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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 27-30 December 2004

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Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of meetings of the Marine FisheriesAdvisory Committee (MAFAC). This will be the first of two annualmeetings to be held in fiscal year (FY) 2005 to review and advise on management policies for living marine resources. Agenda topics can found in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

DATES: The meetings will be held in January 2005. See SUPPLEMENTARYINFORMATION for specific dates and times.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815.

Requests for special accommodations may be directed to MAFAC, Constituent Services, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway 9508, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel Bryant, MAFAC Executive Director; telephone: (301) 713-2379 x171.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (1982), notice is hereby given of meetings of MAFAC. MAFAC was established by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on February 17, 1972, to advise the Secretary on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. This Committee advises and reviews the adequacy of living marine resource policies and programs to meet the needs of commercial and recreational fisheries, and environmental, state, consumer, academic, tribal, and other national interests.

Meeting Dates and Times

1. January 11, 2005, 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m.
2. January 12, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
3. January 13, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
4. January 14, 2005, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Matters to be Considered

January 11, 2005

General overview and full committee discussion regarding NOAA'secosystem management initiatives and how they relate to fisheriesmanagement, and review and status of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act reauthorization.

January 12, 2005

Overview and full committee discussion of cold water coral management initiatives, FY 2005 budget review, recreational fisheries strategic plan and program initiative, and review of newly revised Office of Constituent Services and programs.

January 13, 2005

The MAFAC will meet for a morning overview and discussion of aquaculture legislative initiatives and status of regional research programs.

January 14, 2005

The full committee of MAFAC will meet in the afternoon to receive reports and take final action. Committee will adjourn sine day on completion of business. Time will be set aside for public comment on agenda items.

Special Accommodations

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to MAFAC (see ADDRESSES).

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The United States-Russia Innovation Council on High Technologies (ICHT)

AGENCY: Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Technology Administration invites nominations of individuals representing high technology business in the United States for appointment to five vacancies on the U.S.-Russia Innovation Council on High Technologies. The U.S. Department of Commerce (D.O.C.) and the Ministry of Education and Science (M.E.S.) of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as "the Participants''), formed the
Innovation Council on High Technologies (hereinafter referred to as "the Council'') in accordance with Article 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding between the D.O.C. and the M.E.S. on Cooperation in Technology and Innovation, signed at Washington, DC on April 19, 2004. The Technology Administration will consider all nominations received in response to this notice.

DATES: Nominations must be received at the address below by no later than January 31, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Please submit nominations to Ken Ferguson, Chief, International Technology Programs, Office of Technology Policy, Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4817, 14th and Constitution Avenues, NW., Washington, DC 20230. Nominations may also be submitted by fax or e-mail to Ken Ferguson, Chief, International Technology Programs at 202-501-6849 or
Ken.Ferguson@Technology.Gov if followed up with a hard copy sent by mail or courier.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
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DEFENSE and also ENERGY, HOMELAND SECURITY, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION, COMMERCE (National Institute of Standards and Technology), and INTERIOR (Geological Survey), HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (Food and Drug Administration)

Multi-Agency Radiological Laboratory Analytical Protocols Manual

ACTION: Notice of availability.

SUMMARY: The participating agencies are announcing the availability of the "Multi-Agency Radiological Laboratory Analytical Protocols'' (MARLAP) Manual. The MARLAP Manual provides guidance for the planning, implementation, and assessment phases of projects that require the laboratory analysis of radionuclides. MARLAP's basic goal is to provide guidance for project planners, managers, and laboratory personnel to ensure that radioanalytical laboratory data will meet a project's or a program's data requirements. The manual offers a framework for a performance-based approach to achieving data requirements that is both scientifically rigorous and flexible enough to be applied to diverse projects and programs. This framework will promote national consistency in the generation of radioanalytical data of known quality that are appropriate for its intended use. Examples of radiological data collection activities that MARLAP supports include: site characterization, site cleanup and compliance demonstration, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, emergency response, remedial and removal actions, decontamination activities, effluent monitoring of licensed facilities, environmental site monitoring, background studies, and waste management activities. The MARLAP Manual, now finalized, is a multi-agency consensus document. The agencies previously sought public comment in order to receive feedback from the widest range of interested parties and to ensure that all information relevant to developing the document was received and addressed to the extent possible. The interagency MARLAP work group reviewed all public comments received as well as comments from a concurrent, independent technical peer review. Suggested changes were incorporated, where appropriate, in response to those comments.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the draft and the final MARLAP Manual, along with public and technical peer review comments received, may be examined or copied for a fee at the EPA Public Reading Room, Room B102, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004. The room is open to the public on all Federal Government work days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Printed and CD-ROM versions of MARLAP (NTIS PB2004-105421) may be purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). NTIS may be accessed online at http://www.ntis.gov. The NTIS Sales Desk can be reached between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, at 1-800-553-6847; TDD (hearing impaired only) at 703-487-4639 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday; or fax at 703-605-6900.

