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Federal Register Summary for week of 1 January

    Commerce

  • Council Coordination Committee Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: NMFS will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (CCC), consisting of the Regional Fishery Management Council chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors in January 2010. The intent of this meeting is to discuss issues of relevance to the Councils, including FY 2010 budget allocations and budgetary planning, the Ocean Policy Task Force, Marine Spatial Planning, the draft Catch Shares Task Force Report, and implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).

    DATES: The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, recess at 5:30 p.m. or when business is complete; and reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2010, and adjourn by 4:30 p.m. or when business is complete.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hotel Monaco, 700 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20004, telephone 202-628-7177, fax 202-628-7277.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William D. Chappell: telephone 301- 713-2337 or e-mail at William.Chappell@noaa.gov; or Tara Scott: telephone 301-713-2337 or e-mail at Tara.Scott@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30694.htm

  • Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 31

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

    ACTION: Notice of Availability of Amendment 31 to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 31 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP) for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. Amendment 31 proposes actions to address sea turtle bycatch in the bottom longline component of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) reef fish fishery. The measures contained in the subject amendment are intended to balance the continued viability of the bottom longline component of the reef fish fishery while maintaining adequately protective measures for sea turtles.

    DATES: Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., eastern time, on March 1, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the amendment or the proposed rule, identified by "0648-AX67'' by any of the following methods:

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

    Fax: 727-824-5308; Attention: Cynthia Meyer.

    Mail: Cynthia Meyer, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

    Instructions: No comments will be posted for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to 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.

    To submit comments through the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov, enter "NOAA-NMFS-2008-0310'' in the keyword search, then check the box labeled "Select to find documents accepting comments or submissions'', then select "Send a Comment or Submission.'' 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. No comments will be posted for public viewing until after the comment period has closed.

    Copies of Amendment 31, which includes a draft environmental impact statement, an initial regulatory flexibility analysis, and a regulatory impact review may be obtained from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone 813-348-1630; fax 813-348-1711; e-mail gulfcouncil@gulfcouncil.org; or may be downloaded from the Council's website at http://www.gulfcouncil.org/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Meyer, telephone: 727-824- 5305.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-31068.htm

  • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery; Amendment 16

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS proposes regulations to implement measures in Amendment 16 to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 16 was developed by the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) as part of the biennial adjustment process in the FMP to update status determination criteria for all regulated NE multispecies or ocean pout stocks; to adopt rebuilding programs for NE multispecies stocks newly classified as being overfished and subject to overfishing; and to revise management measures, including significant revisions to the Sector management measures, necessary to end overfishing, rebuild overfished regulated NE multispecies and ocean pout stocks, and mitigate the adverse economic impacts of increased effort controls. Amendment 16 would also implement new requirements for establishing acceptable biological catch (ABC), annual catch limits (ACLs), and accountability measures (AMs) for each stock managed under the FMP, pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). Finally, this action would add Atlantic wolffish to the list of species managed by the FMP. This action is necessary to address the results of the most recent stock assessment that indicates that several additional NE multispecies regulated species are overfished and subject to overfishing, and that stocks currently classified as overfished require additional reductions in fishing mortality to rebuild by the end of their rebuilding periods.

    DATES: Comments must be received by January 20, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by 0648-AW72, by any of the following methods:

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

    Fax: (978) 281-9135.

    Mail: Paper, disk, or CD-ROM comments should be sent to Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope, "Comments on the Proposed Rule for NE Multispecies Amendment 16.''

    Instructions: No comments will be posted for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://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). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    Copies of Amendment 16, its Regulatory Impact Review (RIR), and a draft of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) are available from Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. NMFS prepared an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Act (IRFA) analysis, which is summarized in the Classification section of this proposed rule. The EIS/RIR/IRFA is also accessible via the Internet at http://www.nefmc.org/nemulti/index.html.

    Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this rule should be submitted to the Regional Administrator at the address above and to David Rostker, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), by e-mail at David_Rotsker@omb.eop.gov, or fax to (202) 395-7285.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas W. Christel, Fishery Policy Analyst, phone: 978-281-9141, fax: 978-281-9135.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-29854.htm

  • Defense

  • Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the following committee meeting:

    Name of Committee: Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board (EAB).

    Topic: The EAB will discuss national considerations related to ecosystem restoration through integrated water resources management with emphasis on building collaborative partnerships, coastal issues and climate change.

    Date of Meeting: January 22, 2010.

    Place: The Battle House Hotel, 26 North Royal Street, Mobile, AL 36602.

    Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Thirty minutes will be set aside for public comment. Members of the public who wish to speak are asked to register prior to the start of the meeting. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Statements are limited to 3 minutes.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Rennie Sherman, Executive Secretary, rennie.h.sherman@usace.army.mil, 202-761-7771.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30755.htm

  • Energy

  • Request for Information Regarding Categorical Exclusions

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to update its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) categorical exclusions, and seeks input from interested parties to help identify activities that should be considered for new or revised categorical exclusions.

    DATES: Responses should be e-mailed or postmarked by January 25, 2010. Late responses will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: E-mail submissions are encouraged due to the delivery time required for mail, and should be sent to yardena.mansoor@hq.doe.gov. Alternatively, submissions may be faxed to 202-586-7031 or mailed to Yardena Mansoor; Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance (GC-54); U.S. Department of Energy; 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    Additional information on this Request for Information, including what information should be submitted and how to submit responses, may be found at http://www.gc.energy.gov/nepa/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yardena Mansoor, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance (GC-54), 202-586-9326, yardena.mansoor@hq.doe.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30829.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: The Feasibility of Incorporating Climate Change Information Into Land Protection Planning

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Public Comment Period.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled, "An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: The Feasibility of Incorporating Climate Change Information into Land Protection Planning'' (EPA/600/R-09/142a). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. This draft document is a review of decision- making processes of selected land protection programs. The goal of this document is to assess the feasibility of incorporating climate change impacts information into the evaluation of these programs. The assessment revealed that there are several strategies that might be useful for incorporating climate change information into decision making. As part of a portfolio of adaptation strategies, land protection may become more important for jurisdictions, particularly to ameliorate climate change impacts on watersheds and wildlife.

    The public comment period and the external peer review, which will occur after the public comment period, are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA intends to forward the public comments that are submitted in accordance with this notice to the external peer reviewer panel prior to the meeting for their consideration. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.

    EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

    DATES: The 30-day public comment period begins December 31, 2009, and ends February 1, 2010. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by February 1, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The draft "An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: The Feasibility of Incorporating Climate Change Information into Land Protection Planning'' is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347- 8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, "An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: The Feasibility of Incorporating Climate Change Information into Land Protection Planning''.

    Comments may be submitted electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or e-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    For technical information, contact Britta Bierwagen, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8613; facsimile: 703-347-8694; or e-mail: bierwagen.britta@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-31100.htm

  • Draft 2009 Update Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Ammonia--Freshwater

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability of draft criteria and request for scientific views.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 304(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of draft national recommended water quality criteria for ammonia for the protection of aquatic life. The draft criteria are based on EPA's Guidelines for Deriving Numerical National Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Aquatic Organisms and Their Uses (1985), (EPA/R-85- 100). EPA's recommended section 304(a) water quality criteria provide guidance to States and authorized tribes in adopting water quality standards for protecting aquatic life and human health and provide guidance to EPA for promulgating Federal regulations under CWA section 303(c), when such action is necessary.

    DATES: Scientific views must be received on or before March 1, 2010. Comments postmarked after this date may not be considered.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your scientific views, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2009- 0921, by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: OW-Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) Water Docket, MC 28221T; 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Ave, NW., EPA West, Room 3334, Washington DC. 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-OW-2009- 0921. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online 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 http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://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 http://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 http://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 http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Office of Water Docket/EPA/DC, 1301 Constitution Ave, NW., EPA West, Room 3334, Washington DC. This Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., EST, 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) 566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Huff, Health and Ecological Criteria Division (4304T), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; (202) 566-0787; huff.lisa@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30992.htm

  • Stakeholder Input; Stormwater Management Including Discharges From New Development and Redevelopment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing its plans to initiate national rulemaking to establish a comprehensive program to reduce stormwater discharges from new development and redevelopment and make other regulatory improvements to strengthen its stormwater program. The purpose of this notice is to request input from the public to help EPA shape such a comprehensive program and to announce EPA's intent to hold several public "listening sessions'' in January 2010. EPA seeks input on this undertaking regarding performance, effectiveness and cost of stormwater control measures; ecological data, including ecological benefits from stormwater controls; technical information on design, implementation and operation and maintenance of stormwater control measures; suggestions for how the existing program may be modified to better meet the goals of the Clean Water Act; and any other information that may help EPA develop improvements to the existing program, including better control of pollutants in stormwater from the built environment created by development and redevelopment.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 26, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2009-0817, by one of the following methods:

    http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    E-mail: OW-Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OW-2009-0817.

    Fax: 202-566-9744.

    Mail: Water Docket, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 4203M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2009-0817.

    Hand Delivery: Water Docket, EPA Docket Center, EPA West Building Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2009-0817. 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-OW-2009- 0817. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online 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 http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://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 http://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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on the notice, contact Jonathan Angier, EPA Headquarters, Office of Water, Office of Wastewater Management at tel.: 202-564-0729 or e-mail: angier.jonathan@epa.gov.

