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Federal Register Summary for week of 1 March

    Agriculture

  • Wildland Fire Executive Council Meeting Schedule

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., 2, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Wildland Fire Executive Council (WFEC) will meet as indicated below.

    DATES: The next meeting will be held on March 19-20, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 19 and from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on March 20 at the Peppermill Resort, 2707 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shari Eckhoff, Designated Federal Officer, 300 E Mallard Drive, Suite 170, Boise, Idaho 83706; telephone (208) 334-1552; fax (208) 334-1549; or email Shari_Eckhoff@ios.doi.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-27/html/2013-04500.htm

  • Commerce

  • National Forest System Land Management Planning Directives

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of issuance of agency proposed directives; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Service has issued proposed directives to Forest Service Handbook (FSH 1909.12) and Manual (FSM 1920) establishing procedures and responsibilities for implementing the National Forest System (NFS) land management planning regulation. Issuance of these proposed directives will provide consistent overall guidance to Forest Service Line Officers and Agency employees in developing, amending, or revising land management plans for units of the NFS. Public comment is invited and will be considered in developing the final directives.

    DATES: Comments must be received in writing by April 29, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Submit comments concerning the proposed directives through one of the following methods:

    1. Public participation portal: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?Project=30641. Comments may also be provided through the Federal rulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    2. Facsimile: Fax to: 503.224.1851. Please identify your comments by including "RIN 0596-AD06'' or "planning directives'' on the cover sheet or the first page.
    3. U.S. Postal Service: The mailing address is: USDA Forest Service Planning Directives Comments, P.O. Box 40088, Portland, OR 97240.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Annie Eberhart Goode, Planning Specialist, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff, 202-205-1056 or 703-605-4478.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-27/html/2013-04470.htm

  • Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council); March 5-11, 2013 Pacific Council Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.

    DATES: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet March 5- 11, 2013. The Pacific Council meeting will begin on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 8 a.m., reconvening each day through Monday, March 11, 2013. All meetings are open to the public, except a closed session will be held at the end of the scheduled agenda on Saturday, March 9 to address litigation and personnel matters. The Pacific Council will meet as late as necessary each day to complete its scheduled business. In addition to the formal, numbered agenda items, there will be an informal Council informational session on the morning of Thursday, March 7 to help with understanding various issues and objectives associated with developing a new management process for groundfish fisheries under Amendment 24.

    ADDRESSES: Meetings of the Pacific Council and its advisory entities will be held at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, Washington 98402; telephone: 888-862-3255. The Pacific Council address is Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, Oregon 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-2013-02-28/html/2013-04783.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Announcement of the Board of Directors for the National Environmental Education Foundation

    AGENCY: Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) was created by Section 10 of Public Law 101-619, the National Environmental Education Act of 1990. It is a private 501 (c)(3) non- profit organization established to promote and support education and training as necessary tools to further environmental protection and sustainable, environmentally sound development. It provides the common ground upon which leaders from business and industry, all levels of government, public interest groups, and others can work cooperatively to expand the reach of environmental education and training programs beyond the traditional classroom. The Foundation supports a grant program that promotes innovative environmental education and training programs; it also develops partnerships with government and other organizations to administer projects that promote the development of an environmentally literal public. The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as required by the terms of the Act, announces the following appointment to the National Environmental Education Foundation Board of Trustees. The appointee is Megan Reilly Cayten, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Catrinka, LLC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice of Appointment, please contact Mrs. Stephanie Owens, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education (1701A) U.S. EPA 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information concerning NEEF can be found on their Web site at: http://www.neefusa.org.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-26/html/2013-04398.htm

  • Watershed Modeling To Assess the Sensitivity of Streamflow, Nutrient, and Sediment Loads to Climate Change and Urban Development in 20 U.S. Watersheds

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Public Comment Period and Letter Peer-Review.


    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a 45-day public comment period for the draft document titled Watershed Modeling to Assess the Sensitivity of Streamflow, Nutrient, and Sediment Loads to Climate Change and Urban Development in 20 U.S. Watersheds (EPA/600/R-12/058). EPA also is announcing that an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review will select an independent group of experts to conduct a letter peer review of the draft document. The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development and is intended to characterize the sensitivity of streamflow, nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus), and sediment loading to a range of plausible mid-21st century climate change and urban development scenarios. The study also provides an improved understanding of methodological challenges associated with integrating existing tools and datasets to assess the potential effects of climate change and urban development on stream flow and water quality.

    EPA intends to forward the public comments that are submitted in accordance with this notice to the external peer reviewers for their consideration during the letter review. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments received in accordance with this notice. EPA is releasing this draft assessment for the purposes of public comment and peer review. This draft assessment is not final as described in EPA's information quality guidelines and it does not represent and should not be construed to represent Agency policy or views. The draft document is available via the Internet on the NCEA home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at www.epa.gov/ncea.

