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Federal Register Summary for week of 7 May

    Agriculture

  • Animal Traceability; Public Meetings

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: This is a notice to inform the public of three upcoming meetings in Kansas City, MO, Riverdale, MD, and Denver, CO, to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to offer their input on the new framework being developed for animal disease traceability. Additional meetings are currently being planned and will be announced in a future notice. The meetings are being organized by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    DATES: The meetings will be held on May 11, May 13, and May 17, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting on May 11, 2010, will be held at the Holiday Inn Kansas City SE--Waterpark, 9103 East 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64133. The public meeting on May 13, 2010, will be held at the USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737. The public meeting on May 17, 2010, will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Denver International Airport, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Program Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 46, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-5571.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10561.htm

  • Multi-Agency Informational Meeting Concerning Compliance With the Federal Select Agent Program; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This is to notify all interested parties, including individuals and entities possessing, using, or transferring biological agents and toxins listed in 7 CFR 331.3, 9 CFR 121.3 and 121.4, or 42 CFR 73.3 and 73.4, that a meeting will be held to provide regulatory guidance related to the Federal Select Agent Program established under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. The meeting is being organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation. Issues to be discussed include entity registration, security risk assessments, biosafety requirements, and security measures.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on June 15, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Persons who wish to attend the meeting must register by May 15, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel, 1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, NV.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: APHIS: Ms. Sherylyn Roberson, Veterinary Permit Examiner, APHIS Select Agent Program, VS, ASAP, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734- 5960.

    CDC: Dr. Alia Legaux, Public Health Advisor/Inspector, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road MS A-46, Atlanta, GA 30333; (404) 718-2000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10277.htm

  • National Poultry Improvement Plan; General Conference Committee Meeting and 40th Biennial Conference

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We are giving notice of a meeting of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) and the NPIP's 40th Biennial Conference.

    DATES: The General Conference Committee meeting will be held on August 31, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Biennial Conference will meet on September 1, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on September 2, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The General Conference Committee meeting and Biennial Conference will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, One Market Place, San Diego, CA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Andrew R. Rhorer, Senior Coordinator, National Poultry Improvement Plan, VS, APHIS, 1498 Klondike Road, Suite 101, Conyers, GA 30094-5104; (770) 922-3496.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10278.htm

  • Notice of Intent To Seek OMB Approval To Collect Information: Revision of a Form Pertaining to the Peer Review of ARS Research Projects

    AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The proposed revised form for the information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and OMB implementing regulations. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by July 9, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to: Michael S. Strauss, Peer Review Program Coordinator, Office of Scientific Quality Review; Agricultural Research Agency, USDA; 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Beltsville, Maryland; 20705; Phone: 301-504-3283; Fax: 301-504-1251.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael S. Strauss, 301-504-3283.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Scientific Quality Review will seek approval from OMB to revise one existing form so as to comply with new Transportation Security Administration information needs for travelers. All forms are transferred and received in an electronic storage format that does not include on-line access.

    Abstract: The Office of Scientific Quality Review was established in September of 1999 as a result of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act 1998 ("The Act'')(Pub. L. 105- 185). The Act included mandates to perform scientific peer reviews of all research activities conducted by the USDA. The Office manages the ARS peer review system by centrally planning peer panel reviews for ARS research projects on a five-year cycle.

    Each set of reviews is assigned a chairperson to govern the review process. The majority of the peer reviewers are non-ARS scientists. Peer review panels are convened to provide in-depth discussion and review of the research project plans. Each panel reviewer receives information on between 1 and 20 ARS research projects.

    On average, 220 research projects are reviewed annually by an estimated 100 reviewers; whereby approximately 200 are reviewed by panel and approximately 20 are reviewed through an ad hoc process. The organization and management of this peer review system, particularly panel reviews, is highly dependent on the use of forms.

    The Office of Scientific Quality Review will seek OMB approval of the revised Panelist Information Form- USDA uses this form to gather up-to-date background information about the reviewer, as well as information necessary for the payment of the honorarium and, where necessary, for arranging travel. This form requires an original signature. Because of the sensitive nature of information on this form it is not copied or stored in an electronic file. The copy received is held only in a single locked file and destroyed when no longer needed, and in accordance with the relevant Records Retention Policies and under conditions mandated by the Privacy Act. The revised form re- orders information requested so as to make clearer the purpose for each and adds a request for the respondent to indicate their gender, as required by the Transportation Security Administration.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10560.htm

  • Notice of Revision and Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Revision and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to revise an information collection associated with the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey and to request extension of approval of the information collection.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July 2, 2010.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to (http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2010-0017) to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0017, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0017.

