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Federal Register Summary for week of 27 June


  • Information Collection; Valuation of Hemlock Decline on Public Forests in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comment.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the new information collection, Valuation of Hemlock Decline on Public Forests in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

    DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before August 25, 2008 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Thomas P. Holmes, Forestry Sciences Lab, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 12254, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to (919) 549-4047 or by e-mail to: The public may inspect comments received at the Forestry Sciences Lab, 3041 Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, main building reception area during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to (919) 549-4000 to facilitate entry to the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas P. Holmes, Southern Research Station, (919) 549-4031. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800- 877-8339, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

  • National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: We are giving notice of a meeting of the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on August 5, 6, and 7, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m each day.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Oklahoma City Memorial Conference Center, USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Joanne Garrett, Director, Operational Support Staff, WS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 87, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-7921.

  • Homeland Security

  • Science and Technology Directorate; Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF)

    AGENCY: Science and Technology Directorate (Office of National Laboratories within the Office of Research), DHS.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).

    SUMMARY: The Proposed Action to site, build, and construct the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) would allow researchers to study foreign animal diseases (FAD) and zoonotic diseases (transmitted from animals to humans) for basic research, improving diagnostic tests, and developing effective vaccines and other countermeasures such as antiviral therapies. DHS anticipates that the NBAF would focus biosafety level 3 agricultural (BSL-3Ag) research on African swine fever, classical swine fever, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, foot and mouth disease (FMD), Japanese encephalitis, and Rift Valley fever (RVF), as well as BSL-4 research on Hendra and Nipah viruses. The NBAF would be approximately 500,000 to 520,000 square feet and consist of a primary laboratory building with a vaccine development laboratory adjacent or contiguous to it. The primary research building would contain the BSL-2, BSL-3E, BSL-3Ag, and BSL-4 laboratories with their associated support spaces. The other laboratory building would be a current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) laboratory adjacent to the primary research laboratory. The cGMP laboratory would be needed for vaccine candidate production. Other out buildings would be considered ancillary and necessary to support operation of the NBAF. Those buildings would include a guardhouse, transshipping facility, and central utility plant.

    DATES: The comment period for the DEIS will end 60 days after publication of the NOA in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    ADDRESSES: To obtain a copy of the DEIS, ask questions, or submit written comments, contact Department of Homeland Security; Science and Technology Directorate; Mr. James V. Johnson: Mail Stop 2100; 245 Murray Lane, SW., Building 410; Washington, DC 20528.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: All comments, both oral and written, received during this 60 day public comment period will be given equal consideration when finalizing the NBAF EIS. Comments may be submitted at the public meetings or online at [click on Environmental Impact Statement]. You may also call: Toll-free fax 1- 866-508-NBAF (6223); Toll-free voice mail; or 1-866-501-NBAF (6223).

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