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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 2-6 August 2004

AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary Notice of the Forestry Research Advisory Council Meeting 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 announces a meeting of the Forestry Research Advisory Council. The meeting will be open to the public.

DATES: The Forestry Research Advisory Council will meet on August 25, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on August 26, 2004, from 8 a.m. to noon. A complete agenda will be available prior to the meeting. To obtain a copy call the Contact Person identified below.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Portrait Conference Room, 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catalino A. Blanche, FRAC Coordinator, Mail Stop 2210, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250; telephone: (202) 401-4190; fax: (202) 401-1706; e-mail: cblanche@csrees.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1441(C) of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 requires the establishment of the Forestry Research Advisory Council 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.), known as the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962. The Council also provides advice related 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 Council is composed of 20 voting members from: federal and state agencies, forest industries, forestry schools and state agricultural experiment stations, and volunteer public groups.

The purposes of the meeting are: (a) To hear reports from the Forest Service, USDA, Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, USDA, forest industries, the National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges, and (b) to formulate advice on Federal and state forestry research for the Secretary of Agriculture.

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COMMERCE

Public Comment for Enhancement of the initial Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of opportunity for written public comment.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the opportunity for public comment on the planning process and plans for developing the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). IOOS is the U.S. contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS).

DATES: A conference to complete a phased implementation plan for the IOOS has been scheduled for August 31 through September 1, 2004. Due to limited space, attendance is by invitation only. However, the public is invited to comment in writing on design plans and priorities for IOOS development. Planning documents that the conference will build on can be found at http://www.ocean.us/documents/componentsIOOS.jsp. Comments must be submitted by close of business on August 20, 2004 w.fields@ocean.us, or Ms. Windy Fields, Ocean.US, 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1350, Arlington, VA 22201).

ADDRESSES: The meeting location is undisclosed.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this notice, please contact Ms. Windy Fields, Ocean.US Telephone: (703) 588-0853. E-mail: w.fields@ocean.us.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: See http://www.ocean.us.

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Public Advisory Committees AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office. ACTION: Notice and request for nominations.

SUMMARY: On November 29, 1999, the President signed into law the Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act (the "Act"), Pub. L. 106-113, Appendix I, Title IV, Subtitle G, 113 Stat. 1501A-572, which, among other things, established two Public Advisory Committees to review the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with respect to patents, in the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, and with respect to trademarks, in the case of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, and to advise the Director on these matters. The USPTO is requesting nominations for three (3) members to each Public Advisory Committee for terms that begin November 27, 2004.

DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before September 3, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to submit nominations should send the nominee's resume to Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia, 22313-1450; by electronic mail to: PPACnominations@uspto.gov for the Patent Public Advisory Committee or TPACnominations@uspto.gov for the Trademark Patent Public Advisory Committee; by facsimile transmission marked to the Chief of Staff's attention at (703) 305-8664; or by mail marked to the Chief of Staff's attention and addressed to the Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia, 22313-1450.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief of Staff by facsimile transmission marked to her attention at (703) 305-8664, or by mail marked to her attention and addressed to the Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia, 22313-1450.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committees' duties include: Review and advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on matters relating to policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the USPTO relating to patents and trademarks, respectively; and

Within 60 days after the end of each fiscal year: (1) Prepare an annual report on matters listed above; (2) transmit a report to the Secretary of Commerce, the President, and the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and (3) publish the report in the Official Gazette of the USPTO. Members of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of Commerce for three (3)-year terms.

Advisory Committees

The Public Advisory Committees are each composed of nine (9) voting members who are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce (the "Secretary") and who have `substantial backgrounds and achievement in finance, management, labor relations, science, technology, and office automation." 35 U.S.C. 5(b)(3). The Public Advisory Committee members must be United States citizens and represent the interests of diverse users of the USPTO, both large and small entity applicants in proportion to the number of such applications filed. In the case of the Patent Public Advisory Committee, at least twenty-five (25) percent of the members must represent "small business concerns, independent inventors, and nonprofit organizations," and at least one member must represent the independent inventor community. 35 U.S.C. 5 (b)(2). Each of the Public Advisory Committees also includes three (3) non-voting members representing each labor organization recognized by the USPTO.

