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Federal Register Summary for week of 30 October

    Arctic Research Commission

  • Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 91st meeting in Cambridge, VA on November 9-11, 2009. The Business Session, open to the public, will convene at 9:30 a.m. Monday, November 9, 2009 in Cambridge, VA. An Executive Session will follow adjournment of the Business Session.

    The Agenda items include:

    (1) Call to order and approval of the Agenda;

    (2) Approval of the Minutes of the 90th Meeting;

    (3) Commissioners and Staff Reports;

    (4) Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research activities.

    The focus of the meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic.

    Any person planning to attend this meeting who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission in advance of those needs.

    Contact Person for More Information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-25514.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel

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

    ACTION: Notice; solicitation of nominations.


    SUMMARY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of the AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill one-third (10) of the seats on the HMS AP for a 3-year appointment. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations will be considered for membership in the AP.

    DATES: Nominations must be received on or before November 25, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and requests for the Advisory Panel Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the following methods:

    Email: HMSAP.Nominations@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following identifier: "HMS AP Nominations.''

    Mail: Brian Parker, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Fax: 301-713-1917.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Cooper at (301) 713-2347 x112.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-25753.htm

  • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: This proposed regulatory amendment would authorize the NMFS Northeast Regional Administrator (RA), or the RA's designee, to issue a Letter of Authorization (LOA) to eligible researchers on board federally permitted fishing vessels that plan to temporarily possess fish in a manner not compliant with applicable fishing regulations, for the purpose of collecting scientific data on catch. Currently, federally permitted fishing vessels that carry research personnel during commercial fishing trips for the purpose of collecting catch data before discarding fish that otherwise could not be retained are required to obtain an exempted fishing permit (EFP) in order to conduct their sampling work, which is administratively burdensome and has resulted in the delay and lost opportunity to conduct important fishery research.

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before November 25, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by 0648-AY09, by any one of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

    Mail: Paper, disk, or CD-ROM comments should be sent to Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope, "Comments on the Proposed Rule to Modify Northeast Region Experimental Fishing Regulations.''

    Fax: (978) 281-9135; attention Ryan Silva.

    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.

    NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Silva, Cooperative Research Liaison, phone (978) 281-9326, fax (978) 281-9135.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-25713.htm

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). This will be the second meeting to be held in the calendar year 2009. Agenda topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. All full Committee sessions will be open to the public.

    DATES: The meetings will be held November 10-12, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Crowne Plaza Washington DC/ Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301- 589-0800.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 713-2239 x-120; e-mail: Mark.Holliday@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-25717.htm

  • U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; Notice of public comment.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. The meeting will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This meeting, the 22nd biannual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among Federal agencies, State and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. Please register in advance by visiting the Web site listed below. This meeting has time allotted for public comment. All public comment must be submitted in written format. A written summary of the meeting will be posted on the Web site within two months of its occurrence.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Monday, November 2, on Tuesday, November 3, and Thursday, November 5, 2009. Workshops will be held in advance of the meeting on Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31. Registration is requested for all events associated with the meetings. Advance public comments can be submitted to the e-mail, fax, or mailing address listed below from Friday, October 2-Friday, October 16.

    Location: The meeting will be held at the Caribe Hilton, 1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Thur, NOAA U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Steering Committee Point of Contact, Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 (Phone: 301-713-3155, ext. 147, Fax: 301-713-4389, e-mail: Steve.Thur (noaa.gov, Sarah Bobbe, U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Department of the Interior liaison, 1849 C Street, NW., Room 5013, Washington, DC 20240 (Phone: 202-208-1378, e-mail: Sarah Bobbeios.doi.gov, or visit the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Web site at http://www.coralreef.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-25511.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts for the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Lead Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing the formation of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Lead Review Panel. The SAB Staff Office is soliciting public nominations for this Panel.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by November 18, 2009 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Request for Nominations may contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9878; by fax at (202) 233-0643; or via e-mail at yeow.aaron@epa.gov. General information concerning the CASAC or the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-25987.htm

  • Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: EPA is promulgating a regulation to require reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy. The final rule applies to fossil fuel suppliers and industrial gas suppliers, direct greenhouse gas emitters and manufacturers of heavy-duty and off- road vehicles and engines. The rule does not require control of greenhouse gases, rather it requires only that sources above certain threshold levels monitor and report emissions.

