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Federal Register Summary for week of 9 October

    Commerce

  • Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments and notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces availability for public review and comment of the Draft Central Valley Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan (Draft Plan). The Draft Plan addresses the Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU), the Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha) ESU, and the Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Central Valley Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). NMFS is soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the Draft Plan. In addition, four public meetings will be held in October 2009 as opportunities for providing comments on the Draft Plan (dates to be determined).

    DATES: NMFS will consider and address all substantive comments received during the comment period. Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on December 7, 2009. Public meetings will also be held (see Public Meetings below).

    ADDRESSES: Please send written comments and materials to Brian Ellrott, National Marine Fisheries Service, 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 8- 300, Sacramento, CA 95816. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail to: CentralValleyPlan.SWR@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e- mail comment the following identifier: "Comments on Central Valley Salmon and Steelhead Draft Plan.'' Comments may be submitted via facsimile (fax) to (916) 930-3629.

    Persons wishing to review the Draft Plan can obtain an electronic copy (i.e., CD-ROM) from Aimee Diefenbach by calling (916) 930-3600 or by e-mailing a request to aimee.diefenbach@noaa.gov with the subject line "CD-ROM Request for Central Valley Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Draft Plan.'' Electronic copies of the Draft Plan are also available on-line on the NMFS website http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/recovery/centralvalleyplan.htm.

    The specific dates, times, and locations of public meetings will be posted on this website as they become available.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Ellrott at (916) 930-3612 or Howard Brown, NMFS Sacramento River Basin Branch Chief at (916) 930- 3608.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24224.htm

  • Defense

  • Board on Coastal Engineering Research

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the following committee meeting:

    Name of Committee: Board on Coastal Engineering Research.

    Date of Meeting: November 12-13, 2009.

    Place: Rooms 3M60 and 3M70, GAO Building, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314.

    Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (November 12, 2009). 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (November 13, 2009).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries and notice of intent to attend the meeting may be addressed to COL Gary E. Johnston, Executive Secretary, Engineer Research and Development Center, Waterways Experiment Station, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24437.htm

  • Notice of Meeting of the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DOD.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP) will meet to discuss National Ocean Research Leadership Council (NORLC) and Interagency Committee on Ocean Science and Resource Management Integration (ICOSRMI) activities. All sessions of the meeting will remain open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 18, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. In order to maintain the meeting time schedule, members of the public will be limited in their time to speak to the Panel. Members of the public should submit their comments one week in advance of the meeting to the meeting point of contact.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, 1001 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Charles L. Vincent, Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 22203-1995, telephone (703) 696-4118.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24323.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Meeting Dates and Agenda

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), as previously announced, will have teleconference meetings on October 21, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET; November 18, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET; December 16, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET; February 17, 2010 at 1 p.m. ET; and March 17, 2010 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the ideas and views presented at the previous ELAB meetings, as well as new business. Items to be discussed by ELAB over these coming meetings include: (1) Expanding the number of laboratories seeking National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) accreditation; (2) proficiency testing; (3) ELAB support to the Agency's Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM); (4) implementing the performance approach; and (5) follow-up on some of ELAB's past recommendations and issues. In addition to these teleconferences, ELAB will be hosting their next face-to-face meeting on January 25, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL at 1:30 p.m. (CT).

    Written comments on laboratory accreditation issues and/or environmental monitoring issues are encouraged and should be sent to Ms. Lara P. Autry, DFO, U.S. EPA (E243-05), 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, faxed to (919) 541-4261, or e-mailed to autry.lara@epa.gov. Members of the public are invited to listen to the teleconference calls, and time permitting, will be allowed to comment on issues discussed during this and previous ELAB meetings. Those persons interested in attending should call Lara P. Autry at (919) 541-5544 to obtain teleconference information. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Lara P. Autry at the number above. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Lara P. Autry, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24060.htm

  • Operating Permit Programs; Flexible Air Permitting Rule; Final Rule

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: We are revising the regulations governing State and Federal operating permit programs required by title V of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) to promote flexible air permitting (FAP) approaches that provide greater operational flexibility and, at the same time, ensure environmental protection and compliance with applicable laws.

