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Federal Register Summary for week of 26 August

    Commerce

  • Draft 2011 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

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

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act. SARs for marine mammals in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions were revised according to new information. NMFS solicits public comments on draft 2011 SARs.

    DATES: Comments must be received by November 22, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The 2011 draft SARs, summaries of them, and references cited in this notice are available in electronic form via the Internet at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/sars/draft.htm.

    Copies of the Alaska Regional SARs may be requested from Robyn Angliss, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE BIN 15700, Seattle, WA 98115-0070.

    Copies of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Regional SARs may be requested from Gordon Waring, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543.

    Copies of the Pacific Regional SARs may be requested from Jim Carretta, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037-1508.

    You may submit comments, identified by [NOAA-NMFS-2011-0200], by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.

    Mail: Send comments or requests for copies of reports to: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226, Attn: Stock Assessments.

    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 (for example, 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). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannon Bettridge, Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8402, Shannon.Bettridge@noaa.gov; Robyn Angliss 206- 526-4032, Robyn.Angliss@noaa.gov, regarding Alaska regional stock assessments; Gordon Waring, 508-495-2311, Gordon.Waring@noaa.gov, regarding Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean regional stock assessments; or Jim Carretta, 858-546-7171, Jim.Carretta@noaa.gov, regarding Pacific regional stock assessments.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-24/html/2011-21654.htm

  • U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting, Notice of public comment.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. The meeting will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This meeting, the 26th bi-annual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among federal agencies, state and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. Please register in advance by visiting the Web site listed below. This meeting has time allotted for public comment. All public comment must be submitted in written format. A written summary of the meeting will be posted on the Web site within two months of its occurrence.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Friday, October 21, 2011. Additional workshops will be held in advance of the meeting on Tuesday, October 18, and Wednesday, October 19, and field trips on Thursday, October 20. Registration is requested for all events associated with the meeting. Advance public comments can be submitted to the email, fax, or mailing address listed below from Monday, September 26-Friday, October 7.

    Location: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel, 3030 Holiday Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33316.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Dieveney, NOAA USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Highway, N/OCRM, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone: 301-713-3155 x129; fax: 301-713-4389; e-mail: Beth.Dieveney@noaa.gov); or Liza Johnson, USCRTF Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, MS-3530-MIB, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240 (phone: 202-208- 1378; fax: 202-208-4867; e-mail: (LizaMJohnson@ios.doi.gov); or visit the USCRTF Web site at http://www.coralreef.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-22/html/2011-21372.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Exposure Modeling Public Meeting; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: An Exposure Modeling Public Meeting (EMPM) will be held for one day on September 20, 2011. This notice announces the location and time for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on September 20, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or before September 6, 2011. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), One Potomac Yard (South Building), Fourth Floor Conference Center (S-4370-80), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Shelby, Environmental Fate and Effects Division (7507P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 347-0119; fax number: (703) 305-6309; e- mail address: shelby.andrew@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-26/html/2011-21954.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • 2011 Technology Transfer Summit North America Conference

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of Conference.


    SUMMARY: The NIH Office of Technology Transfer extends invitations to attend the 2011 Technology Transfer Summit North America Conference.

    DATES: October 3-4, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: NIH campus, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda MD, NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), Masur Auditorium.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NIH campus in Bethesda, MD will be the site for the 2011 Tech Transfer Summit North America (TTSNA), the leading early-stage biotech partnering, licensing, venture and innovation platform, co-hosted and co-sponsored by the NIH Office of Technology Transfer, TTS Ltd. and regional host partners such as BIO Maryland.

    TTSNA is one of a series of summits held within the Global Tech Transfer Initiative and is designed specifically to put innovators, early-stage SMEs and technology managers from leading universities and research institutes together with biotech & pharma licensing & business development executives, VCs, serial entrepreneurs, and leading IP specialists for interactive sessions relating to partnering, licensing & business development.

