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Federal Register Summary for week of 19 December


  • Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

    SUMMARY: We are extending the comment period for our proposed rule that would amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to add requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel by research facilities and by dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before February 20, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http:// to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0159, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0159. Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming. Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jodie Kulpa-Eddy, Staff Veterinarian, Animal Care, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 84, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-7833.

  • Education

  • NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program

    AGENCY: Office of Education (OED), Office of the Under Secretary (USEC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of funding availability.

    SUMMARY: NOAA B-WET is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences for students, related professional development for teachers, and helps to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Pacific Northwest, the northern Gulf of Mexico and New England.

    DATES: Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on January 26, 2009. See Sections IV C and F of this announcement for more information on submission requirements.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic application packages are strongly encouraged and are available at: Paper application packages are available on the NOAA Grants Management Web site at: http:// If the applicant has difficulty accessing or downloading the required forms from the NOAA Web site, the applicant should contact: Bronwen Rice, B-WET National Coordinator, by phone at 202-482-6797 or e-mail at requires applicants to register with the system prior to submitting an application. This registration process can take several weeks and involves multiple steps. In order to allow sufficient time for this process, you should register as soon as you decide to apply, even if you are not yet ready to submit your proposal. If an applicant has problems downloading the application forms from, contact Customer Support at 1-800- 518-4726 or For non-Windows computer systems, please see for information on how to download and submit an application through

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the Pacific Northwest, please contact Seaberry Nachbar at 831-647-4201, or via e-mail at For the northern Gulf of Mexico, Stephanie Bennett at 808-522-7481, or via e-mail at For New England, Shannon Sprague, at 410-267-5664, or via e-mail at Questions about this opportunity may also be directed to Bronwen Rice, B-WET National Coordinator, by phone at 202- 482-6797 or e-mail at

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC): Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical, scientific, and enforcement policy issues.

    DATES & ADDRESSES: Open meeting notice; Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App. 2 Section 10(a)(2), notice is hereby given that the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee will hold its next open meeting on Thursday January 8, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel at 300 Army Navy Drive, in Arlington, Virginia. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. The Permits, New Source Review and Toxics subcommittee will meet on January 7, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Economic Incentives and Regulatory Innovations subcommittee and Visions and Goals Work Group will meet jointly on January 7, 2009 from approximately 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The agenda for the CAAAC full committee meeting on January 8, 2009 will be posted on the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee Web site at Inspection of Committee Documents: The Committee agenda and any documents prepared for the meeting will be publicly available at the meeting. Thereafter, these documents, together with CAAAC meeting minutes, will be available by contacting the Office of Air and Radiation Docket and requesting information under docket OAR-2004-0075. The Docket office can be reached by e-mail at: or Fax: 202-566-9744.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Concerning the CAAAC, please contact Pat Childers, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA (202) 564-1082, FAX (202) 564-1352 or by mail at U.S. EPA, Office of Air and Radiation (Mail code 6102 A), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004. For information on the Subcommittees, please contact the following individuals: (1) Permits/NSR/Toxics Integration--Liz Naess, (919) 541-1892; and (2) Economic Incentives and Regulatory Innovations--Carey Fitzmaurice, (202)564-1667 (3) Mobile Source Technical Review--John Guy, (202) 343-9276 Additional Information on these meetings, CAAAC, and its Subcommittees can be found on the CAAAC Web site: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Mr. Pat Childers at (202) 564-1082 or To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Mr. Childers, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

  • Air Emissions Reporting Requirements

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.

    SUMMARY: This action finalizes changes to EPA's emission inventory reporting requirements. This action consolidates, reduces, and simplifies the current requirements; adds limited new requirements; provides additional flexibility to states in the ways they collect and report emissions data; and accelerates the reporting of emissions data to EPA by state and local agencies.

    DATES: This final rule is effective on December 17, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0489. All documents in the docket are listed on the index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through or in hard copy at the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West Building, Room 3334, Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions, please contact Dennis Beauregard, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Mail Code C339-02, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-5512; fax number: (919) 541-0684; e-mail address: For legal questions, please contact Kristi Smith, U.S. EPA, Office of General Counsel, Mail Code 2344A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone (202) 564-3068, e-mail at

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for Nominations to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT).

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). It is anticipated that vacancies will be filled

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    by late spring 2009. Additional sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    Background: NACEPT is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92463. EPA established NACEPT in 1988 to provide independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology and management issues. Members serve as representatives from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two year terms with the possibility of reappointment. The Council usually meets 3 times annually and the average workload for the members is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. Members serve on the Council in a voluntary capacity. However, EPA provides reimbursement for travel expenses associated with official government business. EPA is seeking nominations from all sectors, including academia, industry, non- governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. Nominees will be considered according to the mandates of FACA, which requires committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups.