    The revisions to our title V regulations consist of adding definitions for alternative operating scenario (AOS) and approved replicable methodology (ARM) and codifying some clarifications to existing provisions. These revisions are intended to clarify and reaffirm opportunities for accessing operational flexibility under existing regulations. We are not finalizing any revisions to our existing minor or major New Source Review (NSR) regulations. In particular, we are withdrawing that portion of the proposal which relates to Green Groups and their potential inclusion in NSR programs required by parts C and D of title I of the Act. Instead, we are encouraging States and sources to investigate in more depth the flexibilities currently available under the major NSR regulations.

    DATES: This final rule is effective on November 5, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The EPA established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0087. All documents in the docket are listed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, some information may not be publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air and Radiation Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, Northwest, Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air and Radiation Docket is (202) 566-1742.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general issues concerning this action, please contact Michael Trutna, Air Quality Policy Division (C504-01), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone (919) 541-5345; fax number (919) 541-4028; or electronic mail at trutna.mike@epa.gov.

    For specific issues concerning the pilot permits used to support this rulemaking, contact David Beck, Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, Innovative Pilots Division (C304-05), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone (919) 541-5421; fax number (919) 541-2664; or electronic mail at beck.david@epa.gov.

    For issues relating to monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting for FAPs, contact Barrett Parker, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Measurement Policy Group (D243-03), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone 919-541-5635; fax number (919) 541-1039; or electronic mail at parker.barrett@epa.gov.

    For other part 70 issues, contact Juan Santiago, Operating Permits Group, Air Quality Policy Division (C504-05), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone (919) 541-1084; fax number (919) 541-5509; or electronic mail at santiago.juan@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23794.htm

  • Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD): Reconsideration of Interpretation of Regulations That Determine Pollutants Covered by the Federal PSD Permit Program

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule; reconsideration.


    SUMMARY: In a December 18, 2008 memorandum, EPA established an interpretation of the regulatory phrase "subject to regulation'' that is applied to determine the pollutants subject to the federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). On February 17, 2009, the EPA Administrator granted a petition for reconsideration of the regulatory interpretation in the memorandum. However, the Administrator did not grant a request to stay the memorandum, so the interpretation remains in effect for the federal PSD program pending completion of this reconsideration action. This document implements the grant of reconsideration by discussing and requesting public comment on various interpretations of the regulatory phrase "subject to regulation.'' The interpretations discussed in this document include our current and preferred interpretation, which would make PSD applicable to a pollutant on the basis of an EPA regulation requiring actual control of emissions of a pollutant, as well as interpretations that would make PSD applicable to a pollutant on the basis of an EPA regulation requiring monitoring or reporting of emissions of a pollutant, the inclusion of regulatory requirements for specific pollutants in an EPA-approved state implementation plan (SIP), an EPA finding of endangerment, and the grant of a section 209 waiver. This document also takes comments on related issues and other interpretations that could influence this reconsideration.

    DATES: Comments. Comments must be received on or before December 7, 2009.

    Public Hearing. If anyone contacts EPA requesting a public hearing by October 22, 2009, we will hold a public hearing approximately 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0597, by one of the following methods:

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

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

    Mail: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 6102T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., 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- 2009-0597. 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: The December 18, 2008 interpretive memorandum, the petition for reconsideration, and all other documents in the record for this reconsideration are in Docket ID. No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0597. 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 and Radiation Docket and Information Center, EPA/DC, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center is (202) 566-1742.

    Public Hearing: If a hearing is held, it will be held at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David J. Svendsgaard, Air Quality Policy Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (C504- 03), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-2380; fax number: (919) 541-5509; e- mail address svendsgaard.dave@epa.gov.

    To request a public hearing, please contact Ms. Pam Long, Air Quality Policy Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (C504-03), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-0641; fax number: (919) 541-5509; e-mail address: long.pam@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24196.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

    Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009

    Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to establish an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government and to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for Federal agencies, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. In order to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation's prosperity, promote energy security, protect the interests of taxpayers, and safeguard the health of our environment, the Federal Government must lead by example. It is therefore the policy of the United States that Federal agencies shall increase energy efficiency; measure, report, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from direct and indirect activities; conserve and protect water resources through efficiency, reuse, and stormwater management; eliminate waste, recycle, and prevent pollution; leverage agency acquisitions to foster markets for sustainable technologies and environmentally preferable materials, products, and services; design, construct, maintain, and operate high performance sustainable buildings in sustainable locations; strengthen the vitality and livability of the communities in which Federal facilities are located; and inform Federal employees about and involve them in the achievement of these goals.

