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Federal Register Summary for week of 21 August

    Agriculture

  • National Aquatic Animal Health Plan for the United States; Notice of Availability

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA; National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, DOC; and Fish and Wildlife Service, DOI.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that a National Aquatic Animal Health Plan (NAAHP) for the United States is being made available for public review and comment. The NAAHP was developed by a Task Force led by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department Agriculture, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It is anticipated that this plan will provide a framework for how APHIS, FWS, and NMFS should develop programs for diseases that affect the health of aquatic animals such as finfish, crustaceans, and mollusks.

    DATES: APHIS, FWS, and NMFS will consider all comments received on or before October 20, 2009.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2008-0096 to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. 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. The agency will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0096, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS 2008-0096.

    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on the National Aquatic Animal Health Plan in the APHIS reading room. The reading room is located in Room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

    Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov. Additional information about FWS is available on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov. Additional information about the NOAA Aquaculture Program is available on the Internet at http://aquaculture.noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: APHIS: Dr. P. Gary Egrie, Veterinary Medical Officer, Aquaculture, Swine, Equine, and Poultry Health Programs, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 46, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-0695. NMFS: Mr. Kevin Amos, National Aquatic Animal Health Coordinator, NOAA Aquaculture Program, 1315 East-West Hwy., SSMC3 Rm. 13137, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (360) 709-9001. FWS: Ray Brunson, Project Leader, FWS, Olympia Fish Health Center, 3859 Martin Way E, Suite 101, Olympia, WA 98506; 360-753-9046.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19702.htm

  • Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold a public meeting to gather stakeholder input on important natural resource concerns and program approaches to address these natural resource concerns in the next decade.

    On June 22, 2008, Congress reauthorized the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act (RCA), 16 U.S.C. 2001-2009, through amendments in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246). In the reauthorization, Congress extended RCA through 2018 and called for the first report to be delivered to Congress by January 2011. RCA provides the Department of Agriculture (USDA) with broad strategic assessment and planning authority and calls for the development of a national program to guide USDA activities for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of soil, water, and related natural resources. Through RCA, USDA appraises the status and trends of soil, water, and related resources on non-Federal land; assesses their capability to meet present and future demands; evaluates current and needed programs, policies, and authorities; and develops a national soil and water conservation program to give direction for USDA soil and water conservation activities.

    Public participation is a central element of the RCA process. USDA will hold listening sessions to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on conservation priorities, program approaches, future conservation needs, and opportunities to improve the appraisal process.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on the following date and location:

    Charleston Marriott Town Center, 200 Lee Street East, Charleston, West Virginia 25301. 9/14/09 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m National Association of Conservation Agencies--Annual Meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Coleman, Acting Director, Strategic and Performance Planning Division, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 4237, South Building, Washington, DC 20250; Telephone: (202) 690- 0467; or Fax: (202) 720-3057. Submit electronic requests for additional information to: RCA@wdc.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20138.htm

  • Commerce

  • Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program--Re-opening of FY 2010 Competition

    AGENCY: NOS Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of funding availability; amendment.


    SUMMARY: NOAA publishes this notice to amend the Federal Funding Opportunity (NOS-OCRM-2010-2001655) entitled "Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP)--FY 2010 Competitive List'' which was originally announced in the Federal Register on January 2, 2009 (74 FR 82). This notice announces changes to the eligibility criteria, program priorities, and selection criteria to implement the requirements of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 (March 30, 2009). As a result of these changes, the application period for proposals is re- opened to provide eligible states and territories with the opportunity to adjust project proposals to comport with the changes, which are summarized in this notice and more fully described in the full Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) Announcement for this competition.

    DATES: Final Applications must be received by Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) or be delivered to the OCRM office (address listed in this announcement) no later than 6 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2009. No facsimile or electronic mail applications will be accepted. Paper applications delivered after the deadline will not be accepted, regardless of postmark date. Any application received after the deadline will not be considered for funding in this competition.

    Applications delivered in hard copy will be date and time stamped when they are received. Applications submitted through Grants.gov will have a date and time indication on them. Please Note: It may take Grants.gov up to two (2) business days to validate or reject the application. Please keep this in mind in developing your submission timeline.

