AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.
DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet March 29-31, 2010.
The public may file written comments before or up to two weeks after the meeting with the contact person identified in this notice.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20001. Written comments from the public may be sent to the Contact Person identified in this notice at: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; Research, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 3901, South Building, United States Department of Agriculture, STOP 0321, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2255.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Hunter, Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202) 720-6199; or e- mail: Shirley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce; United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rules; 12-month petition findings; request for comments.
SUMMARY: We (NMFS and USFWS; also collectively referred to as the Services) have determined that the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) is composed of nine distinct population segments (DPSs) that qualify as "species'' for listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and we propose to list two as threatened and seven as endangered. This also constitutes the 12-month findings on a petition to reclassify loggerhead turtles in the North Pacific Ocean as a DPS with endangered status and designate critical habitat, and a petition to reclassify loggerhead turtles in the Northwest Atlantic as a DPS with endangered status and designate critical habitat. We will propose to designate critical habitat, if found to be prudent and determinable, for the two loggerhead sea turtle DPSs occurring within the United States in a subsequent Federal Register notice.
DATES: Comments on this proposal must be received by June 14, 2010. Public hearing requests must be received by June 1, 2010.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the RIN 0648-AY49, by any of the following methods:
Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
Mail: NMFS National Sea Turtle Coordinator, Attn: Loggerhead Proposed Listing Rule, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13657, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or USFWS National Sea Turtle Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Fax: To the attention of NMFS National Sea Turtle Coordinator at 301-713-0376 or USFWS National Sea Turtle Coordinator at 904-731-3045.
Instructions: All comments received are a 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 and USFWS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. The proposed rule is available electronically at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Schroeder, NMFS (ph. 301-713- 1401, fax 301-713-0376, e-mail email@example.com), Sandy MacPherson, USFWS (ph. 904-731-3336, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), Marta Nammack, NMFS (ph. 301-713-1401, fax 301-713-0376, e-mail email@example.com), or Emily Bizwell, USFWS (ph. 404-679-7149, fax 404- 679-7081, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Persons who use a Telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of initiation of 5-year reviews; request for information.
SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce 5-year reviews of 16 evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus sp.) and 11 distinct population segments (DPSs) of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The purpose of the review is to ensure the accuracy of the listing classifications of these salmonids. On June 28, 2005, NMFS issued final listing determinations for 16 ESUs of Pacific salmon and on January 5, 2006 for ten DPSs of steelhead. We will also complete a 5-year review of Puget Sound steelhead listed on May 11, 2007. The 5-year reviews will be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the reviews; therefore, we request submission of any such information on these ESUs and DPSs that has become available since the listing determinations in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, we will make the requisite determinations under the ESA.
DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct these reviews, we must receive your information no later than May 17, 2010. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.
ADDRESSES: Please submit information on salmonids in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington to Eric Murray, NMFS Northwest Region, 1201 Lloyd Blvd, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232 and information on salmonids in California to Craig Wingert, NMFS Southwest Region, 501, West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA, 90802-4213. Information received in response to this notice will be available for public inspection by appointment, during normal business hours, at the above addresses. Information may also be submitted via facsimile (fax) to (503) 230-5441 (Northwest Region) or (562) 980-4027 (Southwest Region).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Murray at the above address or at (503) 231-2378 or Craig Wingert at the above address or at (562) 980- 4021.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of availability; response to comments.
SUMMARY: As required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS has incorporated public comments into revisions of marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs). The 2009 reports are final and available to the public.
ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of SARs are available on the Internet as regional compilations and individual reports at the following address: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/sars/. You also may send requests for copies of reports to: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226, Attn: Stock Assessments.
Copies of the Alaska Regional SARs may be requested from Robyn Angliss, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Point Way, BIN 15700, Seattle, WA 98115.
Copies of the Atlantic Regional SARs may be requested from Gordon Waring, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
Copies of the Pacific Regional SARs may be requested from Jim Carretta, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037-1508.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Eagle, Office of Protected Resources, 301-713-2322, ext. 105, Tom.Eagle@noaa.gov; Robyn Angliss, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 206-526-4032, Robyn.Angliss@noaa.gov; Gordon Waring, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 508-495-2311, Gordon.Waring@noaa.gov; or Jim Carretta, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 858-546-7171, Jim.Carretta@noaa.gov.
AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of public webinar meetings.
SUMMARY: On February 8, 2010, the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced their intent to establish a new NOAA Climate Service. The proposed reorganization of existing agency assets is intended to help NOAA better work with our partners to respond to the growing demands for climate information from the public, business, industry, and decision makers. NOAA is hosting a series of informational webinars for individuals and organizations to learn about the proposed NOAA Climate Service and to provide an opportunity for to answer questions, and obtain feedback. Each webinar is targeted to a specific sector, and will begin with a presentation from Tom Karl, Director, NOAA National Climatic Data Center, and Transitional Director, NOAA Climate service, and will be followed by a question and answer session.
DATES: The webinar meeting dates are:
For specific instructions about registering for each webinar, please visit http://www.noaa.gov/climateresources/meetings. Additional information about the announcement to create a new NOAA Climate Service, including questions and answers can be found at http://www.noaa.gov/climate.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brady Phillips, NOAA Office of Communications and External Affairs, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. (Phone: 202-482-2365, Fax: 202-482-3154, E-mail: email@example.com); or visit http://www.noaa.gov/climateresources/meetings.
AGENCY: Department of the Army--U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.
