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Federal Register Summary for week of 26 February

    Agriculture

  • Public Meetings on the Development of the Forest Service Land Management Planning Rule

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The USDA Forest Service is committed to developing a new Forest Service Land Management Planning Rule (planning rule) through a transparent and participatory process. To facilitate public participation, dialogue, and active collaboration, the Forest Service will host a national science forum, three national roundtables, and nine regional roundtables. Summaries of each session will be produced and posted on the planning rule Web site as part of the public record.

    While public participation in the forum and roundtables will be a valuable source of information for the rule-writing process, this participation is not a substitute for the submission of written comments through the formal National Environmental Policy Act and Administrative Procedure Act (NEPA/APA) processes. Any comments you wish to be considered as part of the formal NEPA/APA process must be made by you in writing during the appropriate comment period.

    DATES:

    The national science forum will take place March 29 and 30, 2010, in Washington, DC.

    The national roundtables are scheduled for April 1 and 2, April 20 and 21, and May 11 and 12, 2010, in Washington, DC.

    The nine regional roundtables will take place in the following locations:

    • Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6), Portland, OR on April 6, 2010;
    • Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5),Sacramento, CA on April 6, 2010;
    • Intermountain Region (Region 4), Salt Lake City, UT on April 8, 2010;
    • Rocky Mountain Region, (Region 2), Lakewood, CO on April 12, 2010;
    • Northern Region (Region 1), Missoula, MT on April 13, 2010;
    • Alaska Region (Region 10), Juneau, AK on April 13, 2010;
    • Southern Region (Region 8), Atlanta, GA during the week of April 12, 2010 (exact date to be determined);
    • Eastern Region (Region 9), Chicago, IL during the week of April 28 (exact date to be determined); and
    • Southwestern Region (Region 3), Albuquerque, NM on April 28, 2010.
    • Region 2 will host additional meetings on April 14 in Cheyenne, WY and on April 21 meeting in Rapid City, SD.

    Several Forest Service regions will videoconference their regional meeting to Forest Service offices in other locations:

    • Region 5 will videoconference to Forest Service offices in San Bernandino, CA and Redding, CA with the April 6 Sacramento, CA meeting;
    • Region 1 will videoconference with Forest Service offices in Couer d'Alene, ID and Billings, MT with the April 13 meeting in Missoula, MT;
    • Additional videoconference locations are also possible; please check the planning rule Web site, at http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule, for the most up-to-date information.

    A more detailed schedule of these planning rule public meetings, including information on meeting times and specific locations, will be available on the planning rule Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule. The exact dates for the meetings in Atlanta, GA and Chicago, IL will be posted to the planning rule Web site as soon as the information is available.

    ADDRESSES: The addresses for the science forum, national roundtables, and regional roundtables will be available on the planning rule Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Ecosystem Management Coordination (EMC) staff at 202-205-0895. Additional information concerning these meetings, including regional contact information, will be available on the planning rule Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3904.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    February 17, 2010

    Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments regarding (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8958.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service

    Title: 7 CFR 340; Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering.

    OMB Control Number: 0579-0085.

    Summary of Collection: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is charged with preventing the introduction of plant pest into the United States or their dissemination within the United States. The statutory requirements for the information collection activity are found in the Plant Pest Act (PPA). The regulations in 7 CFR part 340 implement the provisions of the PPA by providing the information necessary to establish conditions for proposed introductions of certain genetically engineered organisms and products which present a risk of plant pest introduction. APHIS will collect information using several APHIS forms.

    Need and Use of the Information: APHIS will collect the information through a notification procedure or a permit requirement to ensure that certain genetically engineered organisms, when imported, moved interstate, or released into the environment, will not present a risk of plant pest introduction. The information collected through the petition process is used to determine whether a genetically engineered organism will pose a risk to agriculture or the environment if grown in the absence of regulations by APHIS. The information is also provided to State departments of agriculture for review, and made available to the public and private sectors on the Internet to ensure that all sectors are kept informed concerning any potential risks posed through the use of genetic engineering technology.

    Description of Respondents: Business or other for profit; Not-for- profit institutions; State, Local or Tribal Government.

    Number of Respondents: 121.

    Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: On occasion.

    Total Burden Hours: 3,308.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3433.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Draft Guidance, "Consideration of the Effects of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.''

    AGENCY: Council On Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, Draft Guidance, "Consideration of the Effects of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.''


