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Federal Register Summary for week of 29 January

    Environmental Protection Agency

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Estuary Program (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1500.07, OMB Control No. 2040-0138

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.

    DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before February 25, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2006-0369, to (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by e-mail to ow-docket@epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Water Docket (Mail Code: 28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB by mail to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nell Orscheln, Oceans and Coastal Protection Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, Mail Code 4504T, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-2102; fax number: (202) 566-1336; e-mail address: Orscheln.nell@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-1469.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the Chartered Science Advisory Board to discuss EPA's requested research budget for Fiscal Year 2011.

    DATES: The teleconference dates are February 19, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) and February 24, 2010 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning this public teleconference should contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9981; fax: (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-1942.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention--Ethics Subcommittee (ES)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the following meeting of the aforementioned subcommittee:

    Times and Dates:

    3 p.m.-4 p.m., February 18, 2010.

    8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., February 19, 2010.

    Place: CDC, Thomas R. Harkin Global Communication Center, Auditorium B-3, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30333. This meeting is also available by teleconference. Please dial (877) 928- 1204 and enter code 4305992.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 60 people. To accommodate public participation in the meeting, a conference telephone line will also be available. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment periods. The public comment periods are tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m.-4:15 p.m. on February 18, 2010 and 12 p.m.-12:15 p.m. on February 19, 2010.

    Purpose: The ES provides counsel to the ACD, CDC, regarding a broad range of public health ethics questions and issues arising from programs, scientists, and practitioners.

    Matter to be Discussed: Agenda items will include the following topics: status of ongoing ES activities; review of the CDC Director's organizational improvement activities; review of the Director's priorities; and discussion of the future direction for the ES. The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Drue Barrett, Ph.D., Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC-ES, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., M/S D-50, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone: (404) 639-4690. E-mail: dbarrett@cdc.gov. The deadline for notification of attendance is February 12, 2010.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-1811.htm

  • Notice of Public Meeting

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) announce a public meeting to obtain public comment on "A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (Part I: Domestic Issues)''.

    Time and Date: 12-1:30 p.m. EST, February 3, 2010.

    Place: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814 (One Bethesda Metro Center).

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 200 people.

    Purpose: The purpose of the meeting is to present the annual report of progress by Federal agencies in accomplishing activities outlined in "A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (Part I: Domestic Issues)'' and obtain comments from the public regarding the annual report. "The Action Plan'' serves as a blueprint for activities of Federal agencies to address the issue of antimicrobial resistance. The focus of the plan is on domestic issues. A copy of the plan and annual report can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/actionplan/index.htm.

    Matters to be Discussed: The agenda will consist of welcome and introductory comments, executive summary (including a progress report on revising the Action Plan) and brief reports in each of four focus areas: Surveillance, Prevention and Control, Research, and Product Development. A general discussion will follow the brief reports.

    Comments and suggestions from the public for the Federal agencies related to each of the focus areas will be taken under advisement by the Antimicrobial Resistance Interagency Task Force. The agenda does not include development of consensus positions, guidelines, or discussions or endorsement of specific commercial products.

    Limited time will be available for oral questions, comments and suggestions from the public. Depending on the number of individuals wishing to comment, a time limit of three minutes per individual may be imposed. In the interest of time, visual aids will not be permitted, although written material may be submitted for subsequent review by the Task Force. Persons who anticipate attending the meeting are asked to send written notification to the contact person below by January 28, 2010. Notification information should include name, organization (if applicable), address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address.

    Written comments and suggestions from the public are also encouraged and may be submitted to the contact person or email listed below but must be submitted for consideration no later than March 31, 2010.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Marsha A. Jones, Office of Antimicrobial Resistance, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (proposed), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop A-07, Atlanta, Georgia 30333; telephone: 404-639-4052; fax 404-718-2147; e-mail aractionplan@cdc.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-1570.htm

  • Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (Science Board).

    General Function of the Committee: The Science Board provides advice primarily to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other appropriate officials on specific complex and technical issues, as well as emerging issues within the scientific community in industry and academia. Additionally, the Science Board provides advice to the agency on keeping pace with technical and scientific evolutions in the fields of regulatory science, on formulating an appropriate research agenda, and on upgrading its scientific and research facilities to keep pace with these changes. It will also provide the means for critical review of agency sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on Monday, February 22, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Addresses: Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.

    Contact Person: Doreen Kezer, Office of the Commissioner (HF-33), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, rm. 14-65, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-1249, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1- 800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), code 3014512603. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the agency's Web site and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: On February 22, 2010, the Science Board will hear about and discuss an interim report from its subcommittee reviewing research at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The Science Board will also hear about and discuss plans to establish another subcommittee to review research programs at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. The Science Board will then hear and discuss updates on science programs at the Office of Regulatory Affairs and the National Center for Toxicological Research.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee link.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-1520.htm

  • Interior

  • Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee; Announcement of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will host a Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting March 2- 4, 2010. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda will include discussion of the current draft Recommendations to the Secretary.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for March 2-4, 2010. For session times, see "Session Times'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. To attend, you must register by February 23, 2010. See below.