    It is further the policy of the United States that to achieve these goals and support their respective missions, agencies shall prioritize actions based on a full accounting of both economic and social benefits and costs and shall drive continuous improvement by annually evaluating performance, extending or expanding projects that have net benefits, and reassessing or discontinuing under-performing projects.

    Finally, it is also the policy of the United States that agencies' efforts and outcomes in implementing this order shall be transparent and that agencies shall therefore disclose results associated with the actions taken pursuant to this order on publicly available Federal websites.

    Continued at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24518.htm

  • National Information Literacy Awareness Month, 2009

    Proclamation 8429 of October 1, 2009

    National Information Literacy Awareness Month, 2009

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    Every day, we are inundated with vast amounts of information. A 24-hour news cycle and thousands of global television and radio networks, coupled with an immense array of online resources, have challenged our long-held perceptions of information management. Rather than merely possessing data, we must also learn the skills necessary to acquire, collate, and evaluate information for any situation. This new type of literacy also requires competency with communication technologies, including computers and mobile devices that can help in our day-to-day decisionmaking. National Information Literacy Awareness Month highlights the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age.

    Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it. Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace. At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries and universities, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise.

    Our Nation's educators and institutions of learning must be aware of--and adjust to--these new realities. In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them. The ability to seek, find, and decipher information can be applied to countless life decisions, whether financial, medical, educational, or technical.

    This month, we dedicate ourselves to increasing information literacy awareness so that all citizens understand its vital importance. An informed and educated citizenry is essential to the functioning of our modern democratic society, and I encourage educational and community institutions across the country to help Americans find and evaluate the information they seek, in all its forms.

    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 October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the important role information plays in our daily lives, and appreciate the need for a greater understanding of its impact.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, 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/E9-24290.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Food and Drug Administration Transparency Task Force; Public Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a second public meeting to discuss issues related to transparency at the agency. The purpose of this public meeting is to receive detailed and in-depth comments on three specific issues related to transparency at FDA. The topics to be covered are early communication about emerging safety issues concerning FDA-regulated products, disclosure of information about product applications that are abandoned (which means that no work is being done or will be undertaken to have the application approved) or withdrawn by the applicant before approval, and communication of agency decisions about pending product applications.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on November 3, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Persons interested in attending and/or participating in the meeting must register by 5 p.m. on October 27, 2009. Submit electronic or written comments by November 6, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, DC 20594. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets at the heading of this document. Submit electronic registration by e-mail to Transparency.Meeting@fda.hhs.gov.

    For Registration to Attend and/or to Participate in the Meeting: If you wish to attend the public meeting, you must register by e-mail (see ADDRESSES) by close of business on October 27, 2009. When registering, you must provide the following information: (1) Your name, (2) title, (3) company or organization (if applicable), (4) mailing address, (5) telephone number, and (6) e-mail address.

    At the time of registration, if you wish to participate in one of the three planned discussion groups, you must indicate which discussion group(s), in rank order (see section III. Issues for Discussion). Please also submit a brief statement that describes your experience with the discussion topic and/or the general nature of what you would like to present about the discussion topic. The Transparency Task Force ("Task Force'') is seeking participants interested in engaging in an in-depth discussion about the considerations and principles the agency should consider with respect to communicating to the public about each of the issues outlined below (see section III. Issues for Discussion).

    Each discussion group will include 4 to 6 people. Only one participant from an organization or company will be assigned to a discussion group. FDA will attempt to have a range of stakeholders participate in each discussion group. Participants will be contacted prior to the meeting with the approximate time the discussion group is scheduled to begin. Others in attendance at the public meeting will have an opportunity to listen to the discussion and comment on the issues discussed during the public comment period that will occur after each discussion group.

    There is no fee to register for the public meeting and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited. Registration on the day of the public meeting will be permitted on a space-available basis beginning at 7:30 a.m.

    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Afia Asamoah (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by October 27, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Afia Asamoah, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Bldg. 1, rm. 2220, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4625, FAX: 301-847-3531, Afia.Asamoah@fda.hhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23916.htm

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

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Director's Council of Public Representatives.

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

    Name of Committee: Director's Council of Public Representatives.

