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Federal Register Summary for week of 2 December

    Commerce

  • National Marine Protected Areas Center External Review

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Request for public comment.

    SUMMARY: On May 26, 2000, President Clinton signed Executive Order (EO) 13158, directing federal agencies (led by NOAA and DOI) to establish a comprehensive national system of MPAs serving multiple conservation and management goals. To this end, the EO directs NOAA to establish a National Marine Protected Area Center ("MPA Center") within NOAA (Sec. 4(e)) to carry out several provisions in cooperation with the Department of the Interior. Over the past decade, the MPA Center has conducted a variety of efforts to establish and support the growing national system through targeted science, information resources, coordination and policy development.

    An external review of the MPA Center is needed to maximize its effectiveness and transparency and to ensure that the MPA Center is conducting high quality work of significant value to NOAA and the nation. To this end, the MPA Center is seeking external feedback, including public comment on the program's approach to balancing competing priorities.

    All comments received in response to this request will be summarized and provided to an expert review panel scheduled to convene in late January, 2012.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 10, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: This announcement contains guidance on how to provide feedback, including some of the questions for which the MPA Center is seeking comment. The questions are also available for download via the Internet on the MPA Center Web site at: http://www.mpa.gov/aboutmpas/mpacenter/. You may submit comments electronically via email to mpa.comments@noaa.gov. You may also submit comments in writing to: National Marine Protected Areas Center, c/o Denise Ellis-Hibbett, 1305 East-West Highway, Rm. 11401, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Ellis-Hibbett by mail at 1305 East-West Highway, Rm. 11401, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 or phone: (301) 563-1195 or email: denise.ellis-hibbett@noaa.gov or visit the MPA Center Web site at http://www.mpa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-01/html/2011-30700.htm

  • Defense

  • Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Central Everglades Planning Project, Okeechobee, Glades, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, FL

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD.

    ACTION: Notice of intent.

    SUMMARY: The Everglades ecosystem encompasses a system of diverse wetland landscapes that are hydrologically and ecologically connected across more than 200 miles from north to south and across 18,000 square miles of southern Florida. In 2000, the U.S. Congress authorized the Federal government, in partnership with the State of Florida, to embark upon a multi-decade, multi-billion dollar Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to further protect and restore the remaining Everglades ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs of the region. CERP involves modification of the existing network of drainage canals and levees that make up the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project.

    Since 2000, much progress has been made. Construction has begun on the first generation of CERP project modifications already authorized by Congress. These include the Picayune Strand Restoration, the Indian River Lagoon South and Site 1 Impoundment projects. Project Implementation Reports have been completed, or are nearing completion, for the second generation of CERP projects for Congressional authorization, including Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands--Phase 1, the Broward County Water Preserve Areas, the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir, and the C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project. All of these CERP projects utilize lands that were acquired by the State and Federal government to meet CERP goals of increasing the extent of wetlands, reducing damaging freshwater discharges to the coastal estuaries, and reducing seepage losses from the natural system. These projects contribute significant ecological benefits to the system and the specific regional habitats in which they are located. These initial CERP projects were intended to provide initial and immediate ecological benefits and set the conditions along the margins of the system that help ensure increased water flows to the interior of the system will not cause adverse effects.

    The next step for implementation of CERP is to redirect water that is currently discharged to the east and west coast estuaries from Lake Okeechobee and restore water flow to the south, allowing for restoration of natural habitat conditions and water flow in the central Everglades and re-connecting the ecosystem from Lake Okeechobee to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. The Central Everglades Planning Project will develop the initial increment of project features that provide for storage, treatment and conveyance south of Lake Okeechobee, removal of canals and levees within Water Conservation Area 3 and seepage management features to retain water within the natural system. The CERP projects identified to accomplish this include the Everglades Agricultural Storage Reservoirs, Water Conservation Area 3 Decompartmentalization and Sheetflow Enhancement, Everglades National Park (ENP) Seepage Management, and Everglades Rain-Driven Operations. These projects make up the heart of CERP aimed at restoring more natural quantity, quality, timing and distribution of water flows to the remaining portions of the river of grass. An integrated study effort on these projects is needed to set the direction for the next decade of CERP implementation.

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Planning Division, Environmental Branch, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Gina Ralph at (904) 232-2336 or email at Gina.P.Ralph@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-02/html/2011-31010.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for Nominations to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT).

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by February, 2012. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    Background: NACEPT is a Federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463. EPA established NACEPT in 1988 to provide advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology and management issues. Members serve as representatives from academia, industry, non- governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two year terms. The Council usually meets 2-3 times annually and the average workload for the members is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. Members serve on the Council in a voluntary capacity. However, EPA provides reimbursement for travel and incidental expenses associated with official government business. EPA is seeking nominations from all sectors, including academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. Nominees will be considered according to the mandates of FACA, which requires committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.

    The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees:

    • Extensive professional knowledge of environmental policy, management, and technology issues, particularly issues dealing with sustainability.
    • Demonstrated ability to examine and analyze environmental issues with objectivity and integrity.
    • Senior-level experience that fills a current need on the Council.
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and consensus-building skills.
    • Ability to volunteer approximately 10 to 15 hours per month to the Council's activities, including participation on teleconference meetings and preparation of text for Council reports and advice letters.

