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Federal Register Summary for week of 16 October

    Agriculture

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council will meet in Washington, DC, October 28-29, 2009. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss emerging issues in urban and community forestry, work on Council administrative items and hear public input related to urban and community forestry.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 28-29, 2009, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until Council business is completed.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Franklin Court Building, Washington, DC, 1099 14th Street, NW., Suite 5500 W, Washington, DC, Phone: 202-273-4695. Written comments concerning this meeting should be addressed to Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, 201 14th St., SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250-1151. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to nstremple@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 202-690- 5792.

    All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at 201 14th St., SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 202-205-1054 to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, 201 14th St., SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250-1151, phone 202-205-1054.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24607.htm

  • Commerce

  • Changes to Practice for Continued Examination Filings, Patent Applications Containing Patentably Indistinct Claims, and Examination of Claims in Patent Applications

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) published a final rule in the Federal Register in August of 2007 to revise the rules of practice for patent cases pertaining to continuing applications and requests for continued examination practices, and for the examination of claims in patent applications (Claims and Continuations Final Rule). The Office is revising the rules of practice in this final rule to remove the changes in the Claims and Continuations Final Rule from the Code of Federal Regulations.

    DATES: Effective Date: October 14, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert W. Bahr, Senior Patent Counsel, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, by telephone at (571) 272-8800; or by mail addressed to: Mail Stop Comments Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24667.htm

  • Science Advisory Board (SAB); Meetings

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Tuesday November 3, 2009, from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Wednesday, November 4, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held both days at the Hilton Washington DC/Silver Spring, 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov for confirmation of the venue and for directions.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30- minute public comment period on November 3 at 4:15 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by October 29, 2009 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after October 29, 2009, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first- come, first-served basis.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Report from the Climate Working Group Review of NOAA Climate Information Products and Applications (2) Preliminary Draft Report from the Oceans and Health Working Group; (3) Final Report from the SAB Census of Marine Life Subcommittee; (4) NOAA Response to the SAB Report "Fire Weather Research in NOAA: A Burning Agenda for NOAA''; (5) Overview of the Report from the President's Ocean Policy Task Force; (6) NOAA Strategy in the Arctic and (7) An Overview of Marine Spatial Planning and related technology issues.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459, E-mail: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24669.htm

  • Energy

  • Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy, Office of Science.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melea Baker, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research; SC-21/Germantown Building; U.S. Department of Energy; 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290; Telephone 301-903-7486 (E-mail: Melea.Baker@science.doe.gov).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24796.htm

  • Production Incentives for Cellulosic Biofuels; Reverse Auction Procedures and Standards

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) today publishes a final rule establishing the procedures and standards for reverse auctions of production incentives for cellulosic biofuels pursuant to section 942 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).

    DATES: This final rule is effective November 16, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lawrence J. Russo, Jr., Office of Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Mailstop EE-2E, Room 5H021, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-5618 or larry.russo@ee.doe.gov; or Mr. Edward Myers, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy, Mailstop GC-72, Room 6B-256, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-3397 or edward.myers@hq.doe.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24778.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board (SAB)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Chartered SAB to: Discuss EPA's updated long range strategic research directions, conduct one or more quality reviews of draft SAB panel reports, and plan for future SAB activities.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Monday, November 9, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Tuesday, November 10, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary, NC 27513; telephone (919) 677-1840.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the meeting may contact Mr. Thomas Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 343- 9982; fax (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at miller.tom@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24683.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Request for Nominations for Voting Members To Serve on the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' (NIEHS) Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmenta

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    National Institutes of Health

    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Request for Nominations for Voting Members To Serve on the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' (NIEHS) Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee

    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health is requesting nominations for members to serve on the Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee. This Committee will coordinate information on existing activities related to breast cancer and environmental research and make recommendations to the National Institutes of Health and other Federal agencies on how to improve existing research programs.

    DATES: Nominations received on or before December 1, 2009 will be considered in a pool of candidates gathered from numerous sources for membership on the Committee. Nominations received after December 1, 2009 will be considered for future vacancies.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations for membership should be sent to the contact person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Collins, Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, P.O. Box 12233, MD K3-12, RTP, NC 27709, Phone: 919- 541-0117, FAX: 919-316-4606, E-mail: collins6@niehs.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24969.htm

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

    AGENCY: Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. Appendix 2, notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold its twenty-first meeting. The meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Wednesday, October 28, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Sheraton National Hotel, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204. Phone: 703-521-1900.

    FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), or Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; 240-453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; e-mail address: sachrp@osophs.dhhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24482.htm

  • Homeland Security

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

    AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment periods.


    SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is extending the periods for public comment on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for the rulemaking entitled "Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water'' (Docket No. USCG-2001-10486).

    DATES: Comments and related material for the NPRM and the DPEIS must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before the new date for the close of the comment period, December 4, 2009, or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

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

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

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

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

    (4) Fax: 202-493-2251.

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

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24745.htm

  • Interior

  • Notice of Meeting of the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group Aviation Rulemaking Committee

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS), in accordance with the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000, announce the next meeting of the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). This notification provides the dates, location, and agenda for the meeting.

    Dates and Location: The NPOAG ARC will meet on November 4-5, 2009. The meeting will take place at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, Dayton, OH. The meeting will be held at the Wright- Dunbar Interpretive Center's conference room located at 16 South Williams Street, Dayton, OH 45402. The phone number is (937) 225-7705. The meetings will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 4th and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 5th. This NPOAG meeting will be open to the public.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry Brayer, AWP-1SP, Special Programs Staff, Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region Headquarters, P.O. Box 92007, Los Angeles, CA 90009-2007, telephone: (310) 725-3800, e-mail: Barry.Brayer@faa.gov, or Karen Trevino, National Park Service, Natural Sounds Program, 1201 Oakridge Dr., Suite 100, Fort Collins, CO 80525, telephone: (970) 225-3563, e-mail: Karen_Trevino@nps.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24671.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; 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: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (1119).

    Date/Time: November 4, 2009; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 5, 2009; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation Headquarters, Stafford Place II--Room 555, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: James Colby, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-5331 jcolby@nsf.gov.

    If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF, please contact the individual listed above so your name may be added to the building access list. Please report to the North Doors of NSF [corner of N. Stuart and N. Ninth Streets]. After receiving a Visitors Badge, staff will guide you to conference room 555 in the adjacent Stafford II annex of NSF].

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    Agenda

    November 4, 2009

    I. Acting Assistant Director's Remarks. II. Discussion of Interagency Collaborations: U.S. Department of Education. III. Discussion of Cyberlearning: International Context. IV. Visit From the Office of the NSF Director. V. Discussion of Interagency Collaborations (continued): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. VI. Discussion of NSF-wide Collaborations. VII. Review and Acceptance of Committee of Visitor Reports: Advanced Technological Education. Research on Gender in Science and Engineering. Research in Disabilities Education. Graduate Research Fellowships. Discovery Research K-12. Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering. Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program.

    November 5, 2009

    I. Subcommittee Meetings and Reports. II. Future Issues for Consideration.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24816.htm

  • Tennessee Valley Authority

  • Meeting of the Regional Resource Stewardship Council

    AGENCY: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The TVA Regional Resource Stewardship Council (RRSC) will hold a meeting on Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30, 2009, to consider various matters.

    The RRSC was established to advise TVA on its natural resource stewardship activities. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, (FACA).

    The management of the Tennessee Valley reservoirs and the lands adjacent to them has long been integral components of TVA's mission. As part of implementing the TVA Environmental Policy, TVA is developing a Natural Resource Plan (NRP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the process established by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that will help prioritize techniques for the management of TVA's sustainable land use activities, natural resource management activities, and water resource protection and improvement activities. TVA would like to utilize the RRSC as a key stakeholder group throughout the EIS period to advise TVA on the issues, tradeoffs, and focus of environmental stewardship activities. At the October meeting, TVA will be seeking advice from the Council on issues regarding the scope and direction of the study.

    TVA will also be seeking recommendations and advice on the NRP objectives and activities that complement the use of public lands with the protection of these natural resources.

    The meeting agenda includes the following:

    1. Introductions.

    2. Informational Items and Project Updates (Kingston Fly Ash Recovery Efforts, Integrated Resource Plan status, and carbon legislation).

    3. RRSC Discussion Topic: Natural Resource Plan (e.g. Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Land Use, and Water Protection).

    4. Public Comments.

    5. Council Discussion and Advice.

    The TVA RRSC will hear opinions and views of citizens by providing a public comment session. The public comment session will be held at 10 a.m., EDT, on Friday, October 30. Persons wishing to speak are requested to register at the door by 9 a.m., on Friday, October 30, and will be called on during the public comment period. Handout materials should be limited to one printed page. Written comments are also invited and may be mailed to the Regional Resource Stewardship Council, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT-11B, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 29, from, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, October 20, from 8 a.m.-12 Noon, EDT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Auditorium of the TVA Headquarters at 400 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902, and will be open to the public. Anyone needing special access or accommodations should let the contact below know at least a week in advance.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Keel, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT-11B, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902, (865) 632-6113.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24588.htm

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