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Federal Register Summary for week of 28 January

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  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board). Board members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the National Sea Grant College Program Web site at http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/leadership/advisory_board.html.

    DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST Tuesday, February 8-8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. EST Wednesday, February 9, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza, 10 Thomas Circle, NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on February 8 at 4:45 p.m. EST (check Web site to confirm time.) The Board expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of three (3) minutes. Written comments should be received by the Designated Federal Officer by January 31, 2011 to provide sufficient time for Board review. Written comments received after January 31, 2011, will be distributed to the Board, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first- served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth Ban, Designated Federal Officer, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11843, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (301) 734-1082.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1418.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • A Method To Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Application in the Chesapeake Bay

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Peer Review Workshop.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing that Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer review workshop to review the external review draft document titled, "A Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Application in the Chesapeake Bay'' (EPA/600/R-10/096a). The draft document was prepared by EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), which is situated in the Office of Research and Development.

    EPA will forward public comments that were submitted in accordance with a previous notice (Federal Register Volume 75, Number 168 [Tuesday, August 31, 2010]) to the external peer-review panel for consideration prior to the meeting. When finalizing the draft document, EPA will consider any public comments that EPA received in accordance with the August 31, 2010 Federal Register Notice.

    EPA released this draft document solely for the purpose of peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

    EPA invites the public to register and attend this workshop and to give oral and/or provide written comments of the draft document under review. The draft document and EPA's peer review charge are available via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. In preparing a final report, EPA will consider the comments and recommendations from the external peer review workshop and any public comments received in accordance with this notice.

    DATES: The peer review panel workshop will begin on Friday, March 11, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The peer review workshop will be held at The Navy League Building, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201. The EPA contractor, ERG, is organizing, convening, and conducting the peer review workshop. To attend the workshop, register by Friday, March 4, 2011 by calling ERG at 781-674-7374 or toll free at 800-803-2833 (ask for the Chesapeake Bay peer review coordinator, Laurie Waite), sending a facsimile to 781-674-2906 (please reference: "Chesapeake Bay peer review workshop'' and include your name, title, affiliation, full address, and contact information, and whether you wish to make oral comments), or sending an e-mail to meetings@erg.com (subject line: "Chesapeake Bay peer review workshop'' and include your name, title, affiliation, full address, and contact information, and whether you wish to make oral comments). You may also register via the Internet at https://www2.ergweb.com/projects/conferences/peerreview/register-chesapeake.htm. The draft "A Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Application in the Chesapeake Bay'' is available via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team (IMT), NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, and the document title, "A Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Application in the Chesapeake Bay.'' Copies are not available from ERG.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding information, registration, access or services for individuals with disabilities, or logistics for the external peer review workshop should be directed to ERG, 110 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421-3136; telephone: 781-674- 7374; facsimile: 781-674-2906; or e-mail: meetings@erg.com (subject line: Chesapeake Bay peer review workshop), preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give as much time as possible to process your request.

    If you need technical information about the document, please contact Susan Julius, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA); telephone: 703-347-8619; facsimile: 703-347-8694; e-mail Julius.susan@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1468.htm

  • Availability of Draft Report, Biofuels and the Environment: First Triennial Report to Congress

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of peer review meeting and public comment period.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing that it will convene an independent panel of experts to review the external review draft document titled, Biofuels and the Environment: The First Triennial Report to Congress (EPA/600/R- 10/183A). The peer review meeting will be organized by Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review. The EPA also is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document. The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development. The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) mandates increased production of biofuels (fuels derived from organic materials) from 9 billion gallons per year in 2008 to 36 billion gallons per year by 2022. EISA (Section 204) also requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess and report to Congress every three years on the current and potential future environmental and resource conservation impacts associated with increased biofuel production and use. Biofuels and the Environment: First Triennial Report to Congress is the first report on this issue.

    The public comment period and the external peer review meeting are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA intends to forward public comments that are submitted in accordance with this notice, to the external peer review panel, prior to the meeting for their consideration. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.

    EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of obtaining public comment and peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

    EPA, through its Peer Review contractor, Versar, Inc., invites the public to register to attend the peer review meeting. In addition, EPA through Versar, Inc., invites the public to give oral and/or provide written comments during the meeting regarding the draft document under review. The draft document and EPA's charge to the peer reviewers are available primarily via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. In preparing a final report, EPA will consider the comments and recommendations from the external peer review meeting and any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.