    Conference speakers for the 2011 include:

    • Kathy Hudson, Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • James C. Greenwood, President & CEO, BIO
    • Shiv Krishnan, Director, Scouting & Partnering, Sanofi, USA
    • Sanjeev Munshi, Director, Licensing and External Research, Merck & Co
    • David Kaslow, Head of Vaccines Project & Pipeline Leadership, Merck & Co
    • Ed Mascioli, Head of Orphan & Genetic Diseases Research Unit, Pfizer
    • Arthur Tzianabos, Vice President of Research, HGT Division, Shire
    • Steve Groft, Director, Office of Rare Diseases Research, NIH
    • Phil Ross, Managing Director, Healthcare, JPMorgan
    • Maarten deJong, Managing Director, Barclays Capital
    • Andrew Robertson, Chief Policy Officer, BIO Ventures for Global Health
    • Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director & Vice President, Intellectual Property Technology Transfer, Columbia Technology Ventures
    • Erik Lium, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research, UCSF
    • Brian Kelly, Director, Technology, Enterprise & Commercialisation, Weill Cornell Medical College
    • Daniel Perez, Partner, Bay City Capital
    • Hubert Birner, Partner, TVM Capital
    • Glen Steinbach, COO, Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer
    • Markus Goebel, Managing Director, Novartis Venture Fund

    The Summit will strive to induce interactive debate, deliberation and discussion, networking and business over the 2-day period with the leaders in the sector. The Summit conference will be further enhanced by the TTS Initiative Business Social Network, an online business- networking platform powered by JuJaMa. The Network is a communication tool for business that will allow the posting of profiles and technology offers; the searching of other participants by category, by technology or licensing offer; and the setting up of meetings prior to, during and after the Summit. Total participation numbers for this conference will be strictly limited to ensure the ideal environment for real discussion and business.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: More details about the conference including registration information and the conference agenda can be found by contacting Tech Transfer Summit North America (http://www.techtransfersummit.com/northamerica2011). Attendees may also enter the Partner Code "NIH11'' to register with a 10% reduction. For information about sign language interpretation or accommodation for disabilities, please contact Sharon Fields at telephone 301-594-7700 or fieldssh@od.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-23/html/2011-21514.htm

  • Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for Which Public Health Service Funding Is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors; Final Rule

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: This final rule implements changes to the regulations on the Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors. Since the promulgation of the regulations in 1995, biomedical and behavioral research and the resulting interactions among government, research Institutions, and the private sector have become increasingly complex. This complexity, as well as a need to strengthen accountability, led to changes that expand and add transparency to Investigators' disclosure of Significant Financial Interests (SFIs), enhance regulatory compliance and effective institutional oversight and management of Investigators' financial conflicts of interests, as well as increase the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) compliance oversight.

    DATES: Effective Date: This final rule is effective as of September 26, 2011.

    Compliance Date: An Institution applying for or receiving PHS funding from a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract that is covered by this rule must be in full compliance with all of the regulatory requirements herein:

    No later than August 24, 2012; and

    Immediately upon making its institutional Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) policy publicly accessible as described herein.

    In the interim, Institutions should continue to comply with the 1995 regulations and report Investigator FCOIs to the Public Health Service (PHS) Awarding Component as required in the 1995 regulations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Moore, NIH Regulations Officer, Office of Management Assessment, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 601, MSC 7669, Rockville, MD 20852-7669, telephone 301-496-4607, fax 301-402-0169, e-mail jm40z@nih.gov, concerning questions about the rulemaking process; and Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, concerning substantive questions about the rule, e-mail FCOICompliance@mail.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-25/html/2011-21633.htm

  • Workshop: Advancing Research on Mixtures; New Perspectives and Approaches for Predicting Adverse Human Health Effects

    AGENCY: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health.

    ACTION: Announcement of a workshop.


    SUMMARY: The NIEHS is hosting a workshop entitled "Advancing Research on Mixtures: New Perspectives and Approaches for Predicting Adverse Human Health Effects'' on September 26-27, 2011 at the Sheraton Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. This workshop is organized to include plenary sessions and small group breakout sessions on specific topics. It is open to the public to attend as observers. For more information and to register for this workshop, please visit http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/conferences/dert/mixtures/. The deadline to register for this workshop is Monday, September 12, 2011. Registration is limited to 85 observers based on available space.

    DATES: The workshop will be held September 26-27, 2011, and begin each day at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and end at 5:30 p.m. on September 26 and 4:15 p.m. on September 27. Registration for observers will close September 12, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Sheraton Chapel Hill, 1 Europa Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27517. Meeting information is available at http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/conferences/dert/mixtures/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Danielle Carlin, Program Administrator, Division of Extramural Research and Training, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K3-04, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (telephone) 919-541-1409, (e-mail) danielle.carlin@nih.gov or Dr. Cynthia Rider, Toxicologist, Division of the National Toxicology Program, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD K2-12, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (telephone) 919- 541-7638, (e-mail) cynthia.rider@nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-24/html/2011-21688.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revising the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the Eastern United States

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; correction and reopening of comment period.


