Bookmark and Share


Federal Register Summary for week of 3 June

    Commerce

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Act Listing Determination for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of a listing determination and availability of a status review document.


    SUMMARY: After we, NMFS, received a petition to list Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), we established a status review team (SRT) to conduct a review of the status of Atlantic bluefin tuna. We have reviewed the SRT's status review report (SRR) and other available scientific and commercial information and have determined that listing Atlantic bluefin tuna as threatened or endangered under the ESA is not warranted at this time. We also announce the availability of the SRR.

    DATES: This finding is made as of May 27, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The Atlantic bluefin tuna status review report and list of references are available by submitting a request to the Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Way, Gloucester, MA 01930. The status review report and other reference materials regarding this determination can also be obtained via the Internet at: http://www.nero.noaa.gov/prot_res/CandidateSpeciesProgram/cs.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Damon-Randall, NMFS Northeast Regional Office, (978) 282-8485; or Marta Nammack, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources (301) 713-1401.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-01/html/2011-13627.htm

  • Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open teleconference meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a teleconference meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Friday, June 17, 2011, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: Participants may contact Ms. Joanne Corcoran by email at joanne.corcoran@science.doe.gov or by phone (301) 903-6488 to receive a call-in number by June 15, 2011. Public participation is welcomed; however, the number of teleconference lines is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. E- mail: david.thomassen@science.doe.gov or phone (301) 903-9817. The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Committee's Web site: http://www.science.doe.gov/ober/berac/announce.html.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-31/html/2011-13510.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Draft National Coastal Condition Report IV

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: This Notice invites public comment on the draft National Coastal Condition Report IV (NCCR IV), which describes the condition of the Nation's coastal waters. Clean coastal waters provide environmental, public health, recreational, and economic value; however, these waters are vulnerable to pollution and other stressors from a variety of sources. According to the draft NCCR IV, the overall condition of the Nation's coastal waters continues to be fair, with marginal improvement from EPA's 2008 National Coastal Condition Report III. EPA expects that this Report on the condition of coastal waters will increase public awareness about the extent and seriousness of pollution in these waters and will support more informed decisions concerning protection of this resource.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 1, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. [EPA-EPA- HQ-OW-2007-0019], by one of the following methods:

    Email: ow-docket@epa.gov,

    Mail: Water Docket, EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC 20460,

    Hand Delivery: Water Docket, EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC 20460. 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-EPA-HQ-OW- 2007-0019. 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 information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    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 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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory Colianni, Ocean and Coastal Protection Division, Office of Water, 4504T, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone number: 202-566-1249; fax number: 202-566-1336; email address: Colianni.Gregory@epa.gov or Virginia Engle, Gulf Ecology Division, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, 1 Sabine Island Drive, Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561; telephone number: (850) 934-9354; fax number: (850) 934-9201; email address: Engle.Virginia@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-31/html/2011-13400.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Joint Public Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Counselors

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a joint public meeting of the Chartered SAB and Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) to hold discussions with EPA regarding the Office of Research and Development's (ORD's) new strategic directions for research.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, North Carolina 27513.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes further information concerning the meeting may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564- 2218, fax (202) 202-565-2098; or e-mail at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-03/html/2011-13823.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office Request for Additional Nominations for the SAB Environmental Justice Technical Review Panel(s)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations of additional experts to review the Agency's proposed technical document(s) which consider environmental justice concerns.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by June 24, 2011 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Suhair Shallal, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2057; by fax at (202) 565- 2098 or via e-mail at shallal.suhair@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://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-03/html/2011-13828.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director Amended Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given of a change in the meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), June 9, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to June 10, 2011, 12 p.m., 31 Center Drive, Building 31, C-Wing, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD, 20892 which was published in the Federal Register on May 13, 2011, 76 FR 28055.

    The open sessions of the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH, will be held on June 9, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and June 10, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The closed session of the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH, will be held on June 9, 2011, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.. The meeting location remains the same.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-31/html/2011-13353.htm

  • Interior

  • Draft WaterSMART Strategic Implementation Plan

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior's draft WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) Strategic Implementation Plan (draft Strategic Implementation Plan) identifies activities that will be undertaken to secure and stretch water supplies for use by existing and future generations. Within the draft Strategic Implementation Plan each bureau and office within the Department of the Interior shall identify, coordinate, and integrate its water conservation and sustainable water strategies; identify its information needs; utilize best available science to understand the impacts of climate change on water supplies; and provide Federal leadership and assistance in working toward the goal of sustainable water supplies.

