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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 27-1 October 2004

AGRICULTURE

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before November 29, 2004.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: EDOCKET: Go to http://www.epa.gov/feddocket 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 you have entered EDOCKET, click on the ``View Open APHIS Dockets'' link to locate this document.

Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send four copies of your comment (an original and three copies) to Docket No. 04-086-1, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. 04-086-1.

E-mail: Address your comment to . Your comment must be contained in the body of your message; do not send attached files. Please include your name and address in your message and ``Docket No. 04-086-1'' on the subject line.

Agency Web site: Go to http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/cominst.html for a form you can use to submit an e-mail comment through the APHIS Web site.

Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

Other Information: You may view APHIS documents published in the Federal Register and related information, including the names of groups and individuals who have commented on APHIS dockets, on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding regulations for the importation into the United States of restricted and controlled materials, contact Dr. Tracye Butler, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Technical Services Unit, National Center for Import and Export, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737-1232; (301) 734-7476. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS* Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 734-7477.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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National Forest System Land and Resource Management Planning; Use of Best Available Science in Implementing Land Management Plans

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Final rule; Interpretation.

DATES: This interpretative rule is effective September 29, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Written inquiries about this interpretative rule may be sent to the Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff, USDA Forest Service, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Mailstop Code 1104, Washington, DC 20250-1104.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Barone, Planning Specialist, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff, Forest Service, USDA, (202) 205-1019; Fax (202) 205-1012.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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ARCTIC RESEARCH COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 73rd Meeting in Durham, NH, on October 5-8, 2004. The Business Session open to the public will convene at 9 a.m. Tuesday,
October 5; the Agenda items include:
(1) Call to order and approval of the Agenda.
(2) Approval of the Minutes of the 72nd Meeting.
(3) Reports from Congressional Liaisons.
(4) Agency Reports.
The focus of the Meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the U.S. Arctic. Presentations include a review of the research needs for civil infrastructure in Alaska.

The Business Session will reconvene at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2004. An Executive Session will follow adjournment of the Business Session.

Any person planning to attend this meeting who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters must inform the Commission in advance of those needs.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Garrett W. Brass, Executive Director, Arctic Research Commission, (703) 525-0111 or TDD (703) 306-0090.

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DEFENSE

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Scientific Advisory Board

AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

SUMMARY: In accordance with 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) announcement is made of the following open meeting:

Name of Committee: Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).
Dates of Meeting: October 28-29, 2004.
Place: The Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 14th St. & Alaska Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20306-6000.
Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (October 28, 2004). 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (October 29, 2004).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ridgely Rabold, Office of the Principal Deputy Director (PDD), AFIP, Building 54, Washington, DC 20306-6000, phone (202) 782-2553.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
General function of the board: The SAB provides scientific and professional advice and guidance on programs, policies and procedures of the AFIP.

Agenda: The Board will hear status reports from the AFIP Director, Principal Deputy Director, and each of the pathology sub-specialty departments, which the Board members will visit during the meeting.

Open board discussions: Reports will be presented on all visited departments. The reports will consist of findings, recommended areas of further research, improvement, and suggested solutions. New trends and/or technologies will be discussed and goals established. The meeting is open to the public.

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FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: There will be a 2-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review dimethoate issues related to hazard and dose response assessment.

DATES: The meeting will be held on November 30 and December 1, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m., eastern time.

Comments: The deadlines for the submission of requests to present oral comments and the submission of written comments, see Unit I.E. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Nominations: Nominations of scientific experts to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before October 12, 2004.

Special seating. Requests for special seating arrangements should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209. The telephone number for the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge is (703) 807-2000.

Comments. Written comments may be submitted electronically (preferred), through hand delivery/courier, or by mail. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and special seating: To submit nominations for ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting, requests for special seating arrangements, or requests to present oral comments, notify the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, your request must identify docket ID number OPP-2004-0320 in the subject line on the first page of your response.

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) 564-8498; fax number: (202) 564-8382; e-mail addresses: .

