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Federal Register Summary for week of 29 April

    Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office Request for Nominations of Candidates for a SAB Panel on Accounting for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions From Biogenic Sources

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is soliciting nominations of nationally and internationally recognized scientists for an SAB Expert Panel to provide independent advice to EPA on a draft greenhouse gas accounting methodology for biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from stationary sources.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by May 18, 2011 per the instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Request for Nominations, please contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff, at stallworth.holly@epa.gov or (202) 564-2073. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. Any inquiry regarding EPA's draft greenhouse gas accounting methodology for biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions should be directed to Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division at jenkins.jennifer@epa.gov or (202) 343-9361.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10180.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Earth Day, 2011

    Proclamation 8657 of April 22, 2011

    Earth Day, 2011

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    For over 40 years, our Nation has come together on Earth Day to appreciate and raise awareness about our environment, natural heritage, and the resources upon which generations of Americans have depended. Healthy land and clean water and air are essential to the health of our communities and wildlife. Earth Day is an opportunity to renew America's commitment to preserving and protecting the state of our environment through community service and responsible stewardship.

    From the purity of the air we breathe and the water we drink to the condition of the land where we live, work, and play, the vitality of our natural resources has a profound influence on the well-being of our families and the strength of our economy. Our Nation has a proud conservation tradition, which includes countless individuals who have worked to safeguard our natural legacy and ensure our children can benefit from these resources. Looking to the future of our planet, American leadership will continue to be pivotal as we confront the environmental challenges that threaten the health of both our country and the globe.

    Today, our world faces the major global environmental challenge of a changing climate. Our entire planet must address this problem because no nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change. The United States can be a leader in reducing the dangerous pollution that causes global warming and can propel these advances by investing in the clean energy technologies, markets, and practices that will empower us to win the future.

    While our changing climate requires international leadership, global action on clean energy and climate change must be joined with local action. Every American deserves the cleanest air, the safest water, and unpolluted land, and each person can take steps to protect those precious resources. When we reduce environmental hazards, especially in our most overburdened and polluted cities and neighborhoods, we prioritize the health of our families, and move towards building the clean energy economy of the 21st century.

    To meet this responsibility, Federal and local programs will continue to ensure our Nation's clean air and water laws are effective, that our communities are protected from contaminated sites and other pollution, and that our children are safe from chemicals, toxins, and other environmental threats. Partnerships and community-driven strategies, like those highlighted by the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, are vital to building a future where children have access to outdoor places close to their homes; where our rural working lands and waters are conserved and restored; and our parks, forests, waters, and other natural areas are protected for future generations.

    On Earth Day, we recognize the role that each of us can play in preserving our natural heritage. To protect our environment, keep our communities healthy, and help develop the economy of the future, I encourage all Americans to visit www.WhiteHouse.Gov/EarthDay to learn ways to protect and preserve our environment for centuries to come.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2011, as Earth Day. I encourage all Americans to participate in service programs and activities that will protect our environment and contribute to a prosperous, healthy, and sustainable future.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10397.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

    In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed information collection request for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

    To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, to Ed.Calimag@hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690- 7569. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be directed to the Grants.gov Paperwork Clearance Officer at the above e-mail address within 60-days.

    Proposed Project: SF-424 Research and Related Form-Extension--OMB No. 4040-0001--Grants.gov.

    Abstract The SF-424 Research and Related form (R&R) is an OMB approved collection (4040-0001). We propose revising the collection to include changes adopted by the cross-agency R&R working group. This working group established the original proposed collection of 4040-0001 in 2004. The form instructions will also be revised.

    This collection will be utilized by up to 26 Federal grant-making agencies. The 4040-0001 collection expires on June 30, 2011. We are requesting a three-year clearance of this collection. The 4040-0001 proposed collection encompasses 14 forms.

    There are four requested changes to the SF 424 (R&R) Application for Federal Assistance (Cover) and, there are four requested changes to the R&R Other Project Information form.

    These changes to the instructions will increase data quality and clarity for the collection. Agencies will not be required to collect all of the information in the proposed data set. The agency will identify the data that must be provided by applicants through instructions that will accompany the application forms.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10250.htm

  • Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM)

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

    ACTION: Meeting announcement and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of a meeting of SACATM on June 16-17, 2011, at the Hilton Arlington Hotel, 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22203. The meeting is open to the public with attendance limited only by the space available. The meeting will be videocast through a link at (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/video/live). SACATM advises the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM), and the Director of the NIEHS and NTP regarding statutorily mandated duties of ICCVAM and activities of NICEATM.

    DATES: The SACATM meeting will be held on June 16 and 17, 2011. The meeting is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to 5:30 p.m. on June 16 and 8:30 a.m. until adjournment on June 17. All individuals who plan to attend are encouraged to register online at the NTP Web site (http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/32822) by June 9, 2011. In order to facilitate planning, persons wishing to make an oral presentation are asked to notify Dr. Lori White, NTP Designated Federal Officer, via online registration, phone, or email by June 9, 2011 (see ADDRESSES below). Written comments should also be received by June 9, 2011, to enable review by SACATM and NIEHS/NTP staff before the meeting.

