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Federal Register Summary for week of 15 April

    Commerce

  • Science Advisory Board; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for: Monday, May 16, from 3-5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3, Room 12836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459, E-mail: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-9201.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Implications of Climate Change for Bioassessment Programs and Approaches To Account for Effects

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Peer review Workshop and Public Comment Period.


    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 report titled, "Implications of Climate Change for Bioassessment Programs and Approaches to Account for Effects'' (EPA/600/R-11/036A) and its supporting document, "Freshwater Biological Traits Database'' (EPA/ 600/R-11/038). The EPA also is announcing a 30-day public comment period for both documents. These draft documents were prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development.

    The main report identifies the components of state and tribal bioassessment programs that may be affected by climate change. The study (1) Investigates the potential to identify biological response signals to climate change within existing bioassessment data from Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, and Utah; (2) analyzes how biological responses can be categorized and interpreted; and, (3) assesses how the programs may influence decision-making processes. The study focused on benthic macroinvertebrates, i.e. animals without backbones that are larger than the size of a pencil point, which are important indicators used in bioassessments of shallow rivers and streams. The ultimate goals of the main report are (1) to provide a foundation for understanding the potential climatic vulnerability of bioassessment indicators, and, (2) to advance the development of specific strategies to ensure the effectiveness of monitoring and management plans under changing conditions. The results of the study support research needs and key actions identified in the "National Water Program Strategy: A Response to Climate Change'' (U.S. EPA, 2008; http://water.epa.gov/scitech/climatechange/strategy.cfm).

    The public comment period and the external peer review workshop are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the documents. EPA intends to forward public comments that are submitted in accordance with this notice and received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011, to the external peer review panel prior to the meeting for their consideration. When finalizing the draft documents, EPA will consider all public comments received throughout the 30-day period in accordance with this notice.

    EPA is releasing these draft documents solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. These documents have not been formally disseminated by EPA. They do not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

    ERG invites the public to register to attend this workshop as observers. In addition, ERG invites the public to give oral and/or provide written comments at the workshop regarding the draft documents under review. The draft documents and EPA's peer review charge are available primarily 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 final reports, EPA will consider ERG's report of the comments and recommendations from the external peer review workshop and any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.

    DATES: The peer review panel workshop will begin on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. The 30-day public comment period begins April 14, 2011, and ends May 16, 2011. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by May 16, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The peer review workshop will be held at the Navy League Building, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, 1st Floor (Mtg. Rm. to the Left of Concierge Desk), Arlington, VA 22204. The EPA contractor, ERG, is organizing, convening, and conducting the peer review workshop. To attend the workshop, register by Wednesday, May 4, 2011, by calling ERG's subcontractor LCLM at 301-593-2800 (ask for Diedre Watkins), sending a facsimile to 301-593-5800 (please reference: "Bioassessment 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 dwatkins@lclmllc.com (subject line: "Bioassessment 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 http://www.regonline.com/implicationsofclimatechangeforbioassessmentprogram.

    The draft report "Implications of Climate Change for Bioassessment Programs and Approaches to Account for Effects'' and its supporting draft document, "Freshwater Biological Traits Database,'' are available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment'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, 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 titles, "Implications of Climate Change for Bioassessment Programs and Approaches to Account for Effects'' and "Freshwater Biological Traits Database.'' Copies are not available from ERG.

    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 workshop should be directed to ERG's subcontractor, LCLM, 1299 Lamberton Drive, Suite 205, Silver Spring, MD 20902; telephone: 301-593-2800 (ask for Diedre Watkins); facsimile: 301-593-5800; e-mail: dwatkins@lclmllc.com (subject line: Bioassessment peer-review workshop). To request accommodation of a disability, please contact LCLM (ask for Diedre Watkins), 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 Britta Bierwagen, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA); telephone: 703-347-8613; facsimile: 703-347-8694; or e-mail: bierwagen.britta@epa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-9097.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis (Council) EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplinary areas to be considered for appointment to the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis (Council), Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), the Science Advisory Board (SAB), or SAB Committees described in this notice. Appointments are anticipated to be filled by the start of Fiscal Year 2012. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 16, 2011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nominators unable to submit nominations electronically as described below may submit a paper copy by the Designated Federal Officers for the committees, as identified below. General inquiries regarding the work of the Council, CASAC and SAB or SAB Standing Committees may also be directed to them.

