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Federal Register Summary for week of 31 August

    Commerce

  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board). Board members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the National Sea Grant College Program Web site at http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/leadership/advisory_board.html.

    DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled 8 a.m.-5 p.m. AKDT Sunday, September 16 and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AKDT Monday, September 17, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Hotel Alyeska, 1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood, AK 99587.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on Monday, September 17 at 11:30 a.m. AKDT (check agenda on Web site to confirm time.) The Board 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 three (3) minutes. Written comments should be received by the Designated Federal Officer by September 12, 2012 to provide sufficient time for Board review. Written comments received after September 12, 2012, will be distributed to the Board, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first- come, first-served basis.

    Special Accomodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Elizabeth Ban, Designated Federal Officer at 301-734-1082 by September 7, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth Ban, Designated Federal Officer, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11843, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (301) 734-1082.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-30/html/2012-21378.htm

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2.

    DATES: Friday, September 7, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences (in the Lecture Room), 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, by email at: dstine@ostp.eop.gov; or telephone: (202) 456-6006. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-27/html/2012-21063.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Joint Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Counselors

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a joint public teleconference of the Chartered SAB and Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) to discuss a draft report providing advice on implementation of Office of Research and Development's (ORD's) strategic directions for research.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on September 19, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

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

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information regarding the quality review teleconference 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-2012-08-28/html/2012-21206.htm

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the chartered SAB to conduct quality reviews of: (1) An SAB draft review report on EPA's Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos and (2) an SAB draft report regarding EPA's Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards for FY2012.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on September 25, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information regarding the quality review teleconference 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-2012-08-28/html/2012-21254.htm

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board; Exposure and Human Health Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Exposure and Human Health Committee to discuss its draft report concerning EPA's application of computational toxicology (CompTox) data in risk assessment.

    DATES: The public teleconferences will be held on Monday September 24, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconference 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. Sue Shallal, 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) 564-2057; fax (202) 565-2098; or email at shallal.suhair@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-2012-08-28/html/2012-21212.htm

  • Interior

  • Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard

    AGENCY: Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

    ACTION: Notice of endorsement of coastal and marine ecological classification standard.


    SUMMARY: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) has endorsed the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) as the first-ever comprehensive federal data standard for classifying and describing coastal and marine ecosystems.

    CMECS provides a means of classifying ecological and habitat units using a common terminology. It provides a uniform protocol for identifying, characterizing and naming ecological units in support of monitoring, protection, and restoration of unique biotic assemblages, protected species, critical habitat, and important ecosystem components.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Documentation for the standard is available for download at www.csc.noaa.gov/cmecs. A searchable online catalog of CMECS units and their descriptions is available at www.cmecscatalog.org.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Rebecca Allee, NOAA Coastal Services Center--Gulf Coast Region, Building 1100, Suite 232, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529, Email: nos.csc.cmecs_ig@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-31/html/2012-21552.htm

  • Draft Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan Within Eight-State Planning Area

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of intent, request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), advise the public that we, in coordination with our planning partners, intend to prepare the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The planning partners are currently considering for inclusion in the MSHCP certain species that are federally listed, as well as other species likely to become listed, within the eight-State planning area. Planning partners in this effort include the conservation agencies for the eight states, The Conservation Fund, and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). We provide this notice to (1) Describe the proposal; (2) advise other Federal and State agencies, potentially affected tribal interests, and the public of our intent to prepare the MSHCP; (3) seek public input, suggestions, and information on any issues pertaining to this planning process; (4) and to seek public input on what the permit area should be within the eight-State planning area.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, we request written comments on or before October 1, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments or request information by any one of the following methods:

    U.S. Mail: Regional Director, Attn: Rick Amidon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458;

    Facsimile: 612/713-5292 (Attn: Rick Amidon); or

    Email: midwestwindhcp@fws.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rick Amidon, (612) 713-5164.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-30/html/2012-21498.htm

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee: Meeting

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix (1988), of a meeting of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee). This meeting will be open to the public. The agenda may include requests to the Review Committee for a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior, as required by law, in order to effect the agreed-upon disposition of Native American human remains determined to be culturally unidentifiable; presentations by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, Federal agencies, and the public; requests to the Review Committee, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006 (c)(3), for review and findings of fact related to the identity or cultural affiliation of human remains or other cultural items, or the return of such items; and facilitation of the resolution of disputes among parties are convened by the Review Committee pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006 (c)(4).

    DATES: The Review Committee will meet on May 22-23, 2013. Presentation requests must be received by March 22, 2013. Requests for disposition or for findings of fact must be received by March 9, 2013. Requests to convene parties and facilitate resolution of a dispute must be received by February 3, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The Review Committee will meet in the History Colorado Center of the History Colorado Museum, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. Electronic submissions are to be sent to: Sherry_Hutt@nps.gov. Mailed submissions are to be sent to: Designated Federal Officer, NAGPRA Review Committee, National Park Service, National NAGPRA Program, 1201 Eye Street NW., 8th Floor (2253), Washington, DC 20005.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-31/html/2012-21614.htm

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