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Federal Register Summary for week of 5 November

    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 provide the correct funding opportunity number for the NOAA Regional Ocean Partnership Funding Program--FY2011 Funding Competition. The original solicitation, which was announced in the Federal Register on September 13, 2010, gave an incorrect funding opportunity number--NOAA-NOS-CSC-2011-2002718. This notice corrects that error by providing the correct funding opportunity number--NOAA-NOS-CSC-2011-2002721.

    DATES: Full proposals must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, December 10, 2010. For proposals submitted through Grants.gov, a date and time receipt indication by Grants.gov will be the basis of determining timeliness. Hard copy applications will be date and time stamped when they are received. Full proposals received after the submission deadline will not be reviewed or considered.

    ADDRESSES: Full proposal application packages, including any letters of support, should be submitted through the apply function on Grants.gov. The standard NOAA funding application package is available at http://www.grants.gov. If an applicant does not have Internet access, one set of originals (signed) and two copies of the proposals and related forms should be mailed to the attention of James Lewis Free, NOAA Coastal Services Center, 2234 South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29405-2413. No e-mail or fax copies will be accepted. Full proposal application packages, including any letters of support, should be submitted together in one package.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For administrative questions, contact James Lewis Free, NOAA CSC; 2234 South Hobson Avenue, Room B-119; Charleston, South Carolina 29405-2413, phone 843-740-1185, fax 843-740- 1224, e-mail James.L.Free@noaa.gov. For technical questions regarding this announcement, contact Rebecca Smyth, phone 510-251-8324, e-mail Rebecca.Smyth@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-27700.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Clean Water Act (CWA) and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Common Aquatic Life Effects Assessment for Pesticides Using Available Data

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of national meeting and request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: EPA will conduct a national stakeholders meeting to solicit input on methods being evaluated by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and the Office of Water (OW), with the support of the Office of Research and Development (ORD) to develop common characterizations of effects from pesticides on fish, other aquatic organisms, and aquatic plants in aquatic ecosystems. The national meeting will be held in Washington, DC, December 1, 2010. EPA has developed a set of draft white papers that explore: (1) The use of various tools to estimate aquatic toxicity data; (2) approaches for deriving community level benchmarks; and (3) procedures for better integrating plant effects data into community level assessments. EPA is soliciting stakeholder input on the tools and approaches presented in the draft white papers via public comment and at the national meeting.

    DATES: The national stakeholders meeting will be held December 1, 2010; the agency must receive written requests (via e-mail or US Mail to one of the points of contact listed below) to deliver verbal comments at the National Stakeholder prior to the meeting on December 1, 2010. Written comments may be submitted to the docket (see instructions below) anytime between November 1, 2010 and prior to the close of the docket on January 15, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: EPA will hold a national stakeholders meeting at the following address: USEPA East (EPA East) [Old ICC Building], 1201 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004, Room 1153 EPA East.

    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    You may submit comments, identified by the Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OW- 2010-0818, by any of the following methods:

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

    Agency Web Site: owdocket@epa.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the owdocket@epa.gov.

    E-mail: OW-Docket@epa.gov. Include EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0818 in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: US Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) Water Docket, MC 4101T,1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Public Reading Room, Room B102, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Beaman, Health and Ecological Criteria Division (4304T), Office of Water, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; 202-566-0420; beaman.joe@epa.gov.

    Mark Corbin, Environmental Fate and Effects Division (7507P), Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; 703-605-0033; corbin.mark@epa.gov.

    Cindy Roberts, Office of Science Policy (8104R), Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; 202-564-1999; roberts.cindy@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-27289.htm

  • Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP); Announcing the Availability of a Draft for Weight-of-Evidence Guidance Document: Evaluating Results of EDSP Tier 1 Screening To Identify Candidate Chemicals for Tier 2 Testing

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the availability for public review and comment of a draft guidance document titled, "Weight-of-Evidence Guidance Document: Evaluating Results of EDSP Tier 1 Screening to Identify Candidate Chemicals for Tier 2 Testing.'' This action is in compliance with a directive from the House Appropriations Committee FY 2010 Report directing the EPA to develop and publish criteria by October 30, 2010, for evaluating results of Tier 1 screening and determining whether a chemical should undergo Tier 2 analysis. The purpose of the weight-of-evidence (WoE) document is to set forth some of the general principles, criteria, and considerations EPA generally believes to be relevant under a WoE approach for evaluating data submitted as part of EPA's two-tiered paradigm for screening and testing chemicals for endocrine activity (i.e., estrogen, androgen, and thyroid hormonal systems; E, A, and T) under the EDSP. This document provides a transparent scientific approach for broadly evaluating Tier 1 screening data to detect an interaction with E, A, and/or T hormonal systems and determine if additional Tier 2 testing is necessary.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 3, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0877, by one of the following methods:

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

    Mail: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: OPPT Document Control Office (DCO), EPA East Bldg., Rm. 6428, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. Attention: Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0877. The DCO is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the DCO is (202) 564-8930. Such deliveries are only accepted during the DCO's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT- 2010-0877. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line 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 regulations.gov or e- mail. The 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 regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the 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.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. 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 electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPPT Docket. The OPPT Docket is located in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) at Rm. 3334, EPA West Bldg., 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number of the EPA/DC Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is (202) 566-0280. Docket visitors are required to show photographic identification, pass through a metal detector, and sign the EPA visitor log. All visitor bags are processed through an X-ray machine and subject to search. Visitors will be provided an EPA/DC badge that must be visible at all times in the building and returned upon departure.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: Don Bergfelt, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7203M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-8472; e-mail address: bergfelt.don@epa.gov.

    For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; e-mail address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-27897.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Importation of Etiologic Agents

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 639-5960 or send an e-mail to omb@cdc.gov. Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC or by fax to (202) 395-5806. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

    Proposed Project

    Importation of Etiologic Agents (42 CFR 71.54)--(OMB Control No. 0920-0199 exp. 1/31/2011)--Revision--Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Background and Brief Description

    The Foreign Quarantine Regulations (42 CFR part 71) set forth provisions to prevent the introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable disease from foreign countries into the United States. Subpart F--Importations--contains provisions for importation of etiologic agents, hosts, and vectors (42 CFR 71.54), requiring persons that import these materials to obtain a permit issued by the CDC. This request is for the information collection requirements contained in 42 CFR 71.54 for issuance of permits by CDC to importers of etiologic agents, hosts, or vectors of human disease. The revisions to the "Application for Permit to Import or Transport Etiologic Agents, Hosts, or Vectors of Human Disease are primarily changes to forms to clarify instructions, correct editorial errors from previous submission, and reformat the structure of the forms based on the day- to-day processing of these forms. The "Application for Permit to Import or Transport Live Bats'' is not being revised at this time.

    CDC is requesting continued OMB approval to collect this information through the use of two separate forms for a 3 year period. These forms are: (1) Application for Permit to Import or Transport Etiologic Agents, Hosts, or Vectors of Human Disease and (2) Application for Permit to Import or Transport Live Bats.

    The Application for Permit to Import or Transport Etiologic Agents, Hosts, or Vectors of Human Disease will be used by laboratory facilities, such as those operated by government agencies, universities, research institutions, and zoologic exhibitions, and also by importers of nonhuman primate trophy materials, such as hunters or taxidermists, to request permits for the importation of etiologic agents, hosts, or vectors of human disease. The Application for Permit to Import or Transport Etiologic Agents, Hosts, or Vectors of Human Disease requests applicant and sender contact information; description of material for importation; facility isolation and containment information; and personnel qualifications.

    The Application for Permit to Import or Transport Live Bats will be used by laboratory facilities such as those operated by government agencies, universities, research institutions, and zoologic exhibitions entities to request importation and subsequent distribution after importation of live bats. The Application for Permit to Import or Transport Live Bats requests applicant and sender contact information; a description and intended use of bats to be imported; facility isolation and containment information; and personnel qualifications.

    There is no cost to respondents except their time. The total estimated annual burden hours are 670.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-27606.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Request; OMB No. 0925-0177 "Special Volunteer and Guest Researcher Assignment,'' Form 590

    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on August 25, 2010, page 52351 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after July 31, 2005, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Proposed Collection: Title: Special Volunteer and Guest Researcher Assignment for use in NIH facilities. Type of Information Collection Request: Reinstatement, OMB 0925-0177, Expiration Date July 31, 2005. Need and Use of Information Collection Request: Form Number: NIH-590. A single Form NIH-590 is completed by an NIH official for each Guest Researcher or Special Volunteer prior to his/her arrival at NIH. The information on the form is necessary for the approving official to reach a decision on whether to allow a Guest Researcher to use NIH facilities, or whether to accept volunteer services offered by a Special Volunteer. If the original assignment is extended, another form notating the extension is completed to update the file. Frequency of Response: once. Affected Public: Individuals Type of Respondents: Non- federal scientific professionals and/or individuals. The annual Reporting burden is as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 1660; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.0; Average Burden Hours Per Response: 0.1; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 166. The estimated annualized cost to respondents is $2,275. 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 are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) 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) 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) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to 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: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: Desk Officer for NIH. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Mrs. Wanda Darwin, Office of Human Resources, Office of The Director, NIH, Building 31, Room 1C31E, One Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-2269, or call non-toll-free number 301-402-2820, or E-mail your request, including your address to: darwinw@od.nih.gov.

    Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of the date of this publication.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-28068.htm

  • Interior

  • 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: December 7, 2010, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than November 21, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The Council meeting will be held at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort, AL 36527.