    Nominations must include a resume and a short biography describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, as well as the nominee's current business address, email address, and daytime telephone number. Interested candidates may self-nominate. Anyone interested in being considered for nomination is encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible. To help the Agency in evaluating the effectiveness of its outreach efforts, please tell us how you learned of this opportunity. Please be aware that EPA's policy is that, unless otherwise prescribed by statute, members generally are appointed to two- or three-year terms.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to: Mark Joyce, Acting Designated Federal Officer, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach, U.S. EPA (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. You may also email nominations with subject line COMMITTEERESUME2011 to joyce.mark@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Joyce, Acting Designated Federal Officer, U.S. EPA; telephone (202) 564-2130; fax (202) 564-8129; email joyce.mark@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-29/html/2011-30715.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Laboratory Animal Welfare: Adoption and Implementation of the Eighth Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has analyzed public comments received regarding adoption and implementation of the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide) and has determined to adopt the 8th Edition of the Guide. (The comments, received by NIH from February 24 to May 24, 2011, may be viewed at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/2011guidecomments/web_listing.htm.) In NIH's judgment, the 8th Edition of the Guide empowers continued advancement in the humane care and use of vertebrate animals in research, research training, and biological testing.

    Effective January 1, 2012, institutions that receive Public Health Service (PHS) support for animal activities must base their animal care and use programs on the 8th Edition of the Guide and must complete at least one semiannual program review and facilities inspection using the 8th Edition of the Guide as the basis for evaluation by December 31, 2012. It is not required that all necessary changes be completed by December 31, 2012, but rather that an evaluation must be conducted and a plan and schedule for implementation of the standards in the 8th Edition of the Guide must be developed by December 31, 2012. Institutions must verify to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), the organizational component of NIH that provides guidance and interpretation of the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, that they have met the required schedule. This will be done through the Annual Report to OLAW covering the 2012 reporting period due January 31, 2013. In addition, institutions must document the implementation of the 8th Edition of the Guide in their next Animal Welfare Assurance renewal.

    OLAW has developed Position Statements located at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/2011positionstatement.htm. The Position Statements clarify the ways in which NIH expects Assured institutions to implement the 8th Edition of the Guide by addressing the following concerns: cost of implementing the 8th Edition of the Guide; animal housing specifications; use of nonpharmaceutical-grade compounds; food and fluid restrictions; multiple surgical procedures; and application of the 8th Edition of the Guide to agricultural animals used in biomedical research. In addition, there is a summary of OLAW's position on performance standards and practice standards. The public is invited to submit comments on their understanding of the Position Statements for a period of 60 days from December 1, 2011, to January 29, 2012. In response, OLAW may further clarify the Position Statements.

    DATES: Written comments on the public's understanding of the Position Statements must be received by NIH on or before January 29, 2012, to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: Public comments on the Position Statements may be entered at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/2011positionstatement.htm. Comments will be made publicly available. Personally identifiable information (except organizational affiliations) will be removed prior to making comments publicly available.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health, RKL1, Suite 360, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7982; or telephone: (301) 496-7163.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-01/html/2011-30764.htm

  • Request for Nominations for Voting Members on Public Advisory Committee, Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for voting members to serve on the Science Board to the FDA (the Science Board).

    FDA has special interest in ensuring that women, minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are adequately represented on advisory committees and, therefore, encourages nominations of qualified candidates from these groups.

    DATES: Nominations received on or before December 28, 2011, will be given first consideration for membership on the Science Board. Nominations received after December 28, 2011, will be considered for nomination to the Science Board should nominees still be needed.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations for membership should be sent electronically to CV@FDA.HHS.GOV, or by mail to Advisory Committee Oversight & Management Staff, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regarding all nomination questions for membership, the primary contact is: Martha Monser, Office of the Chief Scientist, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 4286, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, (301) 796-4627, email: martha.monser@fda.hhs.gov.

    Information about becoming a member on an FDA advisory committee can also be obtained by visiting FDA's Web site by using the following link: http://www.fda.gov/oc/advisory/default.htm.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FDA is requesting nominations for voting members on the Science Board.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-28/html/2011-30415.htm

  • Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.

    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (Science Board).

    General Function of the Committee: The Science Board provides advice primarily to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other appropriate officials on specific complex and technical issues, as well as emerging issues within the scientific community in industry and academia. Additionally, the Science Board provides advice to the Agency on keeping pace with technical and scientific evolutions in the fields of regulatory science, on formulating an appropriate research agenda, and on upgrading its scientific and research facilities to keep pace with these changes. It will also provide the means for critical review of Agency sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on January 6, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Location: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002.

    For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be webcast. The link for the webcast is available at https://collaboration.fda.gov/scienceboard/. Information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm; under the heading "Resources for You," click on "Public Meetings at the FDA White Oak Campus." Please note that visitors to the White Oak Campus must enter through Building 1.

    Contact Person: Martha Monser, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave, Bldg. 32, rm. 4286, Silver Spring MD 20993-0002, (301) 796-4627, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-(800) 741-8138 (301) 443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), and follow the prompt to the desired center or product area. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-28/html/2011-30416.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Panel for Integrative Activities

    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:

    • Name: Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on the Merit Review Process (MRPAC).
    • Date/Time: December 20, 2011; 12 p.m.- 4 p.m., EST.
    • Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Rm 920, Arlington, VA.
    • Type of Meeting: Open.
    • Contact Person: Ms. Victoria Fung, National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 935, Arlington, VA 22230. Email: vfung@nsf.gov.

    If you plan to attend the meeting, please send an email with your name and affiliation to the individual listed above, by the day before the meeting, so that a visitor badge can be prepared.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice concerning issues related to NSF's merit review process.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-28/html/2011-30477.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting

    The National Science Board's Subcommittee on Facilities, Committee on Strategy and Budget, 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 as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Monday, December 5, 2011 at 2 p.m.to 3 p.m., EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Discuss and approve COMPETES Mid-scale Instrumentation Report.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A public listening room will be available for this teleconference meeting. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call (703) 292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public room number and to arrange for a visitor's badge. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    UPDATES AND POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site http://www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting). The point of contact for this meeting is: Blane Dahl, National Science Board Office, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-30/html/2011-30915.htm

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