    SUMMARY: On February 18, 2010, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced four steps to modernize, reinvigorate, and ease the use and increase the transparency of implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Enacted in 1970, NEPA is a fundamental tool used to harmonize our economic, environmental, and social aspirations and is a cornerstone of our Nation's efforts to protect the environment. NEPA recognizes that many Federal activities affect the environment and mandates that Federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of their proposed actions before acting. Additionally, NEPA emphasizes public involvement in government actions affecting the environment by requiring that the benefits and the risks associated with proposed actions be assessed and publicly disclosed.

    CEQ, which is charged with implementing NEPA, recognizes that it is a visionary and versatile law that can be used effectively to address new environmental challenges facing our nation and also to engage the public widely and effectively. Furthermore, CEQ wants to develop more effective and accessible tools for citizen involvement in government decision-making. These actions are designed to provide carefully- tailored new assessment and reporting requirements, facilitate agency compliance with NEPA, and enhance the quality of public involvement in governmental decisions relating to the environment.

    DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before May 24, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The NEPA Draft Guidance documents are available at http://www.nepa.gov. Comments on the NEPA Draft Guidance "Consideration of the Effects of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions'' should be submitted electronically to GCC.guidance@ceq.eop.gov, or in writing to The Council on Environmental Quality, Attn: Ted Boling, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ted Boling, Senior Counsel, at (202) 395-5750.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3532.htm

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Draft Guidance, Establishing, Applying, and Revising Categorical Exclusions Under the National Environmental Policy Act

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, Draft Guidance, "Establishing, Applying, and Revising Categorical Exclusions Under the National Environmental Policy Act.''


    SUMMARY: On February 18, 2010, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced four steps to modernize, reinvigorate, and ease the use and increase the transparency of implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Enacted in 1970, NEPA is a fundamental tool used to harmonize our economic, environmental, and social aspirations and is a cornerstone of our Nation's efforts to protect the environment. NEPA recognizes that many Federal activities affect the environment and mandates that Federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of their proposed actions before acting. Additionally, NEPA emphasizes public involvement in government actions affecting the environment by requiring that the benefits and the risks associated with proposed actions be assessed and publicly disclosed.

    CEQ, which is charged with implementing NEPA, recognizes that it is a visionary and versatile law that can be used effectively to address new environmental challenges facing our Nation and also to engage the public widely and effectively. Furthermore, CEQ wants to develop more effective and accessible tools for citizen involvement in government decision-making. These actions are designed to provide carefully- tailored new assessment and reporting requirements, facilitate agency compliance with NEPA, and enhance the quality of public involvement in governmental decisions relating to the environment.

    DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before April 9, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The NEPA Draft Guidance documents are available at http://www.nepa.gov. Comments on the NEPA Draft Guidance "Establishing, Applying, and Revising Categorical Exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act'' should be submitted electronically to CE.guidance@ceq.eop.gov, or in writing to The Council on Environmental Quality, Attn: Ted Boling, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ted Boling, Senior Counsel, at (202) 395-5750.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3531.htm

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Draft Guidance, "NEPA Mitigation and Monitoring.''

    AGENCY: Council On Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, Draft Guidance, "NEPA Mitigation and Monitoring.''


    SUMMARY: On February 18, 2010, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced four steps to modernize, reinvigorate, and ease the use and increase the transparency of implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Enacted in 1970, NEPA is a fundamental tool used to harmonize our economic, environmental, and social aspirations and is a cornerstone of our Nation's efforts to protect the environment. NEPA recognizes that many Federal activities affect the environment and mandates that Federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of their proposed actions before acting. Additionally, NEPA emphasizes public involvement in government actions affecting the environment by requiring that the benefits and the risks associated with proposed actions be assessed and publicly disclosed.

    CEQ, which is charged with implementing NEPA, recognizes that it is a visionary and versatile law that can be used effectively to address new environmental challenges facing our nation and also to engage the public widely and effectively. Furthermore, CEQ wants to develop more effective and accessible tools for citizen involvement in government decision-making. These actions are designed to provide carefully- tailored new assessment and reporting requirements, facilitate agency compliance with NEPA, and enhance the quality of public involvement in governmental decisions relating to the environment.

    DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before May 24, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The NEPA Draft Guidance documents are available at http://www.nepa.gov.

