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Federal Register Summary for week of 22 July

    Agriculture

  • Forestry Research Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forestry Research Advisory Council will meet in Washington DC August 16-17, 2011. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss emerging issues in forestry research.

    DATES: The meeting will be held August 16-17, 2011. Meetings will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, on both days.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Suite 5500W, Franklin Court Building, 1099 14th Street, NW., Washington, DC. Individuals who wish to speak at the meeting or to propose agenda items must send their names and proposals by August 1, 2011 to Daina Apple, Designated Federal Officer, Forestry Research Advisory Council, USDA Forest Service Research and Development, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington DC 20250-1120, or fax their names and proposed agenda items to (202) 205-1530.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daina Apple, Forest Service Office of the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, (202) 205-1665.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-21/html/2011-18388.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meetings

    AGENCY: Department of Commerce, National Ocean Service, (NOAA).

    ACTION: Notice of open meetings.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of two meetings via web conference call of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee). The web conference calls are open to the public, and participants can dial in to the calls. Participants who choose to use the web conferencing feature in addition to the audio will be able to view the presentations as they are being given. Members of the public wishing to listen in should contact Denise Ellis-Hibbett at the email or telephone number below for the call-in number and passcode.

    DATES: The meetings will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m. E.S.T., and on Tuesday, August 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. E.S.T. These times and the matters to be considered described below are subject to change. Please refer to the web page listed below for the most up-to- date meeting agenda and supporting materials.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held via web conference calls.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Acting Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-3100 x136, Fax: 301-713-3110); e-mail: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or Denise Ellis-Hibbett (Phone: 301-713-3100 x195; e-mail: denise.ellis-hibbett@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://www.mpa.gov).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-21/html/2011-18325.htm

  • National Policy for Distinguishing Serious From Non-Serious Injuries of Marine Mammals

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS developed a draft national policy, comprised of a Policy Directive and associated Procedural Directive, for distinguishing serious from non-serious injuries of marine mammals. The draft Directives were developed by reviewing injury determinations from 1997- 2008, current scientific information, and a new analysis of existing NMFS data. NMFS solicits public comments on the draft Policy and Procedural Directives.

    DATES: Comments must be received by August 17, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The draft Policy and Procedural Directives for distinguishing serious from non-serious injuries of marine mammals are available in electronic form via the Internet at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/laws/mmpa/ under "Policies, Guidances and Regulations''.

    Copies of the Policy and Procedural Directives may also be requested from Melissa Andersen, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Send comments by any one of the following methods.

    1. Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic comments through the Federal eRulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov (follow instructions for submitting comments).
    2. Mail: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Attn: Policy for distinguishing serious from non-serious injuries of marine mammals, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (e.g., name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Andersen, Office of Protected Resources, 301-713-2322.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-18/html/2011-18037.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Availability of the External Review Draft of the Guidance for Applying Quantitative Data to Develop Data-Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation; Extension of Public Comment Period

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: On June 9, 2011 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the External Review Draft of "Guidance for Applying Quantitative Data to Develop Data-Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation'' for public comment (76 FR 33752-33753). With this notice EPA is announcing an extension of the comment period to August 9, 2011. EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of seeking public comment prior to external peer review. The document will undergo independent peer review during an expert peer review meeting, which will be convened, organized and conducted by an EPA contractor in 2011. The date of the external peer review meeting will be announced in a subsequent Federal Register notice. All comments received by the docket closing date, August 9, 2011, will be shared with the external peer review panel for their consideration. Comments received after the close of the comment period may be considered by EPA when it finalizes the document. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. This draft guidance does not represent and should not be construed to represent EPA policy viewpoint, or determination. Members of the public may obtain the draft interim guidance from http://www.regulations.gov; or www.epa.gov/raf/DDEF/index.htm or from Dr. Michael Broder via the contact information below.

    DATES: All comments received by the docket closing date, August 9, 2011, will be shared with the external peer review panel for their consideration. Comments received beyond that time may be considered by EPA when it finalizes the document.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- ORD-2009-0694, 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- 2009-0694. 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 by statute 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: Dr. Michael W. Broder at telephone number: (202) 564-3393; fax: (202) 564-2070; e-mail address: broder.michael@epa.gov; mailing address: Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Science Advisor (8105R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    How can I access electronic copies of this document and other related information? In addition to using regulations.gov, you may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the "Federal Register '' listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/.

