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Federal Register Summary for week of 3 July

    Commerce

  • Endangered and Threatened Species: Notice of Availability for Public Comment on Guidance for Monitoring the Recovery of Pacific Northwest Salmon and Steelhead Listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) Northwest Region has drafted guidance on monitoring the recovery of Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This draft Pacific Northwest monitoring guidance is intended to assist NMFS' recovery partners in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho in understanding the recovery monitoring needs under the ESA. NMFS' Northwest Region is soliciting public review and comment on the draft Pacific Northwest monitoring guidance.

    DATES: All comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on August 28, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft Pacific Northwest monitoring guidance are available on the Internet at: http://www.nwr.noaa.gov, or upon request (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, below). You may submit comments on the draft Pacific Northwest monitoring guidance by any of the following methods:

    E-mail: The mailbox address for submitting e-mail comments on the draft monitoring guidance is rme_guidance.nwr@noaa.gov. Please include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the identifier "Draft Pacific Northwest Monitoring Guidance."

    Mail: You may submit written comments and information to Dr. Scott Rumsey, NMFS, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Please identify the comment as regarding the "Draft Pacific Northwest Monitoring Guidance."

    Hand Delivery/Courier: You may hand deliver written comments and information to NMFS, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Please identify the comment as regarding the "Draft Pacific Northwest Monitoring Guidance."

    Fax: (503) 230-6893. Please identify the fax comment as regarding the "Draft Pacific Northwest Monitoring Guidance."

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Crawford, NMFS, Northwest Region, by phone at (360) 534-9348, or by e-mail at bruce.crawford@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15199.htm

  • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; Regional Fishery Management Councils; Operations

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule, extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: NMFS extends the comment period for proposed regulations that address the operations and administration of regional fishery management councils (Councils).

    DATES: Comments must be received by November 2, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by "RIN 0648-AW18," by any one of the following methods:

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

    Fax: 301-713-1175.

    Mail: Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Please mark the outside of the envelope "Council Operations."

    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.

    Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this proposed rule may be submitted to the Office of Sustainable Fisheries at the mailing address or fax number specified above and by e-mail to David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov, or fax to (202) 395-7285.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William D. Chappell, 301-713-2337.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15466.htm

  • Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery in Relation to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Trawl Fisheries and to Conduct Public Scoping Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice; Extension of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: In response to requests from members of the public, NMFS extends the public comment period on the notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by assessing potential impacts resulting from the proposed implementation of new sea turtle regulations in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico trawl fisheries. The comment period is now extended for an additional 30 days until August 10, 2009.

    DATES: Comments will be accepted until August 10, 2009. Comments received or postmarked after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments on the scope of the EIS should be sent to Alexis.Gutierrez@noaa.gov, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-713-2322 or fax 301-713-4060. Additional information, including the Scoping document, can be found at: http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/strategy.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis Klemm (ph. 727-824-5312, fax 727-824-5309, email Dennis.Klemm@noaa.gov), Pasquale Scida (ph. 978- 281-9208, fax 978-281-9394, email Pasquale.Scida@noaa.gov), Alexis Gutierrez (ph. 301-713-2322, fax 301-713-4060, email Alexis.Gutierrez@noaa.gov).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15552.htm

  • Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings and hearings.


    SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its Fisheries Data Coordinating Committee (FDCC), 101st Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and 145th Council meetings to take recommendations and action on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

    DATES: The FDCC will be held on July 19, The 101st SSC Meeting will be held on July 20-22, 2009 and the 145th Council meeting will be held on July 22-25, 2009. All meetings will be held in Kona, HI. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: The SSC and Council meetings will be held at the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740; telephone: (808) 329-2911.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15778.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies; Initiation of Revision and Request for Suggested Changes

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice and Request for Suggestions.


    SUMMARY: Section 2031 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-114) directs the Secretary of the Army to revise the "Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies," dated March 10, 1983, consistent with a number of considerations enumerated in the statute. The Administration is considering developing uniform planning standards for the development of water resources that would apply government- wide, including agencies other than the traditional water resources development agencies covered under the current Principles and Guidelines: the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation (Interior), Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA), and Tennessee Valley Authority. Therefore, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will facilitate an interagency drafting of revised Principles and Guidelines for planning water resources projects that could be applied government-wide.

    Upon completion, the revision would apply to Federal water resources implementation studies including project reevaluations and modifications except those commenced prior to the issuance of the revised guidance. It is intended that the revision will be conducted in two phases, with the first phase addressing revisions to the 1983 Principles and Standards (Chapter I of the existing Guidelines) and the second phase addressing revisions to the Procedures (Chapters II through IV of the 1983 Guidelines). The purpose of this notice is to provide an opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to submit suggestions for revising the Principles and Guidelines. Using that input, CEQ intends for the initial draft of the revision to be prepared and released for public comments and review by the National Academy of Sciences.

