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Federal Register Summary for week of 2 April

    Agriculture

  • Notice of Intent To Request an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations (5 CFR part 1320), which implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to request an extension for the currently approved information collection for the NIFA Current Research Information System (CRIS).

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by June 1, 2010, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this notice and requests for copies of the information collection may be submitted by any of the following methods: jhitchcock@nifa.usda.gov; Fax: 202-720-0857; Mail: Information Systems and Technology Management, NIFA, USDA, STOP 2216, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2216; Hand Delivery/Courier: 800 9th Street, SW., Waterfront Centre, Room 4217, Washington, DC 20024.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Hitchcock, Director of Information, Policy, Planning, and Training; Information Systems and Technology Management; NIFA/USDA; E-mail: jhitchcock@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-6978.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Charleston, South Carolina.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, April 20, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Thursday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-3100 x136, Fax: 301-713-3110); e-mail: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://www.mpa.gov).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7082.htm

  • NOAA'S Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) Strategic Plan FY 2011-FY 2015

    AGENCY: Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: NOAA'S Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is seeking comments on the draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN Fiscal Year (FY) 2011- 2015, submitted to meet the requirement for program direction under Public Law 111-11, Section 12104(b). The draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN describes the vision, mission, core activities, and organization of the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

    DATES: Comments on this draft report must be received by 5 p.m. September 30, 2010.

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

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov. Identifier is XRIN 0648-XV56.

    Fax: (703) 713-1967, Attn: Yvette Jefferson.

    Mail: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) ATTN: OER Plan Comments, 1315 East-West Highway, R/OER, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    Hand Delivery to Silver Spring Metro Center 3: 1315 East- West Highway, Room 10151, Silver Spring, Maryland.

    Instructions: No comments will be posted for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. 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. OAR 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. This is a non-regulatory request for comment.

    Electronic copies of the draft OER Strategic Plan and Public Law 111-11 Chapter XII may be obtained from http://www.regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OERPlan.Questions@noaa.gov or NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), ATTN: OER Plan Questions, 1315 East-West Highway, R/OER, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7020.htm

  • 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; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: On March 10, 2010, NMFS announced 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) with written comments due by May 10, 2010. NMFS has decided to allow additional time for submission of public comments on this action.

    DATES: The public comment period for this action has been extended by 30 days. Written comments must be received or postmarked by June 10, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments 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 and confirmed by hard copy, or by email to mmpermitregs.comments@noaa.gov. Please include "Permit Regulations NOI'' in the subject line of the email.

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

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7492.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • 2010 Scientific Meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System; Public Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments.


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting entitled "2010 Scientific Meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System.'' The topic to be discussed is the results from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) and related antimicrobial resistance monitoring and research, including activities in other national programs.

    Date and Time: The public meeting will be held on July 15 and 16, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: The public meeting will be held at Hyatt Regency-Atlanta hotel, 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-577-1234, FAX: 404- 588-4137.

    Contact Person: Joanne Kla, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV- 12), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20857, 240-276-9129, e-mail: NARMSinternationalMeeting@fda.hhs.gov, FAX: 240-276-9115.

    Registration and Requests for Oral Presentations: Send registration information (including name, title, firm name, address, telephone and fax number, and e-mail address), and written material and requests to make oral presentations, to the contact person (see Contact Person) on or before July 7, 2010. There is no registration fee for the public meeting. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited. Registration on the day of the public meeting will be provided on a space available basis beginning at 8 a.m. on the day of the meeting.

    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Hyatt Regency-Atlanta hotel, (see Location) at least 7 days in advance.

    Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on the topic of the discussion of the meeting. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before July 1, 2010, for distribution at the meeting. Oral presentations from the public during the open public comment period will be scheduled between approximately 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on July 16, 2010. Those desiring to make oral presentations should notify the contact person by July 1, 2010, and submit a brief statement of the general nature of information they wish to present and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. The contact person will inform each speaker of their schedule prior to the meeting.

    Comments: Regardless of attendance at the public meeting, interested persons may submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The docket will remain open for written or electronic comments for 30 days following the meeting.

