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Federal Register Summary for week of 13 November

    Commerce

  • New NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIs)

    New NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIs): (1) A CI to Support NOAA Research Facilities in the Pacific Northwest; (2) A CI for Southwestern U.S. Marine Ecosystems, Climate, and Ocean Studies; and (3) A Southeastern Regional CI for Atmospheric and Marine Studies.

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

    ACTION: Notice of funding availability.


    SUMMARY: The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publish this notice to provide the general public with a consolidated source of program and application information related to three single competitive cooperative agreement award offerings. NOAA is accepting applications for: (1) A CI to Support NOAA Research Facilities in the Pacific Northwest; (2) a CI for Southwestern U.S. Marine Ecosystems, Climate and Ocean Studies; and (3) a Southeastern Regional CI for Atmospheric and Marine Studies. Applicants should review the CI Interim Handbook prior to preparing a proposal for this announcement (http://www.nrc.noaa.gov/ci).

    DATES: Proposals must be received no later than February 10, 2010, 5 p.m., E.T. Proposals submitted after that date will not be considered.

    ADDRESSES: Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online through the Grants.Gov Web site (http://www.grants.gov). Paper submissions are acceptable only if Internet access is not available. Grants.gov requires applicants to register with the system prior to submitting an application. This registration process can take several weeks, involving multiple steps. In order to allow sufficient time for this process, you should register as soon as you decide that you intend to apply, even if you are not yet ready to submit your proposal. If an applicant has problems downloading the application package from Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Customer Support at (800) 518-4726 or support@grants.gov.

    If a hard copy application is submitted, the original and two unbound copies of the proposal should be included. Paper submissions should be sent to: Dr. John Cortinas, NOAA/OAR, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, MD 20910; telephone (301) 734-1090. No e- mail or facsimile proposal submissions will be accepted.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, please contact Dr. John Cortinas, NOAA/OAR, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, MD 20910; telephone: (301) 734-1090; e-mail: John.Cortinas@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27332.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Revision of Freedom of Information Act Regulations

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking and opportunity for comment.


    SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing to amend its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations to reflect its current policy and practice and to implement changes to the FOIA. These proposed regulations reaffirm CEQ's commitment to providing the fullest possible disclosure of records to the public. The proposal provides for an online FOIA Requester Service Center and Reading Room; electronic FOIA requests; access to records published or released under FOIA in electronic format, provided the record is readily reproducible in that form or format; designation of a Chief FOIA Officer and FOIA Public Liaison; referral of requests to appropriate Federal agencies or consultation with another agency, if appropriate; review of requests in order of receipt; multi-tracking of FOIA requests based on the amount of time and work involved in processing requests; revision of CEQ's initial determination period from 10 days to 20 days, beginning on the date CEQ receives a written request; assignment of individualized tracking numbers for certain requests; tolling of the time limit CEQ has to act on a request; expedited processing of FOIA requests upon a showing of compelling need; CEQ consultations with a requester to determine if a FOIA request may be modified to allow for a timely response, or to arrange an alternative timeframe for a response; informing the requester of the volume of requested material withheld and the extent of deletions in records released in response to a FOIA request; reduction in time for appeal from 45 to 30 days of denial of a request; extension of the time limit to respond to a request in "unusual circumstances''; and aggregation of clearly related requests by a single requester or group of requesters. Further, CEQ's fee structure is revised to include a method for computing fees based upon the classification of the requester and the base pay of the employee making the search, an increase of copying costs from $0.10 to $0.15 per page, and a provision for waiving fees. Additional administrative changes including reorganizing, renumbering, and renaming of the FOIA subsections and updating addresses and telephone numbers are also proposed.

    DATES: Comments due on or before December 14, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: All comments concerning the proposed rule must be submitted in either electronic or written form. Electronic mail comments should be sent to efoia@ceq.eop.gov and should include in the body of the e- mail message the commenter's full name and postal service address. Written comments should be addressed and mailed to Edward A. Boling, Chief FOIA Officer, Council on Environmental Quality, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503. Faxed comments should be sent to (202) 456-0753. Copies of all communications received will be available for public inspection and copying at the address above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Moss, FOIA Coordinator, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503 or (202) 456-6550.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27234.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Executive Order 13508 Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Section 203 Draft Strategy and Section 202 Federal Agency Reports

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice and Request for Public Comments.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of a draft strategy for restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and requests public comment. The document was prepared pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13508 of May 12, 2009, Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration. This E.O. requires that the draft strategy be published for public review and comments.

    DATES: Comments on the draft strategy must be submitted on or before January 8, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2009-0761, by one of the following methods:

    http://www.regulations.gov: After entering the docket for this action, click on the draft strategy document to make comment. Once you arrive at the page for the specific document on which you wish to comment, click the ``Submit a Comment'' button at the top right of the Web page, then follow the online instructions.

