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Federal Register Summary for week of 25 September

    Commerce

  • Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas; Second Fall Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In preparation for the 2009 ICCAT meeting, the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will convene its second and final fall meeting in October 2009.

    DATES: The meeting will be held October 15-16, 2009. There will be an open session the morning of Thursday, October 15, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The remainder of the meeting will be closed to the public. Oral and written comments can be presented during the public comment session on October 15, 2009. Written comments on issues being considered at the meeting should be received no later than October 8, 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/E9-23251.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force--Interim Report

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, "Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.''


    SUMMARY: On June 12, 2009, the President established an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. The President's memorandum charged the Task Force with, within 90 days, developing recommendations that include: (1) A national policy for the oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes; (2) a United States framework for policy coordination of efforts to improve stewardship of the oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes; and (3) an implementation strategy that identifies and prioritizes a set of objectives the United States should pursue to meet the objectives of a national policy.

    On September 10, 2009, the Task Force submitted its interim report to the President addressing the first three tasks outlined above. To allow for additional public engagement and comment before the President makes any final decision on the interim report, the Task Force is issuing it for a 30-day public comment period.

    DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before October 17, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The Task Force Interim Report is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/oceans.

    Comments on the Task Force Interim Report should be submitted electronically to http://www.whitehouse.gov/oceans or in writing to the Council on Environmental Quality, Attn: Michael Weiss, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Weiss, Deputy Associate Director for Ocean and Coastal Policy, at (202) 456-6224.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22868.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Carbon Monoxide

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of a document titled, "Integrated Science Assessment for Carbon Monoxide--Second External Review Draft'' (EPA/600/R-09/019B). This draft 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 carbon monoxide.

    EPA is releasing this draft document to seek review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public. The draft document does not represent and should not be construed to represent any final EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any timely public comments submitted in response to this notice when revising the document.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 13, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The "Integrated Science Assessment for Carbon Monoxide-- Second External Review Draft'' will be 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, "Integrated Science Assessment for Carbon Monoxide--Second External Review Draft'' (EPA/600/R-09/019B) to facilitate processing of your request.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact Dr. Thomas C. Long, NCEA; telephone: 919-541-1880; facsimile: 919-541-2985; or e-mail: long.tom@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22953.htm

  • Exposure Modeling Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the location and time for the Exposure Modeling Public Meeting (EMPM) and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on September 29, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 1st Floor South Conference Room, 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tiffany Mason, Environmental Fate and Effects Division (7507P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 347-8648; fax number: (703) 305-6309; e- mail address: mason.tiffany@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22914.htm

  • Final Risk and Exposure Assessment Report for Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability of final report.


    SUMMARY: On or about September 15, 2009, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) of EPA is making available a final report, Risk and Exposure Assessment for Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur: Final Report. The purpose of this document is to convey the approach taken to assess environmental exposures to ambient oxides of nitrogen and sulfur and to characterize associated public welfare risks, as well as to present the results of those assessments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Anne Rea, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail code C539-02), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; e-mail: rea.anne@epa.gov; telephone: 919-541-0053; fax: 919-541-0840.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22951.htm

  • NACEPT Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the NACEPT Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship.

    The purpose of the Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship (SPES) of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) is to advise the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on how to promote environmental stewardship practices that encompass all environmental aspects of an organization in the regulated community and other sectors, as appropriate, in order to enhance human health and environmental protection. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://epa.gov/ncei/dialogue.htm. This Web site also includes the charge of the SPES, which provides further information about the purpose of the Subcommittee.

    The agenda for the subject meeting will focus on discussions among the three current Subcommittee workgroups: (1) Gap Analysis Workgroup, which is exploring how stewardship activities may accomplish Agency goals that are not covered by statute or regulation; (2) Short-term Recommendations Workgroup, which is looking at relatively simple and quick actions for EPA to implement in the short term to promote stewardship; and (3) Long-term Recommendations Workgroup, which is exploring EPA's role in addressing issues that invite and require a cross-sector, cross-media, and long-term perspective (e.g., climate change and energy use).

