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Federal Register Summary for week of 4 November

    Agriculture

  • Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting

    AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announces two meetings of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

    DATES: The meeting dates are November 14, 2011, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and November 15, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be conducted in Webinar format entirely by telephone and Internet.

    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; Email AC21@ars.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-03/html/2011-28469.htm

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council will meet in Lake Buena Vista, FL, November 15-16, 2011, at the Coronado Springs Hotel. The purpose of the Council's meeting is to discuss the Council's plan of work, recommendations and accomplishments. Council will also host a listening session and document the public's input on the Vibrant City Initiative.

    DATES: The business meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or until Council business is completed. The listening session will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the hotel's Coronado Room D.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Coronado Springs Hotel, 1000 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, phone: (407) 939-1000.

    Written comments concerning this meeting should be addressed to Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, 201 14th Street, SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250-1151. Comments may also be sent via email to nstremple@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to (202) 690-5792.

    All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. To view and inspect these records, visitors are encouraged to call ahead to facilitate entry into the Forest Service building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, 201 14th Street, SW., Yates Building (1 Central) MS-1151, Washington, DC 20250- 1151, phone (202) 205-1054.

    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-2011-11-02/html/2011-28336.htm

  • Commerce

  • Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

    TIME AND DATE: The meeting will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 30, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held at the Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov for directions to the meeting location.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15 minute public comment period on November 29 at 5:15 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the SAB Executive Director by November 22, 2011 to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by November 22, 2011 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after November 22, 2011 will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) SAB Data Archive and Access Requirements Working Group White Paper on Management of External Data; (2) Draft Report from the SAB Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG), "Toward Open Weather and Climate Services;" (3) Review of EISWG Proposed New Members; (4) External Review of the Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research; (5) A Proposal for Engaging the Science Advisory Board in Reviewing NOAA's Research and Development Portfolio-Presentation and Discussion; (6) NOAA Report on Needs Assessment for Science Advisory Board Working Groups; (7) NOAA Response to the SAB Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Report; (8) Proposed Members and Chair for the SAB Satellite Task Force; and (9) Updates from SAB Working Groups.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Phone: (301) 734-1156, Fax: (301) 713-1459, Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-02/html/2011-28334.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT represents diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, State, and tribal governments. The purpose of this meeting is to continue developing recommendations to the Administrator regarding actions that EPA can take to address critical issues surrounding Workforce Development, and actions the Agency can take to be more effective in serving the needs of Vulnerable Populations. The Council will also begin discussing recommendations to the Agency in response to the National Academy of Sciences Report on "Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency". A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ofacmo/nacept/cal-nacept.htm.

    DATES: NACEPT will hold a two-day public meeting on Monday, November 14, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 15, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the EPA Potomac Yard Conference Center, One Potomac Yard, 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Joyce, Acting Designated Federal Officer, joyce.mark@epa.gov, (202) 564-2130, U.S. EPA, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-03/html/2011-28523.htm

  • Interior

  • Draft WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Funding Opportunity Announcement

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We are seeking comments on a draft announcement of funding that will be available for establishing or expanding an existing watershed group. The funding is part of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program whose goals are to improve water quality and ecological resilience and to reduce conflicts over water by managing local watersheds through collaborative conservation. We plan to publish a final announcement as soon as possible after the close of the comment period.

    DATES: Submit written comments on or before December 5, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Ms. Avra Morgan, Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Policy and Administration 84-51000, P.O. Box 25007, Denver, Colorado 80225; or email aomorgan@usbr.gov. The draft funding announcement is available at: http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/cwmp/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Avra Morgan, Bureau of Reclamation, (303) 445-2906, aomorgan@usbr.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-04/html/2011-28576.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List All Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) as Endangered

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review; correction, availability of supporting documents, and reopening of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: On September 1, 2011, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, published in the Federal Register a 90-day finding on a petition to list all chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We are now correcting an incorrect Docket Number given under ADDRESSES in that document. We are also making the petition and the large volume of supporting documents submitted with the petition available to the public on http://www.regulations.gov. To allow the public adequate time to review the petition and provide information, we are reopening the public comment period for an additional 90 days. However, please note that information already submitted does not need to be resubmitted.

    DATES: We request that we receive information on or before January 30, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit information by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Search for Docket No. FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086 and then follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086; 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 information received on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us. See the Information Solicited section of our September 1, 2011, notice (76 FR 54423) for more details.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janine Van Norman, Chief, Branch of Foreign Species, Endangered Species Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arlington, VA 22203; telephone (703) 358-2171; facsimile (703) 358-1735. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-01/html/2011-28126.htm

  • Winter Use Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Winter Use Plan, Yellowstone National Park.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Winter Use Plan for Yellowstone National Park, located in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. The EIS evaluates eight alternatives, and identifies the Preferred Alternative as Alternative 8, a one-year plan to allow oversnow vehicle use in the park for the winter of 2011/2012, at the same levels (up to 318 commercially guided, best available technology snowmobiles and 78 commercially guided snowcoaches per day) that were allowed under the interim regulation in place for the winters of 2009/ 2010 and 2010/2011. NPS intends to supplement this EIS next year, in order to make a long-term decision prior to the 2012/2013 winter season.

    DATES: The National Park Service will execute a Record of Decision no sooner than 30 days following publication by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

    ADDRESSES: Information will be available for public inspection online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/YELL (click on the link to the Winter Use Plan), and in the office of Superintendent Dan Wenk, Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wade Vagias, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190,(307) 344-2035, yellwinteruse@nps.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-04/html/2011-28582.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Request for Information: Public Access to Digital Data Resulting From Federally Funded Scientific Research

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information (RFI).


    SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 103(b)(6) of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (ACRA; Pub. L. 111-358), this Request for Information (RFI) offers the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and encouraging broad public access to unclassified digital data that result from federally funded scientific research. The public input provided through this Notice will inform deliberations of the National Science and Technology Council's Interagency Working Group on Digital Data.

    Release Date: November 3, 2011.

    Response Date: January 12, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: digitaldata@ostp.gov.

    Issued By: Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-04/html/2011-28621.htm

  • Request for Information: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting From Federally Funded Research

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information (RFI).


    SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 103(b)(6) of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (ACRA; Pub. L. 111-358), this Request for Information (RFI) offers the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications that result from federally funded scientific research. The public input provided through this Notice will inform deliberations of the National Science and Technology Council's Task Force on Public Access to Scholarly Publications.

    Release Date: November 3, 2011.

    Response Date: January 2, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: publicaccess@ostp.gov.

    Issued By Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-04/html/2011-28623.htm

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