    DATES: The final rule is effective on December 29, 2009. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of December 29, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0508. All documents in the docket are listed on the www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., confidential business information (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 www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at EPA's Docket Center, Public Reading Room, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004. This Docket Facility 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 Docket is (202) 566-1742.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carole Cook, Climate Change Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (MC-6207J), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9263; fax number: (202) 343-2342; e-mail address: GHGReportingRule@epa.gov. For technical information and implementation materials, please go to the Web site www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html. You may also contact the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule Hotline at telephone number: (877) 444-1188; or e-mail: ghgmrr@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23315.htm

  • Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to tailor the major source applicability thresholds for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and title V programs of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and to set a PSD significance level for GHG emissions. This proposal is necessary because EPA expects soon to promulgate regulations under the CAA to control GHG emissions and, as a result, trigger PSD and title V applicability requirements for GHG emissions. If PSD and title V requirements apply at the applicability levels provided under the CAA, State permitting authorities would be paralyzed by permit applications in numbers that are orders of magnitude greater than their current administrative resources could accommodate. On the basis of the legal doctrines of "absurd results'' and "administrative necessity,'' this proposed rule would phase in the applicability thresholds for both the PSD and title V programs for sources of GHG emissions. The first phase, which would last 6 years, would establish a temporary level for the PSD and title V applicability thresholds at 25,000 tons per year (tpy), on a "carbon dioxide equivalent'' (CO2e) basis, and a temporary PSD significance level for GHG emissions of between 10,000 and 25,000 tpy CO2e. EPA would also take other streamlining actions during this time. Within 5 years of the final version of this rule, EPA would conduct a study to assess the administrability issues. Then, EPA would conduct another rulemaking, to be completed by the end of the sixth year, that would promulgate, as the second phase, revised applicability and significance level thresholds and other streamlining techniques, as appropriate.

    DATES: Comments. Comments must be received on or before December 28, 2009. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on the information collection provisions are best assured of having full effect if the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) receives a copy of your comments on or before November 27, 2009.

    Public Hearing: If anyone contacts us requesting to speak at a public hearing on or before November 16, 2009, we will hold a public hearing approximately 30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2009-0517 by one of the following methods:

    http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0517.

    E-mail: a-and-r-docket@epa.gov. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0517.

    Fax: (202) 566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR- 2009-0517.

    Mail: EPA Docket Center, EPA West (Air Docket), Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0517, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please include a total of 2 copies. In addition, please mail a copy of your comments on the information collection provisions to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attn: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Hand Delivery: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA West (Air Docket), 1301 Constitution Avenue, Northwest, Room 3334, Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0517. 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- 2009-0517. 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, avoid any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket, visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Docket. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air 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 Docket is (202) 566-1742.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Joseph Mangino, Air Quality Policy Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (C504-03), Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-9778; fax number: (919) 541-5509; e-mail address: mangino.joseph@epa.gov.

    To request a public hearing, please contact Pam Long, Air Quality Planning Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (C504- 03), Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-0641; fax number: (919) 541-5509 no later than November 16, 2009 to request a hearing.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24163.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Drinking Water Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Drinking Water Committee (DWC) to finalize its draft advisory report on EPA's Microbial Risk Assessment Protocol to Support Human Health Protection for Water-Based Media.

    DATES: The SAB DWC will conduct a public teleconference on November 19, 2009. The teleconference will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning the public teleconference may contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at (202) 343-9878 or e-mail at yeow.aaron@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-25742.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • National Forest Products Week, 2009

    Proclamation 8442 of October 23, 2009

    National Forest Products Week, 2009

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    America's forests have helped spur the growth and development that has been indispensable to our Nation's success. They have provided timber and water, as well as habitat for wildlife and opportunities for recreational activities. As a repository for renewable natural resources, forests have supplied the raw materials that have sustained us throughout our history. During National Forest Products Week, we recognize the value of our woodlands and commit ourselves to good stewardship and conservation practices that help us to responsibly manage our Nation's forests.

    As a renewable and recyclable resource, wood is one of our Nation's most environmentally friendly building materials. Wood fiber is used throughout our daily lives, from the paper we write on to the offices where we work. We value the beauty of wood in our furniture, in our homes, and in artwork that surrounds us. Today, modern technology and stewardship practices by Federal, State, tribal, and private landowners have improved the way we manage our natural resources so that forests can meet the needs of current and future generations.

    Forests are one of the foundations on which our Nation was formed; they are the backbone of our environment. This week, we recognize the value of forest products and the importance of their sustainable use to our lives.

    To recognize the importance of products from our forests, the Congress, by Public Law 86-753 (36 U.S.C. 123), as amended, has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday in October of each year as National Forest Products Week and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this week.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning on the third Sunday in October of each year as National Forest Products Week. I call on all Americans to celebrate the varied uses and products of our forested lands, as well as the people who carry on the tradition of careful stewardship of these precious natural resources for generations to come.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third 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/E9-26092.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Science Advisory Board to the National Center for Toxicological Research Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At least one portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Advisory Board (SAB) to the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR).