    DATES: The NACEPT Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship will hold an open meeting on October 6 (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) and October 7, 2009 (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) Eastern standard time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, One Potomac Yard, Conference Center South (Room S-4370-80, Fourth Floor), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Langton, Designated Federal Officer, langton.regina@epa.gov, 202-566-2178, U.S. EPA Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation (MC1807T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23049.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office Request for Nominations of Experts To Provide Advice on Ecological Impacts Associated With Mountaintop Mining and Valley-Fill Operations

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting nominations to form an ad hoc panel, under the auspices of the SAB, to provide expert advice to the EPA on a draft assessment of the ecological impacts associated with a surface coal mining technique known as mountaintop mining and valley-fill where mining overburden is placed in adjacent valleys. This assessment is being prepared by EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) at the request of EPA's Regional Office in Philadelphia, PA (Region 3).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by October 16, 2009 per the instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this request for nominations may contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9946; by fax at (202) 233-0643 or via e-mail at hanlon.edward@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab. Any inquiry regarding EPA's Region 3 activities related to mountaintop mining and valley-fill operations should be directed to Mr. John Forren, Associate Director for Monitoring and Assessment, Environmental Assessment and Innovation Division, Region 3 EPA, who may be contacted via telephone at (215) 814-2705 or by e-mail at forren.john@epa.gov. Any inquiry regarding EPA's ORD draft assessment on the ecological impacts of mountaintop mining and valley- fill operations should be directed to Dr. Michael Slimak, Associate Director of Ecology, National Center for Environmental Assessment, who may be contacted via telephone at (703) 347-8524 or by e-mail at slimak.michael@epa.gov. The public release of this assessment, which is expected in mid-November 2009, will be announced in the Federal Register and posted on the NCEA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23231.htm

  • SFIREG Environmental Quality Issues Working Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Environmental Quality Issues (EQI) Working Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on October 19, 2009 and ending October 20, 2009. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, October 19, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m to 12 noon on Tuesday October 20, 2009

    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The open meeting will be held at EPA. One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.) 2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington VA. 1st Floor South Conference Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Kendall, Field and External Affairs Division (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5561 fax number: (703) 308-1850; e- mail address: kendall.ron@epa.gov. or Grier Stayton, SFIREG Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 466, Milford DE 19963; telephone number (302) 422- 8152; fax (302) 422-2435; e-mail address: grierstaytonaapco-sfireg@comcast.net.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22620.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of Biotechnology Activities; Recombinant DNA Research: Actions Under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines)

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of changes to the NIH Guidelines.


    SUMMARY: Concerns about the emergence of a pandemic influenza virus have spurred research on influenza viruses that have either caused pandemics or are believed to have the potential to cause a pandemic. These viruses include human H2N2 virus, which circulated from 1957- 1968, the 1918-1919 H1N1, which caused the deadliest pandemic in the past century, and the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus that is thought to have pandemic potential. The public health benefits of this research include developing a better understanding of the pathogenicity of pandemic influenza viruses, their virulence mechanisms, mechanisms of host adaptation, and ultimately the development of vaccines and antiviral drugs. These benefits are balanced against the potential risks that might include the inadvertent release of a highly transmissible and potentially virulent influenza virus. Consequently, explicit and uniform biosafety containment practices are critical to the safe conduct of research with these agents. The NIH Guidelines provide a framework for assessing the risks of such research. However, after extensive consultation with the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC), experts in biosafety and influenza, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) concluded that more specific guidance in the NIH Guidelines is warranted to promote uniform biosafety practices for recombinant research with these viruses.

    The resulting amendments are "Minor Actions'' under Section IV-C- 1-(b)-2 of the NIH Guidelines and, therefore, will be implemented immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. While a Minor Action only requires consultation with the RAC chair and one or more RAC members, as necessary, as noted above, these changes were developed after extensive consultation with the full RAC and other experts and were discussed at three public RAC meetings. The RAC voted on March 4, 2009 to recommend these changes. They are being published to inform the scientific and biosafety communities, as well as to solicit continued scientific input should further revisions be needed.

    The NIH Guidelines are being changed to provide the following biosafety guidance for research with potentially pandemic influenza viruses:

    Designation of human H2N2 viruses that circulated from 1957-1968 (human H2N2 (1957-1968)), the fully reconstructed 1918-1919 H1N1 influenza virus (1918 H1N1), and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 within the Goose/Guangdong/96-like H5 lineage (HPAI H5N1) as Risk Group 3 agents. Risk Group 3 agents have the potential to cause serious or lethal disease in humans for which preventative and therapeutic measures may be available. Up until this revision, all influenza viruses (Orthomyxoviruses) were Risk Group 2 agents, which are agents that are associated with human disease that is rarely serious and for which preventative and therapeutic agents are often available.

    Requirement for enhanced biosafety practices, including the use of powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) and other personal protective equipment to prevent laboratory worker exposure and minimize the risk of spread outside of the laboratory.

