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Federal Register Summary for week of 16 July

    Agriculture

  • Notice of Intent To Request Approval To Establish a New Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, that implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to request approval to establish a new information collection for the REEport system.

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by September 15, 2010, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by 2010-0002 to: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. You may submit written comments concerning this notice and requests for copies of the information collection to: Jason Hitchcock, Director, Information Policy, Planning and Training; Mail: NIFA/USDA, Mail Stop 2216, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2299; Hand Delivery/Courier: 800 9th Street, SW., Waterfront Centre, Room 4217, Washington, DC 20024; Fax: 202-720-0857; or E-mail: jhitchcock@nifa.usda.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Hitchcock, Director of Information, Policy, Planning, and Training; Information Systems and Technology Management; NIFA/USDA; E-mail: jhitchcock@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-16854.htm

  • Commerce

  • Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2011

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publishes this notice to provide the general public with a consolidated source of program and application information related to its competitive grant and cooperative agreement award offerings for fiscal year (FY) 2011. This Omnibus notice is designed to replace the multiple Federal Register notices that traditionally advertised the availability of NOAA's discretionary funds for its various programs. It should be noted that additional program initiatives may be announced through subsequent Federal Register notices. All announcements will also be available through the Grants.gov Web site.

    DATES: Proposals must be received by the date and time indicated under each program listing in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    ADDRESSES: Proposals must be submitted to the addresses listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for each program. This Federal Register notice and the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement for each program may be found on the Grants.gov Web site. The URL for Grants.gov is http://www.grants.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact the person listed

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-17294.htm

  • Availability of Seats for the Florida Keys 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 Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Boating Industry (member), Boating Industry (alternate), Citizen at Large--Middle Keys (alternate), Citizen at Large--Upper Keys (member) Citizen at Large--Upper Keys (alternate), Diving--Upper Keys (member), Diving--Upper Keys (alternate), Fishing Charter Sports Fishing (member), Fishing--Charter Sports Fishing (alternate), Fishing-- Commercial--Marine/Tropical (member), Fishing Commercial Marine/ Tropical (alternate), Fishing--Commercial--Shell/Scale (alternate), Fishing--Recreational (member), Fishing Recreational (alternate), Research and Monitoring (member), Research and Monitoring (alternate), South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (member), Tourism--Lower Keys (member), Tourism Lower Keys (alternate), and Tourism Upper Keys (member). 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 August 6, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits may be obtained from Lilli Ferguson, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL 33040. Completed applications should be sent to the same address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lilli Ferguson, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL 33040; (305) 292-0311 x245; Liili.Ferguson@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-16744.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Conflict of Interest Disclosure for Nonfederal Government Individuals Who Are Candidates To Conduct Peer Reviews

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before September 13, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Karl Moline, (301) 713-2328 or Karl.Moline@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-16970.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Commerce.

    Title: Deposit of Biological Materials.

    Form Number(s): None.

    Agency Approval Number: 0651-0022.

    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.

    Burden: 3,505 hours annually.

    Number of Respondents: 3,501 responses per year. The USPTO expects that 3,500 patent applications on inventions dealing with deposits of biological materials will be filed each year, and that 1 depository will seek recognition every three years.

    Avg. Hours per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take 1 hour for the average patent applicant respondent to collect and submit the necessary deposit information and an average of 5 hours for the average depository seeking approval to store biological material to gather and submit the necessary approval information.

    Needs and Uses: Information on the deposit of biological materials in depositories is required for (a) the USPTO determination of compliance with 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2) and 112, and 37 CFR 1.801-1.809 and 1.14, where inventions sought to be patented rely on biological material subject to the deposit requirement, including notification to the interested public about where to obtain samples of deposits; and (b) in compliance with 37 CFR 1.803 to demonstrate that the depositories are qualified to store and test the biological material submitted to them. This collection is used by the USPTO to determine whether or not the applicant has met the requirements of the patent regulations. In addition, the USPTO uses this information to determine the suitability of a respondent depository based upon administrative and technical competence and the depository's agreement to comply with the requirements set forth by the USPTO.

    Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other for-profits; not-for-profit institutions.

    Frequency: On occasion.

    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.

    OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, e-mail: NicholasAFraser@omb.eop.gov.

    Once submitted, the request will be publicly available in electronic format through the Information Collection Review page at http://www.reginfo.gov.

    Paper copies can be obtained by:

    E-mail: InformationCollection@uspto.gov. Include "0651- 0022 copy request'' in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: 571-273-0112, marked to the attention of Susan K. Fawcett.

    Mail: Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent on or before August 12, 2010 to Nicholas A. Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via e-mail at NicholasAFraser@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to the attention of Nicholas A. Fraser.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-17000.htm

  • Energy

  • Notice of Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment as a Member of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation of members.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

    DATES: Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is July 30, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, biography, and any letters of support must be submitted via one of the following methods:

    1. E-mail to laura.mccann@ee.doe.gov or christina.fagerholm@ee.doe.gov.
    2. Facsimile to 202-586-1640, Attn: Laura McCann.
    3. Overnight delivery service to the Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Mail Stop EE-2E, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura McCann, Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-7766; e-mail: laura.mccann@ee.doe.gov or Christina Fagerholm at (202) 586-2933; e-mail: christina.fagerholm@ee.doe.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-17285.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Call for Information: Information on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated With Bioenergy and Other Biogenic Sources

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Call for Information.


    SUMMARY: EPA is publishing this Call for Information to solicit information and viewpoints from interested parties on approaches to accounting for greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy and other biogenic sources. The purpose of this Call is to request comment on developing an approach for such emissions under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Programs as well as to receive data submissions about these sources and their emissions, general technical comments on accounting for these emissions, and comments on the underlying science that should inform possible accounting appoaches.

    DATES: Information and comments must be received on or before September 13, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your information, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2010-0560, by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: GHGBiogenic@epa.gov.

    Fax: (202) 566-1741.

    Mail: EPA Docket Center, Attention Docket OAR-2010-0560, Mail code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand/Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Public Reading Room, Room 3334, EPA West Building, Attention Docket OAR-2010-0560, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your information and comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0560. EPA's policy is that all information 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 information 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. 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 or any form of encryption, and should be free of any defects or viruses.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://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 EPA's Docket Center, Public Reading Room, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20004. This Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Jenkins, Climate Change Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (MC-6207J), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9361; fax number: (202) 343-2359; e-mail address: jenkins.jennifer@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-17266.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: Extension of public comment period to August 13, 2010.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a second extension of the 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). We are specifically extending the comment period to give the public additional time to evaluate the data used to derive a benchmark for conductivity. The original Federal Register notice announcing the public comment period was published on April 12, 2010 (75 FR 18499), and an extension of the public comment period was published on June 1, 2010 (75 FR 30393). By following the link below, reviewers may download the initial data and EPA's derivative data sets that were used to calculate the conductivity benchmark. 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 Mountaintop Mining Advisory Panel convened by EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB's public meeting is scheduled for July 20-22, 2010, and was announced in the Federal Register on May 25, 2010 (75 FR 29339). The public comment period described above and the SAB meeting follow separate processes and provide separate opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA intends to forward to the SAB those comments received as of July 13, 2010 for consideration by the SAB Panel. Those comments received after July 13 will also be made available to the SAB review panel for their consideration as they complete their Panel report. When finalizing the draft documents, EPA will consider the comments from the SAB review as well as 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 public comment period began on April 12, 2010 and ends on August 13, 2010. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by August 13, 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 www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of Federal Register Notice (75 FR 30393).

    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/2010/2010-17045.htm

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