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Federal Register Summary for week of 15 June

    Agriculture

  • National Environmental Policy Act: Categorical Exclusions for Soil and Water Restoration Activities

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of proposed rule; request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, is proposing to supplement its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations (36 CFR Part 220) with three new categorical exclusions for activities that restore lands negatively impacted by water control structures, natural and human caused events, and roads and trails. These categorical exclusions will allow the Forest Service to more efficiently analyze and document the potential environmental effects of soil and water restoration projects that are intended to restore the flow of waters into natural channels and floodplains by removing water control structures, such as dikes, ditches, culverts and pipes; restore lands and habitat to pre-disturbance conditions, to the extent practicable, by removing debris, sediment, and hazardous conditions following natural or human-caused events; and restore lands occupied by roads and trails to natural conditions.

    The proposed road and trail restoration category would be used for restoring lands impacted by non-system roads and trails that are no longer needed and no longer maintained. This category would not be used to make access decisions about which roads and trails are to be designated for public use.

    DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before August 13, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments online at http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments by addressing them to Restoration CE Comments, P.O. Box 4208, Logan, UT 84323, or by facsimile to (801) 397-1605. Please identify your written comments by including "Categorical Exclusions'' on the cover sheet or the first page. Electronic comments are preferred. For comments sent via U.S. Postal Service, please do not submit duplicate electronic or facsimile comments. Please confine comments to the proposed rule on Categorical Exclusion for Restoration Activities.

    All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, will be placed in the record and will be available for public inspection and copying.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Gaulke, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff, (202) 205-1521. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-13/html/2012-14284.htm

  • Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Animal Welfare

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with its Animal Welfare Act regulations for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain animals by dealers, research facilities, exhibitors, carriers, and intermediate handlers.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 13, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2012-0048-0001.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2012-0048, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2012- 0048 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the Animal Welfare Act regulations, contact Dr. Barbara Kohn, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Animal Care, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 84, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3751. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-12/html/2012-14302.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Meetings of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council--Notice of Public Meetings

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of a public webinar/conference call and a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or agency) is announcing one public webinar/conference call and one in-person meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council), established under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The Council will consider various issues associated with drinking water protection and public water systems. For the webinar/conference call, the Council will discuss a draft guidance for EPA permit writers relative to hydraulic fracturing using diesel fuels under the SDWA's Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program and also options for assisting small water systems in achieving sustainable practices. For the in-person meeting, the primary focus will be for the Council to discuss the proposed regulation of perchlorate under the SDWA. Also at this in-person meeting, the Council will discuss assistance to small water systems among other program issues.

    DATES: The webinar/conference call will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, and the in-person meeting will be held on September 12, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Time, and September 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Central Time.

    ADDRESSES: The webinar/conference call will be available through Internet access. Instructions for attending will be available to anyone who requests to attend (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section for procedures for making the request). The in-person meeting on September 12 and 13, 2012, will be held at the EPA's Chicago Regional Office (EPA Region 5) at the Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604-3590 and will also be open to the public.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who would like to register and receive pertinent information, present an oral statement or submit a written statement for the June 27 webinar/ conference call should contact Roy Simon, by email, Simon.Roy@epa.gov, by phone, 202-564-3868, or by regular mail at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (MC 4601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. Similarly, those members of the public who would like to register and receive information, present an oral statement, or submit a written statement for the September 13 and 14 in-person meeting should contact Roy Simon. Further details about participating in the webinar and the in-person meeting can be found in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-11/html/2012-13822.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Draft Five-Year Plan (2013-2017) for the National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods and the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods

    AGENCY: Division of National Toxicology Program (DNTP), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    ACTION: Availability of Draft Plan, Request for Comments


    SUMMARY: The National Toxicology Program (NTP) Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM) in collaboration with the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) has developed a draft NICEATM-ICCVAM Five-Year Plan. The plan describes four core strategies to foster and promote development, validation, and regulatory acceptance of scientifically sound alternative test methods by the Federal government and by other governments and multinational organizations. This document will provide strategic direction for NICEATM and ICCVAM during 2013-2017.

    NIEHS and NICEATM request public comments on the draft 2013-2017 Five-Year Plan, which is available at http://iccvam.niehs.nih.gov/docs/5yearplan.htm. NICEATM and ICCVAM in partnership with relevant agency program offices will consider these comments during development of the final plan.

    DATES: The draft plan is available on the NICEATM-ICCVAM Web site at http://iccvam.niehs.nih.gov/docs/5yearplan.htm. Written comments on the draft updated NICEATM-ICCVAM Five-Year Plan should be submitted on the Web site by August 13, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. William S. Stokes, Director, NICEATM, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, Mail Stop: K2-16, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709, (telephone) 919-541-2384, (fax) 919-541-0947, (email) niceatm@niehs.nih.gov. Courier address: NICEATM, NIEHS, Room 2034, 530 Davis Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-13/html/2012-14435.htm

  • Fogarty International Center 2013 Strategic Plan

    National Institutes of Health

    SUMMARY: The Fogarty International Center (FIC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is updating its strategic plan. To anticipate and set priorities for global health research and research training, FIC requests input from scientists, the general public, and interested parties. The goal of this strategic planning process is to identify current and future needs and directions for global health research and research training. The existing FIC strategic plan can be viewed at: http://www.fic.nih.gov/About/Pages/Strategic-Plan.aspx.

