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Federal Register Summary for week of 12 August

    Agriculture

  • Notice of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, Agricultural Research Service.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

    DATES: August 30-31, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Rooms 104A and 107A, USDA Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive, SW., Washington, DC 20250.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, 202B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 12th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250; Telephone (202) 720-3817; Fax (202) 690-4265; E-mail AC21@ars.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-09/html/2011-20121.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Petition to Maximize Practical Utility of List 1 Chemicals Screened Through EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program; Notice of Availability

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: EPA is seeking public comment on a June 21, 2011, petition from CropLife America (CLA), Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), and the Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) requesting the Agency develop and publish guidance explaining the criteria by which EPA will make its decisions on data received in response to the test orders issued under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 11, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0656, by one of the following methods:

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

    Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket Facility's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP- 2011-0656. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the 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 regulations.gov or e-mail. The 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 regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the 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.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. 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, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane Smith, PRD, Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-0048; fax number: (703) 308-8005; e-mail address: smith.jane-scott@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-10/html/2011-20287.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Availability of Draft ICCVAM Recommendations on Using Fewer Animals to Identify Chemical Eye Hazards: Revised Criteria Necessary to Maintain Equivalent Hazard Classification; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Availability of Recommendations; Request for Comments.


    SUMMARY: The NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM), in collaboration with the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), conducted an analysis to determine classification criteria using results from 3-animal tests that would provide eye hazard classification equivalent to testing conducted in accordance with current U.S. Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) regulations, which require the use of 6 to 18 animals. The results showed that using a classification criterion of at least 1 positive animal in a 3-animal test to identify eye hazards will provide the same or greater level of eye hazard classification as current FHSA requirements, while using 50% to 83% fewer animals. ICCVAM developed draft recommendations based on the results of this analysis. NICEATM invites public comments on these draft ICCVAM recommendations.

    DATES: Written comments on the draft recommendations should be received by September 26, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: NICEATM prefers that comments be submitted electronically via the NICEATM-ICCVAM Web site (http://iccvam.niehs.nih.gov/contact/FR_pubcomment.htm) or via e-mail to niceatm@niehs.nih.gov. Written comments may also be sent by mail or fax to Dr. William S. Stokes, Director, NICEATM, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, Mail Stop: K2-16, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; (fax) 919-541-0947. Courier address: NICEATM, NIEHS, Room 2034, 530 Davis Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. William S. Stokes: (telephone) 919-541-2384, (fax) 919-541-0947, or (e-mail) niceatm@niehs.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-12/html/2011-20537.htm

  • International Workshop on Alternative Methods for Human and Veterinary Rabies Vaccine Testing: State of the Science and Planning the Way Forward

    AGENCY: Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS.

    ACTION: Announcement of a Workshop; Call for Abstract Submissions.


    SUMMARY: The NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) announces an "International Workshop on Alternative Methods for Human and Veterinary Rabies Vaccine Testing: State of the Science and Planning The Way Forward.'' This workshop will bring together scientists from government, industry, and academia to review the current state of the science and validation status of methods and approaches that may reduce, refine, or replace animal use in human and veterinary rabies vaccine potency testing, and to develop an implementation strategy to achieve global acceptance and use of these alternatives. Attendance is open to the public at no charge and limited only by the available space. Abstracts for scientific posters for display at the workshop are also invited (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

    DATES: The workshop is scheduled for October 11-13, 2011. Sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day and end at approximately 6 p.m. on October 11 and 12 and at 12 p.m. on October 13. The deadline for registration is September 30, 2011. Due to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) security requirements, onsite registration at the workshop will not be available. The deadline for submission of poster abstracts is September 16, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the Center for Veterinary Biologics at the USDA National Centers for Animal Health, 1920 Dayton Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50010. Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in this event should contact Ms. Debbie McCarley at voice telephone: 919-541-2384 or e-mail: mccarley@niehs.nih.gov. TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. William S. Stokes, Director, NICEATM, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, Mail Stop: K2-16, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (telephone) 919-541-2384, (fax) 919-541-0947, (e-mail) niceatm@niehs.nih.gov. Courier address: NICEATM, NIEHS, Room 2034, 530 Davis Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-12/html/2011-20540.htm

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

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

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will conduct its sixth meeting in August. At this meeting, the Commission will discuss research into the U.S. Public Health Service STD inoculation and serological studies in Guatemala from 1946-1948, and the current Federal standards regarding human subjects protection in scientific studies.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Monday and Tuesday, August 29 and 30, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd Street, NW., Washington, DC 20037. Phone 202-835-0500.

    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: 202-233-3960. E-mail: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-09/html/2011-20195.htm

  • Interior

  • Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee; Announcement of Public Teleconference and Webcast

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public teleconference and webcast.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will host a Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting via teleconference and webcast. This meeting is open to the public, but registration is required.

    DATES:

    Meeting: The meeting will take place on August 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Pre-meeting Public Registration: If you are a member of the public wishing to participate in the meeting via telephone or webcast, you must register online by August 16, 2011 (see "Meeting Participation Information'' in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel London, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, (703) 358-2161.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-08/html/2011-19972.htm

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