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Federal Register Summary for week of 18 December


  • Departmental Management; Public Meeting on BioPreferredSM Voluntary Labeling Program

    AGENCY: Departmental Management, Office of Procurement and Property Management, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a public meeting on January 5, 2010, for interested stakeholders to discuss the issue of evaluating environmental assessment of biobased products, including the proposed determination and use of product life cycle assessment (LCA), as that issue pertains to (1) The designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of biobased products for a Federal procurement preference, as mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill, and (2) the need for supplementary information about a product's environmental aspects under the pending "USDA Certified Biobased Product'' labeling program. Given the growing importance of biobased products to consumers, industry, and government, there is a clear need to assess the sustainability of these products, and to do so using an agreed-upon and credible process/procedure.

    DATES: January 5, 2010, 8:30 a.m. (EST) to 1 p.m. (EST).

    Meeting Location: Jefferson Auditorium, South Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-9911.

    Pre-registration for the January 5, 2010, meeting is not required but would be helpful, particularly if you wish to make a presentation. If you wish to register to attend please do so at this Web site: and state whether or not you wish to be recognized to make a formal presentation.

    For security purposes and to facilitate a smooth entry into a Federal facility, attendees may provide their names in advance, as spelled on government issued identification, via e-mail to: This list will be given to security personnel to expedite the entry process. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to gain entry into the building at Wing 7 on the corner of 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., and will be required to present government issued identification. (You may also enter through Wing 1 near the Metro at 12th St. and Independence Ave. Escorts will be available to make sure you find the Jefferson Auditorium with no difficulty.) Those attending are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes early to pass through security.

    Those unable to attend the public meeting in person may listen to the meeting by calling 800-857-5233. The pass code is "USDA''. Participants using the audio bridge may e-mail comments or questions during the meeting to

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Procurement and Property Management, Ron Buckhalt, BioPreferred Manager, 342 Reporters Building, 300 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024, (202) 205-4008. RonB.Buckhalt@DA.USDA.GOV.

  • National Forest System Land and Resource Management Planning

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Final rule.

    SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (the Department) is issuing this final rule to comply with a June 30, 2009, Federal District Court order that has the effect of reinstating the National Forest System Land and Resource Management Planning Rule of November 9, 2000, as amended (2000 rule). This action announces the court's decision and takes the ministerial (formal) action of reinstating the rule in the Code of Federal Regulations. This action also makes technical amendments to that rule, including the interpretative rules issued in 2001 and 2004, to update transition provisions that will be in effect until a new planning rule is issued, as announced elsewhere in today's Federal Register.

    DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective December 18, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You can send a written request for more information to the Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff, Forest Service, USDA, Mail Stop 1104, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1104. For more information, including an electronic copy of the 2000 rule and amendments see

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ecosystem Management Coordination staff's Assistant Director for Planning Ric Rine at (202) 205-1022 or Planning Specialist Regis Terney at (202) 205-1552.

  • National Forest System Land Management Planning

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

    SUMMARY: The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is giving notice of its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze and disclose potential environmental consequences associated with a National Forest System land management planning rule.

    DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by February 16, 2010. The Forest Service (Agency) expects to publish the draft environmental impact statement in December 2010 and the final environmental impact statement in October 2011. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (Department) expects to publish the record of decision in November 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent via e-mail to Written comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Forest Service Planning NOI, C/O Bear West Company, 172 E 500 S, Bountiful, UT 84010; or via facsimile to 801-397- 1605. All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments at

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Hayden, 202-205-0895,

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

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of call for nominations 2010.

    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, (NUCFAC) will be filling four positions that will be expiring at the end of December 2009, and one interim term position. Interested applicants may download a copy of the application and position descriptions from the U.S. Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Web site:

    DATES: Nomination(s) must be "received'' (not postmarked) by January 29, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Nomination applications sent by courier should be addressed to: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250-1151. Please submit electronic nomination(s) to: The subject line should read: 2010 NUCFAC Nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff or Mary Dempsey, Staff Assistant to National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250-1151, phone 202-205-1054.

