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Federal Register Summary for week of 16 April

    Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in May 2010. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The AP meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010; from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2010; and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Parker or Margo Schulze-Haugen at 301-713-2347.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8551.htm

  • Availability of Grant Funds for FY 2010

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of availability of grant funds for FY 2010.


    SUMMARY: NOAA publishes this notice to solicit proposals for grant funding for three NOAA Sea Grant Programs: (1) Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2010; (2) NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension and Technology Transfer 2010; and (3) NOAA Sea Grant Aquatic Invasive Species 2010. This notice supplements the agency's solicitation for applications published on January 19, 2010 entitled "Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2010'' (75 FR 3209).

    DATES: Proposals must be received by the date and time specified under each program listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    ADDRESSES: Proposals must be submitted to the program address listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. NOAA's discretionary grant fund notices may be found on the Internet at Grants.gov. The URL for Grants.gov is http://www.grants.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For those applicants without Internet access, you may request a copy of the full funding opportunity announcement and/or application kit from the person listed as the information contact under each program.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8545.htm

  • Defense

  • Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study, Missouri River Basin, United States

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of intent.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Division C, Title I, Section 108 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Omaha and Kansas City Districts intend to conduct the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS). The study is anticipated to produce a comprehensive feasibility-type report with an integrated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

    Public Law 111-8 authorizes the USACE to review the original project purposes within the Missouri River Basin based on the Flood Control Act of 1944, as amended, and other-subsequent relevant legislation and judicial rulings to determine if changes to the authorized project purposes and existing federal water resource infrastructure may be warranted. The authorized Missouri River project purposes are: fish and wildlife, flood control, irrigation, navigation, power, recreation, water quality, and water supply.

    Public scoping for the MRAPS will begin in late May 2010. Future public notices will identify how written comments and suggestions concerning the study may be submitted. Please see http://www.mraps.org and the Scoping and Public Involvement section below for additional information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or questions about the MRAPS, please contact Mr. Mark Harberg, Project Manager, by telephone: (402) 995-2554, by mail: 1616 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68102-4901, or by e-mail: mark.c.harberg@usace.army.mil, or Lamar McKissack, Project Manager, by telephone (816) 389-3115, by mail: 601 East 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64106, or by e-mail: grady.l.mckissack@usace.army.mil. For inquiries from the media, please contact the USACE Omaha District Public Affairs Officer (PAO), Mr. Paul Johnston by telephone: (402) 995-2416, by mail: 1616 Capitol Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68102, or by e- mail: paul.t.johnston@usace.army.mil.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8729.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Guidance on Improving EPA Review of Appalachian Surface Coal Mining Operations under the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Environmental Justice Executive Order

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting public comment on the issues addressed in two EPA guidance memoranda released on April 1, 2010, titled Improving EPA Review of Appalachian Surface Coal Mining Operations under the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Environmental Justice Executive Order. Effective immediately, these memoranda--one labeled "Summary Guidance'' and one labeled "Detailed Guidance''--seek to clarify EPA's roles and expectations, in coordinating with its Federal and state partners, with regard to environmental review of Appalachian surface coal mining operations under the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Environmental Justice Executive Order (E.O. 12898).

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 1, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2010-0315, by one of the following methods:

    http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for reviewing comments.

    E-mail: OW-Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) Water Docket, MC 2822T; 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    On Site: EPA Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., EPA West, Room 3334, Washington, DC 20460. 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 http://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 20460. 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 is (202) 566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy Landers, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; (202) 566-2231; landers.timothy@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8303.htm

  • The Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Central Appalachian Coalfields and a Field-Based Aquatic Life Benchmark for Conductivity in Central Appalachian Streams

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a 60-day public comment period for two related draft documents: (1) "The Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Central Appalachian Coalfields'' (EPA/600/R-09/138A) and (2) "A Field-based Aquatic Life Benchmark for Conductivity in Central Appalachian Streams'' (EPA/600/R- 10/023A). These reports were developed by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of a set of actions taken by EPA to further clarify and strengthen environmental permitting requirements for Appalachian mountaintop removal and other surface coal mining projects, in coordination with Federal and State regulatory agencies (http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/guidance/mining.html).

    Both documents will be reviewed by an independent review panel convened by EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB's peer review meeting, which the public will be able to attend as observers, will be scheduled at a later date, and announced in the Federal Register. The public comment period and the SAB meeting are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA intends to forward the public comments that are submitted, in accordance with this notice, to the SAB review panel prior to the meeting for their consideration. When finalizing the draft documents, EPA intends to consider any significant public comments that it receives in accordance with this notice.

    EPA is releasing these draft documents for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. The documents have not been formally disseminated by EPA. They do not represent and should not be construed to represent a final Agency policy or determination; however, the documents reflect EPA's best interpretation of the available science. The draft documents are available via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.

    DATES: The 60-day public comment period begins April 12, 2010, and ends June 11, 2010. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by June 11, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The draft reports, "The Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Central Appalachian Coalfields'' and "A Field-based Aquatic Life Benchmark for Conductivity in Central Appalachian Streams'' are available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available, contact the EPA; telephone: 703-347-8629; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document titles (1) "The Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Central Appalachian Coalfields'' and (2) "A Field-based Aquatic Life Benchmark for Conductivity in Central Appalachian Streams.''

    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 submitting comments to the docket, please 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, please leave a message at 703-347-8629 or send e-mail to MTM-Cond@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8302.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8827.htm

  • Interior

  • Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0144; Wildlife Without Borders--Amphibians in Decline Grant Program

    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 September 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 14, 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/2010/2010-8513.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Planetary Protection Subcommittee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Planetary Protection Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Science Committee of the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting from the scientific community and other persons scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, May 14, 2010, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW., Room 3H46, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian Norris, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452, fax (202) 358-4118, or mnorris@nasa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8659.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (1119).

    Date/Time: May 5, 2010; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6, 2010; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Place: Hilton Arlington, Gallery Rooms, 2nd Floor, 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22203.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: James Colby, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-5331, jcolby@nsf.gov.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8722.htm

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