    Date: October 30, 2009.

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

    Agenda: Key topics for this meeting will focus on emerging issues of public importance in biomedical and behavioral research. Further information will be available on the COPR Web site.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Conference Room 6, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Kelli L. Carrington Executive Secretary/Public Liaison Officer, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 1, Room 344, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-594-4575, carringkmaiI.nih.gov.

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

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23800.htm

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

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

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

    Name of Committee: Council of Councils.

    Date: November 16-17, 2009.

    Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Agenda: Among the topics proposed for discussion are: updates on the Common Fund, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and NIH Roadmap initiatives; role of the Council.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31C, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Robin Kawazoe, Executive Secretary, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, NIH, Building 1, Room 260B, Bethesda, MD 20892, kawazoer@mail.nih.gov.

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

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuffles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.14, Intramural Research Training Award; 93.22, Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds; 93.232, Loan Repayment Program for Research Generally; 93.39, Academic Research Enhancement Award; 93.936, NIH Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Research Loan Repayment Program; 93.187, Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, National Institutes of Health, HHS)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24279.htm

  • Interior

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    DATES: The ANS Task Force will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4 through Thursday, November 5, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The ANS Task Force meeting will take place at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301-713-0174). You may inspect minutes of the meeting at the office of the Chief, Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. You may also view the minutes on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http://anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Mangin, ANS Task Force, Executive Secretary, at (703) 358-2466, or by e-mail at Susan_Mangin@fws.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24333.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Southwest Alaska Distinct Population Segment of the Northern Sea Otter

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are designating critical habitat for the southwest Alaska Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 15,164 square kilometers (km2) (5,855 square miles (mi2)) fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. All the critical habitat is located in Alaska.

    DATES: This rule becomes effective on November 9, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The final rule and final economic analysis are available for viewing at http://regulations.gov. Detailed color maps of areas designated as critical habitat are available for viewing at http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/seaotters/criticalhabitat.htm. Supporting documentation we used in preparing this final rule is available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503; telephone 907/786-3800; facsimile 907/786-3816.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas M. Burn, Wildlife Biologist, Marine Mammals Management Office (see ADDRESSES section). 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/E9-24087.htm

  • Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee; Announcement of Public Teleconference and Webcast

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public teleconference and Webcast.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will host a Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting via Webcast and teleconference, on October 14, 2009. This meeting is open to the public but will be limited to 75 public participants. The meeting agenda will include a briefing and discussion of the current draft Recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior. The Service is hosting this meeting with less than 15 days' notice under exceptional circumstances. The Committee will terminate on October 26, 2009, unless it is renewed prior to that date. The Committee will therefore need this meeting to finalize its draft Recommendations in the case that the Committee is not renewed.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will take place on October 14, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Pre-meeting Public Registration: If you are a member of the public wishing to participate in the October 14, 2009, meeting, you must register online by October 13, 2009 (see "Meeting Participation Information'' in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel London, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, (703) 358-2161.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24230.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).

    Dates/Time: October 26, 2009, 8:30 a.m.--5:30 p.m., October 27, 2009, 8:30 a.m.--11 a.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your access into the building, please contact the individual listed below prior to the meeting so that a visitors' badge may be prepared for you in advance.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Liaison, Office of Integrative Activities/OD, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 Telephone Numbers: (703) 292-4216, 703-292-8040 mtolbert@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Minutes may be obtained from the Executive Liaison at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study programs and policies and provide to NSF advice and recommendations concerning broadening the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering.

    Agenda

    Monday, October 26, 2009

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair.

    Presentations and Discussions:

    Women and Girls in the STEM Fields: A Comprehensive Approach to Achieving Equity

    Education in the National Science and Technology Council

    A Conversation with the Director of the National Science Foundation

    Plans for the 2009-2010 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress

    The Role of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs in Fostering a Work Environment of Diversity and Inclusion

    Enhancing Engineering through Broadening Experiences

    Charges for and Membership of the CEOSE Ad Hoc Subcommittees

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair.

    Presentations and Discussions:

    Plans for the CEOSE Mini-Symposium on Women of Color in STEM: Perspectives on Experiences, Research, Evaluation, and Policy in Higher Education and Careers

    Report by CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees

    Completion of Unfinished Business

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24367.htm