    DATES: Submit responses to the Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation, FIC on or before July 6, 2012.

    Address and for Further Information Contact: Please submit written responses to Dr. Rachel Sturke, Evaluation Officer, Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Sturke may also be reached by email at FICStratPlan@mail.nih.gov, or through our web address: http://www.fic.nih.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Fogarty International Center is dedicated to advancing the mission of the National Institutes of Health by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.

    The Fogarty International Center supports basic, clinical and applied research and training for U.S. and foreign investigators working in the developing world. Since its formation more than 40 years ago, Fogarty has served as a bridge between NIH and the greater global health community--facilitating exchanges among investigators, providing training opportunities and supporting promising research initiatives in developing countries.

    In order to inform its 2013 Strategic Plan, FIC specifically, but not exclusively, requests comments on the following topics:

    1. What are specific gaps, needs, and opportunities in global health research that should be addressed by Fogarty in the next 5-10 years?
    2. What are specific gaps, needs, and opportunities in global health research training that should be addressed by Fogarty in the next 5-10 years?
    3. Are there specific gaps and/or opportunities related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), mobile technologies (mHealth), and distance learning in research and research training?
    4. What are specific gaps, needs, and opportunities related to research and research training in chronic, non-communicable diseases?
    5. What are specific gaps, needs, and opportunities related to research and research training in infectious diseases?
    6. How can Fogarty strengthen the research-enabling environment at research institutions in low and middle income countries?
    7. How can Fogarty encourage more collaboration in research and research training among institutions in low and middle income countries?

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-13/html/2012-14465.htm

  • Implementation of Federal Financial Report--Upcoming Mandatory Use of the Federal Financial Report System in the eRA Commons

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    Purpose

    Beginning October 1, 2012, CDC will implement the expenditure data portion of the Federal Financial Report (FFR) in the Electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons. The transition to use the FFR for reporting expenditure data includes new reporting dates for annual FFRs, and reporting of cumulative data only.

    Background

    The Office of Management and Budget has consolidated the Financial Status Report (FSR or SF-269/SF-269A) and the Federal Cash Transaction Report (FCTR or SF-272/SF-272A) into a single form known as the Federal Financial Report (FFR or SF-425/SF-425A). Since January 1, 2010, CDC grantees have been required to report cash transaction data via the Payment Management System (PMS) using the FFR cash transaction data elements. The FSR/FFR module allows grantees to electronically submit a statement of expenditures associated with their grant to the sponsor of the grant via eRA Commons. The new eRA Commons system was piloted with 5 Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) institutions that assisted CDC with feedback and testing during the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011.

    The Electronic Research Administration (eRA) was established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in response to the Government Paperwork Elimination Act requiring federal agencies to pursue electronic means of production. The intent of eRA is to provide for secure receipt, review and administration of electronic grants. The eRA Commons offers a meeting place for grantees tracking research grants administration information and applications and will now be used by grantees to submit their FFRs.

    DATES: The effective date is October 1, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Technical Information Management Section (TIMS), Procurement and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2920 Brandywine Rd, NE., Atlanta, GA 30341; telephone (770) 488-2700; email @ PGOTIM@CDC.GOV.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-11/html/2012-14049.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings

    The National Science Board's Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators, 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: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion of a revised draft of the second policy Companion to Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 on the topic of state funding of public research universities.

    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 Street 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: Lisa Nichols, National Science Board Office, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-13/html/2012-14558.htm

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings

    The National Science Board's Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators, 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: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion of a revised draft of the second policy Companion to Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 on the topic of state funding of public research universities.

    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 Street 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: Lisa Nichols, National Science Board Office, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-13/html/2012-14560.htm

  • Notice of Record of Decision

    Notice of Record of Decision

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice of Record of Decision.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding the ROD contact: Holly Smith, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 725, Arlington, VA 22230; telephone: (703) 292-8583; email: nepacomments@nsf.gov.

    SUMMARY: On June 12, 2012, the National Science Foundation (NSF) signed a Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS/OEIS) (hereafter Final PEIS) for Marine Seismic Research Funded by NSF or Conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The Final PEIS assesses the potential impacts on the human and natural environment as a result of marine seismic surveys conducted during marine geophysical research funded by NSF or conducted by the USGS. The Proposed Action is for academic and U.S. government scientists in the U.S., and possible international collaborators, to conduct marine seismic research using a variety of acoustic sources from research vessels operated by U.S. academic institutions and government agencies. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to fund the investigation of the geology and geophysics of the seafloor by collecting seismic reflection and refraction data that reveal the structure and stratigraphy of the crust and/or overlying sediment below the world's oceans. NSF has a continuing need to fund seismic surveys that enable scientists to collect data essential to understanding complex Earth processes beneath the ocean floor.

    Prior to issuance of the ROD, NSF prepared the Final PEIS as the lead federal agency with support from the cooperating agencies, USGS and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Final PEIS was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and made available to the public in June 2011. Two action alternatives (Alternative A and Alternative B) and the No-Action Alternative were assessed. Alternative B, the preferred alternative, was selected in the ROD. The USGS will prepare and publish a separate ROD for the Final PEIS.

    The NSF ROD is available on the Internet at: http://www.nsf.gov/geo/oce/envcomp/ in Adobe[supreg] portable document format (pdf).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-15/html/2012-14661.htm

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