the Course. This notice solicits public input to inform the drafting of an updated Charting the Course.

    DATES: Public comments must be received by July 17, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Only electronic (e-mail) comments will be accepted. Comments should be sent to: comments@jsost.org.

    Please note that all submissions may be posted without change to http://ocean.ceq.gov/about/jsost.html, including any personal information provided.

    The public comment period will close on July 17, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Any comments received after the close of the comment period will not be considered.

    The full text of the January 2007 Charting the Course is posted at http://ocean.ceq.gov/about/supjsostprioritiesplan.html).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact comments@jsost.org.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-14592.htm

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