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Federal Register Summary for week of 12 October

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  • Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of 5-Year Review for Kemp's Ridley, Olive Ridley, Leatherback, and Hawksbill Sea Turtles

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

    ACTION: Notice of initiation of 5-year review; request for information.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces 5-year reviews of Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any such information on these sea turtles that has become available since that has become available since their last status review in 2007.

    DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we must receive your information no later than December 10, 2012. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0196, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the "submit a comment'' icon, then enter NOAA-NMFS-2012-0196 in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the "Submit a Comment'' icon on the right of that line.

    Mail or hand-delivery: Angela Somma, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, Endangered Species Division, 1325 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larissa Plants, Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8471.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-10/html/2012-24935.htm

  • National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee; Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule of a forthcoming meeting of the DoC NOAA National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC).

    DATES: Time and Date: The meeting will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 3-5 p.m. Eastern time.

    PLACE: This meeting will be a conference call. Public access will be available at the office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, Conference Room A, Suite 250, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20006. The public will not be able to dial into the call. Please check the National Climate Assessment Web site for additional information at http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment.

    Status

    The meeting will be open to public participation with a 10-minute public comment period from 4:45-4:55 p.m. The NCADAC 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 two minutes. Written comments should be received in the NCADAC DFO's office by Friday, October 19, 2012, to provide sufficient time for NCADAC review. Written comments received by the NCADAC DFO after Friday, October 19, 2012, will be distributed to the NCADAC, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date.

    Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2012, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal Official, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459, Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov.)

    Matters to be Considered

    Please refer to the Web page http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/NCADAC/index.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda, when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-10/html/2012-24866.htm

  • Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.

    DATES: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet November 2-7, 2012. The Pacific Council meeting will begin on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8 a.m., reconvening each day through Wednesday, November 7, 2012. All meetings are open to the public, except a closed session will be held at the end of business on Saturday, November 3, 2012 to address litigation and personnel matters. The Pacific Council will meet as late as necessary each day to complete its scheduled business.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings of the Pacific Council and its advisory entities will be held at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa Hotel, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; telephone: (714) 540-7000.

    Council Address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Donald O. McIsaac, Executive Director; telephone: (503) 820-2280 or (866) 806-7204 toll free; or access the Pacific Council Web site, http://www.pcouncil.org for the current meeting location, proposed agenda, and meeting briefing materials.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-12/html/2012-25117.htm

  • Science Advisory Board Satellite Task Force; Availability of Draft Report and Request for Comments

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) publishes this notice on behalf of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) to announce the availability of the draft report of the SAB Satellite Task Force (here called the SATTF) for public comment. The draft report of the SATTF has been prepared at NOAA's request made in September 2011. The NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) asked the SAB to review the existing and planned satellite programs and consider proposed alternatives to them. This report provides findings and recommendations from the SATTF on this topic.

    DATES: Comments on this draft report must be received by 5 p.m. on November 9, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The Draft Report of the SATTF will be available on the NOAA Science Advisory Board Web site at www.sab.noaa.gov/Reports/sattf.html. The public is encouraged to submit comments electronically to noaa.sab.comments2@noaa.gov. For individuals who do not have access to the Internet, comments may be submitted in writing to: NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) c/o Dr. Cynthia Decker, 1315 East-West Highway-R/ SAB, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, 1315 East-West Highway-R/SAB, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-734-1459) during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-10/html/2012-24864.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The Committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, P.L. 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled "Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 13 members representing academia, environmental non- governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 13 members representing state, local, and Tribal governments. The Committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC.

    The purpose of the meeting is to provide advice on issues related to the new CEC Communication Strategy and the role of the committee's in furthering the goals of the strategy. The committees will also review the CEC's 2013 Draft Operational Plan and learn about Tribal issues in North America. The meeting will also include a public comment session. A copy of the agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ofacmo/nacgac-page.htm.

    DATES: The National and Governmental Advisory Committees will hold an open meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, October 26, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. EPA, Conference Room B- 305, located in the Ariel Rios North Building, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004. Telephone: 202-564-2294. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis. If you plan to attend, please register with Ms. Stephanie McCoy, by no later than October 16th by calling 202-564-2294 or via email at mccoy.stephanie@epa.gov. Please provide your name, organization, address and telephone number.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, carrillo.oscar@epa.gov, 202-564-0347, U.S. EPA, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-12/html/2012-25143.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on Petitions To List the Mexican Gray Wolf as an Endangered Subspecies or Distinct Population Segment With Critical Habitat

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of 12-month petition finding.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12-month finding on two petitions to list the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) (Mexican wolf) as an endangered subspecies or Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Although not listed as a subspecies or DPS, the Mexican wolf is currently listed as endangered within the broader 1978 gray wolf listing, as revised, which listed the gray wolf in the lower 48 States and Mexico. Therefore, because all individuals that comprise the petitioned entity already receive the protections of the Act, we find that the petitioned action is not warranted at this time. However, we continue to review the appropriate conservation status of all gray wolves that comprise the 1978 gray wolf listing, as revised, and we may revise the current listing based on the outcome of that review.

    DATES: The finding announced in this document was made on October 9, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: This finding is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket Number FWS-R2-ES-2010-0045. Supporting documentation we used in preparing this finding is available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Headquarters Office, Endangered Species Program, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arlington, VA 22203. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions concerning this finding to the above street address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rick Sayers, (see ADDRESSES); by telephone at (703) 358-2171; or by facsimile at (703) 358-1735. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-09/html/2012-24275.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering; 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: NSF Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering (25104).

