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Federal Register Summary for week of 23 March

    Agriculture

  • Notice of Meeting: Board for International Food and Agricultural Development

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 13, 2012 at the National Press Club located at 529 14th St. NW., Washington, DC. The central theme of this year's meeting will center on the breadth of university partnerships in agricultural research and development with USAID and the future of those relationships.

    Dr. Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair and Chancellor of the University of Missouri at Columbia, will preside over the meeting.

    The public meeting will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks by BIFAD Chair Brady Deaton. The Board will address both old and new business during this time and hear from USAID on the implementation of the agricultural research strategy. Two board members will discuss outcomes of recent research inception workshops on sustainable intensification, hosted by USAID in Ethiopia and Tanzania. Two other board members will then offer comments on their travel to and participation in events and planning meetings related to the USAID Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP). Time will then be allowed for public comment. The board will then break for closed lunch.

    In the afternoon, the board will hear from Dr. Alex Dehgan, USAID Chief Scientist, on the Grand Challenges for Development initiative and the Higher Education Solutions Network Request for Assistance, in which academic institutions were invited to participate. Another opportunity will be allowed for public comment. The Board members greatly benefit in hearing from the stakeholder community and others. To ensure that as many participants as possible have the opportunity to contribute to the morning's discussion, comments will be restricted to 3 minutes each for each commenter.

    Those wishing to attend the meeting or obtain additional information about BIFAD should contact Susan Owens, Executive Director and Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD. Interested persons may write to her in care of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building, Bureau for Food Security, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 2.12-001, Washington, DC 20523-2110 or telephone her at (202) 712-0218.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-23/html/2012-7014.htm

  • Commerce

  • Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of 5-Year Review for the North Atlantic Right Whale and the North Pacific Right Whale

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of initiation of 5-year reviews; request for information.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces a 5-year review of North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended. A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any such information on these whales that has become available since the last status review in 2006.

    DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we must receive your information no later than April 20, 2012. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0057, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the "submit a comment'' icon, then enter NOAA-NMFS-2012-0057 in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the "Submit a Comment'' icon to the right of that line.

    Mail or hand-delivery: Angela Somma, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, Endangered Species Division, 1325 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larissa Plants, Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8471, or Shannon Bettridge, Office of Protected Resources 301-427-8437.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-21/html/2012-6575.htm

  • Science Advisory Board (SAB); Notice of Open Meeting

    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 Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Friday, April 6, 2012, from 9:15 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 Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC 20005 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 April 5 at 5 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 March 29, 2012 to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by March 29, 2012 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after March 29, 2012 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.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12 p.m. on March 29, 2012, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Update from the SAB Research and Development Portfolio Review Task Force; (2) External Review of the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS), Princeton University; (3) Proposed New Members for the Data Archive and Access Requirements Working Group (DAARWG); (4) Update from the SAB Satellite Task Force; (5) NOAA Response to the SAB Report on Fisheries Enterprise Data Management; (6) NOAA Response to Congress on Compensation Policy for Specialized Satellite Data Products and Services; (7) NOAA Report on Needs Assessment for Science Advisory Board Working Groups; (8) Use of the NOAA Logo by Affiliated Partners; 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-2012-03-19/html/2012-6485.htm

  • Defense

  • Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA)--Louisiana, Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study

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

    ACTION: Notice of intent.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA)--Louisiana, Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management restoration study. This study will identify and evaluate a combination of large-scale management and restoration features to address the long- term sustainability of the lower Mississippi River Deltaic Plain. Hydrodynamic models and other forecast methods will be used to determine existing water and sediment resources in the Mississippi River available to restore and sustain delta growth in the Mississippi River Delta and assess benefits and impacts of large-scale strategies that balance the interests of ecosystem restoration, flood risk reduction, and navigation. This EIS will be tiered off of the November 2004, programmatic EIS for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA), Louisiana, Ecosystem Restoration Study (LCA Study). The record of decision for the programmatic EIS was signed on November 18, 2005. This notice announces the USACE's intent to host six (6) public scoping meetings.

