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Federal Register Summary for week of 20 June

    Environmental Protection Agency

  • Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to address greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units. Specifically, the EPA is proposing state- specific rate-based goals for carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, as well as guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to achieve the state-specific goals. This rule, as proposed, would continue progress already underway to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in the United States.

    DATES: Comments on the proposed rule. Comments must be received on or before October 16, 2014. Comments on the information collection request. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), since the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is required to make a decision concerning the information collection request between 30 and 60 days after June 18, 2014, a comment to the OMB is best assured of having its full effect if the OMB receives it by July 18, 2014.

    Public Hearing. Four public hearings will be convened. On July 29, 2014, one public hearing will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center Main Tower Bridge Conference Area, Conference Room B, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, GA 30303, and one will be held in Denver, Colorado, at the EPA's Region 8 Building, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colorado 80202. On July 30, 2014, a public hearing will be held in Washington, DC, at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1152, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. On July 31, 2014, a public hearing will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building, Room 1310, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. The hearings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC, will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The hearing in Denver, Colorado, will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time). For all hearings there will be a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and a dinner break from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please contact Ms. Pamela Garrett at 919-541-7966 or at garrett.pamela@epa.gov to register to speak at one of the hearings. The last day to pre-register in advance to speak at the hearings will be Friday, July 25, 2014. Additionally, requests to speak will be taken the day of the hearings at the hearing registration desk, although preferences on speaking times may not be able to be fulfilled. If you require the service of a translator or special accommodations such as audio description, please let us know at the time of registration.

    The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or arguments concerning the proposed action. The EPA will make every effort to accommodate all speakers who arrive and register. Because these hearings are being held at U.S. government facilities, individuals planning to attend the hearing should be prepared to show valid picture identification to the security staff in order to gain access to the meeting room. Please note that the REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, established new requirements for entering federal facilities. These requirements will take effect July 21, 2014. If your driver's license is issued by Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, or the state of Washington, you must present an additional form of identification to enter the federal buildings where the public hearings will be held. Acceptable alternative forms of identification include: Federal employee badges, passports, enhanced driver's licenses and military identification cards. We will list any additional acceptable forms of identification at: http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/. In addition, you will need to obtain a property pass for any personal belongings you bring with you. Upon leaving the building, you will be required to return this property pass to the security desk. No large signs will be allowed in the building, cameras may only be used outside of the building and demonstrations will not be allowed on federal property for security reasons.

    The EPA may ask clarifying questions during the oral presentations, but will not respond to the presentations at that time. Written statements and supporting information submitted during the comment period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing. Commenters should notify Ms. Garrett if they will need specific equipment, or if there are other special needs related to providing comments at the hearings. Verbatim transcripts of the hearings and written statements will be included in the docket for the rulemaking. The EPA will make every effort to follow the schedule as closely as possible on the day of the hearing; however, please plan for the hearings to run either ahead of schedule or behind schedule. Additionally, more information regarding the hearings will be available at: http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/.

    ADDRESSES: Comments. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602, by one of the following methods:

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

    Email: A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov. Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR- 2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

    Facsimile: (202) 566-9744. Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013- 0602 on the cover page.

    Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail code 28221T, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. In addition, please mail a copy of your comments on the information collection provisions to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: Desk Officer for the EPA, 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Hand/Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Room 3334, EPA WJC West Building, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602. Such deliveries are accepted only during the Docket Center's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays), and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket ID number (EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602). The EPA's policy is to include all comments received without change, including any personal information provided, in the public docket, available online at http://www.regulations.gov, 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 http://www.regulations.gov or email. Send or deliver information identified as CBI only to the following address: Mr. Roberto Morales, OAQPS Document Control Officer (C404-02), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information on 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 you claim as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, you must submit a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR Part 2.

    The EPA requests that you also submit a separate copy of your comments to the contact person identified below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). If the comment includes information you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, you should send a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI or otherwise protected.

    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 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 EPA Docket Center, William Jefferson Clinton Building West, 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 federal 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. Visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm for additional information about the EPA's public docket.

    In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of this proposed rule will be available on the Worldwide Web (WWW). Following signature, a copy of this proposed rule will be posted at the following address: http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Vasu, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919) 541-0107, facsimile number (919) 541- 4991; email address: vasu.amy@epa.gov or Ms. Marguerite McLamb, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919) 541-7858, facsimile number (919) 541-4991; email address: mclamb.marguerite@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/html/2014-13726.htm

  • Carbon Pollution Standards for Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units; Proposed Rules

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing standards of performance for emissions of greenhouse gases from affected modified and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units. Specifically, the EPA is proposing standards to limit emissions of carbon dioxide from affected modified and reconstructed electric utility steam generating units and from natural gas-fired stationary combustion turbines. This rule, as proposed, would continue progress already underway to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector in the United States.

    DATES: Comments on the proposed standards. Comments on the proposed standards must be received on or before October 16, 2014.