    Comments on the NEPA Draft Guidance "NEPA Mitigation and Monitoring'' should be submitted electronically to Mitigation.guidance@ceq.eop.gov, or in writing to The Council on Environmental Quality, Attn: Ted Boling, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ted Boling, Senior Counsel, at (202) 395-5750.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3535.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of extension of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing an extension of the original 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled, "A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change'' (EPA/600/R-09/011). This extension is being granted in response to request from interested parties. The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. This draft document describes an evaluative framework that may be used to categorize the relative vulnerability of species to climate change. To illustrate the use of this framework, it was applied to six U.S. threatened and endangered species: the golden-cheeked warbler, the salt marsh harvest mouse, the Mount Graham red squirrel, the Lahontan cutthroat trout, the desert tortoise and the bald eagle.

    An external peer review of this report has been completed. The public comment period and the external peer review are separate processes. The public comment period provides an opportunity for all interested parties to comment on the document. When finalizing the draft document, EPA will consider any public comments received in accordance with this notice.

    EPA released this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination review and comment 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 original 30-day public comment period began on November 25, 2009 and closed on December 28, 2009. All comments received to date will be considered, including those received after the close of the original public comment period. An additional 30-day comment period begins on February 23, 2010, and ends March 25, 2010. Comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by March 25, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The draft "A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change'' 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, "A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change.''

    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 and all other questions, contact Susan Julius, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8619; facsimile: 703-347-8694; or e- mail: julius.susan@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3516.htm

  • Extension of Request for Scientific Views for Draft 2009 Update Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Ammonia--Freshwater

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; extension of the request for scientific views.


    SUMMARY: On December 30, 2009 (74 FR 69086), EPA announced the availability of draft national recommended water quality criteria for ammonia for the protection of aquatic life entitled "Draft 2009 Update Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Ammonia--Freshwater''. Written scientific views on the draft recommended criteria were to be submitted to EPA on or before March 1, 2010 (a 60-day request for scientific views). Since publication, the Agency has received several requests for additional time to submit comments. Therefore, EPA is extending the period of time in which the Agency will accept scientific views on the draft criteria document for an additional 30 days.

    DATES: Scientific views must be received on or before April 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:

    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 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 www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The 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 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 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 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/2010/2010-3833.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public notice for the chartered SAB to hold a public teleconference on March 24, 2010 to conduct quality reviews of three draft reports.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on March 24, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference 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 Avenue, 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/2010/2010-3358.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts To Augment the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations of non-EPA experts to augment the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC) to provide advice on technologies and systems to minimize the impacts of invasive species in vessel ballast water discharge.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by March 18, 2010 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9995; by fax at (202) 233-0643 or via e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov.

    General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. Inquiries as to the types of treatment technologies and information relevant to this effort should be directed to Ms. Robin Danesi of EPA's Office of Water at: Danesi.Robin@epa.gov or (202) 564-1846 or Mr. Marcus Zobrist of EPA's Office of Water (OW) at: zobrist.marcus@epa.gov or (202) 564- 8311.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3718.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research

    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is requesting public comment on a revision to the definition of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) in the "National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research'' (Guidelines).

    On July 7, 2009, NIH issued Guidelines (http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-15954.pdf) to implement Executive Order 13505, as it pertains to NIH-funded stem cell research, to establish policy and procedures under which the NIH will fund such research, and help ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law.

    In Section II of the final Guidelines, hESCs are defined as: "For the purpose of these Guidelines, 'human embryonic stem cells (hESCs)' are cells that are derived from the inner cell mass of blastocyst stage human embryos, are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture, and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers.''

    This definition had the unintended consequence of excluding certain hESCs which may otherwise be appropriate for Federal funding. For example, the current definition excludes hESCs from an embryo which fails to develop to the blastocyst stage.

    Therefore, the NIH proposes replacing the current definition of hESCs in Section II with the following: "For the purpose of these Guidelines, 'human embryonic stem cells (hESCs)' are pluripotent cells that are derived from early stage human embryos, up to and including the blastocyst stage, are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture, and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers.''

    This proposed change in no way alters the rigorous ethical standards set forth in the Guidelines.

    DATES: Written comments on this proposed change must be received by NIH on or before March 25, 2010 in order to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: Public comments may be may be entered at: http://hescregapp.od.nih.gov/comments/add.htm.

    Comments may also be mailed to: NIH Stem Cell Guidelines, MSC 7997, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7997. Comments will be made publicly available. Personally identifiable information (except for organizational affiliations) will be removed prior to making comments publicly available.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3527.htm

  • Interior

  • Proposed Information Collection; Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Sighting Reporting Form

    AGENCY: United States Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of a new collection; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as a part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES: You must submit comment on or before April 23, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the ICR to Phadrea Ponds, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 2150-C Centre Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80526 (mail); pponds@usgs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, please contact USGS Pam Fuller at 7920 NW. 71st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32653 (mail); pam_fuller@usgs.gov (e-mail); or by telephone (352) 264-3481.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3334.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0092; Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Applications and Reports--Law Enforcement

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2010. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by April 26, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Hope Grey by mail or e-mail (see ADDRESSES) or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3888.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487).