    Guidance on the containment for research with influenza viruses generated by recombinant methods (e.g., generation by reverse genetics of chimeric viruses with reassorted segments, introduction of specific mutations) containing one or more genes and/or segments from human H2N2 (1957-1968), 1918 H1N1 or HPAI H5N1. For 1918 H1N1, the NIH Guidelines will require Biosafety Level 3 enhanced containment for all influenza viruses that contain one of more genes and/or segments from 1918 H1N1 because of the uncertainty about the virulence factors for this agent.

    Guidance on occupational health practices, including policies regarding the use of prophylactic antiviral agents and isolation of laboratory workers who are exposed to one of these viruses.

    DATES: The public is encouraged to submit written comments on this action. Comments may be submitted to OBA in paper or electronic form at the OBA mailing, fax, and e-mail addresses shown below under the heading FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All comments should be submitted by September 22, 2010. All written comments received in response to this notice will be available for public inspection in the NIH OBA office, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, MSC 7985, Bethesda, MD 20892-7985, weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and may be posted to OBA's Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: If you have questions, or require additional information about these changes, please contact OBA by e-mail at oba@od.nih.gov, or telephone at 301-496-9838. Comments may be submitted to the same e-mail address or by fax at 301-496-9839 or by mail to the Office of Biotechnology Activities, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, MSC 7985, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7985. Background information may be obtained by contacting NIH OBA by e-mail at oba@od.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22693.htm

  • Proposed Collection: Comment Request; 0MB No. 0925-0601/exp. 2/ 28/2010, Request for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Line To Be Approved for Use in NIH Funded Research

    SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Office of Extramural Research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (0MB) for review and approval.

    Proposed Collection: Title: Request for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Line to be Approved for Use in NIH Funded Research. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension, 0MB 0925-0601, Expiration Date 2/28/ 2010. Form Number: 2890. The form is used by applicants to request that human embryonic stem cell lines be approved for use in NIH funded research. Applicants may submit applications at any time; this request is a one-time submission. Affected Public: Business or other for- profit; Not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; and State, Local or Tribal Government. Type of Respondents: Adult scientific professionals. The annual reporting burden is as follows:

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1; Average Burden Hours Per Response: 3; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 300. The estimated annualized cost to respondents is $10,500.

    Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Ms. Mikia Currie, Division of Grants Policy, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, NIH, Rockledge 1 Building, Room 3505, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7974, or call non-toll-free number 301-435-0941, or E-mail your request, including your address to: [curriem@od.nih.gov].

    Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days of the date of this publication.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23078.htm

  • Homeland Security

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

    AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: This notice provides the times and locations of the first two of six public meetings which will be held by the Coast Guard (USCG) regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled "Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters'' that published in the Federal Register on Friday, August 28, 2009.

    DATES: Public meetings will be held in the Seattle, WA (September 28, 2009), New Orleans, LA (September 30, 2009), Chicago, IL (October 2, 2009), Washington, DC (October 8, 2009), Oakland, CA (October 27, 2009), and New York, NY (October 29, 2009) areas to provide opportunities for oral comments. The comment period for the NPRM closes on November 27, 2009. All comments and related material submitted after a meeting 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: The dates and locations of the first two public meetings are provided in the following table. All meetings will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. local time unless otherwise noted. The meetings may conclude before the allotted time if all matters of discussion have been addressed.

    Date: 9/28/2009 Location: Hotel 1000 Seattle, 1000 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

    Date: 09/30/2009 Location: Hotel Monteleone, 214 Rue Royal, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Date: 10/02/2009 Location: TBD, Chicago, IL

    Date: 10/08/2009 Location: TBD, Washington, DC

    Date: 10/27/2009 Location: TBD, Oakland, CA

    Date: 10/29/2009 Location: TBD, New York, NY

    You may submit written comments identified by docket number USCG- 2001-10486 before or after the meeting 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. Our online docket for this rulemaking is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov under docket number USCG-2001-10486.

    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 V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366- 9826.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22944.htm

  • National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

  • Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee, National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Technology; Nanomaterials and the Environment & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods Workshop: Nanotechnology Primer Public

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a Nanotechnology Primer public pre-meeting on October 5, 2009, prior to the public meeting on Nanomaterials and the Environment & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods Workshop. The purpose of this pre-meeting is to provide general background material about nanotechnology and Federal nanotechnology research to participants.

