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Federal Register Summary for week of 18 June

    Agriculture

  • Competitive and Noncompetitive Nonformula Federal Assistance Programs--Administrative Provisions for Biomass Research and Development Initiative

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), formerly the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), is publishing a set of specific administrative requirements for the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to supplement the Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Federal Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions for this program. The BRDI is authorized under section 9008 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA), as amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008(FCEA).

    DATES: This interim rule is effective on June 14, 2010. The Agency must receive comments on or before October 12, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by 0524-AA61, by any of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: policy@NIFA.usda.gov. Include Regulatory Information Number (RIN) number 0524-AA61 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 202-401-7752.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2299; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2299.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Room 2258, Waterfront Centre; 800 9th Street, SW.; Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All comments submitted must include the agency name and the RIN for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carmela Bailey, National Program Leader, Plant and Animal Systems, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 3356, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2299; Voice: 202-401- 6443; Fax: 202-401-4888; e-mail: cbailey@NIFA.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14159.htm

  • Notice of Proposed Changes to the National Handbook of Conservation Practices for the Natural Resources Conservation Service

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

    ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed changes in the NRCS National Handbook of Conservation Practices for public review and comment.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the intention of NRCS to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in the National Handbook of Conservation Practices. These standards include: Animal Mortality Facility (Code 316), Critical Area Planting (Code 342), Composting Facility (Code 317), Grazing Land Mechanical Treatment (Code 548), Hedgerow Planting (422), Irrigation Canal or Lateral (Code 320), Irrigation Land Leveling (Code 464), Irrigation System, Surface, and Subsurface (Code 443), Riparian Herbaceous Cover (Code 390), Rock Barrier (Code 555), Roofs and Covers (Code 367), Runoff Management System (Code 570), Shallow Water Development and Management (Code 646), Streambank and Shoreline Protection (Code 580), Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (Code 645), and Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management (Code 644). NRCS State Conservationists who choose to adopt these practices for use within their State will incorporate them into section IV of their respective electronic Field Office Technical Guide. These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land (HEL) or on land determined to be a wetland. Section 343 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 requires NRCS to make available for public review and comment all proposed revisions to conservation practice standards used to carry out HEL and wetland provisions of the law.

    DATES: Effective Date: This is effective June 15, 2010.

    Comment Date: Submit comments on or before July 15, 2010. Final versions of these new or revised conservation practice standards will be adopted after the close of the 30-day period and after consideration of all comments.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted using any of the following methods:

    Mail: Wayne Bogovich, National Agricultural Engineer, Conservation Engineering Division, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 6136 South Building, Washington, DC 20250.

    E-mail: wayne.bogovich@wdc.usda.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wayne Bogovich, National Agricultural Engineer, Conservation Engineering Division, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 6136 South Building, Washington, DC 20250.

    Electronic copies of these standards can be downloaded or printed from the following Web site: ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/NHQ/ practice-standards/federal-register/. Requests for paper versions or inquiries may be directed to Wayne Bogovich, National Agricultural Engineer, Conservation Engineering Division, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 6136 South Building, Washington, DC 20250.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14343.htm

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Notice of Solicitation for Membership

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: We are giving notice that the Secretary has established the Advisory Committee on Animal Health for a 2-year period. The Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership for this Committee.

    DATES: Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before August 2, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be addressed to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael R. Doerrer, Chief Operating Officer, Veterinary Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 58, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-5034; (Michael.R.Doerrer@aphis.usda.gov).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14660.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Draft FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, request for public comments.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the Draft FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan) for public review and comment, as part of the periodic update required by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). The Agency's final Strategic Plan will be submitted to Congress by September 30, 2010. The Strategic Plan provides the Agency's long-term direction and strategies to improve environmental and human health over the next five years. For this notice, the EPA is seeking comment from individual citizens, states, tribes, local government, industry, the academic community, non-governmental organizations, and all other interested parties. The Agency is particularly interested in feedback addressing the goal narratives, cross-cutting fundamental strategies, and strategic measures, with a focus on new directions and strategies.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 30, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA- 2010-0486, by one of the following methods (electronic submission preferred):

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

    Fax: ATTN: Vivian Daub, Director, Planning Staff, Fax number: (202) 564-1808.