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

National Institutes of Health

Office of the Director; Notice of Closed Meeting

Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health. The meeting will be closed in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(9)(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C. The applications and the discussions could reveal confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.
Date: September 22, 2004.
Time: 8:45 a.m. to adjournment.
Agenda: To review and evaluate NIH Director's Pioneer Award applications.
Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 1, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (teleconference).
Contact Person: Shelly Pollard, Coordinator for the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 5B64, Tel: 301/496-0959, Fax: 301/402-0395.
Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.
This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the urgent need to meeting timing limitations imposed by the funding cycle.

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Public Health Service

National Toxicology Program (NTP); Notice of a Meeting of the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors

Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors on October 26, 2004, in the Rodbell Auditorium, Rall Building at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

The NTP Board of Scientific Counselors ("the NTP Board'') is composed of scientists from the public and private sector and provides primary scientific oversight to the NTP.

Agenda

The meeting being held on October 26, 2004, begins at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to adjournment with attendance limited only by the space available. Persons needing special assistance should contact the NTP Executive Secretary (contact information below) at least seven business days in advance of the meeting. A draft agenda with a tentative schedule is provided below. Primary agenda topics include: (1) NTP initiatives to enhance toxicology, (2) substances nominated to the NTP for study and recommendations of the NTP Interagency Committee for Chemical Evaluation and Coordination (ICCEC), (3) new approaches for statistical analyses for chronic tests, (4) a proposed process for evaluating chemicals with limited data sets by the Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction, and (5) a research program on Caenorhabditis elegans. The NTP Board will also review three concept proposals for the conduct of research through the use of a contract mechanism. These concepts include: (1) The evaluation of chemicals for their potential to modulate immune responses, (2) chemical characterization of substances for testing in high-throughput screening and chronic assays, and (3) application of automated techniques to toxicity testing. Time is allotted during the meeting for the public to present comments to the NTP Board and NTP staff on any agenda topic.
The agenda and background materials on agenda topics, as available, will be posted on the NTP Web site (http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov, see What's New) or available upon request to the NTP Executive Secretary (contact information below). The NTP is making plans to videocast the meeting through the Internet at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/external/video.htm. Following the meeting, summary minutes will be prepared and available through the NTP Web site and upon request to Central Data Management, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD E1-02, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; telephone: 919-541-3419, fax: 919-541-3687, and e-mail: , ICCEC Recommendations for Substances Nominated for Future NTP Studies

Information about substances nominated to the NTP for toxicology and carcinogenicity studies and the ICCEC's recommendations were published in the Federal Register on August 20, 2004 (Vol. 69, No. 161, pages 51691-51693). This notice is available on the Web (http://ntpserver.niehs.nih.gov/htdocs/liason/04JuneICCECFR.html) along with the

list of nominations (http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov/NomPage/2004Noms.html) and supporting documents for each nomination (http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov/NomPage/BkgrSum04June.html) or is available by contacting the NTP Executive Secretary (contact information below). This meeting provides an additional opportunity for the public to provide comment on these nominations and study recommendations to the NTP Board and NTP staff. Comments submitted to the NTP in response to the August 20, 2004, Federal Register notice are under consideration and do not need to be resubmitted or readdressed.

Public Comment Encouraged

Public input at this meeting is invited and time is set aside for the presentation of public comments on any agenda topic. At least 7 minutes will be allotted to each speaker and, if time permits, may be extended to 10 minutes. Each organization is allowed one time slot per agenda topic. Persons registering to make oral comments are asked to provide their name, affiliation, mailing address, phone, fax, e-mail, and sponsoring organization (if any). To facilitate planning for the meeting, persons interested in providing formal oral comments are asked to notify Dr. Barbara Shane, NTP Executive Secretary, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, MD A3-01, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; telephone: 919-541-0530; and e-mail: by October 18, 2004. Persons may also submit written comments in lieu of making oral comments. Written comments should be sent to the NTP Executive Secretary and must be received by October 18, 2004, to enable review by the NTP Board and NTP staff prior to the meeting.

Persons submitting written comments should include their name, affiliation, mailing address, phone, fax, e-mail, and sponsoring organization (if any) with the document. Individuals will also be able to register to give oral public comments on-site at the meeting. However, if registering on-site and reading from written text, please bring 30 copies of the statement for distribution to the NTP Board and NTP staff and to supplement the record.