    Mail: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room, EPA Headquarters West, Room 3340, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information by contacting the Docket Center at 202-566-1744.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2009- 0761. This Notice is not open for public comment, but, the Section 203 draft strategy document is available for comment on http://www.regulations.gov. The revised Section 202 Federal agency reports will be available later in November. Additional information about the docket is contained below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marguerite Duffy, USEPA, Region 3, Chesapeake Bay Program Office, Annapolis City Marina, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 109 (3CB10), Annapolis, MD 21403; telephone number: (410)267-5764; fax number (410) 267-5777; e-mail: duffy.marguerite@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-26923.htm

  • NACEPT Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


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

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

    The meeting agenda will focus on the Subcommittee's potential recommendations to the Agency on how to promote environmental stewardship.

    DATES: The NACEPT Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship will hold an open meeting on December 1 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and December 2, 2009 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) Eastern.

    ADDRESSES: The Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203, Ballroom B (second floor). (two blocks from Ballston Metro Station.)

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27286.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Risk and Technology Review Methods Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Risk and Technology Review (RTR) Methods Review Panel to discuss its draft advisory report.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on December 3, 2009 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code to participate in the teleconference may contact Dr. Sue Shallal, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9977; fax (202) 233-0643; or via e-mail at: shallal.suhair@epa.gov. General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the teleconference announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27169.htm

  • Health and Human Services

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

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

    Time and Date: 3 p.m.-4 p.m., November 23, 2009.

    Place: Teleconference. To participate, please dial (866) 919- 3560 and enter passcode 4168828 for access.

    Status: Open to the public; teleconference access limited only by availability of telephone ports. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period, which is tentatively scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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

    Matter to be Discussed: Ethical guidance for ventilator distribution during a severe pandemic. This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the public health emergency declared on April 26, 2009. There is a critical need for this subcommittee to deliberate and discuss urgent matters related to the H1N1 virus and be actively engaged in the national preparedness and response efforts as dictated by circumstances and events.

    The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

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

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27269.htm

  • Grants for Research Projects

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health is amending the current regulations governing grants for research projects by revising the definition of Principal Investigator to mean one or more individuals designated by the grantee in the grant application and approved by the Secretary, who is or are responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the project, rather than limiting the role of Principal Investigator to one single individual; and the conditions for multiple or concurrent awards pursuant to one or more applications.

    DATES: This final rule is effective December 10, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Moore, NIH Regulations Officer, Office of Management Assessment, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Room 601, MSC 7669, Rockville, MD 20852-7669, or telephone 301-496-4607.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27025.htm

  • Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: December 3, 2009.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Times are approximate and subject to change).

    Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding: (1) Introduction of new NSABB voting members; (2) federal responses to NSABB reports; (3) activities of the Working Groups on Outreach and Education and on International Engagement; (4) synthetic biology and NSABB draft report on biosecurity issues raised by synthetic biology; (5) public comments; and (6) other business of the Board.

    Place: Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.

    Contact Person: Ronna Hill, NSABB Program Assistant, NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 496-9838.

    Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established the NSABB to provide advice, guidance and leadership regarding federal oversight of dual use research, defined as biological research that generates information and technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    The meeting will be open to the public, however pre-registration is strongly recommended due to space limitations. Persons planning to attend should register online at: http://oba.od.nih.gov/biosecurity/biosecurity_meetings.html or by calling the Dixon Group (Contact: Marianne Tshihamba at (202) 281-2800). Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should indicate these requirements upon registration.

    This meeting will also be Webcast. To access the Webcast, as well as the draft meeting agenda and pre-registration information, connect to: http://oba.od.nih.gov/biosecurity/biosecurity_meetings.html. Please check this site for updates.

    Any member of the public interested in presenting oral comments at the meeting may notify the Contact Person listed on this notice at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. Interested individuals and representatives of an organization may submit a letter of intent, a brief description of the organization represented, and a short description of the oral presentation. Only one representative of an organization may be allowed to present oral comments. Both printed and electronic copies are requested for the record. In addition, any interested person may file written comments with the committee. All written comments must be received by November 24, 2009 and should be sent via e-mail to nsabb@od.nih.gov with "NSABB Public Comment'' as the subject line or by regular mail to 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, Attention Ronna Hill. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and, when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-26933.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of National Geospatial Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will meet on December 1-2, 2009 at the Marriott Metro Center Hotel, 775 12th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005. The meeting will be held in the London Room. The NGAC, which is composed of representatives from governmental, private sector, non-profit, and academic organizations, was established to advise the Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee on management of Federal geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16. Topics to be addressed at the meeting include:

    --Current FGDC Activities. --National Geospatial Forum. --National Research Council--Mapping Science Committee. --NGAC Subcommittee Activities, including Economic Recovery, Geospatial Policy, Emerging Technologies, Communications, The National Map, Partnerships, and Governance. --Geospatial Revolution Project. --National LIDAR Concept.

