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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 28 February - 4 March 2005

AGRICULTURE

Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Meeting

AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet March 9-11, 2005. All sessions of the meeting are open to the public. The public may file written comments before or up to two weeks after the meeting with the contact person.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Channel Inn Hotel, 650 Water Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024. Written comments from the public may be sent to the Contact Person identified in this notice at: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; Research, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 344-A, Jamie L. Whitten Building; United States Department of Agriculture, STOP 2255; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-2255.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Hanfman, Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202) 720-6199; or e- mail: .

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Emerald Ash Borer; Quarantined Areas

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.

SUMMARY: We are amending the emerald ash borer regulations by adding areas in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio to the list of areas quarantined because of emerald ash borer. As a result of this action, the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas is restricted. This action is necessary to prevent the artificial spread of the emerald ash borer from infested areas in the States of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio into noninfested areas of the United States.

DATES: This interim rule was effective February 25, 2005. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before May 2, 2005.

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. 02-125-3, 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. 02-125-3. Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for locating this docket and submitting comments. 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 on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor.html

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah McPartlan, Operations Officer, Pest Detection and Management Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 134, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-4387.

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ARCTIC RESEARCH COMMISSION

Notice of a Meeting

February 4, 2005.

Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 75th Meeting in Columbus, OH on March 3-4, 2005. The Business Session open to the public will convene at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 3. The Agenda items include: (1) Call to order and approval of the Agenda. (2) Approval of the Minutes of the 74th Meeting. (3) Reports from Congressional Liaisons. (4) Agency Report. The focus of the Meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic. Presentations include a review of the research needs for civil infrastructure in Alaska. The Business Session will reconvene at 9 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2005. 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.

Contact Person for More Information: Dr. Garrett W. Brass, Executive Director, Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306-0090.

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COMMERCE

Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2005/ Extension of Application Deadline

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

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The NMFS publishes this notice to extend the solicitation period on the following four initiatives originally announced in the Federal Register on February 1, 2005: Alaska Marine Resources Educational Partnership Program; Chesapeake Bay Integrated Research Program Fisheries; Chesapeake Bay Integrated Research Program Submerged Aquatic Vegetation; and Chesapeake Bay Integrated Research Program Non- native Oyster Research. NOAA extends the solicitation period to provide the public more time to submit proposals. All other requirements for this solicitation remain the same.

DATES: Letters of intent for the three Chesapeake Bay initiatives must be submitted by 5 p.m. eastern time on March 1, 2005. Full proposals must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on April 1, 2005. Letters of Intent for the Alaska Marine Resources Educational Partnership Program are due by 5 p.m. Alaska local time on March 1, 2005. Full proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Alaska local time on April 1, 2005. Paper applications may be submitted by applicants without Internet access and must be received (see ADDRESSES) by the same dates and times as electronic applications.

ADDRESSES: The address for submitting proposals electronically is: http://www.grants.gov/. (Electronic submission is strongly encouraged). Paper submissions regarding the Fisheries, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, and Non-native Oyster Research Programs should be sent to the following address: NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403, ATTN CBIRP - Fisheries, SAV, or Oyster, respectively. Paper submissions regarding the Alaska Marine Resources Educational Partnership Program should be sent to the following address: MSI-Alaska Program Coordinator, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region, 709 W. 9th St., RM 420, Juneau, AK 99802 1668 ATTN: AMRSP. Letters of intent for the three Chesapeake Bay initiatives may be sent via e-mail to .

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Derek M. Orner, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403, or by phone at 410 267 5676, or fax to 410 267 5666, or via e-mail at .

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office SAB Ad Hoc All-Ages Lead Model (AALM) Review Panel; Request for Nominations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing the formation of an ad hoc SAB panel to review the Agency's "All-Ages Lead Model (AALM)'' (hereinafter, the "Ad Hoc AALM Review Panel'' or "Panel''), and is hereby soliciting nominations for this Panel.

DATES: Nominations should be submitted by March 21, 2005 per the instructions below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Request for Nominations may contact Mr. Fred Butterfield, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff, at telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9994; or via e-mail at: . General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

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Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS); Announcement of 2005 Program; Request for Information

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice; announcement of IRIS 2005 program agenda and request for scientific information on human health effects that may result from exposure to chemical substances.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the IRIS 2005 agenda and requesting scientific information on health effects that may result from exposure to the chemical substances for which EPA is starting assessments this year. The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is an EPA database that contains the Agency's scientific consensus positions on human health effects that may result from exposure to chemical substances in the environment. On February 9, 2004 (69 FR 5971), EPA announced the 2004 IRIS agenda, with solicitation of scientific information from the public for consideration in assessing health effects from specific chemical substances. All assessments currently in progress or completed in 2004 are listed in this notice. This notice also provides an update on EPA's efforts to improve the IRIS database.

DATES: Please submit any scientific information in response to this notice in accordance with the instructions provided at the end of this notice by May 3, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Please submit relevant scientific information identified by docket ID number ORD-2003-0016, online at http://www.epa.gov/edocket (EPA's preferred method); by e-mail to ; mailed to

EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; or by hand delivery or courier to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Comments on a disk or CD-ROM should be formatted in Wordperfect or ASCII file, avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption, and may be mailed to the mailing address above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the IRIS program, contact Amy Mills, IRIS Program Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment, (mail code 8601D), Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564-3204, facsimile: (202) 565-0075; or e-mail: . For general questions about access to IRIS, or the content of IRIS, please call the IRIS Hotline at (202) 566-1676 or send electronic mail inquiries to .

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Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2003

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of document availability and request for comments.

