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Federal Register Summary for week of 25 December

    Commerce

  • Guidelines for the Marine Debris Program Grant Program

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of final guidelines for NOAA's Marine Debris Program Grant Program.


    SUMMARY: The NOAA Marine Debris Division, Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service, is issuing guidelines to implement the Marine Debris Program (MDP) grant program. The MDP was created by the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act (33 U.S.C. 1951 et seq.) to coordinate, strengthen, and enhance the awareness of marine debris efforts within the agency, and to work with external partners to support research, prevention, and reduction activities related to the issue of marine debris. The NOAA MDP mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris through research, prevention, and reduction activities, in order to protect and conserve our nation's living marine resources and ensure navigation safety. Within the Act, the MDP is directed to develop formal guidelines for the implementation of a grant program. This notice identifies those guidelines.

    ADDRESSES: Comments received may be viewed by contacting Sarah E. Morison, NOAA Marine Debris Program Coordinator, Office of Response and Restoration, N/ORR, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah E. Morison, Tel: 301-713-2989 x120 or by e-mail at Sarah.Morison@NOAA.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30205.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Guide for Preparing and Submitting White Papers to the Technology Innovation Program

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 22, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Ashley Howell at (301) 975-8252 or Ashley.Howell@nist.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30555.htm

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

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

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


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. The meeting will be held in Washington, DC. This meeting, the 23rd bi-annual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among Federal agencies, State and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. Please register in advance by visiting the Web site listed below. This meeting has time allotted for public comment. All public comment must be submitted in written format. A written summary of the meeting will be posted on the Web site within two months of its occurrence.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24, 2010. Registration is requested for all events associated with the meetings. Advance public comments can be submitted to the e- mail, fax, or mailing address listed below from Friday, January 15-- Friday, January 29.

    Location: The meeting will be held at the Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 on February 23, 2010 and the Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240 on February 24, 2010.

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30259.htm

  • Defense

  • Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory Personnel Management Demonstration Project, Department of the Army, Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC)

    AGENCY: Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Civilian Personnel Policy), (DUSD (CPP)), Department of Defense (DoD).

    ACTION: Notice of approval of a demonstration project final plan.


    SUMMARY: Section 342(b) of Public Law 103-337, as amended, authorizes the Secretary of Defense to conduct personnel demonstration projects at Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories designated as Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs). The above-cited legislation authorizes DoD to conduct demonstration projects to determine whether a specified change in personnel management policies or procedures would result in improved Federal personnel management. Section 1107 of Public Law 110-181 as amended by section 1109 of Public Law 110-417 requires the Secretary of Defense to execute a process and plan to employ the Department's personnel management demonstration project authorities found in title 5 United States Code (U.S.C.) 4703 at the STRLs enumerated in 5 U.S.C. 9902(c)(2) as re-designated in section 1105 of Public Law 111-84 and 73 Federal Register (FR) 73248 to enhance the performance of these laboratories. The NSRDEC is listed as one of the designated STRLs.

    DATES: Implementation of this demonstration project will begin no earlier than February 1, 2010.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NSRDEC: Ms. Karen Sullivan, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, (RDNS-BOW), Kansas Street, Natick, MA 01760, (508) 233-4479.

    DoD: Ms. Betty A. Duffield, CPMS-PSSC, Suite B-200, 1400 Key Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209-5144

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30478.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notification of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering for public comment, please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come basis.

    DATES: The NEJAC meeting will convene Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and reconvene Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, January 29, 2010, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. All noted times are Central Time.

    One public comment session relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27, from 3:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. All noted times are Central Time. Members of the public who wish to participate in the public comment period are encouraged to pre-register by January 11, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The NEJAC meeting will be held at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, telephone (504) 581-1000, FAX (504) 523-6755 or toll-free: (888) 364-1200.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning the meeting should be directed to Mr. Aaron Bell, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at (202) 564-1044, via e-mail at Bell.Aaron@epa.gov; or by FAX at (202) 501-0936. Additional information about the meeting is available on the following Web site: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/nejac/meetings.html.

