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Federal Register Summary for week of 4 December

    Agriculture

  • Regional Equity

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is issuing a final rule on the procedures for implementing the Regional Equity provision of section 1241(d) of the Food Security Act of 1985, 16 U.S.C. 3841(d). The Regional Equity provision ensures that each State receives a $15 million minimum annual aggregate level of conservation program funding. NRCS published an interim final rule for Regional Equity in the Federal Register on January 13, 2009, with request for public comment. This final rule responds to comments received on the January 13, 2009, interim final rule, and makes minor adjustments to the Regional Equity regulation at 7 CFR part 662 in response to these comments.

    DATES: Effective December 4, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Geno Bulzomi, Acting Team Leader, Program Allocations and Management Support Team, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 5208 South Building, Washington, DC 20250; telephone (202) 690-0547; e-mail: PAMS@wdc.usda.gov, Attention: Regional Equity.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-29001.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; 2010 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quota Specifications

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments; notice of public hearings.


    SUMMARY: NMFS proposes 2010 fishing year specifications for the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) fishery to set BFT quotas for each of the established domestic fishing categories. This action is necessary to implement recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), as required by the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), and to achieve domestic management objectives under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). NMFS solicits written comments and will hold public hearings to receive oral comments on these proposed actions.

    DATES: Written comments must be received on or before January 4, 2010.

    The public hearing dates are:

    1. December 14, 2009, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Silver Spring, MD.

    2. December 15, 2009, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Gloucester, MA.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by "0648-XQ38'', by any one of the following methods:

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

    Fax: 978-281-9340, Attn: Sarah McLaughlin

    Mail: Sarah McLaughlin, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, Office of Sustainable Fisheries (F/SF1), NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930

    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to the Portal 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). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    The hearing locations are:

    1. Silver Spring - - NOAA Science Center, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    2. Gloucester - - NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.Supporting documents including the draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment, Regulatory Impact Review, and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis are available by sending your request to Sarah McLaughlin at the mailing address specified above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah McLaughlin, 978-281-9260.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-28832.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Species: Designation of Critical Habitat for Cook Inlet Beluga Whale

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), propose to designate critical habitat for the Cook Inlet beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) distinct population segment under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Two areas are proposed, comprising 7,809 square kilometers (3,016 square miles) of marine habitat. We solicit comments from the public on all aspects of the proposal.

    DATES: Comments and information regarding this proposed rule must be received by close of business on February 1, 2010. Requests for public hearings must be made in writing and received by January 19, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Send comments to Kaja Brix, Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources, Alaska Region, NMFS, ATTN: Ellen Sebastian. You may submit comments, identified by "RIN 0648-AX50'' by any one of the following methods:

    Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal website at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Mail: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK, 99802-1668.

    Fax: 907-586-7557

    Hand deliver to the Federal Building: 709 West 9th Street, Room 420A, Juneau, AK.

    All comments received are a part of the public record and generally will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (e.g., name, address) 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). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, of Adobe portable document file (PDF) format only.

    The proposed rule, maps, status reviews, and other materials relating to Cook Inlet beluga whales and this proposal can be found on our Web site at: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kaja Brix, NMFS, Alaska Region, (907) 586-7824; or Marta Nammack, NMFS, (301) 713-1401.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-28760.htm

  • Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; Proposed 2010 and 2011 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS proposes 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area. This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2010 and 2011 fishing years and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the BSAI in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

    DATES: Comments must be received by January 4, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Send comment to Sue Salveson, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648- XS44, by any one of the following methods:

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

    Mail: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802.

    Fax: (907) 586-7557.

    Hand delivery to the Federal Building: 709 West 9th Street, Room 420A, Juneau, AK.

    All comments received are a part of the public record. No comments will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. Comments will generally be posted 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.

    Electronic copies of the Alaska Groundfish Harvest Specifications Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) and the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) prepared for this action may be obtained from http://www.regulations.gov or from the Alaska Region Web site at http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov. Copies of the final 2008 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) report for the groundfish resources of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, dated November 2008, are available from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) at 605 West 4th Avenue, Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99510-2252, phone 907-271-2809, or from the Council's Web site at http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907-586-7269.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-28831.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is publishing final regulations establishing Clean Water Act (CWA) technology-based Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards for the Construction and Development (C&D) point source category. EPA expects compliance with this regulation to reduce the amount of sediment and other pollutants discharged from construction and development sites by approximately 4 billion pounds per year.

    DATES: This final rule is effective on February 1, 2010, 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

    ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0465. All documents in the docket are listed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. 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 electronically through http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Office of Water 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 Office of Water Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information concerning today's rule, contact Mr. Jesse W. Pritts at 202-566-1038 (pritts.jesse@epa.gov). For economic information contact Mr. Todd Doley at 202-566-1160 (doley.todd@epa.gov). For information regarding environmental benefits, contact Ms. Ashley Allen at 202-566-1012 (allen.ashley@epa.gov).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-28446.htm

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

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice and Request for Public Comments.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of seven final reports by federal agencies for restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and requests public comment. The reports were prepared pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13508 of May 12, 2009, Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration. This E.O. requires that a draft strategy be published for public review and comments together with the final reports prepared by the federal agencies. The draft strategy was made available on November 9, 2008 for comment.

