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Federal Register Summary for week of 31 July

    Agriculture

  • Conservation Stewardship Program

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

    ACTION: Interim final rule with request for comment.


    SUMMARY: Section 2301 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Act) amended the Food Security Act of 1985 to establish the Conservation Stewardship Program. The purpose of the Conservation Stewardship Program is to encourage producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities, and improving, maintaining and managing existing conservation activities. This interim final rule, with request for comment, sets forth the policies, procedures, and requirements necessary to implement the Conservation Stewardship Program as authorized by the 2008 Act amendments.

    DATES: Effective Date: This interim final rule is effective July 29, 2009.

    Comment Date: Submit comments on or before September 28, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may send comments (identified by Docket Number NRCS-IFR- 09004) using any of the following methods:

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

    E-mail directly to NRCS: CSP2008@wdc.usda.gov;

    Mail: Gregory Johnson, Director, Financial Assistance Programs Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 5237-S, Washington, DC 20250-2890;

    Fax: (202) 720-4265;

    Hand Delivery Room: USDA South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 5237-S, 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) 720-4527 in order to be escorted into the building;

    This interim final rule may be accessed via the Internet. Users can access the NRCS homepage at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov; select the Farm Bill link from the menu; select the Interim final link from beneath the Final and Interim Final Rules Index title. 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: Gregory Johnson, Director, Financial Assistance Programs Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 5237-S, Washington, DC 20250; Phone: (202) 720-1845; Fax: (202) 720- 4265; or e-mail CSP2008@wdc.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17812.htm

  • Commerce

  • External Advisory Panel for NOAA's Oceans and Human Health Initiative

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

    ACTION: Notice of Solicitation of Members for an External Advisory Panel for the NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative.


    SUMMARY: This notice responds to the Oceans and Human Health Act of 2005, Public Law 108-447, which authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to establish an Oceans and Human Health Advisory Panel (the Panel). This Panel assists in the development and implementation of the NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative, as set forth in section 903(b) of the Oceans and Human Health Act. Nominations to the Panel are being solicited for a balanced representation of individuals with multi-disciplinary expertise in the marine and biomedical sciences. The Panel is not subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.).

    DATES: Resumes should be sent to the address, e-mail, or fax specified and must be received by Monday, August 31, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Senior Science and Policy Analyst, Oceans and Human Health Initiative, National Ocean Service, NOAA, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412-9110, fax: 843-762-8737, e-mail: Carolyn.Sotka@noaa.gov; cc: Juli.Trtanj@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carolyn Sotka, NOAA, Senior Science and Policy Analyst, National Ocean Service (NOS), NOAA, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29412-9110; Telephone: 843- 762-8944, Fax: 843-762-8737; e-mail: Carolyn.Sotka@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18184.htm

  • Listing Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Designating Critical Habitat; 90-day Finding for a Petition to Revise Designated Critical Habitat for Elkhorn and Staghorn Corals

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

    ACTION: Notice of petition finding; request for information and comments.


    SUMMARY: We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), announce a 90-day finding for a petition to revise elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn (A. cervicornis) corals' critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended. Elkhorn and staghorn corals are listed as threatened throughout their ranges and have designated critical habitat consisting of substrate of suitable quality and availability to support larval settlement and recruitment and the reattachment and recruitment of asexual fragments in water depths shallower than 30 meters in four areas in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The petition seeks to extend the northern boundary of designated critical habitat in the Florida area to the Lake Worth Inlet, approximately 15.5 miles (24.9 km) north of the current boundary at Boynton Beach Inlet. We find that the petition presents substantial scientific information that the revision may be warranted. We are soliciting information and comments pertaining to this request for revision of critical habitat.

    DATES: Written comments and information related to this petition finding or the petitioned action must be received [see ADDRESSES] by August 26, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by [RIN 0648-XP68], by any one of the following methods: (1) Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov; (2) Fax: 727-824-5309, attention: Jennifer Moore; or (3) mail: addressed to Jennifer Moore, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, Protected Resources Division, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701.

    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.

