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Federal Register Summary for week of 20 January

    Council on Environmental Quality

  • National Ocean Council--National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: On July 19, 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13547 establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great Lakes (National Ocean Policy). As part of the President's charge for Federal agencies to implement the National Ocean Policy, the National Ocean Council developed actions to achieve the Policy's nine priority objectives, and to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. Collectively, the actions are encompassed in a single draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan (Implementation Plan). The draft Implementation Plan describes more than 50 actions the Federal Government will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes, which support tens of millions of jobs, contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy, and are essential to public health and national security.

    The draft Implementation Plan will ensure the Federal Government targets limited resources more effectively to deliver demonstrable results for the American people, including predictability for users, more efficient and coordinated decision-making, and improved sharing of data and technology. For each action, the Implementation Plan outlines key milestones, identifies responsible agencies, and indicates the expected timeframe for completion.

    Experts from the National Ocean Council's member departments, agencies, and offices developed the actions in the draft Implementation Plan with significant input from national, regional, and local stakeholders and the general public. The development process included public comment periods from January through April 2011 and June through July 2011, and 12 regional listening sessions around the country.

    Next, public comments on the draft Implementation Plan will inform the preparation of the final plan. We welcome your general input, and also pose the following questions:

    Does the draft Implementation Plan reflect actions you see are needed to address the nine priorities for the ocean, coasts, and the Great lakes?

    What is the most effective way to measure outcomes and to detect whether a particular action in the Implementation Plan has achieved its intended outcome? Would a report card format be useful?

    Comments received will be collated and posted on the National Ocean Council Web site. The final Implementation Plan is expected in the spring of 2012.

    DATES: The National Ocean Council must receive comments by midnight, February 27, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The draft Implementation Plan and additional information can be found at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/oceans. Comments should be submitted electronically to http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/oceans. Comments may also be sent in writing to "ATTN: National Ocean Council'' by fax to (202) 456-0753, or by mail to National Ocean Council, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Heightened security measures in force may delay mail delivery; therefore, please allow at least two (2) to three (3) weeks of additional time for mailed comments to arrive. We encourage you to also submit comments through the National Ocean Council Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the content of this request may be submitted through the National Ocean Council Web site at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/contact or by mail to National Ocean Council, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Please note, heightened security measures in force may delay mail delivery; therefore, we encourage you to also submit questions through the National Ocean Council Web site.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-18/html/2012-840.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology; Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee 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 members represent academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. The purpose of this meeting is to begin developing recommendations to the Administrator regarding actions that EPA can take 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, February 13, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST) and Tuesday, February 14, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EST).

    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-2012-01-19/html/2012-975.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)--Ethics Subcommittee (ES)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the CDC announces the following meeting of the aforementioned subcommittee:

    Dates and Times:

    • February 9, 2012, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
    • February 10, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Place: CDC, Thomas R. Harkin Global Communications Center, Auditorium B-3, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30333. This meeting is also available by teleconference. Please dial (877) 928- 1204 and enter code 4305992.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 200 people. To accommodate public participation in the meeting, a conference telephone line will be available. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period. The public comment periods are tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. on February 9, 2012 and from 12 p.m.-12:15 p.m. on February 10, 2012.

    Purpose: The ES will provide counsel to the ACD, CDC, regarding a broad range of public health ethics questions and issues arising from programs, scientists and practitioners.

    Matters To Be Discussed: Agenda items will include the following: Progress on developing practical tools to assist state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments in their efforts to address public health ethics challenges, approaches for evaluating the impact of public health ethics, strategies for increasing collaboration between public health ethics and public health law, and updates on CDC efforts to build national and international collaboration on public health ethics.

    The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: For security reasons, members of the public interested in attending the meeting should contact Drue Barrett, Ph.D., Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC- ES, 1600 Clifton Road NE., M/S D-50, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone: (404) 639-4690. Email: dbarrett@cdc.gov. The deadline for notification of attendance is February 3, 2012.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-18/html/2012-835.htm

  • National Human Genome Research Institute; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 401(d)(4) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 281(d)(4)), notice is hereby given that the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will host a series of meetings to enable public discussion of the Institute's proposal to reorganize its internal structure. The proposed reorganization reflects the expanding scope of NHGRI's research portfolio in response to the priorities detailed in the Institute's new strategic plan for genomics research, titled "Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine from Base Pairs to Bedside.'' (Green, E.D., Guyer, M.S. Nature. (470) 204-213.2011.)

