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Federal Register Summary for week of 9 April

    Commerce

  • Availability of Seats for the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: The ONMS is seeking applications for the following vacant seats on the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Georgia conservation and living resources research. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve 3-year terms, pursuant to the council's Charter.

    DATES: Applications are due by May 15, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits may be obtained from Becky Shortland, Council Coordinator (becky.shortland@noaa.gov, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411; 912-598-2381) Completed applications should be sent to the same address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Becky Shortland, Council Coordinator (becky.shortland@noaa.gov, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411; 912-598-2381).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7901.htm

  • Availability of Seats for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: The ONMS is seeking applicants for the following seats on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Member and Alternate two-year terms for (1) Research; (1) Conservation; (1) Whale Watching; (1) Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing; (1) Diving; (1) At-Large; (1) Education (Alternate only); and (1) Business and Industry (Member only). Additionally seeking applications for three-year terms for (1) Conservation (Member only) and (1) Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing (Alternate only) seats. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve two and three year terms, pursuant to the Council's Charter. The Council consists also of three state and three federal non-voting ex-officio seats.

    DATES: Applications are due by 1 June 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits may be obtained from Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066. Telephone 781-545-8026. Completed applications should be sent to the same address or e-mail, or faxed to 781-545-8036.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Nathalie.ward@noaa.gov, External Affairs Coordinator, telephone: 781-545-8026.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7910.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of 5-Year Review for Southern Resident Killer Whales

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

    ACTION: Notice of initiation of 5-year review; request for information.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces a 5-year review of Southern Resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). A 5-year review is a periodic process conducted to ensure that the listing classification of a species is accurate. A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any such information on Southern Resident killer whales that has become available since their original listing as endangered in November 2005. Based on the results of this 5-year review, we will make the requisite finding under the ESA.

    DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we must receive your information no later than July 6, 2010. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.

    ADDRESSES: Please submit information on Southern Resident killer whales to Lynne Barre, NMFS Northwest Region, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Information may also be submitted via email to orca.plan@noaa.gov. Information received in response to this notice will be available for public inspection by appointment, during normal business hours, at the above address. We will consider all comments and information received during the comment period in preparing a 5-year review.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynne Barre, Northwest Regional Office, 206-526-4745; or Susan Pultz, Office of Protected Resources, 301-713-1401.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7766.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Peer Review Meeting for the External Peer Review Drafts of Two Documents on Using Probabilistic Methods To Enhance the Role of Risk Analysis in Decision-Making

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Peer Review Meeting with Opportunity for Public Comment.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing that Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer review meeting to review two draft documents entitled, "Using Probabilistic Methods to Enhance the Role of Risk Analysis in Decision- Making, with Case Study Examples'' and a "Managers' Summary'' of the same document. The draft documents were prepared by the Agency's Risk Assessment Forum. The peer review meeting is scheduled to take place on May 6, 2010. On August 18, 2009, EPA announced a 15-day public comment period for the draft documents (74 FR 41695), and on September 17, 2009 extended the comment period to 60 days (74 FR 47794), thus closing the public comment period on October 16, 2009.

    The public comment period and the external peer review are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. In addition to the opportunity provided for public comments through the EPA docket by the closing date of October 16, 2009, the public can provide comments for the external peer reviewers' consideration through the public meeting scheduled for May 6, 2010.

    EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review 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.

    The public will be given an opportunity to observe and provide oral comments at this meeting by registering with the point of contact below (see HOW CAN I REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS MEETING?). The draft document is available through the EPA docket at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0645. Additionally, the draft document and the charge questions for EPA's external peer review are available via the Internet on the Risk Assessment Forum's home page at http://www.epa.gov/raf/prawhitepaper.

    In preparing a final report, EPA will consider the peer review report of the recommendations from the external peer review panel and any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with the Federal Register notices noted above on the document and at the public meeting.

    DATES: The peer review meeting will be held on May 6, 2010 at 8:30 a.m., and will end approximately 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Registration for this peer review meeting is required (see HOW CAN I REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS MEETING?). Members of the public will be allowed to make brief (no longer than 5 minutes) oral statements during the meeting's public comment period.

    How Can I Request To Participate in This Meeting?

    Members of the public may call into the meeting via teleconference as observers, and there will be a limited time for comments from the public. The peer-review meeting will be held at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202.

    Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first- come, first-served basis. A teleconference line will be available to registered observers if traveling is not an option. In order to participate, you should contact the EPA contractor, ERG, which is organizing, convening, and conducting the peer review meeting. To attend the meeting, register by April 29, 2010, by calling ERG at (781) 674-7374 or toll free at (800) 803-2833 (ask for the PRA peer review coordinator, Laurie Waite), sending a facsimile to (781) 674-2906 (please reference: "PRA Peer Review Meeting'' and include your name, title, affiliation, full address and contact information), or sending an e-mail to meetings@erg.com (subject line: PRA Peer Review Meeting and include your name, title, affiliation, full address and contact information). You may also register via the Internet at https://www2.ergweb.com/projects/conferences/peerreview/register-pra.htm. When registering, please also indicate whether you would like to make a comment during the observer comment portion of the meeting. The call-in number for the peer review meeting will be: Telephone number: 1 (888) 346-3659; Pass Code: 87633.

    ADDRESSES: The drafts "Using Probabilistic Methods to Enhance the Role of Risk Analysis in Decision-Making, with Case Study Examples'' and "Using Probabilistic Methods to Enhance the Role of Risk Analysis in Decision-Making-Managers' Summary'' are available primarily via the Internet on the Risk Assessment Forum's home page at http://www.epa.gov/raf/prawhitepaper. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Risk Assessment Forum. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, and the document title, to Dr. Kathryn Gallagher via the contact information below.

    For technical information, please contact: Dr. Kathryn Gallagher, Executive Director of the Risk Assessment Forum, Mail Code 8105R, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-1398; fax number: (202) 564-2070, E-mail: gallagher.kathryn@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8127.htm

  • Interior

  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Fairbanks, AK

    AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of intent to revise the comprehensive conservation plan and prepare an environmental impact statement; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will be developing a revised comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (NWR, Refuge). The Revised CCP will establish goals and objectives, review Refuge rivers for potential recommendation for Congress for inclusion within the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and review Refuge lands for potential recommendation for Congress for inclusion within the National Wilderness Preservation System. We will use the internet, special mailings, public service announcements, newspaper advertisements, and other media to keep people updated throughout the planning process and to provide opportunities for input. We will hold public meetings in communities within and near the Refuge during preparation of the Revised CCP. We will also hold meetings in Anchorage, AK, Fairbanks, AK, and Washington, DC.

    DATES: Meetings: A public scoping meeting will be held in Washington, DC on May 4, 2010, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Department of the Interior Auditorium, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC. In addition, we will hold public scoping meetings in Anchorage and Fairbanks, AK and in refuge area communities in Alaska. We will announce these meeting dates, times, and locations locally, at least 10 days prior to each meeting.

    Comments: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments on the scope of the CCP revision by June 7, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Information about the Refuge and the Revised CCP is available on the internet at: http://arctic.fws.gov. Send your comments or requests for more information by any of the following methods.

    E-mail: ArcticRefugeCCP@fws.gov. Include "Arctic NWR CCP'' in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: Attn: Sharon Seim, Planning Team Leader, (907) 456-0428.

    U.S. Mail: Sharon Seim, Planning Team Leader, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 101 12th Ave., Rm. 236, Fairbanks, AK 99701.

    In-Person Drop-off: You may drop off comments during regular business hours at the above address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharon Seim, Planning Team Leader, phone (907) 456-0501.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7850.htm

  • National Park Service Benefits-Sharing Final Environmental Impact Statement Record of Decision

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Servicewide Benefits-Sharing Final Environmental Impact Statement.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability of the Record of Decision for the Benefits-Sharing Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) covering all units of the National Park System. On March 5, 2010, the Deputy Director of the National Park Service approved the Record of Decision for the project. As soon as practicable, the National Park Service will begin to implement the Preferred Alternative contained in the FEIS issued on November 27, 2009. Three alternatives were evaluated in the FEIS, each of which would clarify the rights and responsibilities of researchers and NPS management in connection with the allocation of benefits from valuable discoveries, inventions, and other developments that result from research involving specimens lawfully collected from units of the National Park System. The No Action Alternative allows scientists to use material originating as National Park Service research specimens to conduct research that may lead to commercial products but without any obligation to share the benefits with the National Park Service. Another alternative prohibits scientific research involving National Park Service research specimens that is in any way associated with the development of commercial products. A third alternative, the Environmentally Preferred Alternative, allows the National Park Service and researchers who study material associated with a Scientific Research and Collecting Permit to enter into benefits-sharing agreements on a case-by-case basis before using their research results for any commercial purpose. This Environmentally Preferred Alternative has three considerations regarding the disclosure of financial information: Always disclose, never disclose, or comply with confidentiality laws regarding disclosure. The Preferred Alternative implements the benefits-sharing agreement requirement, while complying with confidentiality laws regarding disclosure of royalty rate or related information.