    ADDRESSES: All application materials can be found at the grants.gov portal at http://www.grants.gov or NOAA's CELCP Web site under "Funding Opportunities'' (http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/celcp_fundingop.html). They may also be requested by contacting the program officials identified below.

    To Request an Application Package or for Further Information Contact: Elaine Vaudreuil (301) 713-3155 ext 103; E-mail: Elaine.Vaudreuil@noaa.gov; Fax: (301) 713-4370 or Elisabeth Morgan (301) 713-3155 ext 166; E-mail: Elisabeth.Morgan@noaa.gov; Fax: (301) 713-4367.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19821.htm

  • Taking and Importing Marine Mammals: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Navy Operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active Sonar

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

    ACTION: Notice; issuance of two Letters of Authorization.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued two one-year Letters of Authorization (LOAs) to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to the U.S. Navy's operation of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) sonar operations to the Chief of Naval Operations, Department of the Navy, 2000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350 and persons operating under his authority.

    DATES: Effective from August 16, 2009, through August 15, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Copies of the Navy's April 1, 2009, LOA application letter, the LOAs, the Navy's 2008 annual report and the Navy's 2007 5-Year Comprehensive Report are available by writing to P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225, by telephoning the contact listed here (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental.htm#applications. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeannine Cody, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS (301) 713-2289.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19873.htm

  • Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy; Office of Science.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee. 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: Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., E.D.T.

    ADDRESSES: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen (301-903-9817; david.thomassen@science.doe.gov) Designated Federal Officer, Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site: http://www.science.doe.gov/ober/berac/announce.html.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19708.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Availability of the External Peer Review Draft of Using Probabilistic Methods To Enhance the Role of Risk Analysis in Decision- Making With Case Study Examples

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of document availability for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 15-day public comment period for the external peer review draft of "Using Probabilistic Methods to Enhance the Role of Risk Analysis in Decision-Making With Case Study Examples,'' a white paper, and the "Manager's Summary'' of the same document. All comments received by the closing date of September 1, 2009 will be shared with the external peer review panel for their consideration. Comments received after the close of the comment period may be considered by EPA when it finalizes the document. These draft interim papers do not represent and should not be construed to represent any EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination. Members of the public may obtain the draft documents from http://www.regulations.gov; or http://www.epa.gov/raf/prawhitepaper; or from Gary Bangs via the contact information below.

    EPA will convene a panel of invited experts to review the draft document. The external expert peer review will be conducted by letter and closed teleconference in the May 2009 time frame. The panel may consider public comments received in the official public docket for this activity under docket ID number EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-NNNN. The draft documents and peer-review charge are available at http://www.epa.gov/raf/prawhitepaper. In preparing a final document, EPA will consider the public comments submitted to EPA's docket during the public comment period as well as the comments and recommendations from the external peer-reviewers.

    EPA is releasing these draft documents solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. These documents have not been formally disseminated by the EPA. They do not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

    DATES: All comments received by September 1, 2009 will be shared with the external peer review panel for their consideration. Comments received beyond that time may be considered by EPA when it finalizes the documents.

    ADDRESSES: The draft documents are available electronically through the EPA Office of the Science Advisor's Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/raf/prawhitepaper.

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009- NNNN, by one of the following methods:

    Online at: http://www.regulations.gov; Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    E-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: ORD Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3334, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-NNNN. Deliveries are only accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2009-NNNN. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online 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 by statute through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site 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 http://www.regulations.gov, 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. 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 http://www.regulations.gov index. 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, will be publicly available only in hard copy.

    Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the ORD Docket, EPA/DC, EPAWest, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. 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 ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Bangs, Risk Assessment Forum, Mail Code 8105R, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-6667; fax number: (202) 564-2070, E-mail: bangs.gary@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19755.htm

  • Gulf of Mexico Program Citizens Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for Nominations to the Citizens Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf of Mexico Program Office (Gulf Program) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Citizens Advisory Committee (Committee). It is anticipated that vacancies will be filled by the end of the 2009 calendar year. Additional sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    Background: The Citizens Advisory Committee is a standing Advisory Subcommittee established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a part of the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) charter for the Policy Review Board (PRB). The function of the Citizens Advisory Committee is to provide guidance, advice, and support for the Gulf of Mexico Program. The Committee is composed of 25 members drawn from the areas of environment, business and industry, agriculture, fishing and tourism. Members of the Committee are from the Gulf Coast States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The Committee usually meets three times annually. Members serve on the Committee in a voluntary capacity. However, EPA provides reimbursement for travel expenses associated with attending official FACA meetings.