    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/2010/2010-28049.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Public Comment on the Draft 2010 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan

    AGENCY: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice: request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: With this notice, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council request comments from the public regarding the draft 2010 National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategic Plan. The draft plan is posted at http://strategy.nano.gov. Comments of approximately one page or less in length (4,000 characters) are requested. This request will be active from November 1, 2010 to November 30, 2010.

    DATES: Comments are invited beginning November 1, 2010 and must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Respondents are encouraged to register online at the NNI Strategy Portal at http://strategy.nano.gov to post their comments (4,000 characters or less) as a response to the request for public comment. Alternatively, comments of one page in length or less may be submitted via e-mail to: nnistrategy@ostp.gov. Please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information.

    Overview: The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategic Plan is the framework that underpins the nanotechnology work of the NNI member agencies. It aims to ensure that advances in nanotechnology research and development (R&D) and their applications to agency missions and the broader national interest continue unabated in this still-young field. Its purpose is to facilitate achievement of the NNI vision by laying out targeted guidance for agency leaders, program managers, and the research community regarding planning and implementation of nanotechnology R&D investments and activities.

    The NNI is a U.S. Government R&D program of 25 agencies working together toward the common challenging vision of a future in which the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale leads to a revolution in technology and industry that benefits society. The combined, coordinated efforts of these agencies have accelerated discovery, development, and deployment of nanotechnology towards agency missions and the broader national interest. Established in 2001, the NNI involves nanotechnology-related activities by the 25 member agencies, 15 of which have budgets for nanotechnology R&D for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.

    The NNI is managed within the framework of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), the Cabinet-level council that coordinates science and technology across the Federal government and interfaces with other sectors. The Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the NSTC coordinates planning, budgeting, program implementation, and review of the NNI. The NSET Subcommittee is composed of senior representatives from agencies participating in the NNI (http://www.nano.gov).

    The NSET Subcommittee has solicited multiple streams of input to inform the development of a revised NNI Strategic Plan. Independent reviews of the NNI by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Research Council of the National Academies have made specific recommendations for improving the NNI. Additional input has come from the NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholders Workshop in Arlington, Virginia, on July 13-14, 2010 (details available online: http://www.nano.gov/html/meetings/NNISPWorkshop/index.html) as well as in responses to a Request for Information published in the Federal Register on July 6, 2010 and comments posted online in response to challenge questions from July 13-August 15, 2010, at the NNI Strategy Portal (http://strategy.nano.gov).

    The NNI Strategic Plan represents the consensus of the participating agencies as to the high-level goals and priorities of the NNI and specific objectives for at least the next three years. It describes the four overarching goals of the NNI, the major Program Component Areas established in 2004 to broadly track the categories of investments needed to ensure the success of the initiative, and the near-term objectives that will be the concrete steps taken toward collectively achieving the NNI vision and goals. Finally, the plan describes collaborative interagency activities, including three Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives that are a new model of specifically targeted and closely coordinated interagency, cross-sector collaboration designed to accelerate innovation in areas of national priority.

    Your comments on this draft of the plan must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 30, 2010. Please reference page and line numbers as appropriate, and keep your responses to 4,000 characters or less. You may also e-mail your responses, no more than one page in length, to nnistrategy@ostp.gov.

    Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Federal Government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of this notice may be used by the Federal Government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. Do not include any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential. Please be aware that your comments may be posted online.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions about the content of this notice should be sent to NNIStrategy@ostp.gov. Questions and responses may also be sent by mail (please allow additional time for processing) to the address: Office of Science and Technology Policy, ATTN: NNI Strategic Plan Comments, Executive Office of the President, 725 17th Street, Room 5228, Washington, DC 20502. Phone: (202) 456- 7116, Fax: (202) 456-6021.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-27358.htm

  • Transportation

  • Membership Availability in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group Aviation Rulemaking Committee To Represent Environmental Concerns

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as required by the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000, established the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) in March 2001. The NPOAG was formed to provide continuing advice and counsel with respect to commercial air tour operations over and near national parks. This notice informs the public of two vacancies (due to completion of membership on May 30, 2011) on the NPOAG (now the NPOAG Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) for a member representing environmental concerns and invites interested persons to apply to fill the vacancy.

    DATES: Persons interested in serving on the NPOAG ARC should contact Mr. Barry Brayer at the mailing or e-mail address below in writing on or before December 20, 2010.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry Brayer, AWP-1SP, Special Programs Staff, Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region Headquarters, P.O. Box 92007, Los Angeles, CA 90009-2007, telephone: (310) 725-3800, e-mail: Barry.Brayer@faa.gov, or Karen Trevino, National Park Service, Natural Sounds Program, 1201 Oakridge Dr., Suite 100, Fort Collins, CO 80525, telephone (970) 225-3563, e-mail: Karen_Trevino@nps.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-27833.htm