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Federal Register Summary for week of 5 April

    Commerce

  • Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (Commerce).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting via web conference call of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee). The web conference calls are open to the public, and participants can dial in to the calls. Participants who choose to use the web conferencing feature in addition to the audio will be able to view the presentations as they are being given. Members of the public wishing to listen in should contact Lauren Wenzel at the email or telephone number below for the call-in number and passcode.

    DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 1, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via web conference call.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Acting Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-7265, Fax: 301-713-3110); email: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://www.mpa.gov).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-01/html/2013-07274.htm

  • Notice of Availability for Public Comment on the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee; Committee Proposed Draft "IOOS Vision''

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Request for Public Comments.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program in NOAA publishes this notice on behalf of the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee (the Committee) to announce a 30-day public comment period for the draft "IOOS Vision'' statement. The Committee and U.S. IOOS stakeholders will use the "IOOS Vision'' to provide clear, consistent messaging on U.S. IOOS to public sectors on the mission and value of U.S. IOOS.

    DATES: Written, faxed or emailed comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. eastern daylight time on May 3, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The draft "IOOS Vision'' and additional background material on the Committee is available for review from the U.S. IOOS Web site URL: http://www.ioos.noaa.gov/advisorycommittee. For the public unable to access the Internet, printed copies can be requested by contacting the U.S. IOOS Program Office at the address below. The public is encouraged to submit comments electronically to ioos.advisorycommittee@noaa.gov. If you are unable to access the Internet, comments may be submitted via fax or regular mail. Faxed comments should be sent to 301-427-2073 with Attn: IOOS Advisory Committee. Comments may be submitted in writing to the U.S. IOOS Program Office Attention: IOOS Advisory Committee, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about this notice, please contact the Jessica Snowden, Alternate DFO for the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee, telephone: 301-427-2453; Email: Jessica.snowden@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-03/html/2013-07592.htm

  • Education

  • Applications for New Awards; Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program

    AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

    ACTION: Notice.


    Overview Information:

    Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) .

    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2013.

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.120A.

    DATES: Applications Available: April 1, 2013.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 31, 2013.

    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 30, 2013.

    Full Text of Announcement

    I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The MSEIP is designed to effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education at predominantly minority institutions and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into scientific and technological careers.

    Priorities: This notice contains one competitive preference priority and two invitational priorities. The competitive preference priority is from the notice of final supplemental priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs, published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2010 (75 FR 78486), and corrected on May 12, 2011 (76 FR 27637).

    Competitive Preference Priority: For FY 2013 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is a competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we will award an additional two points to an application that meets this competitive preference priority. This priority is: Competitive Preference Priority: Increasing Postsecondary Success.

    Projects that are designed to address the following priority area:

    Increasing the number and proportion of high-need students (as defined in this notice) who persist in and complete college or other postsecondary education and training.

    Note: Applicants seeking to address the competitive priority must do so in the context of meeting all other program requirements, including those provisions requiring a focus on science and engineering education in the grants funded under this program. Applicants should also consider how all elements of their proposed project contribute to the priority.

    Invitational Priorities: For FY 2013 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, these priorities are invitational priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), we do not give an application that meets these invitational priorities a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-01/html/2013-07559.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • 2013 Revisions to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule and Proposed Confidentiality Determinations for New or Substantially Revised Data Elements

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: The EPA is proposing to amend the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule and to clarify or change specific provisions. Particularly, the EPA is proposing to amend a table in the General Provisions, to reflect revised global warming potentials of some greenhouse gases that have been published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and to add global warming potentials for certain fluorinated greenhouse gases not currently listed in the table. This action also proposes confidentiality determinations for the reporting of new or substantially revised (i.e., requiring additional or different data to be reported) data elements contained in these proposed amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule.

    DATES: Comments. Comments must be received on or before May 17, 2013.

    Public Hearing. The EPA does not plan to conduct a public hearing unless requested. To request a hearing, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this preamble by April 9, 2013. If requested, the hearing will be conducted on April 17, 2013, in the Washington, DC area. The EPA will provide further information about the hearing on its Web page if a hearing is requested.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0934 by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: MRR_Corrections@epa.gov. Include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0934 or RIN No. 2060-AR52 in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 566-1741.

    Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mailcode 6102T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0934, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004.