    SUMMARY: On May 5, 2011, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), published a proposed rule to reevaluate the listing of the Minnesota population of gray wolves (Canis lupus) and revise the listing to conform to current statutory and policy requirements (76 FR 26086). In that proposed rule, we recognized recent taxonomic information indicating that the gray wolf subspecies Canis lupus lycaon should be elevated to the full species C. lycaon. We proposed to identify the Minnesota population as a Western Great Lakes (WGL) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the gray wolf and to remove this DPS from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We also proposed to revise the range of the gray wolf (the species C. lupus) by removing all or parts of 29 eastern States, which, based in part on recognition of C. lycaon, were not part of the historical range of the gray wolf.

    We announce the reopening of the comment period for our May 5, 2011, proposed rule to provide for public review and comment of additional information regarding our recognition of C. lycaon as a separate species. We seek information, data, and comments from the public with respect to new information relevant to the taxonomy of wolves in North America. In addition we are making a correction to our May 5, 2011, proposed rule and notifying the public that we are considering concluding that proposed rule with two or more final rules.

    DATES: We request that comments on this proposal be submitted by the close of business on September 26, 2011. Any comments that we receive after the closing date may not be considered in the final decision on this action.

    ADDRESSES: Document availability: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for information on how to access the new report described in this revised proposed rule.

    Comment submission: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Enter Keyword or ID box, enter FWS-R3-ES- 2011-0029, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the Search panel at the top of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Submit a Comment.''

    By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R3-ES-2011-0029; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Ragan, 612-713-5350. Direct all questions or requests for additional information to: GRAY WOLF QUESTIONS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458. Additional information is also available on our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337 for TTY assistance.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-26/html/2011-21839.htm

  • North American Waterfowl Management Plan

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of document availability for review and public comment.


    SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of the draft North American Waterfowl Management Plan Revision (draft Plan Revision) for public review. We request review and comment on the draft Plan Revision from local, State, and Federal agencies; nongovernment conservation organizations; and the public. The draft Plan Revision, which was developed in close consultation with the waterfowl management community, provides a framework for waterfowl management in the 21st century.

    DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments, please submit them on or before September 26, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: If you wish to review the draft Plan Revision, you may obtain a copy on our Web site at http://www.nawmprevision.org.

    You may submit comments on the draft Plan Revision through the http://www.nawmprevision.org Web site, via e-mail to info@nawmprevision.org, or by U.S. Mail to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, Attn: Draft NAWMP Revision, 4401 North Fairfax Drive MS4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Johnson at the above address, at 703-358-1784, or at mikejjohnson@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-25/html/2011-21719.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Notice of Meeting: Partially Closed Meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    ACTION: Public Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App.

    DATES: September 16, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street, NW., Ballroom Salon A, Washington, DC.

    Type of Meeting: Open and Closed.

    Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on September 16, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Open Portion of Meeting: During this open meeting, PCAST is tentatively scheduled to hear from speakers who will provide an overview of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration environmental observation and prediction activities, and the Department of Veterans Affairs' Million Veteran Program. In addition, several agencies will update PCAST on the implementation status of the recommendations it made in its report on Health Information Technology. Additional information and the agenda, including any changes that arise, will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast.

    Closed Portion of the Meeting: PCAST may hold a closed meeting of approximately 1 hour with the President on September 16, 2011, which must take place in the White House for the President's scheduling convenience and to maintain Secret Service protection. This meeting will be closed to the public because such portion of the meeting is likely to disclose matters that are to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1).

    Public Comments: It is the policy of the PCAST to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The PCAST expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements.

    The public comment period for this meeting will take place on September 16, 2011 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on the PCAST Web site at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. This public comment period is designed only for substantive commentary on PCAST's work, not for business marketing purposes.

    Oral Comments: To be considered for the public speaker list at the meeting, interested parties should register to speak at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast, no later than 12 p.m. Eastern Time on September 8, 2011. Phone or e-mail reservations will not be accepted. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 30 minutes. If more speakers register than there is space available on the agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from among those who applied. Those not selected to present oral comments may always file written comments with the committee. Speakers are requested to bring at least 25 copies of their oral comments for distribution to the PCAST members.

    Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST no later than 12 p.m. Eastern Time on September 1, 2011, so that the comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to the meeting for their consideration. Information regarding how to submit comments and documents to PCAST is available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast in the section entitled "Connect with PCAST.''

    Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, including being posted on the PCAST Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video Webcast and an archive of the Webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at dstine@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 456-6006. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-23/html/2011-21422.htm

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