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Federal Register Summary for week of 28 August

    Arctic Research Commission

  • Arctic Research Commission; Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 90th meeting in Kotzebue, AK on September 14-16, 2009. The Business Session, open to the public, will convene at 9:30 a.m. Monday, September 14, 2009 in Kotzebue, AK. An Executive Session will follow adjournment of the Business Session.

    The Agenda items include:

    (1) Call to order and approval of the Agenda. (2) Approval of the Minutes of the 89th Meeting. (3) Commissioners and Staff Reports. (4) Discussion of Arctic research related activities in and around Kotzebue.

    The focus of the meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic.

    Any person planning to attend this meeting who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission in advance of those needs.

    Contact Person for More Information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20185.htm

  • Commerce

  • Applications for the FY 2010 Ocean Exploration (OE) Program

    AGENCY: Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of funding availability.


    SUMMARY: OER is seeking pre-proposals and full proposals to support its mission, consistent with NOAA's Strategic Plan to search, investigate, and document poorly-known and unknown areas of the ocean and Great Lakes through interdisciplinary exploration, and to advance and disseminate knowledge of the ocean environment and its physical, chemical, and biological resources.

    Competitive OE proposals will be bold, innovative and interdisciplinary in their approach. OER anticipates a total of approximately $3,000,000 including costs for ship and submersible assets will be available through this announcement. Only exploratory proposals will be funded; any other types of projects will not be reviewed. The office priorities for this opportunity support NOAA's mission support goal of: Ecosystems--Protect, Restore, and Manage Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through Ecosystem-Based Management.

    DATES: Completed pre-proposals are required for all categories and must be received by 5 p.m. (EDT) on October 8, 2009. Full proposal submissions must be received by 5 p.m. (EDT) on December 7, 2009. A complete pre-proposal is a prerequisite for submission of a full proposal. Applications received after the above deadlines will not be considered.

    ADDRESSES: Pre-proposal submissions from Federal and non-Federal applicants can be either by e-mail (preferred, send to OAR.OE.FAQ@noaa.gov) or by hard-copy. If by e-mail, please put your last name in the subject heading along with the words OE Pre-proposal, e.g., Smith OE Pre-proposal. Adobe PDF format is preferred. No facsimile pre-proposals will be accepted. Non-Federal applicants are strongly encouraged to submit full proposals through Grants.gov. Non- Federal applicants without Internet access may submit hard-copies to: ATTN: Dr. Nicolas Alvarado, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, SSMC III, 10th Floor, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. No e-mail or facsimile full proposal submissions will be accepted from non-Federal applicants. Federal applicants may submit full proposals either by e-mail (preferred, send to OAR.OE.FAQ@noaa.gov) or by hard-copy. No facsimile full proposal submissions will be accepted from Federal applicants.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research at (301)734-1015 or submit inquiries via e-mail to the Frequently Asked Questions address: OAR.OE.FAQ@noaa.gov. E-mail inquiries should include the Principal Investigator's name in the subject heading. Inquiries can be mailed to: ATTN: Dr. Nicolas Alvarado NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 1315 East-West Highway SSMC3, 10th Floor, R/OER, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20740.htm

  • Fisheries in the Western Pacific; Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish Fisheries; 2009-10 Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Total Allowable Catch

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

    ACTION: Proposed specification; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS proposes to specify establish a total allowable catch (TAC) for the 2009-10 fishing year of 254,050 lb (115,235 kg) of Deep 7 bottomfish in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). The TAC would be set in accordance with regulations established to support long-term sustainability of Hawaii bottomfish in the Hawaiian Archipelago.

    DATES: Comments must be received by September 8, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Comments on this proposed specification, identified by 0648- XQ14, may be sent to either of the following addresses:

    Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov; or

    Mail: William L. Robinson, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Pacific Islands Region (PIR), 1601 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814-4700.

    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (if you wish to remain anonymous, enter "NA'' in the required name and organization fields). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    Copies of the Fishery Management Plan for Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region (Bottomfish FMP) and the related Environmental Impact Statement are available from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808-522-8220, fax 808-522-8226, or www.wpcouncil.org.

    An environmental assessment (EA) was prepared that describes the impact on the human environment that would result from this proposed action. This action, specification of a TAC, is exempt from the procedures of E.O. 12866 because this action contains no implementing regulations and therefore a Regulatory Impact Review was not prepared. Based on the environmental impact analyses presented in the EA, NMFS prepared a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the proposed action. Copies of the EA and FONSI are available from www.regulations.gov, or the Council (see ADDRESSES).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jarad Makaiau, NMFS PIR Sustainable Fisheries, 808-944-2108.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20327.htm

  • Listing Endangered and Threatened Species: Change in Status for the Upper Columbia River Steelhead Distinct Population Segment

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

    ACTION: Final rule; correcting amendment.


    SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce that the Upper Columbia River steelhead is reclassified as a threatened species consistent with a recent court ruling. We also correct the table of threatened fishes to indicate that the same species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). This species was inadvertently dropped from the table during an unrelated rulemaking.

