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Federal Register Summary for week of 22 April


  • Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting

    AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend an open meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board.

    DATES: May 11 and 12, 2011, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., open to the public.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the United States Department of Agriculture George Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Room 4-2223, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Natalie Worku, Plant Variety Protection Office, Science and Technology Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 10301 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705. Telephone number (301) 504- 5518, fax (301) 504-5291, or e-mail:

  • Solicitation of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Solicitation for membership.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations to fill 8 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: Deadline for Advisory Board member nominations is July 12, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, and completed Form AD-755 must be sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 3901, South Building, Washington, DC 20250-2255.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: J. Robert Burk, Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 3870, South Building, Washington, DC 20250-2255, telephone: 202-720-3684; fax: 202- 720-6199; e-mail:

  • Defense

  • Meeting of the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP) will hold a meeting. The meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, May 2, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Members of the public should submit their comments in advance of the meeting to the meeting Point of Contact.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., 4th Floor, Washington DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Charles L. Vincent, Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 22203-1995, telephone 703-696-4118.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice of open meeting is provided in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2). The meeting will include discussions on ocean research, resource management, and other current issues in the ocean science and management communities; including, the review and development of Strategic Action Plans for the National Ocean Council. There is a possibility that this meeting may be cancelled. If so, this would be posted on the ORRAP Web site at

  • Energy

  • Environmental Management Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of call for nominations for appointment to the Environmental Management Advisory Board.

    SUMMARY: This notice constitutes an open call to the public to submit nominations for membership on the Environmental Management Advisory Board.

    DATES: Nominations will be accepted through May 13, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Environmental Management Advisory Board (EM-42), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristen G. Ellis, Designated Federal Officer, Environmental Management Advisory Board (EM-42), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Phone (202) 586-5810; fax (202) 586-0293 or e-mail:

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System--Cooling Water Intake Structures at Existing Facilities and Phase I Facilities; Proposed Rule

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY: This proposed rule would establish requirements under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for all existing power generating facilities and existing manufacturing and industrial facilities that withdraw more than 2 million gallons per day (MGD) of water from waters of the U.S. and use at least twenty-five (25) percent of the water they withdraw exclusively for cooling purposes. The proposed national requirements, which would be implemented through National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, would establish national requirements applicable to the location, design, construction, and capacity of cooling water intake structures at these facilities by setting requirements that reflect the best technology available (BTA) for minimizing adverse environmental impact. The proposed rule constitutes EPA's response to the remand of the Phase II existing facility rule and the remand of the existing facilities portion of the Phase III rule. In addition, EPA is also responding to the decision in Riverkeeper I and proposing to remove from the Phase I new facility rule the restoration-based compliance alternative and the associated monitoring and demonstration requirements. EPA expects this proposed regulation would minimize adverse environmental impacts, including substantially reducing the harmful effects of impingement and entrainment. As a result, the Agency anticipates this proposed rule would help protect ecosystems affected by cooling water intake structures and preserve aquatic organisms and the ecosystems they inhabit in waters used by cooling water intake structures at existing facilities.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 19, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2008-0667 by one of the following methods: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    E-mail:, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OW-2008-0667.

    Mail: Water Docket, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 4203M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0667. Please include a total of 3 copies. In addition, please mail a copy of your comments on information collection provisions to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attn: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th St., NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Hand Delivery: Water Docket, EPA Docket Center, EPA West Building Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0667. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information by calling 202-566-2426.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008- 0667. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through or e-mail. The Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in or in hard copy at the Water Docket in the EPA Docket Center, EPA/DC, EPA West, 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 legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is 202-566-1744, and the telephone number for the Water Docket is 202-566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional technical information, contact Paul Shriner at 202-566-1076; e-mail: For additional economic information, contact Erik Helm at 202-566-1049; e- mail: For additional biological information, contact Tom Born at 202-566-1001; e-mail:

  • Executive Office of the President

  • National Park Week, 2011

    Proclamation 8656 of April 15, 2011

    National Park Week, 2011

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    Every day, America's national parks--from the smallest historic sites to the largest natural spaces-- contribute to our Nation's collective health and spirit. These places preserve our unique history and iconic symbols. They protect ecosystems and serve as reservoirs of biodiversity. They are sources of natural sounds, clean water, and fresh air. Our parks provide accessible, safe, and affordable places to appreciate the bounty of our land. They offer opportunities for wholesome outdoor recreation, which can improve the health and vitality of all Americans.

    In no place is America's natural and historic legacy more evident than our extraordinary collection of 394 national parks. "Healthy Parks, Healthy People,'' the focus for this year's National Park Week, highlights the role of public lands--whether an iconic national park or a local green space--in connecting human and environmental well-being. To encourage citizens to spend time in national parks, all entrance fees will be waived during National Park Week. All Americans can visit to find nearby parks where history can be discovered and nature explored.

