AGENCIES: Fisheries Headquarters Program Office (FHQ), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce; National Science Foundation (NSF).
ACTION: Notice of funding availability.
SUMMARY: This announcement solicits proposals for the Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Organization (CAMEO) Program which is implemented as a partnership between the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and National Science Foundation Division of Ocean Sciences. The purpose of CAMEO is to strengthen the scientific basis for an ecosystem approach to the stewardship of our ocean and coastal living marine resources. The program will support fundamental research to understand complex dynamics controlling ecosystem structure, productivity, behavior, resilience, and population connectivity, as well as effects of climate variability and anthropogenic pressures on living marine resources and critical habitats. CAMEO encourages the development of multiple approaches, such as ecosystem models and comparative analyses of managed and unmanaged areas (e.g., marine protected areas) that can ultimately form a basis for forecasting and decision support. Further information is available on the CAMEO web site (http://cameo.noaa.gov).
DATES: Full proposals must be received and validated by Grants.gov, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service on or before 11:59 p.m. ET, October 5, 2009. Please note: Validation or rejection of your application by Grants.gov may take up to 2 business days after submission. Please consider this process in developing your submission timeline. Applications received after the deadline will be rejected/ returned to the sender without further consideration. Use of U.S. mail or another delivery service must be documented with a receipt. No facsimile or electronic mail applications will be accepted.
ADDRESSES: Electronic application packages are strongly encouraged and are available at: http://www.grants.gov/. If the applicant's only mode of submitting a proposal is via paper application, or if the applicant has difficulty accessing Grants.gov or downloading the required forms, they should contact: Lora Clarke, CAMEO, NOAA Fisheries, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 14505, Silver Spring, MD, 20910 or by phone at (301) 713- 2239, or via internet at Lora.Clarke@noaa.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Ford, CAMEO Program Manager, NOAA/NMFS, (301) 713-2239, Michael.Ford@noaa.gov; Lora Clarke, Associate Program Manager, NOAA/NMFS, (301) 713-2239, Lora.Clarke@noaa.gov; Cynthia Suchman, Associate Program Director, Biological Oceanography, OCE/GEO/NSF, (703) 292-8582, firstname.lastname@example.org; David Garrison, Program Director, Biological Oceanography, OCE/GEO/NSF, (703) 292-8582, email@example.com.
AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
ACTION: Notice of availability of the draft monument natural resources science plan; announcement of public meetings; request for comments.
SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that NOAA, FWS, and the State
i's Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and
Office of Hawaiian Affairs have prepared a draft monument natural
resources science plan (NRSP) for the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National
Monument (Monument) located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
(NWHI). The State of Hawaii also participated in the development of
the NRSP. The monument's research activities, ongoing and proposed, are
described in the Draft NRSP. The NRSP is available for public review
and comments. Two public meetings are scheduled to obtain your comments
on the Draft NRSP, see DATES for details.
DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments should be received on or before August 10th, 2009. Two public meetings will be held where you will have opportunities to ask questions about the NRSP and provide formal comments. The meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
July 21th: Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument conference room, 6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Suite 300, Honolulu, HI 96825.
July 23th: Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 308 Kamehameha Ave, Suite 203, Hilo, HI, 96720.
ADDRESSES: The Draft NRSP is available on the FWS and NOAA Web site http://hawaiireef.noaa.gov/research/welcome.html.
You may provide written comments on the Draft NRSP by any of the following methods:
U.S. Mail: Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Attn: Science Plan Comments, 6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Suite 300, Honolulu HI, 96825; or
Fax: to (808) 397-2662; or
Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NOAA will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, Wordperfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: T. `Aulani Wilhelm, Monument Superintendent (NOAA); 6600 Kalanianaole Highway, 300, Honolulu, HI 96825; (808) 397-2660.
AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.
SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.
Time and Date: The meeting will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2009 from 10:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 23, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the web page http://www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.
Place: The meeting will be held both days at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, California 90802. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov for confirmation of the venue and for directions.
Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30- minute public comment period on July 22 at 3 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by July 16, 2009 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after July 16, 2009, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Matters to be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan for SAB comments; (2) National Weather Service Strategic Plan; (3) Marine Transportation in the U.S.; (4) NOAA's Marine Transportation Programs, Commerce and Transportation Goal; (5) Panel Discussion on NOAA's Transportation Services; and (6) Updates from the Ocean Exploration, Oceans and Health, and Ecosystem Sciences and Management Working Groups.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459, E-mail: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov); or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.
SUMMARY: NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the Navy's Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) activities within the Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Keyport Range Complex and the associated proposed extensions for the period of September 2009 through September 2014. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take and requesting information, suggestions, and comments on these proposed regulations.
DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than August 6, 2009.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by 0648-AX11, by any one of the following methods:
Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov
Hand delivery or mailing of paper, disk, or CD-ROM: Comments should be addressed to Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225.
Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.
NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shane Guan, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 713-2289, ext. 137.
AGENCY: Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.
ACTION: Notice of an Open Meeting and Partially Closed Session.
SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of the National Board for Education Sciences. The notice also describes the functions of the Committee. Notice of this meeting is required by Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend the open portion of the meeting.
DATES: July 27, 2009.
Time: Open meeting, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed session, 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
ADDRESSES: 80 F Street, NW., Room 100, Washington, DC 20208
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Norma Garza, Executive Director, National Board for Education Sciences, 555 New Jersey Ave., NW., Room 627H, Washington, DC 20208; phone: (202) 219-2195; fax: (202) 219-1466; e-mail: Norma.Garza@ed.gov.
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877- 8339.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Notice of Decision Granting a Waiver of Clean Air Act Preemption for California's 2009 and Subsequent Model Year Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for New Motor Vehicles
SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting the California Air Resources Board's (CARB's) request for a waiver of Clean Air Act preemption to enforce its greenhouse gas emission standards for model year 2009 and later new motor vehicles. This decision is under section 209(b) of the Clean Air Act (the "Act"), as amended. This decision withdraws and replaces EPA's prior denial of the CARB's December 21, 2005 waiver request, which was published in the Federal Register on March 6, 2008.
DATES: Petitions for review must be filed by September 8, 2009.
ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0173. All documents and public comments in the docket are listed on the www.regulations.gov Web site. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air and Radiation Docket in the EPA Headquarters Library, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 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 holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is (202) 566-1744. The Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center's Web site is http://www.epa.gov/oar/docket.html. The electronic mail (e-mail) address for the Air and Radiation Docket is: a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov, the telephone number is (202) 566-1742 and the fax number is (202) 566-9744.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Specific questions may be addressed to David Dickinson, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Compliance and Innovative Strategies Division (6405J-NLD), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone: (202) 343-9256, e-mail: Dickinson.David@epa.gov.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.
ACTION: Notice of meetings.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education Office hereby gives notice that the National Environmental Education Advisory Council will hold public meetings by conference call on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, beginning with August 12, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. All times noted are eastern time. The purpose of these meetings is to provide the Council with the opportunity to advise the Environmental Education Division on its implementation of the National Environmental Protection Act of 1990. Requests for the draft agenda will be accepted up to 1 business day before the meeting.
DATES: This notice is applicable for the following dates: August 12, 2009. September 9, 2009. October 14, 2009. November 11, 2009. December 9, 2009. January 13, 2009.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Participation in the conference calls will be by teleconference only--meeting rooms will not be used. Members of the public may obtain the call-in number and access code for the call from Ginger Potter, the Designated Federal Officer, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Any member of the public interested in receiving a draft meeting agenda may contact Ginger Potter via any of the contact methods listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Ms. Ginger Potter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA National Environmental Education Advisory Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 564-0453. General information concerning NEEAC can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Ginger Potter as directed above. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Ginger Potter, preferable at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education Staff Office is soliciting applications of environmental education professionals for consideration on the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). There are currently three vacancies on the Advisory Council that must be filled: one State Department of Education (2009-2012); one Primary and Secondary Education (2009-2012) and one senior American (2009-2012). Additional avenues and resources may be utilized in the solicitation of applications.
DATES: Applications should be submitted by August 24, 2009 per instructions below.
ADDRESSES: Submit non-electronic application materials to Ginger Potter, Designated Federal Officer, National Environmental Education Advisory Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education (MC:1704A), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Ph: 202-564-0453, FAX: 202-564-2754, e-mail: email@example.com.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Request for Nominations, please contact Ms. Ginger Potter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA National Environmental Education Advisory Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 564-0453. General information concerning NEEAC can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed.
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: The SAB Staff Office is requesting the nomination of experts to augment the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) to review an EPA white paper on deriving estimates for the value of mortality risk reduction for use in cost-benefit analysis of EPA rules and regulations.
DATES: Nominations should be submitted by July 29, 2009, per instructions below.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9867; by fax at (202) 233- 0643; or via e-mail at Stallworth.email@example.com. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.
Proclamation 8395 of July 6, 2009
National Summer Learning Day, 2009
By the President of the United States of America
Like an athlete out of practice, a child who takes long breaks from learning can face academic setbacks. This problem is especially prominent during the summer, when students may lose more than two months of progress. Children must remain engaged to maintain and build upon their current academic achievement.