    DATES: The peer review panel meeting will begin on March 14, 2011, at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The 30-day public comment period begins January 28, 2011, and ends February 28, 2011. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by February 28, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The peer review meeting will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Arlington Crystal City/Reagan National Airport, 2899 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202, telephone: 703-549-3434. The EPA contractor, Versar, Inc., is organizing, convening and conducting the peer review meeting. To attend the meeting, register by March 7, 2011, by contacting Versar, Inc. via e-mail: saundkat@versar.com (subject line: Biofuels Report to Congress Peer Review Meeting), by telephone: 703-750-3000, ext. 545, or toll free at 1-800-2-VERSAR (1-800-283-7727), ask for Kathy Coon, the Biofuels Report to Congress Meeting Coordinator, or by faxing a registration request to 703-642-6809 (please reference the Biofuels Report to Congress Peer Review Meeting and include your name, title, affiliation, full address and contact information).

    Information on Services for Individuals with Disabilities: EPA welcomes the attendance of the public at the Biofuels Report to Congress Peer Review Meeting and will make every effort to accommodate persons with disabilities. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Versar, Inc. via e-mail: saundkat@versar.com (subject line: Biofuels Report to Congress Peer Review Meeting), by telephone: 703-750-3000, ext. 545, or toll free at 1-800-2-VERSAR (1-800-283-7727), ask for Kathy Coon, the Biofuels Report to Congress Meeting Coordinator, or by faxing a registration request to 703-642-6809 (please reference the Biofuels Report to Congress Peer Review Meeting and include your name, title, affiliation, full address and contact information). To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Versar, Inc., preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    The draft report, Biofuels and the Environment: First Triennial Report to Congress, is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347- 8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, and the document title, Biofuels and the Environment: First Triennial Report to Congress. Copies are not available from Versar, Inc.

    Comments may be submitted electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions as provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding information, registration, access or services for individuals with disabilities, or logistics for the external peer-review meeting should be directed to Versar, Inc., 6850 Versar Center, Springfield, VA 22151, by e-mail: saundkat@versar.com (subject line: Biofuels Report to Congress Peer Review Meeting), by telephone: 703-750-3000, ext. 545 or toll free at 1-800-2-VERSAR (1-800-283-7727), ask for Kathy Coon, the Biofuels Report to Congress Meeting Coordinator. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Versar, Inc. preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give as much time as possible to process your request.

    For information on the public comment period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or e-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    If you need technical information about the document, please contact Bob Frederick, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA); telephone: 703-347-5308; facsimile: 703-347-8694; e-mail: frederick.bob@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1920.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); Request for Information (NOT-ES-11-006): Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee

    AGENCY: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: The Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee is a congressionally mandated body established by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This Committee is comprised of 19 voting members, including representatives of Federal agencies; non-federal scientists, physicians, and other health professionals from clinical, basic, and public health sciences; and advocates for individuals with breast cancer.

    The IBCERCC is charged with reviewing all research efforts within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning the environmental and genomic factors related to the etiology of breast cancer, and developing a comprehensive summary of advances and recommendations regarding research gaps and needs for the Secretary of HHS.

    This Request for Information (RFI) is directed toward addressing questions relevant to the Committee's mandate. The RFI was announced in the NIH Guide on January 13, 2011, and is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-ES-11-006.html.

    DATES: A response is requested by February 16, 2011. Responses received after February 16, 2011 will be considered to the extent possible.

    Responses: Please send responses to the IBCERCC (ibcercc@niehs.nih.gov) by February 16, 2011. The following are acceptable ways to submit your responses:

    1. Copy and paste the questions into the body of an e-mail message and send your responses to ibcercc@niehs.nih.gov; or
    2. Mail or fax your responses in a letter to the attention of the contact person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer B. Collins, Division of Extramural Research and Training, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K3-12, RTP, NC 27709; Telephone: 919-541-0117, FAX: 919-541-2860, E-mail: collins6@niehs.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1871.htm

  • The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System Strategic Plan 2011-2015; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability for public comment of a document for The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) entitled "NARMS Strategic Plan 2011-2015.'' The document outlines the strategic goals and objectives for 2011 through 2015 of the NARMS program developed by the participating Agencies (FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)) based on recommendations of an External Subcommittee of the Science Board to FDA. The Agency is soliciting public comment on the goals and objectives in the Strategic Plan and whether the goals and objectives meet the recommendations of the subcommittee.