    Pre-registration by January 11, 2010, for all attendees is highly recommended. To register online, visit the Web site above. Requests for pre-registration forms should be sent to Ms. Estela Rosas, EPA Contractor, APEX Direct, Inc., at 877-773-0779 or meetings@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter also may make appropriate arrangements using these numbers.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30400.htm

  • National Lakes Assessment Draft Report

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given for a 30-day public review and comment period on the draft report of the National Lakes Assessment (NLA). The National Lakes Assessment draft report describes the results of the nationwide probabilistic lake survey that was conducted in the summer of 2007. EPA and its state/tribal partners looked at the biological, trophic, recreational and habitat conditions in lakes of the conterminous United States. The NLA report includes information on how the survey was implemented, what the findings were on a national and ecoregional scale, implications for resource managers, and future actions and challenges.

    DATES: Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. January 22, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: E-mail your comments to lakessurvey@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Peterson, Assessment and Watershed Protection Division, Office of Water, Washington, DC; Phone: 202-566-1304; e-mail: peterson.carol@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30494.htm

  • Public Availability of Identities of Inert Ingredients in Pesticides

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.


    SUMMARY: In response to two petitions seeking disclosure of selected inert ingredients on pesticide labels, based on hazard, EPA is initiating rulemaking to increase public availability of the identities of the inert ingredients in pesticide products. This action would assist consumers and users of pesticides in making informed decisions and reduce the presence of potentially hazardous ingredients in pesticides.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 22, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0635, 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- 2009-0635. 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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kerry B. Leifer, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8811; fax number: (703) 605-0781; e-mail address: leifer.kerry@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30408.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Clinical Center; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting. The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended to discuss personnel matters, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy.

    Name of Committee: NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research.

    Date: January 25, 2010.

    Open: 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

    Agenda: To review the 2010 Clinical Center Operating Plan and provide updates on selected organizational initiatives.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 10, 10 Center Drive, CRC Medical Board Room 4-2551, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate personnel matters.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 10, 10 Center Drive, CRC Medical Board Room 4-2551, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Maureen E. Gormley, Executive Secretary, Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, National Institutes of Health, Building 10, Room 6-2551, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 496-2897.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30303.htm

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Superfund Research Program; Request for Information (NOT-ES-10-003): Superfund Research Program Strategic Planning

    AGENCY: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS.

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP), in response to recommendations of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program External Advisory Panel convened in 2009, is seeking input to develop a strategic plan to provide direction to achieve its mandates described in SARA Section 311(a). Information provided will be used to develop a 5-year strategic plan to direct programmatic focus and enhance the impact of the SRP program. SRP welcomes input from sister Superfund agency representatives (i.e. United States Environmental Protection Agency, US EPA; and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ATSDR), other government officials, environmental health researchers, academics, members of the private sector, policy makers, the lay public, and others with an interest in the effects of hazardous substances on public health. SRP is using an online questionnaire and public meetings to receive input.

    DATES: Please respond online at the Superfund Research Program Strategic Planning web page by January 29, 2010, at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/SRP/strategicplan. Meeting dates and locations, when available, will be listed at the same Web page.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Other correspondence regarding this RFI should be directed to either (1) Ms. Beth Anderson, SRP Program Analyst, P.O. Box 12233, MD K3-04, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (phone) 919-541-4481, (e-mail) tainer@niehs.nih.gov or (2) Dr. Heather Henry, SRP Program Administrator, P.O. Box 12233, MD K3-04, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (phone) 919-541-5330, (e-mail) henryh@niehs.nih.gov, fax (919)316-4606.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30299.htm

  • National Library of Medicine; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: PubMed Central National Advisory Committee.

    Date: June 4, 2010.

    Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Agenda: Review and Analysis of Systems.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, Board Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: David J. Lipman, MD., Director Natl Ctr For Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, Building 38, Room 8N805, Bethesda, MD 20894, 301-435-5985, dlipman@mail.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/about/nac.html, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30311.htm

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