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Federal Register Summary for week of 10 August

    Agriculture

  • Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

    DATES: The meeting dates are August 27-28, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    ADDRESSES: Columbia Ballroom B, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, 202B Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 12th and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250; Telephone (202) 720-3817; Fax (202) 690-4265; Email AC21@ars.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-06/html/2012-19113.htm

  • Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for August 20, 2012, 3-5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at 1311-B East- West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, (301) 427-8004; email: Mark.Holliday@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-06/html/2012-19164.htm

  • U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee (Committee) in Washington, DC.

    DATES AND TIMES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday August 29, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday August 30, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Ave. NW., Washington, DC, 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Snowden, Alternate Designated Federal Official, U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee, U.S. IOOS Program, 1100 Wayne Ave. Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone 301-427-2453; Fax 301-427-2073; Email Jessica.snowden@noaa.gov or visit the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.ioos.gov/about/governance/ioosadvisorycommittee.html.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-10/html/2012-19759.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register.

    DATES:

    • August 22, 2012; 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
    • August 23, 2012; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Renaissance DuPont Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; Email: Elliott.Levine@ee.doe.gov or Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: rtiley@bcs-hq.com.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-07/html/2012-19253.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of Two Public Quality Review Teleconferences of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the chartered SAB to conduct quality reviews of: (1) An SAB draft review report on EPA's ecological assessment action plan and (2) an SAB draft review report on EPA's accounting framework for biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources.

    DATES: The public teleconference on August 28, 2012, will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The public teleconference on August 31, 2012, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information the quality review teleconferences should contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2218; fax (202) 565-2098 or via email at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-07/html/2012-19310.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Council of Councils.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(9)(B), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The closed portion of the meeting is likely to include disclosure of trade secrets and/or commercial or confidential financial information obtained from a person. In addition, it is likely that premature disclosure of the matters to be discussed would significantly frustrate implementation of a proposed agency action.

    Name of Committee: Council of Councils.

    Date: September 5, 2012. Open: 8:30 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.

    Agenda: DPCPSI and NIH Updates, Comparative Medicine Research Training Opportunities and Update on Working Group on Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: 1:35 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Research Projects Involving Chimpanzees and Second-Level Review of Grant Applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: Updates on Tobacco Control Regulatory Science & Portfolio Analysis and Business of the Council.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Robin Kawazoe, Executive Secretary, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of The Director, NIH, Building 1, Room 260B, Bethesda, MD 20892, KAWAZOER@MAIL.NIH.GOV.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person. Information is also available on the Council of Council's home page at http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/council/. Where an agenda and proposals to be discussed will be posted before the meeting date.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-10/html/2012-19712.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of an extension of currently approved information collection.


    SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) 1028-0103 described below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This collection is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2013.

    DATES: Submit written comments by October 9, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this information collection to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); (703) 648- 7199 (fax); or smbaloch@usgs.gov (email). Please Reference Information 1028-0103 in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Jake F. Weltzin, Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, jweltzin@usgs.gov, (520) 626-3821.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: USA National Phenology Network--The Nature's Notebook Plant and Animal Observing Program.

    OMB Control Number: 1028-0103.

    Type of Request: Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection.

    Respondent Obligation: Voluntary.

    Abstract: The USA-NPN is a program sponsored by the USGS that uses standardized forms for tracking plant and animal activity as part of a project called Nature's Notebook. The Nature's Notebook forms are used to record phenology (e.g., timing of leafing or flowering of plants and reproduction or migration of animals) as part of a nationwide effort to understand and predict how plants and animals respond to environmental variation and changes in weather and climate. Contemporary data collected through Nature's Notebook are quality-checked, described and made publicly available; data are used to inform decision-making in a variety of contexts, including agriculture, drought monitoring, and wildfire risk assessment. Phenological information is also critical for the management of wildlife, invasive species, and agricultural pests, and for understanding and managing risks to human health and welfare, including allergies, asthma, and vector-borne diseases. Participants may contribute phenology information to Nature's Notebook through a browser-based web application or via mobile applications for iPhone and Android operating systems, meeting GPEA requirements. The web application interface consists several components: User registration, a searchable list of 877 plant and animal species which can be observed; a "profile'' for each species that contains information about the species including its description and the appropriate monitoring protocols; a series of interfaces for registering as an observer, registering a site, registering plants and animals at a site, generating datasheets to take to the field, and a data entry page that mimics the datasheets.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-10/html/2012-19626.htm

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Strategic Plan 2013-2017

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability of Strategic Plan; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces the availability of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Strategic Plan 2013--2017 (Plan), approved by the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF). The Plan is available for public review and comment.

    DATES: Comments must be received within 45 days after September 20, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the Strategic Plan are available on the ANSTF Web site, http://anstaskforce.gov. To obtain a hard copy of the Strategic Plan or to submit comments, see Document Availability and Public Comment under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret M. (Peg) Brady, NOAA Policy Liaison to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. 1315 East West Highway, SSMC 3, Rm. 15426 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone: 301-427-8655; Email: Peg.Brady@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-06/html/2012-19161.htm

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