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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 21-25 March 2005

AGRICULTURE

National Forest System Land Management Planning Directives

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of issuance of agency interim directives; request for comment.

SUMMARY: The Forest Service has issued twelve (12) interim directives to Forest Service Manuals 1330, 1900, and 1920 and Forest Service Handbook 1909.12 establishing procedures and responsibilities for implementing the National Forest land management planning regulation set out at 36 CFR part 219. The planning regulation was published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2005 (70 FR 1023). The intended effect of issuance of these IDs is to provide consistent overall guidance to Forest Service line officers and agency employees in developing, amending, or revising land management plans for units of the National Forest System. Public comment is invited and will be considered in developing final directives.

DATES: Interim directive no. 1330-2005-1, 1900-2005-1, 1920-2005-1, 1909.12-2005-1, 1909.12-2005-2, 1909.12-2005-3, 1909.12-2005-4, 1909.12-2005-5, 1909.12-2005-6, 1909.12-2005-7, 1909.12-2005-8, and 1909.12-2005-9 is effective March 23, 2005. Comments must be received in writing by June 21, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments concerning these interim directives through one of the following methods: Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments; E-mail: . Include ``RIN 0596-AC02'' or "planning directives'' in the subject line of the message. Fax: (801) 397-2601. Please identify your comments by including ``RIN 0596-AC02'' or "planning directives'' on the cover sheet or the first page. Mail: USDA Forest Service Planning Directives, c/o Content Analysis Group, PO Box 2000, Bountiful, UT 84011-2000. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the "Public Participation'' heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regis Terney, Planning Specialist, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff (202) 205-1552.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-5652.htm


COMMERCE

International Whaling Commission; 57th Annual Meeting; Nominations

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

ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.

SUMMARY: This notice is a call for nominees for the U.S. Delegation to the June 2005 International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting. The non-federal representative(s) selected as a result of this nomination process is(are) responsible for providing input and recommendations to the U.S. IWC Commissioner representing the positions of non-governmental organizations. Generally, only one non-governmental position is selected for the U.S. Delegation.

DATES: All written nominations for the U.S. Delegation to the IWC annual meeting must be received by April 22, 2005.

ADDRESSES: All nominations for the U.S. Delegation to the IWC annual meeting should be addressed to Rolland Schmitten, U.S. Commissioner to the IWC, and sent via post to: Cheri McCarty, 13708, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Prospective Congressional advisors to the delegation should contact the Department of State directly.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri McCarty, 301-713-2322, ext. 114.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-5754.htm


ENERGY

Recommendations for Sequencing Targets in Support of the Science Missions of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER)

AGENCY: Office of Science; Office of Biological and Environmental Research; U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice of recommendations for sequencing targets.

SUMMARY: This Federal Register Notice seeks the input and nominations of interested parties for candidate microbes, microbial consortia, and 250Mb-or-less-sized organisms for draft genomic sequencing in support of Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) programs, among them, the Genomics: GTL Program, the Climate Change Research Program, the Terrestrial Carbon Processes Program, the Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research (NABIR) Program, the Environmental Management Science Program (EMSP), the Ocean Science Program, and the Program for Ecosystem Research. Additional programs of relevance include the Energy Biosciences, and Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Programs in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Nominated candidates should be relevant to DOE mission needs, e.g., organisms involved in environmental processes, including waste remediation, carbon management, and energy production. This announcement is not an offer of direct financial support for research on these organisms. Those nominations selected will result in the DNA sequence of selected organisms being determined at a draft level (6-8 X coverage) at the DOE Production Genomics Facility (PGF) at the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), (http://www.jgi.doe.gov). A subset of the selected organisms may be

identified for sequence finishing. This announcement is designed to assist DOE in determining and prioritizing a list of microbes, microbial consortia, or modest-genome sized (not more than 250Mb) organisms (including eukaryotes) that address DOE mission needs. Following merit review, and a determination of satisfactory programmatic relevance, draft sequencing will be carried out at the PGF.

DATES: To assure consideration, nominations in response to this notice should be received by 4:30 p.m. (e.d.t.), July 14, 2005, to be accepted for merit review. It is anticipated that review will be completed early in the fall of 2005 with draft sequencing at the DOE PGF to commence early in 2006, conditional upon the provision of high quality DNA.

