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Federal Register Summary for week of 25 February

    Agriculture

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: 2011 Notice of Call for Nominations.


    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, (NUCFAC) will be filling five positions that have expired at the end of December 2010. Interested applicants may download a copy of the application and position descriptions from the U.S. Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Web site: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/.

    DATES: Nomination(s) must be "received'' (not postmarked) by March 29, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Please submit electronic nomination(s) to: nucfacucfproposals@fs.fed.us. The subject line should read: 2011 NUCFAC Nominations.

    Nomination applications sent by courier should be addressed to: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250-1151.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff or Mary Dempsey, Staff Assistant to National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250-1151, phone 202-205-1054.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices 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 Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3821.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Improving EPA Regulations

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for comment; notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' and called on all Federal agencies to conduct a "retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome and to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them in accordance with what has been learned.'' EPA seeks public input on the design of a plan to use for periodic retrospective review of its regulations.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 20, 2011. A public meeting will be held on March 14, 2011 in Arlington, VA.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2011-0154, -0155, -0156, -0157, -0158, -0159, -0160, -0161, - 0162, -0163, -0164, -0165, -0166, -0167 or -0168 by any one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: ImprovingRegulations.SuggestionBox@epa.gov

    Fax: 202-566-9744

    Mail: Send a copy of your comments and any enclosures to: Improving Regulations Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: Improving Regulations Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., 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.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2011- 0154, -0155, -0156, -0157, -0158, -0159, -0160, -0161, -0162, -0163, - 0164, -0165, -0166, -0167, -0168. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online 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 http://www.regulations.gov. The http://www.regulations.gov website 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 http://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 instructions on submitting comments, go to Section II of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://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 http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Improving Regulations 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 Improving Regulations Docket is (202) 566- 1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on this document, please contact Stuart Miles-McLean, Office of Regulatory Policy and Management (1803A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202- 564-6581; fax number: 202-564-7322; e-mail address: ImprovingRegulations.SuggestionBox@epa.gov. If you have questions concerning the public meetings, contact Lucinda Power, Office of Regulatory Policy and Management (1806A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-566-0356; fax number: 202-564-0965; e-mail address: ImprovingRegulations.SuggestionBox@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4152.htm

  • Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of document availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990 through 2009 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions. The inventory also includes estimates of carbon fluxes in U.S. agricultural and forest lands. The technical approach used in this report to estimate emissions and sinks for greenhouse gases is consistent with the methodologies recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and reported in a format consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting guidelines. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 is the latest in a series of annual U.S. submissions to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC.

    DATES: To ensure your comments are considered for the final version of the document, please submit your comments within 30 days of the appearance of this notice. However, comments received after that date will still be welcomed and be considered for the next edition of this report.

    ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to Mr. Leif Hockstad at: Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Division (6207J), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Fax: (202) 343-2359. You are welcome and encouraged to send an email with your comments to hockstad.leif@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Leif Hockstad, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, (202) 343-9432, hockstad.leif@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3999.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Laboratory Animal Welfare: Proposed Adoption and Implementation of the Eighth Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requests public comments on (1) NIH's adoption of the eighth edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide) as a basis for evaluation of institutional programs receiving or proposing to receive Public Health Service (PHS) support for activities involving animals; and (2) if NIH decides to adopt the eighth edition of the Guide, NIH's proposed implementation plan, which would require that institutions complete at least one semiannual program and facility evaluation using the eighth edition of the Guide as the basis for evaluation by March 31, 2012. NIH will consider comments on (1) the adoption of the Guide and (2) the implementation plan.

    DATES: Written comments on the adoption and implementation of the eighth edition of the Guide must be received by NIH within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice in order to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: Public comments may be entered at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/2011guidecomments/add.htm. Comments will be made publicly available. Personally identifiable information (except organizational affiliations) will be removed prior to making comments publicly available.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health, RKL1, Suite 360, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7982; telephone 301-496-7163.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4172.htm

  • Interior

  • Notice of Public Meeting, North Slope Science Initiative--Science Technical Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, North Slope Science Initiative, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)-- Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet as indicated below:

    DATES: The meeting will be held March 28 through April 1, 2011, in Barrow, Alaska. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on March 28, 2011, at the Inupiat Heritage Center. On March 29 through April 1, 2011, the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Public comment will be received between 3 and 4 p.m. on Monday, March 28 2011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John F. Payne, Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative, AK-910, c/o Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, 13, Anchorage, AK 99513, (907) 271-3431 or e-mail johnfpayne@blm.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4163.htm

  • Reducing Regulatory Burden; Retrospective Review Under E.O. 13563

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior (DOI) is preparing a preliminary plan to review its existing significant regulations in response to the President's Executive Order 13563 on improving regulation and regulatory review. The purpose of this regulatory review is to help DOI manage the Nation's public lands and national treasures, honor our tribal trust obligations, protect the environment and endangered species, distribute and monitor water resources, and help America become energy independent in ways that are more effective and less burdensome. DOI is asking for ideas and information from the public in preparing the plan and identifying opportunities to improve any of its significant regulations by modifying, streamlining, expanding, or repealing them.

    DATES: You must submit any comments on or before March 28, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: All comments must include "Comments on improving DOI's regulations--Docket Number DOI-2011-0001''. You must submit comments by any (but only one) of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov, find Docket DOI-2011-0001, and follow the instructions for submitting your comments electronically.

    Mail: Regulatory Review, Office of the Executive Secretariat and Regulatory Affairs, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Mail Stop 7328, Washington, DC 20240.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Regulatory Review, Office of the Executive Secretariat and Regulatory Affairs, Department of the Interior, Room 7311, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240.

    E-mail: RegsReview@ios.doi.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Lawyer, Office of the Secretary, 202-208-3181, Mark_Lawyer@ios.doi.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4241.htm

  • Transportation

  • Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group Aviation Rulemaking Committee

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: By Federal Register notice (See 75 FR 68023; November 4, 2010) the National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invited interested persons to apply to fill two vacant positions on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). These notices invited interested persons to apply to fill two vacancies representing environmental concerns due to the incumbent member's completion of their three-year term appointments on May 30, 2011. This notice informs the public of the persons selected to fill the vacancies on the NPOAG ARC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry Brayer, 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.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3938.htm

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