    DATES: A Nanotechnology Primer public pre-meeting will be held on Monday, October 5, 2009 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Nanotechnology Primer public pre-meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn-Key Bridge, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209 (Metro stop: Rosslyn on the Orange and Blue lines). For directions, please see http://www.holidayinn.com.

    Registration: Due to space limitations, pre-registration for the workshop is required. People interested in attending the workshop and/ or the Nanotechnology Primer should register online at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/environment/register.html. Written notices of participation by e-mail should be sent to environment@nnco.nano.gov. Written notices may be mailed to the Environment & IMA Workshop, c/o NNCO, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will close on October 2, 2009 at 4 p.m. EDT.

    Information about the meeting, including the agenda, is posted at http://www.nano.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Liesl Heeter, telephone (703) 292-4533, or Heather Evans, telephone (703) 292-7916, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office. E-mail: environment@nnco.nano.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23138.htm

  • Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee, National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Technology; Nanomaterials and the Environment & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods Workshop: Public Meeting

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a workshop on October 6-7, 2009, to provide an open forum to discuss the state-of-the-art of the science related to environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials in two areas: Nanomaterials and the Environment & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods. These are two of the five environmental, health, and safety research categories identified in the NSET Subcommittee document Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research (http://www.nano.gov/NNIEHSResearch_Strategy.pdf), which was released February 14, 2008.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn- Key Bridge, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209 (Metro stop: Rosslyn on the Orange and Blue lines). For directions, please see http://www.holidayinn.com.

    Registration: Due to space limitations, pre-registration for the workshop is required. People interested in attending the workshop should register online at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/environment/register.html. Written notices of participation by e-mail should be sent to environment@nnco.nano.gov. Written notices may be mailed to the Environment & IMA Workshop, c/o NNCO, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will close on October 1, 2009 at 4 p.m. EDT.

    Those interested in presenting 3-5 minutes of public comments at the meeting should also register at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/environment/register.html. Written or electronic comments should be submitted by e-mail to environment@nnco.nano.gov until October 31, 2009.

    Information about the meeting, including the agenda, is posted at http://www.nano.gov.

    The main sessions will be Web cast. Please see http://www.nano.gov for more information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Liesl Heeter, telephone (703) 292-4533, or Heather Evans, telephone (703) 292-7916, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office. E-mail: environment@nnco.nano.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23142.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Notice of Meeting: Meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    ACTION: Public notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

    DATES: October 22, 2009-October 23, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Washington, DC. The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2100 C Street, NW., Washington, DC.

    Type of Meeting: Open and Closed. Details on the meeting agenda will be posted on the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/pcast.

    Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on October 22, 2009 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., when they will break for lunch. They will resume meeting in open session from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. On October 23, 2009, PCAST will meet in open session from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., when they will break for lunch. They will resume meeting in open session from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. During these open meetings, PCAST is tentatively scheduled to hear presentations from representatives of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Energy, the Department of State, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institutes of Health, and non- governmental leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

    Speakers will focus on the issues of STEM education or the role of science and technology in international development activities. In addition, PCAST will discuss possible studies it may conduct regarding the health and the life sciences; energy, climate, and the environment; innovation and technology; international security; economic development; and interdisciplinary aspects of science and technology. Additional information and the agenda will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/pcast.

    PCAST may hold a closed meeting of approximately 1 hour with the President, which must take place in the White House for the President's scheduling convenience and to maintain Secret Service protection. This meeting will be closed to the public because such portion of the meeting is likely to disclose matters that are to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1). The precise date and time of this potential meeting has not yet been determined.

    Public Comments: There will be time allocated for the public to comment on the above agenda items the morning of October 23, 2009. This public comment period is designed for substantive commentary on PCAST's work topics, not for business marketing purposes.

    Members of the public wishing to reserve speaking time must contact Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6006, or fax your request/comments to (202) 456-6021, at least five (5) business days in advance of the meeting. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) to five (5) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 30 minutes. Requests for public comment will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis. The time available to speakers will be determined based on the number of requests received by the deadline. Speakers are asked to bring extra copies of their comments and/or presentation for distribution to PCAST at the meeting.

    Written comments are also welcome at any time before or following the meeting. Written comments received at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting will be made available to the members before their meeting. Written comments received after that point may not be reviewed by the members until after the meeting takes place.

    Please note that because PCAST operates under FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, including being posted on the PCAST Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Information regarding agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting will be made available on the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/pcast. A live video Web cast and an archive of the Web cast after the event will be available at http://www.ostp.gov/cs/pcast. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6006, or fax your request/comments to (202) 456-6021 prior to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2009. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23253.htm