    DATES: Submit either electronic or written comments by March 25, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA- 305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick McDermott, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-530), Food and Drug Administration, 8401 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD 20708. 301-210-4213. e-mail: patrick.mcdermott@fda.hhs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1278.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Comment Request: National Science Foundation Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request renewed clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting OMB clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES: Written comments should be received by March 28, 2011 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the information collection and requests for copies of the proposed information collection request should be addressed to Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm. 295, Arlington, VA 22230, or by e-mail to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Plimpton on (703) 292-7556 or send e-mail to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1754.htm

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); 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: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).

    Dates/Time: February 8, 2011, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. February 9, 2011, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Place: Arlington, Virginia 22203. Additional meeting location information will be available at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Liaison Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone Numbers: (703) 292-4216, 703-292-8040 mtolbert@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Minutes may be obtained from the Executive Liaison at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study NSF programs and policies and provide advice and recommendations to the National Science Foundation (NSF) concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda:

    Tuesday and Wednesday, February 8-9, 2011

    • Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair.
    • Remarks by the Interim Director of the NSF Office of Integrative Activities.
    • Presentations and Discussions:
      • Discussion of Plans for the Mini-Symposium on the Science of Broadening Participation
      • Reports from CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees
      • Discussion of NSF Responses to CEOSE Recommendations
      • Review of the Draft "2009-2010 CEOSE Biennial Report to Congress''
      • Conversation with Dr. Subra Suresh, Director, National Science Foundation
      • Report on OISE Technical Support to Minority Serving Institutions
      • Update on the National Science Board Study of the NSF Merit Review Criteria
      • The State of the National Science Foundation Relative to Diversity and Inclusion
      • Discussion of Unfinished Business

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1344.htm

  • Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering Solicitation of Recommendations for Membership

    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) solicits recommendations for membership on the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) (1173). Recommendations should consist of the name of the recommended individual, the individual's curriculum vita, and an expression of the recommended individual's interest, and include the following contact information: recommended individual's address, telephone number, FAX number, and e-mail address. Self recommendations are accepted.

    DATES: Recommendations must be received no later than March 14, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Recommendations should be sent to Dr. Margaret Tolbert, CEOSE Executive Liaison at National Science Foundation, Room 935, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230 or to mtolbert@nsf.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please see http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp. Call the CEOSE Executive Liaison at 703- 292-8040, or send an e-mail message to mtolbert@nsf.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1272.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • National Ocean Council; Development of Strategic Action Plans for the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes

    ACTION: Notice of Intent To Prepare Strategic Action Plans for the Nine Priority Objectives for Implementation of the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes. Request for comments.


    SUMMARY: On July 19, 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13547 establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great Lakes ("National Policy''). That Executive Order adopts the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force ("Final Recommendations'') and directs Federal agencies to take the appropriate steps to implement them. The Executive Order creates an interagency National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination, identifies nine priority actions for the NOC to pursue, and adopts a flexible framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning to address conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of the ocean, our coasts and the Great Lakes.

    Purpose: The NOC is announcing its intent to prepare strategic action plans for the nine priority objectives identified in the Final Recommendations and is requesting input on the development of these strategic action plans. (For general information about the NOC and a copy of Executive Order 13547 and the Final Recommendations, please see: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/oceans). Public comments will inform the preparation of the strategic action plans. All comments will be collated and posted on the NOC Web site.

    Public Comment: The NOC is seeking public input as it develops the strategic action plans for the priority objectives. To be considered during the development of the draft strategic action plans, comments should be submitted by April 29, 2011. Draft strategic action plans will be released for public review in the summer of 2011, allowing additional opportunity for the public to provide comments. Plans are expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

    In this public comment period, the NOC is interested in comments that address the opportunities, obstacles, and metrics of progress relevant to each of the priority objectives. Comments should take into account that the strategic action plans should address the key areas identified in the Final Recommendations, including, as appropriate, the importance of integrating local, regional, and national efforts.

    The NOC is requesting responses to the following questions for each of the priority objectives:

    What near-term, mid-term, and long-term actions would most effectively help the Nation achieve this policy objective?

    What are some of the major obstacles to achieving this objective; are there opportunities this objective can further, including transformative changes in how we address the stewardship of the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes?

    What milestones and performance measures would be most useful for measuring progress toward achieving this priority objective?

    Comments should be submitted electronically at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/comment or can be sent by mail to: National Ocean Council, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information regarding this request can be found at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/oceans. Questions about the content of this request may be sent to http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/contact or by mail (please allow additional time for processing) to the address above.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1316.htm