    The Record of Decision includes a statement of the decision made, synopses of other alternatives considered, the basis for the decision, a description of the environmentally preferable alternative, a finding of no impairment of park resources and values, a listing of measures to minimize environmental harm, and an overview of public involvement in the decision-making process.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Mills, Benefits-Sharing EIS, Center for Resources, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190, (307) 344-2203, benefitseis@nps.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7871.htm

  • Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative--Science Technical Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, North Slope Science Initiative, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)-- Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below:

    DATES: The meeting will be held April 26 and 27, 2010, in Fairbanks, Alaska. On April 26, 2010, the meeting will begin at 9 a.m., at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, International Arctic Research Center, Room 501, Fairbanks, Alaska. Public comments will begin at 3 p.m. On April 27, 2010, the meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the same location, and will adjourn at noon.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative, AK-910, c/o Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, 13, Anchorage, AK 99513, (907) 271-3431 or e-mail johnfpayne@blm.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7718.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0022; Federal Fish and Wildlife License/Permit Applications and Reports, Migratory Birds

    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 June 7, 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.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    Our Regional Migratory Bird Permit Offices use information that we collect on permit applications to determine the eligibility of applicants for permits requested in accordance with the criteria in various Federal wildlife conservation laws and international treaties, including: (1) Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.). (2) Lacey Act (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.). (3) Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668).

    Service regulations implementing these statutes and treaties are in Chapter I, Subchapter B of Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). These regulations stipulate general and specific requirements that, when met, allow us to issue permits to authorize activities that are otherwise prohibited. This revised IC includes migratory bird permit applications and the reports associated with the permits.

    This IC includes four permit application and report forms that are currently approved under OMB Control Number 1018-0136. Once OMB takes action on this IC, we will discontinue OMB Control No. 1018-0136.

    3-200-71--Eagle Take (Disturb).

    3-200-72--Eagle Nest Take.

    3-202-15--Eagle Take Monitoring and Annual Report.

    3-202-16--Eagle Nest Take Monitoring and Reporting.

    In addition, we plan to add three new forms:.

    FWS Form 3-200-81 (Special Purpose-Utility) will provide an application specifically tailored for utilities (e.g., power, communications) to request permits to salvage migratory birds on their property and rights-of-way.

    FWS Form 3-200-82 (Eagle Transport Into and Out of the United States) will provide an application for permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act to transport dead eagle specimens into and out of the country temporarily for scientific or exhibition purposes, such as for museum exhibits.

    FWS Form 3-202-17 (Special Purpose-Utility Annual Report) will provide a standardized annual report form for Special Purpose- Utility permits.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7807.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Education and Public Outreach Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the Education and Public Outreach Committee of the NASA Advisory Council.

    DATES: April 26, 2010, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT.

    ADDRESSES: This meeting will take place telephonically and via WebEx. Any interested person may contact Ms. Erika G. Vick at (202) 358-2209, to get further information about participating via teleconference and/ or WebEx.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Erika G. Vick, Office of Communications, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-2209.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7772.htm

  • State

  • Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs; Climate Action Report

    AGENCY: Department of State.

    ACTION: Notice; request for public comments.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this announcement is to notify interested members of the public of the opportunity to submit comments to the draft fifth National Communication on U.S. climate change actions for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In June 1992, the United States signed, and later ratified, the UNFCCC. Pursuant to the national communication reporting requirements under Articles 4.2 and 12 of the Convention and to guidelines later adopted by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP), the United States submitted the first U.S. Climate Action Report (CAR) to the UNFCCC Secretariat in 1994, and subsequent reports in 1997, 2002, and 2006. The U.S. Government has prepared an initial draft of the fifth National Communication for public review. This report reflects the U.S. Government commitment to the UNFCCC to transparently communicate U.S. actions and policies addressing climate change. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for instructions on accessing the electronic version of the report, file format requirements for submitting comments, and other information about electronic filing.

    DATES: The agency must receive comments on or before noon, May 6th, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted via e-mail to CAR5@state.gov. Submit comments as an ASCII or word file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption. Identify all comments and data in electronic form by the docket number [docket number].

    Additionally, comments may be sent via postal mail to: CAR5 Comments, Department of State, Office of Global Change, Harry S. Truman Building, Room 2480, 2201 "C'' Street, NW., Washington, DC 20520 or via fax to: (202) 647-0191. Comments will be due within 28 days of publication date. Persons with access to the Internet may also view and comment on this notice by going to the U.S. Government Regulations.Gov Web site at http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#home.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Eric J. Maltzer, Office of Global Change, U.S. Department of State at (202) 647-6740.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-7972.htm