Procedures and Guidelines of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

Each newly appointed member of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees will serve for a term of three years. Members appointed in the current fiscal year shall serve from November 27, 2004, to November 27, 2007. As required by the Act, members of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees will receive compensation for each day while the member is attending meetings or engaged in the business of that Advisory Committee. The rate of compensation is the daily equivalent of the annual rateof basic pay in effect for level III of the Executive Schedule under section 5314 of title 5, United States Code. While away from home or regular place of business, each member will be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsstence, as authorized by Section 5703 of Title 5, United States Code. The USPTO will provide the necessary administrative support, including technical assistance for the Committees.

Applicability of Certain Ethics Laws

Members of each Public Advisory Committee shall be special Government employees within the meaning of Section 202 of Title 18, United States Code. The following additional information includes several, but not all, of the ethics rules that apply to members, and assumes that members are not engaged in Public Advisory Committee business more than sixty days during each calendar year:

Each member will be required to file a confidential financial disclosure form within thirty (30) days of appointment. 5 CFR 2634.202(c), 2634.204, 2634.903, and 2634.904(b).

Each member will be subject to many of the public integrity laws, including criminal bars against representing a party, 18 U.S.C. 205(c), in a particular matter that came before the member's committee and that involved at least one specific party. See also 18 U.S.C. 207 for post-membership bars. A member also must not act on a matter in which the member (or any of certain closely related entities) has a financial interest. 18 U.S.C. 208.

Representation of foreign interests may also raise issues. 35 U.S.C. 5(a)(1) and 18 U.S.C. 219.

Meetings of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees

Meetings of each Advisory Committee will take place at the call of the Chair to consider an agenda set by the Chair. Meetings may be conducted in person, electronically through the Internet, or by other appropriate means. The meetings of each Advisory Committee will be open to the public except each Advisory Committee may, by majority vote, meet in executive session when considering personnel or other confidential matters. Nominees must also have the ability to participate in Committee business through the Internet.

Procedures for Submitting Nominations

Submit resum[eacute]s for nomination for the Patent Public Advisory Committee and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee to: Chief of Staff to the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, utilizing the addresses provided above.

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Patent and Trademark Office Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Title: United States Patent Applicant Survey.

Form Number(s): None. The surveys contained in this information collection do not have USPTO form numbers assigned to them. When the surveys are approved, they will carry the OMB Control Number and the date on which OMB's approval of the information collection expires.

Agency Approval Number: 0651-00XX.

Type of Request: New collection.

Burden: 187 hours.

Number of Respondents: 445 responses.

Avg. Hours Per Response: 7 or 30 minutes, depending on the survey.

The USPTO estimates that it takes an average of 7 minutes (0.12 hours) to complete the surveys for the independent inventors and that it takes an average of 30 minutes (0.50 hours) to complete the surveys for large domestic corporations, small to medium-size businesses, and universities and non-profit research organizations. This includes the time to gather the necessary information, respond to the surveys, and submit them to the USPTO. The USPTO believes that it takes the same amount of time to respond to the surveys, whether the completed surveys are mailed to the USPTO or completed online.

Needs and Uses: The USPTO developed the United States Patent Applicant Survey to obtain information on customer filing intentions in order to predict future growth rates in patent applications over the next four years from patent-generating entities. The USPTO also developed this survey in response to the Senate Appropriations Report 106-404 (September 8, 2000), which directed the USPTO to "develop a workload forecast with advice from a representative sample of industry and the inventor community." There are three versions of this survey: one for large domestic corporations and small to medium-size businesses, one for universities and non-profit research organizations, and another for independent inventors. The top 209 patent-generating corporations and other large businesses, small to medium-size businesses, universities and non-profit research organizations, and independent inventors responding to these surveys will provide the USPTO with the number of filings (domestic, international, or combined) that they plan to submit, in addition to providing general feedback concerning industry trends and the survey itself. The USPTO will use this feedback to estimate future revenue flow, allocate resources, and determine quality control measures to meet filing demands.