    Agenda: The meeting will address goals and challenges of monitoring antimicrobial susceptibility in foodborne bacteria, and present research on the microbiology and epidemiology of resistance. The agenda for the public meeting will be made available on the agency's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/AntimicrobialResistance/NationalAntimicrobialResistanceMonitoringSystem/ucm059135.htm.

    Transcript: FDA will prepare a meeting transcript and make it available on the agency's Web site (see Agenda) after the meeting. FDA anticipates that transcripts will be available approximately 30 business days after the meeting. The transcript will be available for public examination at the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. A transcript will also be available in either hardcopy or on CD-ROM, after submission of a Freedom of Information request. Written requests are to be sent to Division of Freedom of Information (HFI-35), Office of Management Programs, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, rm. 6-30, Rockville, MD 20857.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7496.htm

  • Establishment of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    Authority: Executive Order 13251, dated November 24, 2009. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will be governed by provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces establishment of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the "Commission''), as directed by Executive Order 13521.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Diane M. Gianelli, Acting Executive Director, Presidential Commission on the Study of Bioethical Issues; Department of Health and Human Services; and/or Ms. Judith E. Crawford, Administrative Director, Presidential Commission on the Study of Bioethical Issues; Department of Health and Human Services. Both Ms. Gianelli and Ms. Crawford work in the Commission's office located at: 1425 New York Avenue, NW., Suite C100; Washington, DC 20005; Telephone: (202) 233-3960; Fax: (202) 233-3990.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7232.htm

  • Voting and Nonvoting Consumer Representative Members on Public Advisory Committees and Panels; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting for individuals and groups interested in nominating voting and nonvoting consumer representatives to FDA advisory committees and panels. This public meeting also is for individuals interested in serving as voting and nonvoting representatives of FDA advisory committees and panels. The purpose of the public meeting is to inform individuals and groups with consumer interests on how to participate in the nomination and selection process for members representing consumer interests on advisory committees, provide information on the structure and function of advisory committees seeking individuals to serve as consumer representatives, and update individuals and consumer groups and individuals on current committee vacancies.

    Date and Time: The public meeting will be held on April 30, 2010, from 8:15 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m.

    Location: The public meeting will be held at the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee Conference Room, rm. 1066, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD. Please use the lower entrance, which faces Parklawn Drive. Visitor badges will be held at the guard station at the entrance to the building. Participants will need a picture identification to pick up their badge. Public parking is not available at the 5630 Fishers Lane location. A public parking lot is available on Fishers Lane across from the Parklawn Building at 5600 Fishers Lane, and additional public parking is available at the Twinbrook Metro Station located several blocks west of the meeting location.

    Contact Person: Doreen Brandes, Office of the Commissioner (HF-4), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-8858, FAX: 301-827-1041, or e-mail: Doreen.Brandes@fda.hhs.gov. After April 15, 2010, the contact person's location and contact information will change. All correspondence should be mailed to Doreen Brandes, Office of the Commissioner, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-8858, FAX: 301-847- 8640, or e-mail: Doreen.Brandes@fda.hhs.gov.

    Registration: Register by e-mail or fax to the contact person no later than April 23, 2010. Provide complete information for each attendee, including name, title, organization's name, address, e-mail, and telephone and fax numbers

    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Doreen Brandes (see Contact Person) at least 7 days in advance.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-6967.htm

  • Interior

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    DATES: The ANS Task Force will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The ANS Task Force meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME (207-775-2311). You may inspect minutes of the meeting at the office of the Chief, Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. You may also view the minutes on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http://anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Mangin, Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, at (703) 358-2466, or by e-mail at Susan_Mangin@fws.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-6879.htm

  • Notice of Intent To Prepare and Scope an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017

    AGENCY: Minerals Management Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of intent and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Minerals Management Service (MMS) is providing notice of its intent to prepare an EIS with respect to the OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 and requests comments for the purposes of determining the scope of the EIS we plan to prepare.

    DATES: Please submit comments and information to the MMS on scoping no later than June 30, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit their written scoping comments until June 30, 2010, to Mr. J. F. Bennett, Chief, Branch of Environmental Assessment, Minerals Management Service, 381 Elden Street, MS 4042, Herndon, Virginia 20170, or online at: ocs5yeareis.anl.gov.

    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. J. F. Bennett, Chief, Branch of Environmental Assessment, Minerals Management Service, 703-787-1660.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7580.htm

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