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Federal Register Summary for week of 7 August

    Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in September 2009. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The AP meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2009, and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Othel Freeman or Margo Schulze-Haugen at 301-713-2347.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18749.htm

  • International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Fishing Restrictions and Observer Requirements in Purse Seine Fisheries for 2009-2011 and Turtle Mitigation Requirements in Purse Seine Fisheries

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

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: NMFS issues regulations under authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (WCPFC Implementation Act) to implement certain decisions of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC). Those decisions require that the members of the WCPFC, including the United States, take certain measures with respect to their purse seine fisheries in the area of competence of the WCPFC, which includes most of the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO). The regulations include limits on the number of days that may be fished, periods during which fishing may not be done on schools in association with fish aggregating devices (FADs), areas of high seas closed to fishing, requirements to retain tuna on board up to the first point of landing or transshipment, requirements to carry observers, and requirements to handle sea turtles in a specified manner. This action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its international obligations under the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention), to which it is a Contracting Party.

    DATES: The rule is effective August 3, 2009, except for the amendments to Sec. Sec. 300.222(aa) and 300.223(f), which are effective October 5, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Copies of supporting documents that were prepared for this final rule, including the regulatory impact review (RIR) and environmental assessment (EA), as well as the proposed rule, are available via the Federal e-Rulemaking portal, at http://www.regulations.gov. Those documents, and the small entity compliance guide prepared for this final rule, are also available from the Regional Administrator, NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814-4700. The initial regulatory flexibility analysis (IRFA) and final regulatory flexibility analysis (FRFA) prepared for this rule are included in the proposed rule and this final rule, respectively.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Graham, NMFS PIRO, 808-944-2219.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18583.htm

  • Request for Nominations for Members To Serve on National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Advisory Committees

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites and requests nomination of individuals for appointment to its eight existing Federal Advisory Committees: Technology Innovation Program Advisory Board, Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board, National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction, and Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. NIST will consider nominations received in response to this notice for appointment to the Committees, in addition to nominations already received.

    DATES: Nominations for all committees will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will be considered as and when vacancies arise.

    ADDRESSES: See below.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18591.htm

  • Defense

  • Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of Defense.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice is published in accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463). The topic of the meeting on September 9-11, 2009 is to review new start research and development projects requesting Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program funds in excess of $1M. This meeting is open to the public. Any interested person may attend, appear before, or file statements with the Scientific Advisory Board at the time and in the manner permitted by the Board.

    DATES: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, September 11, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: SERDP Office Conference Center, 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 804, Arlington, VA 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jonathan Bunger, SERDP Office, 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 303, Arlington, VA or by telephone at (703) 696-2126.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18829.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Chartered Science Advisory Board: Additional Information

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: In a Federal Register notice dated July 15, 2009, the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announced a public teleconference on August 28, 2009 for a chartered SAB quality review of its draft report on the Agency's Expert Elicitation White Paper. That teleconference will occur as announced, but will include the addition of a briefing on the SAB Integrated Nitrogen Committee draft report. The briefing will provide information in preparation for a future quality review of the Integrated Nitrogen Committee report to be announced in a future Federal Register notice. This corrected notice announces the addition of the Integrated Nitrogen Committee.

    DATES: The public teleconference date will be Friday, August 28, 2009 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (all times are Eastern Time).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), (202) 343-9982.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18697.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research

    Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

    As outlined in Executive Order 13505 of March 9, 2009, my Administration is committed to supporting and conducting ethically responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law. Pursuant to that order, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published final "National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research" (Guidelines), effective July 7, 2009. These Guidelines apply to the expenditure of NIH funds for research using human embryonic stem cells and certain uses of human induced pluripotent stem cells. The Guidelines are based on the principles that responsible research with human embryonic stem cells has the potential to improve our understanding of human biology and aid in the discovery of new ways to prevent and treat illness, and that individuals donating embryos for research purposes should do so freely, with voluntary and informed consent. These Guidelines will ensure that NIH-funded research adheres to the highest ethical standards.