    Date and Time: October 25, 2012 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. October 26, 2012 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Place: The public is welcome to attend at Arlington Hilton Hotel, Gallery Ballroom I, 950 Stafford Street, Arlington, VA (next door to the National Science Foundation building).

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Robert Webber, NSF Office of International Science and Engineering, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. Telephone: 703-292-7569. Email: rwebber@nsf.gov.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations concerning support for research, education and related activities involving the U.S. science and engineering community working in a global context as well as strategic efforts to promote a more effective NSF role in international science and engineering.

    Agenda: Overview of international activities at NSF and beyond, discussion of data searching tools for international activities, and future directions for NSF's international advisory committee.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-10/html/2012-24887.htm

  • Advisory Committee for Polar Programs; 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: Advisory Committee for Polar Programs (1130).

    Date/Time: November 5, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and November 6, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Fae Korsmo, 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: To advise NSF on the impact of its policies, programs, and activities on the polar research community, to provide advice to the Director of OPP on issues related to merit review and long-range planning.

    Agenda: Staff presentations and discussion on opportunities and challenges for polar research, education and infrastructure; discussion of OPP Strategic Vision and Committee of Visitors process.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-09/html/2012-24717.htm

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); 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: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (1173).

    Dates/Time: October 30, 2012, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; October 31, 2012, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, contact the individual listed below. Your request should be received by email (banderso@nsf.gov) on or prior to October 25, 2012.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice T. Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Designated Federal Officer, Office of International and Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone Numbers: (703) 292-5151, (703) 292-8040 email: banderso@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the Senior Advisor and CEOSE Designated Federal Officer at the above address or the Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair

    Presentations and Discussions

    • Concurrence on the CEOSE Minutes of the June 19-20, 2012 Meeting
    • Presentation of Key Points from the Meeting among the National Science Foundation Director and CEOSE officers
    • A Conversation with Dr. Subra Suresh, Director and Dr. Cora B. Marrett, Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation
    • Reports of CEOSE Liaisons to NSF Advisory Committees
    • Discussion by Federal Agency Liaisons and working group representatives about interagency broadening participation activities
    • Discussion about the 2011-2012 biennial CEOSE report

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair

    Presentations, Discussions, and Reports

    • Broadening Participation Activities of NSF Centers and MRI Program
    • NSF Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan
    • Discussion about the biennial report continued
    • Discussion on CEOSE Unfinished Business and New Business

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-11/html/2012-24933.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council; Public Meetings

    AGENCY: Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and in collaboration with the European Commission, will hold the 2012 "EU-U.S.: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts'' joint workshop on October 25-26, 2012 in Helsinki, Finland. The purpose of this workshop is to further promote and deepen the EU- U.S. collaboration on nanosafety research and to develop the Communities of Research (CoRs). The event is aimed at administrators, policy makers, decision makers, and scientists from the EU and the U.S.

    NNCO and the European Commission will also host meetings for the CoRs on the topic of environmental, health, and safety issues related to nanomaterials between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2013. These CoRs will provide a platform for scientists from the U.S. and EU to develop a shared repertoire of protocols and methods to overcome research gaps and barriers. The co-chairs for each CoR will convene meetings and set meeting agendas with administrative support from the European Commission and the NNCO.

    The CoRs directly address Goal 4.2 of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan: "Develop tools and procedures for international outreach and engagement to assist stakeholders in developing best practices for communicating and managing risks.'' However, the CoRs are not envisioned to provide any government agency with advice or recommendations.

    The CoRs were proposed at the first U.S.-EU workshop on Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts, which was held in Washington, DC in March 2011. Based on feedback from the workshop participants, the following six CoR themes were announced in 2012:

    • Exposure through the Life Cycle, with Material Characterization.
    • Ecotoxicity Testing and Predictive Models, with Material Characterization.
    • Predictive Modeling for Human Health, with Material Characterization.
    • Databases and Ontologies.
    • Risk Assessment.
    • Risk Management and Control.

    The CoRs will hold several Webinars and/or conference calls between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2013. The envisioned end date for the CoRs is September 30, 2013.

    DATES: The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. CoR meetings will take place periodically between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2013. Meeting dates and call-in information will be posted on the Community of Research page at http://us-eu.org/ as meetings are scheduled.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topeliuksenkatu 30, Helsinki, Finland. The CoRs will meet via teleconferences and Web meetings.

    Registration: Due to space limitations, pre-registration for the workshop is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Individuals planning to attend the workshop should register online at http://www.ttl.fi/partner/nanoehs_workshop/registration/sivut/default.aspx. Written notices of participation by email should be sent to sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov or mailed to Stacey Standridge, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230. Individuals wishing to participate in any of the CoRs should send the participant's name, affiliation, and country of residence to Stacey Standridge at either of the addresses above. NNCO will collect email addresses from registrants to ensure that they are included in CoR conference calls and other meetings and that they receive information relevant to the CoR scope from other CoR members. Email addresses are submitted on a completely voluntary basis.

    Those interested in presenting 3-5 minutes of public comments at the U.S.-EU workshop on Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts or any of the CoR meetings should register for the appropriate event. For those who are unable to attend the workshop or CoR meetings in person, written or electronic comments should be submitted by email to sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov at least two business days prior to each meeting to provide time to copy and distribute the written comments to the participants.

    Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation to access these public meetings should contact Stacey Standridge (telephone 703-292-8103) at least ten business days prior to each meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Stacey Standridge at National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, by telephone (703-292-8103) or email (sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov). Additional information about the workshop, including the agenda, is posted at http://www.ttl.fi/partner/nanoehs_workshop/sivut/default.aspx. Additional information about the CoRs and their upcoming meetings is posted at http://us-eu.org/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-09/html/2012-24867.htm