    Background: Established by statute, the Council (42 U.S.C 7612), the CASAC (42 U.S.C. 7409), and SAB (42 U.S.C. 4365) are EPA's chartered Federal Advisory Committees that provide independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice and recommendations directly to the EPA Administrator the scientific bases for EPA's actions and programs. As Federal Advisory Committees, the Council, CASAC, and SAB conduct business in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and related regulations. Generally, Council, CASAC and SAB meetings are announced in the Federal Register, conducted in public view, and provide opportunities for public input during deliberations. Additional information about these Federal Advisory Committees may be found at http://www.epa.gov/advisorycouncilcaa, http://www.epa.gov/casac and http://www.epa.gov/sab, respectively.

    Members of the Council, CASAC, and the SAB, constitute a distinguished body of non-EPA scientists, engineers, economists, and social scientists that are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for a period of three years. This notice specifically requests nominations for the Council, CASAC, the SAB, and SAB Committees from academia, industry, state, and tribal governments, research institutes, and non-governmental organizations throughout the United States.

    Expertise Sought: The Council was established in 1990 pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA) Amendments of 1990 to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on technical and economic aspects of the impacts of the Clean Air Act (CAA) on the public health, economy, and environment of the United States. The SAB Staff office is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Council with demonstrated expertise in air pollution issues. A nominee's expertise may include the following disciplines: Environmental economics; economic modeling; air quality modeling; atmospheric science and engineering; epidemiology; statistics, and human health risk assessment. For further information on the Council, please contact Ms. Stephanie Sanzone, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2067 or by e-mail at sanzone.stephanie@epa.gov.

    Established in 1977 under the Clean Air Act (CAA) Amendments, the chartered CASAC reviews and offers scientific advice to the EPA Administrator on technical aspects of national ambient air quality standards for criteria pollutants. As required under the CAA section 109(d), CASAC will be composed of seven members, with at least one member of the National Academy of Sciences, one physician, and one person representing State air pollution control agencies. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on the CASAC with demonstrated experience in: Public health; environmental medicine; environmental health sciences; and risk assessment. For further information about CASAC, please contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2073 or by e-mail at stallworth.holly@epa.gov.

    The chartered SAB was established in 1978 by the Environmental Research, Development and Demonstration Act to provide independent advice to the Administrator on general scientific and technical matters underlying the Agency' policies and actions. All the work of the SAB is under the direction of the Board. The chartered Board provides strategic advice to the EPA Administrator on a variety of EPA science and research programs and reviews and approves all SAB subcommittee and panel reports. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on the chartered SAB in the following disciplines: Social, behavioral and decision sciences; ecological sciences and risk assessment; environmental modeling; environmental economics; environmental engineering; environmental medicine; pediatrics; public health; and human health risk assessment. For further information about the SAB, please contact Dr. Angela Nugent, DFO, by telephone at 202- 564-2218 or by e-mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov.

    The SAB Drinking Water Committee (DWC) provides advice on the technical aspects of EPA's national drinking water standards program. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on the DWC in the following disciplines: Microbiology; epidemiology; public health; and environmental engineering. For further information about the DWC, please contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, DFO, by telephone at 202-564- 2050 or by e-mail at yeow.aaron@epa.gov.

    The SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) provides advice on methods and analyses related to economics, costs, and benefits of EPA environmental programs. The SAB Staff office is seeking nominations of experts in environmental economics to serve on the EEAC. For further information about the EEAC, please contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2073 or by e-mail at stallworth.holly@epa.gov.

    The SAB Exposure and Human Health Committee (EHHC) provides advice on the development and use of guidelines for human health effects, exposure assessment, and human health risk assessment of chemical contaminants. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on the EHHC in the following disciplines: Toxicology; biostatistics; and risk assessment. For further information about the EHHC please contact Dr. Suhair Shallal, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2057 or by e-mail at shallal.suhair@epa.gov.

    The SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC) provides advice on technical issues related to the science and research to protect and restore the health of ecosystems. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on EPEC with demonstrated expertise in the following disciplines: Aquatic ecology; ecotoxicology; and ecological risk assessment. For further information about the EPEC please contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2155 or by e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov.

    The Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) provides advice on radiation protection, radiation science, and radiation risk assessment. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on RAC with demonstrated expertise in the following disciplines: Radiation biology; radiation biophysics; radiation dosimetry; radiation risk assessment; and cancer epidemiology. For further information about the RAC please contact Dr. K. Jack Kooyoomjian, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2064 or by e-mail at kooyoomjian.jack@epa.gov.

