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Federal Register Summary for week of 31 December

    Commerce

  • National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee; Establishment and Meeting

    ACTION: Announcement of Charter and Notice of Public Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This Notice advises of the public of the establishment of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee (NCADAC) and of an upcoming meeting of the NCADAC.

    Date and Time: The NCADAC will meet on February 3-4, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Washington, DC--the venue to be announced on the http://www.globalchange.gov Web site. The public portion of the meeting may have limited seating capacity.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kandis Wyatt, the NCADAC Designated Federal Official (DFO), NESDIS, SSMC1 Room 8330, 1335 East- West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone 240-429-0512, e- mail: Kandis.Wyatt@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-32405.htm

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation Call for 2011 Nominations

    AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice and request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is accepting nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). Since establishment by Congress in the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the President of the United States has awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (initially known as the National Medal of Technology) annually to our nation's leading innovators. If you know of a candidate who has made an outstanding, lasting contribution to the economy through the promotion of technology or technological manpower, you may obtain a nomination form from: http://go.usa.gov/1dU.

    DATES: The deadline for submission of a nomination is March 31, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The NMTI nomination form for the year 2011 may be obtained by visiting the USPTO Web site at http://go.usa.gov/1dU. Nomination applications should be submitted to Richard Maulsby, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, by electronic mail to: NMTI@uspto.gov; or by mail to Richard Maulsby, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Maulsby, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone (571) 272-8333, or by electronic mail to: nmti@uspto.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-32906.htm

  • NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) Strategic Plan FY 2011-FY 2015

    AGENCY: Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is seeking comments on the revised draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-2015, submitted to meet the requirement for program direction under Public Law 111-11, Section 12104(b). The draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN describes the vision, mission, core activities, and organization of the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

    DATES: Comments on this draft report must be received by 5 p.m., February 3, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by XRIN 0648-XV56, by any one of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.

    Fax: (703) 713-1967, Attn: Yvette Jefferson.

    Mail: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), ATTN: OER Plan Comments, 1315 East-West Highway, R/OER, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    Hand Delivery to Silver Spring Metro Center 3: 1315 East-West Highway, Room 10151, Silver Spring, Maryland.

    Instructions: No comments will be posted for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. OAR will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    Electronic copies of the draft OER Strategic Plan and Public Law 111-11 Chapter XII may be obtained from http://www.regulations.gov or from the OER Web site at http://explore.noaa.gov/OERPlan.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS CONTACT: OERPlan.Questions@noaa.gov or NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), ATTN: OER Plan Questions, 1315 East-West Highway, R/ OER, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-32886.htm

  • Notice of Availability of a Draft Framework for Ranking the Relative Importance of Puget Sound Chinook Salmon Populations and Watersheds for ESU Recovery and Delisting

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), announce the availability of a draft technical framework for ranking recovery potential of populations of Puget Sound Chinook salmon and watersheds supporting them. The draft framework relies on the best available scientific information regarding the status and structure of Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations and their habitat. It builds on the work of the Puget Sound technical recovery team, which provided the technical foundation of the Puget Sound Chinook recovery plan (NMFS 2006). The technical recovery team identified the population structure of Puget Sound Chinook and recommended biological recovery criteria (Ruckelshaus et al. 2002; 2006). It did not advise, however, on the relative roles of the various populations in achieving recovery and no such roles were identified in the recovery plan completed for the species. In contrast, technical teams that developed recovery criteria for other species of salmon in the Northwest did recommend roles for individual populations in recovery. Following adoption of the Puget Sound Chinook salmon recovery plan, we convened an internal technical team to analyze the role each population should play in recovery. The draft technical framework described in this notice represents the internal technical team's recommendations. This notice also describes potential management implications of the framework.

    DATES: Information and comments on the draft framework must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES), no later than 5 pm. on January 28, 2011. We encourage the public's involvement in reviewing this framework.

    ADDRESSES: Information and comments on this draft framework should be submitted to Garth Griffin, Chief, Protected Resources Division, NMFS. Comments may also be sent via facsimile (fax) to (503) 230-5435 or by e-mail.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Babcock, NMFS, Northwest Region, (206) 526-4505.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-32844.htm

  • Schedule of Fees for Access to NOAA Environmental Data, Information, and Related Products and Services

    AGENCY: National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: In this final rule, NESDIS establishes a new schedule of fees for the sale of its data, information, and related products and services to users. NESDIS is revising the fee schedule to ensure that the fees accurately reflect the costs of providing access to the environmental data, information, and related products and services. NESDIS is authorized under 15 U.S.C. 1534 to assess fees, up to fair market value, for access to environmental data, information, and products derived from, collected, and/or archived by NOAA. Other than depreciation, costs to upgrade computer hardware and software systems will not be included in the fees charged to users.

    DATES: Effective Date: February 28, 2011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angel Robinson (301) 713-9230 ext 186.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-32404.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Next Generation Risk Assessment Public Dialogue Conference

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Public Dialogue Conference.


    SUMMARY: As a part of the "Advancing the Next Generation of Risk Assessment'' (NexGen) program, EPA is announcing a 2-day public dialogue conference to engage, inform, and encourage feedback from key stakeholders. The conference will take place on February 15 and 16, 2011 in Washington, DC and will be open to attendance by interested public participants on a first-come, first-serve basis up to the limits of available space.

    DATES: The conference will be held on February 15, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on February 16, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The conference will take place at the Embassy Suites Convention Center, 900 10th Street, Northwest, Washington, DC 20001. ICF International, an EPA contractor, is providing logistical support for the conference. Questions regarding information, registration, and logistics for the workshop should be directed to Deshira Wallace, telephone: (703) 225-2910; e-mail: epanexgenworkshop@icfi.com. Questions regarding the scientific and technical aspects of the workshop should be directed to Audrey Hoffer, telephone: (703) 347- 0218; e-mail: hoffer.audrey@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-32977.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Two Public Quality Review Teleconferences of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the chartered SAB to conduct quality reviews of three SAB draft reports. On January 19, 2011, the chartered SAB will review two draft SAB Panel reports entitled "Review of The Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Central Appalachian Coalfields'' and "Review of Field-Based Aquatic Life Benchmark for Conductivity in Central Appalachian Streams.'' On January 20, 2011 the SAB will review a draft SAB Committee report entitled "Reactive Nitrogen in the United States; an Analysis of Inputs, Flows, Consequences, and Management Options: A Report of the EPA Science Advisory Board.''

    DATES: The public teleconferences on January 19, 2011 and January 20, 2011 will both be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning the January 19, 2011 teleconference should contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564- 2155; fax (202) 565-2098 or via e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning the January 20, 2011 teleconference should contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/ voice mail (202) 564-2218; fax (202) 565-2098 or via e-mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-32455.htm

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