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Federal Register Summary for week of 25 January

    Agriculture

  • National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; Reestablishment

    AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of reestablishment of Committee.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice is announcing the reestablishment of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). The Committee is being reestablished in cooperation with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The establishment of the Committee was recommended by a 1985 report of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Food Protection, Subcommittee on Microbiological Criteria, "An Evaluation of the Role of Microbiological Criteria for Foods.'' The current charter for the NACMCF is available for viewing on the NACMCF homepage at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/About_FSIS/NACMCF/index.asp.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Thomas, Advisory Committee Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Room 9-214D Patriots Plaza III, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700. Telephone number: (202) 690-6620.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-23/html/2013-01235.htm

  • Commerce

  • Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf, and South Atlantic; Aquaculture

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

    ACTION: Supplemental Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a supplement to the final programmatic environmental impact statement (SFPEIS); request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) previously published a NOI for the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (FMP; formerly the Draft Generic Amendment to Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plans for Offshore Aquaculture) on September 2, 2004. A notice of availability for the draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) was published on September 12, 2008. On June 26, 2009, a notice of availability was published for the final PEIS.

    This supplemental NOI is intended to inform the public of NMFS and the Council's decision to consider new information from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) MC252 blowout. This information is needed in order to consider potential changes to the environment linked to the DWH blowout and determine if and how such changes may affect the actions and alternatives analyzed in the FMP. Comments are being solicited on the range of issues related to the DWH blowout to be addressed in the SFPEIS.

    DATES: Written comments on the range of issues to be addressed in the SFPEIS will be accepted until February 25, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the supplemental NOI identified by NOAA-NMFS-2008-0233 by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA- NMFS-2008-0233, click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Submit written comments to Jess Beck, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

    Instructions: 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 by NMFS. 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.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. 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, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    Electronic copies of the FMP, which includes a final programmatic environmental impact statement (FPEIS), an initial regulatory flexibility analysis (IRFA), and a regulatory impact review (RIR) may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web site at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/AquacultureHomepage.htm or may be downloaded from the Council's Web site at http://gulfcouncil.org/fisherymanagementplans/aquaculture_management.php.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jess Beck, 727-824-5301, email: Jess.Beck@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-25/html/2013-01562.htm

  • Science Advisory Board; Notice of Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2013, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3, Room 4527, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Md. Members of the public will not be able to dial in to this meeting.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 5- minute public comment period from 2:50-2:55 p.m. The SAB 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 one minute. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by February 14, 2013 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after February 14, 2013, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-23/html/2013-01277.htm

  • Interior

  • Quagga Mussel Strategic Planning Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting to gather information for planning an FY13 strategy to minimize the spread of quagga mussels from the Colorado River and a framework for working beyond FY13. Priorities for minimizing the spread of these mussels will be discussed. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Utah Division of Wildlife, 1594 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84114.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Britton, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, by telephone at 817-272-3714, or by email to David_Britton@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-25/html/2013-01468.htm

  • Transportation

  • Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group Aviation Rulemaking Committee

    AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: By Federal Register notice (See 77 FR 27835-27836, May 11, 2012 and 77 FR 48201, August 13, 2012) the National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invited interested persons to apply to fill one upcoming opening on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The notice invited interested persons to apply to fill a vacancy representing environmental concerns due to the incumbent member's completion of a three-year term appointment on October 9, 2012. Since the previous notices did not draw enough responses from individuals for the open environmental vacancy, NPS and FAA are using this notice to invite other interested individuals to apply for the environmental opening. If you responded to either of the initial notices for the environmental opening, you will still be under consideration and need not re-apply. This notice also informs the public of another upcoming opening to represent commercial air tour operator interests due to an incumbent member's completion of a three-year term appointment on May 19, 2013.

    DATES: Persons interested in applying for the NPOAG openings representing environmental concerns and commercial air tour operator interests need to apply by February 22, 2013.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Lusk, Special Programs Staff, Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region Headquarters, P.O. Box 92007, Los Angeles, CA 90009-2007, telephone: (310) 725-3808, email: Keith.Lusk@faa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-24/html/2013-01381.htm

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