    Mail: ATTN: Vivian Daub, Director, Planning Staff.

    Office of Planning, Analysis, and Accountability (Mail Code 2723A), Office of the Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Important: Please allow a minimum of two weeks from date postmarked to allow ample time for receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vivian Daub, Director, Planning Staff, Office of Planning, Analysis, and Accountability, Office of the Chief Financial Officer Strategic_Plan@epa.gov.

    Instructions: EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online 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 http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site 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 http://www.regulations.gov your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public 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. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14649.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Science, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Amy Gutmann, PhD, Chair, and James Wagner, PhD, Vice Chair), will conduct its first meeting to discuss the implications of synthetic biology.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Thursday, July 8, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET; and Friday, July 9, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., ET.

    ADDRESSES: The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, NW., Washington, DC 20037. Phone 202-835-0500.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Diane M. Gianelli, Acting Executive Director, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue, NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202/233-3960. E-mail: info@bioethics.gov. Web site: http://www.bioethics.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14577.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI); Meeting

    AGENCY: United States Geological Survey, Interior Department.

    ACTION: Notice of an open meeting of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI).


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the ACWI. This meeting is to discuss broad policy-related topics relating to national water initiatives, and the development and dissemination of water information, through reports from ACWI subgroups. The agenda will include results of the Department of Agriculture's Conservation Effects Assessment Program for the Upper Mississippi; an update by the Subcommittee on Ground Water regarding their National Framework for Ground Water Monitoring; a briefing on the Reservoir Sedimentation Database; highlights from the 7th National Monitoring Conference, which was held earlier this year in Denver, Colorado; status of the National Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and their Tributaries; an update on Federal agency interactions with the regional water quality monitoring organizations of the Integrated Ocean Observing Systems; and updates on recent activities of the Methods and Data Comparability Board.

    The ACWI was established under the authority of the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-92-01 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the ACWI is to provide a forum for water information users and professionals to advise the Federal Government on activities and plans that may improve the effectiveness of meeting the Nation's water information needs. Member organizations help to foster communications between the Federal and non-Federal sectors on sharing water information.

    Membership, limited to 35 organizations, represents a wide range of water resources interests and functions. Representation on the ACWI includes all levels of government, academia, private industry, and professional and technical societies. For more information on the ACWI, its membership, subgroups, meetings and activities, please see the Web site at: http://ACWI.gov.

    DATES: The formal meeting will convene at 9 a.m. on July 13, 2010, and will adjourn at 5:30 p.m. on July 14, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport, located at 2200 Centreville Road, Herndon, Virginia 20171.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Wendy E. Norton, ACWI Executive Secretary and Chief, Water Information Coordination Program, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 417, Reston, VA 20192. Telephone: 703-648-6810; Fax: 703-648-5644; e-mail: wenorton@usgs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14738.htm

  • Meeting Announcement: North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Council Meeting: July 7, 2010, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than June 21, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The Council meeting will be held at The Hotel Fort Garry, 222 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0R3, Canada.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Johnson, Council Coordinator, by phone at (703) 358-1784; by e-mail at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP 4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14615.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); 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: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).

    Dates/Time: June 29, 2010, 8:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. June 30, 2010, 8:30 p.m.-2 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your access into the building, please contact the individual listed below prior to the meeting so that a visitors badge may be prepared for you in advance.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Liaison, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Telephone Numbers: (703) 292-4216, 703-292-8040. mtolbert@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Minutes may be obtained from the Executive Liaison at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study NSF programs and policies and provide advice and recommendations to NSF concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14163.htm

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meeting Notice

    The National Science Board's Subcommittee on Facilities, Committee on Strategy and Budget, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of a meeting for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion includes:

    Categorization of facilities and associated issues, review of National Science Foundation facilities, identification of areas that will benefit from policy guidance and next steps (Open session).

    Future year budgets for current & future facilities (Closed session: 11 p.m.-12:30 p.m).

    STATUS: Open and Closed (see above).

    PLACE: This meeting will be held in Conference Room 375, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site http://www.nsf.gov/nsb for information or schedule updates, or contact: Elizabeth Strickland, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    Any changes to time, place, subject matter or status of meeting may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-14867.htm

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