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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 9-13 August 2004

COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Notice of Meeting and Review of the Analytical Framework for Conducting Jeopardy Analyses Under the Endangered Species Act AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Meeting

SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service is hosting a meeting to solicit constructive criticism from an expert panel on the analytical framework used for conducting jeopardy analyses under the Endangered Species Act.

DATES: The meeting will span three days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, beginning Tuesday, August 24 and concluding on Thursday, August 26, 2004.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in a conference room at the Four Points Sheraton Bethesda, 8400 Wisconsin Avenue, in Bethesda, MD.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be facilitated and structured to allow panelists to ask questions and discuss ideas freely. Invited panelists have been asked to provide constructive criticism of the analytical framework for conducting jeopardy analyses under the Endangered Species Act and identify options for assessing species risk under varying circumstances. The meeting is open to the public, although space is limited. Interested persons may present comments, in writing, on the issues before the panel.

Written submissions will be accepted at the meeting and addressed during the meeting, as time allows, and in the meeting summary.

Special Accommodations

This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact us as soon as possible.

For additional information or to reserve a space at the meeting contact, Phil Williams, Chief of Endangered Species, Protected Resources, 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910; telephone(301) 713-1401, or email phil.Williams@noaa.gov.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-18184.htm

DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board AGENCY: Department of Defense. ACTION: Notice.

DATES: September 8, 2004 from 0830 a.m. to 1715 p.m., and September 9, 2004 from 0800 a.m. to 1725 p.m.

ADDRESSES: SERDP Program Office, 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 804, Arlington, VA 22203.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Veronica Rice, SERDP Program Office, 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 303, Arlington, VA or by telephone at (703) 696-2119.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Matters To Be Considered

Research and Development proposals and continuing projects requesting Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program funds in excess of $1M will be reviewed.

This meeting is open to the public. Any interested person may attend, appear before, or file statements with the Scientific Advisory Board at the time and in the manner permitted by the Board.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-18077.htm

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Science Advisory Board Meetings AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconference meetings to discuss the review of two draft SAB reports.

DATES: August 18, 2004, 1-2:30 pm (Eastern Time) and August 23, 2004, 3-4:30 pm (Eastern Time). A public telephone conference meeting of the SAB Quality Review Committee (QRC) to discuss the draft SAB report, Review of EPA's Draft Report on the Environment 2003, will be held on August 18, 2004 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m (Eastern Time). A second public telephone conference meeting will be held on August 23, 2004, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m (Eastern Time) to discuss the draft SAB Report of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board's 3MRA Panel on the Multimedia, Multipathway, and Multireceptor Risk Assessment (3MRA) Modeling System.

ADDRESSES: The meetings for these reviews will be held by telephone only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information regarding these teleconference meetings may contact Mr. Thomas O. Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board via phone (202) 343-9982) or e-mail at miller.tom@epa.gov.

The SAB Mailing address is: U.S. EPA, Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB, as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the SAB QRC meetings is to conduct a public review and discussion of the two SAB draft reports. The focus of the discussion will be on whether: (i) The original charge questions to the SAB review panel have been adequately addressed, (ii) there are any technical errors or omissions in the report or issues that are inadequately dealt with in the report, (iii) the report is clear and logical, and (iv) any conclusions drawn, or recommendations provided, are supported by the body of information in the review report. The outcome of the QRC review will be one of the following: (i) Recommend SAB approval of the report, (ii) return the report to the review panel for further work, (iii) reject the work of the review panel and request a reconsideration and a revised report in the future, or (iv) recommend that the SAB constitute an entirely new review panel.

Availability of Review Material for the Board Meeting: Documents that are the subject of this meeting are available on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab/.

Procedures for Providing Public Comment: The SAB Staff Office accepts written public comments of any length, and accommodates oral public comments whenever possible. The SAB Staff Office expects that public statements presented at SAB meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements. Oral Comments: In general, each individual or group requesting an oral presentation at a teleconference meeting will usually be limited to no more than three minutes per speaker and no more than fifteen minutes total. Interested parties should contact the DFO noted above in writing via e-mail at least one week prior to the meeting in order to be placed on the public speaker list for the meeting. Speakers should provide an electronic copy of their comments for distribution to interested parties and participants in the meeting. Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting (unless otherwise stated), written comments should be received in the SAB Staff Office at least one week prior to the meeting date so that the comments may be made available to the committee for their consideration. Comments should be supplied to the DFO at the address/contact information above in the following formats: one hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat, WordPerfect, Word, or Rich Text files (in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format).

Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation to access these meetings, should contact the DFO at least five business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-18026.htm

INTERIOR

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Western Panel Meeting AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Western Regional Panel. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

DATES: The Western Regional Panel will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2004, and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2004. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

ADDRESSES: The Western Regional Panel meeting will be held at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 East 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Phone 907-276-8700. Minutes of the meeting will be maintained in the office of Chief, Division of Environmental Quality, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Suite 322, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1622.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tina Proctor, Western Panel Coordinator and FWS Regional Aquatic Nuisance Species Program Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486, DFC, Denver CO, 80225, or Everett Wilson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 703-358-2108.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. I), this notice announces meetings of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Western Regional Panel. The Task Force was established by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990. The Western Regional Panel was established by the ANS Task Force in 1997 and is comprised of representatives from Federal, State, and local agencies and from private environmental and commercial interests.

The purpose of the Panel is to advise and make recommendations to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force on issues relating to the Western region of the United States that includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Responsibilities of the Panel include:

a. Identifying priorities for the Western Region with respect to aquatic nuisance species;

b. Making recommendations to the Task Force regarding an education, monitoring (including inspection), prevention, and control program to prevent the spread of the zebra mussel west of the 100th Meridian.

c. Coordinating, where possible, other aquatic nuisance species program activities in the Western region that are not conducted pursuant to the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (as amended, 1996);

d. Developing an emergency response strategy for Federal, State, and local entities for stemming new invasions of aquatic nuisance species in the region;

e. Providing advice to public and private individuals and entities concerning methods of controlling aquatic nuisance species; and

f. Submitting an annual report describing activities within the Western region related to aquatic nuisance species prevention, research, and control.

The Western Regional Panel will discuss several topics at this meeting including: ballast water challenges, impact of New Zealand mud snails, member updates, zebra mussels in the Missouri River, zebra mussels in Kansas, assessing the potential ecological and economic impacts of zebra mussels to Western river systems, NAISA status, status of State ANS management plans, reports from other regional panels, the Canadian national strategy to deal with the threat of invasive species, climate change--opening up new routes and pathways, northern pike impacts on native fish, an outreach program to aquarium owners, and aquatic nuisance species in Alaska. There will also be reports on WRP projects: cross boundary Spartina control and eradication, the educational material catalog on a searchable database, the joint Western Governor's Association project and the database of estuarine species in California, Oregon and Washington.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-18458.htm

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