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Federal Register Summary for week of 12 April

    Commerce

  • National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC)

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

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule of a forthcoming meeting of the DoC NOAA National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC).

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Monday, May 13, 2013 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

    Place: This meeting will be a conference call. Public access and materials will be available at the office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, Conference Room A, Suite 250, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20006. The public will not be able to dial into the call. Please check the National Climate Assessment Web site for additional information at http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 10- minute public comment period from 4:45-4:55 p.m. The NCADAC 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 two minutes. Written comments should be received in the NCADAC DFO's office by Monday, May 6, 2013 to provide sufficient time for NCADAC review. Written comments received by the NCADAC DFO after Monday, May 6, 2013 will be distributed to the NCADAC, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013 to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Please refer to the Web page http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/NCADAC/index.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda, when available.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal Officer, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-713-1459, Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-11/html/2013-08474.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of a Vessel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of final permit issuance.


    SUMMARY: EPA Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are finalizing the NPDES Vessel General Permit (VGP) to authorize discharges incidental to the normal operation of non-military and non-recreational vessels greater than or equal to 79 feet in length. This VGP, which has an effective date of December 19, 2013, will replace the current VGP, which was issued in December 2008 and expires on December 19, 2013. EPA provided notice of the availability of the draft permit and accompanying fact sheet for public comment in the Federal Register on December 8, 2011. At that time, EPA also provided notice of availability of the draft small Vessel General Permit, on which the Agency has not yet taken final action.

    DATES: This permit is effective on December 19, 2013.

    In accordance with 40 CFR part 23, this permit shall be considered issued for the purpose of judicial review on the day 2 weeks after Federal Register publication. Under section 509(b) of the Clean Water Act, judicial review of this general permit can be had by filing a petition for review in the United States Court of Appeals within 120 days after the permit is considered issued for purposes of judicial review. Under section 509(b)(2) of the Clean Water Act, the requirements in this permit may not be challenged later in civil or criminal proceedings to enforce these requirements. In addition, this permit may not be challenged in other agency proceedings. Deadlines for submittal of notices of intent are provided in Part 1.5 of the VGP. This permit also provides additional dates for compliance with the terms of this permit.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on the VGP, contact Ryan Albert at 202-564-0763 or Juhi Saxena at 202-564-0719, or at EPA Headquarters, Office of Water, Office of Wastewater Management, Mail Code 4203M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington DC 20460; or email at vgp@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-12/html/2013-08662.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and six SAB committees described in this notice. Appointments are anticipated to be filled by the start of Fiscal Year 2014 (October 2013).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than May 13, 2013.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nominators unable to submit nominations electronically as described below may submit a paper copy to the Designated Federal Officers for the committees, as identified below. General inquiries regarding the work of the CASAC and SAB or SAB committees may also be directed to the designated DFOs.

    Background: Established by statute, the CASAC (42 U.S.C. 7409) and SAB (42 U.S.C. 4365) are chartered Federal Advisory Committees that provide independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice and recommendations directly to the EPA Administrator on the scientific bases for EPA's actions and programs. Members of the CASAC and the SAB constitute distinguished bodies of non-EPA scientists, engineers, economists, and behavioral and social scientists who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for a three-year term.

    Expertise Sought for CASAC: Established in 1977 under the Clean Air Act (CAA) Amendments, the chartered CASAC reviews and offers scientific advice to the EPA Administrator on technical aspects of national ambient air quality standards for criteria pollutants (ozone; particulate matter; carbon monoxide; nitrogen oxides; sulfur dioxide; and lead). As required under the CAA section 109(d), CASAC is composed of seven members, with at least one member of the National Academy of Sciences, one physician, and one person representing state air pollution control agencies. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on the CASAC who represent state air pollution control agencies and who have demonstrated experience in the following science related to the environment: Health sciences; medicine; public health; atmospheric sciences; modeling; and/or risk assessment. The SAB Staff Office is especially interested in scientists with expertise described above who have knowledge and experience in air quality relating to criteria pollutants. For further information about the CASAC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2073 or by email at stallworth.holly@epa.gov.