    Comments on the information collection request. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), since the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is required to make a decision concerning the information collection request between 30 and 60 days after June 18, 2014, a comment to the OMB is best assured of having its full effect if the OMB receives it by July 18, 2014.

    Public Hearing. In a separate action in the Federal Register, the EPA is proposing Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d) emission guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units (EGUs) and is announcing public hearings associated with that action. Because of the interconnected nature of this proposed rulemaking with the proposed Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, we will hold joint hearings on both proposed rulemakings. Please consult the Federal Register document proposing Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources for information on public hearings for both actions. Additionally, information for the joint public hearings will be posted on the following Web sites: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards and http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan. If any dates, times or locations of announced public hearings are changed for the proposed emission guidelines, then the public hearing dates, times and locations for this action will also change accordingly. If you would like to speak at the public hearing(s), please register by following instructions provided in the document for the emission guidelines proposed in the Federal Register. Please note that written statements and supporting information submitted during the comment period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing(s).

    ADDRESSES: Comments. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603, by one of the following methods:

    At the Web site http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: Send your comments by electronic mail (email) to a-and-r-docket@epa.gov, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603.

    Facsimile: Fax your comments to (202) 566-9744, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603.

    Mail: Send your comments to the EPA Docket Center, U.S. EPA, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603. Comments on the information collection provisions should be mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver your comments to the EPA Docket Center, William Jefferson Clinton Building West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA- HQ-OAR-2013-0603. Such deliveries are accepted only during the Docket Center's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays), and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket ID number (EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603). The EPA's policy is to include all comments received without change, including any personal information provided, in the public docket, available online at http://www.regulations.gov, 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 http://www.regulations.gov or email. Send or deliver information identified as CBI only to the following address: Roberto Morales, OAQPS Document Control Officer (C404-02), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603. Clearly mark the information you claim to be CBI. For CBI information on 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 you claim as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, you must submit a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.

    The EPA requests that you also submit a separate copy of your comments to the contact person identified below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). If the comment includes information you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, you should send a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI or otherwise protected.

    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 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 at http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center, William Jefferson Clinton Building West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal 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. Visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm for additional information about the EPA's public docket.

    In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of this proposed rule will be available on the World Wide Web (WWW). Following signature, a copy of this proposed rule will be posted at the following address: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Christian Fellner, Energy Strategies Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919)541-4003, facsimile number (919)541-5450; email address: fellner.christian@epa.gov or Dr. Nick Hutson, Energy Strategies Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919)541-2968, facsimile number (919)541-5450; email address: hutson.nick@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/html/2014-13725.htm

  • Notification of a Joint Public Meeting and Joint Teleconferences of the Chartered Science Advisory Board and Chartered Board of Scientific Counselors and a Briefing Teleconference for New SAB Members

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a joint public meeting of the Chartered SAB and the EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) Chartered Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) to develop strategic advice on ORD's research activities, six joint SAB-BOSC public teleconference calls to prepare for the face-to-face meeting, and one public teleconference to orient new SAB members to ORD's work.

    DATES: The joint SAB-BOSC public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, July 25, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. There will be six joint SAB-BOSC teleconferences, one for each ORD research program. The joint SAB-BOSC teleconferences will be held: (1) For the Human Health Risk Assessment program on July 1, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET); (2) for the Air, Climate and Energy program on July 3, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET; (3) for the Chemical Safety for Sustainability program on July 3, 2014, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET; (4) for the Homeland Security program on July 7, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET; (5) for the Sustainable and Health Communities program on July 10, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET; and (6) for the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources program on July 17, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. The teleconference to provide an overview of ORD's mission and role for SAB members will be held on June 24, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET.

    ADDRESSES: All the teleconferences will be held by teleconference only. The face-to-face meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott Georgetown, 1221 22nd Street, Washington, DC 20037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes further information concerning the meetings may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2218, fax (202) 202-565-2098; or email at nugent.angela@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-2014-06-18/html/2014-14244.htm

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) to conduct quality reviews of draft CASAC reports on EPA's Recommendation for an additional Federal Reference Method for Ozone and on EPA's Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    Location: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public teleconference may contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at (202) 564-2050 or at yeow.aaron@epa.gov. General information about the CASAC, as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/casac.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/html/2014-14242.htm

  • Request for Nominations to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Request for Nominations to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC).


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by February 2015.

    Background: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues. The programs falling under the purview of the committee include the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, emissions from vehicles and vehicle fuels, air toxic emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, operating permits and collecting fees, and other authorities. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two-year terms with the possibility of reappointment to additional terms. The CAAAC usually meets two to three times annually and the average workload for the members is approximately 5 to 8 hours per month. Although we are unable to offer compensation or an honorarium for your services, you may receive travel and per diem allowances, according to applicable federal travel regulations. Additional information on these meetings, CAAAC and its Subcommittees can be found on the CAAAC Web site: http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac/.