    ADDRESSES: The SACATM meeting will be held at the Hilton Arlington Hotel, 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22203. Public comments and other correspondence should be directed to Dr. Lori White (NTP Office of Liaison, Policy and Review, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K2-03, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; telephone: 919-541-9834 or e-mail: whiteld@niehs.nih.gov). Courier address: NIEHS, 530 Davis Drive, Room 2136, Morrisville, NC 27560. Persons needing interpreting services in order to attend should contact 301-402-8180 (voice) or 301-435-1908 (TTY). Requests should be made at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10020.htm

  • Interior

  • General Provisions; Revised List of Migratory Birds

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to revise the List of Migratory Birds by both adding and removing species. Reasons for the changes to the list include adding species based on new taxonomy and new evidence of occurrence in the United States or U.S. territories, removing species no longer known to occur within the United States, and changing names to conform to accepted use. The net increase of 19 species (23 added and 4 removed) brings the total number of species protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to 1,026. We regulate most aspects of the taking, possession, transportation, sale, purchase, barter, exportation, and importation of migratory birds. An accurate and up-to-date list of species protected by the MBTA is essential for public notification and regulatory purposes.

    DATES: To ensure consideration of your comments, they must be received or postmarked on or before July 25, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-R9- MB-2010-0088.

    U.S. Mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R9-MB-2010-0088; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203-1610.

    We will not accept e-mail or faxes. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information that you provide. See the Public Comments section below for more information.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-9448.htm

  • Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Archeological Permit Applications and Reports

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (National Park Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This ICR is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2011. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB.

    DATES: You must submit comments on or before May 31, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRADOCKET@OMB.eop.gov. Please provide a copy of your comments to Rob Gordon, Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, MS 2605, 1201 Eye Street NW., Washington, DC 20005, or robertgordon@nps.gov. Please include 1024-0037 in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Rob Gordon by mail or e-mail (see ADDRESSES) or by telephone at (202) 354-1936. You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under review by OMB.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10459.htm

  • Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; National Wildlife Refuge Special Use Permit Applications and Reports

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2011. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB.

    DATES: You must submit comments on or before May 27, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail). Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, M/S 2042-PDM, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or INFOCOL@fws.gov (e-mail). Please include 1018-0102 in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (e-mail) or 703- 358-2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under review by OMB.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10167.htm

  • Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee (SC); Announcement of Plenary Session

    AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The OCS Scientific Committee will meet at the Holiday Inn Cape Cod in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

    DATES: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, May 18, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Thursday, May 19, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Holiday Inn Cape Cod, 1127 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601, telephone (508) 775-1153.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the agenda may be requested from BOEMRE by emailing Ms. Carolyn Beamer at carolyn.beamer@boemre.gov. Other inquiries concerning the OCS SC meeting should be addressed to Dr. Rodney Cluck, Chief, Environmental Studies Program, Environmental Division, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, 381 Elden Street, Mail Stop 4043, Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817, or by calling (703) 787-1656 or via e-mail at rodney.cluck@boemre.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10034.htm

  • Marine Mammal Commission

  • Notice of Solicitation

    AGENCY: Marine Mammal Commission.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for nominations for potential members of the Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals.


    SUMMARY: The Marine Mammal Commission was created under Title II of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended. The Commission is assisted in its duties by the Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals. The Committee consists of nine members, appointed by the Chairman of the Commission. As a general rule, Committee members are appointed for three-year terms, which may be extended as necessary, but vacancies do not occur on a regularly scheduled basis. To assist the Commission in identifying qualified candidates for appointment to the Committee if and when vacancies occur, the Commission is soliciting nominations from the public.

    DATES: Nominations for this solicitation should be received by May 23, 2011. Nominations also will be accepted at other times on an on-going basis.

    ADDRESSES: Catherine M. Jones, Administrative Officer, Marine Mammal Commission, 4340 East-West Highway, Room 700, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Nominations (Word, PDF, in text of e-mail) may be sent via e-mail to cjones@mmc.gov. Nominations should include a brief statement of the nominee's qualifications and should include a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae. Self-nominations are acceptable.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy J. Ragen, Ph.D., Executive Director, Marine Mammal Commission, 4340 East-West Highway, Room 700, Bethesda, Maryland 20814; (301) 504-0087.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-9981.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; 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 Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (1171)

    Date/Time: May 19, 2011; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 20, 2011; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Room 555, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Ms. Lisa Jones, Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 905, Arlington, Virginia 22230, 703-292-8700

    Summary of Minutes: May be obtained from contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations to the National Science Foundation on major goals and policies pertaining to Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate programs and activities.

    Agenda:

    Thursday, May 19, 2011

    • Updates and discussions on continuing activities

      • Budget priorities for FY 2012
      • SBE/SES COV Report
      • Science of Learning Centers (SLC) Program
      • AC Report on SBE Futures
      • NCSES (formerly SRS) Update

    • SBE 2020 Activity

      • New SBE Data & Infrastructure Activities
    Friday, May 20, 2011

    • Discussion with NSF Director and Deputy Director

      • Overview and discussion
      • Science, Engineering & Education for Sustainability (SEES)
      • Cyberinfrastructure Framework for the 21st Century (CIF21)

    • Opportunities for International Partnerships with ESRC

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10365.htm

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