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Federal Register Summary for week of 11 September

    Defense

  • US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Department of the Air Force, US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

    ACTION: Meeting notice.


    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.150, the Department of Defense announces that the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meeting will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 7th-October 8th, 2009 at the SAF/AQ Conference and Innovation Center, 1560 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209. The meeting on Wednesday, October 7th, will be from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and the meeting on Thursday, October 8th, will be from 7:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    The purpose of this Air Force Scientific Advisory Board quarterly meeting is to introduce the FY10 SAB study topics tasked by the Secretary of the Air Force and receive presentations that address relevant subjects to the SAB mission. The briefings and discussion will include presentations from senior Air Force and other DoD leadership. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended, and 41 CFR 102-3.155, the Administrative Assistant of the Air Force, in consultation with the Office of the Air Force General Counsel, has determined in writing that the public interest requires that some sessions of the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board meeting be closed to the public because they will be concerned with classified information and matters covered by sections 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1) and (4). The two sessions on 7 Oct 09, from 0800-0945, will be open to the general public. The remaining sessions on 7 Oct 09 and 8 Oct 09 will be closed to the general public.

    Because the meeting will take place in a controlled facility and seating is limited, any member of the general public wishing to attend the 7 Oct 09, 0800-0945, sessions need to call 301-981-7147 and provide their name not later than Monday, 5 Oct 09. You will need to arrive at the meeting facility between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. that morning and have valid government identification in your possession.

    Any member of the public wishing to provide input to the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board can also submit a written statement in accordance with 41 CFR 102-3.140(c) and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the procedures described in this paragraph. Written statements can be submitted to the Designated Federal Officer at the address detailed below at any time. Statements being submitted in response to the agenda mentioned in this notice must be received by the Designated Federal Officer at the address listed below at least five calendar days prior to the meeting which is the subject of this notice. Written statements received after this date may not be provided to or considered by the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board until its next meeting. The Designated Federal Officer will review all timely submissions with the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Chairperson and ensure they are provided to members of the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board before the meeting that is the subject of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Executive Director and Designated Federal Officer, Lt Col Anthony M. Mitchell, 301-981-7135, United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, 1602 California Avenue, Suite 251, Andrews AFB, MD 20762, AnthonyM.mitchell@ pentagon.af.mil.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21512.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Computational Toxicology Subcommittee Meetings--Fall 2009

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    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 two meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Computational Toxicology Subcommittee.

    DATES: The first meeting (via teleconference) will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The second meeting (face-to- face) will take place on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., and continue on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All times noted are Eastern time. The meetings may adjourn early if all business is finished. Requests for the draft agenda or for making oral presentations at the meetings will be accepted up to one business day before each meeting.

    ADDRESSES: Participation in the conference call will be by teleconference only--meeting rooms will not be used. Members of the public may obtain the call-in number and access code for the call from Lorelei Kowalski, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.

    A face-to-face meeting will be held at the Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park, 4810 Page Creek Lane, Durham, North Carolina 27703. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA- HQ-ORD-2009-0688, by one of the following methods:

    http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the online 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-2009-0688.

    Fax: Fax comments to: (202) 566-0224, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0688.

    Mail: Send comments by mail to: Board of Scientific Counselors, Computational Toxicology Subcommittee Meetings--Fall 2009 Docket, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0688.

    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- 0688. Note: This is not a mailing address. Such deliveries are only accepted during the center'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- 2009-0688. 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, Computational Toxicology Subcommittee Meetings-- Fall 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/E9-21714.htm

  • Release of Draft Documents Related to the Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Availability of draft documents for public comment.


    SUMMARY: On or about September 4, 2009, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) of EPA is making available for public comment two draft assessment documents: Risk Assessment to Support the Review of the PM Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards-- External Review Draft and Particulate Matter Urban-Focused Visibility Assessment--External Review Draft. These draft documents describe the quantitative analyses that are being conducted as part of the review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM).

    DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before October 15, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2007-0492, by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to a-and-r-docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007- 0492.

    Fax: Fax your comments to 202-566-9744, Attention Docket ID. No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0492.

    Mail: Send your comments to: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0492.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver your comments to: EPA Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC. 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- 2007-0492. The 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 Air Docket in the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. This Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket telephone number is 202-566-1742; fax 202-566-9744.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions related to the draft document titled, Risk Assessment to Support the Review of the PM Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards: External Review Draft (September 2009), please contact Dr. Zachary Pekar, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail code C504-06), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; e-mail: pekar.zachary@epa.gov; telephone: 919-541-3704; fax: 919-541-0237.

    For questions related to the draft document titled, Particulate Matter Urban-Focused Visibility Assessment--External Review Draft (September 2009), please contact Ms. Vicki Sandiford, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail code C504-06), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; e-mail: sandiford.vicki@epa.gov; telephone: 919-541-2629; fax: 919-541-0237.