    DATES: Effective August 24, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding this notice contact Eric Murray, NMFS, Northwest Region, (503) 231- 2378; or Marta Nammack, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, (301) 713- 1401.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20315.htm

  • Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Experimental Permitting Process, Exempted Fishing Permits, and Scientific Research Activity

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

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: NMFS issues new and revised definitions for certain regulatory terms, and procedural and technical changes to the regulations addressing scientific research activities, exempted fishing, and exempted educational activities under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). This action is necessary to provide better administration of these activities and to revise the regulations consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act (MSRA). NMFS intends to clarify the regulations, ensure necessary information to complete required analyses is requested and made available, and provide for expedited review of permit applications where possible.

    DATES: Effective September 24, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this final rule may be sent to Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910, and to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C. 20503 (Attn: NOAA Desk Officer), or email to David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov, or fax to (202) 395- 7285.

    Copies of the categorical exclusion (CE) prepared for this action are available from NMFS at the above address or by calling the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS, at 301-713-2341.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Blackburn at 301-713-2341, or by e-mail at jason.blackburn@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20489.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making.

    DATES: The teleconference date is Wednesday, September 16, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this teleconference must contact Mr. Thomas Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Mr. Miller 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) 343-9982; fax (202) 233-0643; or e- mail at miller.tom@epa.gov. General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the teleconference announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20738.htm

  • Homeland Security

  • Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters

    AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.


    SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations on ballast water management by establishing standards for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships' ballast water discharged in U.S. waters. The Coast Guard also proposes to amend its regulations for approving engineering equipment by establishing an approval process for ballast water management systems. These new regulations would aid in controlling the introduction and spread of nonindigenous species from ships discharging ballast water in U.S. waters.

    DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before November 27, 2009 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Coast Guard docket number USCG-2001-10486 to the Docket Management Facility at the U.S. Department of Transportation. To avoid duplication, please use only one of the following methods:

    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

    (2) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    (3) Hand delivery: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.

    (4) Fax: 202-493-2251.

    To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. See the "Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments.

    You may inspect the material proposed for incorporation by reference at Room 1601, Environmental Standards Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street, SW., Washington, DC 20593 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-372-1433. Copies of the material are available as indicated in the "Incorporation by Reference'' section of this preamble.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this proposed rulemaking, call or e-mail Mr. John Morris, Project Manager, Environmental Standards Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, telephone 202-372-1433, e-mail John.C.Morris@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Ms. Renee Wright, Chief, Dockets, Department of Transportation, telephone 202-366-9826.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20312.htm

  • Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters; Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

    AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces the availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for the rulemaking entitled "Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water'' (Docket No. USCG-2001-10486), published elsewhere in today's issue of the Federal Register. This DPEIS provides an assessment of the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed establishment of ballast water discharge standards. The standards would be used to approve alternative ballast water management methods that are effective in preventing or reducing the introduction of nonindigenous species via discharged ballast water into United States waters. We request your comments on this DPEIS.

    DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before November 27, 2009 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG- 2001-10486 using any one of the following methods:

    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

    (2) Fax: 202-493-2251.

    (3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    (4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.

    To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. See the "Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice, call or e-mail Mr. John Morris, Project Manager, Environmental Standards Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, telephone 202-372- 1433, e-mail: John.C.Morris@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20313.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Black-Footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) as Threatened or Endangered

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of 90-day petition finding; reopening of the information solicitation period.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public information solicitation period on our October 9, 2007, 90-day finding on a petition to list the black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This action will provide all interested parties with an additional opportunity to submit information and materials on the status of the black-footed albatross. Information previously submitted need not be resubmitted as it has already been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in the 12-month finding.

    DATES: We are reopening the public information solicitation period and request that we receive information on or before September 25, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit information 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-R1-ES-2007-0004], Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington, VA 22203.

    You should be aware that we will post all comments 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: Gina Shultz, Deputy Field Supervisor, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Box 50088, Room 3122, Honolulu, HI 96850 (telephone 808-792-9400; facsimile 808-792-9581). If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service at 800-877- 8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20604.htm

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

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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

    DATES: The meeting will be held September 9 and 10, 2009, in Fairbanks, Alaska. On September 9, 2009, the meeting will begin at 9 a.m., at the National Park Service, Fairbanks Headquarters, 4175 Geist Road. Public comments will begin at 3 p.m. On September 10, 2009, the meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the same location, and will adjourn at 4 p.m.

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20388.htm

  • Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board; Meeting

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Announcement of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will conduct a meeting on matters pertaining to management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation's public lands.

    DATES: The Advisory Board will meet Monday, September 28, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time. This will be a one day meeting.

    ADDRESSES: The Advisory Board will meet in Arlington, Virginia at the Hyatt Arlington, 1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22209. Their phone number for reservations is 1-800-233-1234.

    Written comments pertaining to the Advisory Board meeting should be sent to: Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada 89502-7147. Submit written comments pertaining to the Advisory Board meeting no later than close of business September 23, 2009. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access and filing address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861- 6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877- 8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20675.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for International Science & Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering (25104).

    Date/Time: September 28, 2009; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; September 29, 2009; 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 920, Arlington, VA.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Edward Murdy, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 (703) 292-8710.

    If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF, please contact the individual listed above so you name may be added to the building access list.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice on the programs and activities of the Office of International Science and Engineering.

    Agenda: September 28, 2009

    AM: Introductions and Updates--Presentation and Discussion of 2009 activities.

    PM: Presentation and Discussion--Meet with NSF Director; Committee Discussion. September 30, 2009

    AM: Presentation and Discussion--Activities and initiatives for the coming year. Planning for the next meeting.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20771.htm

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