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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 17-21 April 2006

COMMERCE

Science Advisory Board; The Preliminary Report of the External Review of NOAA's Ecosystem Research and Science Enterprise Panel

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

SUMMARY: NOAA Research (OAR) publishes this notice on behalf of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) to announce the availability of the preliminary report of the External Review of NOAA's Ecosystem Research and Science Enterprise panel (here called the External Ecosystem Task Team) for public comment. The preliminary report of the External Ecosystem Task Team is compiled pursuant to the request from the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to the SAB to conduct an external review of NOAA's ecosystem research and science enterprise.

DATES: Comments on this draft must be submitted by the close of business May 22, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The Preliminary Report of the External Ecosystem Task Team will be available on the NOAA Science Advisory Board Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov/reports/prelim_eett0306.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11117, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-9121, Fax: 301-713-3515, E-mail: ) during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-5904.htm

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology Environmental Technology Subcommittee

SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Environmental Technology Subcommittee of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice and recommendations to the Administrator of EPA on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. The Environmental Technology Subcommittee was formed to assist EPA in evaluating its current and potential role in the development and commercialization of environmental technologies by suggesting how to optimize existing EPA programs to facilitate the development of sustainable private sector technologies, and by suggesting alternative approaches to achieving these goals. The purpose of the meeting is to continue the Subcommittee's consideration of these issues. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/nacept/cal-nacept.htm.

DATES: The NACEPT Environmental Technology Subcommittee will hold a two day open meeting on Thursday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, May 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport, 1480 Crystal Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22202. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Joyce, Designated Federal Officer, , 202-233-0068, U.S. EPA, Office of Cooperative Environmental Management (1601E), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-6004.htm

Hazardous Waste Management System; Modification of the Hazardous Waste Manifest System

SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of additional information on the electronic manifest (e-manifest ) project. Specifically, subsequent to EPA's proposal to develop a nearly paperless electronic approach for implementing the manifest requirements, EPA's Office of Solid Waste held a two-day public meeting to discuss and obtain public input on a national e-manifest system. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss with stakeholders our rulemaking progress and to solicit their input and preferences on the development and implementation of the e-manifest project. EPA also presented material on alternative information technology (IT) approaches to the e-manifest, including a centralized approach under which EPA would host a web-based national system. As a result of these discussions and subsequent analysis of possible means to fund the development and operation of an e-manifest system, EPA now believes that a centralized, national e-manifest system is the preferred approach as we proceed with the rulemaking authorizing the use of electronic manifests. EPA will consider the data obtained from the public meeting and any new data from public comments received on this notice in making a final decision on whether to develop a national electronic manifest (e-manifest) system. Because the Agency expects to go final based on the comments it receives on this notice, as well as other comments received, any party interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 19, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding specific aspects of this document, contact Richard LaShier, Office of Solid Waste, (703) 308-8796, or Bryan Groce, Office of Solid Waste, (703) 308-8750, Mail inquiries may be directed to the Office of Solid Waste, (5304W), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-5745.htm

INTERIOR

Revision of Regulations for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reproposal.

SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to revise the regulations that implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a treaty that regulates international trade in certain protected species. The United States was one of the original signatories to CITES, which has been in effect since July 1, 1975. CITES uses a system of permits and certificates to help ensure that international trade is legal and does not threaten the survival of wildlife or plant species in the wild. Since the existing regulations were finalized, the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP) has held a number of meetings where resolutions have been adopted. The Parties adopt resolutions as a means of standardizing interpretation and implementation of the provisions of the Treaty. On May 8, 2000, we proposed a revision of the regulations to incorporate applicable resolutions, as appropriate, adopted through the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP10). This new proposal includes consideration of the comments received in response to the 2000 proposal and incorporates appropriate resolutions adopted at CoP11 through CoP13. Revised regulations will help us more effectively promote species conservation, continue to fulfill our responsibilities under the Treaty, and help those affected by CITES to understand how to conduct lawful international trade in CITES species.

DATES: In preparing the final decision on this proposed rule, we will consider all comments received by June 19, 2006. Comments on the information collection aspects of this proposed rule will be considered if received by June 19, 2006. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove information collection, but may respond after 30 days. Therefore, to ensure maximum consideration, your comments should be received by OMB by May 19, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, identified by RIN 1018-AD87, by one of the following methods:

Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-3444.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Peter Thomas, at the above address (telephone, (703) 358-2093; fax, (703) 358-2280).

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-3444.htm

Nominations for the Invasive Species Advisory Committee; Extension of Deadline for Nomination Submissions

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, National Invasive Species Council, Interior.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the interdepartmental National Invasive Species Council, proposes to appoint new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). The Secretary of the Interior, acting as administrative lead, is extending the deadline for submission of nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the ISAC.

DATES: Extended Deadline--Nominations must be postmarked by Wednesday, May 17, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Lori Williams, Executive Director, National Invasive Species Council (OS/SIO/NISC), 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, Program Analyst, at (202) 513-7243, fax: (202) 371-1751, or by e-mail at .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-3770.htm

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Committee Management Renewal

The NSF management officials having responsibility for the Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487) have determined that renewing this group for another two years is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the Director, National Science foundation by 42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq. This determination follows consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration. Authority for this Committee will expire on April 19, 2006, unless they are renewed. For more information contact Susanne Bolton at (703) 292-7488.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-3657.htm

Committee Management; Notice of Establishment

The National Science Board and the Deputy Director, National Science Foundation have determined that the establishment of the Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 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: Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Nature/Purpose: The Commission will provide advice and recommendations to the National Science Board (NSB) on a broad range of policy issues dealing with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. The Board expects the scope of the Commission's advice and recommendations to address pre-K-16 education.

Responsible NSF Official: Dr. Michael P. Crosby, National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, Room 1225, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-3723.htm

POSTAL SERVICE

New Standards for Mailing Sharps and Other Regulated Medical Waste

SUMMARY: The Postal Service is proposing new standards for mailing sharps and other regulated medical waste containers. Our proposal includes changes to the packaging, the package testing, and the process for authorizing and suspending authorization.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before May 18, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Mailing Standards, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Room 3436, Washington, DC 20260-3436. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments at USPS Headquarters Library, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., 11th Floor N, Washington, DC between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bert Olsen, 202-268-7276.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-5695.htm

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