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Federal Register Summary for week of 2 January


  • Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2009

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: NOAA publishes this notice to supplement the agency's
    solicitation for applications published on July 11, 2008 in an action entitled
    "Omnibus Notice Announcing the Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal
    Year 2009". This notice announces 13 additional programs that are
    soliciting applications for FY 2009 funding.

    DATES: Proposals must be received by the date and time indicated under
    each program listing in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this

    ADDRESSES: Proposals must be submitted to the addresses listed in the
    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for each program. The
    Federal Register and Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) notices may be
    found on the Web site. The URL for is http://

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact the person listed
    within this notice as the information contact under each program.

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Notice of 12-Month Finding on a Petition to List the Ribbon Seal as a Threatened or Endangered Species

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

    ACTION: Status review; notice of finding.

    SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the ribbon seal (Histriophoca fasciata) as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as amended (ESA). After a formal review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing of the ribbon seal is not warranted at this time. Although the ribbon seal population abundance is likely to decline gradually for the foreseeable future, primarily from slight but chronic impacts on reproduction and survival caused by reduced frequency of years with sea ice of suitable extent, quality, and duration of persistence, it is not in danger of extinction or likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.

    DATES: The finding announced in this notice was made on December 30, 2008.

    ADDRESSES: Information used to make this finding is available for public inspection by appointment during

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    normal business hours at the office of NMFS Alaska Region, Protected Resources Division, 709 West Ninth Street, Room 461, Juneau, AK 99801. This file includes the status review report, information provided by the public, and scientific and commercial information gathered for the status review. The ribbon seal petition and the status review report can also be found at

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Wilder, NMFS Alaska Region, telephone (907) 271-6620; Kaja Brix, NMFS Alaska Region, (907) 586- 7235; or Marta Nammack, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, (301) 713- 1401.

  • Education

  • Office of Innovation and Improvement; Overview Information; Women's Educational Equity Act Program (WEEA); Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009; Math and Science Priority

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.083A.

    Note: The Department is not inviting applications under CFDA Number 84.083B (research and development grants) for FY 2009.

    DATES: Applications Available: January 2, 2009. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 23, 2009. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 22, 2009.

    Full Text of Announcement

    I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the WEEA program is: (a) To promote gender equity in education in the United States; (b) to provide financial assistance to enable educational agencies and institutions to meet the requirements of title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.); and (c) to promote equity in education for women and girls who suffer from multiple forms of discrimination based on sex, race, ethnic origin, limited English proficiency, disability, or age.

    Note: Men and boys may participate in any program or activity assisted with funds under this program.

    Priorities: This competition includes three absolute priorities and one competitive preference priority that are explained in the following paragraphs. These priorities are from the notice of final discretionary grant priorities for FY 2009, published in the Federal Register on November 21, 2008 (73 FR 70627).

    Absolute Priorities: For FY 2009 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, these priorities are absolute priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet Priority 3 and one or both of Priority 1 and Priority 2.

    These priorities are:

    Priority 1--Mathematics. Projects that support activities to enable students to achieve proficiency or advanced proficiency in mathematics.

    Priority 2--Science. Projects that support activities to enable students to achieve proficiency or advanced proficiency in science.

    Priority 3--Student Achievement Data. Projects that collect pre- and post-intervention test data to assess the effect of the projects on the academic achievement of student participants relative to appropriate comparison or control groups.

    Note: All applicants must address Priority 3--Student Achievement Data. All applicants must also address either Priority 1--Mathematics or Priority 2--Science. Applicants may address both Priority 1--Mathematics and Priority 2--Science if they believe they have the capacity and personnel to successfully address both of these priorities. However, no additional points will be earned by addressing both the mathematics and science priorities.

    Note: The Department suggests that applicants that are not part of a school system establish a relationship with their project's targeted school(s) to facilitate accessing the required pre- and post-intervention test data regarding proficiency and advanced proficiency.

    Competitive Preference Priority: For FY 2009 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is a competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award up to an additional 10 points to an application, depending on how well the application meets this priority.