    Interested persons may obtain more information about critical habitat designated for elkhorn and staghorn corals online at the NMFS Southeast Regional Office website: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/esa/ acropora.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Moore by phone 727-824-5312, fax 727-824-5309, or e-mail jennifer.moore@noaa.gov; or Marta Nammack by phone 301-713-1401 or e-mail marta.nammack@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17838.htm

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for August 11, 2009, from 2 - 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at SSMC3, Room 14817, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett, (301) 713-9070 x118; e- mail: Heidi.Lovett@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17939.htm

  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board). Board members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the Agenda below.

    DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for Wednesday August, 26- Friday August 28, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Mayflower Park Hotel, 405 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Melissa Pearson, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11704, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, 301- 734-1083.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18234.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • NACEPT Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship

    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 environmental stewardship practices that encompass all environmental aspects of an organization 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://epa.gov/ncei/dialogue.htm. This Web site also includes the draft charge of the SPES, which provides further information about the purpose of the Subcommittee.

    DATES: The NACEPT Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship will hold an open meeting on August 18, 2009 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and August 19, 2009 (9 a.m.-5 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, langton.regina@epa.gov, 202-566-2178, U.S. EPA Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation (MC1807T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18201.htm

  • Nanomaterial Case Studies: Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide in Water Treatment and Topical Sunscreen

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Public Comment Period.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a 45-day public comment period for the draft document titled, "Nanomaterial Case Studies: Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide in Water Treatment and Topical Sunscreen" (EPA/600/R-09/057). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. The case studies focus on two different applications of nanoscale titanium dioxide, water treatment and topical sunscreen. The document is intended to serve as a foundation for creating a long-term research strategy to provide the information needed for comprehensive environmental assessments of selected nanomaterials. It does not attempt to draw conclusions regarding potential environmental risks of nanoscale titanium dioxide, but only to identify what is known and what needs to be known to support future assessment efforts.

    EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.

    DATES: The 45-day public comment period begins July 31, 2009, and ends September 14, 2009. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by September 14, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The draft "Nanomaterial Case Studies: Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide in Water Treatment and Topical Sunscreen" is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from Deborah Wales, NCEA-RTP, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; phone: (919) 541-4731; facsimile: (919) 541- 5078. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, "Nanomaterial Case Studies: Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide in Water Treatment and Topical Sunscreen."

    Comments may be submitted electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket; telephone: (202) 566-1752; facsimile: (202) 566-1753; or e-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    For technical information, contact Dr. J. Michael Davis, NCEA; telephone: (919) 541-4162; facsimile: (919) 685-3331; or e-mail: Davis.Jmichael@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18386.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Biodefense Science Board: Notification of a Public Teleconference

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will hold three teleconference meetings. The meetings are open to the public. Pre- registration is NOT required, however, individuals who wish to participate in the public comment session should e-mail NBSB@HHS.GOV to RSVP.

    DATES: The meetings will be held on August 14, 2009, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT, October 14, 2009, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT, and on November 13, 2009, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will occur by teleconference. To attend, please call 1-866-395-4129, pass-code "ASPR." Please call 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the conference call to facilitate attendance.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Erin Fults, National Biodefense Science Board, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 5128, Switzer Building, 330 C St., SW., Washington, DC 20201. Phone: 202-260- 1201; E-mail: NBSB@HHS.GOV

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18372.htm

  • Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (Science Board).

    General Function of the Committee: The Science Board provides advice primarily to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other appropriate officials on specific complex and technical issues, as well as emerging issues within the scientific community in industry and academia. Additionally, the Science Board provides advice to the agency on keeping pace with technical and scientific evolutions in the fields of regulatory science, on formulating an appropriate research agenda, and on upgrading its scientific and research facilities to keep pace with these changes. It will also provide the means for critical review of agency sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on Monday, August 17, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Addresses: Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Carlos Pentildea, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (HF-33), 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-6687, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800- 741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), code 3014512603. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the agency's Web site and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: The Science Board will hear about and discuss reports from its subcommittees on the following: (1) The review of research at the Center for Veterinary Medicine, and (2) the review of FDA's scientific information technology infrastructure modernization initiatives. The Science Board will hear about plans to establish an additional subcommittee for the review of research at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The Science board will also hear about and discuss updates from the agency regarding the continued assessment of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in FDA-regulated products.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/ default.htm, click on the year 2009 and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before August 10, 2009. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Those desiring to make formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before August 3, 2009. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by August 4, 2009.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Carlos Pentildea at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/ AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17961.htm