    Public Listening Sessions: EPA will hold several informal public listening sessions in January 2010 to gather input on possible regulatory changes to the stormwater program. The public listening sessions will provide a review of EPA's current regulatory approach to permitting stormwater discharges, a summary of the recommendations from the National Research Council report Urban Stormwater Management in the United States (The National Academies Press, 2009), and potential considerations for regulatory changes to strengthen the program. The public listening sessions will afford an opportunity for the public to provide input on regulatory actions that EPA is considering. Brief oral comments (three minutes or less) will be accepted at the sessions, and written statements will be accepted. The dates and locations of the listening sessions are as follows:

    January 19, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 5 Office, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604

    January 20, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 9 Office, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

    January 25, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 8 Office, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202-1129

    January 26, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 6 Office, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202

    January 28, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA HQ Office, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004

    In order to provide adequate seating for those wishing to attend EPA's public listening sessions, interested individuals must register to attend by January 15, 2010 on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/rulemaking.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30627.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Informed Consent Elements

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; opportunity for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or agency) is issuing a proposed rule that, if finalized, would amend the informed consent regulations to require that the informed consent documents and processes for applicable drug, biologic, and device clinical investigations include a statement that clinical trial information for such clinical investigations has been or will be submitted to the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM) for inclusion in the clinical trial registry databank. The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) requires that FDA update its informed consent regulations to require that the informed consent documents and processes for certain clinical investigations include a statement that clinical trial information for such investigations has been or will be submitted for inclusion in the clinical trial registry databank.

    DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the proposed rule by March 1, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FDA-2009- N-0592 and/or RIN number 0910-AG32, by any of the following methods.

    Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:

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

    Written Submissions

    Submit written submissions in the following ways:

    FAX: 301-827-6870.

    Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number and Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this rulemaking. All comments received may be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For additional information on submitting comments, see the "Comments'' heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the "Search'' box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jarilyn Dupont, Office of Policy, Office of Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 1, rm. 4305, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301- 796-4830.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30751.htm

  • National Center for Research Resources; 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 National Advisory Research Resources Council.

    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 sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Research Resources Council.

    Date: January 26, 2010.

    Open: 8 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

    Agenda: Report of the Director and other Institute staff.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: 1:30 p.m. to adjournment.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Louise E. Ramm, PhD, Deputy Director, National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 3B11, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-6023, louiser@ncrr.nih.gov.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: www.ncrr.nih.gov/newspub/minutes.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30870.htm

  • Interior

  • Marine Mammal Protection Act; Stock Assessment Report

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of final 2009 revised marine mammal stock assessment reports for the Pacific walrus stock and two stocks of polar bears; response to comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA), and its implementing regulations, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce that we have revised our stock assessment reports (SARs) for the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) stock and for each of the two polar bear (Ursus maritimus) stocks in Alaska: The Southern Beaufort Sea polar bear stock and the Chukchi/Bering Seas polar bear stock, including incorporation of public comments. We now make these three final 2009 revised SARs available to the public.

    ADDRESSES: To obtain the SARs for the Pacific walrus or either polar bear stock, see Document Availability under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosa Meehan, Marine Mammals Management Office, (800) 362-5148 (telephone) or r7mmmcomment@fws.gov (e- mail).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30908.htm

  • National Park System Advisory Board Re-establishment

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Re-establishment of the National Park System Advisory Board.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior intends to re-establish the National Park System Advisory Board. This action is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of statutory duties imposed upon the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Shirley S. Smith, 202-208-7160.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-31051.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Public Access Policies for Science and Technology Funding Agencies Across the Federal Government

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President.

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: On December 9, 2009, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President, published a notice requesting input from the community regarding enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by Federal science and technology agencies. That notice stated that the RFI would be active from December 10, 2009 to January 7, 2010. The purpose of this document is to extend that comment period to allow comments until January 21, to accommodate potential respondents who may find it difficult to complete their responses by the original deadline because of the intervening holidays. Respondents are invited to respond online via the Public Access Policy Forum at http://www.whitehouse.gov/open, or may submit responses via electronic mail. Responses will be re-posted on the online forum. Instructions and a timetable for daily blog topics during this period are described at http://www.whitehouse.gov/open.

    DATES: Comments must be received by January 21, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Public Access Policy Forum: http://www.whitehouse.gov/open.

    Via e-mail: publicaccess@ostp.gov.

    Mail: Office of Science and Technology Policy, Attn: Open Government Recommendations, 725 17th Street, Washington, DC 20502.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice could be made available to the public online or by alternative means. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If you submit an e-mail comment, your e-mail address will be captured automatically and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Diane DiEuliis, Assistant Director, Life Sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Attn: Open Government, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20502. 202-456- 6059.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30725.htm