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Federal Register Summary for week of 9 September

    Environmental Protection Agency

  • Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-Stressor Vulnerability Assessments--Release of Final Report

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Availability.

    SUMMARY: EPA is releasing a final report entitled, Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments, (EPA/600/R-11/011F). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development. This report investigates the issues and challenges associated with identifying, calculating, and mapping indicators of the relative vulnerability of water quality and aquatic ecosystems across the United States to the potential impacts of global change. Using a large set of environmental indicators drawn from scientific literature and data, this final report explores the conceptual and practical challenges associated with using such indicators to assess the resilience of ecosystems and human systems to a variety of existing stresses and mal-adaptations.

    DATES: The report was posted publicly on August 26, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The report, Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments, is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, and the document title.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information, contact the National Center for Environmental Assessment; Chris Weaver; telephone: 703-347-8621; facsimile: 703-347-8694; or e-mail: weaver.chris@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-06/html/2011-22669.htm

  • External Peer Review Meeting for the Draft Guidance of Applying Quantitative Data To Develop Data-Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing that Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), a contractor to the EPA, will convene an independent panel of experts to review the draft document, "Guidance for Applying Quantitative Data to Develop Data-Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation." EPA previously announced the release of the draft guidance for a 45 day comment period (76 FR 33752-33753), which was subsequently extended to 60 days (76 FR 43999). The public comment period ended August 9, 2011. EPA intends to forward public comments to the contractor for distribution to members of the review panel. The external review draft does not represent Agency policy.

    The public may register to attend this peer review meeting as observers. Time will be set aside for observers to give brief oral comments at the meeting on the draft document. The draft document and appendix are available via the internet on the Risk Assessment Forum Web page (http://www.epa.gov/raf/DDEF/index.htm). When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider the comments from the external peer review meeting along with public comments received by August 9, 2011 in accordance with 76 FR 33752-33753 and 76 FR 43999. Public comments submitted during the public comment period ending August 9, 2011, may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2009-0694.

    DATES: The peer review panel meeting on the draft document, "Guidance for Applying Quantitative Data to Develop Data-Derived Extrapolation Factors for Interspecies and Intraspecies Extrapolation" will be held on Monday, September 12, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the following location: L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: To attend the peer review meeting as an observer register no later than September 5, 2011, call ERG at (781) 674-7374 or toll free at (800) 803-2833 (the DDEF peer review coordinator is Laurie Waite); or send a facsimile to (781) 674-2906 (reference the "DDEF Peer Review Meeting" and include your name, title, affiliation, full address and contact information), or send an e-mail to meetings@erg.com (reference the "DDEF Peer Review Meeting" and include your name, title, affiliation, full address and contact information). Internet registration is available at https://www2.ergweb.com/projects/conferences/peerreview/register-ddef.htm. Space is limited, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a limited time at the peer review meeting for comments from the public. Please inform ERG if you wish to make oral comments during the meeting.

    Information on Services for Individuals with Disabilities: EPA welcomes public attendance at the DDEF Peer Review Meeting and will make every effort to accommodate persons with disabilities. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, call ERG by calling (781) 674-7374 or toll free at (800) 803-2833 and speak to Laurie Waite; or send a facsimile to (781) 674-2906 (reference the "DDEF Peer Review Meeting" and include your name and contact information), or send an e-mail to meetings@erg.com (reference the "DDEF Peer Review Meeting" and include your name and contact information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael W. Broder, Risk Assessment Forum, Office of the Science Advisor (8105R) at the following address: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. His telephone number is (202) 564-3393. His e- mail address is broder.michael@epa.gov. Internet: The draft document can be downloaded from http://www.epa.gov/raf/DDEF/index.htm

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-07/html/2011-22660.htm

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: There will be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review scientific conclusions supporting EPA's FIFRA Section 6(b) Notice of Intent to Cancel Twenty Homeowner Rodenticide Bait Products.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on November 29, 2011, through December 1, 2011, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted by November 15, 2011, and requests for oral comments be submitted by November 22, 2011. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after November 15, 2011, should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the Nominations.

    Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before September 21, 2011.

    Webcast. This meeting may be webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP's Web site, http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/SAP for information on how to access the webcast. Please note that the webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the meeting will continue as planned.

    Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 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, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

    Comments. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0718, 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- 2011-0718. If your comments contain any information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instructions before submitting your comments. 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 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 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.

    Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations. Submit nominations to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP, requests for special seating accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph E. Bailey, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-2045; fax number: (202) 564-8382; e-mail address: bailey.joseph@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-07/html/2011-22843.htm

  • SFIREG EQI Working Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Environmental Quality Issues (EQI) Working Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on October 17, 2011 and ending October 18, 2011. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, October 17, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday October 18, 2011.