    DATES: Comments on the seven Section 202 reports 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 one of the seven agency reports, for which you want to make comment. Once you arrive at the page for the specific report on which you wish to comment, click the "Submit a Comment'' button at the top right of the web page, then follow the on-line 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 202 reports are available for comment on http://www.regulations.gov. The Section 203 draft strategy was made available in the Federal Register on November 9, 2009 and is also available in the docket for comment. 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; email: duffy.marguerite@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-28974.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Establishing the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    Executive Order 13521 of November 24, 2009

    Establishing the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Establishment. There is established within the Department of Health and Human Services the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Commission).

    Sec. 2. Mission.

    (a) The Commission shall advise the President on bioethical issues that may emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The Commission shall pursue its work with the goal of identifying and promoting policies and practices that ensure scientific research, healthcare delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner. To achieve this goal, the Commission shall:

    (i) identify and examine specific bioethical, legal, and social issues related to the potential impacts of advances in biomedical and behavioral research, healthcare delivery, or other areas of science and technology;

    (ii) recommend any legal, regulatory, or policy actions it deems appropriate to address these issues; and

    (iii) critically examine diverse perspectives and explore possibilities for useful international collaboration on these issues.

    (b) In support of its mission, the Commission may examine issues linked to specific technologies, including but not limited to the creation of stem cells by novel means; intellectual property issues involving genetic sequencing, biomarkers, and other screening tests used for risk assessment; and the application of neuro- and robotic sciences. It may also examine broader issues not linked to specific technologies, including but not limited to the protection of human research participants; scientific integrity and conflicts of interest in research; and the intersection of science and human rights.

    (c) The Commission shall not be responsible for the review and approval of specific projects.

    (d) The Commission may accept suggestions of issues for consideration from executive departments and agencies and the public as it deems appropriate in support of its mission.

    (e) In establishing priorities for its activities, the Commission shall consider, among other things, the significance of particular issues; the need for legal, regulatory, and policy guidance with respect to such issues; the connection of the issues to the goal of Federal advancement of science and technology; and the availability of other appropriate entities or fora for deliberating on the issues.

    (f) The Commission is authorized to conduct original empirical and conceptual research, commission papers and studies, hold hearings, and establish committees and subcommittees, as necessary. The Commission is authorized to develop reports or other materials.

    Sec. 3. Membership.

    (a) The Commission shall be an expert panel composed of not more than 13 members appointed by the President, drawn from the fields of bioethics, science, medicine, technology, engineering, law, philosophy, theology, or other areas of the humanities or social sciences, at least one and not more than three of whom may be bioethicists or scientists drawn from the executive branch, as designated by the President.

    (b) The President shall designate a Chair and Vice Chair from among the members of the Commission. The Chair shall convene and preside at meetings of the Commission, determine its agenda, and direct its work. The Vice Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair in the absence or disability of the Chair and shall perform such other functions as the Chair may from time to time assign.

    (c) Members shall serve for a term of 2 years and shall be eligible for reappointment. Members may continue to serve after the expiration of their terms until the appointment of a successor.

    Sec. 4. Administration.

    (a) The Department of Health and Human Services shall provide funding and administrative support for the Commission to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.

    (b) All executive departments and agencies and all entities within the Executive Office of the President shall provide information and assistance to the Commission as the Chair may request for purposes of carrying out the Commission's functions, to the extent permitted by law.

    (c) The Commission shall have a staff headed by an Executive Director, who shall be appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair.

    (d) Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, but shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707), consistent with the availability of funds.

    Sec. 5. Termination. The Commission shall terminate 2 years after the date of this order unless extended by the President.

    Sec. 6. General Provisions.

    (a) This order supersedes Executive Order 13237 of November 28, 2001.

    (b) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), may apply to the Commission, any functions of the President under that Act, except that of reporting to the Congress, shall be performed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with the guidelines that have been issued by the Administrator of General Services.

    (c) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (d) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (e) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-28805.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition to List the Black-tailed Prairie Dog as Threatened or Endangered

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of a 12-month petition finding.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce our 12-month finding on a petition to list the black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing the black- tailed prairie dog as either threatened or endangered is not warranted at this time. However, we ask the public to continue to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of, or threats to, the black-tailed prairie dog or its habitat at any time. This information will help us to monitor and conserve the species.

    DATES: The finding announced in this document was made on December 3, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: This finding is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Supporting documentation we used in preparing this finding is available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Dakota Ecological Services Office, 420 South Garfield Avenue, Suite 400, Pierre, SD 57501; telephone (605) 224-8693. Please submit any new information, materials, comments or questions concerning this finding to the above street address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pete Gober, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Dakota Ecological Services Office (see ADDRESSES section). If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877- 8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-28852.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board, 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:

    Agency Holding Meeting: National Science Board.

    Date and Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at 8 a.m.; and Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 8 a.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rooms 1235 and 1295, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge. Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge in advance. Call 703-292-7000 to request your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitor's desk on the day of the meeting.

