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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 14-18 February 2005

AGRICULTURE

Beef Promotion and Research: Certification and Nomination for the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from State cattle producer organizations or associations and general farm organizations, as well as cattle or beef importer organizations, who desire to be certified to nominate producers or importers for appointment to vacant positions on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board). Organizations which have not previously been certified that are interested in submitting nominations must complete and submit an official application form to AMS. Previously certified organizations do not need to reapply. Notice is also given that vacancies will occur on the Board and that during a period to be established, nominations will be accepted from eligible organizations and individual importers.

DATES: Applications for certification must be received by close of business March 21, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Certification form as well as copies of the certification and nomination procedures may be requested from Kenneth R. Payne, Chief; Marketing Programs Branch, LS, AMS, USDA; STOP 0251--Room 2638-S; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC 20250-0251. The form may also be found on the Internet at http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsg/mpb/beef/LS-25fill.pdf

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth R. Payne, Chief, Marketing Programs Branch at 202/720-1115.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-3071.htm


Brucellosis in Swine; Add Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan to List of Validated Brucellosis Free States

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Affirmation of interim rule as final rule.

SUMMARY: We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of swine by adding Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan to the list of validated brucellosis-free States. That action was necessary to relieve certain restrictions on the interstate movement of breeding swine from Arkansas and Louisiana and to confirm Michigan's status as a validated brucellosis-free State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The interim rule became effective on November 18, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. John Korslund, Staff Veterinarian (Swine Health), Eradication and Surveillance Team, National Center for Animal Health Programs, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-5914.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-2967.htm


COMMERCE

Marine Protected Areas Center Public Information and Feedback Forum

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a public meeting concerning the development of a national system of marine protected areas (MPAs) pursuant to Executive Order 13158 (May 26, 2000). This meeting in the Washington, DC metropolitan area is the first in a series of regional forums to be held around the United States to solicit input from the public concerning their views on a national system of MPAs. Additional meetings will be announced and scheduled pending available resources. Refer to the web page listed below for background information concerning the development of a national system of MPAs. Meeting room capacity is limited to 75 people, and as such participants are required to RSVP via the e-mail address (preferable), fax number, or phone number listed below, by no later than 5 p.m. EST on February 28, 2005. Attendance will be available to the first 75 people who RSVP. Those who wish to attend but cannot due to space or schedule limitations can find background materials at the web page listed below and may submit written statements to the e-mail, fax, or mailing address below. A written summary of the meeting will be posted on the Web site within one month of its occurrence.

DATES: The meeting will be held Monday, March 7, 2005 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hotel Washington, 15th St NW., at Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Kelsey, National System Development Coordinator, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910. (Phone: 301-713-3155 ext. 230, Fax: 301-713-3110); email: mpa.comments@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://mpa.gov/national_system/).

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-2948.htm

Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of partially closed meeting.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will meet Tuesday, March 15, 2005, from 8:20 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology is composed of fifteen members appointed by the Director of NIST; who are eminent in such fields as business, research, new product development, engineering, labor, education, management consulting, environment, and international relations. The purpose of this meeting is to review and make recommendations regarding general policy for the Institute, its organization, its budget, and its programs within the framework of applicable national policies as set forth by the President and the Congress. The agenda will include updates on NIST's activities and facilities, a review of findings from NIST's investigation of the World Trade Center disaster, and two laboratory tours. Discussions scheduled to begin at 8:20 a.m. and to end at 9:20 a.m. and to begin at 2:30 p.m. and to end at 5 p.m. on March 15, on the NIST budget, planning information and feedback sessions will be closed. Agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. The final agenda will be posted on the NIST Web site. All visitors to the National Institute of Standards and Technology site will have to pre-register to be admitted. Please submit your name, time of arrival, email address and phone number to Carolyn Peters no later than Thursday, March 10, and she will provide you with instructions for admittance. Mrs. Peter's email address is carolyn.peters@nist.gov and her phone number is (301) 975-5607.

DATES: The meeting will convene on March 15 at 8:20 a.m. and will adjourn at 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Employees Lounge, Administration Building, at NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Please note admittance instructions under SUMMARY paragraph.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carolyn J. Peters, Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1000, telephone number (301) 975-5607.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Assistant Secretary for Administration, with the concurrence of the General Counsel, formally determined on December 27, 2004, that portions of the meeting of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology which deal with discussion of sensitive budget and planning information that would cause harm to third parties if publicly shared be closed in accordance with Section
10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-3172.htm

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, Environmental Technologies Subcommittee

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Environmental Technologies Subcommittee of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice and recommendations to the Administrator of EPA on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. The Environmental Technologies Subcommittee was formed to assist EPA in evaluating its current and potential role in the development and commercialization of environmental technologies by suggesting how to optimize existing EPA programs to facilitate the development of sustainable private sector technologies, and by suggesting alternative approaches to achieving these goals. The purpose of the meeting is to continue the Subcommittee's consideration of these issues.

DATES: The NACEPT Environmental Technologies Subcommittee will hold a two day public meeting on Thursday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, March 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria, 1767 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-2896.htm


Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Public Meetings of the Science Advisory Board Environmental Engineering Committee

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing two public meetings of the SAB's Environmental Engineering Committee (EEC). The EEC will convene to provide advice on the proposed redesign of EPA's Pollution Prevention and New Technologies research program and conduct other committee business.

DATES: March 10, 2005. A public conference call from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time for the Committee to plan for the public face-to-face meeting March 15-17, 2005.