    For questions related to the preliminary draft document, Policy Assessment for the Review of the Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Preliminary Draft (September 2009), please contact Ms. Beth Hassett-Sipple, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail code C504-06), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; e-mail: hassett-sipple.beth@epa.gov; telephone: 919-541-4605; fax: 919-541-0237.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21822.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • National Wilderness Month, 2009

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    The American wilderness has inspired wonder and imagination for centuries and is an irreplaceable part of our Nation's heritage. Even before the birth of the United States, visitors from near and far were struck by its splendor and purity. The unaltered American landscape stood apart from any other in the world. During the years of westward expansion, the wilderness frontier became synonymous with pioneer values of steadfastness and rugged independence. This month, we celebrate this history and renew our commitment to preserving the American wilderness for future generations.

    Forty-five years ago, the United States achieved a landmark success in protecting these magnificent wild spaces. The Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, which sought to secure "for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.'' The Act has been widely recognized as one of our Nation's most important conservation laws. This law and the National Wilderness Preservation System it established have served as a model for wilderness protection laws in many of our States and in countries around the world.

    The vision and structure established in the Wilderness Act continue to receive broad support. This pioneering law created a framework for bringing Federal public lands under additional protection. Over the past 45 years, the Congress has enacted numerous laws extending wilderness protection to vast swaths of public lands. These laws have enjoyed bipartisan support. Ranchers and anglers, small-business owners and conservationists, and Americans of diverse backgrounds have come together to preserve many of our Nation's most cherished public spaces.

    My Administration has already demonstrated a commitment to protecting our wilderness heritage. On March 30, 2009, I signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which established the most recent additions to our Wilderness System. As my Administration continues to prioritize wilderness protection, we will work closely with the Congress, organizations, and private citizens to ensure that all stakeholders can make their voices heard. United by a common purpose of preserving our precious natural spaces and our wilderness heritage, we will ensure that future generations inherit the unique gift of knowing nature's peace.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2009 as National Wilderness Month. I call upon all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, learn more about our wilderness heritage, and explore what can be done to protect and preserve these precious national treasures.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21701.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Ethics Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Ethics Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the following Subcommittee meeting:

    Time and Date: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., September 24, 2009.

    Place: The teleconference call will originate at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Please see "Supplementary Information'' for details on accessing the teleconference.

    Status: Open to the public, teleconference access limited only by availability of telephone ports. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period which is tentatively scheduled from 12:15 p.m.-12:25 p.m.

    Purpose: The Ethics Subcommittee will provide counsel to the ACD, CDC, regarding a broad range of public health ethics questions and issues arising from programs, scientists and practitioners.

    Matters To Be Discussed: The teleconference agenda will include ethical guidance for ventilator distribution during a pandemic, update on CDC's public health ethics activities, and follow-up on outstanding activities/reports.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Supplementary Information: This conference call is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. To participate in the teleconference, please dial 1/866/919-3560 and enter conference code 4168828. You will then be automatically entered into the call.

    Contact Person for More Information: Drue Barrett, PhD, Designated Federal Officer, Ethics Subcommittee, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., M/S D-50, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone (404/639- 4690. E-mail: dbarrett@cdc.gov.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21920.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Pacific Walrus as Threatened or Endangered

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of 90-day petition finding and initiation of status review.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), and to designate critical habitat. Following a review of the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing this subspecies may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review to determine if listing the Pacific walrus is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding this subspecies.

    DATES: We made the finding announced in this document on September 10, 2009. To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we request that you send us information on or before November 9, 2009.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Search for docket FWS-R7-ES-2009-0051 and then follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R7-ES-2009-0051; 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 details).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosa Meehan, Alaska Regional Office, Marine Mammals Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503; by telephone (800-362-5148); or by facsimile (907-786-3816). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21759.htm

  • Request for Comments on the Strategic Plan Framework as Input for Revision and Updating of the Departmental Strategic Plan

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior is seeking public comment as part of its process to revise and update its current strategic plan.

    DATES: You must submit comments on or before November 10, 2009.

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

    E-mail: StratPlancomments@ios.doi.gov.

    FAX: 202-208-2619.

    Mail: U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary-- Planning and Performance Management, Attention: DOI Strategic Planning Coordinator, 1849 C Street, NW., Mail Stop 5258, Washington, DC 20240- 0001.

    Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made public under certain circumstances. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: LeRon E. Bielak, DOI Strategic Planning Coordinator at (202) 208-5340 or by e-mail at leron_bielak@ios.doi.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21930.htm

  • State

  • Notice of Public Meeting

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), Office of Marine Conservation announces that the Advisory Panel to the U.S. Section of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission will meet on September 23, 2009.

    DATES: The meeting will take place via teleconference on September 23, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.

    Meeting Details: The teleconference call-in number is toll-free 1- 888-456-0348, passcode 20935, and will have a limited number of lines for members of the public to access from anywhere in the United States. Callers will hear instructions for using the passcode and joining the call after dialing the toll-free number noted. Members of the public wishing to participate in the teleconference must contact the OES officer in charge as noted in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below no later than close of business on Monday, September 21, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Field, Office of Marine Conservation, OES, Room 2758, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20520. Telephone (202) 647-3263, fax (202) 736- 7350, e-mail fieldjd@state.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-21702.htm