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Federal Register Summary for week of 7 October

    Agriculture

  • Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List; Amendments to the Select Agent and Toxin Regulations

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002, we are proposing to amend and republish the list of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products. The Act requires the biennial review and republication of the list of select agents and toxins and the revision of the list as necessary. This action would implement the findings of the third biennial review of the list. In addition, we are proposing to reorganize the list of select agents and toxins based on the relative potential of each select agent or toxin to be misused to adversely affect human, plant, or animal health. Such tiering of the list would allow for the optimization of security measures for those select agents or toxins that present the greatest risk of deliberate misuse with the most significant potential for mass casualties or devastating effects to the economy, critical infrastructure, or public confidence. We are also proposing a number of amendments to the regulations, including the addition of definitions and clarification of language concerning security, training, biosafety, biocontainment, and incident response. These changes would increase the usability of the select agent regulations as well as provide for enhanced program oversight.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 2, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2009-0070-0001.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0070, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2009- 0070 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Charles L. Divan, Branch Chief, APHIS Agriculture Select Agent Program, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-5960.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-03/html/2011-25520.htm

  • Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) Advisory Committee will meet in person. The purpose of the meeting is to evaluate proposals submitted in response to the Fiscal Year 2011 CFLRP Request for Proposals and make recommendations for project selection to the Secretary of Agriculture.

    DATES: The meeting will be held October 18-20, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M.DT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Peery Hotel, located at 110 West Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Written comments should be sent to Lauren Marshall, USDA Forest Service, Forest Management, Mailstop-1103, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250- 1103. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to Lauren Marshall, lemarshall@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 202-205-1045.

    All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at USDA Forest Service, Forest Management, 201 14th Street, SW., Yates Building, Washington, DC. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 202-205-1218 to facilitate entry into the Forest Service building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Marshall, Biological Scientist, Forest Management, 202-205-1218.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-05/html/2011-25703.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held October 25-27, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20001; 202-737-1234.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 427-8004; e-mail: Mark.Holliday@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-07/html/2011-26020.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy (Preliminary)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Availability

    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy (Preliminary) for public review and feedback. The document is available at http://www.regulations.gov in the docket identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2011-0798. President Barack Obama established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (Task Force) on October 5, 2010 through Executive Order 13554 for the purpose of coordinating the long-term conservation and restoration of America's Gulf Coast. The Task Force is an intergovernmental advisory body comprised of senior officials from 11 federal cabinet level agencies and the Executive Office of the President, and one representative from each of the five Gulf Coast states, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The President charged the Task Force to work with state and federal agencies, tribes, communities, stakeholders and the public throughout the Gulf Coast to develop a Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Restoration Strategy. Additionally, the Task Force was instructed to build upon existing research and ecosystem restoration plans, and to learn from those who are actively involved in ecosystem restoration.

    Over the past year the Task Force has engaged with various stakeholders and the public as well as coordinated with other entities that share the Task Force's important goals. The Task Force held at least one public meeting in each of the five Gulf states, which included a public listening session to gather individual input from those most connected to the Gulf ecosystem. In addition to the listening sessions that took place during public meetings, the Task Force held multiple listening sessions throughout the Gulf in partnership with local government leadership, academics, and non- governmental organizations. The culmination of these efforts has led to the development of the Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy (Preliminary), which is being released for public review and feedback.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 26, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA- 2011-0798, by one of the following methods:

    • http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
    • E-mail: oei.docket@epa.gov.
    • Fax: (202) 566-9744.
    • Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket
    • Center, Office of Environmental Information Docket, Mail Code 28221T,
    • 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.
    • HandDelivery: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2011- 0798. 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 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 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 additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov. 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 available to the public only at the EPA Docket Center. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Office of Environmental Information Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Office of Environmental Information Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carolyn Scully, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, Mail Code 1101R, Environmental Protection Agency, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-1457; e-mail address: scully.carolyn@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-05/html/2011-25769.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public face-to-face meeting of the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel to review EPA's draft Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources (September 2011).

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 25, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 26, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on October 27, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency at 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2073 or via e-mail at stallworth.holly@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-03/html/2011-25406.htm

  • Interior

  • Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Public Law 106-503, the Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee (SESAC) will hold its next meeting at the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, 1200 New York Avenue, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005. The Committee is comprised of members from academia, industry, and State government. The Committee shall advise the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on matters relating to the USGS's participation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.

    The Committee will receive updates and provide guidance on Earthquake Hazards Program activities and the status of teams supported by the Program.

    Meetings of the Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee are open to the public.

    DATES: November 2-3, 2011, commencing at 8:30 a.m. on the first day and adjourning at Noon on November 3, 2011.

    Contact: Dr. William Leith, U.S. Geological Survey, MS 905, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, (703) 648-6786, wleith@usgs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-03/html/2011-25401.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meeting

    AGENCY: NSF, National Science Board

    ACTION: Meeting

    The National Science Board's Subcommittee on Facilities, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR 614), The National Science Foundation Act (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 a meeting for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday October 12, 2011 at 2-3 p.m., EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Chairman's remarks, approval of minutes of prior meetings, discussion of Mid-Scale Instrumentation Report.

    STATUS: Open.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference originating at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A room will be available for the public and NSF staff to listen-in on this teleconference meeting. All visitors must contact the Board Office at least one day prior to the meeting to arrange for a visitor's badge and obtain the room number. Call 703-292- 7000 to request your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitor's desk on the day of the meeting. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive their visitor's badge on the day of the teleconference.

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

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-07/html/2011-26189.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • 2011 National Nanotechnology Initiative Environmental, Health, and Safety Strategy Webinar

    AFENCY: National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Technology

    ACTION: Notice of webinar.

    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a webinar on Thursday, October 20, 2011, to provide an open forum to answer questions related to the 2011 Federal government's strategy for research on environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials. Nanomaterial Measurement Infrastructure, Human Exposure Assessment, Human Health, the Environment, Risk Assessment and Risk Management Methods, and Informatics and Modeling are the six environmental, health, and safety research categories identified in the 2011 NSET Subcommittee document NNI Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy (http://www.nano.gov).

    DATES: The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 12 p.m. until 12:45 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: For information about the webinar, please see http://www.nano.gov.

    Submitting Questions: Questions may be submitted beforehand to webinar@nnco.nano.gov beginning at noon (EDT) Wednesday, October 19, 2011 and will be accepted until the close of the webinar at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2011. Questions submitted to webinar@nnco.nano.gov will be considered in the order received during the 20 minute question-and-answer segment of the webinar. The moderator reserves the right to group similar questions and to skip questions that are either repetitive or not germane to the topic. Due to time constraints, not all questions may be answered.

    Information about the webinar is posted at http://www.nano.gov.

    The webinar will feature brief comments by NNI agency representatives and by outside experts, followed by approximately 20 minutes to answer audience questions.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Liesl Heeter, telephone (703) 292-4533, or Marlowe Epstein, telephone (703) 292-7128, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office. E-mail: webinar@nnco.nano.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-07/html/2011-26048.htm

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