March 15-17, 2005. A public meeting will begin on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 9 a.m., and adjourn on Thursday, March 17, 2004, about 3 p.m.

Technical Contact: The Office of Research and Development is providing the review materials. These will be posted at: http://www.epa.gov/ORD/NRMRL/sab. Questions about the review materials should be directed to Ms. Alva E. Daniels, Assistant Laboratory Director-Multimedia at the U.S. EPA-ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory, via telephone/voicemail at (513) 569-7693, fax at (513) 569-7680, e-mail at Daniels.Alva@epa.gov, or by mail at USEPA, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268.

Meeting Location: The face-to-face meeting will be held at the Science Advisory Board Conference Center located at 1025 F Street, NW., Suite 3705, Washington, DC 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Ms. Kathleen White, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9878, via e-mail at white.kathleen@epa.gov, or by mail at U.S. EPA SAB (MC 1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB can be found at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-2989.htm


Nicosulfuron; Tolerance Reassessment Decision for Low Risk Pesticide; Notice of Availability

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's Tolerance Reassessment Decision (TRED) for the pesticide nicosulfuron, and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide nicosulfuron through a modified, streamlined version of the publicparticipation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide tolerance reassessment and reregistration decisions. Through the tolerance reassessment program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and food safety standards.

DATES: Comments, identified by docket ID number OPP-2004-0308, must be received on or before March 18, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Meghan French, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8004; fax number: (703) 308-8005; e-mail address: french.meghan@epa.gov.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-2976.htm

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Announcement of the CDC-Wide Research Agenda Development Public Participation Meetings

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC) is developing a CDC-Wide Research Agenda, and invites the public to provide input. Four Research Agenda Development Public Participation Meetings will be held across the country (March 8, 2005, Arlington, VA; March 18, 2005, Atlanta, GA; March 24, 2005, Seattle, WA; and March 31, 2005, Columbus, OH).

Background: On January 10, 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched an effort to develop its first ever, agency-wide public health research agenda. The new agenda will address and support CDC's health protection goals (http://www.cdc.gov/futures/Goals_01-6-05.pdf). The agenda will also provide overall guidance for CDC's intramural and extramural research as well as serve as an effective planning and communication tool for CDC's public health research.

Request for Comments: The public is invited to participate in thedevelopment of the CDC-Wide Research Agenda. The CDC will host four Research Agenda Development Public

Participation Meetings. These events will give researchers, representatives of CDC key partner organizations and the public the opportunity to voice their opinions regarding the future direction of CDC's public health research. The four meetings will be held: March 8, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilton Crystal City Hotel at Ronald Reagan National Airport, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202; telephone 703-418-6800. Registration begins February 25, 2005. March 18, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Dr., SW., Atlanta, GA 30310; telephone 404-756-5740. Registration begins March 4, 2005. March 24, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Crowne Plaza Seattle, 1113 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101; telephone 206-464-1980. Registration begins March 11, 2005. March 31, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 350 North High Street, Columbus, OH, 43215; telephone 614-463-1234. Registration begins March 18, 2005.

Attendance by the public will be limited to the space available. Please communicate with the individuals listed below to request special accommodations for persons with disabilities.

All those wishing to attend any of the meetings must register. See specific meeting above for date of registration. To register, please visit http://www.maximumtechnology.com/cdcreg.htm. Additional
information will be available as of February 21st via the Office of Public Health Research Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/od/ophr/, or may be obtained by communicating with the contact whose name and telephone number is listed below.

Contacts: Ms. Mollie Ergle, Meeting Coordinator, Office of Public Health Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mail Stop E-72 1600 Clifton Rd. NE., Atlanta, GA 30333, E-mail: mergle@cdc.gov. Phone: 404-498-0132; Fax: 404-498-0011.

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 ATSDR.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-2852.htm


NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

NASA Earth Science and Applications From Space Strategic Roadmap Committee; Meeting

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the NASA Earth Science and
Applications from Space Strategic Roadmap Committee.

DATES: Wednesday, March 16, 2005, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2005, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern standard time.

ADDRESSES: Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland, 3501 University Boulevard East, Adelphi, Maryland 20783.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Gordon Johnston, 202-358-4685.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public up to the seating capacity of the meeting room. Attendees will be requested to sign a register.
The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
--Identification of joint interests with Sun-Solar System Connection Roadmap effort.
--Subcommittee reports (Explorations, Continuous Awareness, and Maintaining Perspective).
--Discussion of stages and pathways framework.
--Discussion of NASA activities mapped to objectives/stages/pathway framework.
--Discussion of key program milestones, options, and decision points.
--Subcommittee assignments for development of draft roadmap document.
It is imperative that the meeting be held on these dates to accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-3094.htm


STATE



Documentation of Nonimmigrants Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended--Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

AGENCY: State Department.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: This rule makes final the interim rule amending the Department's regulations pertaining to foreign students and exchange visitors who enter the United States in F, M, or J nonimmigrant visa
categories. The new regulations will establish the verification and reporting procedures required by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) foreign student monitoring system known as Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). As SEVIS was fully implemented on February 15, 2003, the Department's transitional foreign student database known as the Interim Student and Exchange Authentication System (ISEAS) is no longer available to the educational and exchange visitor communities. However, it remains available to consular sections in the field as a means of electronically verifying student and exchange visitor documentation issued prior to February 15, 2003.

EFFECTIVE DATES: The interim rule became effective on May 23, 2003. This final rule takes effect on the date of publication in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: You may view this final rule online at http://www.regulations.gov/

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-2999.htm

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