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

  • Commerce

  • Establishment of a Recreational Fisheries Working Group by the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.

    SUMMARY: Nominations are being solicited for appointment to a new Recreational Fisheries Working Group of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) beginning in January 2010. MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. MAFAC is establishing a Recreational Fisheries Working Group (RFWG) to assist it in the development of recommendations to the Secretary on regulations, policies and programs critical to the mission and goals of the NMFS. The RFWG shall be composed of people with a specific interest and qualification related to NOAA's recreation-related activities. The members will be appointed by MAFAC in consultation with NOAA and will serve for an initial term of one year, with the potential for reappointment. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in the science, management or business of recreational fishing, a well- informed background in recreational fisheries issues, and an operational knowledge of federal agencies and interactions with the Fishery Management Councils and/or regional and state partners, and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings.

    DATES: Applications must be postmarked on or before January 15, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Applications should be sent to Gordon C. Colvin, Interim Senior Policy Advisor for Recreational Fisheries, NMFS ST-12453, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gordon C. Colvin, Interim Senior Policy Advisor for Recreational Fisheries; (301) 713-2367 x175; e-mail:

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force--Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force's "Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning''.

    SUMMARY: On June 12, 2009, the President established an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. The Task Force was charged with, within 180 days, developing a recommended framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning.

    On December 9, 2009, the Task Force submitted its Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (Interim Framework) to the President. To allow for additional public engagement and comment before the President makes any final decision on the Interim Framework, the Task Force endorsed issuing it for public review and comment.

    DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before February 12, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The Task Force Interim Framework is available at Comments on the Task Force Interim Framework should be submitted electronically to or in writing to The Council on Environmental Quality, Attn: Michael Weiss, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Weiss, Deputy Associate Director for Ocean and Coastal Policy, at (202) 456-3892.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.

    SUMMARY: The Administrator finds that six greenhouse gases taken in combination endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and future generations. The Administrator also finds that the combined emissions of these greenhouse gases from new motor vehicles and new motor vehicle engines contribute to the greenhouse gas air pollution that endangers public health and welfare under CAA section 202(a). These Findings are based on careful consideration of the full weight of scientific evidence and a thorough review of numerous public comments received on the Proposed Findings published April 24, 2009.

    DATES: These Findings are effective on January 14, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0171. All documents in the docket are listed on the 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 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: Jeremy Martinich, Climate Change Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (MC-6207J), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9927; fax number: (202) 343-2202; e-mail address: For additional information regarding these Findings, please go to the Web site

  • Health and Human Services

  • Food and Drug Administration Clinical Trial Requirements, Regulations, Compliance and Good Clinical Practices; Public Workshop

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.

    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Florida District, in cosponsorship with The Society of Clinical Research Associates, Inc. (SoCRA), is announcing a public workshop entitled "FDA Clinical Trial Requirements, Regulations, Compliance and GCP.'' This 2-day public workshop is intended to provide information about FDA clinical trial requirements to the regulated industry.

    Date and Time: The public workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, March 4, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

    Location: The public workshop will be held at The Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819, 407-351-2420.

    Attendees are responsible for their own accommodations. To make reservations at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, at the discounted rate of $149 per night (plus applicable taxes), contact the hotel before February 10, 2010, citing "SoCRA''. The hotel's Web site is: (FDA has verified the Web site address, but is not responsible for subsequent changes to the Web site after this document publishes in the Federal Register.)


