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Federal Register Summary for week of 30 July

    Agriculture

  • Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List; Reorganization of the Select Agent and Toxin List

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002, we are soliciting public comment regarding the list of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products. The Act requires the biennial review and republication of the list of select agents and toxins and the revision of the list as necessary. Accordingly, we are soliciting public comment on the current list of select agents and toxins in our regulations and suggestions regarding any addition or reduction of the animal or plant pathogens currently on the list of select agents. In addition, we are soliciting public comment on the potential reorganization of the list of select agents and toxins based on the relative potential of each select agent or toxin to be misused to adversely affect human, plant or animal health. Such tiering of the list could allow for the application of different security measures for those select agents or toxins which pose a higher risk to animal or plant health if they were to be stolen or otherwise misused.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 30, 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-2009-0070) to submit or view comments.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0070, 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-2009-0070.

    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: Ms. Aimee M. Hyten, Compliance Manager, APHIS Agriculture Select Agent Program, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-5281.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-18581.htm

  • Commerce

  • Science Advisory Board, Notice of Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3, Room 11836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459, E-mail: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-18588.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Environmental Impact Assessment of Nongovernmental Activities in Antarctica

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2011. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.

    DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before September 27, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OECA-2007-0468, by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: hessert.aimee@epa.gov.

    Fax: 202-564-0072.

    Mail: Enforcement and Compliance Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: EPA Headquarters West Building, Room 3334, located at 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. 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 comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OECA- 2007-0468. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 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 www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The 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 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/epahome/dockets.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aimee Hessert, Office of Federal Activities, Mail Code 2252A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202- 564-0993; fax number: 202-564-0072; e-mail address: hessert.aimee@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-18801.htm

  • EPA Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Candidates for the National Environmental Education Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education Staff Office is soliciting applications for environmental education professionals for consideration on the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). There is currently a vacancy on the Advisory Council that must be filled: one College and University representative (2010-2013). Additional avenues and resources may be utilized in the solicitation of applications.

    DATES: Applications should be submitted by September 30, 2010 per instructions below.

    ADDRESSES: Submit non-electronic application materials to Ginger Potter, Designated Federal Officer, National Environmental Education Advisory Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education (MC:1704A), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Ph: 202-564-0443, FAX: 202-564-2754, e-mail: potter.ginger@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Request for Nominations, please contact Ms. Ginger Potter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA National Environmental Education Advisory Council, at potter.ginger@epa.gov or (202) 564-0443. General information concerning NEEAC can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-18555.htm

  • Stakeholder Input; Revisions to Water Quality Standards Regulation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Listening sessions.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing its plans to initiate national rulemaking to make a limited set of targeted changes to EPA's water quality standards regulation. EPA expects to publish such proposed rule changes in the Federal Register in Summer 2011. EPA's intent is to improve the regulation's effectiveness in helping to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's waters. The purpose of this notice is to announce EPA's intent to hold two informal public "listening sessions'' in August 2010. The sessions will allow EPA to inform the public about the rulemaking, and will offer an opportunity for the public to express views on the general direction of the rulemaking, including the six specific elements of the rulemaking.

    DATES: The two public listening sessions will be held as audio teleconferences on August 24 and 26, 2010, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EDT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas J. Gardner, EPA Headquarters, Office of Water, Office of Science and Technology, at 202-566-0386 or e-mail: gardner.thomas@epa.gov.

    In order to provide an adequate number of telephone lines for those wishing to attend EPA's sessions, interested individuals should register in advance following instructions on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/standards/rules/wqs. Although you may register at any time prior to the session of your choice, EPA prefers that you register at least three days in advance.

    The agenda and resource materials will be identical for the two sessions. You do not need to attend both sessions.

    If you do not have Internet access, please contact the person named in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-18557.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; Request for Comments on the Departmental FY 2010-2015 Strategic Plan

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

    ACTION: Request for Comments on the Draft Strategic Plan FY 2010-2015.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking public comment on its draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2010-2015.

    DATES: Submit comments on or before August 14.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments can be provided online, or by e-mail, fax or U.S. mail.

    E-mail: HHSStrategicPlan@hhs.gov.

    Fax: (202) 690-8252.

    Mail: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Planning and Policy Support, Attn: Strategic Plan Comments, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 408B, Washington, DC 20201.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Audrey Mirsky-Ashby, (202) 401-6640.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-18547.htm

  • Seeking Public Comment on Draft National Health Security Strategy Biennial Implementation Plan

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    Authority: Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 300hh-1.

    SUMMARY: To help the Nation achieve national health security and to implement the first quadrennial National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) of the United States of America (2009) and build upon the NHSS Interim Implementation Guide for the National Health Security Strategy of the United States of America (2009) the U.S. Government has drafted a NHSS Biennial Implementation Plan (BIP).

    This document is intended to describe the priority activities to occur during fiscal years 2011 and 2012 of implementation so that all sectors and segments of the Nation are working collectively and leveraging resources to achieve the same outcomes. The activities include responsible entities, timelines and measures. The target audience for the BIP is the Nation (individuals, families, communities including all sectors and governments, states and the Federal Government). It also outlines a framework for evaluation of impact of the NHSS.

    This document is submitted for public consideration and comment for a period of 30 calendar days at http://www.phe.gov/preparedness/planning/authority/nhss/comments/. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is submitting this document for public consideration as the lead agency in a broad interagency process to draft the guidance.

    DATES: The public is encouraged to submit written comments on this proposed document. Comments may be submitted to HHS/ASPR in electronic form at the HHS/ASPR e-mail address and URL shown below. All comments should be submitted by August 25, 2010. All written comments received in response to this notice will be available for review by request. This document is available in hard-copy for all those that request it from the Federal point of contact.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Kaplowitz, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy and Planning, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201; phone: 202-205-2882; http://www.phe.gov/preparedness/planning/authority/nhss/comments/; e-mail address: nhss@hhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-18332.htm

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