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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 12-16 September 2005

COMMERCE

Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2006

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

ACTION: Notice; re-opening of competition solicitation.

SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service publishes this notice to re-open the competitive solicitation for the Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CRES) program to provide the public more time to submit proposals

DATES: The new deadline for the receipt of proposals is October 12, 2005, for both electronic and paper applications.

ADDRESSES: The address for submitting Proposals electronically is: http://www.grants.gov/. (Electronic submission is strongly encouraged). Paper submissions should be sent to the attention of CRES 2006, Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (N/SCI2), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1305 East-West Highway, SSMC4, 8th Floor Station 8243, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact: Dr. Michael Dowgiallo, 301-713-3338 X161,

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-18231.htm


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification To Convene Workgroups of Experts for Rapid Consultative Advice on Scientific and Technical Issues From Hurricane Katrina

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces its intent to convene workgroups of experts drawn from the U.S. EPA SAB, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis (chartered advisory committees), their standing committees, subcommittees, and advisory panels to provide rapid consultative advice on scientific and technical issues in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain information about the rapid consultative advice process and projects may contact Dr. Anthony F. Maciorowski, Associate Director for Science, Science Advisory Board Staff Office, by telephone at (202) 343-9983; by e-mail at ; or by mail at the U.S. EPA, Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-18227.htm


INTERIOR

Humane and Healthful Transport of Wild Mammals and Birds to the United States

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.

SUMMARY: We are proposing to update and amend the standards for the humane and healthful transport of wild mammals and birds to the United States. To determine how to proceed, we are asking the public for comments and input on whether the current regulations are up to date and adequate. We are also seeking comments for the best process to address necessary changes to the requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations that provide standards for the humane and healthful transport of wild mammals and birds to the United States. This will allow us to further meet our responsibilities under the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 and our obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The current standards for transport of mammals and birds now available are in accordance with the accepted international requirements as described in the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Live Animal Regulations (LAR) published in October 1993 (20th edition). This edition is now 12 years old and several updates of the IATA Live Animal Regulations have been published since publication of that edition. Many mammals and birds are protected by CITES and it is a recommendation that all species listed under CITES be transported using the current IATA LAR. We expect that if we promulgate amendments to the standards for humane and healthful transport of wild mammals and birds to the United States, these amendments will be consistent with the most current IATA LAR at the time of the final rule, and, therefore, be current with the industry standards for ensuring the humane and healthful shipment of live mammals and birds. Finally, it has come to our attention that IATA LAR requirements may not always agree with those of the international ground transport industry, such as those of the Animal Transport Association (AATA). We are interested in public comments on this issue as well.

DATES: We will consider comments and information received by December 15, 2005 in developing a proposed rule.

ADDRESSES: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, Virginia 22203. If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments by any one of several methods. You may mail comments to the above address or fax comments to 703-358-2298. You may also send comments via electronic mail to . If you submit comments via e-mail, please be aware that we have been subject to periodic internet and e-mail shutdowns. If you chose to e-mail your comments, please check our Web site at http://www.fws.gov first. If the website is not functional, any e-mail you send may not reach us and you will need to fax or mail your comments to us. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrea Gaski, Chief, Branch of Operations, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; telephone (703) 358-2095, fax (703) 358-2298.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-18416.htm


Notice of Intent To Establish and Call for Nominations for the North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Group

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Interior.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the establishment of the North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Group by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) and calls for nominations to serve on the Science Technical Group in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972, 5 U.S.C. Appendix. A copy of the Science Technical Group charter will be filed with the appropriate committees of Congress and the Library of Congress in accordance with Section 9(c) of FACA.

DATES: Submit a completed nomination form and nomination letters to the address listed below no later than October 27, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Taylor, Executive Director, North Slope Science Initiative (910), Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. Seventh Avenue, 13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513, telephone (907) 271-3131.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-18031.htm


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education;
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 Environmental Research and Education (9487).

Dates: October 19, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and October 20, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Place: Stafford I, Room 1235, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.

Type of Meeting: Open.

Contact Person: Dr. David Campbell, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, Suite 885, 4201
Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone (703) 292-5093.

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

Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

Agenda: October 19--Update on recent NSF environmental activities; Report on NSF-DOE Water workshop; Report on BE PI meeting; Discussion of AC-ERE topics of interest: AC-ERE task group meetings.

October 20--AC-ERE task group reports; Meeting with the Director; Presentation on "environmental curricula at universities.''

Dated: September 13, 2005.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-18463.htm


Advisory Committee for Geosciences; 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 Geosciences (1755).

Dates/Times: October 5 & 6, 2005, 9-5:30 p.m., October 7, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon.

Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 375, Arlington, VA 22230.

Type of Meeting: Open.

Contact Person: Dr. Thomas Spence, Directorate for Geosciences, National Science Foundation, Suite 705, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230, Phone (703) 292-8500.

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

Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for research, education, and human resources development in the geosciences.

Agenda:
Day 1: Directorate Activities; Subcommittee Meetings.
Day 2: Subcommittee Reports; Directorate Activities.
Day 3: Plans and Activities.

Dated: September 13, 2005.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-18464.htm

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