The initial survey was reviewed and approved by OMB under OMB Control Number 0651-0038 Customer Input, Patent and Trademark Customer Surveys, the USPTO's generic customer survey clearance. However, due to the fact that the USPTO will use this survey to predict workload and revenue flow and the fact that the survey methodology has matured, the USPTO is submitting this survey separately to OMB for review and approval and not under the generic clearance.

Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit; and not-for-profit institutions.

Frequency: On occasion.

Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

OMB Desk Officer: David Rostker, (202) 395-3897.

Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by any of the following methods:

E-mail: Susan.Brown@uspto.gov. Include "0651-00XX United States Patent Applicant Survey copy request" in the subject line of the message.

Fax: 703-308-7407, marked to the attention of Susan Brown.

Mail: Susan K. Brown, Records Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Data Architecture and Services, Data Administration Division, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent on or before September 3, 2004, to David Rostker, OMB Desk Officer, Room 10202, New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

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Joint Counterpart Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultation Regulations AGENCIES: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: This final rule, developed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) (referred to jointly as "Services" and individually as "Service"), after coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), codifies joint counterpart regulations for consultation under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (ESA), for regulatory actions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Counterpart regulations, described in general terms in part 402, are intended to provide flexibility in the ways that a federal agency may meet its obligations under the ESA by creating alternative procedures to the section 7 consultation process described in subparts A and B of the same part. These counterpart regulations enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the section 7 consultation process by increasing interagency cooperation and providing two optional alternatives for completing section 7 consultation for FIFRA regulatory actions. One alternative modifies the process for EPA to conduct informal consultation with the Service for those FIFRA actions that EPA determines are "not likely to adversely affect" any federally-protected threatened and endangered species ("listed species") or critical habitat. The other alternative permits the Service to conduct formal consultation in a manner that more effectively takes advantage of EPA's substantial expertise in evaluating ecological effects of FIFRA regulatory actions on listed species and critical habitats.

DATES: This rule is effective September 7, 2004.

ADDRESSES: The complete file for this rule is available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the Division of Consultation, Habitat Conservation Planning, Recovery and State Grants, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Leonard, Chief, Division of Consultation, Habitat Conservation Planning, Recovery and State Grants, at the above address (Telephone 703/358-2171, Facsimile 703/358-1735) or Jim Lecky, Acting Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Programs, NOAA Fisheries, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301/713-2239; facsimile 301/713-1940).

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DEFENSE

Publication of Rules Affecting the Public AGENCY: Department of the Army, DOD. ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The Department of the Army is revising our rule concerning the publication of rules affecting the public to incorporate requirements and policies required by various acts of Congress and Executive Orders. This revision also incorporates changes to program proponency and policies within the Department of the Army. This rule finalizes the proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register on April 7, 2004.

DATES: Effective Date: September 7, 2004.

ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, ATTN: AHRC-PDD-RP, 7701 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22315-3860.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Brenda Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer, Alexandria, VA at (703) 428-6422 or Mrs. Brenda Kopitzke, Alternate Army Federal Register Liaison Officer, Alexandria, VA at (703) 428-6437.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Cancellation of Public Meeting AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The July 29 and 30, 2004, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) meeting to consider and review Dimethoate issues related to the hazard and dose-response assessment was canceled. Any information related to the rescheduling of this meeting will be announced in a future Federal Register notice. For further information, please notify the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or see the Federal Register of June 21, 2004 (69 FR 34348) (FRL-7365-1).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Myrta Christian, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-8450; fax number: (202) 564-8382; e-mail address:christian.myrta@epa.gov.

List of Subjects

Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.

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Board of Scientific Counselors, Biotechnology Subcommittee Meeting AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Biotechnology Subcommittee Meeting.