    For FDA: C. Stewart Watson, Food and Drug Administration, 555 Winderley Pl., suite 200, Maitland, FL 32751, 407-475-4756, FAX: 407- 475-4768, e-mail:

    For SoCRA: SoCRA Administrative Office, 530 West Butler Ave., suite 109, Chalfont, PA 18914, 1-800-762-7292 or 215-822-8644, FAX: 215-822- 8633, e-mail:

    Registration: You are encouraged to register by February 26, 2010. Seats are limited; please submit your registration as soon as possible. Workshop space will be filled in order of receipt of registration. Registration will close when the workshop is filled. Those accepted into the workshop will receive confirmation. Registration at the site is not guaranteed but may be possible on a space available basis on the day of the public workshop beginning at 8 a.m. The SoCRA registration fees cover the cost of the workshop facilities, materials, breaks, and lunches. The cost of registration is as follows:

    Cost of Registration FDA Employee: Fee waived

    Federal Government (SoCRA Member): $450.00

    Federal Government (Non-SoCRA Member): $525.00

    Non-Federal Government (SoCRA Member): $575.00

    Non-Federal Government (Non-SoCRA Member): $650.00

    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact C. Stewart Watson at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    Registration instructions: To register, please submit your name, affiliation, mailing address, phone/fax number, and e-mail, along with a check or money order payable to SoCRA. Please mail your payment to: SoCRA Administrative Office, 530 West Butler Ave., suite 109, Chalfont, PA 18914. Registration may be downloaded on the SoCRA Web site at (FDA has verified the Web site address, but is not responsible for subsequent changes to the Web site after this document publishes in the Federal Register.)

    Other payment forms accepted are major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express only). For more information on the meeting, or for questions on registration, contact the SoCRA Administrative Office (see Contact).

  • Notice of Meeting: Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society

    Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of the twenty-first meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS), U.S. Public Health Service. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2010, and from 8 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2010, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW., Washington, DC 20008. The meeting will be open to the public with attendance limited to space available. The meeting also will be Web cast.

    The main agenda items involve the review of a revised report on gene patents and licensing practices, the review of a public consultation draft report on genetics education and training, and an information-gathering session on the mechanisms and policies related to genomic data sharing. Other agenda items include a preliminary discussion to help plan a future session on implications of an affordable genome; a report on activities of the Clinical Utility and Comparative Effectiveness Task Force; and updates from Federal agencies on activities related to the implementation of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the coverage and reimbursement of genetic tests, the oversight of genetic testing, and the retention and use of residual dried blood spot specimens after newborn screening.

    As always, the Committee welcomes hearing from anyone wishing to provide public comment on any issue related to genetics, health and society. Individuals who would like to provide public comment should notify the SACGHS Executive Secretary, Ms. Sarah Carr, by telephone at 301-496-9838 or e-mail at The SACGHS office is located at 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892. Anyone planning to attend the meeting who needs special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, is also asked to contact the Executive Secretary.

    Under authority of 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established SACGHS to serve as a public forum for deliberations on the broad range of human health and societal issues raised by the development and use of genetic and genomic technologies and, as warranted, to provide advice on these issues. The draft meeting agenda and other information about SACGHS, including information about access to the Web cast, will be available at the following Web site:

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Partial 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List 475 Species in the Southwestern United States as Threatened or Endangered with Critical Habitat

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of 90-day petition finding.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on 192 species from a petition to list 475 species in the southwestern United States as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). For 125 of the 192 species, we find that the petition did not present substantial information indicating that listing may be warranted. Based on our review, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing may be warranted for 67 of the 192 species. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review of the 67 species to determine if listing is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding these 67 species. Based on the status review, we will issue a 12-month finding on the petition, which will address whether the petitioned action is warranted, as provided in the Act.

    DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct a status review, we request that we receive information on or before February 16, 2010. After this date, you must submit information directly to the Southwest Regional Ecological Services Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below). Please note that we may not be able to address or incorporate information that we receive after the above requested date.

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

    Federal rulemaking Portal: Search for Docket no. FWS-R2-ES-2008-0130 and then follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    U.S. Mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R6-ES-2008-0131; 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 information received on This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Request for Information section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Gloman, Assistant Regional Director, Southwest Regional Ecological Services Office, 500 Gold Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102; telephone 505/248-6920; facsimile 505/248-6788. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800- 877-8339.

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