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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 10-14 January 2005

AGRICULTURE

National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council will meet in Washington, DC, February 8-10, 2005. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss emerging issues in urban and community forestry.

DATES: The meeting will be held February 8-10, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hotel Monaco, 700 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20004. Individuals who wish to speak at the meeting or to propose agenda items must send their names and proposals to Suzanne M. del Villar, Executive Assistant, National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, P.O. Box 1003, Sugarloaf, CA 92386-1003. Individuals may fax their names and proposed agenda items to (909) 585-9527.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne M. del Villar, Urban and Community Forestry Staff, (909) 585-9268.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting is open to the public. Council discussion is limited to Forest Service staff and Council members; however, persons who wish to bring urban and community forestry matters to the attention of the Council may file written statements with the Council staff before or after the meeting. Public input sessions will be provided.

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COMMERCE

Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the next meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC) in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, February 15, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, February 17, 2005 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below may be subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Designated Federal Officer, MPAFAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910. (Phone: (301) 713-3100 x136, Fax: (301) 713-3110); e-mail: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the national MPA Center Web site at https://www.mpa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The MPAFAC, composed of external, knowledgeable representatives of stakeholder groups, has been established by the Department of Commerce to provide advice to the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior on implementation of Section 4 of Executive Order 13158 on MPAs. The meeting will be open to public participation, with a one and a half hour time period set aside from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2004, and one hour set aside from 8:10 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2004 for the Committee to receive verbal comments or questions from the public. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Copies of written statements should be submitted to the Designated Federal Official by Friday, February 11, 2004. Matters to be Considered: On Tuesday, February 15, the Committee will hear from a speaker on Pacific State and territorial perspectives on the national system of marine protected areas, representatives of two regional fishery management councils, and representatives of tribal organizations. On Wednesday, February 16, the Committee will review and discuss the Committee's recommendations and will hear from speakers on marine protected areas science. On Thursday, February 17, the Committee will continue its consideration of recommendations, and discuss next steps to finalize them.

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Changes To Implement the Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement Act of 2004

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION: Interim rule.

SUMMARY: The Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement Act of 2004 (CREATE Act) amends the patent laws to provide that subject matter developed by another person shall be treated as owned by the same person or subject to an obligation of assignment to the same person for purposes of determining obviousness if three conditions are met: The claimed invention was made by or on behalf of parties to a joint research agreement that was in effect on or before the date the claimed invention was made; the claimed invention was made as a result of activities undertaken within the scope of the joint research agreement; and the application for patent for the claimed invention discloses or is amended to disclose the names of the parties to the joint research agreement. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is revising the rules of practice in patent cases to implement the CREATE Act.

DATES: Effective Date: December 10, 2004. Comment Deadline Date: To be ensured of consideration, written comments must be received on or before February 10, 2005. No public hearing will be held.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent by electronic mail message over the Internet addressed to: ab76comments@uspto.gov. Comments may also be submitted by mail addressed to: Box Comments--Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA, 22313-1450, or by facsimile to (571) 273-7735, marked to the attention of Robert A. Clarke. Although comments may be submitted by mail or facsimile, the Office prefers to receive comments via the Internet. If comments are submitted by mail, the Office prefers that the comments be submitted on a DOS formatted 3 1/2 inch disk accompanied by a paper copy. Comments may also be sent by electronic mail message over the Internet via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. See the Federal eRulemaking

Portal Web site (http://www.regulations.gov) for additional instructions on providing comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. The comments will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Commissioner for Patents, located in Madison East, Tenth Floor, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia, and will be available through anonymous file transfer protocol (ftp) via the Internet (address: http://www.uspto.gov). Because comments will be made available for public inspection, information that is not desired to be made public, such as an address or phone number, should not be included in the comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert A. Clarke, or Jeanne M. Clark, Senior Legal Advisors, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, by telephone at (571) 272-7704, by mail addressed to: Box Comments--Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, or by facsimile to (571) 273-7735, marked to the attention of Robert A. Clarke.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-461.htm

Radiation Detection Instrument Evaluations

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is coordinating performance tests, supporting the ANSI N42.32, N42.33, N42.34 and N42.35 standards, of commercially available equipment for the DHS by various National laboratories. The tests are designed to determine the effectiveness of radiation detection instruments that may be used by first responders in a radiological incident. The participating National laboratories are: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

DATES: Manufacturers who wish to participate in the program must submit an executed Letter of Understanding by February 14, 2005, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

ADDRESSES: Letters of Understanding may be obtained from and should be submitted to Dr. Leticia Pibida, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Physics Laboratory, Ionizing Radiation Division, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8462, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8462. Letters of Understanding may be faxed to: Dr. Leticia Pibida at (301) 926-7416.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For shipping and further information, you may telephone Dr. Leticia Pibida at (301) 975-5538 or Dr. Michael Unterweger at (301) 975-5536 or e-mail: leticia.pibida@nist.gov or michael.unterweger@nist.gov.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Meetings of the Science Advisory Board Metals Risk Assessment Framework Review Panel

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing a public teleconference and meeting of the SAB Metals Risk Assessment Framework Review Panel (Panel).