    DATES: Submit written comments on the draft Strategic Implementation Plan on or before August 1, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Mr. David Raff, Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Policy and Administration 84-51000, P.O. Box 25007, Denver, Colorado 80225; or e-mail WaterSMARTBOR@usbr.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Raff, Bureau of Reclamation, (303) 445-2461, draff@usbr.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-02/html/2011-13735.htm

  • Meeting Announcement; North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Council Meeting: July 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than June 22, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The Council meeting will be held at The Snow King Hotel, 400 E. Snow King Ave, Jackson Hole, WY 83001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Johnson, Council Coordinator, by phone at (703) 358-1784; by e-mail at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP 4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-01/html/2011-13551.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; 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: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).

    Dates/Time: June 13, 2011, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 14, 2011, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Places: June 13, 2011, The White House Conference Center, 726 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20006.

    June 14, 2011, National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your entry into the buildings, contact the individual listed below. Your request to attend this meeting must be received by e-mail on or prior to June 6, 2011.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Liaison, Office of Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 Telephone Numbers: (703) 292-4216, 703-292-8040; mtolbert@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the Executive Liaison at the above address or the Web site at: http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda

    Monday, June 13, 2011

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair

    • Presentations and Discussions:
    • Concurrence on the CEOSE Minutes of the February 8-9, 2011 Meeting.
    • Presentation of Key Points from the Meeting among the
    • National Science Foundation Director and CEOSE officers.
    • Discussion of Plans for Meeting with OSTP and NSF
    • Officials and Representatives of Other Federal Agencies.
    • Discussion of CEOSE Membership.
    • Presentation on "Setting the Stage for Joining Forces on Broadening Participation in STEM''.
    • An OSTP and NSF sponsored CEOSE Discussion on "Inter--Agency Collaborations to Broaden Participation in STEM'' with Members of the NSTC Committee on Science.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair

    • Presentations, Discussions, and Reports:
    • Briefing on the June 13th CEOSE Meeting Session.
    • Presentation "Walking in Beauty on an Ever-changing Path--A Native Woman Engineer's Perspective'' by the CEOSE First Vice Chair and Recognition for Service to CEOSE, 2005 to 2011.
    • Presentation "The Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act: A Progress Report'' by Senior Analyst (Retired), NCSES/SBE/NSF, and Recognition for Service to CEOSE.
    • Reports on NSF Advisory Committee Meetings by CEOSE Liaisons.
    • Completion of Unfinished Business.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-01/html/2011-13399.htm

  • 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: June 8, 2011, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion of the Committee on Education and Human Resources (CEH) STEM education prospective horizon "action items'' (to be developed at the teleconference) and discussion of the July 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: Matthew B. Wilson, National Science Board Office, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-02/html/2011-13791.htm

  • Tennessee Valley Authority

  • Meeting of the Regional Resource Stewardship Council

    AGENCY: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The TVA Regional Resource Stewardship Council (RRSC) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, to consider TVA's Natural Resource Plan.

    The RRSC was established to advise TVA on its natural resource stewardship activities. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2.

    The management of the Tennessee Valley reservoirs and the lands adjacent to them has long been an integral component of TVA's mission. As part of implementing the TVA Environmental Policy, TVA is developing a Natural Resource Plan (NRP) that will help prioritize techniques for the management of TVA's biological and cultural resource management activities, recreation management activities, water resource protection and improvement activities, and reservoir lands planning. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, TVA is also developing an accompanying Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in which TVA will evaluate the preferred strategy for the NRP, as well as other viable alternative strategies. TVA is using the RRSC as a key stakeholder group throughout the development of the NRP to advise TVA on the issues, tradeoffs, and focus of environmental stewardship activities. The draft NRP and accompanying draft EIS were recently released for public comment. At the June 2011 meeting, TVA will be seeking advice from the RRSC on issues regarding the programs which comprise the NRP.

    The meeting agenda includes the following:

    1. Introductions.
    2. Natural Resource Plan overview; Programs included in the NRP for biological, cultural, water, and recreational resources and reservoir lands planning; Historical spending; NRP funding and implementation; and incorporation of advice received from the RRSC at its April 2011 meeting.
    3. Public Comments.
    4. Council Discussion and Advice.

    The RRSC will hear opinions and views of citizens by providing a public comment session. The public comment session will be held at 2 p.m. E.D.T., on Wednesday, June 29. Persons wishing to speak are requested to register at the door by 1 p.m. E.D.T., on Wednesday, June 29 and will be called on during the public comment period. Handout materials should be limited to one printed page. Written comments are also invited and may be mailed to the Regional Resource Stewardship Council, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. E.D.T.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Brasstown Valley Resort, 6321 U.S. Highway 76, Young Harris, Georgia, 30582 and will be open to the public. Anyone needing special access or accommodations should let the contact below know at least a week in advance.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Keel, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902, (865) 632-6113.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-03/html/2011-13753.htm

back to Federal Register Resource

Bookmark and Share