    Selection criteria include:

    --Demonstrated scientific credentials and expertise in their own fields.

    --Willingness to commit time on the committee and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees.

    --Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee), e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, and professional affiliations.

    --Consideration of the collective breadth and depth of scientific expertise; a balance of scientific perspectives; and continuity of knowledge and understanding of EPA missions and environmental programs in the context of the committee as a whole.

    How To Submit Nominations: Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to these chartered advisory committees. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominations should be submitted in electronic format (preferred) following the instructions for "Nominating Experts to a Chartered Advisory Committee'' provided on the SAB Web site. The form can be accessed through the "Nomination of Experts'' link on the blue navigational bar on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. To be considered, all nominations should include the information requested. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.

    Nominators are asked to identify the specific committee(s) for which nominees would like to be considered. The Web site requests contact information about: The person making the nomination; contact information about the nominee; the disciplinary and specific areas of expertise of the nominee; the nominee's curriculum vita; and a biographical sketch of the nominee indicating current position, educational background; research activities; and recent service on other national advisory committees or national professional organizations. Persons having questions about the nomination procedures, or who are unable to submit nominations through the SAB Web site, should contact the Designated Federal Officer for the committee, as identified above. Non-electronic submissions must follow the same format and contain the same information as the electronic form. The SAB Staff Office will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

    Candidates invited to serve will be asked to submit the "Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency'' (EPA Form 3110-48). This confidential form allows EPA to determine whether there is a statutory conflict between that person's public responsibilities as a Special Government Employee and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a lack of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded through the "Ethics Requirements for Advisors'' link on the blue navigational bar on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. This form should not be submitted as part of a nomination.

    To help the Agency in evaluating the effectiveness of its outreach efforts, please tell us how you learned of this opportunity.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-9212.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will conduct its fifth meeting in May. At this meeting, the Commission will discuss the topic of Federal standards regarding human subjects protection in Federally funded scientific studies.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Wednesday, May 18, 2011, from 9 a.m. to approximately 4:45 p.m., and Thursday, May 19, 2011, from 9 a.m. to approximately 1:15 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Warwick New York Hotel, 65 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone 212-247-2700.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue, NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3963. E-mail: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.bioethics.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-9123.htm

  • Interior

  • Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee; Teleconference Line Available for 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. This meeting was announced in the Federal Register on April 1, 2011. In-person registration is now closed due to full room capacity. A listen-only teleconference line is now available. 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 listen via the teleconference line, 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/2011/2011-8559.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Earth Science Subcommittee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Science Committee of the NAC. The Meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting from the scientific community and other persons scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Wednesday, May 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday, May 12, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW., Room 3H46, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian Norris, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452, fax (202) 358-4118, or mnorris@nasa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-9037.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; 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: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (1119).

    Date/Time: May 4, 2011; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May 5, 2011; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Place: The Arlington Hilton, 950 North Stafford Street, Gallery II, Mezzanine Level, Arlington, VA 22203.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: James Colby, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-5331, jcolby@nsf.gov.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    Agenda

    May 4, 2011 (Wednesday)

    • Report from the NSF Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources.
    • Update on Strategic Vision Working Groups:
    • Putting the "STEM'' in STEM Education.
    • Preparing and Sustaining K-12 STEM Educators.
    • Preparing and Shaping the STEM Workforce.
    • Overview and Discussion: FY 2012 Budget Request.
    • Visit with NSF Director and Deputy Director.

    May 5, 2011 (Thursday)

    • Receipt of Committee of Visitor Reports for:
    • Math and Science Partnership program.
    • Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service program.
    • NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
    • Discussion of future STEM program planning.
    • Adjournment.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-8723.htm

  • Advisory Committee for International Science & Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering (25104).

    Date/Time: April 25, 2011; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26, 2011; 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Room 555, Arlington, VA.

    Type of Meeting: OPEN.

    Contact Person: Robert Webber, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 (703) 292-7569.

    If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF, please contact the individual listed above so your name may be added to the building access list.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice on the international programs and activities of the National Science Foundation.

    Agenda

    April 25, 2011

    AM: Meet with NSF Director and Committee discussion.

    PM: Update on Office of International Science and Engineering, Reports from Advisory Committee Working Groups.

    April 26, 2011

    AM: Globalization of Universities, Member Remarks.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-8465.htm