Registration

The NTP Board meeting is open to the public. Due to changes in security policies at the NIEHS, individuals who plan to attend are asked to pre-register with the NTP Executive Secretary (contact information above). The names of those registered will be given to the NIEHS Security Office in order to gain access to the campus. Persons attending who have not pre-registered may be asked to provide pertinent information about the meeting such as the title or host of the meeting before gaining access to the campus. All visitors (whether or not you are pre-registered) will need to be prepared to show 2 forms of identification (ID), for example, a driver's license and one other form of ID, such as company ID, government ID, or university ID.

NTP Board of Scientific Counselors

The NTP Board is a technical advisory body comprised of scientists from the public and private sectors who provide primary scientific oversight to the overall program and its centers. Specifically, the NTP Board advises the NTP on matters of scientific program content, both present and future, and conducts periodic review of the program for the purposes of determining and advising on the scientific merit of its activities and their overall scientific quality. Its members are selected from recognized authorities knowledgeable in fields, such as toxicology, pharmacology, pathology, biochemistry, epidemiology, risk assessment, carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, molecular biology, behavioral toxicology and neurotoxicology, immunotoxicology, reproductive toxicology or teratology, and biostatistics. The NTP strives for equitable geographic distribution and minority and female representation on the NTP Board. Its members are invited to serve overlapping terms of up to four years and meetings are held once or twice annually for the NTP Board and its two standing subcommittees (the Report on Carcinogens Subcommittee and the Technical Reports Review Subcommittee).

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National Institutes of Health Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers

AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the availability of educational loan repayment under the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR). The Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers, which is authorized by section 487F \1\ of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 U.S.C. 288-5a), as added by the Clinical Research Enhancement Act of the Public Health Improvement Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-505), provides for the repayment of the existing educational loan debt of qualified health professionals who agree to conduct clinical research. The Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers provides for the repayment of up to $35,000 of the principal and interest of the extant educational loans of such health professionals for each year of obligated service. Payments equal to 39 percent of total loan repayments are issued to the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of program participants to offset Federal tax liabilities incurred. The purpose of the Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers is the recruitment and retention of highly
qualified health professionals as clinical investigators. Through this notice, the NIH invites qualified health professionals who contractually agree to engage in clinical research for at least two years, and who agree to engage in such research for at least 50 percent of their time, i.e., not less than 20 hours per week, to apply for participation in the NIH Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers.

\1\ So in law. There are two sections 487F. Section 205 of Public Law 106-505 (114 Stat. 2329), inserted section 487F after section 487E. Previously, section 1002(b) of Public Law 106-310 (114 Stat. 1129), which relates to a Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program, inserted section 487F after section 487E.

DATES: Interested persons may request information about the Loan

Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers on September 30, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Moore, NIH Regulations Officer, Office of Management Assessment, NIH, 6011 Executive Blvd., Room 601, MSC 7669, Rockville, MD 20892, by e-mail , by fax (301) 402-0169, or by telephone (301) 496-4607 (not a toll-free number). For program information contact Marc S. Horowitz, e-mail , or telephone (301) 402-5666 (not a toll free number).

Information regarding the requirements, the application deadline dates, and an online application for the Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers may be obtained at the NIH Loan Repayment Program Web site, http://www.lrp.nih.gov.

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National Institutes of Health Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the availability of educational loan repayment under the NIH Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program (PR-LRP). The Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program, which is authorized by Section 487F \1\ of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 U.S.C. 288-6), as added by the Children's Health Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-310), provides for the repayment of educational loan debt of qualified health professionals who agree to conduct pediatric research. Pediatric research is research that is directly related to diseases, disorders, and other conditions in children. The Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program provides for the repayment of up to $35,000 of the principal and interest of the extant educational loans of such health professionals for each year of obligated service. Payments equal to 39 percent of total loan repayments are issued to the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of program participants to offset Federal tax liabilities incurred. The purpose of the Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program is the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health professionals as pediatric investigators. Through this notice, the NIH invites qualified health professionals who contractually agree to engage in pediatric research for at least two years, and who agree to engage in such research for at least 50 percent of their time, i.e., not less than 20 hours per week, to apply for participation in the NIH Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program.