    Hand/Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Public Reading Room, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are accepted only during the normal hours of operation of the Docket Center, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Additional Information on Submitting Comments: To expedite review of your comments by agency staff, you are encouraged to send a separate copy of your comments, in addition to the copy you submit to the official docket, to Carole Cook, U.S. EPA, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, Mail Code 6207-J, Washington, DC, 20460, telephone (202) 343-9263, email address: GHGReporting@epa.gov.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR- 2012-0934, 2013 Revisions to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule and Proposed Confidentiality Determinations for New or Substantially Revised Data Elements. The EPA'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 (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Should you choose to submit information that you claim to be CBI, clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For information that you claim to be CBI in a disk or CD ROM that you mail to the EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information marked as CBI will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. Send or deliver information identified as CBI to only the mail or hand/courier delivery address listed above, attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0934. If you have any questions about CBI or the procedures for claiming CBI, please consult the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

    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 comment 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.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://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 http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air Docket, EPA/ DC, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. This Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carole Cook, Climate Change Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (MC-6207J), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9263; fax number: (202) 343-2342; email address: GHGReportingRule@epa.gov. For technical information, please go to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule Program Web site http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html. To submit a question, select Rule Help Center, followed by "Contact Us.''

    Worldwide Web (WWW). In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of today's proposal will also be available through the WWW.

    Following the Administrator's signature, a copy of this action will be posted on EPA's greenhouse gas reporting rule Web site at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-02/html/2013-06093.htm

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review proposed Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) Tier 2 Ecotoxicity Tests.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on June 25-28, 2013, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m.

    Comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted by June 11, 2013 and requests for oral comments be submitted by June 18, 2013. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after June 11, 2013 should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before April 16, 2013.

    Webcast. This meeting may be webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP's Web site, http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap for information on how to access the webcast. Please note that the webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the meeting will continue as planned.

    Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

    Comments. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0182, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.

    If your comments contain any information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instructions before submitting your comments.

    Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations. Submit nominations to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP, requests for special seating accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharlene Matten, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-0130; fax number: (202) 564-8382; email address: matten.sharlene@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-02/html/2013-07641.htm

  • Notification of Public Meeting and a Public Teleconference of the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting and public teleconference of the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel to provide an opportunity for independent expert members of the ad hoc Panel to provide comment on EPA's Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources: Progress Report, which was released in December 2012. The meeting will also begin a broader commitment to provide opportunities to brief the panel on the last scientific and technical developments in this emerging topic area.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). The public teleconference will be held on May 16, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel located at 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA, 22203. The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only. The public can also view the May 7-8, 2013 meeting via a non-interactive webcast that will be broadcast on the internet. The connection information to view the meeting via webcast will be provided on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the teleconference and meeting may contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/ voicemail at (202) 564-2134, fax at (202) 565-2098; or email at hanlon.edward@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-05/html/2013-07992.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given of a meeting scheduled by the Deputy Director for Intramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the Chairpersons of the Boards of Scientific Counselors. The Boards of Scientific Counselors are advisory groups to the Scientific Directors of the Intramural Research Programs at the NIH. This meeting will take place on April 29, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the NIH, 1 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD, Building 1, Room 151. The meeting will include a discussion of policies and procedures that apply to the regular review of NIH intramural scientists and their work.

    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 contact Ms. Margaret McBurney, Office of Intramural Research, NIH, Building 1, Room 160, Telephone (301) 496- 1921, Fax (301) 402-4273, or email mmcburney@od.nih.gov in advance of the meeting.

    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.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-05/html/2013-07906.htm

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will conduct its thirteenth meeting on April 30, 2013. At this meeting, the Commission will discuss the ethical implications of incidental findings.

    DATES: The meeting will take place Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW., Washington, DC 20005. Telephone (202) 682-0111.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue NW, Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233-3960. Email: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-05/html/2013-08032.htm

  • Interior

  • National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, Department of Commerce), State, and tribal partners (co-leaders), announce the availability of the final National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (NFWPCAS or Strategy). The purpose of the Strategy is to inspire and enable natural resource professionals and other decision makers to take action to conserve the nation's fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystem functions, as well as the human uses and values these natural systems provide, in a changing climate. Input from public comments and workshops has been incorporated in the development of this final document. The Strategy is available at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/strategy.php.

    ADDRESSES: The Strategy and the Strategy Highlights brochure are both available for download at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/strategy.php. Alternatively, you may request a hardcopy of a Strategy Highlights brochure by writing via U.S. mail to the Office of the Science Advisor, Attn: National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington, VA 22203.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Shaffer, Office of the Science Advisor, at 703-358-2603 (telephone) or wildlifeadaptationstrategy@fws.gov (email), or via the Strategy Web site at http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/contact-us.php. 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-2013-04-01/html/2013-07507.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-462, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to 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 18, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, April 19, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW., Room 6H45, Washington, DC 20546.

    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-2013-04-04/html/2013-07778.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Executive Committee, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE & TIME: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Chairman's opening remarks; and (2) Discussion of agenda for May 2013 meeting.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A public listening room will be available for this teleconference meeting. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference for the public room number and to arrange for a visitor's badge. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    UPDATES & POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: Dedric Carter, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8002.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-04/html/2013-07914.htm