    The Gulf Program is seeking nominations from all sectors, including academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and State, local and tribal governments to represent Alabama in the areas of agriculture and fisheries; Florida in the areas of fisheries and business/industry; Louisiana in the areas of agriculture and fisheries; and Mississippi in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, and tourism. Nominees will be considered according to the mandates of FACA, which requires committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups.

    The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees:

    Possess a strong interest in furthering and achieving the goals and objectives of the Gulf Program.

    Willingness to assume responsibility to communicate the Gulf Program's policies/priorities with persons of their respective area.

    Serve as an advocate and voice for their respective area and report on issues of concern to the Gulf Program.

    Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

    Extensive professional knowledge of the Gulf of Mexico, environmental policies, practices and technologies that are essential to preserving the Gulf.

    Nominations must include a resume and a short biography describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, as well as the nominee's current business address, e-mail addresses, and daytime telephone number. Interested candidates may self-nominate.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to: Gloria Car, Designated Federal Officer, Gulf of Mexico Program, Mail Code EPA/GMP, Bldg. 1100, Rm. 232, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000. You may also e-mail nominations to car.gloria@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gloria D. Car, Designated Federal Officer, Gulf of Mexico Program Office, Mail Code EPA/GMPO, Bldg. 1100, Rm. 232, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000 at (228) 688-2421.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20037.htm

  • Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Program; Notice of Availability of Expert Peer Review Record

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA'') announces the availability of documents pertaining to the expert peer review record completed on the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS2) Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Analysis. On May 5, 2009, EPA announced proposed revisions to the National Renewable Fuel Standard program (commonly known as the RFS program) as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. EISA established new renewable fuel categories and eligibility requirements, including setting the first ever mandatory GHG reduction thresholds for the various categories of renewable fuels. EISA also defined the term lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As part of proposed revisions to the RFS program and in accordance with the EISA definition of GHG emissions, EPA examined the GHG impacts associated with different types of renewable fuels. Several new pieces of analysis were developed to support this lifecycle assessment. EPA decided to initiate an independent peer review to help respond to stakeholder concerns and to ensure that the Agency makes decisions based on the best science available. The Agency, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget and EPA peer review guidance contracted with independent, third party sources to conduct an external expert peer review of this work. The results of the expert peer review are being made available to the public for notice and comment to supplement the current record.

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 25, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2005-0161, by one of the following methods:

    www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    E-mail: a-and-r-docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. In addition, please mail a copy of your comments on the information collection provisions to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attn: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th St., NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR- 2005-0161. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 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 www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The www.regulations.gov Web site 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 www.regulations.gov 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. 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. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. For additional instructions on submitting comments, please refer to the notice of proposed rulemaking (Section XI, Public Participation, of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of the proposed rulemaking document).

    How Can I Access the Docket?

    All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. 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, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. 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 Docket is (202) 566-1742.

    How Can I Get Copies of This Document, the Proposed Rule, and Other Related Information?

    The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR- 2005-0161. The EPA has also developed a Web site for the proposed RFS2 rule, including the notice of proposed rulemaking, at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/renewablefuels/index.htm. Please refer to the notice of proposed rulemaking for detailed information on accessing information related to the proposal, including the expert peer review record.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia MacAllister, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; telephone number: (734) 214-4131; Fax number: (734) 214-4816; E- mail address: macallister.julia@epa.gov, or Assessment and Standards Division Hotline; telephone number (734) 214-4636; E-mail address: asdinfo@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19466.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; 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 conduct a review of EPA's draft guidance document, Empirical Approaches for Nutrient Criteria Derivation.

    DATES: The meeting dates are Wednesday, September 9, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time), Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Friday, September 11, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Marriott at Metro Center Hotel, 775 12th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    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 draft guidance document, Empirical Approaches for Nutrient Criteria Derivation, should be directed to Ms. Ifeyinwa Davis of EPA's Office of Water at davis.ifeyinwa@epa.gov or (202) 566-1096. 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/E9-19759.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Two Public Teleconference Meetings of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconference meetings of the chartered SAB to conduct reviews of two draft SAB reports and to conduct additional business.

