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Federal Register Summary for week of 8 July

    Commerce

  • Payment Policy Change for Access to NOAA Environmental Data, Information, and Related Products and Services

    AGENCY: National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of Policy Change.


    SUMMARY: NOAA's National Data Centers will not accept checks (nor money orders) in payment for orders. Prepayment is required and the accepted forms of payment are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, wire transfers and Automated Clearing House. Please refer to the NNDC Non- Federal Customer Payment Policy for additional information.

    DATES: Effective Date: July 1, 2011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angel Robinson (301) 713-9230 ext 186.

    Dated: June 20, 2011.

    Cherish Johnson, Deputy Chief, Financial Officer (CFO/CAO).

    New Payment Policy

    NOAA's National Data Centers (NNDC)

    National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), Asheville, NC

    National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), Boulder, CO

    National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), Silver Spring, MD

    Non-Federal Customer Payment Policy

    All non-federal customers must pay in advance unless this requirement is specifically waived. Please include payment for any RUSH, special mailing, or bank transfer fee charges.

    Payment methods

    *Charge Card

    NNDC accepts payment in U.S. currency, by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Cardholder's name, charge card number, expiration date, and signature are required. When indicating this method of payment via mail or fax, the cardholder must sign the document authorizing the charge.

    *Wire Transfers

    Payments, in U.S. currency, should be sent directly to Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 33 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10045.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-06/html/2011-16812.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Guidance Regarding Identification of Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, Department of Defense.

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: On May 2, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) announced availability of draft guidance (76 FR 24479) that describes how the agencies will identify waters protected by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (Clean Water Act or CWA or Act) and implement the Supreme Court's decisions on this topic (i.e., Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC) (531 U.S. 159 (2001)) and Rapanos v. United States (547 U.S. 715 (2006)) (Rapanos)). The comment period was originally set to expire on July 1, 2011, and the agencies are extending the public comment period by 30 days.

    DATES: Public comments are due by July 31, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2011-0409 by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    E-mail: ow-docket@epa.gov. Include EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0409 in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: Send the original and three copies of your comments to: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0409.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Deliver your comments to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0409. Such deliveries are accepted only during the Docket's normal hours of operation, which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The telephone number for the Water Docket is 202-566-2426.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011- 0409. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available on-line 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 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 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 might not be able to consider your comment. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption, and ensure that electronic files are 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. Some information, however, is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Water Docket, EPA Docket Center, 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, and the telephone number for the Water Docket is 202-566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4502-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington DC 20460; telephone number 202-566-1783; email address: CWAwaters@epa.gov. Mr. David Olson, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20314; telephone number 202-761-4922; e-mail address: david.b.olson@usace.army.mil.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the May 2, 2011, issue of the Federal Register (76 FR 24479), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the availability of draft agency guidance, regarding Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction following the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in SWANCC and Rapanos. The agencies invited public comment for a 60-day period. Several entities have requested an extension of the comment period for the guidance. The EPA and the Corps find that a 30-day extension of the comment period is warranted. Therefore, the comment period is extended until July 31, 2011.

    A copy of the draft guidance can be found on EPA's Web site at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm and on the Corps' Web site at http://www.usace.army.mil/CECW/Pages/cwa_guide.aspx.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-05/html/2011-16617.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Review of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a change in meeting location for a public face-to-face meeting of the SAB panel to review the interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan (FY 2010-FY 2014) that describes restoration priorities, goals, objectives, measurable ecological targets, and specific actions for the Great Lakes.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on July 12, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and July 13, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time).

