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Federal Register Summary for week of 31 January

    Agriculture

  • Forestry Research Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forestry Research Advisory Council (FRAC) will meet in Washington, DC. The Council is required by Section 1441 of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on accomplishing efficiently the purposes of the Act of October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.), commonly known as the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962. The Council also provides advice relative to the Forest Service research program, authorized by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-307, 92 Stat. 353, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 1600 (note)). The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held February 20 and 21, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Forest Service International Programs office located at 1 Thomas Circle, Suite 400, Washington, DC. Written comments may be submitted as described under Supplementary Information. All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, are placed in the record and available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the USDA Forest Service--Washington Office. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead at 202-205-1665 to facilitate entry into the USDA Forest Service building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daina Apple, USDA Forest Service, Office of the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, by phone at 202-205-1665. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1- 800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-30/html/2014-01760.htm

  • Commerce

  • Draft Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals--Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts

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

    ACTION: Notice; reopening of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: On December 27, 2013 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on behalf of NMFS and the National Ocean Service (referred to collectively here as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)), announced the availability of draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species under NOAA's jurisdiction. NOAA solicited public comment on the draft guidance and provided a 30-day public comment period ending January 27, 2014. NOAA has received requests for an extension of the public comment period. In response to those requests, NOAA is reopening the public comment period for an additional 45 days.

    DATES: Comments must be received or postmarked by no later than March 13, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The draft guidance is available in electronic form via the Internet at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/ and via the eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.

    You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2013-0177, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.

    Mail: Send comments to: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226, Attn: Acoustic Guidance.

    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may 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). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Scholik-Schlomer, Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8449.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-29/html/2014-01611.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice; public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering for public comment, please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    DATES: The NEJAC meeting will convene Tuesday, February 11, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.; and will reconvene on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All noted times are Mountain Time.

    One public comment period relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2014, starting at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. Members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period are highly encouraged to pre-register by Noon, Mountain Time, on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The NEJAC meeting will be held at the EPA Region 8 Conference Center, located at 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202- 1129.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the meeting should be directed to Jasmin Muriel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-4287; via email at Muriel.Jasmin@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at: www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac.

    Registration is required for all participants. Pre-registration by Noon, Mountain Time, Wednesday, February 5, 2014, for all attendees is highly recommended. Because this NEJAC meeting will be held in a government space, we strongly encourage you to register early. Space limitations may not allow us to accommodate everyone who is interested in attending. Priority admission will be given to pre-registered participants. To register online, visit https://nejac-denver2014.eventbrite.com. Please state whether you would like to be put on the list to provide oral public comment. Please specify whether you are submitting written comments before the February 5, 2014, deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may make appropriate arrangements in writing using the above telephone number.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-27/html/2014-01504.htm

  • Request for Nominations to the National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Vacancies on these two committees are expected to be selected by the spring of 2014. Additional sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Please submit nominations by February 28, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Management and Outreach, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. You may also email nominations with subject line Committee Resume 2014 to carrillo.oscar@epa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1601-M), Washington, DC 20460; telephone (202) 564-0347; fax (202) 564-8129; email carrillo.oscar@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-30/html/2014-01901.htm

  • Interior

  • Draft Strategic Growth Policy for the National Wildlife Refuge System

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose a policy to implement a strategic approach to the growth of the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System, System). The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act (Administration Act), as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, requires that we "plan and direct the continued growth of the System in a manner that is best designed to accomplish the mission of the System.'' This draft policy instructs the Refuge System to focus its protection measures on priority conservation features in order to ensure that our limited resources are directed to make the greatest contribution to the conservation of species in a strategic, cost-effective, and transparent manner. It ensures the growth of the System reflects our vision towards managing functional landscapes, enhancing our scientific rigor, improving our effectiveness, and involving our partners and the American people. We propose to incorporate this draft policy as Part 602, chapter 5 of the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by March 3, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this draft policy by any of the following methods:

    U.S. Mail or Hand Delivery: Sarena Selbo, Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 600A, Arlington, VA 22203;

    Email: nwrsstrategicgrowthpolicy@fws.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarena Selbo, at the address above, or telephone: (703) 358-2664.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-30/html/2014-01849.htm

  • Meeting Announcement: North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of teleconference.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet via telephone to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This teleconference is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Council: The teleconference is scheduled for February 4, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information, contact the Council Coordinator no later than January 27, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: Because this is a conference call, there is no meeting venue. Participants should call the toll-free number 877-951-7596; when prompted, enter participant passcode 9469306.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Perry, Council Coordinator, by phone at 703-358-2432; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MBSP 4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-27/html/2014-01262.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; 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 of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    TIME AND DATE: Friday, January 31, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: 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 line will be available. Members of the public 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 listening number.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: (1) Chairman's opening remarks; and (2) Discussion of agenda for February 2014 meeting.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: 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: Peter Arzberger, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-30/html/2014-01994.htm

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