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Federal Register Summary for week of 11 March

    Agriculture

  • Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Meeting

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet March 30-31, 2011. The public may file written comments before or up to two weeks after the meeting with the contact person.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005. Written comments from the public may be sent to the Contact Person identified in this notice at: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 3901 South Building, United States Department of Agriculture, STOP 0321, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0321.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: J. Robert Burk, Executive Director or Shirley Morgan-Jordan, Program Support Coordinator, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202) 720-6199; or e-mail: Robert.Burk@ars.usda.gov or Shirley.Morgan@ars.usda.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5422.htm

  • Education

  • National Board for Education Sciences Meeting

    AGENCY: Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education.

    ACTION: Notice of an open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of the National Board for Education Sciences. The notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this meeting is required by Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend the meeting.

    DATES: March 23, 2011.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: 80 F Street, NW., Room 100, Washington, DC 20208.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Grace Lucier, Designated Federal Official, National Board for Education Sciences, 555 New Jersey Ave., NW., Room 602 I, Washington, DC 20208; phone: (202) 219-2253; fax: (202) 219-1466; e-mail: Mary.Grace.Lucier@ed.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5239.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making.

    DATES: The meeting dates are March 29, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 30, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA, 22314.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this meeting must contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Nugent may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail; (202) 565-2218; fax (202) 564-2050; or e- mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information about the EPA SAB, as well as any updates concerning the public meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5539.htm

  • SFIREG Environmental Quality Issues Working Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Environmental Quality Issues (EQI) Working Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on April 18, 2011 and ending April 19, 2011. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, April 18, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday April 19, 2011.

    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.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at EPA. One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. 1st Floor South Conference Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Kendall, Field and External Affairs Division, (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5561; e-mail address: kendall.ron@epa.gov or Grier Stayton, SFIREG Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 466, Milford, DE 19963; telephone number (302) 422-8152; fax (302) 422-2435; e-mail address: Grier Stayton at aapco-sfireg@comcast.net.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5069.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Instructions for Implementing Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Accordance With Executive Order 13514

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability of Climate Change Adaptation Planning Implementing Instructions.


    SUMMARY: The Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is issuing instructions to Federal agencies for integrating climate change adaptation into agency policies and practices, as required under Executive Order 13514 ("Executive Order'' or "E.O. 13514''), "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance,'' signed by President Obama on October 5, 2009. 74 FR 52117, Oct. 8, 2009. The purpose of the Executive Order is to establish an integrated strategy toward sustainability in the Federal Government and to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for Federal agencies. Section 5(b) of E.O. 13514 directs the Chair of CEQ to issue instructions to implement the Executive Order. The Instructions for Implementing Climate Change Adaptation Planning are now available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/adaptation.

    DATES: The Instructions for Implementing Climate Change Adaptation Planning are available as of March 4, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The Instructions for Implementing Climate Change Adaptation Planning are available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/adaptation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Moore, Federal Environmental Executive, Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, 202-395-5750.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5405.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Strategic Planning

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Request for comments and nominations


    SUMMARY: The NIEHS is updating its strategic plan. To anticipate, meet, and set priorities for environmental health research, training, resources, and technologies, NIEHS requests input from scientists, staff, stakeholders, members of the public, and all interested parties. The goal of this strategic planning process is to define an overarching Vision Statement, Strategic Goals, and Implementation Strategies for the NIEHS. To begin the process, the institute is asking for the online submission of Visionary Ideas. In addition, the NIEHS seeks the nomination of interested individuals to participate in a Stakeholder Community Workshop to identify, discuss, and develop the draft strategic goals that will form the basis of the Strategic Plan. The current NIEHS Strategic Plan can be viewed at: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/strategicplan/strategicplan2006/index.cfm.

    DATES: Submit Visionary Ideas and nominations for participation in the Community Workshop to the NIEHS online at http://strategicplan.niehs.nih.gov on or before April 30, 2011, COB (5 p.m. Pacific Time).

    ADDRESSES: Visionary Ideas, other comments, and nominations for meeting participation are strongly encouraged to be submitted online at the NIEHS Strategic Planning Web site: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/strategicplan/index.cfm. They may also be submitted by e-mail to ehs-strategic-plan@niehs.nih.gov or by mail to the: Office of the Deputy Director, NIEHS/NIH/HHS, P.O. Box 12233, Maildrop B2-06, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Sheila Newton, Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation; P: 919-541-4343, e-mail: newton1@niehs.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5536.htm

  • Request for Information (NOT-ES-11-007): Needs and Approaches for Assessing the Human Health Impacts of Exposure to Mixtures

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS.

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHs), the Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) seek input for identification of key research areas in mixtures. Information provided will be used in planning a workshop for late summer 2011 to help inform the development of intramural and extramural research efforts that address the combined health effects of multiple environmental exposures ("mixtures''). This request for information (RFI) is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a funding opportunity or grant program. Input from all interested parties is welcome including the lay public, environmental health researchers, health professionals, educators, policy makers, industry, and others. Please respond on-line at the Mixtures Request for Information Web page (http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/rfimix) by April 15, 2011.