    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 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 EPA. One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.) 2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington VA. 1st Floor South Conference Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Kendall, Field External Affairs Division

    (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5561; fax number: (703) 305-1850; e-mail address: kendall.ron@epa.gov or Grier Stayton, SFIREG Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 466, Milford DE 19963; telephone number (302) 422-8152; fax (302) 422-2435; e-mail address: Grier Stayton at aapco-sfireg@comcast.net.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-07/html/2011-22665.htm

  • Vulnerability Assessments in Support of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: A Novel Approach Using Expert Judgment, Volume I: Results for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and Volume II: Results for the Massachusetts Bays Program

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Public Comment Period and Letter Peer-Review.

    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft documents titled, Vulnerability Assessments in Support of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: A Novel Approach Using Expert Judgment, Volume I: Results for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership (EPA/600/R-11/ 058a) and Vulnerability Assessments in Support of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: A Novel Approach Using Expert Judgment, Volume II: Results for the Massachusetts Bays Program (EPA/600/R-11/058b). The EPA also is announcing that Eastern Research Group, an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will select two independent groups of experts to conduct a letter peer-review of the same draft documents. The documents were prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development, in collaboration with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP), the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and the Massachusetts Bays Program (MBP). The reports are pilot ecological vulnerability assessments using a novel methodology, based on expert judgment, to inform adaptation planning under EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program. To demonstrate the novel methodology, two ecosystem processes were selected for each assessment: sediment retention in salt marshes (for both SFEP and MBP) and community interactions (of wading shorebirds and their mudflat prey for SFEP, and of the saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow and key species of nesting habitat grasses for MBP). This study assesses (1) Relationships among key physical and ecological variables that regulate each process, (2) relative sensitivities of these relationships under current and future climate change scenarios, (3) degree of confidence about these relationships, and (4) implications for management. The results of this study are designed to support the SFEP's and MBP's adaptation planning efforts as well as those of other estuary managers.

    EPA intends to forward the public comments that are submitted in accordance with this notice to the external peer-reviewers for their consideration during the letter review. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments received in accordance with this notice. EPA is releasing these draft documents for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. These documents have not been formally disseminated by EPA. They do not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

    The draft documents are available via the Internet on the NCEA home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.

    DATES: The 30-day public comment period begins September 8, 2011, and ends October 11, 2011. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by October 11, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The two draft documents, Vulnerability Assessments in Support of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: A Novel Approach Using Expert Judgment, Volume I: Results for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and Vulnerability Assessments in Support of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: A Novel Approach Using Expert Judgment, Volume II: Results for the Massachusetts Bays Program, are available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703- 347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, the EPA number of the requested publication, and the document title, Vulnerability Assessments in Support of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: A Novel Approach Using Expert Judgment, Volume I: Results for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership or Vulnerability Assessments in Support of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: A Novel Approach Using Expert Judgment, Volume II: Results for the Massachusetts Bays Program.

    Comments may be submitted electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or e-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    For technical information, contact Jordan West, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8584; facsimile: 703-347-8694; or e-mail: west.jordan@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-08/html/2011-22993.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • National Wilderness Month, Proclamation 8704

    Presidential Documents

    National Wilderness Month, 2011

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    The mystery and wonder of wilderness is deeply rooted in our national character. For many of the first Americans--American Indians and Alaska Natives--the wilderness provided a source of sustenance and a foundation for their ways of life. Later, as explorers and the pioneers of a young country moved west, they found adventure and new beginnings in the landscapes of our Nation.

    As we continue our country's proud journey and explore new opportunities in the 21st century, the importance of maintaining our wilderness has only grown. Protecting our wilderness areas and their riches--clean water, stretches of undisturbed land, thriving wildlife, and healthy ecosystems--is critical to the health of our environment and our communities. Today, wilderness areas serve as places for us to roam, hunt, fish, and find solitude. They are also strong engines of local economies, providing tourism and recreation revenue for communities.

    To help preserve our natural surroundings, I established the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to advance a conservation agenda for the 21st century, with ideas stemming directly from the American people. We are working with State, local, and tribal communities to support community-driven initiatives that embody the values and character of our wilderness heritage and other landscapes. And in recognition of the importance of our wilderness, my Administration has expanded protected wilderness areas by 2 million acres.

    From our earliest days, America's identity has been tied to the powerful waterfalls, soaring peaks, and vast plains of its land. As a people, we are defined by its diversity and empowered by its richness. This month, we honor this land that we love, and commit to ensuring our wilderness remains a place where all can experience the spirit that has shaped America. During National Wilderness Month, let each of us embrace our Nation's legacy of protecting and preserving our vast wilderness for generations to come.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2011 as National Wilderness Month. I invite all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the protection of our precious national treasures.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-07/html/2011-22939.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)--Ethics Subcommittee (ES)

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the following meeting of the aforementioned subcommittee:

    Time and Date: 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m., October 5, 2011. Place: Teleconference.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by availability of telephone ports. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period. A public comment period is tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m.-3:15 p.m. To participate in the teleconference, please dial (877) 928-1204 and enter code 4305992.