    Expertise Sought for the SAB: The SAB was established in 1978 by the Environmental Research, Development and Demonstration Authorization Act to provide independent advice to the Administrator on general scientific and technical matters underlying the agency's policies and actions. The chartered SAB provides strategic advice to the EPA Administrator on a variety of EPA science and research programs. All the work of SAB committees and panels is under the direction of the chartered SAB. The chartered SAB reviews all SAB committee and panel draft reports and determines whether they are appropriate to send to the EPA Administrator.

    The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on the chartered SAB in the following disciplines as they relate to the human health and the environment: Ecological sciences and ecological assessment; economics; engineering; geochemistry, health disparities; health sciences; medicine; microbiology; modeling; pediatrics; public health; risk assessment; social, behavioral and decision sciences; and statistics. The SAB Staff Office is especially interested in scientists with expertise described above who have knowledge and experience in air quality; climate change; energy and the environment; water quality; water quantity; water re-use; ecosystem services; community environmental health; sustainability; chemical safety; green chemistry; human health risk assessment; homeland security; and waste management. For further information about the SAB membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Angela Nugent, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2218 or by email at nugent.angela@epa.gov.

    The SAB Staff Office is also seeking nominations for experts for six SAB committees: The Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee; the Drinking Water Committee; the Ecological Processes and Effects Committee; the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee; the Environmental Engineering Committee; and the Radiation Advisory Committee.

    1. The SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) provides advice through the chartered SAB regarding selected toxicological reviews of environmental chemicals available on EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts with experience in chemical assessments. Members should have expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: Public health; epidemiology; toxicology; modeling; biostatistics; risk assessment; and health disparities. For further information about the CAAC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Suhair Shallal, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2057 or by email at shallal.suhair@epa.gov.
    2. The SAB Drinking Water Committee (DWC) provides advice on the scientific and technical aspects of EPA's national drinking water program. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts with experience in drinking water issues. Members should have expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: Epidemiology; infectious disease; microbiology; and public health. For further information about the DWC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-4885 or by email at carpenter.thomas@epa.gov.
    3. The SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC) provides advice on science and research to assess, protect and restore the health of ecosystems. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts with demonstrated expertise in the following disciplines: Landscape ecology; terrestrial ecology; systems ecology; and ecological risk assessment. For further information about the EPEC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2155 or by email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov.
    4. The SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) provides advice on methods and analyses related to economics, costs, and benefits of EPA environmental programs. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts in environmental economics to serve on the EEAC. For further information about the EEAC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2073 or by email at stallworth.holly@epa.gov.
    5. The SAB Environmental Engineering Committee (EEC) provides advice on risk management technologies to control and prevent pollution. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts in geochemistry; hazardous and solid waste management; and wastewater treatment to serve on the EEC. For further information about the EEC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2134 or by email at hanlon.edward@epa.gov.
    6. The Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) provides advice on radiation protection, radiation science, and radiation risk assessment. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to serve on the RAC with demonstrated expertise in the following disciplines: Radiation epidemiology; risk assessment as related to cancer risks from exposures to environmental radiation; and biostatistics. For further information about the RAC membership appointment process and schedule, please contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, DFO, by telephone at 202-564-2134 or by email at hanlon.edward@epa.gov.

    Selection Criteria for the CASAC, SAB and six SAB Committees includes:

    • Demonstrated scientific credentials and disciplinary expertise in relevant fields;
    • Willingness to commit time to the committee and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees;
    • Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee, e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, professional affiliations; and other considerations; and
    • For the committee as a whole, consideration of the collective breadth and depth of scientific expertise; and a balance of scientific perspectives.

    As these committees undertake specific advisory activities, the SAB Staff Office will consider two additional criteria for each new activity: absence of financial conflicts of interest and absence of an appearance of a loss of impartiality.

    How To Submit Nominations: Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to these advisory committees. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominations should be submitted in electronic format (preferred) following the instructions for "Nominating Experts for Annual Membership'' provided on the SAB Web site. The form can be accessed through the "Nomination of Experts'' link on the blue navigational bar on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. To be considered, all nominations should include the information requested. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.

