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Federal Register Summary for week of 28 October

    Energy

  • Wind and Water Power Program

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: All programs with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) are required to undertake rigorous, objective peer review of their funded projects in order to ensure and enhance the management, relevance, effectiveness, and productivity of those projects. The 2011 Wind and Water Power Program, Water Power Peer Review Meeting will review the Program's portfolio of conventional hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic research and development and projects. The 2011 Water Power Peer Review Meeting will be held November 1 through November 3, 2011 in Alexandria, VA.

    DATES: DOE will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 from 12:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.; and Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Alexandria, VA.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 500 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Hoyt Battey, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: (202) 586- 0143. E-mail: Hoyt.Battey@ee.doe.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-26/html/2011-27682.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of two public teleconferences.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) to discuss its draft review of EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Lead (First External Review Draft, May 2011) and EPA's draft Near-Road NO2 Monitoring Technical Assistance Document.

    DATES: A public teleconference call will be held on November 28, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Eastern Time). Another teleconference will be held on January 27, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and public teleconference may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2073; by fax at (202) 565-2098 or via e-mail at stallworth.holly@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA CASAC can be found at the EPA CASAC Web site at http://www.epa.gov/casac. Any inquiry regarding EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Lead (First External Review Draft, May 2011) should be directed to Dr. Ellen Kirrane, EPA Office of Research and Development, at kirrane.ellen@epa.gov or 919-541-1340. Any inquiry regarding EPA's draft Near-Road NO2 Monitoring Technical Assistance Document should be directed to Mr. Nealson Watkins, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) at watkins.nealson@epa.gov or 919-541-5522.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-24/html/2011-27433.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • 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 seventh meeting in November. At this meeting, the Commission will continue discussing the current Federal standards regarding human subjects protection in scientific studies supported by the Federal government. The Commission will also develop and finalize recommendations regarding actions the Federal government should take to ensure that the health and well-being of participants in scientific studies supported by the Federal government are protected.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Wednesday and Thursday, November 16- 17, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115. Phone (617) 432- 8990.

    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. Email: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-27/html/2011-27873.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of review.

    SUMMARY: In this Candidate Notice of Review (CNOR), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), present an updated list of plant and animal species native to the United States that we regard as candidates for or have proposed for addition to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Identification of candidate species can assist environmental planning efforts by providing advance notice of potential listings, allowing landowners and resource managers to alleviate threats and thereby possibly remove the need to list species as endangered or threatened. Even if we subsequently list a candidate species, the early notice provided here could result in more options for species management and recovery by prompting candidate conservation measures to alleviate threats to the species.

    The CNOR summarizes the status and threats that we evaluated in order to determine that species qualify as candidates and to assign a listing priority number (LPN) to each species or to determine that species should be removed from candidate status. Additional material that we relied on is available in the Species Assessment and Listing Priority Assignment Forms (species assessment forms) for each candidate species.

    Overall, this CNOR recognizes three new candidates, changes the LPN for seven candidates, and removes three species from candidate status. Combined with other decisions for individual species that were published separately from this CNOR in the past year, the current number of species that are candidates for listing is 244.

    This document also includes our findings on resubmitted petitions and describes our progress in revising the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (Lists) during the period October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011.

    We request additional status information that may be available for the 244 candidate species identified in this CNOR.

    DATES: We will accept information on any of the species in this Candidate Notice of Review at any time.

    ADDRESSES: This notice is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov and http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/cnor.html. Species assessment forms with information and references on a particular candidate species' range, status, habitat needs, and listing priority assignment are available for review at the appropriate Regional Office listed below in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION or at the Office of Communications and Candidate Conservation, Arlington, VA (see address under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or on our Web site (http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/pub/SpeciesReport.do?listingType=C&mapstatus=1). Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions of a general nature on this notice to the Arlington, VA, address listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions pertaining to a particular species to the address of the Endangered Species Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Endangered Species Coordinator(s) in the appropriate Regional Office(s), or Chief, Office of Communications and Candidate Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arlington, VA 22203 (telephone 703-358-2171). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-26/html/2011-27122.htm

  • Proposed Establishment of Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area; Draft Land Protection Plan and Environmental Assessment

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; extension of comment period.

    SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), advise the public that we are extending the public comment period for the proposed establishment of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Conservation Area. If you have previously submitted comments, please do not resubmit them, because we have already incorporated them in the public record and will fully consider them in our final decision.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by November 25, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Send comments concerning the draft land protection plan and environmental assessment to Everglades Headwaters Proposal, by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 2683, Titusville, FL 32781-2683, by e-mail at EvergladesHeadwatersProposal@fws.gov, or to 321/861-1276 (fax). For document availability, see below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Cheri M. Ehrhardt, Natural Resource Planner, at 321/861-2368 (telephone) or Mr. Charlie Pelizza, Refuge Manager, at 772/562-3909, extension 244 (telephone).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-26/html/2011-27748.htm

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