    Purpose: The ES will provide counsel to the ACD, CDC, regarding a broad range of public health ethics questions and issues arising from programs, scientists and practitioners.

    Matter To Be Discussed: The ES will review workgroup progress on developing practical tools to assist state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments in their efforts to address public health ethics challenges. The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Drue Barrett, PhD, Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC--ES, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., M/S D-50, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone (404) 639-4690. E- mail: dbarrett@cdc.gov.

    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.

    Dated: August 31, 2011. Elaine L. Baker, Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. 2011-22931 Filed 9-7-11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163-18-P

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-08/html/2011-22931.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of National Geospatial Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.

    SUMMARY: The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will meet on October 4-5, 2011 at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. The meeting will be held in Room 201 Instructional East.

    The NGAC, which is composed of representatives from governmental, private sector, non-profit, and academic organizations, has been established to advise the Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee on management of Federal geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16. Topics to be addressed at the meeting include:

    • Recent FGDC Activities
    • NGAC Feedback on Geospatial Platform
    • Innovative Strategies for Geospatial Programs and Partnerships
    • Geospatial Workforce Development
    • NGAC Tribal Subcommittee
    • NGAC Subcommittee Activities

    The meeting will include an opportunity for public comment during the morning of October 5. Comments may also be submitted to the NGAC in writing. Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance for clearance into the meeting site. Please register by contacting Arista Maher at the Federal Geographic Data Committee (703-648-6283, amaher@fgdc.gov). Registrations are due by September 26. While the meeting will be open to the public, seating may be limited due to room capacity.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on October 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey (206-220-4621).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-09/html/2011-23038.htm

  • Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board; Meeting

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will conduct a meeting on matters pertaining to management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation's public lands.

    DATES: The Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Friday, October 14, 2011, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., local time. This will be a two-day meeting.

    ADDRESSES: This Advisory Board meeting will take place in Arlington, Virginia at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202. The hotel phone number for reservations is 703-418-1234 and the fax number is 703-418-1233. Written comments pertaining to the October 13-14, 2011, Advisory Board meeting can be mailed to National Wild Horse and Burro Program,WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147, or sent electronically to the BLM through the Wild Horse and Burro Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/recentnewsandinformation/enhancedfeedback_form.html. All comments should be submitted no later than close of business on October 5, 2011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-06/html/2011-22626.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation

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

    Dates/Time: October 17, 2011, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. October 18, 2011, 9 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, contact the individual listed below. Your request to attend this meeting must be received by e-mail (mtolbert@nsf.gov) on or prior to October 14, 2011.

    Type of Meeting: Open. Contact Person: Dr. Margaret E.M. Tolbert, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Designated Federal Officer, 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 Senior Advisor and CEOSE Designated Federal Officer 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, Oct 17, 2011

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair

    Presentations and Discussions:

    • Concurrence on the CEOSE Minutes of the June 13-14, 2011 Meeting.
    • Presentation of Key Points from the Meeting among the National Science Foundation Director and CEOSE officers.
    • Discussion of the Process for the Selection of CEOSE Members, Status of Inter-Agency collaboration on Broadening Participation, and Introduction of Federal CEOSE Liaisons.
    • Appointment of CEOSE Officers, Subcommittee Members, and CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees.
    • Plans for the Mini-Symposium on the Science of Broadening Participation.
    • Beginning the Discussion on Potential Efficiencies for SESTAT.
    • A Conversation with Dr. Cora B. Marrett, Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation.
    • Broadening Participation Activities of Two NSF Directorates: (1) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and (2) Directorate for Biological Sciences.
    • Discussions on Various Diversity and Inclusion Topics by Federal Agency Liaisons to CEOSE.

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair Presentations, Discussions, and Reports:

    • Broadening Participation Activities in EHR: Focus on Research on Gender and the Education of Persons with Disabilities.
    • Broadening Participation in the STEM Enterprise: The NSF Role.
    • Accomplishments of NSF in Response to Management Directive 715.
    • Briefing on the Development of Pilot Activities for Enhancements to the Merit Review Process. -Reports by CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees. -Discussion of CEOSE Unfinished and New Business.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-09/html/2011-23069.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings

    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: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 7:30 a.m.

    PLACE: University of Arizona, Student Union Memorial Center, Catalina and Tucson Rooms, Tucson, Arizona

    UPDATES & POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board website 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.

    STATUS:

    CLOSED SESSION:

    September 13, 2011

    7:30 a.m.-7:45 a.m.