    DATES: Comments on the scope of the EIS will be accepted until close of business on May 4, 2012. Please refer to the "Scoping'' section below for instructions on how to submit public comments, the dates of the upcoming public scoping meetings and other meeting information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning the draft EIS and scoping comments should be addressed to Dr. William P. Klein, Jr., CEMVN-PDN-CEP, P.O. Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160-0267; telephone: (504) 862-2540; fax: (504) 862-1583; or by email: william.p.klein.jr@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-23/html/2012-7038.htm

  • Homeland Security

  • Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters

    AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is amending its regulations on ballast water management by establishing a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships' ballast water discharged in waters of the United States. The Coast Guard is also amending its regulations for engineering equipment by establishing an approval process for ballast water management systems. These new regulations will aid in controlling the introduction and spread of nonindigenous species from ships' ballast water in waters of the United States.

    DATES: This final rule is effective June 21, 2012 except for 33 CFR 151.1513 and 151.2036 which contains information collection requirements that OMB has not approved. The Coast Guard will publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the effective date. Comments sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on collection of information must reach OMB on or before May 22, 2012. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on June 21, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket USCG-2001-10486 and are available for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. You may also find this docket on the Internet by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2001-10486 in the "Keyword'' box, and then clicking "Search.''

    Collection of Information Comments. If you have comments on the collection of information discussed in section VII.D of this final rule, you must send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), OMB. To ensure that OIRA receives your comments on time, you should submit your comments through the preferred methods of email to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov (include the docket number and "Attention: Desk Officer for Coast Guard, DHS'' in the subject line of the email) or fax at 202-395-6566. An alternate, though slower, method is by U.S. mail to the OIRA, OMB, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attn: Desk Officer, U.S. Coast Guard.

    Viewing incorporation by reference material. You may inspect the material incorporated by reference at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 2nd St. SW., Washington, DC 20593 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-372-1433. Copies of the material are available as indicated in the "Incorporation by Reference'' section of this preamble.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Mr. John Morris, Project Manager, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 202-372-1433, email John.C.Morris@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-23/html/2012-6579.htm

  • Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters: Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

    AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Coast Guard announces the availability of a final programmatic environmental impact statement (FPEIS) for the rulemaking entitled "Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters'' (Docket No. USCG-2001-10486). This FPEIS provides an assessment of the potential environmental impacts associated with the establishment of a ballast water discharge standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships' ballast water discharged in waters of the United States. The standard will be used to approve ballast water management methods that are effective in preventing or reducing the introduction of nonindigenous species via discharged ballast water into waters of the United States.

    DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before April 23, 2012 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG- 2001-10486 using any one of the following methods:

    1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    2. Fax: (202) 493-2251.
    3. Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    4. Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is (202) 366-9329.

    To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. See the "Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice, call or email Mr. Greg Kirkbride, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone (202) 372-1479, email: Gregory.B.Kirkbride@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone (202) 366-9826.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-23/html/2012-6584.htm

  • Interior

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force. The ANS Task Force's purpose is to develop and implement a program for U.S. waters to prevent introduction and dispersal of aquatic nuisance species; to monitor, control, and study such species; and to disseminate related information. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The ANS Task Force will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Wednesday, May 2 through Thursday May 3, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The ANS Task Force meeting will take place at the O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel, 174 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 (410- 263-7700). You may inspect minutes of the meeting at the office of the Chief, Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. You may also view the minutes on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http://anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Mangin, Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, at (703) 358-2466, or by email at Susan_Mangin@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-20/html/2012-6660.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request of Recommendations for Membership for Directorate and Office Advisory Committees

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership for its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Recommendations should consist of the submitting person or organization's name and affiliation, the name of the recommended individual, the recommended individual's curriculum vita (2-5 pages), an expression of the individual's interest in serving, and the following recommended individual's contact information: employment address, telephone number, Fax number, and email address. Self recommendations are accepted. If you would like to make a recommendation for membership on any of our committees, please send your recommendation to the committee contact person listed below.

    ADDRESSES: The mailing address for the National Science Foundation is 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Web links to individual committee information may be found on NSF Web site: NSF Advisory Committees.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-22/html/2012-6859.htm

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