    The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees: --Extensive professional knowledge of environmental policy, management, and technology issues. --Demonstrated ability to examine and analyze environmental issues with objectivity and integrity. --Senior-level experience that fills a current need on the Council. --Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and consensus-building skills. --Ability to volunteer approximately 10 to 15 hours per month to the Council's activities, including participation on teleconference meetings and preparation of text for Council reports and advice letters.

    Nominations must include a resume and a short biography describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, as well as the nominee's current business address, e-mail address, and daytime telephone number. Interested candidates may self-nominate.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to: Sonia Altieri, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Cooperative Environmental Management, U.S. EPA (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. You may also e-mail nominations to

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sonia Altieri, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. EPA; telephone (202) 564-0243; fax: (202) 564-8129; e- mail

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Special Rule for the Polar Bear

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Final rule.

    SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), amend the regulations at 50 CFR part 17, which implement the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA), to create a final special rule under authority of section 4(d) of the ESA that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the polar bear (Ursus maritimus). The special rule, in most instances, adopts the existing conservation regulatory requirements under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA), and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as the appropriate regulatory provisions for this threatened species. Nonetheless, if an activity is not authorized or exempted under the MMPA or CITES and would result in an act that would be otherwise prohibited under the general prohibitions under the ESA for threatened species (50 CFR 17.31), then the prohibitions at 50 CFR 17.31 apply, and we would require authorization under 50 CFR 17.32. In addition, this special rule provides that any incidental take of polar bears that results from activities that occur outside of the current range of the species is not a prohibited act under the ESA. This special rule does not affect any existing requirements under the MMPA, including incidental take restrictions, or CITES, regardless of whether the activity occurs inside or outside the current range of the polar bear. Further, nothing in this special rule affects the consultation requirements under section 7 of the ESA.

    DATES: This final rule becomes effective January 15, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: This final rule is available on the Internet at http:// and Supporting documentation we used in preparing this final rule will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at the Marine Mammal Management Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Geoffrey Haskett, Regional Director, Region 7, U.S. Fish and Wildlife

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    Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503 telephone 907-786- 3309. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877- 8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition to List Five Penguin Species Under the Endangered Species Act, and Proposed Rule To List the Five Penguin Species

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule and notice of 12-month petition finding.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list the yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), white-flippered penguin (Eudyptula minor albosignata), Fiordland crested penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus), Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti), and erect-crested penguin (Eudyptes sclateri) as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This proposal, if made final, would extend the Act's protection to these species. This proposal also constitutes our 12-month finding on the petition to list these five species. The Service seeks data and comments from the public on this proposed rule.

    DATES: We will accept comments and information received or postmarked on or before February 17, 2009. We must receive requests for public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by February 2, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments. U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [FWS-R9-IA-2008-0118]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203. We will not accept comments by e-mail or fax. We will post all comments on This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Hall, Branch Chief, Division of Scientific Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 110, Arlington, VA 22203; telephone 703-358-1708; facsimile 703-358-2276. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877- 8339.

  • Notice of Availability of the Florida Panther Recovery Plan

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of document availability.

    SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of the third revision of the Florida Panther Recovery Plan. The plan includes specific recovery objectives and criteria to be met in order to reclassify the Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi) to threatened status and eventually delist this species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

    ADDRESSES: You can obtain copies of the Florida Panther Recovery Plan by contacting the Fish and Wildlife Service, South Florida Ecological Services Office, 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 (telephone, 772-562-3909) or by visiting our Web sites at or

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Belden, South Florida Ecological Services Office, 772-562-3909, ext. 237.

  • Interagency Cooperation Under the Endangered Species Act

    AGENCIES: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Commerce.

    ACTION: Final rule.

    SUMMARY: With this final rule, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (collectively, Services'' orwe'') amend regulations governing interagency cooperation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). This rule clarifies several definitions, provides assistance as to when consultation under section 7 is necessary, and establishes time frames for the informal consultation process.

    DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective January 15, 2009.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240; telephone: 202-208-4416; or James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; telephone: 301-713-2332.

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Earth Science Subcommittee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Science Committee of the NAC. The Meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting from the scientific community and other persons scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 8, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 3H46, 300 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian Norris, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452, fax (202) 358-4118, or

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