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Federal Register Summary for week of 17 December


  • Notice Requesting Nominations for the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Marine Protected Areas Center, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice requesting nominations for the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee.

    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce is seeking nominations for membership on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee was established to advise the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Interior in implementing Section 4 of Executive Order 13158, specifically on strategies and priorities for developing the national system of marine protected areas (MPAs) and on practical approaches to further enhance and expand protection of new and existing MPAs.

    Nominations are sought for highly qualified non-Federal scientists, resource managers, and people representing other interests or organizations involved with or affected by marine conservation including in the Great Lakes. Six members of the Committee have terms that expire October 31, 2011, and nominations are sought to fill these vacancies.

    Individuals seeking membership on the Advisory Committee should possess demonstrable expertise in a related field or represent a stakeholder interest affected by MPAs. Nominees also will be evaluated based on the following factors: marine policy experience, leadership and organization skills, region of country represented, and diversity characteristics. The membership reflects the Department's commitment to attaining balance and diversity. The full text of the Advisory Committee Charter and its current membership can be viewed at the Agency's Web page at

    DATES: Nominations must be postmarked on or before February 15, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to: Kara Yeager, National Marine Protected Areas Center, NOAA, 1305 East West Highway, Rm 9136, Silver Spring, MD 20910. E-mail: E-mail nominations are acceptable.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kara Yeager, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East-West Highway, Building 4, Station 9136, 301-713 3100 ext. 162.

  • Science Advisory Board; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for: Wednesday, December 22 from 11-12 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3, Room 12836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD.

    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:

  • Education

  • Supplemental Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs; Notice

    AGENCY: Department of Education.

    ACTION: Notice of final supplemental priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs.

    SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education announces priorities and definitions to be used for any appropriate discretionary grant program in fiscal year (FY) 2011 and future years. We take this action to focus Federal financial assistance on expanding the number of Department programs and projects that support activities in areas of greatest educational need. We are establishing these priorities on a Department- wide basis. This action permits the Department to use, as appropriate for particular discretionary grant programs, one or more of these priorities in any discretionary grant competition. We also announce definitions of key terms used in these priorities.

    DATES: Effective Date: These priorities and definitions are effective January 14, 2011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margo Anderson, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4W311, Washington, DC 20202- 5910. Telephone: (202) 205-3010 or by e-mail at:

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Public Information Exchange on EPA Nanomaterial Case Studies

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting to Receive Comments and Questions and To Provide Information on EPA Nanomaterial Case Studies and Their Purpose

    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a public meeting to receive comments and questions on the EPA Nanomaterial Case Studies (; This meeting will also afford EPA an opportunity to highlight the Nanomaterial Case Studies and how they are being used as part of an ongoing process to refine a long-term research strategy to support the comprehensive environmental assessment of nanomaterials.

    All interested public parties are requested to register to attend this workshop. Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Comments may be submitted in writing or as brief oral statements during specified periods of the meeting. EPA intends to consider all such comments in evaluating whether or how to develop further case studies and workshops on nanomaterials.

    DATES: The Public Information Exchange Meeting on the EPA Nanomaterial Case Studies will be held on January 4, 2011, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending no later than 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Written comments should be submitted to EPA by December 28, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: The Public Information Exchange Meeting on the EPA Nanomaterial Case Studies will be held at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, NC. To attend the workshop, please register no later than December 28, 2010, preferably by sending an e-mail to Alternatively, you may register by calling Ms. Amalia Marenberg at ICF International at (919) 293-1624.

    EPA welcomes public attendance at the Public Information Exchange Meeting on the EPA Nanomaterial Case Studies and will make every effort to accommodate persons with disabilities. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, or if you have any other questions related to this meeting, please contact Ms. Amalia Marenberg of ICF International at (919) 293-1624.

  • Interior

  • 30-Day Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on U.S. Nominations to the World Heritage List and Potential Additions to the U.S. World Heritage Tentative List

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY: This is a first notice for the public to comment on the next potential U.S. nominations from the U.S. World Heritage Tentative List to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List, and on possible additions to the Tentative List. This notice complies with 36 CFR 73.7(c).

    The U.S. World Heritage Tentative List (formerly referred to as the Indicative Inventory) appears at the end of this notice. The current Tentative List was transmitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on January 24, 2008, and includes properties that appear to qualify for World Heritage status and which may be considered for nomination by the United States to the World Heritage List. Any property nominated to the World Heritage List must have been on the Tentative List for at least a year prior to its nomination, according to the Operational Guidelines of the World Heritage Committee.

    The preparation of the Tentative List provides multiple opportunities for the public to comment on which sites to include, as part of a process that also included recommendations by the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, a Federal Advisory Commission to the U.S. Department of State.

    The U.S. Department of the Interior is now considering whether to nominate any of the properties on the Tentative List to the World Heritage List. The Department will consider public comments received during this comment period and the advice of the Federal Interagency Panel for World Heritage in making a final decision on future nominations. Comments may also be made on suggestions for additions to the Tentative List, although the Department is not required to make additions to the List.

