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Federal Register Summary for week of 12 March

    Arctic Research Commission

  • Arctic Research Commission

    92nd Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 92nd meeting in Miami, FL, on March 15, 2010. The business session, open to the public, will convene at 8:30 a.m.

    The Agenda items include: (1) Call to order and approval of the agenda. (2) Approval of the minutes from the 91st meeting. (3) Commissioners and staff reports. (4) Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research activities.

    The focus of the meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic. Any person planning to attend this meeting, who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting. Contact person for further information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306-0090.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-4685.pdf

  • Commerce

  • Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for a Proposed Rule to Revise Marine Mammal Special Exception Permit Requirements

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

    ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare environmental assessment.


    SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of a proposed rule to revise Federal regulations implementing the Section 104 permit provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.). NMFS proposes changes to the regulations to clarify existing permitting procedures and to codify procedures currently being implemented through agency policy. By this notice, NMFS requests public participation in the scoping process that will help identify alternatives and determine the scope of environmental issues to be addressed in the EA. This notice also provides information on how to participate in the scoping process.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments must be postmarked by May 10, 2010, and should be mailed to: P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301)713- 0376, or by email to mmpermitregs.comments@noaa.gov. Please include "Permit Regulations NOI'' in the subject line of the email. The facsimile must be confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sloan or Jennifer Skidmore, (301)713-2289.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-5142.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

    Dates and Times: April 1, 2010 at 8 am to 5 pm; April 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm to 3 pm.

    ADDRESSES: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Washington Room A, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202, (703) 418-1234.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura McCann, Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-7766; E-mail: laura.mccann@ee.doe.gov or T.J. Heibel at (410) 997-7778 ext. 223; E-mail: theibel@bcs-hq.com.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-5079.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) Request for Nominations to the CAAAC

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical scientific, and enforcement policy issues.

    Request for Nominations: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointments to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and its subcommittees. Suggested deadline for receiving nominations is April 9, 2010. Appointments will be made by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Appointments for the full CAAAC committee are expected to be announced in the summer of 2010. Nominee's qualifications will be assessed under the mandates of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires Committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups.

    Nominations for membership must include a resume describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee as well as community-based experience. Contact details should include full name and title, business mailing address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address. A supporting letter of endorsement is encouraged but not required.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nomination materials to: Pat Childers, Designated Federal Officer, Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, US EPA (6102A) 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20004, T: 202 564-1082, F: 202 564- 1352, e-mail childers.pat@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION concerning the CAAAC, please contact Pat Childers, Office of Air and Radiation, US EPA (202) 564-1082, FAX (202) 564-1352 or by mail at US EPA, Office of Air and Radiation (Mail code 6102 A), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004. Additional Information on CAAAC and its Subcommittees can be found on the CAAAC Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/oar/caaac/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-4964.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board (SAB)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Chartered SAB to continue its discussion with EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) regarding ORD research programs in support of EPA's mission and priorities.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Monday, April 5, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Tuesday, April 6, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the meeting may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 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 SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-5477.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts To Augment the SAB Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations for scientists and engineers to augment the SAB Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Committee.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by March 29, 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 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 e-mail 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.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-4820.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products: Establishment Registration and Listing; Form FDA 3356; Eligibility Determination for Donors...

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information collection requirements for FDA regulations related to human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT[sol]Ps) involving establishment registration and listing using Form FDA 3356; eligibility determination for donors; and current good tissue practice (CGTP).

    DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of information by May 10, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of information to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA- 305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Berbakos, Office of Information Management, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., PI50-400B, Rockville, MD 20850, 301-796-3792.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-5229.htm

  • Food and Drug Administration Transparency Task Force; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting comments from interested persons on ways in which FDA can increase transparency between FDA and regulated industry.

    DATES: Submit electronic or written comments by April 12, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA- 305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Afia Asamoah, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 1, rm. 2220, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4625, FAX: 301-847-3531, e-mail: Afia.Asamoah@fda.hhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-5377.htm

  • Request for Comments on Proposed NIH, AHRQ and CDC Process Change for Electronic Submission of Grant Applications

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Process change.


    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Center of Disease Control (CDC) seek comments from the public on the impact of eliminating the correction window from the electronic grant application submission process on our applicant organizations and the timing of such a change.

    DATES: To assure consideration, comments must be received by April 19, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals and organizations interested in submitting comments may submit them electronically via http://grants.nih.gov/cfdocs/eraprocesschanges_rfi/add.htm. Although submission via the web is the preferred method of submission as it expedites analysis of comments, e-mails will also be accepted at oer@od.nih.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Columbus, NIH Program Manager for Electronic Receipt of Grant Applications, 6705 Rockledge Dr, Suite 5040, Bethesda, MD 20892, e-mail columbum@od.nih.gov concerning programmatic questions.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-5474.htm

  • Interior

  • Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Fifteenth Regular Meeting; Tentative U.S. Negotiating Positions for Agenda Items and Species Proposals Submitted by Foreign...

