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Federal Register Summary for week of 5 February

    Commerce

  • Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Amendment 32 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico

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

    ACTION: Notice; intent to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS); scoping; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS, Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) intends to prepare a DEIS to describe and analyze management alternatives to be included in an amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP). These alternatives will consider measures to end overfishing of gag; create a rebuilding plan for the gag stock that will restore the stock to its maximum sustainable yield level (MSY); adjust gag and red grouper annual catch limits (ACLs), annual catch targets (ACTs), and other management measures; and revise shallow-water grouper accountability measures (AMs). In addition, the DEIS will consider separating the recreational sector of the grouper component of the reef fish fishery, revising multi-use individual fishing quota (IFQ) shares, methods to reduce gag bycatch, and improving data collection and monitoring of the recreational sector. The purpose of this notice of intent (NOI) is to solicit public comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the DEIS.

    DATES: Written comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the DEIS must be received by NMFS by March 4, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Requests for information packets, written comments on the scope of the DEIS, suggested alternatives and potential impacts, and requests for additional information on the amendment should be sent to Peter Hood, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5505; telephone (727) 824-5305; fax (727) 824-5308. Comments may also be sent by email to Peter.Hood@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Hood; phone: (727) 824-5305; fax: (727) 824-5308; email: peter.hood@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2161.htm

  • Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework Adjustment 44

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: NMFS proposes regulations to implement measures in Framework Adjustment 44 (FW 44) to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP), and specifications for the FMP for fishing years (FY) 2010- 2012. FW 44 measures and specifications, if approved, would be implemented in conjunction with approved measures in Amendment 16 to the FMP, as well as with approved sector operations plans authorized under the FMP. Specifically, FW 44 would modify the Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod and pollock trip limits proposed in Amendment 16; provide the Regional Administrator (RA) authority to implement inseason trip limits and/or differential day-at-sea (DAS) counting for any groundfish stock in order to prevent catch from exceeding the Annual Catch Limit (ACL); and specify Overfishing Levels (OFLs), Acceptable Biological Catch levels (ABCs), and ACLs for all 20 groundfish stocks in the FMP for fishing years 2010 through 2012, as well as the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for transboundary Georges Bank (GB) stocks. NMFS also proposes in this rule, pursuant to current Regional Administratory authority under the FMP, to allocate zero trips to the Closed Area II Yellowtail Flounder Special Access Program (SAP); limit the Eastern U.S./Canada Haddock SAP to the use of Category A DAS for common pool vessels; delay the opening of the Eastern U.S./Canada Management Area for trawl vessels; and implement a GB yellowtail flounder trip limit of 2,500 lb (1,125 kg). Finally, this rule would make technical corrections to proposed Amendment 16 regulations.

    DATES: Comments must be received by March 1, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by 0648-AY29, by any one of the following methods:

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

    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 01930-2276. Mark the outside of the envelope: "Comments on FW 44 Proposed Rule.''

    Fax: (978) 281-9135, Attn: Tom Warren

    Instructions: No comments will be posted for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. All comments received are 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.

    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.

    NMFS prepared an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA), which is contained in the Classification section of this proposed rule. Copies of the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for this rule may be found at the following internet address: http://www.nero.noaa.gov/nero/regs/frdoc/10/10MultiFW44EA.pdf.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Warren, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9347, fax (978) 281-9135.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2015.htm

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). This will be the first meeting to be held in the calendar year 2010. Agenda topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. All full Committee sessions will be open to the public.

    DATES: The meetings will be held February 23-25, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Sheraton Waikiki, 2255 Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu, HI 96815; 808-922-4422.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2159.htm

  • Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training (AFAST)

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

    ACTION: Notice of issuance of a letter of authorization.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued a letter of authorization (LOA) to the U.S. Navy (Navy) to take marine mammals incidental to Navy training, maintenance, and research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) activities to be conducted within the Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training (AFAST) Study Area, which extends east from the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. to 45[deg] W. long. and south from the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Coasts to approximately 23[deg] N. lat., but not encompassing the Bahamas (see Figure 1-1 in the Navy's Application), from January 22, 2010 through January 21, 2011.

    DATES: This Authorization is effective from January 22, 2010, through January 21, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The LOA and supporting documentation may be obtained by writing to P. Michael Payne, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or by telephoning one of the contacts listed here.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301)713-2289, ext. 166.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2021.htm

  • Defense

  • Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of Defense (DOD).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice is published in accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463). The Scientific Advisory Board will meet on March 2-4, 2010, to review new start research requesting Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program funds in excess of $1M. This meeting is open to the public. Any interested person may attend, appear before, or file statements with the Scientific Advisory Board at the time and in the manner permitted by the Board.

    DATES: The meeting will be held:

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jonathan Bunger, SERDP Office, 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 303, Arlington, VA or by telephone at (703) 696-2126.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2049.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Public Nominations of Experts To Conduct Peer Review of EPA's Draft Document "An Advisory Value for Conductivity Using Field Data: An Adaptation of the EPA's Standard Methodology for Deriving Water...

