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Federal Register Summary for week of 9 November

    Commerce

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revisions to the Regulations for Impact Analyses of Critical Habitat

    AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Proposed rule, reopening of comment period.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the "Services'' or "we''), announce the reopening of the public comment period on our August 24, 2012, proposed rule to revise our regulations pertaining to impact analyses conducted for designations of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). We are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties additional time to review and comment on our proposed rule. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.

    DATES: We will accept comments from all interested parties until February 6, 2013. Please note that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Search for FWS-R9-ES-2011-0073, which is the docket number for this rulemaking.

    U.S. Mail or Hand Delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R9-ES-2011-0073; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, PDM- 2042; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Request for Information section below for more information).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-08/html/2012-27248.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Request for Information To Inform Hydraulic Fracturing Research Related to Drinking Water Resources

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: EPA is inviting the public to submit data and scientific literature to inform EPA's research on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.

    DATES: EPA will accept data and literature in response to this request until April 30, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Using the online method is preferred for submitting information. Follow the online instructions at http://www.regulations.gov, and identify your submission with Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.

    Additional methods for submission are:

    Email: Send information by electronic mail (email) to: ord.docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.

    Fax: Fax information to: (202) 566-9744, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.

    Mail: Send information by mail to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver information to: EPA Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674. Deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of operation, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Eastern), Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your information to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2010-0674. EPA's policy is that all information 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 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 information electronically, 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 EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, 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. Information on a CD ROM should be formatted as a MS Word, Rich Text or Adobe Acrobat PDF file. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    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 EPA Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern), 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: For further information contact Lisa Matthews, Mail Code 8101R, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-6669; via fax at: (202) 565-2430; or via email at: matthews.lisa@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-09/html/2012-27452.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

    Date: November 27, 2012.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Times are approximate and subject to change).

    Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding: (1) A proposed framework for guiding HHS funding decisions on HPAI H5N1 gain-of- function research; (2) report of the NSABB Working Group on Global Engagement; and (3) other business of the Board.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor, Room 6, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.

    Contact Person: Ronna Hill, NSABB Program Assistant, NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 496-9838, hillro@od.nih.gov.

    Submitted Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established the NSABB to provide advice regarding federal oversight of dual use research, defined as biological research that generates information and technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to public health and/or national security.

    The meeting will be open to the public, however pre-registration is strongly recommended due to space limitations. Persons planning to attend should register online at: http://oba.od.nih.gov/biosecurity/biosecurity_meetings.html or by calling Palladian Partners, Inc. (Contact: Joel Yaccarino at 301-650-8660). Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should indicate these requirements upon registration.

    This meeting will also be webcast. To access the webcast, as well as the draft meeting agenda and preregistration information, connect to: http://oba.od.nih.gov/biosecurity/biosecurity_meetings.html. Please check this site for updates.

    Any member of the public interested in presenting oral comments relevant to the mission of the NSABB at the open meeting should notify the Contact Person listed on this notice. Interested individuals and representatives of an organization may submit a letter of intent, a brief description of the organization represented, and a short description of the oral presentation. Only one representative of an organization may be allowed to present oral comments. Both printed and electronic copies are requested for the record. In addition, any interested person may file written comments relevant to the mission of the NSABB. All written comments should be sent via email to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The written comments should include the name, address, telephone number and, when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the commenter.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-06/html/2012-26994.htm

  • Request for Nominations for Candidates To Serve on the National Public Health Surveillance and Biosurveillance Advisory Committee (NPHSBAC)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the National Public Health Surveillance and Biosurveillance Advisory Committee (NPHSBAC). This committee provides advice and guidance to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding the broad range of issues impacting the human health component of biosurveillance. The Committee will ensure that the Federal Government is meeting the goal of enabling State and local government public health surveillance capabilities. Specifically, this includes recommendations related to both traditional and innovative information sources of human health related data from State and local government public health authorities and appropriate private sector health care entities. This also includes recommendations to enable healthcare and public health information exchange.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishments of the Committee's objectives. Nominees will be selected based upon expertise in the field of public health surveillance and biosurveillance; multi- disciplinary expertise in public health; scientific and technical expertise. Whenever possible, nominees should be acknowledged experts in their fields whose credibility is beyond question. All nominees should have demonstrated skills in critical evaluation of data and communication skills necessary to promote efficient and effective deliberations.

    Federal employees will not be considered for membership. Members may be invited to serve up to four-year terms. Consideration is given to representation from diverse geographic areas, both genders, ethnic and minority groups, and the disabled. Nominees must be U.S. citizens.

    The following information must be submitted for each candidate: Name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and current curriculum vitae. Email addresses are requested if available.

