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Federal Register Summary for week of 6 April

    Agriculture

  • Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Proposed Crop Protection Competitive Grants Program

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: The President's budget proposal for FY 2013 consolidates six funding lines addressing pest management and integrated pest management (IPM) issues into a single budgetary line, called the Crop Protection Program (CPP). The six budgetary lines being consolidated are Expert Integrated Pest Management Decision Support System, IPM and Biological Control, Minor Crop Pest Management/IR-4, Pest Management Alternatives, Smith-Lever 3(d) Pest Management, and Regional Pest Management Centers. The new program is described broadly to encompass all of the functions of the existing programs. A listening session was previously announced in the Federal Register on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 to be held on March 29 to guide future Request for Applications (RFAs) of the Extension of IPM Coordination and Support Program (EIPM-CS), one of the programs affected by this realignment. That session has been redefined to collect stakeholder input on the broader Crop Protection topic. Additional opportunities for comment are also being scheduled. By this notice, NIFA is designated to act on behalf of the Secretary of Agriculture in soliciting public comment from interesting persons regarding the future design and implementation of this proposed program.

    DATES: Four public meetings will be held to collect stakeholder input. The first of those meetings will be on Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Central time. Successive meetings will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time; Monday, April 16, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time; and Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. All comments not otherwise presented or submitted for the record at one of the meetings must be submitted by close of business Thursday, May 31, 2012, to assure consideration in the development of the proposed FY 2013 Crop Protection RFA.

    ADDRESSES: The March 29, 2012 meeting will be held in the Nashville Meeting Room, Memphis Marriot Downtown Hotel, 250 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103, phone--888-557-8740 (toll-free in USA); 901- 527-7300 (outside USA). The April 11 and May 1, 2012 meetings will be held by conference call (audio) and internet (visual only). Connection details for those meetings will be posted on the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Web site (www.nifa.usda.gov) or by contacting the individual listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION (below). The April 16, 2012 meeting will be held in room 1410A-D, Waterfront Centre Building, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, 800 9th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. Attendees will need to provide photo identification to be admitted in the building. Please allow sufficient time to go through security.

    You may submit comments, identified by NIFA-2012-0006, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: CropProtection@nifa.usda.gov. Include NIFA-2012-0006 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 401-1782.

    Mail: Paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions should be submitted to Crop Protection comments; Division of Plant Protection, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2220, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2220.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Crop Protection; Division of Plant Protection, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Room 3105, Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and the identifier NIFA-2012-0006. All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth Ley, (202) 401-6195 (phone), (202) 401-1782 (fax), or CropProtection@nifa.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-03/html/2012-7987.htm

  • Arctic Research Commission

  • Reports and Updates on Programs and Research Projects

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 97th meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 28, 2012. The business session, open to the public, will convene at 8:30 a.m.

    The Agenda items include:

    1. Call to order and approval of the agenda.
    2. Approval of the minutes from the 96th meeting.
    3. Commissioners and staff reports.
    4. Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research activities.

    The focus of the meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact person for further information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-03/html/2012-7826.htm

  • Commerce

  • National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC)

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the selection of the authors for the report of the next National Climate Assessment by the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC). The next National Climate Assessment will consist of 28 chapters, each drafted by a set of Convening Lead Authors and Lead Authors. The list of these by chapter can be found on the Web page http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/people/nca-author-teams.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal Official, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, NOAA OAR, R/SAB, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-713-1459, Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NCADAC Web site at http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/NCADAC/index.html.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-06/html/2012-8382.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Draft National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is publishing for public comment a draft long-range strategy that describes how the agency will address climate change challenges to its mission of protecting human health and the environment. Climate change alters the hydrological background in which EPA's programs function. Depending upon the regional, local and even temporal nature of effects, climate change will pose challenges to various aspects of water resource management, including how to: address risks to drinking water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure; protect quality of surface water, ground water and drinking water; build resilience of watersheds, wetlands, and coastal and ocean waters; and work with tribal communities to understand the implications of climate change to their economy and culture.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 17, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2011-0943, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov-- Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: ow-docket@epa.gov. Include EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0943 in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: Send your comments to: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0943.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Deliver your comments to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0943. Such deliveries are accepted only during normal hours of operation, which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The telephone number for the Water Docket is 202-566-2426.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011- 0943. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://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 http://www.regulations.gov. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means 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 EPA without going through http://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, 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 EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, 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 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 http://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 http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Water Docket, EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is 202-566-1744, and the telephone number for the Water Docket is 202-566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elana Goldstein, Office of Water (4101M), Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, Mail Code 4101M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-1800; email address: waterclimatechange@epa.gov. For more information, visit: http://epa.gov/water/climatechange.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-02/html/2012-7816.htm

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review Problem Formulation for the Reassessment of Ecological Risks from the Use of Atrazine.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on June 12-14, 2012, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. and on June 15, 2012, from 9 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m.

    Comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted by May 29, 2012, and requests for oral comments be submitted by June 5, 2012. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after May 29, 2012, should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before April 18, 2012.

    Webcast. This meeting may be webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP's Web site, http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap for information on how to access the webcast. Please note that the webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the meeting will continue as planned.

    Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

    Comments. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0230, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket Facility's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP- 2012-0230. If your comments contain any information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instructions before submitting your comments. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at http://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 regulations.gov or email. The regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means 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 EPA without going through regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, 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 EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, 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.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. 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, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

    Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations. Submit nominations to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP, requests for special seating accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharlene R. Matten, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-0130; fax number: (202) 564-8382; email address: matten.sharlene@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-04/html/2012-8085.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (BSC, OPHPR)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Times and Dates: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., May 1, 2012; 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., May 2, 2012.

    Place: CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Roybal Campus, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. May 1, 2012: Building 19, Room 254/255. May 2, 2012: Building 21, Room 1204A/1204B.

    Status: Open to the public limited only by the space available. The meeting room will accommodate up to 75 people. Public participants should pre-register for the meeting as described in Additional Information for Public Participants.

    Purpose: This Board is charged with providing advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), concerning strategies and goals for the programs and research within OPHPR, monitoring the overall strategic direction and focus of the OPHPR Divisions and Offices, and administration and oversight of peer review of OPHPR scientific programs. For additional information about the Board, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/science/counselors.htm.

    Matters To Be Discussed: Agenda items for this meeting include: (1) Briefings and BSC deliberation on the following topics: CDC Laboratory Preparedness; OPHPR Research Portfolio Budget; CDC's Preparedness Index; Novel Approaches to Anti-Viral Delivery; CDC's Anthrax Management Team; Estimating the Cost of Preparedness; (2) Programmatic responses to BSC-approved recommendations resulting from external peer review of: The Career Epidemiology Field Officer (CEFO) Program and the Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRCs) program; (3) BSC liaison representative updates to the Board highlighting organizational activities relevant to the OPHPR mission; (4) a discussion of a proposed ad hoc working group to review the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS).

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Additional Information for Public Participants: Members of the public that wish to attend this meeting should pre-register by submitting the following information by email, facsimile, or phone (see Contact Person for More Information) no later than 12:00 noon (EDT) on Monday, April 20, 2012:

    • Full Name,
    • Organizational Affiliation,
    • Complete Mailing Address,
    • Citizenship, and
    • Phone Number or Email Address

    Contact Person for More Information: Carol Marsh, OPHPR BSC Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop D-44, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, Telephone: (404) 639-4773; Facsimile: (404) 639-7977; Email: OPHPR.BSC.Questions@cdc.gov.

    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-2012-04-06/html/2012-8290.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Biological Sciences Advisory Committee; 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: Biological Sciences Advisory Committee (1110).

    Date and Time: April 26, 2012; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    Place: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Foundation, 1401 Wilson Blvd., Room 688, Arlington, VA 22230.

    All visitors must contact the Directorate of Biological Sciences [call 703-292-8400 or send an email message to erchiang@nsf.gov] at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference 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.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    For Further Information Contact: Charles Liarakos, National Science Foundation, Room 605, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 Tel No.: (703) 292-8400.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Advisory Committee for the Directorate for Biological Sciences provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up of the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

    Agenda: Items on the agenda include a briefing of the BIO FY13 budget request, and discussions on data management and broadening participation issues in biological sciences.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-02/html/2012-7761.htm

  • U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel Review; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel Review, 76826.

    Date/Time: April 20, 2012.

    Open Session: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Closed Session: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Partially Open.

    Contact Person: Sue LaFratta, Office of Polar Programs (OPP). National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. (703) 292-8030.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Panel will conduct an independent review of the current U.S. Antarctic Program to ensure the nation is pursuing the best twenty-year trajectory for conducting science and diplomacy in Antarctica--one that is environmentally sound, safe, innovative, affordable, sustainable, and consistent with the Antarctic Treaty.

    Agenda: Present the Panel with additional programmatic information related to opportunities and challenges for Antarctic research and research support; discussion of findings and recommendations; planning for final report.

    Reason for Closing: One session of the meeting is closed to the public because the Committee will review and discuss confidential commercial information and/or privileged intellectual property that if disclosed could harm the commercial interest of a submitter. The panel discussion could lead to premature disclosure of information that could significantly frustrate the Agency's implementation of proposed actions. Therefore this session is properly closed under exemptions 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), (4) and (9)(B) of the Government in the Sunshine Act.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-06/html/2012-8333.htm