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Federal Register Summary for week of 24 December

    Arctic Research Commission

  • Meeting Notice

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 95th meeting in Anchorage, AK, on January 21, 2011. The business session, open to the public, will convene at 9 a.m.

    The Agenda items include:

    1. Call to order and approval of the agenda.
    2. Approval of the minutes from the 94th meeting.
    3. Commissioners and staff reports.
    4. Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research
    5. activities.

    The focus of the meeting will be reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting the Arctic.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact Person for Further Information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board; Ecological Processes and Effects Committee Augmented for Ballast Water

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC). The SAB EPEC, augmented with other experts, will discuss their draft report about the effectiveness of shipboard ballast water treatment processes and ways to improve future assessments of ballast water treatment systems to minimize the impacts of invasive species in vessel ballast water discharge.

    DATES: The meeting dates are Tuesday, January 25, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Wednesday, January 26, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at The Madison Hotel, 1177 15th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information about this meeting may contact Ms. Iris Goodman, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Ms. Goodman may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail; (202) 564-2164 fax (202) 265-2098; or e- mail at

  • Health and Human Services

  • Good Laboratory Practice for Nonclinical Laboratory Studies

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking comment on whether to amend the regulations governing good laboratory practices (GLPs). The Agency decided that to require a GLP quality system for all facilities/laboratories, as well as to more completely address nonclinical studies as they are presently conducted, the Agency would need to modify the existing regulations.

    DATES: Submit either electronic or written comments by February 22, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the Docket No. FDA- 2010-N-0548, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Written Submissions

    Submit written submissions in the following ways:

    Fax: 301-827-6870.

    Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. All comments received may be posted without change to, including any personal information provided. For additional information on submitting comments, see the "Comments'' heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to and insert the docket number, found in the brackets in the heading of this document, into the "Search'' box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: C. T. Viswanathan, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 5346, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301- 796-3394.

  • National Science Foundation

  • Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology

    AGENCY: National Coordination Office (NCO) for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, National Science Foundation.

    SUBJECT: Request for Information: Report "Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology''.

    ACTION: Request for Information (RFI).

    SUMMARY: Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program; National Coordination Office (NCO); Request for Information (RFI) Regarding the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report Entitled "Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology''

    This document is a request for comments on strategies for meeting the goals and recommendations of the recently released PCAST report on networking and information technology research and development (see

    DATES: Comment Date: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on January 31, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods (please do not submit duplicate comments).

    Electronically: You may submit electronic comments on this request for information at Emailed comments will be accepted at Attachments should be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF formats.

    Regular, Express, Overnight Mail, or Courier: National Coordination Office for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Suite II-405, Arlington, VA 22230. Please submit one original and two copies. Please also allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joan Stanley, National Coordination Office for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program, 703-292-4873.

  • Tennessee Valley Authority

  • Meeting of the Regional Resource Stewardship Council

    AGENCY: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

    ACTION: Notice of Meeting.

    SUMMARY: The TVA Regional Resource Stewardship Council (RRSC) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 20, 2011, to consider various matters.

    The RRSC was established to advise TVA on its natural resource stewardship activities. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2.

    The management of the Tennessee Valley reservoirs and the lands adjacent to them has long been an integral component of TVA's mission. As part of implementing the TVA Environmental Policy, TVA is developing a Natural Resource Plan (NRP) that will help prioritize techniques for the management of TVA's biological and cultural resource management activities, recreation management activities, water resource protection and improvement activities, and lands planning. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, TVA is also developing an accompanying Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in which TVA will evaluate the preferred strategy for the NRP, as well as other viable alternative strategies. TVA would like to utilize the RRSC as a key stakeholder group throughout the development of the NRP to advise TVA on the issues, tradeoffs, and focus of environmental stewardship activities. At the January 2011 meeting, TVA will be seeking advice from the RRSC on issues regarding the key programs in each resource area, the management options and scenario planning described in the NRP, and the valuation of natural resource programs.

    The meeting agenda includes the following:

    1. Introductions
    2. Natural Resource Plan Overview; Options for the management of biological, cultural, water, and recreational resources, and lands planning; Valuation of natural resource programs
    3. RRSC Discussion Topic: The scope of the programs included in the resource area components of the NRP (e.g., Biological and Cultural Resource Management, Reservoir Lands Planning, Water Resources, and Recreation) and the valuation and weighting of benefits stemming from such programs
    4. Public Comments
    5. RRSC Discussion and Advice

    The TVA RRSC will hear opinions and views of citizens by providing a public comment session. The public comment session will be held at 10:00 a.m., EST, on Thursday, January 20. Persons wishing to speak are requested to register at the door by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 20 and will be called on during the public comment period. Handout materials should be limited to one printed page. Written comments are also invited and may be mailed to the Regional Resource Stewardship Council, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, January 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, EST.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Read House, 827 Broad Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402, and will be open to the public. Anyone needing special access or accommodations should let the contact below know at least one week in advance.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Keel, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902, (865) 632-6113.

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