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Federal Register Summary for week of 20 August

    Commerce

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Release Reports

    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 October 18, 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 Peter Cooper at (301) 713-2347 or Peter.Cooper@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20330.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • 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 September 3, 2010.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing an 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 on these two documents 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). 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 were reviewed by an independent Mountaintop Mining Advisory Panel convened by EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) on July 21--23, 2010. The public comment period for the SAB meeting follows a separate process and provides separate opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA intends to forward to the SAB those comments received as of September 3, 2010, for consideration by the SAB Panel as they finalize their 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 released 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 September 3, 2010. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by September 3, 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 NCEA'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 by telephone (703-347-8629) or facsimile (703-347-8691). If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, 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 http://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/2010/2010-20466.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Notice of Request for Public Comment

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

    Agency Information Collection Request: 30-Day Public Comment Request

    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed collection for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

    To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to Sherette.funncoleman@hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-5683. Send written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections within 30 days of this notice directly to the OS OMB Desk Officer; faxed to OMB at 202-395-5806.

    Proposed Project--Whistleblowers Study--OMB No. 0990--New-Office of Research Integrity (ORI).

    Abstract: The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) proposes to do a study to determine what questions whistleblowers want answered from Research Integrity Officer (RIOs) when deciding to file an allegation of research misconduct.

    To guide RIOs to be well-prepared to provide answers to the kinds of questions that complainants (whistleblowers) and potential complainants ask RIOs at different stages of the research misconduct allegation resolution process is critical to the smooth and effective conduct of that process. Complainants and potential complainants need to know what is in store for them during the process employed by the institution to resolve allegations of research misconduct. They need to know the steps involved in the process, the support available to them, and the safeguards afforded them against retaliation. This study will seek to obtain information from RIOs concerning the questions complainants have and when they arise, as well as what responses RIOs provide when they do.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20126.htm

  • Proposed Collection; Comment Request; STAR METRICS--Science and Technology in America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effects of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science

    SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Office of Science Policy Analysis (OSPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

    Proposed Collection: Title: STAR METRICS--Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effects of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science.

    Type of Information Collection Request: Extension.

    Need and Use of Information Collection: The aim of STAR METRICS is twofold. The initial goal of STAR METRICS is to provide mechanisms that will allow participating universities and Federal agencies with a reliable and consistent means to account for the number of scientists and staff that are on research institution payrolls, supported by Federal funds. In subsequent generations of the program, it is hoped that STAR METRICS will allow for measurement of science impact on economic outcomes (such as job creation), on knowledge generation (such as citations and patents) as well as on social and health outcomes.

    Frequency of Response: Quarterly.

    Affected Public: Universities.

    Type of Respondents: University administrators.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100.

    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 4.

    Average Burden Hours per Response: Reduced by 156.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: Reduced by 15,600.

    The annualized cost to respondents is estimated to be reduced by $780,000. There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.

    Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact: Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Science and Technology Policy, OSP, OD; NIH, Building 1, Room 218, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 or call non-toll-free number 301-495-9286 or e-mail your request, including your address to: stefano.bertuzzi@nih.gov.

    Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20614.htm

  • Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002: Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Extension of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: On July 21, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) requesting public comment on the current HHS list of select agents and toxins. This document is extending the comment period for that ANPRM in order to align the comment period with the comment period of a related document published by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    DATES: Written comments in response to the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on July 21, 2010 (75 FR 42363) must be received on or before August 30, 2010. Comments received after August 30, 2010 will be considered to the extent possible.

    ADDRESSES: Comments in response to the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (75 FR 42363) should be marked "Comments on the changes to the list of select agents and toxins'' and mailed to: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., MS A-46, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Comments may be e-mailed to: SAPcomments@cdc.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robbin Weyant, Director, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., MS A-46, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone: (404) 718-2000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20169.htm

  • Homeland Security

  • Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR); Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR) will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC to hear comments on the priorities of oil pollution research, including projects related to the Deepwater Horizon incident and the Arctic environment. This meeting is designed to give the public an opportunity to provide statements as to where the ICCOPR, a Federally mandated committee, should focus their efforts concerning oil pollution research. Public comment will then be used to augment the revision of the 1997 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan. This meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: The Committee will meet on Thursday, September 16, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This meeting may close early if all business is finished. Written material (no more than 2 full pages) and requests to make brief oral presentations should reach the Coast Guard on or before September 9, 2010. Requests to have a copy of your material (no more than 2 full pages) distributed to each member of the committee should reach the Coast Guard on or before September 9, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The Committee will meet in the Elihu Root Auditorium at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005-1910. Send written material (no more than 2 full pages) and requests to make brief oral presentations to Lieutenant Tracy Wirth, Assistant to the Chairman of the ICCOPR at Commandant (CG-533), Office of Incident Management and Preparedness, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 2nd St., SW., STOP 7363, Washington, DC 20593-7363. The ICCOPR staff can also be contacted via e-mail at ICCOPR_staff@uscg.mil. This notice and documents identified in the Supplementary Information section as being available in the docket, may be viewed in our online docket, USCG-2010- 0212, at http://www.regulations.gov.

