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Federal Register Summary for week of 15 January

    Agriculture

  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement; Determination of Regulated Status of Alfalfa Genetically Engineered for Tolerance to the Herbicide Glyphosate

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of a draft environmental impact statement and public meetings.


    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared a draft environmental impact statement in connection with making a determination on the status of the Monsanto Company and Forage Genetics International alfalfa lines designated as events J101 and J163 as regulated articles. This notice also provides notice of public meetings.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before February 16, 2010. We will also consider comments made at public meetings to be held on January 19, 2010, and on February 3, 4, and 9, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The public meetings will be held in Las Vegas, NV, Kearney, NE, Lincoln, NE, and Riverdale, MD (see the Supplementary Information section of this notice for the address of each hearing site). You may submit written comments on the draft environmental impact statement by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to (http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/ main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2007-0044) to view the draft environmental impact statement, or to submit or view public comments.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0044, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0044.

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

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

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Andrea Huberty, Branch Chief, Regulatory and Environmental Analysis Branch, BRS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 146, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-0485.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-345.htm

  • Defense

  • Notice of Solicitation for Estuary Habitat Restoration Program

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

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for project applications.


    SUMMARY: Congress has appropriated limited funds to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for implementation of the Estuary Habitat Restoration Program as authorized in Section 104 of the Estuary Restoration Act of 2000, Title I of the Estuaries and Clean Waters Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-457) (accessible at http://www.usace.army.mil/CECW/ERA/Pages/home.aspx). On behalf of the Estuary Habitat Restoration Council (Council) the Corps is soliciting proposals for estuary habitat restoration projects. The Council requests that all proposals address the potential effects of sea level change and other impacts related to climate change on the viability of the proposed restoration. This may take the form of considering climate change in the planning, design, siting, and construction of the project, or in testing new restoration technologies that may help to alleviate effects of climate change. This document describes project criteria and evaluation criteria the Council will use to determine which projects to recommend. Recommended projects must provide ecosystem benefits, have scientific merit, be technically feasible, and be cost-effective. Proposals selected for Estuary Habitat Restoration Program funding may be implemented in accordance with a cost-share agreement with the Corps; or a cooperative agreement with the Corps or NOAA, subject to availability of funds.

    In addition to this solicitation and the application form, a Supplemental Guide for Prospective Applicants is available at: http://www.usace.army.mil/CECW/ERA/Pages/pps.aspx and http://era.noaa.gov/.

    DATES: Proposals must be received on or before March 16, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Ms. Jenni Wallace, NOAA Restoration Center, SSMC3 F/HC3 Room 14730, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jenni Wallace, (301) 713-0174 x183, e-mail: Jenni.Wallace@noaa.gov or Ms. Ellen Cummings, (202) 761- 4750, e-mail: Ellen.M.Cummings@usace.army.mil.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-681.htm

  • Education

  • Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

    AGENCY: Department of Education.

    SUMMARY: The Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information

    Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before March 15, 2010.

    Type of Review: New.

    Title: IES Research Training Program Surveys: Predoctoral Survey, Postdoctoral Survey, Special Education Postdoctoral Survey.

    Frequency: Annually.

    Affected Public: Individuals or households.

    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

    Responses: 695.

    Burden Hours: 174.

    Abstract: The surveys are for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows taking part in the Institute of Education Sciences' three education training grant programs under which funds are provided to universities to support three types of training programs in the education sciences. The results of the survey will be used to both improve the fellowship programs as well as to provide information on the programs to policymakers, practitioners, and the public.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-514.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Availability of 2010 BEACH Act Grants.


    SUMMARY: Section 406(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) as amended by the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act authorizes EPA to award program development and implementation grants to eligible States, territories, Tribes, and local governments to support microbiological monitoring and public notification of the potential for exposure to disease-causing microorganisms in coastal recreation waters, including the Great Lakes. EPA encourages coastal and Great Lakes States and Tribes that have received BEACH Act grants in the past to apply for 2010 BEACH Act grants to implement effective and comprehensive coastal recreation water monitoring and public notification programs ("implementation grants''). EPA also encourages eligible coastal and Great Lakes Tribes to apply for 2010 BEACH Act grants to develop effective and comprehensive coastal recreation water monitoring and public notification programs ("development grants'').

    DATES: States, Erie County, Pennsylvania, and Tribes that previously received BEACH Act grants must submit applications on or before March 12, 2010. Other eligible Tribes should notify the relevant EPA Regional BEACH Act grant coordinator of their interest in applying for a grant on or before February 25, 2010. Upon receipt of a Tribe's notice of interest, EPA will establish an appropriate application deadline.