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for additional public nominations.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is seeking public nomination of experts to conduct a peer review of EPA's draft document "An Advisory Value for Conductivity using Field Data: An Adaptation of the U.S. EPA's Standard Methodology for Deriving Water Quality Criteria''

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by February 17, 2010 per the instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this request for nominations may contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9946; by fax at (202) 233-0643 or via email at hanlon.edward@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab. Any inquiry regarding EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) draft document entitled "An Advisory Value for Conductivity using Field Data: An Adaptation of the U.S. EPA's Standard Methodology for Deriving Water Quality Criteria'' should be directed to Dr. Michael Slimak, ORD's Associate Director of Ecology, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), who may be contacted via telephone at (703) 347-8524 or by e-mail at slimak.michael@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2250.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • A Comprehensive Federal Strategy on Carbon Capture and Storage

    Memorandum for the Secretary of State[,] the Secretary of the Treasury[,] the Attorney General[,] the Secretary of the Interior[,] the Secretary of Agriculture[,] the Secretary of Commerce[,] the Secretary of Labor[,] the Secretary of Transportation[,] the Secretary of Energy[,] the Director of the Office of Management and Budget[,] the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency[,] the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission[,] the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy[, and] the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality

    For decades, the coal industry has supported quality high-paying jobs for American workers, and coal has provided an important domestic source of reliable, affordable energy. At the same time, coal-fired power plants are the largest contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and coal accounts for 40 percent of global emissions. Charting a path toward clean coal is essential to achieving my Administration's goals of providing clean energy, supporting American jobs, and reducing emissions of carbon pollution. Rapid commercial development and deployment of clean coal technologies, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will help position the United States as a leader in the global clean energy race.

    My Administration is already pursuing a set of concrete initiatives to speed the commercial development of safe, affordable, and broadly deployable CCS technologies. We have made the largest Government investment in carbon capture and storage of any nation in history, and these investments are being matched by private capital. The Department of Energy is conducting a comprehensive clean coal technology program including research, development, and demonstration of CCS technologies and is pursuing important international cooperative initiatives to spur demonstration and deployment of CCS. The Environmental Protection Agency is developing regulations that address the safety, efficacy, and environmental soundness of injecting and storing carbon dioxide underground. The Department of the Interior is assessing, in coordination with the Department of Energy, the country's geologic capacity to store carbon dioxide and promoting geological storage demonstration projects on public lands. All of this work builds on the firm scientific basis that now exists for the viability of CCS technology.

    To further this work and develop a comprehensive and coordinated Federal strategy to speed the commercial development and deployment of clean coal technologies, I hereby establish an Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage (Task Force). You shall each designate a senior official from your respective agency to serve on the Task Force, which shall be Co-Chaired by the designees from the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

    The Task Force shall develop within 180 days of the date of this memorandum a proposed plan to overcome the barriers to the widespread, cost-effective deployment of CCS within 10 years, with a goal of bringing 5 to 10 commercial demonstration projects online by 2016. The plan should explore incentives for commercial CCS adoption and address any financial, economic, technological, legal, institutional, social, or other barriers to deployment. The Task Force should consider how best to coordinate existing administrative authorities and programs, including those that build international collaboration on CCS, as well as identify areas where additional administrative authority may be necessary. The Co-Chairs shall report progress periodically to the President through the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.

    Ultimately, comprehensive energy and climate legislation that puts a cap on carbon pollution will provide the largest incentive for CCS because it will create stable, long-term, market-based incentives to channel private investment in low-carbon technologies. My Administration's new CCS strategy will pave the way for this energy transition by identifying and removing barriers to rapid commercial deployment and by providing greater legal and regulatory clarity. This will help to spur private investment in CCS in the near term--investment that will create good jobs and benefit communities.

    This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations. This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    The Secretary of Energy is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2744.htm

  • Interior

  • Establishment of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior; Office of the Secretary, Agriculture.

    ACTION: Notice of establishment.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture establish the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (Council). The Council will provide advice on wildlife and habitat conservation endeavors that (1) benefit recreational hunting; (2) benefit wildlife resources; and (3) encourage partnerships among the public, the sporting conservation community, wildlife conservation groups, the States, Native American Tribes, and the Federal government. We are seeking nominations for individuals to be considered as Council members.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by March 8, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations to: Bruce Decker, Chief, Division of Program and Partnership Support, External Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4501 N. Fairfax Drive, Mailstop EA-3103, Arlington, VA 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Decker, Chief, Division of Program and Partnership Support, External Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4501 N. Fairfax Drive, Mailstop EA-3103, Arlington, VA 22203; 703-358-2521 (telephone).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2582.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 NASA Advisory Council.

    DATES: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST; Friday, February 19, 2010, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., EST.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20456, James E. Webb Auditorium.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marla King, NAC Administrative Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, 202-358-1148.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2276.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).

    Dates/Time: March 8, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; March 9, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your access into the building, please contact the individual listed below prior to the meeting so that a visitors badge may be prepared for you in advance.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Liaison, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Telephone Numbers: (703) 292-4216, 703-292-8040 mtolbert@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Minutes may be obtained from the Executive Liaison at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study NSF programs and policies and provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2499.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Grand Challenges of the 21st Century; Request for Information

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: On September 21, 2009, President Barack Obama released his "Strategy for American Innovation.'' The strategy outlines the Administration's plans to foster innovation for sustainable growth and the creation of high-quality jobs.

    One of the goals of the President's strategy is to harness science and technology to address the ``grand challenges'' of the 21st century. This Request for Information (RFI) is designed to collect input from the public regarding (1) The grand challenges that were identified in the strategy document; (2) other grand challenges that the Administration should consider, such as those identified by the National Academy of Engineering; (3) partners (e.g., companies, investors, foundations, social enterprises, non-profit organizations, philanthropists, research universities, consortia, etc.) that are interested in collaborating with each other and the Administration to achieve one or more of these goals, and (4) models for creating an "architecture of participation'' that allows many individuals and organizations to contribute to these grand challenges.

    RFI Guidelines: Responses to this RFI should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 15, 2010. Responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically as an attachment to an e-mail sent to challenge@ostp.gov.

    Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of this RFI may be used by the government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. Do not include any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions about the content of this RFI should be sent to challenge@ostp.gov.

    Additional information regarding this RFI is at http://www.ostp.gov/grandchallenges/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-2012.htm

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