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: We, the United States, as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), will attend the fifteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP15) in Doha, Qatar, during March 13-25, 2010. This notice announces the availability of tentative U.S. negotiating positions on amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals), draft resolutions and decisions, and agenda items submitted by other countries and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP15. All of this information is on our website at http://www.fws.gov/international/newspubs/fedregnot_list.html and is also available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority.

    DATES: In further developing U.S. negotiating positions on these issues, we will continue to consider information and comments submitted in response to our notice of November 4, 2009 (74 FR 57190). We will also continue to consider information received at the public meeting announced in that notice, which was held on December 2, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of tentative U.S. negotiating positions on amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals), draft resolutions and decisions, and agenda items submitted by other countries and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP15 posted on our website should be sent to the Division of Management Authority; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 North Fairfax Drive; Room 212; Arlington, VA 22203; or via e-mail at: cop15@fws.gov.

    Available Information on CoP15

    Information concerning the results of CoP15 will be available after the close of the meeting on the Secretariat's website at http://www.cites.org; or upon request from the Division of Management Authority; or on our website (http://www.fws.gov/international/DMADSA/CITES/CITEShome.html).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information pertaining to resolutions, decisions, and agenda items contact: Robert R. Gabel, Chief, Division of Management Authority; telephone, 703-358-2095; e- mail, cop15@fws.gov. For information pertaining to species proposals contact: Dr. Rosemarie Gnam, Chief, Division of Scientific Authority; telephone, 703-358-1708; e-mail, scientificauthority@fws.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-5458.htm

  • Injurious Wildlife Species; Listing the Boa Constrictor, Four Python Species, and Four Anaconda Species as Injurious Reptiles

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; availability of draft environmental assessment and draft economic analysis.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposes to amend its regulations to add Indian python (Python molurus, including Burmese python Python molurus bivittatus), reticulated python (Broghammerus reticulatus or Python reticulatus), Northern African python (Python sebae), Southern African python (Python natalensis), boa constrictor (Boa constrictor), yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus), DeSchauensee's anaconda (Eunectes deschauenseei), green anaconda (Eunectes murinus), and Beni anaconda (Eunectes beniensis) to the list of injurious reptiles. This listing would prohibit the importation of any live animal, gamete, viable egg, or hybrid of these nine constrictor snakes into the United States, except as specifically authorized. The best available information indicates that this action is necessary to protect the interests of humans, wildlife, and wildlife resources from the purposeful or accidental introduction and subsequent establishment of these large constrictor snake populations into ecosystems of the United States. If the proposed rule is made final, live snakes, gametes, or hybrids of the nine species or their viable eggs could be imported only by permit for scientific, medical, educational, or zoological purposes, or without a permit by Federal agencies solely for their own use. The proposed rule, if made final, would also prohibit any interstate transportation of live snakes, gametes, viable eggs, or hybrids of the nine species currently held in the United States. If the proposed rule is made final, interstate transportation could be authorized for scientific, medical, educational, or zoological purposes.

    DATES: We will consider comments we receive on or before May 11, 2010.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-R9- FHC-2008-0015.

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will not accept e-mail or faxes. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Supervisor, South Florida Ecological Services Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960-3559; telephone 772-562-3909 ext. 256. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-4956.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0094; Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Applications and Reports--Native Endangered and Threatened Species

    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 May 10, 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/2010/2010-5030.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences (1110).

    Date/Time: March 17, 2010; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 18, 2010; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 555 Stafford II, Arlington, VA.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Chuck Liarakos, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 (703) 292-8400.

    If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF, please contact the individual listed above so your name may be added to the building access list.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice concerning issues related to the oversight, integrity, development and enhancement of NSF's business operations.

    Reason for Late Notice: Due to a recent water pipe burst resulting in flood damage to NSF offices and files. This caused staff to experience workload interruption and delay.

    Agenda:

    March 17, 2010

    • a.m.: Introductions and Updates, Presentation and Discussion-- 2011 Budget Report; Undergraduate Education; Collections; and Dimensions of Biodiversity.
    • p.m.: Presentation and Discussion--The Future of Biology; Advances in Sequencing Technology; COV Report; Committee Discussion.

    March 18, 2010

    • a.m.: Presentation and Discussion--Resources and Facilities Report; COV Report; Innovation Experiments.
    • p.m.: Discussion--Planning for next meeting; feedback; other business.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-4860.htm

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