    7:45 a.m.-8 a.m.

    OPEN SESSIONS:

    September 13, 2011

    8 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

    8:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

    9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

    10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

    10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

    11:30 a.m.-12 Noon

    MATTERS TO BE DISCUSSED:

    Thursday, September 13, 2011 ad hoc Committee on Nominations for the Class of 2012-2018 (NOMS)

    Closed Session: 7:30 a.m.-7:45 a.m.

    • Approval of Minutes.
    • Committee Chairman's Remarks.
    • Review and Approval of Recommended list of NSB Nominees for the Class of 2012-2018.
    • Update on Committee Activities.

    Plenary Executive Closed

    Closed Session: 7:45 a.m.-8 a.m.

    • Approval of Executive Closed Session Minutes.
    • Nominations Committee Recommendations.

    Chairman's Introduction and Welcome From the University of Arizona

    Open Session: 8 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

    Plenary Open

    Open Session: 8:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

    • Presentations on STEM Education and Outreach.

    Moderator: Dr. Leslie Tolbert, Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, and Economic Development.

    Speakers: Mr. Phil Stokes, SAGUARO Program.

    Dr. Jennie Scott, Director of Curriculum and Articulation Services, Pima Community College.

    Dr. Maria Teresa Velez, Associate Dean, Graduate College, University of Arizona.

    Dr. Randall Richardson, Professor Solid-Earth Geophysics, University of Arizona.

    Dr. Sharon Hall, Assistant Professor, School of Life Science, Arizona State University.

    CSB Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF)

    Open Session: 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks.
    • Discuss COMPETES Mid-scale Instrumentation task.

    CPP Task Force on Unsolicited Mid-Scale Research (MS)

    Open Session: 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

    • Approval of minutes.
    • Discussion of extended outline of MS Task Force final report.
    • Update and discussion on the ongoing and future plans of the Task Force.

    Task Force on Merit Review (MR)

    Open Session: 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

    • Approval of Minutes.
    • Task Force Chairman's Remarks.
    • Discussion of Most Recent Draft of the Merit Review Principles/Criteria.
    • Discussion of the Draft Outline of the Merit Review Task Force Report.
    • Task Force Chairman's Closing Remarks.

    CSB Task Force on Data Policies (DP)

    Open Session: 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

    • Chairman's Remarks.
    • Approval of minutes.
    • Discussion of Recommendations for changes to NSF's Policies.
    • Closing remarks from the Chairman.

    Plenary Open

    Open Session: 11:30 a.m.-12 Noon

    • Approval of Open Session Minutes.
    • Chairman's Report.
    • Director's Report.
    • Open Committee Reports.
    • Chairman's Closing Remarks.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-07/html/2011-23006.htm

  • State

  • Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Keystone XL Project

    AGENCY: Department of State.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of the final environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL Project.

    SUMMARY: Consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the staff of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) prepared a final environmental impact statement (final EIS) for the proposed Keystone XL Project (Project). On September 19, 2008, the applicant, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP (TransCanada) filed an application for a Presidential Permit for the construction, operation, and maintenance of pipeline facilities at the border of the U.S. and Canada for the transport of crude oil across the U.S./Canada international boundary.

    TransCanada has requested authorization to construct and operate border crossing facilities at the U.S./Canadian border in Phillips County, near Morgan, Montana, in connection with the proposed Project that is designed to transport crude oil produced from oil sands in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) and other sources to a proposed oil storage facility in Cushing, Oklahoma, and to a delivery points near Nederland and Moore Junction, Texas. The Secretary of State is designated and empowered to receive all applications for Presidential permits, as referred to in Executive Order 13337, as amended, for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance at the borders of the United States, of facilities for the exportation or importation of petroleum, petroleum products, coal, or other fuels to or from a foreign country. As a part of the review of the application for Presidential Permits, the Secretary of State must determinate whether or not the projects would be in the national interest. The determination of national interest involves consideration of many factors, including energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts. Before making a decision on the proposed Project, DOS will consult with the eight federal agencies identified in Executive Order 13337: The Departments of Energy, Defense, Transportation, Homeland Security, Justice, Interior, and Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency. DOS will also solicit public input on the national interest determination by accepting written comments and holding comment meetings in the six states traversed by the proposed route and a final meeting in Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The DOS Project Web site (http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov) provides Project-related information for viewing and downloading, including the Keystone application for a Presidential Permit and associated maps and drawings, supplemental information filed by Keystone, the final EIS, and a list of libraries where the final EIS may be viewed. For information on the proposed Project or the final EIS, contact Alexander Yuan, OES/ENV Room 2657, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20520, or by telephone (202) 647-4284, or by fax at (202) 647-5947.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-06/html/2011-22689.htm