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Federal Register Summary for week of 20 November

    Agriculture

  • Availability of an Environmental Assessment for a Biological Control Agent for Water Hyacinth

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment relative to the control of water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes). The environmental assessment considers the effects of, and alternatives to, the release of an insect, Megamelus scutellaris, into the continental United States for use as a biological control agent to reduce the severity of water hyacinth infestations. We are making the environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 16, 2009.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to (http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2009-0058) to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0058, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0058.

    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on the environmental assessment in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

    Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at (http://www.aphis.usda.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Shirley Wager-Page, Chief, Pest Permitting Branch, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1237; (301) 734-8453.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27393.htm

  • Education

  • Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN); Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards For Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

    Purpose of Program: This program provides fellowships in areas of national need to assist graduate students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study at the institution.

    Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), this priority is from the regulations for this program (34 CFR 648.33(a) and Appendix to part 648--Academic Areas).

    Absolute Priority: For FY 2010, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority.

    This priority is:

    Areas of National Need: A project must provide fellowships in one or more of the following areas of national need: Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, and Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1135.

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department

    General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 648.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27581.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review Draft Framework and Case Studies on Atrazine, Human Incidents, and the Agricultural Health Study: Incorporation of Epidemiology and Human Incident Data into Human Health Risk Assessment.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on February 2 - 5, 2010, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted by January 19, 2010 and requests for oral comments be submitted by January 26, 2010. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after January 19, 2010 should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before November 30, 2009.

    Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

    Comments. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0851, by one of the following methods:

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

    Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket Facility 's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP- 2009-0851. If your comments contain any information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instructions before submitting your comments. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line 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 regulations.gov or e-mail. The regulations.gov website 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 regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the 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.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. 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, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations. Submit nominations to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP, requests for special seating accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Myrta R. Christian, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-8498; fax number: (202) 564-8382; e-mail address: christian.myrta@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27671.htm

  • Good Neighbor Environmental Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notification of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) will hold a public teleconference on December 1, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meeting is open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconference and background materials, please contact Dolores Wesson at the number listed below.

    Background: GNEB is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463. GNEB provides advice and recommendations to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico. Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the Good Neighbor Environmental Board's draft advice letter to the President on the environmental effects of the U.S.-Mexico border fence and associated infrastructure. The Board will also continue discussion on the Thirteenth Report to the President.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27417.htm

  • Office of Environmental Information; Announcement of Availability and Comment Period for Revised Environmental Sampling, Analysis and Results Data Standards (ESAR)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of data availability and request for comment.


    SUMMARY: Notice of availability for a 30 day review and comment period is hereby given for six revised data standards--Well Information Data Standard, ESAR: Field Activity, ESAR: Monitoring Location, ESAR: Analysis and Results, ESAR: Project and Quality Assurance and Quality Control Data Standards.

    ESAR, along with the suite of related data standards, enhances the availability and exchange of monitoring data used for environmental decision-making. Biological related data elements are largely missing from ESAR and given the importance and interest in these data, the Environmental Council of States (ECOS) and US EPA worked together to adapt/incorporate two Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) approved standards into ESAR.

    The ACWI approved Water Quality Data Elements for Reporting Results of Populations/Community Biological Assessments and Toxicity Test Analyses (TOX and POP) has been adapted for inclusion in ESAR

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 17, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OEI-2009-0795 by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: oei-docket@epa.gov

    Fax: 202-566-1753

    Mail: Announcement of Availability and Comment Period for Revised, Environmental Sampling, Analysis and Results Data Standards (ESAR), Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please include a total of four copies.

    Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please include a total of four copies. 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-OEI- 2009-0795. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 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 www.regulations.gov. The 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 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: All documents in the docket are listed in the 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 www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the OEI Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, 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 OEI Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Pendleton, Information Exchange & Services Division, Office of Environmental Information, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., MC 2823T; Washington, DC 20460; phone 202-566-1658; fax 202-566-1684; e-mail: Pendleton.michael@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27605.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • America Recycles Day, 2009

    Proclamation 8453 of November 13, 2009

    America Recycles Day, 2009

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    Every day, Americans who recycle conserve valuable resources while reducing our Nation's carbon footprint. The reprocessing of materials is fundamental to our future prosperity, as recycling helps preserve our natural environment and sustain our economy. Recycling in the United States is a $236 billion industry, employing 1.1 million workers nationwide in 56,000 businesses. On America Recycles Day, we celebrate the individuals, communities, local governments, and businesses that recycle their waste and continually think of innovative ways to use materials that might otherwise be discarded.