ACTION: Notice of Availability.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District is requesting public comments for a planned Environmental Assessment. The Corps is directed to conduct a study of technologies that may enhance the efficacy of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Dispersal Barriers System. The study is structured as a series of interim reports. Interim Report IIIa, limited to the impacts of implementing additional in- stream barrier/deterrent technologies at key locations in the Illinois and Chicago Area Waterways is the focus of this planned EA. The specific technologies under consideration include acoustic deterrents, air bubble curtains, and strobe lights used both individually and in combination. Comments are requested to assist in determining the level of analysis and impacts to be considered for implementing these in- stream barrier/deterrent technologies. Any comments received by the Corps on the proposed EA will be considered fully for the Federal action associated with the Project.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Comments concerning the level of analysis or impacts to be considered in the draft Environmental Assessment should be provided by March 19, 2010, to Peter Bullock at the Chicago District at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a public meeting (via conference call) of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee.
DATES: The conference call will be held on Thursday, April 1, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. eastern time, and may adjourn early if all business is finished. Requests for the draft agenda or for making oral presentations at the meeting will be accepted up to one business day before the meeting.
ADDRESSES: Participation in the conference call will be by teleconference only--meeting rooms will not be used. Members of the public may obtain the call-in number and access code for the calls from Greg Susanke, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.
Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010- 0202, by one of the following methods:
http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
E-mail: Send comments by electronic mail (e-mail) to: ORD.Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0202.
Fax: Fax comments to: (202) 566-0224, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0202.
Mail: Send comments by mail to: Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting--February 2010 Docket, Mailcode: 2822T, 1301 Constitution Avenue., NW., Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0202.
Hand Delivery or Courier. Deliver comments to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3334, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010- 0202. 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-ORD- 2010-0202. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://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 http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://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 http://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/dockets.
Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://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 http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting--February 2010 Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer via mail at: Greg Susanke, Mail Code 8104-R, Office of Science Policy, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-9945; via fax at: (202) 565-2911; or via e-mail at: email@example.com.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of document availability and request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2008 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990 through 2008 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions. The inventory also includes estimates of carbon fluxes in U.S. agricultural and forest lands. The technical approach used in this report to estimate emissions and sinks for greenhouse gases is consistent with the methodologies recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and reported in a format consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting guidelines. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2008 is the latest in a series of annual U.S. submissions to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC.
DATES: To ensure your comments are considered for the final version of the document, please submit your comments within 30 days of the appearance of this notice. However, comments received after that date will still be welcomed and be considered for the next edition of this report.
ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to Mr. Leif Hockstad at: Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Division (6207J), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Fax: (202) 343-2359. You are welcome and encouraged to send an e-mail with your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Leif Hockstad, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, (202) 343-9432, email@example.com.
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary.
In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed information collection request for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.
To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to Sherette.firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-6162. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be directed to the OS Paperwork Clearance Officer at the above e-mail address within 60-days.
Proposed Project: Whistleblowers Study--OMB No. 0990--New--Office of Research Integrity (ORI).
Abstract: The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) proposes to do a study to determine what questions whistleblowers want answered from Research Integrity Officers (RIOs) when deciding to file an allegation of research misconduct.
To guide RIOs to be well-prepared to provide answers to the kinds of questions that complainants (whistleblowers) and potential complainants ask RIOs at different stages of the research misconduct allegation resolution process is critical to the smooth and effective conduct of that process. Complainants and potential complainants need to know what is in store for them during the process employed by the institution to resolve allegations of research misconduct. They need to know the steps involved in the process, the support available to them, and the safeguards afforded them against retaliation. This study will seek to obtain information from RIOs concerning the questions complainants have and when they arise, as well as what responses RIOs provide when they do.
SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is extending the public comment period 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). Due to a technical problem, comments entered in the Web site between 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28, 2010, through 8 a.m. EST on March 2, 2010, were not received by the agency and should be re-entered in order to be considered.
On February 23, 2010, NIH issued a Federal Register notice (http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-3527.pdf) requesting public comment on a proposed change to the Guidelines. Due to a technical problem, comments entered in the Web site between 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28, 2010, through 8 a.m. EST on March 2, 2010, were not received by the agency and should be re-entered in order to be considered.
DATES: Written comments on this proposed change must be received by NIH on or before March 26, 2010, in order to be considered.
ADDRESSES: Public comments 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.
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.
ACTION: Final rule with request for comments.
SUMMARY: This final rule implements the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act by adding procedures for the disposition of culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains in the possession or control of museums or Federal agencies. This rule also amends sections related to purpose and applicability of the regulations, definitions, inventories of human remains and related funerary objects, civil penalties, and limitations and remedies.
DATES: This rule is effective May 14, 2010. Comments must be received by May 14, 2010.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this final rule, identified by the number 1024-AD68, by any of the following methods:
Federal rulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Mail or hand delivery: Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street, NW., 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street, NW., 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 354-1479, Fax: (202) 371-5197.
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 International Science and Engineering (25104).
Date/Time: April 19, 2010--8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 20, 2010--8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Place: National Science Foundation, 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Room 555, Arlington, VA.
Type of Meeting: Open.
Contact Person: Edward Murdy, National Science Foundation, 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 (703) 292-8710.
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 on the programs and activities of the Office of International Science and Engineering.
The National Science Board's Subcommittee on Facilities, Committee on Strategy and Budget, 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:
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 11 a.m.
SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion of Recent NSF Portfolio Review Materials, Issues for the Portfolio Assessment, and Next Steps.
This meeting will be held by teleconference originating at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington,VA 22230. Room 1225 will be available to the public to listen to this teleconference meeting. All visitors must contact the Board Office at least one day prior to the meeting to arrange for a visitor's badge. Call 703-292-7000 to request your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitors desk on the day of the meeting. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive their visitor's badge the day of the teleconference.
Please refer to the National Science Board Web site (http://www.nsf.gov/nsb) for information or schedule updates, or contact: Elizabeth Strickland, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.