    EPA is seeking nominations from academia, industry, non- governmental/environmental organizations, state and local government agencies, tribal governments, unions, trade associations, utilities, and lawyers/consultants. 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.

    The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees:

    • The background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee (e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational, and other considerations
    • Experience serving as an elected official;
    • Experience serving as an appointed official for a state, county, city or tribe;
    • Experience in working at the national level on local governments issues;
    • Demonstrated experience with air quality policy issues;
    • Executive management level experience with membership in broad-based networks;
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and consensus-building skills.
    • Ability to volunteer time to attend meetings 2-3 times a year, participate in teleconference meetings, attend listening sessions with the Administrator or other senior-level officials, develop policy recommendations to the Administrator, and prepare reports and advice letters.

    EPA will not appoint any federally-registered lobbyists to the committee. In addition, EPA's policy is that, unless otherwise prescribed by statute, members generally are appointed to two-year terms.

    Nominations: Nominations should include: A resume and a short biography describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, as well as the nominee's current business address, email address, and daytime telephone number. In addition, nominees are invited to provide additional information that would be useful to EPA in considering the nominations, including a brief summary of the nominee's interest in air policy issues; the availability of the nominee to participate as a member of this committee; how the nominee's background, skills, and experience would contribute to the diversity of the committee; and any concerns the nominee may have regarding committee membership. Interested candidates may self-nominate. All information should be sent to Jeneva Craig, Designated Federal Officer, preferably electronically, to craig.jeneva@epa.gov. Hard copies may also be mailed to Jeneva Craig, U.S. EPA, Office of Air and Radiation, Mail code 6103A, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. U.S. EPA is accepting nominations until September 1, 2014.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact Jeneva Craig, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA at craig.jeneva@epa.gov, at (202) 564-1674, or by mail at U.S. EPA, Office of Air and Radiation (Mail code 6103 A), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/html/2014-14246.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Public Members

    AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations for public members.


    SUMMARY: 42 U.S.C. 299c establishes a National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (the Council). The Council is to advise the Secretary of HHS (Secretary) and the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on matters related to activities of the Agency to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Seven current members' terms will expire in November 2014. To fill these positions, we are seeking individuals who are distinguished: (1) In the conduct of research, demonstration projects, and evaluations with respect to health care; (2) in the fields of health care quality research or health care improvement; (3) in the practice of medicine; (4) in other health professions; (5) in representing the private health care sector (including health plans, providers, and purchasers) or administrators of health care delivery systems; (6) in the fields of health care economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and, (7) in representing the interests of patients and consumers of health care. 42 U.S.C. 299c(c)(2). Individuals are particularly sought with experience and success in activities specified in the summary above.

    DATES: Nominations should be received on or before 60 days after date of publication.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Ms. Karen Brooks, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Room 3006, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Nominations may also be emailed to Karen.Brooks@ahrq.hhs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karen Brooks, AHRQ, at (301) 427- 1801.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-17/html/2014-14081.htm

  • National Preparedness and Response Science Board (previously known as the "National Biodefense Science Board'') Call for Nominees

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The deadline for all application submissions to the National Preparedness and Response Science Board (NPRSB), previously known as the National Biodefense Science Board, is extended from June 15, 2014, to June 29, 2014, at 11:59 p.m.. The Office of the Secretary is accepting application submissions from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the NPRSB; seven members have membership expiration dates of December 31, 2014; therefore, seven new voting members will be selected for the Board. Nominees are being accepted in the following categories: Industry, academia, practicing health care, pediatrics, and organizations representing other appropriate stakeholders. Please visit the NPRSB Web site at www.phe.gov/nprsb for all application submission information and instructions. All members of the public are encouraged to apply.

    DATES: The deadline for all application submissions is June 29, 2014, at 11:59 p.m.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please submit any inquiries to CAPT Charlotte Spires, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Executive Director and Designated Federal Official, National Preparedness and Response Science Board, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Thomas P. O'Neill Federal Building, Room Number 14F18, 200 C St. SW., Washington, DC 20024; Office: 202-260-0627, Email address: charlotte.spires@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-17/html/2014-14173.htm

  • Interior

  • Classroom Guidelines for Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announces the availability of the Classroom Guidelines for Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). These voluntary guidelines are intended to be used by agencies and organizations to develop materials that inform educators and students about the risks of spreading aquatic invasive species, and to limit their spread via the disposal of unwanted live educational specimens (animals, plants, and microorganisms) into local waters, including release into drains or flushing down toilets.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by July 16, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The guidelines may be obtained online, by U.S. mail, or by email:

    Online: http://anstaskforce.gov/documents.php;

    U.S. mail: Laura Norcutt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 740, Arlington, VA 22203; or

    Email: Laura_Norcutt@fws.gov.

    Submitting Comments: Please submit your comments in writing by one of the following methods:

    U.S. mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 740, Arlington, VA 22203; or

    Email: Laura_Norcutt@fws.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Norcutt, 703-358-2398.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-16/html/2014-14013.htm