    The meeting will include an opportunity for public comment on December 2. Comments may also be submitted to the NGAC in writing. Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance. Please register by contacting Arista Maher at the U.S. Geological Survey (703-648-6283, amaher@usgs.gov). Registrations are due by November 24, 2009. While the meeting will be open to the public, seating may be limited due to room capacity.

    DATES: The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 1 and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 2.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey (206-220-4621).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27283.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of review.


    SUMMARY: In this Candidate Notice of Review (CNOR), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), present an updated list of plant and animal species native to the United States that we regard as candidates for or have proposed for addition to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Identification of candidate species can assist environmental planning efforts by providing advance notice of potential listings, allowing landowners and resource managers to alleviate threats and thereby possibly remove the need to list species as endangered or threatened. Even if we subsequently list a candidate species, the early notice provided here could result in more options for species management and recovery by prompting candidate conservation measures to alleviate threats to the species.

    The CNOR summarizes the status and threats that we evaluated in order to determine that species qualify as candidates and to assign a listing priority number (LPN) to each species, or to remove species from candidate status. Additional material that we relied on is available in the Species Assessment and Listing Priority Assignment Forms (species assessment forms, previously called candidate forms) for each candidate species.

    Overall, this CNOR recognizes five new candidates, changes the LPN for eight candidates, and removes four species from candidate status. Combined with other decisions for individual species that were published separately from this CNOR in the past year, the current number of species that are candidates for listing is 249.

    This document also includes our findings on resubmitted petitions and describes our progress in revising the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants during the period October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2009.

    We request additional status information that may be available for the 249 candidate species identified in this CNOR.

    DATES: We will accept information on this Candidate Notice of Review at any time.

    ADDRESSES: This notice is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov, and http://endangered.fws.gov/candidates/index.html. Species assessment forms with information and references on a particular candidate species' range, status, habitat needs, and listing priority assignment are available for review at the appropriate Regional Office listed below in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION or at the Branch of Candidate Conservation, Arlington, VA (see address below), or on our Internet website (http://endangered.fws.gov/candidates/index.html). Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions of a general nature on this notice to the Arlington, VA, address listed below. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions pertaining to a particular species to the address of the Endangered Species Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Endangered Species Coordinator(s) in the appropriate Regional Office(s) or Chief, Branch of Candidate Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arlington, VA 22203 (telephone 703-358-2171; facsimile 703- 358-1735). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877- 8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-26841.htm

  • Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board; Meeting

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Announcement of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will conduct a meeting on matters pertaining to management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation's public lands.

    DATES: The Advisory Board will meet Monday, December 7, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time. This will be a one day meeting.

    ADDRESSES: The Advisory Board will meet in Reno, Nevada at the John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, Nevada 89431. Their phone number for reservations is 800-648-1177.

    Written comments pertaining to the Advisory Board meeting should be sent to: Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. Submit written comments pertaining to the Advisory Board meeting no later than close of business December 2, 2009. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access and filing address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877- 8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-26983.htm

  • Marine Mammal Commission

  • Sunshine Act Notice

    TIME AND DATE: The Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals will meet on Wednesday, 2 December 2009, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 3 December 2009, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday, 4 December 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Commission and the Committee will meet in executive session on Wednesday, 2 December 2009, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    PLACE: Hilton Waikiki/Prince Kuhio, 2500 Kuhio Avenue, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii 96815; Telephone: 808-921-5570; fax: 808-921-5511.

    STATUS: The executive session will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b) and applicable regulations. The session will be for internal discussions of process, personnel, and the budget of the Commission. All other portions of the meeting will be open to the public. Public participation will be allowed as time permits and as determined to be desirable by the Chairman.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Commission and Committee will meet in public session to discuss a broad range of marine ecosystem and marine mammal matters with a focus on the Pacific Islands region. Although subject to change, major issues that the Commission plans to consider at the meeting include marine protected areas, their status and effectiveness; efforts to protect and recover Hawaiian monk seals; research and regulatory actions affecting spinner dolphins; the Hawaii Humpback Whale Sanctuary; false killer whales and other odontocetes in Hawaii; and other cetaceans in the Pacific Islands region.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Suzanne Montgomery, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Marine Mammal Commission, 4340 East-West Highway, Room 700, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301-504-0087; e-mail: smontgomery@mmc.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-26919.htm