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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 17-21 October 2005

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Additional Proposed Indicators for the U.S. EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment; Notice of public comment period.

SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a 30-day public review and comment period on several Additional Proposed Indicators--EPA ROE 2007. These proposed indicators are in addition to the proposed indicators that were the subject of a June 6, 2005, Federal Register notice (70 FR 32769) that announced both a public comment period and an independent peer-review workshop that was held on July 27-29, 2005. Several of these additional indicators were added in response to comments from the first peer-review regarding additional indicators needed. Others were evaluated during the first review but have changed substantially and therefore warrant re-review; and a few are indicators for which materials were not ready at the time of the initial review. In addition to the public comment period, this set of additional proposed indicators will also undergo independent expert peer-review. The peer-review for this smaller set will be conducted via letter review. ERG, an EPA contractor for external scientific peer-review, is conducting this independent, external, peer-review and will engage the same expert panel that reviewed the first set of proposed ROE 2007 indicators. This public comment period, however, provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to weigh in on the primary contents of the draft 2007 Report on the Environment (EPA ROE 2007) at an early stage. In preparing the EPA ROE 2007, EPA will consider ERG's report of the comments and recommendations from this expert peer-review and any public comments EPA receives in accordance with today's notice.

EPA is releasing these proposed indicators for public comment and for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer-review under applicable information quality guidelines. These indicators have not been formally disseminated by EPA. They do not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

DATES: The 30-day public comment period begins October 21, 2005, and ends November 21, 2005. Comments must be postmarked by November 21, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The Additional Proposed Indicators—EPA ROE 2007 are available primarily via the Internet at: http://www.epa.gov/ROEindicators.

Each of the proposed additional indicators can be downloaded separately from this Web site in the PDF format. A limited number of electronic copies on compact disc (CD) are available from the National Center for Environmental Assessment's Technical Information Staff, NCEA-W; telephone: 202-564-3261; facsimile: 202-565-0050. If you are requesting a CD, please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, "Additional Proposed Indicators—EPA ROE 2007.''

Public comments may be submitted electronically via EPA's E-Docket, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/courier. Please follow the detailed instructions for submission of public comments as provided in the section of this notice entitled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the OEI Docket; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or e-mail: .

If you have technical questions about the Additional Proposed Indicators--EPA ROE 2007, contact: Julie Damon, National Center for Environmental Assessment (8601D), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: 202-564-3404; facsimile: 202-565-0065; or e-mail: .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-21094.htm


National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology; Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. The Council is a panel of experts who represent diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss potential NACEPT projects over the coming two years, including review of EPA's Strategic Plan, environmental foresight, environmental technology, and environmental indicators. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/nacept/cal-nacept.htm.

DATES: NACEPT will hold a two day open meeting on Thursday, November 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, November 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel Crystal City, 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sonia Altieri, Designated Federal Officer, , (202) 233-0061, U.S. EPA, Office of Cooperative Environmental Management (1601E), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-20824.htm


Pesticides; Data Requirements for Biochemical and Microbial Pesticides; Notification to the Secretary of Agriculture

SUMMARY: This document notifies the public that the Administrator of EPA has forwarded to the Secretary of Agriculture a draft proposed rule as required by section 25(a) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). As described in the Agency's semi-annual Regulatory Agenda, the draft proposed rule updates and revises data requirements for the registration of microbial and biochemical pesticide products to reflect current scientific knowledge and understanding. 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 biochemical and microbial pesticide products.

ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket identification (ID) number OPP-2005-0415. All documents in the docket are listed in the EDOCKET index at http://www.epa.gov/edocket. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in EDOCKET or in hard copy at the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Rm. 119, Crystal Mall 2, 1801 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Candace Brassard, Field and External Affairs Division (7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington DC 20460-0001; telephone number: 703-305-6598; e-mail address: .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-21093.htm


INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Availability of Draft National Park Service Management Policies

SUMMARY: The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to update the policies that guide the management of the national park system. The policies are being updated to improve their clarity and to keep pace with changes in laws, regulations, socio-economic factors and technology. The revised policies will also improve understandings among NPS managers, and between NPS managers and the public, regarding how decisions are made in protecting park resources and providing opportunities for public enjoyment of the parks. Public comment is invited for a 90-day period, which closes January 19, 2006.

DATES: Written comments will be accepted until January 19, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The draft Management Policies document is available on the Internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/waso. Hard copies may be reviewed in the Department of the Interior library (at the C Street entrance of the Main Interior Building, Washington, DC) and at NPS regional offices in Philadelphia, PA; Oakland, CA; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; Omaha, NE; and Anchorage, AK. A limited number of single hard copies of the draft may be obtained by calling 202-208-7456. Comments can be submitted in the following ways:

  1. Via the Web page at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/waso. This is the preferred way.
  2. Via e-mail to . Or,
  3. Via surface mail to Bernard Fagan, National Park Service, Office of Policy, Room 7252, Main Interior Building, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Fagan at (202) 208-7456, or via e-mail at .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-20917.htm


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