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Federal Register Summary for week of 29 March

    Commerce

  • Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment of the Proposed United States Regional Climate Reference Network (USRCRN)

    AGENCY: National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of Availability; Opportunity for comments.


    SUMMARY: NOAA announces the public release of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) of the proposed USRCRN in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations, and NOAA Administrative Order 216-6, Environmental Review Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act. Written public comments on the Draft PEA are being accepted for a 30-day period following publication of this NOA. Comments received will be reviewed and taken into consideration during preparation of a Final PEA. The Draft PEA evaluates the environmental impacts from the Proposed Action to implement, operate, and manage the USRCRN Program and the No Action alternative.

    DATES: Written comments and input will be accepted on or before April 25, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to Desiree Gordon, Environmental Engineer, NOAA, Safety and Environmental Compliance Office, 1305 East West Highway, SSMC-4; Room 11126, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Email: seco@noaa.gov ATTN: USRCRN.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Desiree Gordon at the address provided above. A copy of the Draft PEA can be viewed or downloaded at http://www.seco.noaa.gov/environmentalcompliance/FinalDraft%20PEA1116_12-rev2.pdf.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-26/html/2013-06966.htm

  • Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability of a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces the availability of the "Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Supplemental DEIS) for the Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean.'' Publication of this notice begins the official public comment period for this Supplemental DEIS. The purpose of the Supplemental DEIS is to evaluate, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the alternative approaches for authorizing the take of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas exploration activities in the Arctic Ocean pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is a cooperating agency on this DEIS, and as such, this DEIS also evaluates the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the alternative approaches for authorizing geological and geophysical (G&G) surveys and ancillary activities under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) in the Arctic Ocean. The North Slope Borough (NSB) is also a cooperating agency on this DEIS. The Environmental Protection Agency is serving as a consulting agency, and NMFS is coordinating with the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission pursuant to our co-management agreement under the MMPA.

    DATES: Written, telefaxed, or electronic comments must be received on or before May 28, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The Supplemental DEIS is available for review online at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis/arctic.htm. You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2013-0054, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, enter NOAA-NMFS-2013-0054 in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the "Comment Now'' icon on the right of that line.

    Mail: Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13115, Silver Spring, MD 20910

    Fax: (301) 713-0376, Attn: Candace Nachman

    Public Hearings: Oral and written comments will be accepted during the upcoming public meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, Public Meetings (below) for more information.

    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 or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Candace Nachman, Jolie Harrison, or Michael Payne, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, at (301) 427-8401.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-29/html/2013-07312.htm

  • Request for Nominations for the General Advisory Committee and the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee to the United States Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

    SUMMARY: The Department of State is seeking applications and nominations for the renewal of the General Advisory Committee to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) as well as to a Scientific Advisory Subcommittee of the General Advisory Committee. The purpose of the General Advisory Committee and the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee is to provide public input and advice to the United States Section to the IATTC in the formulation of U.S. policy and positions at meetings of the IATTC and its subsidiary bodies. The Scientific Advisory Subcommittee shall also function as the National Scientific Advisory Committee (NATSAC) provided for in the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP). The United States Section to the IATTC is composed of the Commissioners to the IATTC, appointed by the President, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries or his or her designated representative. Authority to establish the General Advisory Committee and Scientific Advisory Subcommittee is provided under the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950, as amended by the International Dolphin Conservation Program Act (IDCPA) of 1997.

    DATES: Nominations must be submitted on or before April 1, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted to David Balton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, c/o Office of Marine Conservation, Room 2758, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520-7818; or by fax to 202-736-7350.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Hogan, Office of Marine Conservation, Department of State: 202-647-2335.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-25/html/2013-06757.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies; Request for Comments on the Interagency Guidelines

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Draft guidelines with request for comments.


    SUMMARY: Section 2031 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-114) directed the Secretary of the Army to revise the "Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies'' (Principles and Guidelines), dated March 10, 1983, consistent with several considerations enumerated in the Act.