    ADDRESSES: You must send your application to the appropriate EPA Regional grant coordinator listed in this notice under Section VI, Grant Coordinators.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lars Wilcut, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., (4305T), Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 566-0447. E-mail: wilcut.lars@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-260.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Science Integration for Decisionmaking

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making.

    DATES: The meeting dates are February 10, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and February 11, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Science Advisory Board Conference Center, 1025 F Street, NW., Suite 3705, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this meeting must contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Nugent may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail; (202) 343-9981; fax (202) 233-0643; or e- mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the public meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-691.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of Biotechnology Activities; Office of Science Policy; Office of the Director; Notice of a Meeting of the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel

    The purpose of this notice is to inform the public about a meeting of the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel to Advise on the Risk Assessment of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Boston University Medical Center.

    There will be a meeting of the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel to advise on the Risk Assessment of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) at Boston University Medical Center. The meeting will be held on Friday, February 12, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda Hotel, located at 7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This meeting is the second in a series of public meetings with the National Research Council to review the ongoing supplementary risk assessment study.

    Sign up for public comment will begin at approximately 8 a.m. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested in presenting oral comments, anyone may file written comments using the following address below.

    An agenda and slides for the meeting can be obtained prior to the meeting by connecting to http://nihblueribbonpanel-bumc-neidl.od.nih.gov/. For additional information concerning this meeting, contact Ms. Laurie Lewallen, Advisory Committee Coordinator, Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 750, Bethesda, MD 20892-7985; telephone 301-496-9838; e-mail lewallenl@od.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-730.htm

  • Interior

  • 60-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of Information; Opportunity for Public Comment

    AGENCY: Department of Interior, National Park Service.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR part 1320, Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a new collection of information.

    DATES: Public comments on this Information Collection Request (ICR) will be accepted on or before March 15, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Send comments to: Brian Mitchell, Northeast Temperate Inventory and Monitoring Network, NPS, 54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091; or via fax at 802-457-3405; or via e-mail at brian_mitchell@nps.gov. All responses to the Notice will be summarized and included in the request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public record.

    To Request a Draft of Proposed Collection of Information Contact: Brian Mitchell, NPS, 54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091; or via phone at 802/457-3368; or via fax at 802/457-3368; or via e-mail at brian_mitchell@nps.gov. You are entitled to a copy of the entire ICR package free of charge once the package is submitted to OMB for review.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-446.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-month Finding on a Petition To Revise Critical Habitat for the Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris)

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of 12-month petition finding.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce our 12-month finding on a petition to revise critical habitat for the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. After a thorough review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that revisions to critical habitat for the Florida manatee are warranted. However, sufficient funds are not available due to higher priority actions such as court-ordered listing-related actions and judicially approved settlement agreements. We intend to initiate rulemaking when we complete the higher priorities and have the necessary resources to do so.

    DATES: The finding announced in this document was made on January 12, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: This finding is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket Number FWS-R4-ES-2009-0066. Supporting documentation we used to prepare this finding is available for public inspection, by appointment during normal business hours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jacksonville Ecological Services Field Office, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256-7517. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions concerning this finding to the above address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Manatee CH Review, at the above address, by telephone at 904-731-3336, by facsimile at 904-731-3045, or by e-mail: northflorida@fws.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339. Please include "Florida manatee scientific information'' in the subject line for faxes and emails.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-325.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Determination That Designation of Critical Habitat is Prudent for the Jaguar

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of determination.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), have reconsidered our prudency determination concerning the designation of critical habitat for the jaguar (Panthera onca) and now find that designation of critical habitat is prudent. We are preparing a proposed designation of critical habitat for the jaguar in accordance with the Act this fiscal year and anticipate we will publish a proposed designation in January 2011.

    DATES: To be considered in the proposed critical habitat designation, comments and information should be submitted to us by March 15, 2010.

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

    Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Keyword box, enter Docket No. [FWS- R2-ES-2009-0091], which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Send a Comment or Submission.''

    By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2009-0091; 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 comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see Public Comment Procedures and Public Availability of Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Spangle, Field Supervisor, Arizona Ecological Services Office, 2321 West Royal Palm Road, Suite 103, Phoenix, AZ 85021-4951; telephone (602) 242-0210; facsimile (602) 242-2513. 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/2010/2010-479.htm

  • Multistate Conservation Grant Program; Priority List for Conservation Projects

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of receipt of priority list.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), announce the FY 2010 priority list of wildlife and sport fish conservation projects from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). As required by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000, AFWA submits a list of projects to us each year to consider for funding under the Multistate Conservation Grant program. We then review and award grants from this list.