    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

    Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at (http://www.aphis.usda.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey, contact Dr. John Bowers, National Survey Coordinator, Emergency and Domestic Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 26, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-3658. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10279.htm

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: In Fiscal Year 2009, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), formerly known as the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), created a new research, education, and extension program called the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The AFRI process has been iterative. Pursuant to the requirements of section 7406 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, beginning in September of 2008 CSREES solicited public comment from persons who use or conduct research, extension, or education regarding the implementing regulation to be developed for this new program. In an effort to improve the quality of the AFRI program, NIFA is again holding a public meeting and soliciting public comments for consideration in the development of the Fiscal Year 2011 AFRI program solicitations. All comments must be received by close of business June 7, 2010, to be considered.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the One Washington Circle Hotel, 1 Washington Circle, NW., Washington, DC 20037. You may submit comments, identified by Docket Number NIFA-2010-0001 by any of the following methods to the NIFA Docket Clerk:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    E-mail: afri@nifa.usda.gov. Include Docket Number NIFA-2010-0001 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-401-1782.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to AFRI; Competitive Programs (CP) Unit; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2240; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC 20250-2240.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: AFRI; Competitive Programs (CP) Unit; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Room 2457, Waterfront Centre; 800 9th Street, SW.; Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions:

    All submissions received must include the agency name and the Docket Number NIFA-2010-0001. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Terri Joya, (202) 401-1761 (phone), (202) 401-1782 (fax), or tjoya@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10690.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT is a committee of individuals who represent diverse interests from academia, industry, non- governmental organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Council's FY 20l0-FY 2012 agenda, which includes vulnerable populations and workforce issues. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov//ocem/nacept/cal-nacept.htm.

    DATES: NACEPT will hold a two-day meeting on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, May 26, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sonia Altieri, designated Federal officer, altieri.sonia@epa.gov, (202) 564-0243, U.S. EPA, Office of Cooperative Environmental Management (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10538.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Polar Bear in the United States

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period, and announcement of public hearings.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the reopening of the public comment period on the proposed designation of critical habitat for the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA), corrections to our proposed boundaries for sea-ice critical habitat, our intention to hold two public hearings to provide the public with an opportunity to submit testimony on the proposed designation of critical habitat for the polar bear and on the DEA, and an amended required determinations section of the proposal. We are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties an opportunity to provide additional comment on the proposed rule, the associated DEA, corrections to our proposed boundaries for sea-ice critical habitat, and the amended required determinations section. If you submitted comments previously, you do not need to resubmit them because we have already incorporated them into the public record and will fully consider them in preparation of the final rule.

    DATES: Written Comments: We will consider comments we receive on or before July 6, 2010.

    Public Hearings: We will hold two public hearings, one on June 15, 2010, from 7-10 p.m. in Anchorage, Alaska, and another on June 17, 2010, from 7-10 p.m. in Barrow, Alaska. During the first hour of these meetings (from 7-8 p.m.), we will present information on the DEA and proposed critical habitat. Public comments will be taken from 8-10 p.m.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Please follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-R7-ES-2009-0042.

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R7-ES-2009-0042; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

    Public Hearings:

    The Barrow, Alaska, public hearing will be held at I[ntilde]upiat Heritage Center, 5421 North Star Street, Barrow, Alaska.

    The Anchorage, Alaska, public hearing will be held at Z.J. Loussac Public Library, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage, Alaska.

    For more information on the public hearings, see the Public Hearings section below.

    We will post all comments, and transcripts of the public hearings on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide to us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Evans, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management Office, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503; by telephone (907-786-3800); or by facsimile (907-786-3816). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10512.htm

  • Removing Regulations Implementing the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to remove our regulations implementing the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1980. The Act authorized financial and technical assistance to States to design conservation plans and programs to benefit nongame species; however, funds never became available to carry out the Act, and we do not expect funds to become available in the future.

    DATES: We will consider comments received or postmarked on or before July 6, 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- WSR-2010-0009.