\1\ So in law. There are two sections 487F. Section 1002(b) of Public Law 106-310 (114 Stat. 1129), inserted section 487F above. Subsequently, section 205 of Public Law 106-505 (114 Stat. 2329), which relates to a Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers, inserted a section 487F after section 487E.

DATES: Interested persons may request information about the Pediatric

Research Loan Repayment Program on September 30, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Moore, NIH Regulations Officer, Office of Management Assessment, NIH, 6011 Executive Blvd., Room 601, MSC 7669, Rockville, MD 20892, by e-mail (), by fax (301) 402-0169, or by telephone (301) 496-4607 (not a toll-free number). For program information contact Marc S. Horowitz, e-mail , or telephone (301) 402-5666 (not a toll free number). Information regarding the requirements, the application deadline dates, and an online application for the Loan Repayment Program for Pediatric Researchers may be obtained at the NIH Loan Repayment Program Web site, http://www.lrp.nih.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
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INTERIOR

Request for Public Comments on Extension of Existing Information Collection Submitted to OMB for Review Under the Paperwork Reduction Act

A request extending the information collection described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)). Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by contacting the Bureau's clearance officer at the phone number listed below. Copies of the proposed collection of information may be obtained by contacting the Bureau's clearance officer at the phone number listed below. OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collection but may respond after 30 days; therefore, public comments should be submitted to OMB within 30 days in order to assure their maximum consideration. Address your comments and suggestions on the proposal by fax (202) 395-6566 or e-mail oira_docket@omb.eop.gov to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for the Interior Department. Send copies of your comments to the USGS Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20192, or e-mail .

As required by OMB regulations at 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), the U.S. Geological Survey solicits specific public comments as to:
1. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions on the bureaus, including whether the information will have practical utility;
2. The accuracy of the bureau's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
3. The quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
4. How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other forms of information technology.
Title: User Survey for National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII).
OMB Approval No.: 1028-0069
Summary: The collection of information referred herein applies to a voluntary survey that allows visitors to the NBII World-Wide Web site (http://www.nbii.gov) the opportunity to provide feedback on the utility and effectiveness of the NBII operation and contents in meeting their needs.
Estimated Completion Time: 3 minutes.
Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 3000.
Frequency: Once.
Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 150 hours.
Affected Public: Public and private, individuals and institutions.
For Further Information Contact: To obtain copies of the survey, contact the Bureau clearance officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20192,
telephone (703) 648-7313, or go to the Web site http://www.nbii.gov.

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Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel Meeting

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

DATES: The Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel will meet from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2004, and 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2004. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

ADDRESSES: The Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel meeting will be held at the Palace Resort and Hotel, 158 Howard Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530. Phone 228-432-8888. 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: Ron Lukens, Gulf of Mexico Panel Chair, Assistant Director, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, PO Box 726, Ocean Springs, MS 39566, 228-875-5912, or Everett Wilson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 703-358-2148.

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 Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel. The Task Force was established by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990. The Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel was established by the ANS Task Force in 1999 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 Gulf of Mexico region of the United States that includes: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Responsibilities of the Panel include:
a. Identifying priorities for the Gulf of Mexico Region with respect to aquatic nuisance species;
b. Making recommendations to the Task Force regarding actions to carry out aquatic invasive species programs.
c. Assisting the Task Force in coordinating Federal aquatic nuisance species program activities in the Gulf of Mexico region;
d. Coordinating, where possible, aquatic invasive species program activities in the Gulf of Mexico region that are not conducted pursuant to the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (as amended, 1996);
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 Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel will discuss several topics at this meeting including: Panel administrative issues, potential new memberships, updates on the status of State ANS management plans, presentations from South Atlantic States, a discussion on the pet industry project, a discussion of the public aquarium project, work group reports, and a discussion of strategic plan development.

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Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Thirteenth Regular Meeting; Tentative U.S. Negotiating Positions for Agenda Items
and Species Proposals Submitted by Foreign Governments and the CITES Secretariat; Announcement of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the tentative U.S. negotiating positions on agenda items, resolutions, and species proposals submitted by other countries and the CITES Secretariat for consideration by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at its thirteenth regular meeting (COP13). The meeting will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, October 2-14, 2004. With this notice we also announce a public meeting to be held after the conclusion of COP13 to inform the public of the results of COP13 and invite public input on whether the United States should take a reservation on any of the amendments to the CITES Appendices adopted at the meeting.

