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Federal Register Summary for week of 3 August

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  • Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board; Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the forthcoming meeting.

    Name of Committee: Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board (EAB).

    Date: August 28, 2012.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.

    Location: Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building (RMFB), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Room 331, Chicago, IL 60604.

    Agenda: The Board will advise the Chief of Engineers on environmental policy, identification and resolution of environmental issues and missions, and addressing challenges, problems and opportunities in an environmentally sustainable manner. Discussions and presentations during this meeting will focus on the effects of invasive species on native ecosystems and management techniques. Following the discussions and presentations there will be a public comment period.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John C. Furry, Designated Federal Officer, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314-1000; john.c.furry@usace.army.mil, Ph: (202) 761- 5875.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-03/html/2012-19002.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Availability of Microbial Risk Assessment Guideline: Pathogenic Microorganisms With Focus on Food and Water

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are announcing the availability of the Microbial Risk Assessment Guideline: Pathogenic Microorganisms with Focus on Food and Water (MRA Guideline). The MRA Guideline will improve transparency in the way that the two federal agencies conduct microbial risk assessment and also promote consistency in approaches and methods. The MRA Guideline can be applied to similar scenarios involving microbial contamination, and it will serve a resource for federal government risk assessors, their agents, contractors, and for other members of the risk assessment community. When appropriate, the EPA intends to use the guidance prospectively when conducting risk assessments.

    DATES: The document, Microbial Risk Assessment Guideline: Pathogenic Microorganisms with Focus on Food and Water will be available on July 31, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: A downloadable version and supporting materials are available on-line at http://www.epa.gov/raf/microbial.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael W. Broder, Risk Assessment Forum, Office of the Science Advisor (8105R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. His telephone number is (202) 564-3393. His email address is broder.michael@epa.gov.

    Internet: The document can be downloaded on-line at http://www.epa.gov/raf/microbial.htm.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-31/html/2012-18543.htm

  • Notice of Availability of the External Review Draft of Framework for Human Health Risk Assessment To Inform Decision Making

    AGENCY: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) announces a 60-day public comment period for the external review draft of "A Framework for Human Health Risk Assessment to Inform Decision Making.'' This document was developed as part of an agencywide program by the EPA Risk Assessment Forum. The EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of seeking public comment prior to external peer review. The document will undergo independent peer review during an expert peer review meeting that will be convened, organized, and conducted by a contractor of the EPA in 2012. The date of the external peer review meeting will be announced in a subsequent Federal Register notice. All comments received by the docket closing date September 28, 2012, will be shared with the external peer review panel for their consideration. Comments received after the close of the comment period may be considered by the agency when it finalizes the document. This document has not been formally disseminated by the EPA. This draft document does not represent and should not be construed to represent the EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination. Members of the public may obtain the external review draft from www.regulations.gov; or www.epa.gov/raf/FrameworkHHRA.htm or from Julie Fitzpatrick via the contact information below.

    This draft document describes a framework for conducting human health risk assessments that are responsive to the needs of decision making processes at the EPA. The document was developed by the EPA, to provide guidance to scientists and decision makers in the EPA.

    DATES: All comments received by the docket closing date September 28, 2012 will be shared with the external peer review panel for their consideration. Comments received beyond that time may be considered by the EPA when it finalizes the document.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- ORD-2012-0579, and by one of the following methods:

    Internet: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments in www.regulations.gov.

    Email: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: ORD Docket, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: The EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3334, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID EPA-HQ-ORD-2012-0579. Deliveries are only accepted from 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.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID EPA-HQ-ORD-2012- 0579. The EPA 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 by statute 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.

    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 ORD Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue 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 ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Fitzpatrick, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-4212; fax number: (202) 564-2070, Email: fitzpatrick.julie@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-30/html/2012-18409.htm

  • Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board; Environmental Economics Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee to discuss its draft review of EPA's White Paper "Retrospective Study of the Costs of EPA Regulations: An Interim Report'' (March 2012 draft).

    DATES: The public teleconferences will be held on Friday, September 7, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) and Friday, November 2, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the meeting may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564- 2073; fax (202) 565-2098; or email at stallworth.holly@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-01/html/2012-18796.htm

  • Interior

  • Notice of August 16, 2012, Teleconference Meeting of the National Park System Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting Notice.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix, that the National Park System Advisory Board will conduct a teleconference meeting on August 16, 2012. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person in Washington, DC.

    DATES: The teleconference meeting will be held on August 16, 2012, from 2:00 p.m., to 3:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, inclusive.

    ADDRESSES: The teleconference meeting will be conducted in Meeting Room C of the American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20009, telephone (202) 462-6900.

    Agenda: During this teleconference, the Board will deliberate the report of its Science Committee and make recommendations to the Director of the National Park Service. The Board also will consider the content and format for its year-end report.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning the National Park System Advisory Board or to request to address the Board, contact Shirley Sears Smith, National Park Service, 1201 I Street NW., 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005, telephone (202) 354-3955, email shirleyssmith@nps.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-31/html/2012-18580.htm

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