DATES: January 26, 2005: The Panel will hold a public teleconference on January 26, 2005, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EST). February 1-3, 2005: The Panel will hold a public face-to-face meeting starting February 1, 2005, at 9 a.m., adjourning at approximately 3 p.m. (EST) on February 3, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will take place via telephone only. The public face-to-face meeting of the Panel will be held at the Science Advisory Board Conference Center located at 1025 F Street, NW., Room 3705, Washington, DC 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding the public teleconference and meeting may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9995, fax at (202) 233-0643, by e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov, or by mail at U.S. EPA SAB (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB and the meeting location may be found on the SAB Web site, http://www.epa.sab.

For technical inquiries concerning EPA's Framework for Inorganic Metals Risk Assessment, please contact Dr. William Wood, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, Risk Assessment Forum by telephone/ voice mail at (202) 564-3361, fax at (202) 564-0062, by e-mail at forum.risk@epa.gov or by mail at Office of Research and Development, Risk Assessment Forum(8601-D), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

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Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Science Advisory Board Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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

DATES: January 26, 2005, 1-3 pm (Eastern Time).

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information regarding this teleconference meeting 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 this SAB telephone conference meeting is to conduct a public review and discussion of the two SAB draft reports; Review of EPA's Drinking Water Research Program Multi- Year Plan 2003, and Advisory on the Office of Research and Development's Contaminated Sites and RCRA Multi-Year Plans. The focus of the discussion will consider if: (i) The original charge questions to the SAB review panels have been adequately addressed in the draft reports, (ii) the draft reports are clear and logical; (iii) the conclusions drawn, or recommendations made in the draft reports, are supported by the body of the reports; and (iv) if there are any obvious technical errors, omissions, or issues that are inadequately dealt with in the draft reports. 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/drrep.htm. 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 this teleconference meeting, should contact the DFO at least five business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting-- Winter 2005

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 an Executive Committee meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Time has been allotted from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for BOSC members of seven subcommittees (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), Global Change, Mercury, Drinking Water, Human Health, Particulate Matter, and Ecological) to meet prior to the Executive Committee meeting. The meeting will continue on Friday, January 28, 2005 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All times noted are eastern time. The meeting may adjourn early on Friday if all business is finished. Written comments, and requests for the draft agenda or for making oral presentations at the meeting will be accepted up to 1 business day before the meeting date.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22209.

Document Availability Any member of the public interested in receiving a draft BOSC agenda or making a presentation at the 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. In general, each individual making an oral presentation will be limited to a total of three minutes. The draft agenda can 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.

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:

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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; Scientific Counselors Board; Teleconference; Notice of Meeting

ACTION: The Program Peer Review Subcommittee of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR): Teleconference.

Name: Program Peer Review Subcommittee (PPRS). Time and Date: 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m., eastern standard time, February 14, 2005. Place: The teleconference will originate at the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Atlanta, Georgia. Please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for details on accessing the teleconference. Status: Open to the public, teleconference access limited only by availability of telephone ports. Purpose: Under the charge of the Board of Scientific counselors (BSC), NCEH/ATSDR the Program Peer Review Subcommittee establishes and monitors working groups of technical experts that perform program peer reviews of National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The Subcommittee, working with the NCEH/ATSDR, Office of Science (OS), will establish a schedule and process for program peer reviews, nominate working group members, review summary reports and recommendations, and report back to the BSC. The OS will establish agency policy for program peer review and directly support each working group by collating program documents, and organizing the working groups review and site visit. Each NCEH/ATSDR program eligible for review will be reviewed every 5 years according to CDC/ ATSDR policy. Matters to be Discussed: The teleconference agenda will include a review of action items from the previous meeting, discussion and updates on the program peer review process and an update on the Hazards Substances Emergency Events Surveillance System.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This conference call is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. eastern standard time. To participate in the teleconference, please dial (877) 315-6535 and enter conference code 383520.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Drue Barrett, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, PRRS, NCEH/ATSDR, M/S E-28, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (404) 498-0003. 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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Standards of Care for Chimpanzees Held in the Federally Supported Chimpanzee Sanctuary System

AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposes to issue standards to implement provisions of the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection Act (CHIMP Act) authorizing the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to develop and publish standards of care for chimpanzees held in the Sanctuary system supported by Federal funds authorized under the CHIMP Act. These regulations will apply to only those facilities receiving Federal funds as a part of the federally funded chimpanzee Sanctuary system.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 14, 2005 in order to assure that NIH will be able to consider comments in preparing the final rule.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN number 0925-AA31, by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments. E-mail: jm40z@nih.gov. Indicate RIN number 0925-AA31 in the subject line of the message. Fax: 301-402-0169. Mail: Jerry Moore, NIH Regulations Officer, Office of Management Assessment, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 601, MSC 7669, Rockville, Maryland 20892. Hand Delivery/Courier: 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 601, MSC 7669, Rockville, Maryland 20892.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Moore at the address given in the ADDRESSES section, or telephone 301-496-4607 (not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-394.htm

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