    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on November 17, 2009, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on November 18, 2009, from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Location: NCTR SAB Conference Room B-12, 3900 NCTR Dr., Jefferson, AR 72079.

    Contact Person: Margaret Miller, Designated Federal Official (DFO), National Center for Toxicological Research (HFT-10), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9C-05, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-6693, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741- 8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), code 301-451-2559. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the agency's Web site and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: On November 17, 2009, the NCTR Director will provide a Center-wide update on scientific endeavors and discuss prioritization, alignment, and the strategic focus of NCTR. The SAB will be presented with responses to the evaluations of the Division of Systems Toxicology and the Division of Genetic and Reproductive Toxicology. The evaluations were the product of an on-site review of the Division of Systems Toxicology in February 2009 and the Division of Genetic and Reproductive Toxicology in July 2009, and will address the issues raised and recommendations made by the site visit teams. On November 18, 2009, the SAB will be presented with the Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine site visit report. This report is the product of a site review of the Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine in August 2009 and will address the issues and recommendations made by the site visit teams.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee link.

    Procedure: On November 17, 2009, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., and November 18, 2009, from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., the meeting is open to the public. Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before November 16, 2009. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled November 17, 2009, between approximately 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those desiring to make formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before November 12, 2009. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by November 13, 2009.

    Closed Committee Deliberations: On November 18, 2009, from approximately 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the meeting will be closed to permit discussion where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6)). This portion of the meeting will be closed to permit discussion of information concerning individuals associated with the research programs at NCTR.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Margaret Miller (Contact Person) at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-25941.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in the United States

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for polar bear (Ursus maritimus) populations in the United States under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 519,403 square kilometers (km\2) (200,541 square miles (mi\2)) fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. The proposed critical habitat is located in Alaska and adjacent territorial and U.S. waters.

    DATES: We will consider comments we receive on or before December 28, 2009. We must receive requests for public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by December 14, 2009. Due to the court-ordered deadline of June 30, 2010, to complete the final determination on this proposed designation of critical habitat for the polar bear, we request that you submit comments and information to us as soon as possible in order to allow us adequate time to take them into consideration for the final determination.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R7-ES-2009-0042; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).

    You can view detailed, colored maps of areas proposed as critical habitat in this proposed rule at http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/polarbear/criticalhabitat.htm. You can obtain hard copies of maps by contacting the Marine Mammals Management Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas J. Evans, 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. 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/E9-25876.htm

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council, as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues. The purpose of a meeting on December 1-2, 2009 is to convene the full Advisory Committee and to discuss implementation of performance elements in the 2008-2012 National Invasive Species Management Plan, and will focus upon the interactions between climate change and invasive species.

    DATES: Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 and Wednesday, December 2, 2009; beginning at approximately 8 a.m., and ending at approximately 5 p.m. each day.

    ADDRESSES: Westin Grand Hotel, 2350 M Street, NW., Washington, DC 20037. The general session will be held in the Washington Ballroom.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, National Invasive Species Council Program Analyst and ISAC Coordinator, (202) 513-7243; Fax: (202) 371-1751,

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-25825.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Nanomaterials and Human Health & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods Workshop: Public Meeting

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy


    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 November 17-18, 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: human health and instrumentation and metrology. Nanomaterials and Human Health & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Needs 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, November 17, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 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 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://nano.gov/html/meetings/humanhealth/register.html. Written notices of participation by e-mail should be sent to humanhealth@nnco.nano.gov. Written notices also may be mailed to the Human Health & 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 November 13, 2009 at noon EST.

    Those interested in presenting 3-5 minutes of public comments at the meeting also should register at http://nano.gov/html/meetings/humanhealth/register.html. Written or electronic comments should be submitted by e-mail to humanhealth@nnco.nano.gov until December 1, 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://nano.gov/html/meetings/humanhealth/ for more information.

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-26263.htm

  • Nanomaterials and the Environment & Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods Workshop: Nanotechnology Primer Public Meeting

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy


    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 public meeting on November 16, 2009, on nanotechnology research and development, including environmental, health, and safety concerns.

    DATES: The Nanotechnology Primer public pre-meeting will be held on Monday November 16, 2009 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to provide general background material about nanotechnology and Federal nanotechnology research to participants.

    ADDRESSES: The Nanotechnology Primer public meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at 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/humanhealth/register.html. Written notices of participation by e-mail should be sent to humanhealth@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 November 12, 2009 at 4 p.m. EST.

    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: humanhealth@nnco.nano.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-26264.htm