    ADDRESSES: John C. Stremple, Multistate Conservation Grants Program Coordinator, Division of Federal Assistance, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP-4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John C. Stremple, (703) 358-2156 (phone) or John_Stremple@fws.gov (e-mail).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-355.htm

  • Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Pacific Island Territory

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement and announcement of public scoping.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare an environmental impact statement to evaluate eradication of nonnative rats on Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). We provide this notice to advise the public and other agencies of our intent, and obtain public comments, suggestions, and information on the scope of issues to consider in the EIS.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by March 1, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Additional information about the Refuge is available on the Internet at: http://www.fws.gov/palmyraatoll/. Send your comments or requests for information by any of the following methods.

    E-mail: palmyra@fws.gov.

    Fax: Attn: Beth Flint, (808) 792-9586.

    U.S. Mail: Beth Flint, Acting Project Leader, Pacific Reefs National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 300 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 5-231, Honolulu, HI 96850.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Flint, Pacific Reefs National Wildlife Refuge Complex, phone (808) 792-9553.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-579.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF).

    ACTION: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request and Final Notice of a Uniform Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) format.


    SUMMARY: Effective with publication of this Notice in the Federal Register, agencies will be able to utilize a new uniform format for reporting performance progress on Federally-funded research projects. The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) will directly benefit award recipients by making it easier for them to administer Federal grant and cooperative agreement programs through standardization of the types of information required in interim performance reports--thereby reducing their administrative effort and costs. The RPPR will also make it easier to compare the outputs, outcomes, etc. of research programs across the government.

    The RPPR resulted from an initiative of the Research Business Models (RBM) Subcommittee of the Committee on Science (CoS), a committee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). One of the RBM Subcommittee's priority areas is to create greater consistency in the administration of Federal research awards. Given the increasing complexity of interdisciplinary and interagency research, it is important for Federal agencies to manage awards in a similar fashion. Upon implementation, the RPPR will be used by agencies that support research and research-related activities for use in submission of interim progress reports. It is intended to replace other interim performance reporting formats currently in use by agencies. The RPPR does not change the performance reporting requirements specified in 2 CFR part 215 (OMB Circular A-110) and the Common Rule implementing OMB Circular A-102.

    Each category in the RPPR is a separate reporting component. Agencies will direct recipients to report on the one mandatory component ("Accomplishments''), and also may direct them to report on optional components, as appropriate. Within a particular component, agencies may direct recipients to complete only specific questions, as not all questions within a given component may be relevant to all agencies. Agencies may develop an agency- or program-specific component, if necessary, to meet programmatic requirements, although agencies should minimize the degree to which they supplement the standard components. Such agency- or program-specific requirements will require review and clearance by OMB.

    Agencies also may use other OMB-approved reporting formats, such as the Performance Progress Report (PPR), if those formats are better suited to the agency's reporting requirements, for example, for research centers/institutes, clinical trials, or fellowship/training awards or in connection to reporting on program performance, through mechanisms such as the Performance Assessment Rating Tool.

    On behalf of the RBM Subcommittee, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has agreed to serve as sponsor of this new format. We anticipate this being the final notice before the format and instructions are finalized. The general public and Federal agencies, however, are invited to comment on the proposed final format during the 30 day public comment period. The Government-wide RPPR is posted on the NSF Web site at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rppr/index.jsp.

    Comments: In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Science Foundation is publishing the following summary of a proposed collection for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

    DATES: Comments must be received by February 12, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Division of Administrative Services, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22230, e-mail splimpton@nsf.gov; telephone: (703) 292-7556; fax: (703) 292-9188. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays).

    We encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Please include "Research Performance Progress Reporting'' in the subject line of the e-mail message; please also include the full body of your comments in the text of the message, and as an attachment. Include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and e-mail address in your message.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the RPPR, contact Jean Feldman; Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution & Support; National Science Foundation; 4201 Wilson Blvd; Arlington, VA 22230; e- mail: jfeldman@nsf.gov; telephone: (703) 292-8243; fax: (703) 292-9171.

    For further information on the NSTC RBM Subcommittee, contact Diane DiEuliis, at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503; e-mail: ddieuliis@ostp.eop.gov; telephone: 202-456-6059; fax: 202-456-6027. See also the RBM Subcommittee's Web site: http://rbm.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-469.htm