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Federal Register Summary for week of 4 September

    Commerce

  • Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT); First Fall Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In preparation for the 2009 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting, the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to ICCAT will convene the first of two fall meetings.

    DATES: The meeting will be held September 17-18, 2009. There will be an open session on Thursday, September 17, 2009, from 9 a.m. thru 12:45 p.m. The remainder of the meeting will be closed to the public. Written comments can be presented during the open session. There will be no opportunity for oral public comments during the meeting. Written comments on issues being considered at the meeting should be received no later than September 14, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Written comments should be sent to Melanie King at NOAA Fisheries, Office of International Affairs, Room 12641, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Written comments can also be provided via fax (301-713-2313) or email (melanie.king@noaa.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie King, 301-713-9090.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21184.htm

  • Definition of Marine Debris for Purposes of the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce; Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: NOAA and the Coast Guard are defining ``marine debris'' for purposes of the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act (the Act). The Act requires NOAA and the Coast Guard to jointly develop a definition and promulgate it through regulations; this rule represents the agencies' compliance with the Act. For the purposes of the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act only, marine debris is defined as any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes.

    DATES: This final rule is effective October 5, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Comments and related material received from the public, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket USCG-2007-0164 and are available for inspection and copying at the 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. You also may find this docket on the Internet by going to http://www.regulations.gov, selecting the Advanced Docket Search option on the right side of the screen, typing USCG-2007-0164 into the Docket ID box, pressing Enter, and then clicking on the item in the Docket ID column.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this rule, call Dr. Holly A. Bamford, NOAA Marine Debris Program, telephone 301- 713-2989, or David Major, Environmental Standards Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, telephone 202-372-1402. If you have questions about viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21261.htm

  • Energy

  • Environmental Management Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, Two Tenth Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Terri Lamb, Designated Federal Officer, EMAB (EM-13), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Phone (202) 586-9007; fax (202) 586- 0293 or e-mail: terri.lamb@em.doe.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21180.htm

  • Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board Chairs

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) Chairs. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2009, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls, 700 Lindsay Boulevard, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Phone: (208) 522-9500, Fax: (208) 522-9501.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Alexander Brennan, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; Phone: (202) 586-7711.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21119.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting-- September 2009

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All times noted are Eastern Daylight Time. The meeting may adjourn early if all business is finished. Requests for the draft agenda or for making oral presentations at the meeting will be accepted up to one business day before the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW., Washington, DC 20005. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0652, by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: Send comments by electronic mail (e-mail) to: ORD.Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0652.

    Fax: Fax comments to: (202) 566-0224, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0652.

    Mail: Send comments by mail to: Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting--September 2009 Docket, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0652.

    Hand Delivery or Courier. Deliver comments to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room B102, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009- 0652.

    Note: This is not a mailing address. 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-ORD- 2009-0652. 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 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. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    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 Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting--September 2009 Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room B102, 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: The Designated Federal Officer via mail at: Lorelei Kowalski, Mail Code 8104-R, Office of Science Policy, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-3408; via fax at: (202) 565-2911; or via e-mail at: kowalski.lorelei@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21517.htm

  • Extension of Public Comment Period: Second External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Extension of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: The EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the draft document titled, "Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter--Second External Review Draft'' (EPA/600/R-08/ 139B and EPA/600/R-08/139BA). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter.

    On July 31, 2009 (74 FR 38185), EPA released this draft document to seek review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public (meeting date and location to be specified in a separate Federal Register notice). The draft document does not represent and should not be construed to represent any final EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in response to this notice when revising the document.

    DATES: The public comment period started on July 31, 2009 (74 FR 38185). This notice announces the extension of the deadline for public comment from September 30, 2009, to October 12, 2009. Comments must be received on or before October 12, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The "Second External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter'' is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of CD-ROM or paper copies will be available. Contact Ms. Debbie Wales by phone (919-541-4731), fax (919- 541-5078), or e-mail (wales.deborah@epa.gov) to request either of these, and please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, "Second External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter'' (EPA/600/R-08/139B and EPA/600/R- 08/139C) to facilitate processing of your request.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact Dr. Lindsay Wichers Stanek, NCEA; telephone: 919-541-7792; fax: 919-541- 2985; or e-mail: stanek.lindsay@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20921.htm

  • Federal Requirements Under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Geologic Sequestration (GS) Wells; Notice of Data Availability and Request for Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Data availability; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: Today's Notice supplements the proposed "Federal Requirements Under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Geologic Sequestration (GS) Wells'' of July 25, 2008, presents new data and information, and requests public comment on related issues that have evolved in response to comments on the original proposal. This Notice contains preliminary field data from the Department of Energy-sponsored Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership projects, the results of GS-related studies conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and additional GS-related research. Today's Notice also discusses comments and presents an alternative the Agency is considering related to the proposed injection depth requirements for Class VI wells.