    DATES: Please respond online at the Mixtures Request for Information Web page (http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/rfimix) by April 15, 2011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Other correspondence regarding this RFI should be directed to either (1) Dr. Danielle Carlin, DERT Program Administrator, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K3-04, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (telephone) 919-541-1409, (e-mail) carlindj@niehs.nih.gov or (2) Dr. Cynthia Rider, NTP Toxicologist, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K2- 12, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (telephone) 919-541-7638, (e- mail) ridercv@niehs.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5352.htm

  • Request for Information: Update of NIOSH Nanotechnology Strategic Plan for Research and Guidance

    AGENCY: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeks comment on the types of hazard identification and risk management research that should be considered for updating the NIOSH 2009 nanotechnology strategic plan.

    Public Comment Period: Comments must be received by April 15, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments, identified by docket number NIOSH 134-A, may be submitted by any of the following ways:

    Mail: NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C-34, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226.

    Facsimile: (513) 533-8285.

    E-mail: nioshdocket@cdc.gov.

    All information received in response to this notice will be available for public examination and copying at the NIOSH Docket Office, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Room 109, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226. A complete electronic docket containing all comments submitted will be available thirty days after the public comment period on the NIOSH Web page at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docket, and comments will be available in writing by request. NIOSH includes all comments received without change in the docket, including any personal information provided. All electronic comments should be formatted as Microsoft Word. Please make reference to docket number NIOSH 134-A.

    Background: Since 2004, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pioneered research on the toxicological properties and characteristics of nanoparticles. This research has involved characterizing occupationally relevant nanoparticles for predicting whether these particles pose a risk of adverse health effects and for providing guidance on controlling workplace exposures. In September 2005, NIOSH developed a strategic plan to further guide the Institute in identifying and prioritizing nanotechnology research. In 2009 this strategic plan [http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/nanotech/strat_plan.html] was updated based on knowledge gained from results of ongoing NIOSH research [see Progress Toward Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace; A Report from the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2007-123/] and from stakeholder input.

    NIOSH would like to build on the accomplishments of ongoing research [see http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2010-104/] to develop strategic research goals and objectives through 2015. NIOSH has identified 10 critical research areas for nanotechnology research and communication. These 10 critical research areas are (1) toxicity and internal dose, (2) measurement methods, (3) exposure assessment, (4) epidemiology and surveillance, (5) risk assessment, (6) engineering controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), (7) fire and explosion safety, (8) recommendations and guidance, (9) communication and information, and (10) applications.

    NIOSH is considering focusing the overarching strategic research goals for these critical areas on 5 key goals: (1) Provide guidance to protect workers, (2) alert workers, employers, governments, and the public about possible new hazards, (3) assess the hazards of nanomaterials and the risks to workers, (4) help workers by assessing and implementing exposure registries, and (5) assess the level of protection practiced in US workplaces.

    NIOSH requests comment on how research in these 10 critical areas and the 5 overarching goals can be enhanced. Examples of requested information include, but are not limited to:

    1. The need for toxicity evaluation and/or workplace exposure characterization of engineered nanoparticles not currently being studied*.
    2. Development of technical and educational guidance materials*.
    3. Development of additional partnerships and collaborations*.
    4. Research in the development of risk management strategies (e.g., exposure assessment, engineering controls)*.

    Note: * provide rationale for recommendations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles L. Geraci, NIOSH, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C32, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, telephone (513) 533-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5110.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of the U.S. Geological Survey Science Strategy Planning Feedback Process

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Feedback Process


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Geological Survey is creating 10-year strategies for each of its Mission Areas: Climate and Land Use Change, Core Science Systems, Ecosystems, Energy and Minerals, Environmental Health, Natural Hazards, and Water. This process involves gathering input from the public on draft strategy documents and questions that will inform the creation of these documents. Feedback can be offered at http://www.usgs.gov/startwithscience.

    DATES: The comment period on questions and drafts closes at midnight on October 16, 2011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Listed below are contacts for each USGS Mission Area:

    Global Change: Virginia Burkett: 318-256-5628, virginia_burkett@usgs.gov, Dave Kirtland: 703-648-4712, dakirtland@usgs.gov.

    Core Science Systems: Sky Bristol: 303-202-4181, sbristol@usgs.gov, Chip Euliss: 701-253-5564, ceuliss@usgs.gov.

    Ecosystems: Gary Brewer: 304-724-4507, gbrewer@usgs.gov, Ken Williams: 703-648-4260, byronkenwilliams@usgs.gov.

    Energy and Minerals: Jon Kolak: 703-648-6972, jkolak@usgs.gov, Rich Ferrero: 206-220-4574, rferrero@usgs.gov.

    Environmental Health: Herb Buxton: 609-771-3944, hbuxton@usgs.gov, Patti Bright: 703-648-4238, pbright@usgs.gov.

    Natural Hazards: Lucy Jones: 626-583-7817, jones@usgs.gov, Bob Holmes: 573-308-3581, bholmes@usgs.gov.

    Water: Eric Evenson: 609-771-3904, eevenson@usgs.gov, Randy Orndorff: 703-648-4316, rorndorf@usgs.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5455.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences; 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: Biological Sciences Advisory Committee (1110).

    Date and Time: March 29, 2011; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    March 30, 2011; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 1401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Chuck Liarakos, National Science Foundation, Room 605, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Tel No.: (703) 292-8400.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Advisory Committee for BIO provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up BIO.

    Agenda: Items on the agenda include the NSF and BIO FY 2012 budget request, the 2010 America Competes Act, and a progress report on BIO's ongoing experiments in innovation. In addition, the BIO AC will discuss "information exchange environments'' and STEM education, workforce and careers in science.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-5364.htm

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