    The first public meeting will be a webinar and teleconference on January 18, 2012. The second public meeting will be on February 13, 2012, during the open session of the 64th meeting of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. Background materials on the proposed reorganization and logistical information regarding the two public meetings are available at genome.gov/reorg. Additional information and updated details on these public meetings will be added to this Web site as the dates approach.

    Organizing Institute: National Human Genome Research Institute.

    Dates and Times: January 18, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. EST.

    February 13, 2012, at 1 p.m. EST.

    Agenda: The agenda for each meeting will include presentations and discussion about the proposed internal reorganization. Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on NHGRI's proposal. Draft agendas, background materials, and instructions for joining the meetings will be made available at genome.gov/reorg. Individuals wishing to submit written questions or comments should send them via email to NHGRIcomments@nih.gov.

    Contact Person: Laura Lyman Rodriguez, Ph.D., Office of Policy, Communications, and Education, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, 31 Center Drive, Room 4B09, Bethesda, MD 20892-2153, (301) 594-7185, NHGRIcomments@nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-17/html/2012-729.htm

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will conduct its eighth meeting in February. At this meeting, the Commission will discuss issues of privacy and access related to human genome sequence data. The Commission will also be discussing neuroscience and related ethical issues.

    DATES: The meeting will take place February 2, 2012 from 9 a.m. to approximately 5:15 p.m. and on February 3, 2012 from 9 a.m. to approximately 12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Millberry Union, University of California, San Francisco, 500 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143, (415) 476-2019.

    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-2012-01-17/html/2012-650.htm

  • Interior

  • Establishment of Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has approved the establishment of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in Polk, Osceola, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties, Florida. The Service establishes the Refuge and Conservation Area in order to support a connected conservation landscape; to provide quality habitats for native wildlife diversity and at-risk species; to enhance water quality, quantity, and storage; and to provide opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation.

    DATES: This action was effective on December 16, 2011.

    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-2012-01-19/html/2012-1019.htm

  • National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments; announcement of public workshops.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, Department of Commerce) and other Federal, State, and tribal partners, announce that we are seeking public comments and input regarding the draft National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (Strategy). The purpose of the Strategy will be to inspire and enable natural resource professionals and other decision makers to take action to conserve the nation's fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystem functions, as well as the human uses and values these natural systems provide, in a changing climate. In addition to this request for written comments, several public workshops will be conducted in order to provide additional opportunities for public involvement and discussion of the draft. The draft Strategy is available at the following link: http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/public-review-draft.php.

    DATES: Submitting Comments: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments, we must receive them by March 5, 2012 (see ADDRESSES).

    Public Workshops: Five workshops are being planned for the public. One workshop will be held in Washington, DC, and four additional workshops will be held at various regional venues around the country (Albany, NY; Charleston, SC; Madison, WI; and Sacramento, CA). Dates and addresses of the public workshops will be posted on the Strategy Web site (www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov) as they become available. For more details, see ADDRESSES.

    There will be two additional public workshops held as online web conferences or "webinars,'' during which interested members of the public will be able to participate remotely. These web conferences will be held on January 26, 2012, and February 22, 2012.

    We request that all persons planning to attend a workshop in person or participate via a webinar register at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/public-workshops.php prior to the event. For more information or to register, please see "IV., Meeting Participation Information,'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Tribal Consultation Sessions: Eight Tribal consultation sessions are being planned for January and February 2012. These consultation sessions will be held in Anchorage, AK; Albany, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Charleston, SC; Madison, WI; Oklahoma City, OK; Sacramento, CA; and Shelton, WA. Dates and addresses for the tribal consultation sessions will be posted on the strategy Web site (www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov) as they become available.

    ADDRESSES: Public Comments: To provide comments and feedback on the draft Strategy, please visit http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/public-comments.php. Alternatively, you may send comments by U.S. mail to the Office of the Science Advisor, Attn: National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington, VA 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Shaffer, Office of the Science Advisor, at (703) 358-2603 (telephone) or wildlifeadaptationstrategy@fws.gov (email), or via the Strategy Web site at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/contact-us.php. 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-2012-01-20/html/2012-1179.htm

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