ADDRESSES: Nominations responding to this notice should be sent to Dr. Daniel W. Drell, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC- 72, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290; e-mail is acceptable and encouraged for submitting nominations using the following addresses: and .


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Daniel W. Drell, SC-72, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585- 1290, phone: (301) 903-4742, e-mail: . The full text of this notice is available via the Internet using the following Web site address: http://microbialgenome.org/.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-5492.htm

Guidelines for Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Reporting

AGENCY: Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy.

ACTION: Interim final rule and opportunity for public comment; revised general guidelines.

SUMMARY: Section 1605(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 directed the Department of Energy (Department or DOE) to issue guidelines establishing a voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program. On February 14, 2002, the President directed DOE, together with other involved Federal agencies, to recommend reforms to enhance the Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program established by DOE in 1994. DOE is today issuing interim final General Guidelines that incorporate the key elements of revised General Guidelines proposed by DOE on December 5, 2003. DOE also is publishing in the "Rules and Regulations'' section of today's issue of the Federal Register a notice of availability inviting public comment on draft Technical Guidelines that will, combined with these General Guidelines, fully implement the revised Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program.

DATES: The interim final rule will be effective September 20, 2005. The incorporation by reference of the Draft Technical Guidelines is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 20, 2005. Written comments should be submitted on or before May 23, 2005.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comment, identified by RIN Number 1901-AB11, by any of the following methods: E-mail: . Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow instructions for submitting comments. Mail: Mark Friedrichs, PI-40; Office of Policy and International Affairs; U.S. Department of Energy; 1000 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20585.

Interested persons also may present oral views and data at public workshops DOE will hold for discussing both these interim final General Guidelines and the draft Technical Guidelines that DOE is making available today. The locations, times, and other details of the public workshops are set forth in the Notice of Availability for the draft Technical Guidelines published in the "Rules and Regulations'' section of today's issue of the Federal Register.

You may obtain electronic copies of this notice, the draft Technical Guidelines and other related documents, find additional information about the planned workshops, and review comments received by DOE and the workshop transcripts at the following Web site: http://www.pi.energy.gov/enhancingGHGregistry/. Those without internet access may access this information by visiting the DOE Freedom of Information Reading Room, Rm. 1E-190, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 202-586-3142, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Friedrichs, PI-40, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20585, or e-mail: .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-5607.htm


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/ State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Pesticide Operations and Management (WC/POM); Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Pesticide Operations and Management (WC/POM) will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on April 4, 2005 and ending April 5, 2005. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, April 4, 2005 through Tuesday, April 5, 2005 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; ends at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 5, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at The Ocean Plaza Beach Resort, Tybee Island, GA, Telephone number: (912) 786-7777.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Georgia A. McDuffie, Field and External Affairs Division (7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 605-0195; fax number: (703) 308-1850; e-mail address: or Philip H. Gray, SFIREG Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 1249, Hardwick, VT 05843-1249; telephone number: (802) 472-6956; fax (802) 472-6957; e- mail address: .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-5619.htm

Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services (C-VPESS)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB's Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services (C-VPESS).

DATES: April 12-13, 2005. A public meeting of the C-VPESS will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (eastern time) on April 12, 2005 and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (eastern time) on April 13, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the SAB Conference Center, 1025 F Street, NW., Suite 3700, Washington, DC 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public wishing further information regarding the SAB C-VPESS meeting may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at: (202) 343- 9981 or e-mail at: . 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 meetings announced in this notice, may be found in the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-5821.htm


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences (BIO); 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: Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences (BIO) (1110).

Date and Time: April 7, 2005; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8, 2005; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, Stafford Place II, Room 555.

Type of Meeting: Open.

Contact Person: Dr. Mary E. Clutter, Assistant Director, Biological Sciences, Room 605, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230; tel. no.: (703) 292-8400.

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

Purpose of Meeting: The Advisory Committee for BIO provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up BIO.

Agenda: Long Range Planning Meeting; Bio Leading Edge Discussions; Cyberinfrastructure; NEON Status.

Dated: March 15, 2005. Susanne Bolton, Committee Management Officer. http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-5445.htm

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