DATES: August 20, 2004. The Subcommittee will meet by conference call from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Eastern Time). The purpose of this call is to discuss Subcommittee member comments on ORD's Draft Biotechnology Research Strategy and, if possible, approve a draft of a letter report.

Meeting Location: Participation in the meeting will be by teleconference only--a meeting room will not be used. Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code to participate in the teleconference meeting may contact Ms. Lorelei Kowalski, Designated Federal Officer, via telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-3408, via e-mail at kowalski.lorelei@epa.gov, or by mail at Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Mail Code 8104-R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, by the Monday preceding the conference call.

Document Availability

The Biotechnology Subcommittee will provide a letter review of ORD's Draft Biotechnology Research Strategy. Any member of the public interested in a hard copy of the draft strategy, or in making a presentation during the conference call, should contact Ms. Lorelei Kowalski, Designated Federal Officer, via telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-3408, via e-mail at kowalski.lorelei@epa.gov, or by mail at Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Mail Code 8104-R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. In general, each individual making an oral presentation will be limited to a total of three minutes. Requests for the draft strategy or for making oral presentations at the meeting will be accepted up to 3 business days before the meeting date. The draft strategy can also be viewed through EDOCKET, as provided in Unit I.A. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

Submitting Comments

Comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I.B. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Written comments will be accepted up to 3 business days before the meeting date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lorelei Kowalski, Designated Federal Officer, via telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-3408, via e-mail at kowalski.lorelei@epa.gov, or by mail at Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Mail Code 8104-R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

The meeting is open to the public.

A. How Can I Get Copies of Related Information?

  1. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this action under Docket ID No. ORD-2004-0011. The official public docket consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, any public comments received, and other information related to this action. Documents in the official public docket are listed in the index in EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EDOCKET. documents may be available either electronically or in hard copy. Electronic documents may be viewed through EDOCKET. Hard copy of the draft agenda may be viewed at Board of Scientific Counselors Biotechnology Subcommittee Meeting Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center 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.

  2. Electronic Access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the "Federal Register" listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/.

    An electronic version of the public docket is available through EDOCKET. You may use EDOCKET at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select "search," then key in the appropriate docket identification number.

    For public commenters, it is important to note that EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing in EPA's electronic public docket as EPA receives them and without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, confidential business information (CBI), or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. When EPA identifies a comment containing copyrighted material, EPA will provide a reference to that material in the version of the comment that is placed in EPA's electronic public docket. The entire printed comment, including the copyrighted material, will be available in the public docket.

    Public comments submitted on computer disks that are mailed or delivered to the docket will be transferred to EPA's electronic public docket. Public comments that are mailed or delivered to the Docket will be scanned and placed in EPA's electronic public docket.

B. How and to Whom Do I Submit Comments?

You may submit comments electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, identify the appropriate docket identification number in the subject line on the first page of your comment. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period.

  1. Electronically. If you submit an electronic comment as prescribed below, EPA recommends that you include your name, mailing address, and an e-mail address or other contact information in the body of your comment. Also include this contact information on the outside of any disk or CD ROM you submit, and in any cover letter accompanying the disk or CD ROM. This ensures that you can be identified as the submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further information on the substance of your comment. EPA's policy is that EPA will not edit your comment, and any identifying or contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment.

    i. EDOCKET. Your use of EPA's electronic public docket to submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments. Go directly to EDOCKET at http://www.epa.gov/edocket, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. To access EPA's electronic public docket from the EPA Internet Home Page, http://www.epa.gov, select "Information Sources," "Dockets," and "EDOCKET." Once in the system, select "search," and then key in Docket ID No. ORD-2004-0011. The system is an anonymous access system, which means EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or other contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment.

    ii. E-mail. Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to ORD.Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. ORD-2004-0011. In contrast to EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's e-mail system is not an anonymous access system. If you send an e-mail comment directly to the docket without going through EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's e-mail system automatically captures your e-mail address. E-mail addresses that are automatically captured by EPA's e-mail system are included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket.

    iii. Disk or CD ROM. You may submit comments on a disk or CD ROM that you mail to the mailing address identified in Unit I.B.2. These electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect or ASCII file format. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption.