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R9-WSR-2010-0009; 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 public 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: Joyce Johnson, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Division of Policy and Programs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 703-358-2156.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10604.htm

  • State

  • Request for Nominations of Experts for Consideration as Authors and/or Editors for the Fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5)

    ACTION: This is an announcement of an opportunity to recommend experts to the U.S. Government for nomination as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, Contributing Authors and Review Editors for the Fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5).


    SUMMARY: Governments, along with other stakeholder groups, relevant institutions, and United Nations agencies, have been invited to nominate experts to participate in the GEO-5 assessment. The Department of State is coordinating the recommendation of experts to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for GEO-5. The purpose of GEO-5 is to provide a comprehensive, integrated, and scientifically credible global environmental assessment to support decision-making processes at appropriate levels. Individuals may seek to nominate others (or themselves) directly on http://www.unep.org/geo/nominations/, or through the U.S. government. For those who wish to submit their nominations through the U.S. government, your nomination must be submitted to UNEP at the Web site above, and the nomination must also be received at the U.S. Department of State, Office of Environmental Policy, which is coordinating the U.S. Government nomination process, no later than May 12, 2010. The remainder of this announcement provides background information and describes how to submit recommendations.

    The Global Environment Outlook is the primary assessment process of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which helps keep the global environment under review. It is a tool that informs decision-making, focusing on assessment priorities and analyzing policy challenges and opportunities to provide policy response options. It is also a communications tool that brings together diverse stakeholder groups, builds capacity and aims to raise awareness on the status and trends of the environment.

    Experts are expected to have a thorough understanding in one or more of the following areas: Environmental science; environment and development priorities, challenges and policy; and environmental management or governance. UNEP will select nominees by matching expertise to specific roles, paying due regard to disciplinary, gender and geographical balance. Details of the GEO-5 nominating process may be found online at http://www.unep.org/geo/nominations/ and http://www.globalchange.gov/globalenvironmentoutlook. To access the nominations form on the UNEP Web site, please use Username: geo5--2012 and Password: nominee. Nominations may be made on http://www.unep.org/geo/nominations/. For nominations to be considered within the U.S. Government nomination process, they must also be submitted to the United States Department of State. GEO-5 will review the nominations from all participating governments, individuals and organizations and make final decisions on nominees.

    Selection as a U.S. Government nominee does not guarantee selection by GEO-5 itself. Participants in the GEO process volunteer their time. Nominated individuals should agree in advance to fulfill the role for which they are nominated, should they be selected to do so by GEO. Nomination by the U.S. Government to GEO-5 does not imply a commitment by the U.S. Government to provide financial support for participation.

    UNEP may provide travel and subsistence costs for non-Federal participants if requested by the participant, subject to the availability of resources. Additional guidance on compensation of expenses and remuneration of services will be available on the UNEP Web site.

    How to Recommend Experts

    1. Refer to the GEO-5 Web site http://www.unep.org/geo/nominations/ for detailed background information on the 5th Assessment Report. To access the nominations form on the UNEP Web site, please use Username: geo5--2012 and Password: nominee. The document on GEO-5 nominations identifies the substantive areas covered in each of the chapters of the report. It is important to note that the time commitment required to carry out different roles in the GEO-5 process varies greatly.

    2. Make sure that any of the experts that you wish to recommend are willing to serve in the role for which they are nominated.

    3. Nominations to be considered within the U.S. Government nomination process must be submitted to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Environmental Policy no later than May 12, 2010. Complete the GEO-5 nomination form, one for each nominee, including an up-to-date CV, identification of the relevant chapters, and the role for which the individual is being nominated. Send this information by e-mail to rosenmanrg@state.gov by May 12. Please note that partial nomination packages will not be considered.

    What happens next?

    In a process coordinated through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Environmental Policy, technical experts and managers of relevant science and technology programs within the U.S. government will make and review recommendations and forward a slate of nominees to GEO-5 on the basis of their qualifications. Submission of a nomination to the State Department does not guarantee that the nomination will be forwarded by the U.S. Government to UNEP.

    For Further Information

    Richard Rosenman of the Office of Environmental Policy, U.S. Department of State, is serving as the coordinator of this nomination process. Mr. Rosenman can be reached at 1-202-647-1126, e-mail rosenmanrg@state.gov.

    Disclaimer: This Public Notice is a request for nominations, and is not a request for applications. No granting or money is directly associated with this request for suggestions for GEO-5. There is no expectation of U.S. Government resources or funding associated with any nominations.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10842.htm