    ADDRESSES: The Panel meeting will be held at the EPA Region 5 Offices, The Lake Michigan Room in the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-4885; by fax at (202) 565-2098 or via e-mail at carpenter.thomas@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-2011-07-08/html/2011-17258.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (BSC, NCEH/ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The NCEH/ATSDR is soliciting nominations for consideration of membership on the BSC. The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC; and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR, regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies' mission to protect and promote people's health. The Board provides advice and guidance to help NCEH/ATSDR work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill its mission in protecting America's health.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishments of the Board's objectives. Nominees will be selected from experts having experience in preventing human diseases and disabilities caused by environmental conditions. Experts in the disciplines of toxicology, epidemiology, environmental or occupational medicine, behavioral science, risk assessment, exposure assessment, and experts in public health and other related disciplines will be considered. Balanced membership will depend upon several factors, including: (1) The committee's mission; (2) the geographic, ethnic, social, economic, or scientific impact of the advisory committee's recommendations; (3) the types of specific perspectives required, for example, those of consumers, technical experts, the public at-large, academia, business, or other sectors; (4) the need to obtain divergent points of view on the issues before the advisory committee; and (5) the relevance of State, local, or tribal governments to the development of the advisory committee's recommendations. Members may be invited to serve up to four-year terms. Nominees must be U.S. citizens.

    The following information must be submitted for each candidate: Name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and current curriculum vitae. E-mail addresses are requested if available. Nominations should be sent, in writing, and postmarked by October 31, 2011 to: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR, CDC, 4770 Buford Highway (MS-F61), Chamblee, Georgia 30341. (E-mail address: sym6@CDC.GOV). Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.

    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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.'' This form allows CDC 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 at http://www.usoge.gov/forms/oge450pdf/oge450accessible.pdf. This form should not be submitted as part of a nomination.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-07/html/2011-16988.htm

  • Interior

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations-- Definition of "Indian Tribe''

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Interim final rule with request for comments.


    SUMMARY: This amendment to the Department's regulations implementing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) removes the definition of "Indian tribe,'' because it is inconsistent with the statutory definition of that term.

    DATES: This rule is effective July 5, 2011. Comments must be received by September 6, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1024-AD98, by any of the following methods:

    --Federal rulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    --Mail to: Dr. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street, NW., (2253), Washington, DC 20005.

    --Hand deliver to: Dr. Sherry Hutt, 1201 Eye Street, NW., 8th floor, Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street, NW., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20005, telephone (202) 354-1479, facsimile (202) 371- 5197.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-05/html/2011-16788.htm

  • Special Regulations; Areas of the National Park System, Yellowstone National Park

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing this rule to establish a management framework that allows the public to experience the unique winter resources and values at Yellowstone National Park. The proposed rule would provide a variety of use levels and experiences for visitors by establishing maximum numbers of snowmobiles and snowcoaches permitted in the park on a given day. It also would require that most snowmobiles and snowcoaches operating in the park meet air and sound requirements and be accompanied or operated by a commercial guide.

    DATES: Comments must be received by September 6, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1024-AD92, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Yellowstone National Park, Winter Use Proposed Rule, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone NP, WY 82190

    Hand Deliver to: Management Assistant's Office, Headquarters Building, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

    All submissions received must include the agency name and RIN. For additional information see "Public Participation'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wade Vagias, Management Assistant's Office, Headquarters Building, Yellowstone National Park, 307-344-2019 or at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-05/html/2011-16786.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Revised Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    Federal Register Citation of Previous Announcement: 76 FR 37380, June 27, 2011.

    The National Science Board's Committee on Strategy and Budget, 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 meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 8 a.m.--3 p.m., EDT.

    CLOSED SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion on Planning NSF's FY 2013 Budget.

    STATUS: Closed (8 a.m.-12 p.m.).

    OPEN SUBJECT MATTER: Long Range Strategic Planning.

    STATUS: Open (12:30-2:30 p.m.).

    CLOSED SUBJECT MATTER: Review of NSF's FY 2013 Budget Plan.

    STATUS: Closed (2:30-3 p.m.).

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. For the Open Subject Matter: 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 meeting 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 meeting to receive a visitor's badge. Photo identification is required.

    Please refer to the National Science Board Web site (http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/) for information or schedule updates, or contact: Blane Dahl or Jennie Moehlmann, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-05/html/2011-16815.htm

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