Learning loss can be especially pronounced among low- income children. Recent research suggests that unequal access to summer learning opportunities helps explain the achievement gap between low-income and affluent students. This gap ultimately means that low-income students may be less likely to graduate from high school or enroll in college.
High-quality summer learning programs help children catch up, keep up, and work ahead. These activities provide students with hours of focused time for hands- on learning and creative projects. Participation can result in gains in writing, reading, and math skills. Through the arts, sports, and other extracurricular activities, summer learning opportunities also promote innovation and physical fitness. These health benefits are especially important because childhood obesity is at an all-time high and children typically gain weight two to three times faster during the summer.
Sustained public service can also dramatically impact summer learning loss. Students can challenge themselves and others through mentoring, environmental projects, and other meaningful volunteer work. Youth and their communities both benefit from these activities. Local opportunities for service can be found at: Serve.gov.
Families and community members play the most important role in the lives of their children. Demands at work and home mean that many parents have less time to spend with their children, but this time, care, and instruction is critical to children's academic success. Especially during the summer, parents should try to find time to read interactively with children. When possible, families should visit public libraries, tour museums and science centers, and explore the great outdoors. Parents can also encourage youth to keep a journal and to practice math skills through cooking and games.
Even though summer has arrived, student learning needs do not take a vacation. On Summer Learning Day, we highlight the need for more young people to be challenged during their time off from school. We also express support for local programs, communities, and families that help children grow through learning initiatives. Working together, we can help students remain engaged and return to school with lithe and limber minds.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 9, 2009, as National Summer Learning Day. I call upon all Americans to support students as they participate in summer learning. I encourage students, parents, educators, and the non-profit community to engage in summer learning activities so that youth return to school poised for academic advancement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hereby publishing final "National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research" (Guidelines).
On March 9, 2009, President Barack H. Obama issued Executive Order 13505: Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells. The Executive Order states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Director of NIH, may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research, to the extent permitted by law.
These Guidelines implement Executive Order 13505, as it pertains to extramural NIH-funded stem cell research, establish policy and procedures under which the NIH will fund such research, and helps ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. Internal NIH policies and procedures, consistent with Executive Order 13505 and these Guidelines, will govern the conduct of intramural NIH stem cell research.
DATES: Effective Date: These Guidelines are effective on July 7, 2009.
Summary of Public Comments on Draft Guidelines: On April 23, 2009 the NIH published draft Guidelines for research involving hESCs in the Federal Register for public comment, 74 FR 18578 (April 23, 2009). The comment period ended on May 26, 2009.
The NIH received approximately 49,000 comments from patient advocacy groups, scientists and scientific societies, academic institutions, medical organizations, religious organizations, and private citizens. The NIH also received comments from members of Congress. This Notice presents the final Guidelines together with the NIH response to public comments that addressed provisions of the Guidelines.
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The NCEH/ATSDR is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC). The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC and Administrator, ATSDR; and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR, regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies' mission to protect and promote people's health. The Board provides advice and guidance to help NCEH/ATSDR work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill its mission in protecting America's health.
Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishments of the Board's objectives. Nominees will be selected from experts having experience in preventing human diseases and disabilities caused by environmental conditions. Experts in the disciplines of toxicology, epidemiology, environmental or occupational medicine, behavioral science, risk assessment, exposure assessment, and experts in public health and other related disciplines will be considered. Consideration is given to representation from diverse geographic areas, gender, ethnic and minority groups, and the disabled. Members may be invited to serve up to four-year terms. Nominees must be U.S. citizens.
The following information must be submitted for each candidate: Name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and current curriculum vitae. E-mail addresses are requested if available.
Nominations should be sent, in writing, and postmarked by November 30, 2009 to: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ ATSDR, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway (MS-F61), Chamblee, Georgia 30341. (E-mail address: sym6@CDC.GOV.) Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.
The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both CDC and the ATSDR.
AGENCY: Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. Appendix 2, notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold its twentieth meeting. The meeting will be open to the public.
DATE: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Wednesday, July 22, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The Sheraton National Hotel, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204. Phone: 703-521-1900.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), or Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; 240-453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are initiating 5-year status reviews of 23 species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We conduct these reviews to ensure that the classification of species as threatened or endangered on the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants is accurate. A 5-year review is an assessment of the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review.
DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct these reviews, we must receive your comments or information on or before September 4, 2009. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.
ADDRESSES: For instructions on how to submit information and review information we receive on these species, see "Request for New Information."
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For species-specific information, contact the appropriate person under "Request for New Information."