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Federal Register Summary for week of 23 August

    Agriculture

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

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, Office of the Secretary, 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 September 12-13, 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 Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20036. 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-2013-08-23/html/2013-20618.htm

  • 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, September 9, 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 Tuesday, September 3, 2013 to provide sufficient time for NCADAC review. Written comments received by the NCADAC DFO after Tuesday, September 3, 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 Tuesday, September 3, 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/Meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda, when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-21/html/2013-20383.htm

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially-closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2.

    DATES: Thursday, September 12, 2013; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: National Academy of Sciences (Room 120), 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Ms. Marjory Blumenthal at email: mblumenthal@ostp.eop.gov or by telephone at (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-19/html/2013-20136.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Final Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria For Ammonia-- Freshwater 2013

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability of final criteria.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 304(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of final national recommended ambient water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life from effects of ammonia in freshwater (EPA 822-R-13-001). The final criteria incorporate the latest scientific knowledge on the toxicity of ammonia to freshwater aquatic life. On December 30, 2009, EPA published draft national recommended water quality criteria for ammonia and provided the public an opportunity to provide scientific views. Aquatic life criteria are developed based on EPA's Guidelines for Deriving Numerical National Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Aquatic Organisms and Their Uses (1985), (EPA/R- 85-100). EPA's recommended section 304(a) water quality criteria provide guidance to States and authorized Tribes in adopting water quality standards for protecting aquatic life and human health. EPA's recommended water quality criteria by themselves have no binding legal effect. These national recommended criteria for ammonia in freshwater are intended to protect aquatic life and do not address human health toxicity data. The water quality criteria for ammonia for the protection of saltwater organisms are not being updated at this time. EPA's national recommended final acute ambient water quality criteria (AWQC) for protecting freshwater organisms from potential effects of ammonia is 17 mg/L total ammonia nitrogen (TAN) and the final chronic AWQC for ammonia is 1.9 mg/L TAN at pH 7.0 and temperature 20 [deg]C.

    ADDRESSES: Scientific views received from the public on the draft ammonia criteria documents are available from the EPA Docket Center and are identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2009-0921. They may be accessed online at:

    www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions.

    Email: OW-Docket@epa.gov.

    Mail: US Environmental Protection Agency; EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) Water Docket, MC 2822T; 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    On Site: EPA Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., EPA West, Room 3334, Washington, DC. This Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., EST, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Office of Water is (202) 566-2426.

    For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Huff, Health and Ecological Criteria Division (4304T), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; (202) 566-0787; huff.lisa@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-22/html/2013-20307.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • NIH Cooperative Research and Development Agreement Program: Invitation To Solicit Nonclinical and Clinical Research Proposals From NIH Intramural Research Program Scientists

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), Office of the Director (OD), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), invites industry organizations (including corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, and industrial development organizations); public and private foundations and nonprofit organizations to solicit research proposals from scientists across the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) for multiple focused research projects under a the NIH Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) Program. This CRADA Program is an extension of collaboration opportunities solicited by NIH or developed on a one-on-one basis. As such, it is consistent with PHS Technology Transfer policy and the public health mission of the NIH. These collaboration opportunities are structured under the authority of 15 U.S.C. 3710a--Cooperative Research and Development Agreements. Note that the CRADA mechanism does not permit the transfer of funds from the NIH to a collaborator but does permit the collaborator to provide funding to the NIH researcher.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Hammersla, J.D., Director, Division of Policy, Office of Technology Transfer, NIH, 6011 Executive Blvd., Suite 325, Rockville, MD 20852; Email: hammerslaa@od.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-19/html/2013-20046.htm

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

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Scientific Management Review Board.

    The NIH Reform Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-482) provides organizational authorities to HHS and NIH officials to: (1) Establish or abolish national research institutes; (2) reorganize the offices within the Office of the Director, NIH including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such offices or establishing or terminating such offices; and (3) reorganize, divisions, centers, or other administrative units within an NIH national research institute or national center including adding, removing, or transferring the functions of such units, or establishing or terminating such units. The purpose of the Scientific Management Review Board (also referred to as SMRB or Board) is to advise appropriate HHS and NIH officials on the use of these organizational authorities and identify the reasons underlying the recommendations.

    The meeting will be open to the public through teleconference at the number listed below.

    Name of Committee: Scientific Management Review Board.

    Date: September 18, 2013.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Agenda: This meeting will focus on the deliberations and preliminary findings of the SMRB's Value of Biomedical Research Working Group. Further information regarding this meeting, including the agenda, will be available at http://smrb.od.nih.gov. Time will be allotted on the agenda for public comment. To sign up for public comment, please submit your name and affiliation to the Contact Person listed below by September 17, 2013. Sign up will be restricted to one sign up per email. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, anyone may file written comments with the committee through the Contact Person listed below. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number, and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    The toll-free number to participate in the teleconference is 800-369-1872. Indicate to the conference operator that your Participant pass code is "SMRB.'' The draft meeting agenda, meeting materials, and other information about the SMRB, will be available at http://smrb.od.nih.gov.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, NIH, Office of Science Policy, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Juanita Marner, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director, NIH, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, smrb@mail.nih.gov, (301) 435- 1770.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-23/html/2013-20561.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of a new information collection, Registry of Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments.


    SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC.

    DATES: Submit written comments on or before October 21, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this IC to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); (703) 648-7197 (fax); or dgovoni@usgs.gov (email). Please reference "Information Collection 1028--NEW, Registry of Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments'' in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Thompson, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 400, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); 703-648- 4083 (phone); or lthompson@usgs.gov (email).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    The USGS proposes to collect information on existing assessments of the vulnerability of various resources and societal assets to climate change (hereafter VA or "vulnerability assessments''). This information will include organization conducting the study, its location, the topical focus of the assessment, methodology and supporting data used, and point of contact information. Because many governmental and nongovernmental parties are conducting such assessments, and because their conclusions, methodologies, and related data assets may be of interest or utility to others contemplating such assessments, the USGS will make the information collected available on the Web in the form of a simple registry-type database. Users, including the general public, scientists, resource management agencies, and others will be able to search the database by various keywords of interest.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-21/html/2013-20361.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: Friday, September 20, 2013, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 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-2013-08-22/html/2013-20529.htm

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