    This priority is:

    Secondary Schools. Projects that support activities and interventions aimed at improving the academic achievement of secondary school students who are at greatest risk of not meeting challenging State academic standards and not completing high school.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • "Discharge of Dredged Material"; Final Rule Revisions to the Clean Water Act Regulatory Definition of

    AGENCIES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, DOD; and Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Final rule.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (together, the "Agencies") are promulgating a final rule to amend a Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 regulation that defines the term "discharge of dredged material." This action conforms the Corps' and EPA's regulations to a court order invalidating the January 17, 2001, amendments to the regulatory definition (referred to as the "Tulloch II" rule). This final rule responds to the court decision by deleting language from the regulation that was invalidated.

    DATES: Effective Date: December 30, 2008.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the final rule, contact Rachel Fertik of EPA at or Jennifer McCarthy of the Corps at For questions on project-specific activities, contact your local Corps District office. Addresses and telephone numbers for Corps District offices can be obtained from the Corps Regulatory Homepage at If you do not have access to the Internet, telephone numbers for Corps District offices can be obtained by calling (202) 761-4614.

  • Scientific Workshop To Inform EPA's Response to National Academy of Science Comments on the Health Effects of Dioxin in EPA's 2003 Dioxin Reassessment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of scientific workshop and poster submissions.

    SUMMARY: The National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), a part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development, is sponsoring a three-day public, scientific workshop, including a public review of the recent scientific literature on 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin (TCDD) dose-response, to assist EPA in responding to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, Health Risks from Dioxin and Related Compounds: Evaluation of the EPA Reassessment (NAS, 2006). (See 73 FR 70999 for information on the preliminary literature search results for TCDD dose-response. The literature search was conducted in collaboration with the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratories.) The Track Group, an EPA contractor, will organize and facilitate the workshop. Members of the public may attend the workshop as observers and may participate in open comment periods. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the registration process, members of the public may choose to submit a poster citation and abstract limited to 250 words. Space for displaying posters is limited, and abstract submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    DATES: The workshop will be held February 18-20, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A poster session will be held on February 19, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. During this time, workshop participants will view the posters, and poster authors should be available to answer questions. Posters may be installed and displayed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on February 19, 2009, and must be taken down at the end of that time. To ensure presentation of a poster, poster abstracts must be submitted to EPA's contractor, The Track Group, in advance of the workshop with a deadline of January 23, 2009.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 West Fifth St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; telephone: (513) 421-9100. The Track Group, an EPA contractor, is organizing and facilitating the workshop. A special conference room rate is available by mentioning ``the Dioxin Workshop.'' Registration and poster abstract submission are available online at or call the conference registration line at (703) 738-4633. To obtain copies of background information, please see the NCEA Web site: http://; copies are not available from The Track Group. Special Accomodations: EPA welcomes the attendance of the public at this workshop and will make every effort to accommodate persons with disabilities. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact The Track Group, 85 S. Bragg Street, Suite 301, Alexandria, VA 22312; telephone: (703) 738-4633, facsimile: (703) 997-0760, at least 7 days before the workshop.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For workshop information, registration, and logistics, contact The Track Group, 85 S. Bragg Street, Suite 301, Alexandria, VA 22312; telephone: (703) 738-4633; facsimile: (703) 997-0760. For technical information, contact Glenn E. Rice, National Center for Environmental Assessment, (Mail Code: MS A-110), Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH 45268; telephone: (513) 569-7813; facsimile: (513) 487-2539; or e-mail:

  • Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee; Biofuels meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). The purpose of the FRRCC is to provide advice to the Administrator of EPA on environmental issues and programs that impact, or are of concern to, farms, ranches, and rural communities. The FRRCC is a part of EPA's efforts to expand cooperative working relationships with the agriculture industry and others who are interested in agricultural issues to achieve greater progress in environmental protection. The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the draft FRRCC recommendations on EPA's Draft Biofuels Strategy. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at

    DATES: FRRCC will hold a public teleconference on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the U.S. EPA East Building, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Room 1132, Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alicia Kaiser, Designated Federal Officer,, 202-564-7273, U.S. EPA, Office of the Administrator (1 1O1A), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, or Christopher Ashcraft, Junior Designated Federal Officer,, 202-564-2432, U.S. EPA, Office of the Administrator (1601M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.

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