    ADDRESSES: We will hold the meeting at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Rooms 200A & B, Arlington, Virginia, 22203. For more information, see "Meeting Location Information.''

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel London, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (703) 358-2161.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-1540.htm

  • Winter Use Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, Yellowstone National Park

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a Winter Use Plan, Yellowstone National Park.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Winter Use Plan for Yellowstone National Park, located in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

    The purpose of the EIS is to establish a management framework that allows the public to experience Yellowstone's unique winter resources and values. This plan will determine whether motorized winter use of the park (including wheeled motor vehicles, snowmobiles, and snowcoaches) is appropriate, and if so, the types, extent, and location of this use.

    A Winter Use Plan is needed at this time because: (1) Yellowstone offers unique winter experiences that are distinct from other times of the year; (2) the National Park Service provides opportunities for people to experience the park in the winter, but access to most of the park in the winter is limited by distance and the harsh winter environment, which present challenges to safety and park operations; and (3) the legal authority for oversnow vehicle use (snowmobiles and snowcoaches) at Yellowstone expires after the winter of 2010-2011. A decision is needed about whether this use should continue, and if so, how to structure use to protect resources and values and to provide for visitor use and enjoyment.

    Alternatives considered in the EIS process will focus on responding to the purpose and need, and will also address the objectives of the EIS. The EIS will consider a variety of alternatives for managing winter use in the park, including the use of snowmobiles, snowcoaches, and wheeled vehicles, as well as requirement for professional guides to lead oversnow vehicles into and out of the park. The EIS will evaluate the environmental effects of winter use on air quality and visibility, wildlife, natural soundscapes, employee and visitor health and safety, visitor experience, and socioeconomics.

    The NPS will be inviting several other government agencies to participate in the development of the EIS as cooperating agencies, including the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho; the counties of Park and Teton, WY; Gallatin and Park, MT; and Fremont, ID; the Environmental Protection Agency; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and the U.S. Forest Service.

    A scoping brochure has been prepared that details the issues identified to date, and includes the purpose, need and objectives of the EIS. Copies of the brochure may be obtained online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/YELL (click on the link to the Winter Use Plan) or from Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, 307-344-2019.

    The NPS is interested in obtaining comments from the public on the scope of the EIS; the purpose, need, and objectives; the issues that the EIS should address; and the alternatives that should be considered in the EIS. Comments submitted during this scoping period will allow the NPS to address public concerns as the EIS is prepared.

    Background: The NPS is preparing this EIS to develop a long-term plan to allow the public to experience Yellowstone's unique winter resources and values. Currently, the vast majority of access to the park in winter is automobile access in the northern portion of the park and snowmobile and snowcoach access through the park's North, South, and East entrances. Snowmobile and snowcoach access in the park are currently authorized by an interim regulation, which allows their use for the winters of 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. The regulation mandates that the authorization of snowmobile and snowcoach use ends following the winter of 2010-2011, so their use will cease unless a new regulation is promulgated. Among other issues, the EIS will consider whether continued use of snowmobiles and snowcoaches is appropriate. If a determination is made that continued use of snowmobiles and/or snowcoaches is appropriate, this EIS is intended to satisfy the National Environmental Policy Act requirements for any new regulation.

    Because the interim regulation's authorization of oversnow vehicle use is only in effect through the winter of 2010-2011, the NPS intends to complete this EIS and issue a new regulation, if necessary, based upon the outcome of the EIS process, prior to the start of the 2011- 2012 winter season.

    More information regarding Yellowstone in the winter, including educational materials and a detailed history of winter use in Yellowstone, is available at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planvisit/winteruse/index.htm.

    DATES: The National Park Service will accept comments from the public for 60 days from the date that this Notice is published in the Federal Register. The National Park Service intends to hold public scoping meetings in Idaho Falls, ID, and Billings, MT, the week of February 15, 2010; and in Cheyenne, WY, and Washington, DC, the week of March 15, 2010. Details regarding the exact times and locations of these meetings will be announced on the park's Web site, at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/YELL (click on the link to the Winter Use Plan), and through local media.

    ADDRESSES: Information specific to the EIS process will be available for public review and comment online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/YELL (click on the link to the Winter Use Plan), and at Yellowstone National Park headquarters, Mammoth Hot Springs, WY.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Sacklin, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, (307) 344-2019, yellwinteruse@nps.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-1914.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the newly formed Education and Public Outreach Committee of the NASA Advisory Council. This will be the first meeting of this Committee.

    DATES: February 17, 2010--10 a.m.-4 p.m. (EST).

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW., Washington, DC, Room CD61.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Erika G. Vick, Executive Secretary for the Education and Public Outreach Committee, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358- 2209.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-1919.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    AGENCY HOLDING MEETING: National Science Board.

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 7:30 a.m.; and Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 8 a.m.

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-1827.htm

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