The manual is also available through the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/radiation/marlap or http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/staff/sr1576/. The NRC document number is NUREG- 1576, and the EPA document number is EPA 402-B-04-001A-C (in three volumes).

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) .

ACTION: Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference Meeting.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) will meet in a public teleconference on January 13, 2005, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 Eastern Time. The meeting will be hosted out of the main conference room, U.S. EPA, 655 15th Street, NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005. The meeting is open to the public, however, due to limited space, seating will be on a registration-only basis. For further information regarding the teleconference meeting, please contact the individual listed below.

Background: NACEPT is a federal advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, PL 92463. NACEPT provides advice and recommendations to the Administrator and other EPA officials on a broad range of domestic and international environmental policy issues. NACEPT consists of a representative cross-section of EPA's partners and principle constituents who provide advice and recommendations on policy issues and serves as a sounding board for new strategies that the Agency is developing.

Purpose of Meeting: A workgroup under the auspices of NACEPT has prepared a draft advice letter on the environmental indicators database. The purpose of this teleconference is for the NACEPT Council to review, discuss, and decide whether to approve the letter.

Availability of Review Materials: If you wish to receive a copy of the draft advice letter developed by the NACEPT workgroup, please contact Ms. Altieri.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Members of the public wishing to gain access to the conference room on the day of the meeting must contact Ms. Sonia Altieri, Designated Federal Officer for NACEPT, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1601E), Office of Cooperative Environmental Management, 655 15th Street, NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005; telephone/voice mail at (202) 233-0061 or via e-mail at altieri.sonia@epa.gov. The agenda will be available to the public upon request. If you wish to make oral comments or to submit written comments to the Council, please contact Ms. Altieri by January 7, 2005.

General Information: Additional information concerning the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) can be found on our Web site (http://www.epa.gov/ocem).

Meeting Access: Individuals requiring special accommodation at this meeting, including wheelchair access to the conference room, should contact Ms. Altieri at least five business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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Board of Scientific Counselors, Mercury Subcommittee Meetings--Winter 2005

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of meetings.

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 three meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Mercury Subcommittee.

DATES: Two conference call meetings will be held on: (1) Wednesday, January 19, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and (2) Tuesday, March 29, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. One face-to-face meeting will begin on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and conclude on Thursday, February 24, 2005 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.). All times noted are eastern standard time. The meetings may adjourn early if all business is finished. Public comment on the Subcommittee will be accepted until March 28, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Conference Calls: Participation in the conference calls will be by teleconference only--meeting rooms will not be used. Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code to participate in a teleconference meeting may contact Heather Drumm, Designated Federal Officer, via telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-8239, via e-mail at drumm.heather@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 four work days prior to each conference call. Face-to-Face Meeting: The Subcommittee will meet face-to-face in Arlington, VA at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge on Wednesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 24. The Holiday Inn is located at 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive.

Document Availability

Any member of the public interested in receiving a draft agenda for, or making a presentation at, one of the conference calls or the face-to-face meeting, may contact Heather Drumm, Designated Federal Officer, via telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-8239, via e-mail at drumm.heather@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 agendas or for making oral presentations at the conference calls or the face-to-face meeting will be accepted up to 1 business day before each conference call/meeting date. The draft agendas 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 1 business day before the conference calls/meeting dates.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Drumm, Designated Federal Officer, via telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-8239, via e-mail at drumm.heather@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.

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Exposure Modeling Work Group; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Exposure Modeling Work Group (EMWG) will hold a one-day meeting on January 11, 2005. This notice announces the location and time for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

DATES: The meeting will be held on January 11, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Protection Agency, Crystal Mall 2, Room 1126 (Fishbowl), 1801 S. Bell Street, Arlington, VA 22202.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronald Parker, Environmental Fate and Effects Division (7507C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5505; fax number: (703) 305-6309; e-mail address: parker.ronald@epa.gov.

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