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Federal Register Summary for week of 1 April

    Agriculture

  • Multi-Agency Informational Meeting Concerning Compliance With the Federal Select Agent Program; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This is to notify all interested parties, including individuals and entities possessing, using, or transferring federally listed biological agents and toxins, that a meeting will be held to provide specific regulatory guidance related to the Federal Select Agent Program established under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. The meeting is being organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation. Issues to be discussed include entity registration, security risk assessments, biosafety requirements, and security measures.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on May 10, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Persons who wish to attend the meeting must register by April 12, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Centers for Animal Health Disease Center, Building 20, 1920 Dayton Avenue, Ames, IA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: APHIS: Ms. Sarah Kwiatkowski, Veterinary Program Assistant, APHIS Select Agent Program, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-5960.

    CDC: Dr. Eduardo O'Neill, Training & Outreach Officer, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road MS A-46, Atlanta, GA 30333; (404) 718-2000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-7469.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Human Studies Review Board (HSRB); Notification of a Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) announces a public meeting of the HSRB to advise the Agency on EPA's scientific and ethical reviews of research with human subjects.

    DATES: This public meeting will be held on April 13-14, 2011, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your written comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2011-0124, by one of the following methods:

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

    E-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), ORD Docket, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is located in the EPA Headquarters Library, Room Number 3334 in the EPA West Building, located at 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. Please call (202) 566-1744 or e-mail the ORD Docket at ord.docket@epa.gov for instructions. Updates to Public Reading Room access are available on the Web site (http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm).

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2011-0124. 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 the disclosure of which is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.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 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 FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes to receive further information should contact Jim Downing at telephone number: (202) 564-2468; fax: (202) 564-2070; e-mail address: downing.jim@epa.gov, or Lu-Ann Kleibacker at telephone number: (202) 564-7189; fax: 202-564-2070; e-mail address: kleibacker.lu-ann@epa.gov; mailing address: Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Science Advisor (8105R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information concerning the EPA HSRB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-7198.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations; SAB Mercury Review Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office provides notice that the SAB will form a panel to conduct an independent review of EPA's Mercury Technical Support Document and is requesting additional public nominations of experts.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by April 6, 2011 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2188; by fax at (202) 565-2098 or via e-mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov, General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-7460.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 of Extension of Public Comment Period.


    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is extending the period for 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. The notice on the proposed adoption and implementation plan for the eighth edition of the Guide was published in the Federal Register on February 24, 2011 (76 FR 10379). The comment period is extended by 30 days and thus will end on April 24, 2011.

    DATES: Written comments on the adoption and implementation of the eighth edition of the Guide must be received by NIH on or before April 24, 2011 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, NIH, RKL1, Suite 360, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7982; telephone 301-496-7163.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-7316.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request for North American Reporting Center for Amphibian Malformations (NARCAM)

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of extension of an existing information collection (1028-0056).


    SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), we are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) an information collection request (ICR) for the extension of the currently approved paperwork requirements for the USGS North American Reporting Center for Amphibian Malformations (NARCAM). This notice provides the public and other Federal agencies an opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this information collection request.

    DATES: Submit written comments by April 27, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments on this information collection directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior via e-mail to OIRA_DOCKET@omb.eop.gov or fax at 202-395-5806; and identify your submission as 1028-0056. Please also submit a copy of your written comments to Phadrea Ponds, USGS Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 2150- C, Centre Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80526-8118 (mail); 970-226-9230 (fax); or pondsp@usgs.gov (e-mail). Please reference Information Collection 1028-0056 in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Zolly at 703-648-4277 or by mail at U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Informatics Office, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 302, Reston, VA 20192. To see a copy of the entire ICR submitted to OMB, go to http://www.reginfo.gov (Information Collection Review, Currently under Review).

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-7183.htm

  • Nonessential Experimental Populations of Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains; Lethal Take of Wolves in the West Fork Elk Management Unit of Montana; Draft Environmental Assessment

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment (EA) of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (MFWP) proposal to lethally take wolves in the West Fork Elk Management Unit (EMU) in western Montana in response to impacts on elk populations. The MFWP's proposal was submitted under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and our special regulations under the ESA for the central Idaho and Yellowstone area nonessential experimental populations of gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The draft EA describes the environmental effects of two alternatives: (1) The preferred alternative, which would approve the MFWP proposal to reduce the wolf population in the West Fork EMU to a minimum of 12 wolves in 2 to 3 packs for a period of 5 years, in response to impacts on elk populations; and (2) a no-action alternative, which would deny the proposal to reduce the wolf population in the West Fork EMU. Under the no-action alternative, wolves in the West Fork EMU would continue to be managed as a nonessential experimental population and could be removed by the Service or its designated agents when livestock, stock animals, or dogs are killed by wolves.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments on the draft EA no later than April 12, 2011. Please note that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on this date.

    ADDRESSES: Documents: The draft EA is available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket Number FWS-R6-ES-2011-0022. Alternatively, you may request the document by writing to: Ed Bangs, Attn: West Fork EMU Wolf 10(j) proposal, USFWS Montana Field Office, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601.

    Comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the "Select Document Type'' pull-down list, select "Search All.'' In the "Enter Keyword or ID'' field, type FWS-R6-S-2011-0022, which is the docket number for this action. Then click the "Search'' button. Once you have found the document, you may submit a comment by clicking on "Submit a Comment.''

    By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand deliver to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0022; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see Public Comment Procedures and Public Availability of Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ed Bangs, NRM Wolf Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USFWS Montana Field Office (see ADDRESSES), at 406-449-5225; or ed_bangs@fws.gov (e-mail). Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-6935.htm

  • Strengthening the Scientific Understanding of Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources of the United States

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of feedback.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), announce the availability for public comment of draft report titled "Strengthening the Scientific Understanding of Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources of the United States''. The report reviews key issues related to freshwater resource data and climate change and identifies next steps to improve the Nation's capacity to detect and predict changes in freshwater resources that are likely to result from a changing climate.

    DATES: We must receive any written comments on or before April 22, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: We have posted our draft report at http://acwi.gov/Rpt.Congress3.18.11.pdf. You may submit comments to tschertz@usgs.gov (e-mail). Please include "9506 Report'' in the subject line of the message, and your full name and return address in the body of your message. Please note that we will not respond to any e-mail messages once the public comment period closes. Alternatively, you may submit comments or recommendations by mail to: T. Schertz; U.S. Geological Survey; 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 412; Reston, VA 20192.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: T. Schertz, 703-648-6864.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-7615.htm

  • Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee; Announcement of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will host a Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting on April 27, 2011. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda will include a presentation and discussion of the Service's Draft Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines.

    DATES: The meeting will take place on April 27, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. If you are a member of the public wishing to attend, you must register online no later than April 20, 2011 (see "Meeting Participation Information'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

    ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 530, Arlington, VA 22203 (see "Meeting Location Information'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel London, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, (703) 358-2161.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-7788.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board's Committee on Education and Human Resources (CEH), pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: April 7, 2011, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion of the Committee on Education and Human Resources (CEH) STEM education prospective "action items'' (to be developed at the teleconference) and discussion of the May 10-11, 2011 CEH meeting agenda.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A room will be available for the public to listen- in to this meeting held by teleconference at Stafford Place I, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office [call 703-292-7000 or send an e- mail message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov] at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the room number and provide name and organizational affiliation. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    UPDATES AND POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site http://www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: Matthew B. Wilson, National Science Board Office, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-7694.htm

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