    DATES: The meeting dates will be Wednesday, September 23, 2009 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and Thursday, September 24, 2009, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (all times are Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning this public teleconference meeting should contact Mr. Thomas Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 343-9982; fax (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at miller.tom@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20171.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: September 15-16, 2009.

    Open: September 15, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: September 16, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: September 16, 2009, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Contact Person: Gwen W Collman, PHD, Interim Director, Division of Extramural Research & Training, National Institutes of Health, Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, 615 Davis Dr., KEY615/ 3112, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-4980, collman@niehs.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dert/c-agenda.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20168.htm

  • Notice of Meeting: Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society

    Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of the twentieth meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS), U.S. Public Health Service. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2009, and from 8 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2009, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. The meeting will be open to the public with attendance limited to space available. The meeting also will be Web cast.

    The main agenda items involve the review of three SACGHS draft reports: a final draft report and its recommendations on gene patents and licensing practices along with comments received on the public consultation draft circulated earlier this year; a public consultation draft report on genetics education and training; and a revised draft paper on direct-to-consumer genetic testing. The first day of the meeting will include an extended period of time for interested members of the public to provide their perspectives on gene patents and licensing practices and their effect on patient access to genetic tests. Members of the public are encouraged to contact the SACGHS Executive Secretary (see below) by September 15, 2009, if they wish to participate in this extended public comment period. Other agenda items include an update on regulations implementing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a report on activities of the Clinical Utility and Comparative Effectiveness Task Force, and a brief discussion to initiate the Committee's work on ethical issues related to genomic data sharing.

    As always, the Committee welcomes hearing from anyone wishing to provide public comment on any issue related to genetics, health and society. Individuals who would like to provide public comment should notify the SACGHS Executive Secretary, Ms. Sarah Carr, by telephone at 301-496-9838 or e-mail at carrs@od.nih.gov. The SACGHS office is located at 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892. Anyone planning to attend the meeting who needs special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, is also asked to contact the Executive Secretary.

    Under authority of 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established SACGHS to serve as a public forum for deliberations on the broad range of human health and societal issues raised by the development and use of genetic and genomic technologies and, as warranted, to provide advice on these issues. The draft meeting agenda and other information about SACGHS, including information about access to the Web cast, will be available at the following Web site: http://oba.od.nih.gov/SACGHS/sacghs_meetings.html.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19584.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

    Date: September 9-10, 2009.

    Time: September 9, 2009, 1:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

    Agenda: The Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols as well as related data management activities. Please check the meeting agenda at http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/rdna.html for more information.

    Place: Hilton Washington/Rockville, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Time: September 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    Agenda: The Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee will review and discuss selected human gene transfer protocols as well as related data management activities. Please check the meeting agenda at http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/rdna.html for more information.

    Place: Hilton Washington/Rockville, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Laurie Lewallen, Advisory Committee Coordinator, Office of Biotechnology Activities, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 750, Bethesda, MD 20892-7985. 301-496-9838. lewallla@od.nih.gov.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/rdna.html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19906.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Partial 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List 206 Species in the Midwest and Western United States as Threatened or Endangered with Critical Habitat

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of 90-day petition finding.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on 38 species from a petition to list 206 species in the mountain-prairie region of the United States as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). For 9 of the 38 species, we find that the petition did not present substantial information indicating that listing may be warranted. For 29 of the 38 species, we find that the petition does present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review of the 29 species to determine if listing is warranted. To ensure that the review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding these 29 species.

    DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct a status review, we request that we receive information on or before October 19, 2009.

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

    Federal rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket no. FWS-R2- ES-2008-0131.

    U.S. Mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R6-ES-2008-0131, 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 information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Carlson, Listing Coordinator, Mountain-Prairie Regional Ecological Services Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone 303-236-4264. 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/E9-19494.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Responsible Conduct of Research

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF).

    ACTION: NSF's Implementation of Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing its implementation of Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o-1). This section of the Act requires that "each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.''

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19930.htm