    If you do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-40 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. We have an agreement with the Department of Transportation to use the Docket Management Facility.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice or the meeting, contact Lieutenant Tracy Wirth, Assistant to the Chairman of the ICCOPR, telephone 202-372-2236 or via e-mail at ICCOPR_staff@uscg.mil.

    If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20735.htm

  • Interior

  • Removing Regulations Implementing the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are removing our regulations implementing the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1980. The Act authorized financial and technical assistance to States to design conservation plans and programs to benefit nongame species; however, funds never became available to carry out the Act, and we do not expect funds to become available in the future.

    DATES: This rule is effective on September 20, 2010.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joyce Johnson, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Division of Policy and Programs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 703-358-2156.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20634.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; 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: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487).

    Dates: September 8, 2010-September 9, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Place: Stafford I, Room 1235, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    For Further Information Contact: Melissa Lane, National Science Foundation, Suite 705, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone 703-292-8500.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda

    • September 8, 2010
      • Update on recent NSF environmental activities.
      • Discussion of Research Centers and Networks.
      • Meeting with the Director.
    • September 9, 2010
      • Discussion of Better Integrating Social and Physical Science Research.
      • Update and Discussion of NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Portfolio.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20057.htm

  • Committee for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (1171).

    Date/Time: September 7, 2010; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 8, 2010; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Room 595, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Ms. Lisa Jones, Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 905, Arlington, Virginia 22230, 703-292-8700.

    Summary of Minutes: May be obtained from contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendation to the National Science Foundation on major goals and policies pertaining to Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate programs and activities.

    Agenda: Updates and discussions on continuing activities Planning for FY 2011 and beyond.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20253.htm

  • National Science Board: Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board, 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 meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    Agency Holding Meeting: National Science Board.

    Date and Time: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at 7:30 a.m.; and Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 7:30 a.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rooms 1235 and 1295, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge. Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge in advance. Call 703-292-7000 or e-mail NationalScienceBrd@nsf.gov and leave your name and place of business to request your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitor's desk on the day of the meeting.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20660.htm

  • Notice of Availability of a Draft Site-Specific Environmental Assessment and Notice of Public Hearings

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice of the availability of a Draft Site-Specific Environmental Assessment (Draft SSEA) for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), request for public comment on the Draft SSEA, and notice of public hearings.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) gives notice of the availability of the Draft SSEA for the OOI, and requests public review and comment on the document. NSF also provides notice of public hearings on the Draft SSEA for the OOI. The Division of Ocean Sciences in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO/OCE) has prepared a Draft SSEA for the OOI, a multi-million dollar Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction effort intended to put moored and cable infrastructure in discrete locations in the coastal and global ocean. The Draft SSEA has been prepared to assess the potential impacts on the human and natural environment associated with proposed site-specific requirements in the design, installation, and operation of the OOI that were previously assessed in a 2008 Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and a 2009 Supplemental Environmental Report (SER). The scope of the environmental impact analysis of the SSEA is tiered from the previously prepared PEA, associated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and SER. It focuses only on those activities and the associated potential impacts, including cumulative impacts, resulting from the site-specific installation and operation of OOI assets and not previously assessed in the PEA and SER. The Draft SSEA is available for public comment for a 30-day period. Comments may be mailed to Jean McGovern, National Science Foundation, Division of Ocean Sciences, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, or submitted via e-mail at nepacomments@nsf.gov. The deadline for submitting comments is September 15, 2010.

    NSF will conduct three public hearings to receive oral and written comments on the Draft SSEA. Federal, state, and local agencies, Native American Tribes and Nations, and interested individuals are invited to be present or represented at the public hearings. This notice announces the dates and locations of the public hearings for this Draft SSEA. An open house session will precede the scheduled public hearing at each of the locations listed below and will allow individuals to review the information presented in the Draft SSEA. NSF representatives will be available during the open house sessions to clarify information related to the Draft SSEA.

    Dates and Addresses: All hearings will start with an open house session from X p.m. to X p.m. A presentation and formal public comment period will be held from X p.m. to X p.m. Public hearings will be held on the following dates and at the following locations:

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at Westport Maritime Museum, Westport, WA.

    Thursday, September 2, 2010, at Guin Library Seminar Room, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR.

    Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at New Bedford Library, 613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 02740-6203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of the Draft SSEA are available upon request from: Jean McGovern, NSF, Division of Ocean Sciences, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230; Telephone: (703) 292-7591. The Draft SSEA is also available at the following Web site: http://www.nsf.gov/geo/oce/envcomp/index.jsp.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-20107.htm

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