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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 7-11 March 2005

AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Minimal-Risk Regions and Importation of Commodities; Partial Delay of Applicability

ACTION: Final rule; partial delay of applicability.

SUMMARY: The amendments in this final rule delay until further notice the applicability of certain provisions of the rule entitled "Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Minimal-Risk Regions and Importation of Commodities,'' published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2005, 70 FR 460-553. That rule was scheduled to amend the regulations in 9 CFR parts 93, 94, 95, and 96, effective March 7, 2005, to establish a category of regions that present a minimal risk of introducing bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United States via live ruminants and ruminant products and byproducts and to add Canada to this category. That rule included conditions for the importation of certain live ruminants and ruminant products from such regions.

DATES: Effective March 7, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Karen James-Preston, Director, Technical Trade Services, National Center for Import and Export, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734- 4356.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4917.htm


COMMERCE

Proposed NOAA Policy and Process for Creating and Managing Cooperative Institutes

AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice and request for public comments.

SUMMARY: NOAA publishes this notice to announce the availability of a Proposed NOAA Policy and Process for Creating and Managing Cooperative Institutes for public comment.

DATES: Comments on this draft document must be submitted by April 4, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The Proposed NOAA Policy and Process for Creating and Managing Cooperative Institutes is available at ftp://www.oarhq.noaa.gov/coopinst.pdf.

The public is encouraged to submit comments on the Proposed NOAA Policy and Process for Creating and Managing Cooperative Institutes Draft electronically to . For commenters who do not have access to a computer, comments on documents may be submitted in writing to Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, c/o Dr. John Cortinas, Office of Scientific Support, 1315 East-West Highway, R/ OSSX5, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. John Cortinas, Office of Scientific Support, OAR, 1315 East West Highway, R/OSSX5, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, Phone (301) 713-2465, ext. 206.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4429.htm


Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting

AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

SUMMARY: The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) was established by the Secretary of Commerce to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, its amendments, and such other appropriate matters that the Under Secretary refers to the Panel for review and advice.

Date and Time: The meeting will be held Thursday, March 31, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, April 1, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, One Market Place, San Diego, California 92101; telephone: 619-232-1234. The times and agenda topics are subject to change. Refer to the Web site listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Captain Roger Parsons, Designated Federal Official (DFO), Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; Telephone: 301-713-2770, Fax: 301-713-4019; e-mail: or visit the NOAA HSRP Web site at http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/hsrp.htm

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4542.htm


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Peer Consultation Workshop on Research Needs Related to the IRIS Draft Toxicological Review of Naphthalene

ACTION: Notice of peer consultation workshop.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE), Department of Energy, under an Interagency Agreement with EPA, will organize and conduct a workshop to seek expert opinion on the research needs related to the mode of action of the inhalation carcinogenicity of naphthalene. Meeting participants will be provided with the "Final Report on the External Peer Review for the IRIS Reassessment of the Inhalation Carcinogenicity of Naphthalene (August 2004),'' the external review draft document entitled, "Toxicological Review of Naphthalene: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (NCEA-S-1707), and a list of recent naphthalene publications. Members of the public may attend as observers. EPA will consider the comments and recommendations from the expert panel in determining a future course of action for assessing potential health risks associated with naphthalene exposure.

DATES: The workshop will begin on April 7, 2005, at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. To attend the meeting, register by April 1, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the Graduate School of Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street, Room 109 Parran Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Under an Interagency Agreement between EPA and the Department of Energy, the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) is organizing, convening, and conducting the workshop. To attend the meeting, register by April 1, 2005, by contacting ORISE, P.O. Box 117, MS 17, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117, at (865) 241-5784 or (865) 241-3168 (facsimile). Interested parties may also register on-line at: http://www.orau.gov/naphthalene. Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first- served basis.

The documents related to the workshop, "Final Report on the External Peer Review for the IRIS Reassessment of the Inhalation Carcinogenicity of Naphthalene (August 2004)'', ``Draft Toxicological Review of Naphthalene: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) (NCEA-S-1707),'' and "List of Recent Naphthalene Literature,'' are available in limited paper copies by contacting the IRIS Hotline at (202) 566-1676 or (202) 566- 1749 (facsimile), (e-mail). If you are requesting paper copies, please provide your name, mailing address, and the document title and number, if applicable. Copies are not available from ORISE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding registration and logistics should be directed to Leslie Shapard, ORISE, P.O. Box 117, MS 17, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117, at (865) 241-5784 or (865) 241-3168 (facsimile), (e-mail). If you have questions about the workshop documents, contact Lynn Flowers, IRIS Staff, National Center for Environmental Assessment, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. (8601 D), Washington, DC 20460; telephone: 202-564-1537; facsimile: 202-565-0075; (e-mail).

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4472.htm


Pesticides; Data Requirement for Conventional Chemicals

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: EPA proposes to update and revise its data requirements for the registration of conventional pesticide products. These data requirements and those already codified in part 158 of title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), are intended to provide EPA with data and other information necessary for the registration of a conventional pesticide chemical. Since the data requirements in part 158 were first codified in 1984, information needed to support the registration of a pesticide chemical has evolved as the general scientific understanding of the potential hazards posed by pesticides has grown. Over the years, updated data requirements were developed by EPA using a process that involved public participation and extensive involvement by the scientific community, including peer review by the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP). Most of the data requirements contained in this proposal have been applied on a case-by-case basis to support individual applications, or imposed via Data Call-In (DCI) on all registrants of similar products. Although the data requirements imposed have progressed as scientific understanding and concerns have evolved, the codified data requirements have not been updated to keep pace. This proposal involves changes to the codified data requirements that pertain to product chemistry, toxicology, residue chemistry, applicator exposure, post-application exposure, nontarget terrestrial and aquatic organisms, nontarget plant protection, and environmental fate. Coupled with updating data requirements, EPA proposes to add a few new studies, reformat the requirements, and revise its general procedures and policies associated with data submission. By codifying existing data requirements which are currently applied on a case-by- case basis, the pesticide industry, along with other partners in the regulated community, attain a better understanding and are better prepared for the pesticide registration process. This proposed rule does not apply to the data requirements for the registration of antimicrobial pesticide products; inert ingredients for pesticide products; spray drift, product performance (efficacy); or biochemical, and microbial pesticides.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 9, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. OPP-2004- 0387, by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal. http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. Agency Web Site. http://www.epa.gov/edocket. EDOCKET, EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. E-mail. . Mail. Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB) (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001. Hand Delivery. Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. 119, Crystal Mall 2, 1801 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4466.htm