  2. By Mail. Send your comments to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ORD Docket, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, 20460, Attention Docket ID No. ORD-2004-0011.

  3. By Hand Delivery or Courier. Deliver your comments to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room B102, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. ORD-2004-0011 (note: this is not a mailing address). Such deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of operation as identified in Unit I.A.1.

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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics, Board of Scientific Counselors

In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) announces the following committee meeting.

Name: Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC).

Times and Dates: 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m., September 9, 2004. 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., September 10, 2004.

Place: NCHS Headquarters, 3311 Toledo Road, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782.

Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 100 people.

Purpose: This committee is charged with providing advice and making recommendations to the Secretary; the Director, CDC; and Director, NCHS, regarding the scientific and technical program goals and objectives, strategies, and priorities of NCHS.

Matters To Be Discussed: The agenda will include welcome remarks by the Director, NCHS; introductions of members and key NCHS staff; scientific presentations and discussions; and an open session for comments from the public. Requests to make an oral presentation should be submitted in writing to the contact person listed below by close of business, August 25, 2004. All requests to make oral comments should contain the name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation of the presenter. Written comments should not exceed five single-spaced typed pages in length and should be received by the contact person listed below by close of business, August 25, 2004.

Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Weinzimer, Executive Secretary, NCHS, 3311 Toledo Road, Room 7108, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782, telephone (301) 458-4565, fax (301) 458-4021.

The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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HOMELAND SECURITY

Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request ACTION: Request OMB approval; application to extend/change Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-539, (OMB No. 1615-0003).

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) has submitted the following information collection request for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for sixty days until October 5, 2004.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information should address one or more of the following four points:

(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumption used;

(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Overview of this information collection:

(1) Type of Information Collection: Extension of currently approved collection.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.

(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Homeland Security sponsoring the collection: I-539, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals and households. The information collected is required by 8 CFR part 214. This form will be used by nonimmigrants to apply for an extension of stay or for a change to another nonimmigrant classification.

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 261,867 responses at 45 minutes (.75 hours) per response.

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 196,400 annual burden hours.

In additional information is required contact: Mr. Richard A. Sloan, Director, Regulations and Forms Services, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, Room 4034, 425 I Street, NW., Washington, DC 20536.

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INTERIOR

Joint Counterpart Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultation Regulations AGENCIES: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: This final rule, developed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) (referred to jointly as "Services" and individually as "Service"), after coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), codifies joint counterpart regulations for consultation under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (ESA), for regulatory actions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Counterpart regulations, described in general terms in part 402, are intended to provide flexibility in the ways that a federal agency may meet its obligations under the ESA by creating alternative procedures to the section 7 consultation process described in subparts A and B of the same part. These counterpart regulations enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the section 7 consultation process by increasing interagency cooperation and providing two optional alternatives for completing section 7 consultation for FIFRA regulatory actions. One alternative modifies the process for EPA to conduct informal consultation with the Service for those FIFRA actions that EPA determines are "not likely to adversely affect" any federally-protected threatened and endangered species ("listed species") or critical habitat. The other alternative permits the Service to conduct formal consultation in a manner that more effectively takes advantage of EPA's substantial expertise in evaluating ecological effects of FIFRA regulatory actions on listed species and critical habitats.

DATES: This rule is effective September 7, 2004.

ADDRESSES: The complete file for this rule is available for inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the Division of Consultation, Habitat Conservation Planning, Recovery and State Grants, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Leonard, Chief, Division of Consultation, Habitat Conservation Planning, Recovery and State Grants, at the above address (Telephone 703/358-2171, Facsimile 703/358-1735) or Jim Lecky, Acting Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Programs, NOAA Fisheries, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301/713-2239; facsimile 301/713-1940).

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-17654.htm

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