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Federal Register Summary for week of 6 August

    Agriculture

  • Lacey Act Implementation Plan; Definitions for Exempt and Regulated Articles

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: In response to recent amendments to the Lacey Act, we are proposing to establish definitions for the terms "common cultivar'' and "common food crop.'' The amendments to the Act expanded its protections to a broader range of plant species, extended its reach to encompass products, including timber, that derive from illegally harvested plants, and require that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products. Common cultivars and common food crops are among the categorical exemptions to the provisions of the Act. The Act does not define the terms "common cultivar'' and "common food crop'' but instead gives authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior to define these terms by regulation. Our proposed definitions would specify which plants and plant products will be subject to the provisions of the Act, including the declaration requirement.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before October 4, 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-2009-0018) 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-2009-0018, 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-2009-0018.

    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: Mr. George Balady, Senior Staff Officer, Quarantine Policy Analysis and Support, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 60, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-8295.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19098.htm

  • Commerce

  • Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2011

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: NOAA publishes this notice to re-open the full proposal solicitation period for the Fiscal Year 2011 Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Hawaii Program. The original solicitation, which was announced in the Federal Register on July 16, 2010, gave an incorrect proposal due date of August 2, 2010. This notice corrects that error by re-opening the solicitation period for this program until September 15, 2010.

    DATES: Full proposals must be submitted no later than 5:59 p.m., Hawaii Time, September 15, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Full proposal application packages should be submitted through Grants.gov. The standard NOAA funding application package is available at http://www.grants.gov.

    If an applicant does not have Internet access, hard copies with original signatures may be sent to: NOAA Pacific Services Center, 737 Bishop Street, Suite 1550, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, ATTN: Stephanie Bennett. Applicants submitting hard copy applications must submit one hard copy of the entire application package, a CD copy of the package, including all forms with original signatures. Any proposal packages received after the September 15 2010, submission deadline will not be accepted.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For administrative or technical issues, contact Stephanie Bennett at 808-522-7481 (phone) or by e-mail at Stephanie.Bennett@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19200.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force--Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability, Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force's

    "Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force''.


    SUMMARY: On June 12, 2009, the President established an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. The Task Force was charged with developing, with appropriate public input, a recommended national policy for the stewardship of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes; a framework for policy coordination, including specific recommendations to improve coordination and collaboration among Federal, State, tribal, and local authorities, and regional governance structures; an implementation strategy that identifies a set of priority objectives; and a framework for effective costal and marine spatial planning.

    On July 19, 2010, the Task Force submitted its Final Recommendations to the President. They provide: (1) Our Nation's first ever National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes; (2) a strengthened governance structure to provide sustained, high-level, and coordinated attention to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues; (3) a targeted implementation strategy that identifies and prioritizes nine categories for action that the United States should pursue; and (4) a framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning that establishes a comprehensive, integrated, ecosystem-based approach to address conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources.

    DATES: None.

    ADDRESSES: The Task Force's Final Recommendations are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/oceans or by writing to The Council on Environmental Quality, Attn: Michael Weiss, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Weiss, Deputy Associate Director for Ocean and Coastal Policy, (202) 456-3892.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-18950.htm

  • Education

  • Secretary's Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs

    AGENCY: Department of Education.

    ACTION: Notice of proposed priorities.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education proposes priorities that the Department of Education (Department) may use for any appropriate discretionary grant program in fiscal year (FY) 2011 and future years. We take this action to focus Federal financial assistance on expanding the number of programs and projects Department-wide that support activities in areas of greatest educational need. We are establishing these priorities on a Department-wide basis.

    This action will permit all offices in the Department to use, as appropriate for particular discretionary grant programs, one or more of these priorities in any discretionary grant competition. We also propose definitions of key terms used in these proposed priorities.

    DATES: We must receive your comments on or before September 7, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not accept comments by fax or by e-mail. Please submit your comments only one time in order to ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies. In addition, please include the Docket ID and the term "Department Priorities'' at the top of your comments.

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov to submit your comments electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing agency documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on the site under "How To Use This Site.''

    Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery. If you mail or deliver your comments about these proposed priorities, address them to: Office of Innovation and Improvement (Attention: Department Priorities Comments), U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4W321, Washington, DC 20202.

    Privacy Note: The Department's policy for comments received from members of the public (including those comments submitted by mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery) is to make these submissions available for public viewing in their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available on the Internet.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margo Anderson. Telephone: (202) 205- 3010 or by e-mail: Margo.Anderson@ed.gov.

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19296.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting-- August 2010

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a public meeting (via conference call) of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee.

    DATES: The conference call will be held on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. eastern time and may adjourn early if all business is finished. Requests for the draft agenda or for making oral presentations at the meeting will be accepted up to one business day before the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: Participation in the conference call will be by telephone only--meeting rooms will not be used. Members of the public may obtain the call-in number and access code for the call from Greg Susanke, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010- 0661, by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: Send comments by electronic mail (e-mail) to: ORD.Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0661.