    Status: Some portions open, some portions closed.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-28670.htm

  • U.S. Chief Financial Officer Council; Grants Policy Committee

    U.S. Chief Financial Officer Council; Grants Policy Committee

    ACTION: Notice of open stakeholder Webcast meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open stakeholder Webcast meeting sponsored by the Grants Policy Committee (GPC) of the U.S. Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council.

    DATES: The GPC will hold a Webcast meeting on Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 2-3:30 p.m., Eastern Time. The Webcast will be broadcast live. Relevant meeting materials will be posted on http://www.GPC.gov in advance of the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: The GPC December 10th Webcast meeting will be broadcast from and held in Room B-180 of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 451 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410. Seating is limited--the first 35 people to respond, and receive confirmation of the response, can be part of the live audience. Both Federal and non- Federal employees must R.S.V.P. to reserve a seat by contacting Charisse Carney-Nunes at GPCWebcast@nsf.gov. All who have reserved seating must arrive in the HUD studio fifteen minutes prior to broadcast (arrive on the north side of the building). You must have a government-issued photo ID to gain access and will have to go through security screening. The GPC encourages non-federal organizations' staffs and members to attend the meeting in person or via Webcast.

    Overview: The purpose of this Webcast is to provide a forum for the grants community to ask questions to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) about Recovery Act grants reporting requirements. The RATB will provide a general overview of Recovery Act reporting, lessons learned, and what grantees need to know to report accurately. The U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) will share information on their recent report on Recovery Act recipient reporting, dated 11/19/09. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will discuss the Single Audit Pilot for Recovery Act Funds. Webcast presenters will be available for a question & answer period after each presentation and for a final question and answer period after all presentations.

    Further Information About the GPC Webcast: Questions on the Webcast should be directed to Charisse Carney-Nunes, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230; e-mail, GPCWebcast@nsf.gov. Information and materials that pertain to this Webcast meeting, including the call-in telephone number and the agenda will be posted on the Grants Policy Committee's Website at http://www.GPC.gov on the "Webcasts and Outreach'' page. The link to view the Webcast will be posted on this site, along with Webcast instructions. After the meeting, a link to its recording will be posted on http://www.GPC.gov for at least 90 days.

    Comment Submission Information: You may submit Webcast topic- related questions in advance of the webcast to GPCWebcast@nsf.gov. You may also submit comments during the Webcast meeting via telephone or e- mail. The call-in telephone number, which may be used only during the live Webcast, is 202-708-0995. The e-mail address for comments, which should be used only during the Webcast is HUDTV@HUD.GOV. After the Webcast, you may submit comments via email through the close of business on Wednesday, December 23, 2009. The e-mail address for comments before and after the Webcast is GPCWebcast@nsf.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-28878.htm

  • State

  • Meetings of the United States-Chile Environment Affairs Council and Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    ACTION: Notice of the U.S.-Chile Environmental Affairs Council and Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) are providing notice that the United States and Chile intend to hold the fifth meeting of the Environment Affairs Council (the "Council'') and the third meeting of the Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation (the "Commission'') in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2010. These bodies were created pursuant to Chapter 19 (Environment) of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Article II of the United States-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA), respectively. A public information session will be held on January 20th, at 2 p.m., in room 1107 at the U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20520. If you would like to attend the session, please send the following information to Jacqueline Tront at the fax number or e-mail address listed below under the heading ADDRESSES: (1) Your name, (2) your date of birth, and (3) the number of a valid identification card that a government has issued to you.

    The purpose of the Council and Commission meeting is detailed below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    The meeting agenda will include an overview of Chapter 19 and review of its implementation, progress report on projects outlined in the FTA's Annex 19.3 on Environmental Cooperation, a discussion of the roles and activities of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee and the public advisory committee that advises the Chilean government on trade and environment policy issues, an overview of progress of implementing selected projects under the 2007-2008 Work Program pursuant to the ECA, and the presentation of a new ECA Work Program. The Department of State and USTR invite interested agencies, organizations, and members of the public to submit written comments or suggestions regarding agenda items and to attend the public session.

    In preparing comments, we encourage submitters to refer to: Chapter 19 of the FTA, including Annex 19.3; The Final Environment Review of the FTA; The ECA

    These documents are available at: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/chile/index.htm.

    DATES: The Council/Commission meeting is to be held: (1) January 20, 2010, 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Washington, DC.

    To be assured of timely consideration, comments are requested no later than January 10, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments or suggestions should be submitted to both:

    (1) Jacqueline Tront, Office of Environmental Policy, Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. Department of State, by electronic mail at trontjm@state.gov with the subject line "U.S.-Chile EAC/JCEC Meeting'' or by fax to (202) 647-5947; and

    (2) Mara M. Burr, Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the United States Trade Representative by electronic mail at mburr@ustr.eop.gov with the subject line "U.S.-Chile EAC/JCEC Meeting'' or by fax to (202) 395-9517.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacqueline Tront, Telephone (202) 647- 4750 or Mara M. Burr, Telephone (202) 395-7320.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-28877.htm