    In order to ensure that all federally funded human stem cell research is conducted according to these same principles and to promote a uniform Federal policy across the executive branch, I hereby direct the heads of executive departments and agencies that support and conduct stem cell research to adopt these Guidelines, to the fullest extent practicable in light of legal authorities and obligations. I also direct those departments and agencies to submit to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), within 90 days, proposed additions or revisions to any other guidance, policies, or procedures related to human stem cell research, consistent with Executive Order 13505 and this memorandum. The Director of the OMB shall, in coordination with the Director of NIH, review these proposals to ensure consistent implementation of Executive Order 13505 and this memorandum.

    This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. Executive departments and agencies shall carry out the provisions of this memorandum to the extent permitted by law and consistent with their statutory and regulatory authorities and their enforcement mechanisms.

    The Director of the OMB is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18834.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of National Geospatial Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will meet on August 26-27, 2009 at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. The meeting will be held in Room 161 Instructional West.

    The NGAC, which is composed of representatives from governmental, private sector, non-profit, and academic organizations, has been established to advise the Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee on management of Federal geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16. Topics to be addressed at the meeting include:

    --Recent FGDC Activities; --National Geospatial Policy and Strategy; --Planning for a Geospatial Open Forum; --Geospatial Partnerships; --Change Detection; --NGAC Subcommittee Reports.

    The meeting will include an opportunity for public comment during the morning of August 27. Comments may also be submitted to the NGAC in writing.

    Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance for clearance into the meeting site. Please register by contacting Arista Maher at the Federal Geographic Data Committee (703- 648-6283, amaher@fgdc.gov). Registrations are due by August 19. While the meeting will be open to the public, seating may be limited due to room capacity.

    Members of the public who cannot attend in person may listen to the meeting via conference call. Please register in advance for the conference call by contacting Arista Maher at the Federal Geographic Data Committee (703-648-6283, amaher@fgdc.gov). Conference call registrations are due by August 19. Instructions will be provided. The number of participants may be limited by conference line capacity.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on August 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on August 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey (206-220-4621).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18735.htm

  • Limiting Mountain Lion Predation on Desert Bighorn Sheep on Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Yuma and La Paz Counties, AZ

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of draft environmental assessment; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce that our draft environmental assessment (EA) for limiting mountain lion (Puma concolor) predation on desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis mexicana) on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is available. The Refuge is located in southwest Arizona. The draft EA describes alternatives, including a proposed action alternative, that address how we intend to manage mountain lion predation to help achieve bighorn sheep population objectives.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments on the draft EA 60 days from date of publication.

    ADDRESSES: Please provide written comments to the Southwest Arizona National Wildlife Refuge Complex, by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 9300 East 28th Street, Yuma, AZ 85365; via facsimile at 928-783-8611; or electronically to KofaLionComments@fws.gov. You may obtain a copy of the draft EA by writing to the address above, or by download from http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/kofa.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jose Viramontes, 505-248-6455 (phone); 505-248-6915 (fax); or Jose_Viramontes@fws.gov (e-mail). If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18285.htm

  • Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee; Announcement of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will host a Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting September 1-3, 2009. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda will include reports from the Legal and Synthesis Subcommittees, and discussion of the current draft Recommendations to the Secretary.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for September 1-3, 2009. The sessions will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. September 1-2, and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. September 3.

    ADDRESSES: We will hold the meeting at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Rooms 200A & B, Arlington, Virginia, 22203. For more information, see "Meeting Location Information."

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel London, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (703) 358-2161.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19009.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Earth Science Subcommittee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Science Committee of the NAC. The Meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting from the scientific community and other persons scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Monday, August 31, 2009, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW., Room 8R40, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian Norris, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452, fax (202) 358-4118, or mnorris@nasa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-18943.htm

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