    DATES: Comments on the contents of this NODA must be received on or before October 15, 2009. EPA does not plan to extend the comment period for this Notice. EPA will hold a public hearing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., CDT, September 17, 2009 in Chicago, IL.

    ADDRESSES: The public hearing will be held at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604. Due to capacity limitations, we encourage you to indicate your intent to participate through pre-registration. To pre-register, for directions, and for site specific information, please visit the following Web site: http://gshearing.cadmusweb.com/.

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008- 0390, by one of the following methods:

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

    Mail: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 4101T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: Water Docket, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Public Reading Room, Room 3334, EPA West, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008- 0390. 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 through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. Contact EPA directly (see the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section) prior to submitting CBI. 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 Water Docket, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Public Reading Room, Room 3334, EPA West, 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 EPA Docket Center is (202) 566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Rose Bayer, Underground Injection Control Program, Drinking Water Protection Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (MC-4606M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-1981; e-mail address: bayer.maryrose@epa.gov. For general information, contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline, telephone number: (800) 426-4791. The Safe Drinking Water Hotline is open Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time. For general information about the public hearing, please contact Sean Porse by phone (202) 564-5990, by e-mail at porse.sean@epa.gov, or by mail at: US Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 4606M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20920.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Sacramento Mountains Checkerspot Butterfly as Endangered with Critical Habitat

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of 12-month petition finding.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce our 12-month finding on a petition to list the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas anicia cloudcrofti) as an endangered species and to designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After a thorough review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing the subspecies is not warranted at this time. We ask the public to continue to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of or threats to the subspecies. This information will help us to monitor and encourage the conservation of the subspecies.

    DATES: This finding was made on September 2, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: This finding is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket Number FWS-R2-ES-2008-0110. Supporting documentation we used to prepare this finding is available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Ecological Services Office, 2105 Osuna NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113; telephone (505) 346-2525; facsimile (505) 346-2542. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions concerning this finding to the above address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wally "J'' Murphy, Field Supervisor, New Mexico Ecological Services Office (see ADDRESSES). If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21195.htm

  • Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior (DOI).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The annual public meeting of the Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling (ISCMEM) will convene to discuss some of the latest developments in environmental modeling applications, tools and frameworks, as well as new operational initiatives for FY 2010 among the participating agencies.

    Dates of Meeting: October 13-15, 2009.

    Place: Two White Flint North (TWFN) Auditorium, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Time: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pierre D. Glynn, ISCMEM Chair, U.S. Geological Survey, National Research Program, Branch of Regional Research, Eastern Region, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 432, Reston, VA 20192. TEL 703-648-5823. FAX 703-648-5857. pglynn@usgs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21032.htm

  • Transportation

  • Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP)

    AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Section 5207 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) established the Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP). The FHWA anticipates that resources for STEP or a similar program to carry out national research on issues related to planning, environment, and realty are likely to be included in future surface transportation legislation even though SAFETEA-LU expires at the end of this fiscal year. Legislation preceding SAFETEA- LU--the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA- 21)--provided resources for FHWA to carry out surface transportation research initiatives that included planning, environment, and realty research. SAFETEA-LU continued FHWA's research program funding and established STEP.

    The purpose of this notice is to announce the proposed FY 2010 STEP implementation strategy in anticipation that the FHWA is likely to receive resources for national research on issues related to environment and planning as a part of future transportation legislation and to request suggested lines of research for FY 2010 via the STEP Web site at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/index.htm. Stakeholder feedback from the STEP Web site provides useful research ideas and helps to prevent redundant areas of research, saving valuable research funds.

    DATES: Suggestions for lines of research should be submitted to the STEP Web site on or before December 3, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Felicia Young, Office of Interstate and Border Planning, (202) 366-1263, Felicia.young@dot.gov; or Grace Reidy, Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-6226; Federal Highway Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21378.htm