    Nominations should be sent, in writing, and postmarked by November 30, 2012 to: Vernellia Johnson, Management and Program Analyst, Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, 2500 Century Center Boulevard, Room 3017, Atlanta, Georgia 30345 or via email to hft9@cdc.gov. Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register Notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-06/html/2012-27053.htm

  • Interior

  • Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Sixteenth Regular Meeting; Provisional Agenda; Announcement of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The United States, as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), will attend the sixteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP16) in Bangkok, Thailand, during March 3 to15, 2013. Currently, the United States is developing its negotiating positions on proposed resolutions, decisions, and amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals), as well as other agenda items that have been submitted by other Party countries, the permanent CITES committees, and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP16. With this notice we announce the provisional agenda for CoP16, solicit your comments on the items on the provisional agenda, and announce a public meeting to discuss the items on the provisional agenda.

    DATES: Public meeting: The public meeting will be held on December 5, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. Comment submission: In developing the U.S. negotiating positions on proposed resolutions, decisions, and species proposals, and other agenda items submitted by other Party countries, the permanent CITES committees, and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP16, we will consider written information and comments you submit if we receive them by January 8, 2013.

    ADDRESSES:

    Public Meeting

    The public meeting will be held in the Sidney Yates Auditorium at the Main Interior Building at 18th and C Streets NW., Washington, DC. Directions to the building can be obtained by contacting the Division of Management Authority (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). For more information about the meeting, see "Announcement of Public Meeting'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Comment Submission

    Comments should be submitted by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-R9- IA-2011-0087.

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R9-IA-2011-0087; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will not consider comments sent by email or fax, or to an address not listed in the ADDRESSES section. Comments and materials we receive in response to this notice will be posted for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov and will be available by appointment, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, at either the Division of Management Authority or the Division of Scientific Authority.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information pertaining to resolutions, decisions, and agenda items, contact: Robert R. Gabel, Chief, Division of Management Authority; telephone 703-358-2095; facsimile 703-358-2298. For information pertaining to species proposals, contact: Rosemarie Gnam, Chief, Division of Scientific Authority; telephone 703-358-1708; fascsimile 703-358-2276.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-09/html/2012-27385.htm

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Draft Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Review

    AGENCY: Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Framework Agreement for Early Restoration Addressing Injuries Resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies (Trustees) have prepared a Phase II Draft Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Review (DERP/ER) describing and proposing two additional early restoration projects intended to continue the process of restoring natural resources and services injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which occurred on or about April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the DERP/ER and to seek written comments on the proposed restoration alternative presented in the DERP/ER.

    DATES:

    Comments Due Date: We will consider public comments received on or before December 10, 2012.

    Public Meetings: A public meeting is scheduled to facilitate public review and comment on the DERP/ER. Both written and verbal public comments will be taken at the meeting. The meeting will be held on November 13, 2012, at the Escambia County Central Complex Building (a.k.a. the LEED Building), Room 104, 3363 West Park Place, Pensacola, Florida 32505. An open house will begin at 6:00 p.m. (central time); the formal meeting, including a presentation of the DERP/ER will begin at 7:00 p.m. (central time). A meeting notice will be posted on the web at www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    ADDRESSES:

    Obtaining Documents: You may download the DERP/ER and the framework agreement at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov or http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon. You may also review hard copies of the DERP/ER at any of the public repositories listed at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments on the DERP/ER by one of following methods:

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Spears at fw4coastalDERPcomments@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-06/html/2012-27080.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council.

    DATES: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Note: All times listed are local time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Building 4200, Room P- 110, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marla King, NAC Administrative Officer, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546, Phone: 202-358-1148.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-08/html/2012-27263.htm

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Earth Science Subcommittee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Science Committee of the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, November 29, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW., Room 9H40, Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian Norris, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452, fax (202) 358-4118, or mnorris@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-08/html/2012-27230.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Computer and Information Science and Engineering; 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 Computer and Information Science and Engineering (1115).

    Date/Time: November 28, 2012: 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., November 29, 2012: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1235, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Carmen Whitson, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1105, Arlington, Virginia 22203, 703/ 292-8900.

    Purpose of Meeting: To advise NSF on the impact of its policies, programs and activities on the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) community. To provide advice to the Assistant Director for CISE on issues related to long-range planning for research, education, and infrastructure.

    Agenda:

    • Overview of CISE programs and priorities, including programmatic updates on Big Data and Smart Health.
    • Overview of Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) programs and priorities.
    • Update on CISE's use of virtual panels.
    • Report from Education and Workforce Development subcommittee.
    • Report from Mid-scale Infrastructure subcommittee.
    • Presentations from recent Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Frontier awardees.
    • Welcome from Dr. Subra Suresh, NSF Director, and Dr. Cora Marrett, NSF Deputy Director.
    • Closing remarks and wrap up.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-07/html/2012-27067.htm

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