    Dates: March 18, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 19, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Place: Stafford I, Room 375, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Melissa Lane, National Science Foundation, Suite 705, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone 703-292-8500.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda

    March 18, 2010

    • Update on recent NSF environmental activities.
    • Discussion of Approaches to Managing Interdisciplinary Research at NSF.
    • Meeting with the Director.

    March 19, 2010

    • Discussion on Expanding NSF Research Portfolio for Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES).
    • Discussion of NSF FY 2010 Climate Research Solicitations.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3972.htm

  • Comment Request: National Science Foundation Proposal/Award Information--Grant Proposal Guide

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request renewed clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting OMB clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES: Written comments should be received by April 27, 2010 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 295, Arlington, VA 22230, or by e-mail to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send e-mail to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-4000.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Technology Capstone Workshop Risk Management Methods & Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications of Nanotechnology: Public Meeting

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a workshop on March 30-31, 2010, to provide an open forum to discuss the state-of-the-art of the science related to environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials in two areas: Risk Management Methods and Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications (ELSI) of Nanotechnology. Risk Management Methods is one of the five environmental, health, and safety research categories identified in the NSET Subcommittee document Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research (http://www.nano.gov/NNIEHSResearch_Strategy.pdf), which was released February 14, 2008.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn- Key Bridge, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209 (Metro stop: Rosslyn on the Orange and Blue lines). For directions, please see http://www.holidayinn.com.

    Registration: Due to space limitations, pre-registration for the workshop is required. People interested in attending the workshop should register online at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/capstone/register.html. Written notices of participation by e-mail should be sent to capstone@nnco.nano.gov.

    Written notices may be mailed to the Capstone Workshop, c/o NNCO, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis until the location space limits are reached. Otherwise registration will close on March 25, 2010 at 4 p.m. EDT.

    Those interested in presenting 3-5 minutes of public comments at the meeting should also register at http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/capstone/register.html. Written or electronic comments should be submitted by e-mail to capstone@nnco.nano.gov until April 30, 2010.

    Information about the meeting, including the agenda, is posted at http://www.nano.gov.

    The main sessions will be Webcast. Please see http://www.nano.gov for more information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Diana Petreski, telephone (703) 292-8626 or Liesl Heeter, telephone (703) 292-4533, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office. E-mail: capstone@nnco.nano.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-4037.htm

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Notice of Meeting: Partially Closed Meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    ACTION: Public notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App.

    DATES: March 12, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2100 C Street, NW., Lecture Room, Washington, DC.

    Type of Meeting: Open and Closed.

    Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on March 12, 2010 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with a lunch break from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

    Open Portion of Meeting: During this open meeting, PCAST is tentatively scheduled to hear presentations from several speakers who will address the issues of agriculture research and food security. PCAST members will also discuss a report they are developing that reviews the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Additional information and the agenda will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast.

    Closed Portion of the Meeting: PCAST may hold a closed meeting of approximately 1 hour with the President on March 12, 2010, which must take place in the White House for the President's scheduling convenience and to maintain Secret Service protection. This meeting will be closed to the public because such portion of the meeting is likely to disclose matters that are to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1). The precise date and time of this potential meeting has not yet been determined.

    Public Comments: It is the policy of the PCAST to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The PCAST expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements.

    The public comment period for this meeting will take place on March 12, 2010 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on the PCAST Web site at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. This public comment period is designed only for substantive commentary on PCAST's work, not for business marketing purposes.

    Oral Comments: To be considered for the public speaker list at the March meeting, interested parties should register to speak at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast, no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 5, 2010. Phone or email reservations will not be accepted. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 30 minutes. If more speakers register than there is space available on the agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from among those who applied. Those not selected to present oral comments may always file written comments with the committee. Speakers are requested to bring at least 25 copies of their oral comments for distribution to the PCAST members.

    Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST at least two weeks prior to each meeting date so that the comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to the meeting for their consideration. Information regarding how to submit comments and documents to PCAST is available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast in the section entitled "Connect with PCAST.''

    Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, including being posted on the PCAST Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event will be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6006. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first- come, first-served basis.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-3607.htm