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Federal Register Summary for week of 3 May

    Agriculture

  • Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet May 28-30, 2013. The public may file written comments before or up to two weeks after the meeting with the contact person.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, 415 New Jersey Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20001. Written comments from the public may be sent to the Contact Person identified in this notice at: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 3901 South Building, United States Department of Agriculture, STOP 0321, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0321.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shirley Morgan-Jordan, Program Support Coordinator, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202)720- 6199; or email: Shirley.Morgan@ars.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-02/html/2013-10386.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Members for the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces the solicitation for nominations to fill 8 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: All nomination materials should be mailed in a single, complete package and postmarked by June 28, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, and completed Form AD-755 must be sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 3901, South Building, Washington, DC 20250-2255.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shirley Morgan-Jordan, Program Support Coordinator, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 3901, South Building, Washington, DC 20250-2255, telephone: 202-720-3684; fax: 202-720-6199; email: shirley.morgan@ars.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-02/html/2013-10392.htm

  • Commerce

  • Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Council to convene public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a workshop of subject matter experts on Interrelationships between Coral Reef and Fisheries.

    DATES: The workshop will convene at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 20 and conclude by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel located at 2225 North Lois Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 877-6688.

    Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Stephen Bortone, Executive Director and Mr. Mark Mueller, GIS Analyst; Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-03/html/2013-10519.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public comment period for the revised draft document titled, "An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska'' (EPA-910-R-12-004Ba-c). The document was revised by the EPA after reviewing comments received from the public between May 18 and July 23, 2012 and input from the peer review panel held in August 2012. The EPA conducted this assessment to determine the significance of Bristol Bay's ecological resources and the potential impacts of large-scale mining on these resources.

    DATES: The public comment period will begin with the publication of this notice and will end Friday, May 31, 2013. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by May 31, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The revised draft "An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska'' is available primarily via the Internet on the EPA Region 10 Bristol Bay Web site at www.epa.gov/bristolbay as well as on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's Web site under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of CD copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a CD copy, please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, "An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska.''

    Comments on the report may be submitted electronically via www.regulations.gov, by email, 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: 202-566-9744; or email: Docket_ORD@epa.gov.

    For technical information concerning the report, contact Judy Smith; telephone: 503-326-6994; facsimile: 503-326-3399; or email: r10bristolbay@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-30/html/2013-10157.htm

  • Forum on Environmental Measurements Announcement of Competency Policy for Assistance Agreements

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Announcement of Competency Policy for Assistance Agreements.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM) is implementing an Agency-wide policy requiring organizations generating or using environmental data under certain Agency-funded assistance agreements to submit documentation of their competency prior to award of the agreement, or if that is not practicable, prior to beginning any work involving the generation or use of environmental data under the agreement. The Policy was originally approved on December 12, 2012 by the Science Technology Policy Council (STPC) and will be effective on May 15, 2013. The Policy will apply to all competitive and non-competitive assistance agreements expected to exceed a total maximum value of $200,000 (in federal funding) and awarded based on solicitations issued after May 14, 2013. The Policy will be reviewed against frequently asked questions within two years after its effective data and will either be reissued without revision, reissued with revisions, or rescinded.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Comments or questions should be sent to Ms. Lara P. Phelps, US EPA (E243-05), 109 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; emailed to phelps.lara@epa.gov; or call (919) 541-5544.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-29/html/2013-10043.htm

  • Request for Information and Citations on Methods for Cumulative Risk Assessment

    AGENCY: Office of the Science Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting information and citations on approaches and methods for the planning, analysis, assessment, and characterization of cumulative risks to human populations and the environment. The EPA is developing guidelines for the assessment of cumulative risk as defined and characterized in the EPA 2003 publication Framework for Cumulative Risk Assessment, "An analysis, characterization, and possible quantification of the combined risks to health or the environment from multiple agents or stressors'' using scientifically defensible approaches and methods. The Guidelines will assist agency programs and regions in the assessment of risk and in decision making, including the planning and development of regulations and permits. This notice solicits information and citations pertaining to approaches and methods that can be used to plan and conduct cumulative risk assessments (CRA). Published background information regarding cumulative risk can be found at http://www.epa.gov/raf/publications/pdfs/frmwrkcumrisk_assmnt.pdf or from the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    DATES: Information and citations may be submitted on or before Friday, June 28, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your information, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- ORD-2013-0292, by one of the following methods:

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

    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 Public Reading Room 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 information and citations to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2013-0292. The Agency's policy is that all submissions received will be included in the public docket without change and will be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the information includes data claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) 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 submission to the docket. If you send an email with information directly to the EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the information that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit information electronically, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your submission and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA cannot read your information due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your information. 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 submitting information on methods for cumulative risk assessment should contact Lawrence Martin at telephone number (202) 564-6497 or email address martin.lawrence@epa.gov, mailing address Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Science Advisor, Mail Code 8105R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-01/html/2013-10296.htm

  • Request for Information To Inform Hydraulic Fracturing Research Related to Drinking Water Resources

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for information.


    SUMMARY: The EPA is extending its deadline for the public to submit data and scientific literature to inform EPA's research on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources from April 30, 2013 until November 15, 2013. EPA is extending the deadline in order to provide the public with more of an opportunity to provide feedback to the Agency.

    DATES: The EPA will accept data and literature in response to this request until November 15, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Using the online method is preferred for submitting information. Follow the online instructions at http://www.regulations.gov, and identify your submission with Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.

    Additional methods for submission are:

    Email: Send information by electronic mail (email) to: ord.docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.

    Fax: Fax information to: (202) 566-9744, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.

    Mail: Send information by mail to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, Mail code: 28221T, 1200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver information to: EPA Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674. Deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of operation, between the 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your information to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2010-0674. The EPA's policy is that all information received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 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. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or email. The 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 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 information electronically, 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. Information on a CD ROM should be formatted as a MS Word, Rich Text, or Adobe Acrobat PDF file. For additional information about the EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the 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 www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room 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 ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Lisa Matthews, Mail Code 8101R, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-6669; via fax at: (202) 565-2430; or via email at: matthews.lisa@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-30/html/2013-10154.htm

  • Interior

  • Programmatic Environmental Assessment

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of intent.


    SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) to evaluate the effects of the cultivation and use of genetically modified crops (GMCs) on lands that are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System in the Southeast Region (Refuge System lands). The Service's Southeast Region includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Caribbean. We provide this notice to advise other Federal and State agencies, Native American tribes, non-governmental organizations, and the public of our intention as well as to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider during the PEA planning process.

    These actions are part of our effort to comply with the general provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA); NEPA regulations; other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; and our policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. As a requirement of NEPA, we must identify resource issues, develop alternatives for the use of GMCs, and evaluate the effects of each of our chosen alternatives on the human environment.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by July 29, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: A private consultant, Environmental Management and Planning Solutions, Inc. (EMPSi), will support the Internet Web site associated with the PEA and collect and organize comments.

    You may send comments, questions, and requests for information by one of the following methods:

    Email: fw4_gmcpea@fws.gov (this email address will transmit comments directly to the Service as well as to EMPSi's database);

    Online portal: https://sites.google.com/site/fwsregion4gmcpeis/home (this Internet Web site, which will serve as the primary source of information to the public on the PEA, includes a portal for sending comments directly to the Service through EMPSi);

    U.S. mail: Richard Warner, NEPA Coordinator, GMCPEA, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 420, Atlanta, GA 30345.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Richard Warner, NEPA Coordinator, at 404-679-7110 (telephone).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-30/html/2013-09898.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Public Access to Federally Supported Research and Development Data and Publications: Two Planning Meetings

    AGENCIES: National Science Foundation, Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Technical Information Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department for Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, United States Food and Drug Administration, United States Geological Survey, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Smithsonian Institution, United States Agency for International Development.

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meetings.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces meetings organized by the National Science Foundation with the cooperation of other agencies (listed above).

    DATES: May 14, 2013, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; May 15, 2013, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; May 16, 2013, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; May 17, 2013, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Auditorium, NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 201418 (http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/CurrentProjects/DBASSE_082378).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Myron Gutmann, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone (703) 292-8700, fax (703) 292-9803; Dr. Clifford J. Gabriel, National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone (703) 292-8002, fax (703) 292-9232. The most current information concerning these meetings can be found on the Web site: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/CurrentProjects/DBASSE_082378.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-01/html/2013-10298.htm

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