    Fax: Fax comments to: (202) 566-0224, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0661.

    Mail: Send comments by mail to: Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting--February 2010 Docket, Mailcode: 2822T, 1301 Constitution Avenue., NW., Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0661.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver comments to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3334, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010- 0661. 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-ORD- 2010-0661. 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/dockets.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the 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 www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting--August 2010 Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room 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 ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer via mail at: Greg Susanke, Mail Code 8104-R, Office of Science Policy, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-9945; via fax at: (202) 565-2911; or via e-mail at: susanke.greg@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19428.htm

  • Interior

  • U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for public comment.

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    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) and a request for written comments. This meeting, the 24th biannual meeting of the USCRTF, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among Federal agencies, State and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. Please register in advance by visiting the website under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Advance public comment must be submitted by August 27, 2010, to Liza Johnson at the e-mail, fax, or mailing address listed below. This meeting has time allotted for sharing of in-person public comments, which must be submitted in written format by October 8, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: World Resort Saipan, Susupe, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (phone: 670-234-5900).

    DATES: Please be aware of the following dates:

    Advance Public Comments: Submit to Liza Johnson at the e- mail, fax, or mailing address listed below by August 27, 2010.

    Tour on Guam: Saturday, September 11, 2010.

    All Meetings: Registration is required prior to the meeting for all events associated with the meetings.

    Steering Committee Meeting and Workshop: Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

    Meeting: Wednesday, September 15 and Thursday, September 16, 2010.

    Public Comments Given at the Meeting: Submit in writing to Liza Johnson at the e-mail, fax, or mailing address listed below by October 8, 2010.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Gude, DOI (FWS) USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact, U.S. Department of the Interior, MS-3530- MIB, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240; phone: 202-208-6211; fax: 202-208-4867; e-mail: Andrew_Gude@fws.gov; or Liza Johnson, U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Department of the Interior Liaison, U.S. Department of the Interior, MS-3530-MIB, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240; phone: 202-208-1378; fax: 202-208-4867; e-mail: Liza_M_Johnson@ios.doi.gov; or visit the USCRTF Web site at http://www.coralreef.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19511.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board's Task Force on Support of Mid-Scale and Multi-investigator Research, of the Committee on Programs and Plans, 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 teleconference meeting for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: August 12, 2010 at 3 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Draft charge to the Task Force on Support of Mid-Scale and Multi-investigator Research, of the Committee on Programs and Plans.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference originating at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A room will be available for the public to listen in on this teleconference meeting. All visitors must contact the Board Office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to arrange for a visitor's badge and to obtain the room number. Call 703- 292-7000 to request the room number and your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitor's desk on the day of the meeting. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive their visitor's badge on the day of the teleconference.

    UPDATES AND POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site (http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/) for information or schedule updates, or contact: Matt Wilson, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19338.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    Notice of Meeting: Partially Closed Meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

    ACTION: Public notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App.

    DATES: September 2, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 5th Street, NW., Room Keck 100, Washington, DC.

    Type of Meeting: Open and closed.

    Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on September 2, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

    Open Portion of Meeting: During this open meeting, PCAST is tentatively scheduled to hear presentations on information technology. PCAST members will also discuss reports they are developing on the topics of advanced manufacturing; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; and the energy technology innovation system. Additional information and the agenda will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast.

    Closed Portion of the Meeting: PCAST may hold a closed meeting of approximately 1 hour with the Vice-President on September 2, 2010, which must take place in the White House for the Vice President's scheduling convenience and to maintain Secret Service protection. This meeting will be closed to the public because such portion of the meeting is likely to disclose matters that are to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1). The precise date and time of this potential meeting has not yet been determined.

    Public Comments: It is the policy of the PCAST to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The PCAST expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements.

    The public comment period for this meeting will take place on September 2, 2010 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on the PCAST Web site at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. This public comment period is designed only for substantive commentary on PCAST's work, not for business marketing purposes.

    Oral Comments: To be considered for the public speaker list at the September meeting, interested parties should register to speak at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast, no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 25, 2010. Phone or email reservations will not be accepted. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 30 minutes. If more speakers register than there is space available on the agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from among those who applied. Those not selected to present oral comments may always file written comments with the committee. Speakers are requested to bring at least 25 copies of their oral comments for distribution to the PCAST members.

    Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST at least two weeks prior to each meeting date, August 19, 2010, so that the comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to the meeting for their consideration. Information regarding how to submit comments and documents to PCAST is available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast in the section entitled "Connect with PCAST.''

    Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, including being posted on the PCAST Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Further Information: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event will be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456- 6006. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19299.htm

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