SUMMARY: The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2003 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990-2003 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perflourocarbons (PFC), and sulfur hexaflouride (SF6) emissions. The inventory also includes estimates of carbon sequestration in U.S. forests. The technical approach used in this report to estimate emissions and sinks for greenhouse gases is consistent with the methodologies recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and reported in a format consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting guidelines. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks is the latest in a series of annual U.S. submissions to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC.

DATES: To ensure your comments are considered for the final version of the document, please submit your comments on or before March 30, 2005. However, comments received after that date will still be welcomed and be considered for the next edition of this report.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to Mr. Leif Hockstad at: Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Markets Division (6207J), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Fax: (202) 343-2358. You are welcome and encouraged to send an email with your comments to .

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Leif Hockstad, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, (202) 343-9432, .

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INTERIOR

North American Wetlands Conservation Council Meeting Announcement

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). The meeting is open to the public.

DATES: March 14, 2005, 1-4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA. The Council Coordinator is located at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: MBSP 4501-4075, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Smith, Council Coordinator, (703) 358-1784 or .

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LABOR

NSF International, Expansion of Recognition; Application for Renewal of Recognition; Intertek Testing Services, NA, Interim Approval Subject to Review

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the Agency's final decision on the application of NSF International (NSF) for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory under 29 CFR 1910.7. This notice also announces NSF's Application for renewal of its recognition and presents the Agency's preliminary finding on the renewal. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of the renewal application. In an unrelated matter, we are adding one test standard, NFPA 72, Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Protective Signaling Systems, to the scope of recognition of Intertek Testing Services, NA (ITSNA), on an interim basis, subject to review.

DATES: Recognition: The expansion of recognition becomes effective on February 28, 2005 and, unless modified in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.7, continues in effect while NSF remains recognized by OSHA as an NRTL. Renewal: Comments on the renewal of recognition must be received no later than March 15, 2005. Comments on Interim Approval: Comments on the interim approval for test standard NFPA 72 must be received no later than March 15, 2005. You may submit comments in response to the renewal application and the interim approval portions of this notice, or any request for extension of the time to comment, by (1) regular mail, (2) express or overnight delivery service, (3) hand delivery, (4) messenger service, or (5) FAX transmission (facsimile). Because of security-related problems there may be a significant delay in the receipt of comments by regular mail. Comments (or any request for extension of the time to comment) must be submitted by the following dates: Regular mail and express delivery service: Your comments must be postmarked by March 15, 2005. Hand delivery and messenger service: Your comments must be received in the OSHA Docket Office by March 15, 2005. OSHA Docket Office and Department of Labor hours of operation are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Facsimile and electronic transmission: Your comments must be sent by March 15, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Regular mail, express delivery, hand-delivery, and messenger service: You must submit three copies of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. NRTL2-98 or Docket No. NRTL1-89 (as applicable), Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 for information about security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by express delivery, hand delivery and messenger service. Facsimile: If your comments, including any attachments, are 10 pages or fewer, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648. You must include the docket number of this notice, Docket No. NRTL2-98 or Docket No. NRTL1-89 (as applicable), in your comments. Internet access to comments and submissions: OSHA will place comments and submissions in response to this notice on the OSHA Web page http://www.osha.gov. Accordingly, OSHA cautions you about submitting information of a personal nature (e.g., social security number, date of birth). There may be a lag time between when comments and submissions are received and when they are placed on the Webpage. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 for information about materials not available through the OSHA Webpage and for assistance in using the Webpage to locate docket submissions. Comments and submissions will also be available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. Extension of Comment Period: Submit requests for extensions concerning this notice to: Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N3653, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Or fax to (202) 693-1644.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Pasquet, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N3653, Washington, DC 20210, or phone (202) 693-2110.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

The EarthScope Science and Education Advisory Committee (16638); Notice of Meeting

In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

Name: The EarthScope Science and Education Advisory Committee (ESEC) meeting.

Dates and Time: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2005. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005.

Place: Hyatt Hotel/Tamaya Resort, 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004.

Type of Meeting: Part open (see agenda below).

Contact Person: Dr. Kaye Shedlock, EarthScope Program Officer, Division of Earth Sciences, Room 785, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8559.

Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

Purpose of Meeting: To carry out EarthScope proposal and management review, and to provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning EarthScope construction, operation, science and education support.

Agenda: Open March 31, 2004 1 p.m.-5 p.m.--To review program and facility management, installation technical plans, science plans, and progress reports of EarthScope.

Open April 1, 2004 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.--To review program and facility management, installation technical plans, science plans, and progress reports of EarthScope.

Closed: April 1, 2005, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.--To review the EarthScope Operation and Maintenance Plan covering funding for personnel and subcontracts for the operation phase of EarthScope; proposal actions from the 2005 EarthScope Solicitation, including the discussion of proposals still under review.

Reason for Closing: The projects being reviewed include information of a proprietary or confidential nature, including technical information; financial data and personal information concerning individuals associated with the proposals. These matters are exempt under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), (4) and (6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act.

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

Trade Policy Staff Committee; Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment on Interim Environmental Review of United States- Andean Free Trade Agreement

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment.

SUMMARY: The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), seeks comment on the interim environmental review of the proposed U.S.-Andean Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The interim environmental review is available at http://www.ustr.gov/Trade_Sectors/Environment/Environmental_Reviews/Section_Index.html. Copies of the review will also be sent to interested members of the public by mail upon request.

DATES: Comments on the draft environmental review are requested by April 15, 2005 to inform negotiations. Comments received after April 15, 2005 will be taken into account in the preparation of the review of the final agreement.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For procedural questions concerning public comments, contact Gloria Blue, Executive Secretary, TPSC, Office of the USTR, 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, telephone (202) 395-3475. Questions concerning the environmental review, or requests for copies, should be addressed to David Brooks, Environment and Natural Resources Section, Office of the USTR, telephone (202) 395-7320.

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