    DATES: The 45-day public comment period begins March 1, 2013 and ends April 15, 2013. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by April 15, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The draft document, Watershed Modeling to Assess the Sensitivity of Streamflow, Nutrient, and Sediment Loads to Climate Change and Urban Development in 20 U.S. Watersheds, is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, and the document title.

    Comments may be submitted electronically via www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or email: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    For technical information, contact Thomas Johnson, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8618; facsimile: 703-347-8694; or email: johnson.thomas@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-01/html/2013-04807.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; 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 a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public, 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.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: March 25, 2013.

    Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. e.s.t.

    Agenda: To discuss the report on the site visit review of the Office of NIH History program in the Office of Intramural Research.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 1, Room 151, 1 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Teleconference).

    Conference Call Access: Conference line: 888-989-8138. Participant Passcode: 59004.

    Contact Person: Margaret McBurney, Program Specialist, Office of the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, Office of the Director, NIH, 1 Center Drive, Room 151, Bethesda, MD 20892, mmcburney@od.nih.gov, Phone: (301) 496-1921, Fax: (301) 402-4273.

    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.

    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.

    Information is also available on the Office of Intramural Research home page: http://sourcebook.od.nih.gov/ where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-01/html/2013-04742.htm

  • Interior

  • Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Sixteenth Regular Meeting; Tentative U.S. Negotiating Positions for Agenda Items and Species Proposals Submitted by Foreign Govern

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: We, 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 3-14, 2013. This notice announces the availability of tentative U.S. negotiating positions on amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals), draft resolutions and decisions, and agenda items submitted by other countries and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP16.

    ADDRESSES: Copies of tentative U.S. negotiating positions on amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals), draft resolutions and decisions, and agenda items submitted by other countries and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP16 are available:

    Electronically at: http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-R9-IA-2011-0087, or on our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/international/cites/cop16/index.html;

    By email request to: managementauthority@fws.gov; or

    By postal mail or in person, by appointment, at: Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 212, Arlington, VA 22203.

    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; email, managementauthority@fws.gov. For information pertaining to species proposals contact: Dr. Rosemarie Gnam, Chief, Division of Scientific Authority; telephone, 703-358-1708; email, scientificauthority@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-28/html/2013-04573.htm

  • Marine Mammal Commission

  • Sunshine Act Meetings

    TIME AND DATE: The Marine Mammal Commission will meet in open session on Tuesday, 12 March 2013, in Seattle, Washington, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, 26 March 2013, in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    PLACE: The meeting on Tuesday, 12 March 2013, will be held in the Traynor Room (Room 2076) in Building 4 at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Western Regional Center, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, Washington, 98115. The meeting on Tuesday, 26 March 2013, will be held in the 11th Floor Conference Room at the National Marine Fisheries Service's Pacific Islands Regional Office, Suite 1110, 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814.

    STATUS: The Commission expects that all portions of these meetings will be open to the public. It will allow public participation as time permits and as determined to be desirable by the Chairman. Should it be determined that it is appropriate to close a portion of either meeting to the public, any such closure will be carried out in accordance with applicable regulations (50 CFR 560.5 and 560.6).

    Seating for members of the public at these meetings may be limited. The Commission therefore asks that those intending to attend either meeting advise it in advance by sending an email to the Commission at mmc@mmc.gov or by calling (301) 504-0087. Members of the public will need to present valid, government-issued photo identification to enter the buildings where the meetings will be held.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Commission plans to meet with regional management and scientific officials in each of the National Marine Fisheries Service's six regions to identify the most pressing marine mammal research and management needs. The Commission will use these meetings to develop a set of national priorities for guiding federal conservation efforts for marine mammals. Members of the public are invited to attend these meetings and to provide comments concerning priority issues. Those unable to attend any of the meetings may submit comments in writing. Written comments should be sent to Timothy J. Ragen, Executive Director, Marine Mammal Commission, 4340 East-West Highway, Room 700, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

    The Commission already has met with officials in the National Marine Fisheries Service's four other regions. The fifth and sixth meetings will be held in the National Marine Fisheries Service's Northwest and Pacific Islands Regions. The Commission also may meet with staff at the National Marine Fisheries Service's Headquarter in Silver Spring, Maryland as part of its review of marine mammal research and management needs. If so, a notice of that meeting will be published in the Federal Register and posted on the Commission's Web site (http://www.mmc.gov) when the date and location are confirmed.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Timothy J. Ragen, Executive Director, Marine Mammal Commission, 4340 East-West Highway, Room 700, Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 504-0087; email: tragen@mmc.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-28/html/2013-04848.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: Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering (25104).

    Date/Time:

    • March 14, 2013 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • March 15, 2013 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, Stafford II, Room 1155, Arlington, VA 22230. If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF, please contact the individual listed below so your name may be added to the building access list.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Robert Webber, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230 Telephone: 703/292-8569

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendation concerning support for the 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:

    • International Activities across NSF and Beyond.
    • Disciplinary International Activities.
    • Meetings with NSF Senior Management.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-27/html/2013-04541.htm

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