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Federal Register Summary for week of 28 May

    Arctic Research Commission

  • Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 93rd meeting in Washington, DC, on June 2-3, 2010. The business session, open to the public, will convene June 3 at 8:30 a.m.

    The Agenda items include:

    1. Call to order and approval of the agenda.
    2. Approval of the minutes from the 92nd meeting.
    3. Commissioners and staff reports.
    4. Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research
    5. activities.

    The focus of the meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact person for further information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-12712.htm

  • Commerce

  • Extension of Period for Nominations to the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark Office) previously published a notice in the Federal Register requesting nominations of individuals to serve on the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee. The USPTO is extending the deadline until August 1, 2010. The United States Patent and Trademark Office will consider nominations received in response to the original notice as published on February 1, 2010, as well as from this notice of extension and from other sources. The SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice provides committee and membership criteria.

    DATES: Please submit nominations by August 1, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted to Richard Maulsby, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450. Nominations also may be submitted via fax: (571) 270-9100 or by electronic mail to: nmti@uspto.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Maulsby, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313- 1450, telephone (571) 272-8333, or electronic mail: nmti@uspto.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-12400.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Review of MMS NEPA Policies, Practices, and Procedures for OCS Oil and Gas Exploration and Development

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Review and Request for Public Comment.


    SUMMARY: On May 17, 2010, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) informed the Department of the Interior (DOI) that CEQ was conducting a 30 day review National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) policies, practices, and procedures for the Minerals Management Service (MMS) decisions for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas exploration and development.

    This review of MMS NEPA policies, practices and procedures is being conducted as a result of the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon well and drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of this review is to ascertain how MMS applies NEPA in its management of Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas exploration and development and make recommendations for revisions. The scope of the review is intended to be holistic, i.e. from leasing decisions to drilling and production.

    In line with CEQ's effort to engage the public in the NEPA process and the President's Open Government Initiative, this notice is also a solicitation for public comment on the review process undertaken by CEQ as well as on current MMS NEPA policies, practices, and procedures regarding Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas exploration and development. Public participation in this review effort will benefit this specific review process, the MMS NEPA implementation, CEQ's overall effectiveness in overseeing NEPA, and the environmental and social consequences of government activity.

    DATES: Comments should be submitted as soon as possible on the CEQ review, recognizing that the review is to be completed June 17, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: All relevant information related to MMS NEPA procedures and the review process is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ceq/initiatives/nepa. Comments on the procedures and review should be submitted electronically at the above URL or to hgreczmiel@ceq.eop.gov or in writing to Associate Director for NEPA Oversight, Council on Environmental Quality, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for NEPA Oversight, Council on Environmental Quality, at (202) 395- 5750.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-13111.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the SAB Panel for the Review of Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems and Aquatic Life Benchmark for Conductivity

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Panel for the review of two EPA draft documents on the Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems, and on Aquatic Life Benchmark for Conductivity.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on July 20, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), July 21, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and July 22, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The face-to-face meeting on July 20-22, 2010 will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle, NW., Washington, DC 20005; telephone (202) 842-1300.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public meeting may contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9946 or at hanlon.edward@epa.gov. General information about the SAB, as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-12617.htm

  • Inorganic Nitrates-Nitrite, Carbon and Carbon Dioxide, and Sulfur Registration Review; Draft Ecological Risk Assessment and Endangered Species Effects Determination; Notice of Availability

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft ecological risk assessment for the registration review of inorganic nitrates - nitrites, carbon and carbon dioxide, and gas cartridge uses of sulfur, and opens a public comment period on this document. Comments and input may address, among other things, the Agency's risk assessment methodologies and assumptions, as applied to this draft risk assessment. Interested parties may also provide suggestions for mitigation of the risk identified in the draft ecological risk assessment. As part of the registration review process, the Agency has completed a comprehensive draft ecological risk assessment, including an endangered species assessment that identifies those species for which exposure and effects may occur for all inorganic nitrates- nitrites, carbon and carbon dioxide uses, as well as gas cartridge uses of sulfur. The risk assessment includes a species specific analysis and effects determination on 3 of 11 species found in the San Francisco Bay area that are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Concurrent with this public comment opportunity, EPA is initiating informal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After reviewing comments received during this public comment period, EPA will issue a revised risk assessment, explain any changes to the draft risk assessment, and respond to comments. The Agency may request further public input on risk mitigation before developing a proposed registration review decision for inorganic nitrates - nitrites, carbon and carbon dioxide, and sulfur. After a revised risk assessment is completed, EPA will also initiate further consultation, as needed, when appropriate, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding potential risks to federally listed threatened or endangered species and their designated critical habitat.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 26, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The mailing address for each Chemical Review Manager listed in the table in Unit II. is: Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. Submit your comments identified by the docket identification (ID) number for the specific pesticide of interest provided in the table in Unit II. by one of the methods listed below:

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

    Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket Facility's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to the docket ID numbers listed in the table in Unit II. for the pesticides you are commenting on. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line 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 regulations.gov or e-mail. The regulations.gov website 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 regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the 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.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. 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, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For pesticide specific information contact: The Chemical Review Manager identified in the table in Unit II. for the pesticide of interest.

    For general questions on the registration review program, contact: Kevin Costello, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5026; fax number: (703) 308-8090; e-mail address: costello.kevin@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-12591.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

    Executive Order 13543 of May 21, 2010

    National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Establishment. There is established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling (the "Commission'').

    Sec. 2. Membership. (a) The Commission shall be composed of not more than 7 members who shall be appointed by the President. The members shall be drawn from among distinguished individuals, and may include those with experience in or representing the scientific, engineering, and environmental communities, the oil and gas industry, or any other area determined by the President to be of value to the Commission in carrying out its duties.