  • Interior

  • Request for Nominations for the Invasive Species Advisory Committee Extension of Submission Deadline

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

    ACTION: Request for Nominations for the Invasive Species Advisory Committee Extension of Submission Deadline.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the interdepartmental National Invasive Species Council (NISC) 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: The submission deadline for nominations has been extended. All must now be postmarked by August 25, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Christopher P. Dionigi, PhD, 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, at (202) 513-7243, fax: (202) 371-1751, or by e-mail at Kelsey_Brantley@ios.doi.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18148.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR Part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    AGENCY HOLDING MEETING: National Science Board.

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at 8:30 a.m.; and Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 8 a.m.

    PLACE: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rooms 1235 and 1295, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge. Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge in advance. Call 703-292-7000 to request your badge, which will be ready for pick- up at the visitor's desk on the day of the meeting.

    Status: Some portions open, some portions closed.

    Open Sessions

    August 5, 2009: 8:30 a.m.-8:35 a.m. 8:35 a.m.-10:45 a.m. 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m. 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. 11 a.m.-11:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. August 6, 2009: 8 a.m.-9 a.m. 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

    Closed Sessions

    August 5, 2009: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. 3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. August 6, 2009: 9 a.m.-9:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m.-11 a.m. 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Dr. Robert E. Webber, rwebber@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000, http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17893.htm

  • Office of Management and Budget

  • Proposed Revision of the Policy on Web Tracking Technologies for Federal Web Sites

    AGENCY: Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.

    ACTION: Request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is considering options for revising the current prohibition on Web tracking technologies (such as persistent cookies) and invites public comments on the policy that would govern the use of such technologies. The goal of this review is for the Federal Government to continue to protect the privacy of people who visit Federal Government Web sites while at the same time making these Web sites more user-friendly, providing better customer service, and allowing for enhanced Web analytics.

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

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Web site: http://www.regulations.gov.

    Web site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/open. Click the link to "Federal Web sites Cookie Policy Forum" and follow the instructions for submitting comments electronically.

    E-mail: oira_submission@omb.eop.gov.

    Fax: (202) 395-7245

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be made available to the public through the relevant Web sites. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If you send an e-mail comment, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet.

    Relevant comments submitted through the White House Open Government Initiative will be taken into consideration alongside those received in response to this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mabel Echols, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Records Management Center, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, NEOB, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. Telephone: (202) 395-6880.

    Copies of OMB memoranda M-00-13 and M-03-22 are available on OMB's Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda_default/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17756.htm

  • State

  • Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; Preparation of Fifth U.S. Climate Action Report

    AGENCY: Department of State.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The United States is a Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Convention sets forth requirements for UNFCCC Parties to provide a national communication that lists the steps they are taking to implement the Convention. In particular, Parties are to provide: An inventory of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removal by sinks of all greenhouse gases not controlled by the Montreal Protocol; a detailed description of the policies and measures adopted to implement their commitments under the Convention; and estimates of the effects those policies and measures will have on emissions and sinks. Subsequent guidelines further elaborate the information that Parties are to submit periodically. The United States submitted the first U.S. Climate Action Report (USCAR) to the UNFCCC Secretariat in 1994, the second in 1997, the third in 2002, and the fourth in 2007. The U.S. Government is currently preparing its fifth national communication, which is due to the UNFCCC secretariat on January 1, 2010. The purpose of this announcement is to notify interested members of the public of this process and to solicit contributions and input on the issues covered in the national communication for the purpose of preparing the report. The State Department intends to make available for public review a draft national communication in fall of 2009.

    DATES: Written comments should be received on or before noon, thirty (30) days from the date of publication of this notice.

    ADDRESSES: To expedite their receipt, comments should be submitted via e-mail to: car5@state.gov. Comments may also be submitted in hard copy to, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Global Change (Room 2480), 2201 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20520.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maurice N. LeFranc, Jr., U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Global Change at (202) 647-6738.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18230.htm