    Nominators are asked to identify the specific committee for which nominees are to be considered. The following information should be provided on the nomination form: Contact information for the person making the nomination; contact information for the nominee; the disciplinary and specific areas of expertise of the nominee; the nominee's curriculum vitae; and a biographical sketch of the nominee indicating current position, educational background; research activities; sources of research funding for the last two years; and recent service on other national advisory committees or national professional organizations. To help the agency evaluate the effectiveness of its outreach efforts, please indicate how you learned of this nomination opportunity. Persons having questions about the nomination process or the public comment process described below, or who are unable to submit nominations through the SAB Web site, should contact the Designated Federal Officer for the committee, as identified above. The DFO will acknowledge receipt of nominations and in that acknowledgement will invite the nominee to provide any additional information that the nominee feels would be useful in considering the nomination, such as availability to participate as a member of the committee; how the nominee's background, skills and experience would contribute to the diversity of the committee; and any questions the nominee has regarding membership. The names and biosketches of qualified nominees identified by respondents to this Federal Register notice, and additional experts identified by the SAB Staff, will be posted in a List of Candidates on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. Public comments on this List of Candidates will be accepted for 21 days from the date the list is posted. The public will be requested to provide relevant information or other documentation on nominees that the SAB Staff Office should consider in evaluating candidates.

    Candidates invited to serve will be asked to submit the "Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency'' (EPA Form 3110-48). This confidential form allows EPA to determine whether there is a statutory conflict between that person's public responsibilities as a Special Government Employee and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a loss of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded through the "Ethics Requirements for Advisors'' link on the blue navigational bar on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-12/html/2013-08690.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; 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 Education and Human Resources (1119).

    Date/Time:

    • May 6, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.,
    • May 7, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Place: NSF Headquarters, Stafford II, Room 595, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Amanda Edelman, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8600, aedelman@nsf.gov.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact the individual listed above. Your request to attend this meeting should be received on or prior to May 2, 2013.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and human resources programming.

    Agenda

    May 6, 2013 (Monday Morning)

    • Remarks by the Committee Chair and NSF Assistant Director
    • for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
    • Subcommittee Updates and Discussion on:
    • Broadening Participation and Institutional Capacity Building
    • STEM Learning and Learning Environments
    • STEM Workforce Development
    • Lunch

    May 6, 2013 (Monday Afternoon)

    • Subcommittee Working Sessions
    • Committee Visit with NSF Acting Director Cora Marrett
    • Review and Acceptance of Committee of Visitor Reports
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program
    • Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics/Course Curriculum Laboratory Improvement Program

    May 7, 2013 (Tuesday Morning)

    • Subcommittee Working Sessions
    • Subcommittee Report Outs and Next Steps
    • Adjournment

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-12/html/2013-08521.htm

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board's Committee on Education and Human Resources, 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 16, 2013, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Chairman's opening remarks; (2) discussion of a possible role for CEH in enhancing retention of undergraduates in STEM education; and (3) update on the NSTC's committee on STEM education (CoSTEM) activities and their implications for NSF.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson 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: Jack Meszaros, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-11/html/2013-08642.htm

  • Interior

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee: Meetings

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix (1988), of two meetings of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee). The Review Committee will meet on November 6-7, 2013, in Mount Pleasant, MI, and on December 5, 2013, from 2 p.m. until approximately 4 p.m. EST via teleconference. Both meetings will be open to the public.

    DATES: The Review Committee will meet on November 6-7, 2013, and December 5, 2013, if necessary. Public comment requests must be received by September 20, 2013. Requests for CUI disposition must be received by August 30, 2013. Requests for findings of fact must be received by August 16, 2013. Requests to convene parties and facilitate the resolution of a dispute must be received by July 12, 2013. All submission dates apply to the November meeting.

    ADDRESSES: The Review Committee will meet in the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways, 6650 East Broadway, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858, on November 6-7, 2013. Electronic submissions are to be sent to Sherry_Hutt@nps.gov. Mailed submissions are to be sent to Designated Federal Officer, NAGPRA Review Committee, National Park Service, National NAGPRA Program, 1201 Eye Street NW., 8th Floor (2253), Washington, DC 20005.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-10/html/2013-08369.htm

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