    (b) The President shall designate from among the Commission members two members to serve as Co-Chairs.

    Sec. 3. Mission. The Commission shall:

    (a) examine the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster;

    (b) develop options for guarding against, and mitigating the impact of, oil spills associated with offshore drilling, taking into consideration the environmental, public health, and economic effects of such options, including options involving:

    (1) improvements to Federal laws, regulations, and industry practices applicable to offshore drilling that would ensure effective oversight, monitoring, and response capabilities; protect public health and safety, occupational health and safety, and the environment and natural resources; and address affected communities; and

    (2) organizational or other reforms of Federal agencies or processes necessary to ensure such improvements are implemented and maintained.

    (c) submit a final public report to the President with its findings and options for consideration within 6 months of the date of the Commission's first meeting.

    Sec. 4. Administration. (a) The Commission shall hold public hearings and shall request information including relevant documents from Federal, State, and local officials, nongovernmental organizations, private entities, scientific institutions, industry and workforce representatives, communities, and others affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, as necessary to carry out its mission.

    (b) The heads of executive departments and agencies, to the extent permitted by law and consistent with their ongoing activities in response to the oil spill, shall provide the Commission such information and cooperation as it may require for purposes of carrying out its mission.

    (c) In carrying out its mission, the Commission shall be informed by, and shall strive to avoid duplicating, the analyses and investigations undertaken by other governmental, nongovernmental, and independent entities.

    (d) The Commission shall ensure that it does not interfere with or disrupt any ongoing or anticipated civil or criminal investigation or law enforcement activities or any effort to recover response costs or damages arising out of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, and oil spill. The Commission shall consult with the Department of Justice concerning the Commission's activities to avoid any risk of such interference or disruption.

    (e) The Commission shall have a staff, headed by an Executive Director.

    (f) The Commission shall terminate 60 days after submitting its final report.

    Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) To the extent permitted by law, and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of Energy shall provide the Commission with such administrative services, funds, facilities, staff, and other support services as may be necessary to carry out its mission.

    (b) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.) (the "Act''), may apply to the Commission, any functions of the President under that Act, except for those in section 6 of the Act, shall be performed by the Secretary of Energy in accordance with guidelines issued by the Administrator of General Services.

    (c) Members of the Commission shall serve without any additional compensation for their work on the Commission, but shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, to the extent permitted by law for persons serving intermittently in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).

    (d) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (1) authority granted by law to a department, agency, or the head thereof; or

    (2) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (e) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    THE WHITE HOUSE,

    May 21, 2010.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-12805.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Notice of Request for Public Comment

    AGENCY: Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    SUMMARY: The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS) is requesting public comment on a draft report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on genetics education and training of health care professionals, public health providers, and consumers. A copy of the draft report is available electronically at http://oba.od.nih.gov/SACGHS/sacghspubliccomments.html. A copy may also be obtained by contacting Kathryn Camp at campkm@od.nih.gov or 301-496-9838.

    DATES: Please submit all public comments by June 30, 2010, for consideration by SACGHS as it finalizes its report to the Secretary.

    ADDRESSES: Public comments on the draft report should be addressed to Steven Teutsch, MD, MPH, SACGHS Chair, and transmitted via e-mail to Kathryn Camp at campkm@od.nih.gov.

    Comments may also be mailed to SACGHS, attn: Kathryn Camp, Office of Biotechnology Activities, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, or faxed to 301-496- 9839.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Camp, NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-9838, campkm@od.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-12450.htm

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. The Committee is governed by the provisions of 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 Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a program office in the Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). SACHRP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary, HHS, and the Assistant Secretary for Health on matters pertaining to the continuance and improvement of functions within the authority of HHS directed toward protections for human subjects in research. SACHRP was established by the Secretary, HHS, on October 1, 2002. OHRP is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to fill three positions on the Committee membership which will become available on March 1, 2011.

    DATES: Nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no later than July 12, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be mailed or delivered to: Dr. Jerry Menikoff, Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200; Rockville, MD 20852. Nominations will not be accepted by e-mail or by facsimile.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Gorey, Executive Director, SACHRP, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852, telephone: 240-453-8141. A copy of the Committee charter and list of the current members can be obtained by contacting Ms. Gorey, accessing the SACHRP Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp, or requesting via e-mail at .

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-12636.htm

  • Interior

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). Comprised of 30 nonfederal invasive species experts and stakeholders from across the nation, the purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council, as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues.

    Purpose of Meeting: The meeting will be held on June 22-24, 2010 in San Francisco, California, and will focus primarily on aquatic invaders. The Bay Area was chosen as the meeting location because it is one of the most invaded marine/coastal environments in the world, with over 50 invasive species that threaten the Bay's vibrant economy. ISAC will provide recommendations to the Council concerning both the unique challenges faced by the Bay Area, and broader challenges faced by NISC agencies elsewhere in the nation. ISAC will also address the complex relationship between climate change and invasive species, opportunities for green jobs creation within invasive species efforts, ballast water related issues, and the development of state invasive species councils.

    DATES: Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 and Thursday, June 24, 2010; beginning at approximately 8 a.m., and ending at approximately 5 p.m. each day. Members will be participating in an off-site field tour on Wednesday, June 23, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The Argonaut Hotel, 495 Jefferson Street at Hyde, San Francisco, California 94109-1314. The general session on June 22, 2010 and June 24, 2010 will be held in the Golden Gate Ballroom.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, National Invasive Species Council Program Analyst and ISAC Coordinator, (202) 513-7243; Fax: (202) 371-1751.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-12581.htm