    DATES: CEQ will hold a Webinar to hear public comment on recommendations to revise the Principles and Guidelines on July 13, 2009, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. EDT. Written suggestions are being accepted now and will be accepted through the end of the business day, July 17, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Suggestions should be submitted in writing to the Council on Environmental Quality, Attn: Terry Breyman, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503 or via e-mail to P&G@ceq.eop.gov or FAX 202-456-6546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Terry Breyman, Associate Director for Natural Resources, at 202-456-9721.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15517.htm

  • Energy

  • Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy, Office of Science.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC). Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Thursday, July 9, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Friday, July 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

    ADDRESSES: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katie Perine; Office of Basic Energy Sciences; U. S. Department of Energy; Germantown Building, Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 20585; Telephone: (301) 903-6529.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15779.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Proposed Stipulated Injunction Involving Pesticides and Eleven Species Listed as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act; Notice of Availability

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: EPA is making available for comment a proposed Stipulated Injunction that would establish a series of deadlines for the Agency to make "effects determinations" and initiate consultation, as appropriate, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for certain pesticides in regard to one or more of 11 species found in the greater San Francisco Bay area that are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. EPA will evaluate all comments received during the public comment period to determine whether all or part of the proposed Stipulated Injunction warrants reconsideration or revision. This proposed Stipulated Injunction, if entered by the Court, would resolve a lawsuit brought against EPA by the Center for Biological Diversity in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 16, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0481, by one of the following methods:

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

    Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP- 2009-0481. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or e- mail. The regulations.gov website is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e- mail comment directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., 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 in the electronic docket at http:// www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arty Williams, Environmental Fate and Effects Division (7507P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 305-7695; fax number: (703) 305-6309; e- mail address: williams.arty@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15531.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Request for Nomination of Experts Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Carbon Monoxide Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is soliciting nominations of experts to augment the EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Carbon Monoxide Review Panel.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by July 31, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information regarding this request may contact Dr. Ellen Rubin, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 343-9975 or e-mail at rubin.ellen@epa.gov. General information concerning the CASAC can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/casac.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15414.htm

  • Interior

  • Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of extension of the public comment period on report and draft maps; notice of public meetings via Web cast and teleconference.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), advise the public that we are extending the public review and comment period for the Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project and draft maps. Also, we plan to host public meetings via Web cast and teleconference on the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) Digital Mapping Pilot Project.

    DATES: Comment Period: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments on the report and draft maps by August 5, 2009.

    Public Meetings: We will hold public meetings via Web cast and teleconference; see “Public Meetings” and “Meeting Participation Information” under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for meeting dates, times, and registration information.

    ADDRESSES: Mail or hand-deliver (during normal business hours) comments to Katie Niemi, Coastal Barriers Coordinator, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 860A, Arlington, VA 22203 or send comments by electronic mail (e-mail) to CBRAcomments@fws.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katie Niemi, Coastal Barriers Coordinator, (703) 358-2161.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15309.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates [=Rana] pipiens) in the Western United States as Threatened

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of a 90-day petition finding and initiation of status review.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the western U.S. population of the northern leopard frog (Lithobates [=Rana] pipiens) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Following a review of the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing the western U.S. population of northern leopard frog may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review of the species, and we will issue a 12-month finding to determine if listing the species throughout all or a significant portion of its range is warranted. To ensure that the status review of the northern leopard frog is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information and other information regarding this species.

    DATES: We made the finding announced in this document on July 1, 2009. To allow us adequate time to conduct a status review, we request that information be submitted on or before August 31, 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-R2-ES-2009-0030; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will post all information received on http:// www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Information Solicited section below for more details).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven L. Spangle, Field Supervisor, Arizona Ecological Services Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2321 West Royal Palm Drive, Suite 103, Phoenix, AZ 85021; telephone 602-242-0210; facsimile 602-242-2513. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15539.htm

  • Notice of Availability of Maps and Additional Public Scoping for Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement To Develop and Implement Agency-Specific Programs for Solar Energy Development; Bureau of Land Management Approach for Processing Existing ...

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) (the Agencies) are announcing the availability of maps depicting solar energy study areas to be analyzed in their joint Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to Develop and Implement Agency-Specific Programs for Solar Energy Development (Solar PEIS) and the opportunity for additional public scoping. The BLM is issuing this Notice to inform the public of the availability of the solar energy study area maps; to solicit public comments for consideration in identifying environmental issues, existing resource data, and industry interest with respect to the solar energy study areas in particular; and to explain how the BLM will address existing and future solar energy development applications on BLM-administered lands.

    DATES: The time period for public comments starts with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will continue through July 30, 2009. Comments received or postmarked after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by the following methods:

    Electronically, using the online comment form available on the project Web site: http://solareis.anl.gov. This is the preferred method of commenting.

    In writing, addressed to: Solar Energy PEIS, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue--EVS/900, Argonne, IL 60439.

    Availability of Maps: Maps of the solar energy study areas are available electronically from the project Web site: http://solareis.anl.gov. The maps may also be obtained from the following BLM offices:

    Arizona State Office, One North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004. California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1623, Sacramento, CA 95825. Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, CO 80215. Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89520. New Mexico State Office, 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact: Linda Resseguie, BLM Washington Office, linda_resseguie@blm.gov, 202-452- 7774; or Lisa Jorgensen, Department of Energy, Golden Field Office, lisa.jorgensen@go.doe.gov, 303-275-4906. You may also visit the Solar PEIS Web site at http://solareis.anl.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-15471.htm