    The revised Principles and Guidelines consist of three key components: (1) The Principles and Requirements (formerly called Principles and Standards), setting out broad policy and principles that guide investments; (2) the Interagency Guidelines, providing guidance to Federal agencies for determining the applicability of the Principles and Guidelines and for developing agency-specific implementing procedures for formulating, evaluating, and comparing water resources projects, programs, activities and related actions; and (3) the Agency Specific Procedures, outlining agency-specific procedures for incorporating the Principles and Requirements into agency missions and programs.

    This notice is to provide an opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to submit comments on the draft Interagency Guidelines, one key component of the Principles and Guidelines. The draft Interagency Guidelines are available for review and comments can be submitted through the Web site, www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/PandG/.

    DATES: Submit comments on or before May 28, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/PandG.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Shuman, Council on Environmental Quality at (202) 395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-27/html/2013-07090.htm

  • Economic and Environmental Principles and Requirements for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies; Final

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability of Final Principles and Requirements.


    SUMMARY: Section 2031 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-114) directed the Secretary of the Army to revise the "Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies'' (Principles and Guidelines), dated March 10, 1983, consistent with several considerations enumerated in the Act.

    The revised Principles and Guidelines consist of three key components: (1) The Principles and Requirements (formerly called Principles and Standards), setting out broad policy and principles that guide investments; (2) the Interagency Guidelines, providing guidance to Federal agencies for determining the applicability of the Principles and Guidelines and for developing agency-specific implementing procedures for formulating, evaluating, and comparing water resources projects, programs, activities and related actions; and (3) the Agency Specific Procedures, outlining agency-specific procedures for incorporating the Principles and Requirements into agency missions and programs.

    This notice is to inform you that the Principles and Requirements, one key component of the Principles and Guidelines, are finalized and available at www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/PandG. The Principles and Requirements were developed through a collaborative interagency process that promoted the open exchange of information and perspectives. The process has engaged the public through formal public review and workshops, and included an external peer review by the National Academies of Science as required by the Water Resources Development Act of 2007.

    Modernized Principles and Guidelines will improve Federal government decision making related to investment in water resource projects and, thus, improve how our country plans for infrastructure projects.

    DATES: The Principles and Requirements were issued on March 18, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/PandG.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Shuman, Council on Environmental Quality at (202) 395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-27/html/2013-07087.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • EPA Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education; Request for Nominations of Candidates for the National Environmental Education Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education (OEAEE) Staff Office is soliciting applications for environmental education professionals for consideration on the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). There is one vacancy on the Advisory Council that must be filled. This vacancy is for the State Department of Education and Natural Resources position. Additional avenues and resources may be utilized in the solicitation of applications. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.

    DATES: Applications should be submitted by April 15, 2013 per instructions below.

    ADDRESSES: Submit non-electronic application materials to Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer, National Environmental Education Advisory Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education (MC:1704A), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Room 1426(ARN), Washington, DC 20460, Ph: 202- 564-2642, FAX: 202-564-2753, email: araujo.javier@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Request for Nominations, please contact Mr. Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA National Environmental Education Advisory Council, at the contact information provided above. General information concerning NEEAC can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-27/html/2013-07089.htm

  • Human Studies Review Board; Notification of a Public Webinar/ Teleconference

    AGENCY: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Office of the Science Advisor announces a public Webinar/teleconference of the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) to discuss its draft report on the HSRB meeting held January 17, 2013.

    DATES: The Webinar/teleconference will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013, from approximately 11:00 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Comments may be submitted on or before Friday, April 5, 2013. Information regarding the HSRB final meeting report will be found at http://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb and http://www.regulations.gov or from the persons listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Webcast: This meeting may be webcast. Please refer to the HSRB Web site http://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb for information on how to access the webcast. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the meeting will continue as planned.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your written comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2013-0115, by one of the following methods:

    Internet: http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the Web site instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center EPA/DC, ORD Docket, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery: The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is located in the EPA Headquarters Library, Room Number 3334 in the EPA West Building, located at 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. The Reading Room's hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. Please call (202)566-1744 or email the ORD Docket at ord.docket@epa.gov for instructions. Updates to Public Reading Room access are available online at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2013-0115. The Agency's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information or other information the disclosure of which is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or email. The http://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 http://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 an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comments and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the 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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any members of the public who wish to receive further information about this Webinar/Teleconference should contact Jim Downing at telephone number (202)564-2468; fax (202)564- 2070; email address downing.jim@epa.gov or Lu-Ann Kleibacker on telephone number (202)564-7189; fax: (202)564-2070; email address kleibacker.lu-ann@epa.gov; mailing address Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information concerning the HSRB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-28/html/2013-07263.htm

  • National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2008-009 Draft Report

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given for a 45-day public review and comment period on the draft report of the National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2008-2009 (NRSA). The NRSA draft report describes the results of the nationwide probabilistic survey that was conducted in the summers of 2008 and 2009. EPA and its state/tribal partners looked at biological conditions in rivers and streams of the conterminous United States. The draft NRSA 2008-2009 report includes information on how the survey was implemented, what the findings were on a national and ecoregional scale, and future actions and challenges.

    DATES: Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. May 9, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Email your comments to nrsa-hq@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alice Mayio, Assessment and Watershed Protection Division, Office of Water, Washington DC Phone: 202-566- 1184; email: mayio.alice@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-25/html/2013-06753.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • 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: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: This meeting will take place telephonically. Any interested person may call the USA toll free conference call number 800-857-7040, pass code ESS, to participate in this meeting by telephone.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian Norris, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452, fax (202) 358-3094, or mnorris@nasa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-26/html/2013-06822.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Request for Information (RFI): Reducing Investigator's Administrative Workload for Federally Funded Research

    Key Dates

    Release Date: March 25, 2013.

    Response Date: May 24, 2013.

    Issued by National Science Foundation (NSF).

    Purpose

    This RFI offers principal investigators with Federal research funding the opportunity to identify Federal agency and university requirements that contribute most to their administrative workload and to offer recommendations for reducing that workload. Members of the National Science Board's Task Force on Administrative Burdens do not wish to increase your administrative workload with this request and you may choose to answer only those questions that are most pertinent to you. Your responses will provide vital input so that we can implement agency-level changes and offer recommendations to reduce unnecessary and redundant administrative requirements.

    Background

    Over the past decade two Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Faculty Workload Surveys (2005 and 2012) indicate that administrative burdens associated with Federal research funding are consuming roughly 42% of an awardee's available research time, a figure widely cited in numerous articles and reports. To help address these issues, the National Science Board (Board) recently created a Task Force on Administrative Burdens. The Task Force is charged with examining the burden imposed on Federally-supported researchers at U.S. colleges, universities, and non-profit institutions. Responses to this RFI will be considered as the Board develops recommendations to ensure investigators' administrative workload is at an appropriate level.

    Responses to this RFI will be accepted through May 24, 2013. You will not receive individualized feedback on any suggestions. Individual or aggregate responses may be referenced in a final report; however the Board will not attribute any comments by name. Email addresses will be anonymized and responses kept confidential consistent with our obligations to comply with a judicial or administrative subpoena, or a FOIA request pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552. Please note that any personal information contained within the body of the email/response (i.e. signature lines) will be retained if not deleted by the sender. No basis for claims against the U.S. Government shall arise as a result of a response to this request for information or from the Government's use of such information. Any questions or inquiries should be sent to: Administrative-Reform-Inquiries@nsf.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-29/html/2013-07313.htm

  • State

  • Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction; Notice of Public Meeting

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Department of State will hold an information session regarding issues related to marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on April 23, 2013, 10:30am- 12:00pm in Main State, Room 1105, Washington, DC. For the agenda, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Harry S. Truman Main State Building, Room 1105, 2201 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20520.

    For Further Information & To Participate In The Meeting, Contact: If you would like to participate in this meeting, please send your (1) name, (2) organization/affiliation, and (3) email address and phone number, as well as any requests for reasonable accommodation, to BBNJ-Information-Session@state.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-29/html/2013-07398.htm