    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 ORD Docket, EPA/ DC, Public Reading Room. 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).

    For questions on document availability, or if you do not have access to the Internet, consult Dr. Michael Broder listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    What should I consider as I prepare my comments for EPA? You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your comments:

    1. Explain your views as clearly as possible.
    2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
    3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data that you used to support your views.
    4. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and suggest alternatives.
    5. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal Register citation.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-22/html/2011-18569.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Science Board Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (Science Board).

    General Function of the Committee: The Science Board provides advice primarily to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other appropriate officials on specific complex and technical issues, as well as emerging issues within the scientific community in industry and academia. Additionally, the Science Board provides advice to the Agency on keeping pace with technical and scientific evolutions in the fields of regulatory science, on formulating an appropriate research agenda, and on upgrading its scientific and research facilities to keep pace with these changes. It will also provide the means for critical review of Agency-sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Location: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be Web cast. The link for the Web cast is available at https://collaboration.fda.gov/scienceboard/. Information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm; under the heading "Resources for You,'' click on "Public Meetings at the FDA White Oak Campus.'' Please note that visitors to the White Oak Campus must enter through Building 1.

    Contact Person: Martha Monser, Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 4286, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301- 796-4627, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), and follow the prompts to the desired center or product area. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/ phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: On August 19, 2011, the Science Board will discuss the FDA's draft Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science. The Board will be provided with an update on the FDA's Medical Countermeasures Initiative program plans. The Board will also initiate the charges to the subcommittees for: (1) A science review of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and (2) a Medical and Biological Engineering review.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting.

    Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before Friday, August 12, 2011. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 1 and 2 p.m. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before Thursday, August 4, 2011. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by Friday, August 5, 2011.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Martha Monser, at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/oc/advisory/default.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-19/html/2011-18063.htm

  • Interior

  • Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control Alternatives Workgroup

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a meeting of the Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control Alternatives Workgroup (Workgroup). The Workgroup's purpose is to provide, in an advisory capacity, recommendations and advice on research and implementation of sea lamprey control techniques alternative to lampricide that are technically feasible, cost effective, and environmentally safe. The primary objective of the meeting will be to discuss potential research initiatives.

    DATES: The Workgroup will meet on Monday, August 22, 2011, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any member of the public who wants to find out whether the meeting has been postponed may contact Ms. Stefi Flanders at 802-872-0629, extension 10 (telephone), or Stefi_Flanders@fws.gov (e-mail) during regular business hours prior to the meeting date.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Essex Town Hall, 2313 Main Street/Lakeshore Road, Essex, NY 12936; 518-963-4287 (telephone).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Tilton, Designated Federal Officer, Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control Alternatives Workgroup, Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 11 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452 (U.S. mail); 802- 872-0629 (telephone); Dave_Tilton@fws.gov (e-mail). If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-21/html/2011-18375.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board: Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board, 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:

    AGENCY HOLDING MEETING: National Science Board.

    DATE AND TIME: July 28, 2011 at 7:40 a.m., and July 29, 2011 at 7:30 a.m.

    PLACE: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge. Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge in advance. Call 703-292-7000 or e-mail NationalScienceBrd@nsf.gov and leave your name and place of business to request your badge, which will be ready for pickup at the visitor's desk on the day of the meeting.

    STATUS: Some portions open, some portions closed.

    Open Sessions

    July 28, 2011

    • 7:40-7:45 a.m.
    • 7:45-10:15 a.m.
    • 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • 1-2 p.m.
    • 2-3 p.m.
    • 3-3:45 p.m.
    • 4-4:30 p.m.

    July 29, 2011

    • 8-8:45 a.m.
    • 8:45-10 a.m.
    • 10-10:45 a.m.
    • 10:45-11:45 a.m.
    • 1:30-2:45 p.m.

    Closed Sessions

    July 28, 2011

    • 10:30-11:15 a.m.
    • 3:45-4 p.m.
    • 4:30-5:15 p.m.

    July 29, 2011

    • 7:30-8 a.m.
    • 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    • 1:15-1:30 p.m.

    UPDATES: 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/.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Jennie L. Moehlmann, jmoehlma@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Dana Topousis, dtopousi@nsf.gov, (703) 292- 7750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-19/html/2011-18323.htm

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