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Federal Register Summary for week of 26 September


  • Regulations for Complying With the National Environmental Policy Act

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA.

    ACTION: Affirmation of interim final rule as final rule.

    SUMMARY: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS or Agency) published an Interim Final Rule on June 25, 2008, amending its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance regulations by clarifying the appropriate use of a program environmental assessment (EA) and by aligning its NEPA public involvement process with that of the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations that implement NEPA. Both changes would better align the Agency regulations with the CEQ NEPA regulations and provide for the efficient and timely environmental review of NRCS actions, particularly those actions where Congress has directed NRCS action within short time periods of 60-90 days. The Council on Environmental Quality, in accordance with their regulations, reviewed and approved the proposed changes on June 11, 2008. The comment period on the interim final rule closed on July 25, 2008. No comments were received on the interim final rule. Accordingly, NRCS is issuing this final rule to indicate that no comments were received and to announce that the interim rule is final without change.

    DATES: Effective September 23, 2008, the interim final rule published on June 25, 2008 (73 FR 35883) is confirmed as final.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matt Harrington, National Environmental Coordinator, Ecological Sciences Division, NRCS, P.O. Box 2890, Room 6158-S, Washington, DC 20013; telephone (202) 720-4925; submit e-mail to:, Attention: Compliance with NEPA comments.

  • Commerce

  • NOAA Community-based Restoration Program Guidelines

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: On August 24, 2005 NOAA published a notice in the Federal Register that announced revisions to guidelines for the Community-based Restoration Program (Program). The notice requested public comment on proposed updates to the guidelines that describe how the Program is implemented, and notified the public about a constituent feedback meeting that was scheduled for September 13, 2005 in Washington DC. This notice makes minor changes to the previously published guidelines and responds generally to the comments received, summarizes the constituent feedback meeting in Washington, D.C., and highlights specific authorization for the Program established in the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006. NOAA expects to periodically update these guidelines every 3 to 5 years to reflect the evolution of the Program. This is not a solicitation of project proposals.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin Bruckner, (301) 713-0174, or by e-mail at

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Access to EPA Library Services

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: EPA is enhancing access to library services for the public and Agency staff. EPA will open previously closed libraries in its National Library Network, with walk-in access for the public and EPA staff. Other library locations will expand staffing, operating hours, or services. This notice provides information regarding how members of the public can access the libraries and services beginning September 30, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: The locations of the opening libraries are:

    1. Chicago--EPA Region 5 Library, 16th Floor, Metcalf Building, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604; Phone 312-886-6822; Fax 312- 886-1492; E-mail:; Hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Contact Jessica McIntyre-Himes 312-353-8559.
    2. Dallas--EPA Region 6 Library, Suite 1200, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202; Phone 214-665-6424; Fax 214-665-8574; E-mail:; Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Contact Laurie Carter 214-665-6566.
    3. Kansas City--EPA Region 7 Library, 901 North 5th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101; Phone 913-551-7979; Fax 913-551-8762; E-mail: R7-; Hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Contact Alice Todd 913-551-7504.
    4. Washington, DC--EPA Headquarters and Chemical Libraries, Room 3340, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004; Phone 202-566-0556; Fax 202-566-0574; E-mail:; Hours 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Contact Carlton Burns 202-566-0673.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Balsamo, Mailcode N127-05, Office of Environmental Information, Information Access Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 109 Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; Phone 919-541-9412; E-mail:

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Meeting of the Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public face-to-face meeting of the chartered SAB to: discuss future environmental science issues within the context of EPA's research directions and priorities, and conduct quality reviews of up to three Draft SAB reports.

    DATES: The meeting dates are Monday, October 27, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Tuesday, October 28, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW., Washington, DC; phone (202) 347-4430.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this meeting may contact Mr. Thomas O. Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by mail at EPA SAB Staff Office, (1400F), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at (202) 343-9982; by fax at (202) 233-0643; or by e-mail at The SAB mailing address is U.S. EPA, Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB, as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Draft 2008 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations

    AGENCY: Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.

    SUMMARY: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on its Draft 2008 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulation. The full Draft Report is available at, and is divided into four chapters. Chapter I examines the benefits and costs of major Federal regulations issued in fiscal year 2007 and summarizes the benefits and costs of major regulations issued between September 1997 and 2007. It also discusses regulatory impacts on State, local, and tribal governments, small business, wages, and economic growth. Chapter II examines trends in regulation since OMB began to compile benefit and cost estimates records in 1981. Chapter III provides an update on implementation of the Information Quality Act, and Chapter IV summarizes agency compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

    DATES: To ensure consideration of comments as OMB prepares this Draft Report for submission to Congress, comments must be in writing and received by 45 days after publication.

  • Health and Human Services

  • Notice of a Meeting of an NIH Blue Ribbon Panel


    National Institutes of Health

    Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Office of Biotechnology Activity; Recombinant DNA Research; Notice of a Meeting of an NIH Blue Ribbon Panel

    There will be a meeting of the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel to advise on the Risk Assessment of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL). The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at the Roxbury Center for the Arts, Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Discussions will focus on principles and strategies for effective community engagement. There will also be time allotted on the agenda for public comment.

    Sign up for public comment will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. on October 14, 2008. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, anyone may file written comments using the address below.

    For further information concerning this meeting contact Ms. Laurie Lewallen, Advisory Committee Coordinator, Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Mail Stop Code 7985, Bethesda, MD 20892-7985, telephone 301-496-9838, e-mail Background information may be obtained by contacting NIH OBA by e-mail

  • Interior

  • North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grant Programs

    Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; OMB Control Number 1018-0100; North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grant Programs

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

    SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. The ICR, which is summarized below, describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This ICR is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2008. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB.

    DATES: You must submit comments on or before October 27, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this ICR to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395- 6566 (fax) or (e-mail). Please provide a copy of your comments to Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or (e-mail).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Hope Grey by mail or e-mail (see ADDRESSES) or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

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