Science Advisory Board Staff Office, Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), Notification of Public Advisory Committee Meeting (Teleconference)

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee to conduct a consultation on the draft Project Work Plan for Revised Air Quality Criteria for Lead.

DATES: March 28, 2005. The teleconference meeting will be held on March 28, 2005, from 1 to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes to obtain the teleconference call-in numbers and access codes; would like to submit written or brief oral comments (five minutes or less); or wants further information concerning this teleconference meeting, must contact Mr. Fred Butterfield, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/ voice mail: (202) 343-9994; fax: (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at: . General information concerning the CASAC or the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4583.htm


Science Advisory Board Staff Office, Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), Notification of Public Advisory Committee Meeting (Teleconference)

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee to review and approve the advisory report of the CASAC Ambient Air Monitoring and Methods (AAMM) Subcommittee (Subcommittee) regarding EPA's implementation plan for the Agency's National Ambient Air Monitoring Strategy (NAAMS).

DATES: The teleconference meeting will be held on March 21, 2005, from 1 to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes to obtain the teleconference call-in numbers and access codes; would like to submit written or brief oral comments (five minutes or less); or wants further information concerning this teleconference meeting, must contact Mr. Fred Butterfield, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/ voice mail: (202) 343-9994; fax: (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at: . General information concerning the CASAC or the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4588.htm


FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

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 Toxic Substances Control Act inventory nomenclature for enzymes and proteins.

DATES: The meeting will be held on May 3-4, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m, eastern time. Comments: For 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 March 21, 2005. 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-2005-0060 in the subject line on the first page of your response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul I. Lewis, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-8450; fax number: (202) 564-8382; e-mail addresses: .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4468.htm


INTERIOR

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species Meeting

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

DATES: The Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2005 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2005. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

ADDRESSES: The Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species meeting will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3205 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108. Phone (734) 995-5900. 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: Kathe Glassner-Shwayder, Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species member and Senior Project Manager, Great Lakes Commission at (734) 971-9135 or Pam Meacham, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, at 703-358-1796.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4699.htm


Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Detection and Monitoring Committee Meeting

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Detection and Monitoring Committee of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

DATES: The Committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Rd., Edgewood, Maryland. Phone (443) 482-2200.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pam Fuller, Chair, Detection and Monitoring Committee, at (352) 264-3481 or by e-mail at: or Pam Meacham, Acting Executive Secretary, Aquatic

Nuisance Species Task Force at (703) 358-1796 or by e-mail at: .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4700.htm


Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Northeast Regional Panel Meeting

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Northeast Regional Panel. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

DATES: The Northeast Regional Panel will meet from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2005, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2005. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

ADDRESSES: The Northeast Regional Panel meeting will be held at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801. Phone (603) 431-6774. Minutes of the meeting will be maintained by the Executive Secretary, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Suite 810, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1622.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4701.htm


Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species Meeting

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. The meeting is open to the public.

DATES: The Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species will meet from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2005 and from 10 a.m.

to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2005. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

ADDRESSES: The Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species meeting will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office, 177 Admiral Cochrane Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401. Phone (410) 573-4517. 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: Jennifer Greiner, Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species Interim Chair at (410) 267-5783 or Pam Meacham, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, at (703) 358-1796.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4702.htm


NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

NASA Advisory Council, Space Science Advisory Committee and Earth System Science and Applications Advisory Committee; Meeting

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 forthcoming meeting of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), Space Science Advisory Committee (SScAC) and Earth System Science and Applications Advisory Committee (ESSAAC).

DATES: Wednesday, March 30, 2005, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2005, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, April 1, 2005, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

ADDRESSES: Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian R. Norris, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452 or .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4628.htm


OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY

Meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Dates and Place: March 22, 2005, Washington, DC. The meeting will be held in the East Room (Lobby Level) of the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20036. Type of Meeting: Open. Further details on the meeting agenda will be posted on the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/PCAST/pcast.html Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology is scheduled to meet in open session on Tuesday March 22, 2005, at approximately 12:30 p.m. The PCAST is tentatively scheduled to: (1) Pursuant to its designation as the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel under the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, discuss a draft report assessing Federal nanotechnology programs and, pending the discussion, approve the report; and (2) discuss new topics areas to examine in the coming year. This session will end at approximately 5 p.m. Additional information on the agenda will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/PCAST/pcast.html.

Public Comments: There will be time allocated for the public to speak on the above agenda items. This public comment time is designed for substantive commentary on PCAST's work topics, not for business marketing purposes. Please submit a request for the opportunity to make a public comment five (5) days in advance of the meeting. The time for public comments will be limited to no more than 5 minutes per person. Written comments are also welcome at any time following the meeting. Please notify Stan Sokul, PCAST Executive Director, at (202) 456-7116, or fax your request/comments to (202) 456-6021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding time, place and agenda, please call Stan Sokul at (202) 456-7116, prior to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2005. Information will also be available at the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/PCAST/pcast.html. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4610.htm

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