    Recycling improves our daily lives and helps to protect our planet for the future. Through recycling, we conserve energy, consume less of our precious natural resources, decrease the amount of waste deposited in landfills, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Communities across America also benefit by avoiding the pollution associated with the extraction of raw materials and their processing into finished products.

    If we are to manage materials and products on a life- cycle basis, we must responsibly use and reuse our resources. Curbside recycling, electronics collection drives, community composting programs, and other similar methods contribute to the success of our efforts. Our Nation's health and prosperity depends on the productive and sustainable use of our environment. By recommitting ourselves to recycling, we have the opportunity to secure our long-term success and ensure a bright future for the next generation of Americans.

    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 November 15, 2009, as America Recycles Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities, and I encourage all Americans to continue their recycling efforts throughout the year.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of November, 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/E9-27860.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Biodefense Science Board: Notification of Public Teleconference

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will hold a teleconference meeting. The meeting is open to the public. Pre- registration is NOT required, however, individuals who wish to participate in the public comment session should e-mail NBSB@HHS.GOV to RSVP.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on December 9, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will occur by teleconference. To attend, call 1- 866-395-4129, pass-code "ASPR.'' Please call 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the conference call to facilitate attendance.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E-mail: NBSB@HHS.GOV.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27450.htm

  • Interior

  • Proposed Information Collection; Program Announcement for the Establishment of DOI Regional Climate Change Response Centers, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

    AGENCY: United States Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. We may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to, respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES: You must submit comments on or before January 19, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Please submit comments on this information collection directly to Phadrea Ponds, USGS Information Collection Clearance Officer, 2150-C Center Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (mail); (970) 226-9230 (fax); or pponds@usgs.gov (e-mail). Please reference Information Collection 1028-NEW, NCCSC in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nadine Hartke by mail at U. S. Geological Survey, MS 300 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192, or by telephone at 703-648-4607.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27780.htm

  • Special Regulations; Areas of the National Park System

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: This rule governs winter visitation and certain recreational use in Yellowstone National Park for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons. This final rule is issued to implement the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the 2008 Winter Use Plans Environmental Assessment (2008 EA) approved October 15, 2009, and will provide visitors a range of winter recreation opportunities that are appropriate to the national park setting and do not unacceptably impact or impair park resources or values. The rule requires that most recreational snowmobiles operating in the park meet certain NPS air and sound emissions requirements, requires that snowmobilers and snowcoach riders in Yellowstone be accompanied by a commercial guide, and sets daily entry limits on the numbers of snowmobiles and snowcoaches that may enter the park. Traveling off designated oversnow routes will remain prohibited.

    DATES: The effective date for this rule is December 15, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Sacklin, Management Assistant's Office, Yellowstone National Park, 307-344-2019.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27893.htm

  • Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee; Announcement of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will host a Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting December 1-3, 2009. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda will include discussion of the current draft Recommendations to the Secretary.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for December 1-3, 2009. The sessions will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. December 1-2, and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. December 3.

    ADDRESSES: We will hold the meeting at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 500, Arlington, Virginia, 22203. For more information, see "Meeting Location Information'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27578.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board's Subcommittee on Facilities of the Committee on Strategy and Budget, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Chairman's Remarks, Discussion of NSF Portfolio Review Materials, December NSB Meeting, and Next Steps.

    STATUS: Open.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by teleconference originating at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Room 130 will be held available to the public to listen to this teleconference meeting.

    Please refer to the National Science Board Web site (http://www.nsf.gov/nsb) for information or schedule updates, or contact: Elizabeth Strickland, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27580.htm

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