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Federal Register Summary for week of 23 December

    Defense

  • Notice for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS)

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District has posted on http://glmris.anl.gov the "Inventory of Available Controls for Aquatic Nuisance Species of Concern--Chicago Area Waterway System'' (ANS Control Paper). An Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Control is an option or technology that may be applied to prevent ANS transfer via aquatic pathways. The ANS Control Paper identifies the range of options or technologies available to target the ANS of Concern in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). These ANS of Concern--CAWS were previously identified as non-native species that are the initial focus of GLMRIS.

    In a December 8, 2010 notice of intent, Federal Register Notice (75 FR 76447), USACE announced it will prepare a feasibility report and an environmental impact statement (EIS) for GLMRIS. GLMRIS is a feasibility study of the range of options and technologies that could be applied to prevent ANS transfer between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through aquatic pathways. USACE is conducting GLMRIS in consultation with other federal agencies, Native American tribes, state agencies, local governments and non-governmental organizations. The ANS Control Paper is an interim product of GLMRIS. For additional information regarding GLMRIS, please refer to the project Web site http://glmris.anl.gov.

    This notice announces a comment period during which USACE is asking the public to submit (i) information on ANS Controls that may be effective at preventing the transfer of ANS of Concern--CAWS but that are not included in the paper, or (ii) comments regarding ANS Controls identified in the paper. This notice also announces the dates and times of conference calls hosted by USACE for the purpose of providing the public an opportunity to ask questions regarding the ANS Control Paper.

    DATES: USACE announces an ANS Control Comment Period from Wednesday, December 21, 2011, through Friday, February 17, 2012. Please refer to the "ANS Control Comment Period'' section below for details on the information USACE is seeking during this comment period and instructions on comment submittal.

    USACE will be hosting two (2) conference calls regarding the paper. These calls are open to the public. The first call is scheduled on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. (CST). The second call is scheduled on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (CST).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or questions about GLMRIS, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Project Manager, Mr. David Wethington, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 111 N. Canal, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60606, or by email: david.m.wethington@usace.army.mil.

    For media inquiries, please contact USACE, Chicago District, Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Lynne Whelan, by mail: USACE, Chicago District, 111 N. Canal, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60606, by phone: (312) 846-5330 or by email: lynne.e.whelan@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-21/html/2011-32654.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Availability of Draft Recreational Water Quality Criteria and Request for Scientific Views

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 304(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the draft document Recreational Water Quality Criteria (RWQC). The document contains the EPA's draft ambient water quality criteria recommendations for protecting human health in ambient waters that are designated for primary contact recreation. CWA Section 304(c) water quality criteria recommendations are intended as guidance to States and authorized Tribes in developing water quality standards. The draft RWQC document describes the relevant scientific findings, explains how these findings were used to derive criteria, and lists the water quality methods associated with the criteria.

    The draft RWQC differs from the current 1986 RWQC in the following ways: the EPA introduces a new term, Statistical Threshold Value (STV), as a clarification and replacement for the term single sample maximum (SSM); there are no longer recommendations for different criteria values for beaches used with more or less frequency; the EPA introduces a rapid analytical technique for the detection of enterococci in recreational water; the EPA provides information on tools for assessing and managing recreational waters, such as predictive modeling, and for developing site-specific criteria.

    The CWA, as amended by the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act of 2000, requires the EPA to conduct studies associated with pathogens and human health under Section 104(v), and to publish new or revised criteria for pathogens and pathogen indicators based on those studies under Section 304(a)(9). The draft criteria announced today for scientific views are the draft new or revised criteria that EPA is required to publish under Section 304(a)(9) of the CWA, as amended by the BEACH Act.

    DATES: Scientific views must be received on or before February 21, 2012. Comments postmarked after this date may not be considered.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your scientific views, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0466, and obtain the document (EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0466-0002) by one of the following methods:

    www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: OW-Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) Water Docket, MC 28221T; 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., EPA West, Room 3334, Washington, DC. 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-OW-2011- 0466. The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 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 www.regulations.gov or email. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through www.regulations.gov your email 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, the 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 the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the 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 the 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 www.regulations.gov index. 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 publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Office of Water Docket/ EPA/DC, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., EPA West, Room 3334, Washington, DC. This Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., EST, 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 Water Docket is (202) 566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions concerning the science supporting this criteria, contact Sharon Nappier, Health and Ecological Criteria Division (4304T), nappier.sharon@epa.gov, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; (202) 566-0740. For questions concerning the use of EPA's criteria recommendations, contact Tracy Bone, Standards and Health Protection Division (4305T), bone.tracy@epa.gov, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; (202) 564-5257.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-21/html/2011-32651.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

    AGENCY: Office for Human Research Protections, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. The Committee is governed by the provisions of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. SUMMARY: The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a program office in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). SACHRP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary, HHS, and the Assistant Secretary for Health on matters pertaining to the continuance and improvement of functions within the authority of HHS directed toward protections for human subjects in research. SACHRP was established by the Secretary, HHS, on October 1, 2002. OHRP is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to fill four positions on the Committee membership that will be vacated during the 2012 calendar year.

    DATES: Nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no later than February 17, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be mailed or delivered to Dr. Jerry Menikoff, Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200; Rockville, MD 20852. Nominations will not be accepted by email or by facsimile.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Gorey, Executive Director, SACHRP, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852, telephone: (240) 453-8141. A copy of the Committee charter and list of the current members can be obtained by contacting Ms. Gorey, accessing the SACHRP Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp, or requesting via email at sachrp@osophs.dhhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-19/html/2011-32326.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Notice of Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    ACTION: Notice of information collection.


    SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

    DATES: All comments should be submitted within 30 calendar days from the date of this publication.

    ADDRESSES: All comments should be addressed Fran Teel, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Mail Suite 2U74, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546-0001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Fran Teel, Office of the Chief Information Officer, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW., Mail Suite 2U74, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-2225, frances.c.teel@nasa.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    The purpose of this project is to assess if National Park Service (NPS) visitors, as well as visitors to other public lands, are benefiting from an interagency partnership, known as Earth to Sky, by measuring awareness and understanding of global climate change in visitors to NPS and other public land locations. An on-site survey will be administered to park visitors to assess their awareness and understanding of global climate change; meaning of and connection to park resources; and perception of trust in sources of information regarding global climate change. Data will be collected in a variety of NPS and other sites. Results will help NASA and other managers of the Earth to Sky partnership assess the success of the partnership efforts and help refine and encourage the continued collaboration.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-21/html/2011-32605.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board's Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI), 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 a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE and TIME: December 21, 2011, 9:30-10:30 a.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Discussion of the revised Companion piece to Science and Engineering Indicators 2012; (2) Consideration of the Companion piece for recommendation for Board approval subject to final edits; (3) Next steps for the Committee.

    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 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/. Point of contact for this meeting is: Matthew B. Wilson, National Science Board Office, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-20/html/2011-32659.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: The RFI is being extended to change the response date to January 12, 2012. The RFI was published in the Federal Register, Volume 76, Number 214, on November 4, 2011, pages 68517-68518.

    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-2011-12-23/html/2011-32947.htm

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

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information (RFI).


    SUMMARY: This RFI is being extended to change the response date to January 12, 2012. The RFI was published in the Federal Register, Volume 76, Number 214, on November 4, 2011, pages 68518-68520. 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 12, 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-2011-12-23/html/2011-32943.htm

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