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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 2-6 May 2005

AGRICULTURE

Notice of Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture

AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service.

ACTION: Notice of appointment to the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture.

SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary of Agriculture announces members appointed to fill 9 vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21), in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Those appointed are as follows: Richard Crowder, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Seed Trade Association, in Alexandria, Virginia; Duane Grant, Farmer, in Rupert, Idaho; Robert Herdt, Adjunct International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York; Josephine Hunt, Program Manager, Global Science and Regulatory Affairs, Kraft Foods, in Glenview, Illinois; Gregory Jaffe, Director, Biotechnology Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest, in Washington, DC; Patricia Layton, Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University, in Clemson, South Carolina (AC21 Chair); Bradley Shurdut, Global Leader, Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs, and Science Policy, Dow AgroSciences LLC, in Washington, DC; Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California in Davis, California; and Lisa Zannoni, Director, Global Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, BASF Corporation, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

DATES: Appointments by the Secretary are for a two-year term, effective April 12, 2005 until April 11, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, Telephone (202) 720- 3817; Fax (202) 690-4265; E-mail

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-8978.htm

Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Program

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing that lamb producers, feeders, seedstock producers, and first handlers of lamb and lamb products voting in a national referendum from January 31, 2005, through February 28, 2005, have approved the continuation of the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth R. Payne, Chief; Marketing Programs Branch, Livestock and Seed Program; Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA, Room 2638-S; STOP 0251; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC 20250-0251, telephone number 202/720-1115, fax number 202/720-1125, or by e-mail at:

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-8829.htm Introductions of Plants Genetically Engineered To Produce Industrial Compounds

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 our regulations regarding genetically engineered organisms to require that introductions of plants genetically engineered to encode compounds for industrial use be conducted only under permit. Prior to the interim rule, such introductions could be accomplished under notification, an expedited permitting procedure. The interim rule was necessary to strengthen our regulations for introductions of this small subgroup of genetically engineered plants until such time as the issues related to these plants are fully considered in conjunction with subsequent regulatory revision.

DATES: The interim rule became effective on August 6, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. John Turner, Director, Policy Division, BRS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 146, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238; (301) 734-8365.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-8860.htm


COMMERCE


Contracting Policy for Mapping and Charting Services

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

SUMMARY: The NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) established a contracting policy for mapping and charting services in 1996 that the NOAA Hydrographic and Shoreline Mapping Programs have followed since that time. NOAA seeks public comment on this policy in accordance with the FY 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act request to work with the private mapping community to develop a strategy for expanding contracting with private entities to minimize duplication and take maximum advantage of private sector capabilities in fulfillment of NOAA's mapping and charting responsibilities. Comments on the contracting policy and strategies to expand contracting will be factored into the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/hsrp.htm ) Federal Advisory Committee's (HSRP FAC) recommendations to NOAA on the same issues. NOAA will consider both HSRP FAC recommendations and comments from the public in its update of the current contracting policy. NOAA will publish a draft revised policy and seek a second comment period before publishing the final contracting policy by March 2006.

DATES: Comments must be submitted within 60 days of the date of this notice.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to Ashley Chappell, Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, Station 6113, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Written comments may be faxed to (301) 713-4019, Attention: Ashley Chappell. Comments by e-mail should be submitted to

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ashley Chappell, Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, Station 6113, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; Telephone: (301) 713-2770 ext. 148.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-8816.htm U.S. Climate Change Science Program Workshop: Climate Science in Support of Decisionmaking

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

ACTION: Notice, public workshop and opportunity for public discussion.

SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publishes this notice to announce the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Workshop: Climate Science in Support of Decisionmaking, addressing the capability of science to inform decisionmaking. This workshop will include discussion of decisionmaker needs for scientific information on climate variability and change, as well as expected outcomes of CCSP's research and assessment activities that are necessary for resource management, adaptive planning, and policy formulation.

DATES: The workshop will be held Monday, November 14, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, November 16, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, VA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandy MacCracken, Telephone: 202-223 6262, Fax: 202 223 3065, Email:

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-8862.htm


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY


Science Advisory Board Staff Office, Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), CASAC Particulate Matter Review Panel; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Meeting (Teleconference)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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 (CASAS) Particulate Matter (PM) Review Panel (Panel) to review and approve the Panel's report from its April 6-7, 2005 meeting to conduct a peer review of the Agency's second draft PM Staff Paper and a related draft technical support document, the second draft PM Risk Assessment.

DATES: May 18, 2005. The teleconference meeting will be held on May 18, 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; 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 SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-8789.htm


HOMELAND SECURITY


Notice of Meeting of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Office of Studies and Analysis, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC) will meet in closed session.

DATES: May 18, 2005 and May 19, 2005.

ADDRESSES: If you wish to submit comments, you must do so by May 10, 2005. Comments must be identified by DHS-2005-0033 and may be submitted by one of the following methods: EPA Federal Partner EDOCKET Web site: http://www.epa.gov/feddocket. Follow instructions for submitting comments on the Web site. E-mail: . Include docket number in the subject line of the message. Fax: 202-254-6177. Mail: Ms. Brenda Leckey, Office of Studies and Analysis, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.epa.gov/feddocket.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Leckey, Office of Studies and Analysis, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, , 202-254-5041.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-8699.htm


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources; Notice of Meeting

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

Name: Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (1119).

Date/Time: May 11, 2005; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12, 2005; 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Place: Holiday Inn Arlington, 4610 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington and Clarendon Ballrooms. Arlington VA 22203.

Type of Meeting: Open.

Contact Person: James Colby, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-5331. If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF please contact the individual listed above so your name may be added to the building access list.

Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice with respect to the Foundation's education and human resources programming.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-8688.htm

Committee Management; Notice of Establishment

The Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation has determined that the establishment of the Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the National Science Foundation (NSF), by 42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq. This determination follows consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration.

Name of Committee: Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering. Nature/Purpose: The Advisory Committee will provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for research, education and related activities involving the U.S. science and engineering working within a global context as well as strategic efforts to promote a more effective NSF role in international science and engineering.

Responsible NSF Official: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Acting Director, Office of International Science and Engineering Programs, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 935, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8710.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-9095.htm

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