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Federal Register Summary for week of 3 September


  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Department of Energy, Office of Science.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, September 17, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Hilton Hotel, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Thomassen, Designated Federal Officer, BERAC, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-23/Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. Phone 301-903-9817; fax (301) 903-5051 or e-mail: The most current information concerning this meeting can be found on the Web site:

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • A Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Application in the Chesapeake Bay

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public comment period.

    SUMMARY: The EPA is announcing a 60-day public comment period for the draft document titled, "A Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decision: Application in the Chesapeake Bay'' (EPA/600/R-10/096a). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development.

    In the 2010 Executive Order (EO) Strategy entitled, Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, EPA has committed to "minimize the vulnerability of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to adverse impacts from climate change.'' The EO Strategy also commits EPA to ensuring that "TMDL allocations account for climate change impacts [by working] in conjunction with the states to conduct an analysis by 2017 to consider accounting for uncertainties of climate change in TMDL allocations.'' To accomplish this, it is necessary to understand the rates at which conditions are changing and are projected to change in the future; how various factors, such as land-use changes, interact with climate change impacts; and the likely consequences for water quality, habitats, fish and wildlife and communities. This draft report presents a systematic approach for evaluating these factors and practices for their relative potential effectiveness in ameliorating climate changes impacts. The report also includes the results of applying this approach in a pilot assessment of management practices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The practices evaluated could be used for both nutrient and sediment reductions, and also to ameliorate the effects of climate change on water quality that will ultimately inform the 2017 reassessment for Bay restoration.

    The public comment period and the external peer-review workshop, which will be scheduled at a later date and announced in the Federal Register, are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA intends to forward public comments that are submitted in accordance with this notice to the external peer-review panel prior to the meeting for their consideration. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.

    EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

    DATES: The 60-day public comment period begins August 31, 2010, and ends November 1, 2010. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by November 1, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The draft "A Method To Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Application in the Chesapeake Bay'' is available via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team (IMT), NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, and the document title, "A Method To Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Application in the Chesapeake Bay.''

    Comments may be submitted electronically via, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions as provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or e-mail:

    If you need technical information about the document, please contact Susan Julius, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA); telephone: 703-347-8619; facsimile: 703-347-8694; e-mail:

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Chartered SAB to receive briefings from EPA and EPA Federal advisory committee representatives and to continue the SAB's discussions with EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) concerning EPA's strategic research directions. The SAB will also quality review one draft report.

    DATES: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the meeting may contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564- 2218, fax (202) 202-565-2098; or e-mail at General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Biodefense Science Board

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding a public meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The NBSB will hold a public meeting on September 22, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    ADDRESSES: Washington, DC Metro Area. The venue details will be posted on the NBSB webpage at as they become available.


  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), National Center for Environmental Health/ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR)

    Correction: This notice was published in the Federal Register on July 8, 2010, Volume 75, Number 130, Page 39265-39266. The notice for the aforementioned meeting has been changed to the following:

    The NCEH/ATSDR is soliciting nominations for consideration of membership on the BSC. The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC 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. Balanced membership will depend upon several factors, including: (1) The committee's mission; (2) the geographic, ethnic, social, economic, or scientific impact of the advisory committee's recommendations; (3) the types of specific perspectives required, for example, such as those of consumers, technical experts, the public at-large, academia, business, or other sectors; (4) the need to obtain divergent points of view on the issues before the advisory committee; and (5) the relevance of State, local, or tribal governments to the development of the advisory committee's recommendations. 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, 2010 to: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ ATSDR, CDC, 4770 Buford Highway (MS-F61), Chamblee, Georgia 30341. (E- mail address: sym6@CDC.GOV). Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.

    Candidates invited to serve will be asked to submit the "Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.'' This form allows CDC to determine whether there is a statutory conflict between that person's public responsibilities as a Special Government Employee and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a lack of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded at This form should not be submitted as part of a nomination.

    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 National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

  • Interior

  • Federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Risk Analysis Protocol

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability of draft revised research protocol; request for comments.

    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces the availability of the draft revised Federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Risk Analysis Protocol (Protocol), developed by the Research Protocol Committee, a committee of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF). The Protocol is available for public review and comment.

    DATES: Comments must be received within 45 days after August 31, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the draft revised Protocol are available on the ANSTF website, To obtain a hard copy of the draft revised Protocol or to submit comments, see Document Availability and Public Comment, respectively, under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret M. (Peg) Brady, NOAA Policy Liaison to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. 1315 East West Highway, SSMC 3, Rm. 15531 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone: 301-713-0174; Email:

  • Proposed Scientific Integrity Policy of the Department of the Interior

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY: We, the Department of the Interior, are proposing and seeking comment on a Department-wide policy to ensure the integrity of scientific activities in the Department.

    DATES: Submit comments by September 20, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Send comments to:

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan D. Thornhill, 1849 C Street, NW., MS 5428, Washington, DC 20240-0002, 202-208-6249.

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for International Science & Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering (25104).

    Date/Time: September 20, 2010; 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; September 21, 2009; 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Room 595, Arlington, VA 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Robert E. Webber, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230 (703) 292-7569.

    If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF, please contact the individual listed above so your name may be added to the building access list.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for research, education and related activities involving U.S. science and engineering working within a global context, as well as strategic efforts to promote a more effective NSF role in international science and engineering.

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