DATES: In further developing U.S. negotiating positions on these issues, we will continue to consider information and comments submitted in response to our notice of July 2, 2004 (69 FR 40411). We will also continue to consider information received at the public meeting announced in that notice, which was held on August 12, 2004. The public meeting to be held after COP13 will be held on December 13, 2004, at 1:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Please send comments pertaining to resolutions and agenda items to the Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, VA 22203, or via e-mail at: . Please send comments pertaining to species proposals to the Division of Scientific Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 750, Arlington, VA 22203, or via e-mail to: . Comments and materials that we receive will be available for public inspection, by appointment, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Division of Management Authority and the Division of Scientific Authority.

Public Meeting

The post-COP13 public meeting will be held in the Rachel Carson Room, in the Department of the Interior at 18th and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC. Directions to the building may be obtained by
contacting the Division of Management Authority (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, below).

Available Information

Information concerning the results of COP13 will be available after the close of the meeting on the Secretariat's Web site at http://www.cites.org, or upon request from the Division of Management Authority, or via our COP13 Web site at http://international.fws.gov/cop%2013/cop13.htm. If you wish to contact the U.S. delegation to COP13 during the meeting, you may send an e-mail to the following address: COP13_daily@fws.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information pertaining to resolutions, discussion papers, and agenda items, contact Peter O. Thomas, Ph.D., Chief, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, tel. 703-358-2095; fax 703-358-2298; e-mail: . For information pertaining to species proposals, contact Robert R. Gabel, Chief, Division of Scientific Authority, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, tel. 703-358-1708; fax 703-358-2276; e-mail: .

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WHITE HOUSE

Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

AGENCY: Council of Environmental Quality.

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.

SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality ("CEQ'') has formed an Interagency Ocean Policy Group ("IOPG'') to develop the President's response to the recommendations in the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy's Final Report that was released on September 20, 2004. In the process of developing the Administration response, the IOPG is accepting public comments on the Commission's Final Report. Because the IOPG has access to the public comments submitted to the commission on its Preliminary Report, which was released on April 20, 2004, the IOPG is seeking specific comments on the changes introduced in the Final Report.

DATES: Public comments will be accepted beginning on Friday, October 1, 2004. CEQ requests that comments be delivered to CEQ no later than the close of business (5:30 p.m. EST) on Monday, November 1, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Send electronic comments to: . Comments may be sent by facsimile to: (202) 456-9728. Comments may also be mailed to Council on Environmental Quality, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503 Attention: Interagency Ocean Policy Group.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ``Oceans Act Of 2000'' (Pub. L. 106-256) established the U.S. commission on Ocean Policy to make recommendations for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy that will promote: (1) Protection of life & property, (2) stewardship of ocean & coastal resources, (3) protection of marine environment and prevention of marine pollution, (4) enhancement of maritime commerce, (5) expansion of human knowledge of the marine environment, (6) investments in technologies to promote energy and food security, (7) close cooperation among government agencies, and (8) U.S. leadership in ocean & coastal activities. The law required the Commission to develop, in coordination with the States, a scientific advisory panel, and the public, a National Oceans Report. This Report makes recommendations to the President and Congress on ocean and coastal issues. The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy's Final Report was released on September 20, 2004, and may be found at http://oceancommission.gov. Section 4 of the Oceans Act provides for the President to submit to Congress, within ninety (90) days of the receipt of this Report, a statement of proposals to implement or respond to the U.S. Ocean Commission's recommendations for a coordinated, comprehensive and long-range national policy for the responsible use and stewardship of ocean and coastal resources for the benefit of the United States. The IOPG will assist in the development of the Administration's response to the final recommendations. As Chair of the IOPG, and pursuant to the requirements of Section 4(b) of the Oceans Act of 2000, CEQ is accepting comments on U.S. Ocean Commission's recommendations. Further instructions for submitting comments to the IOPG may be found at http://ocean.ceg.gov

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