    DATES: Comments upon whether to nominate any of the properties on the Tentative List or for properties to be added to the Tentative List will be accepted on or before thirty days from the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

    If a site is selected by the Department for nomination, public notice will be made of the decision. The site's owner(s) will be responsible, in cooperation with the National Park Service, for preparing the draft nomination in the nomination format required by the World Heritage Committee and for gathering documentation in support of it. Legal protective measures must be in place before a property may be nominated. Any such nominations must be received from the preparers by the National Park Service in substantially complete draft form by a date on or near July 15, 2011. Such draft nominations will be reviewed, amended if necessary, and if considered by the Department to be technically and substantively adequate, provided to the World Heritage Centre for technical review no later than September 30, 2011. The Centre would then provide comments by November 14, 2011, with final submittal to the World Heritage Centre by the Department of the Interior through the Department of State by January 30, 2012. Any nomination submitted by that date will be considered by the World Heritage Committee at its meeting in the summer of 2013. The Committee, composed of representatives of 21 nations elected as the governing body of the World Heritage Convention, makes the final decisions on which nominations to accept on the World Heritage List. If a nomination cannot be completed in accordance with this timeline, work may continue on the nomination for possible submission to UNESCO in a subsequent year.

    ADDRESSES: Please provide all comments directly to Jonathan Putnam, Office of International Affairs, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street, NW. (0050), Washington, DC 20005 or by e-mail to: Phone: 202-354-1809. Fax 202-371-1446. All comments will be a matter of public record. Before including an address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in a comment, please be aware that the entire comment--including personal identifying information--may be made public at any time. While you can request that personal identifying information be withheld from public review, it may not be possible to comply with this request.

    Comments on whether to nominate any of the properties on the Tentative List or whether to add properties to the Tentative List should address the qualifications of the properties for World Heritage listing. The World Heritage nomination criteria can be found on the National Park Service Office of International Affairs Web site Suggestions for additions to the Tentative List should also address the U.S. legal prerequisites noted in the Supplementary Information below.

    All public comments are welcomed and will be summarized and provided to Department of the Interior officials, who will obtain the advice of the Federal Interagency Panel for World Heritage before making any selection of properties for World Heritage nomination. The selection may include the following considerations:

    • (i) How well the particular type of property (i.e., theme or region) is represented on the World Heritage List;
    • (ii) The balance between cultural and natural properties already on the List and those under consideration;
    • (iii) Opportunities the property affords for public visitation, interpretation, and education;
    • (iv) Potential threats to the property's integrity or its current state of preservation; and,
    • (v) Other relevant factors, including public interest and awareness of the property, and the likelihood of being able to complete a satisfactory nomination according to the timeline described above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Putnam, 202-354-1809 or April Brooks, 202-354-1808. General information about U.S. participation in the World Heritage Program and the process used to develop the Tentative List is posted on the Office of International Affairs Web site at

    Only the 13 properties or groups of properties included in the U.S. Tentative List are eligible to be considered for nomination by the United States to the World Heritage List at this time. One property on the List, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, was nominated in 2009 and listed as a World Heritage Site in 2010. Brief descriptions of the properties appear on the Web site just noted.

    To request a paper copy of the U.S. Tentative List, please contact April Brooks, Office of International Affairs, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street, NW. (0050) Washington, DC 20005. E-mail:

    For the World Heritage nomination Format, see the World Heritage Centre Web site at

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Partially Closed Meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Public notice.

    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App.

    DATES: January 7, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street, NW., Room Junior Ballrooms 2-3, Washington, DC.

    Type of Meeting: Open and Closed.

    Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on January 7, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Open Portion of Meeting: During this open meeting, PCAST is tentatively scheduled to hear presentations on agriculture research and development, the National Science Foundation, synthetic biology, national security, and international affairs. PCAST members will also discuss reports they are developing on the topics of advanced manufacturing and biodiversity preservation and ecosystem sustainability. Additional information and the agenda will be posted at the PCAST Web site at:

    Closed Portion of the Meeting: PCAST may hold a closed meeting of approximately 1 hour with the President on January 7, 2011, which must take place in the White House for the President's scheduling convenience and to maintain Secret Service protection. This meeting will be closed to the public because such portion of the meeting is likely to disclose matters that are to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1). The precise date and time of this potential meeting has not yet been determined.

    Public Comments: It is the policy of the PCAST to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The PCAST expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements.

    The public comment period for this meeting will take place on January 7, 2011 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on the PCAST Web site at This public comment period is designed only for substantive commentary on PCAST's work, not for business marketing purposes.

    Oral Comments: To be considered for the public speaker list at the meeting, interested parties should register to speak at, no later than 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, December 22, 2010. Phone or e-mail reservations will not be accepted. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 30 minutes. If more speakers register than there is space available on the agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from among those who applied. Those not selected to present oral comments may always file written comments with the committee. Speakers are requested to bring at least 25 copies of their oral comments for distribution to the PCAST members.

    Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST at least two weeks prior to each meeting date, December 22, 2010, so that the comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to the meeting for their consideration. Information regarding how to submit comments and documents to PCAST is available at in the section entitled "Connect with PCAST.''

    Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, including being posted on the PCAST Web site.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event is expected to be available at The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Deborah D. Stine, PCAST Executive Director, at, (202) 456-6006. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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