    America is fortunate to have a long history of conservation pioneers, like President Theodore Roosevelt, who understood the value of protecting our most precious landscapes. My Administration is building on this legacy with the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, designed to create a 21st-century conservation ethic and reconnect Americans with our natural, cultural, and historic heritage. We are working to ensure more American children have access to safe and clean parks and open spaces close to their homes. We will better support the farmers, ranchers, and private landowners that help protect rural landscapes and we will manage our public lands and waters with a renewed commitment to sound stewardship and resilience. As part of this responsibility, Federal agencies are also partnering with the First Lady's "Let's Move!'' initiative on "Let's Move Outside!,'' a program that connects young people and their families to the outdoors to encourage healthy recreation.

    The National Park Service, with 84 million acres of land and 17,000 miles of trails, works with environmental groups, scientists, business innovators, and health-care providers to promote physical activity in parks. Every Federal dollar invested in our national parks generates benefits for State and local economies. Beyond park boundaries, the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program works with communities to create and enhance local parks, revitalize rivers, preserve valuable open spaces, and develop trail and greenway networks that provide close-to-home outdoor opportunities for everyone--from children to seniors--to get outside, get healthy, and have fun.

    During National Park Week, we reaffirm our need to maintain connections to the natural world. Whether on the open range or in the heart of a bustling city, each of us can work to conserve our lands and reinforce the importance of setting aside beautiful places for inspiration, relaxation, and recreation for all people.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 16 through April 24, 2011, as National Park Week. I encourage all Americans to visit their national parks and be reminded of these unique blessings we share as a Nation.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl--Appendix C

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of document availability; reopening of comment period.

    SUMMARY: On September 15, 2010, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced the availability of the Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) for public review and comment. We are reopening the comment period on an updated version of Appendix C of that document, which describes the development of a spotted owl habitat modeling tool.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by May 23, 2011.

    ADDRESSES: Document availability: Electronic copies of the draft revised recovery plan and the updated version of Appendix C are available online at: Printed loose-leaf copies of the updated version of Appendix C are available by request from Diana Acosta, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Ste. 100, Portland, OR 97266 (phone: 503-231-6179). Comment submission: Written comments regarding the updated version of Appendix C should be addressed to the above Portland address or sent by e-mail to:

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brendan White at the above address and phone number.

  • Marine Mammal Commission

  • Sunshine Act Notice

    TIME AND DATE: The Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals will meet on Tuesday, 10 May 2011, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 May 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, 12 May 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Commission and the Committee will meet in executive session on Tuesday, 10 May 2011, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    PLACE: Astor Crown Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130; telephone: 504-962-0500; fax: 504-962-0503.

    STATUS: The executive session will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b) and applicable regulations. The session will be for internal discussions of process, personnel, and the budget of the Commission. All other portions of the meeting will be open to the public. Public participation will be allowed as time permits and as determined to be desirable by the Chairman.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Commission and Committee will meet in public session to discuss a broad range of marine ecosystem and marine mammal matters with a focus on the Gulf of Mexico and the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine ecosystems. Although subject to change, other major issues that the Commission plans to consider at the meeting include conservation and protection of Florida manatees, Cook Inlet beluga whales in Alaska, and vaquita in the Gulf of California; and Arctic oil and gas development and risks.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Suzanne Montgomery, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Marine Mammal Commission, 4340 East-West Highway, Room 700, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301-504-0087; e-mail:

  • National Science Foundation

  • National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meetings; Notice

    The National Science Board's Task Force on Merit Review (MR), pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business and other matters specified, as follows:

    DATE and TIME: April 25, 2011, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Task Force Chairman's Opening Remarks, Discussion of Task Force Recommendations and Task Force Chairman's Closing Remarks.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. A phone number for listening-in is not available. If the general public is interested in listening-in to this meeting held by teleconference, room 110 will be available at Stafford Place I, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office [call 703-292-7000 or send an e-mail message to] at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference and provide name and organizational affiliation. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the teleconference to receive a visitor's badge.

    UPDATES AND POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at Point of contact for this meeting is: Kim Silverman, National Science Board Office, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-7000.

  • State

  • Notice of Availability of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline Project

    AGENCY: Department of State.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.

    SUMMARY: Consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Department of State (DOS) has prepared a supplemental draft environmental impact statement (SDEIS) for the proposed TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP (TransCanada) Keystone XL Project (Project). On September 19, 2008, TransCanada filed an application for a Presidential Permit for the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of a pipeline and associated facilities at the border of the U.S. and Canada for the transport of crude oil across the U.S.-Canada international boundary. The Secretary of State is designated and empowered to receive all applications for Presidential Permits, as referred to in Executive Order 13337, as amended, for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance, at the borders of the United States, of facilities for the exportation or importation of petroleum, petroleum products, coal, or other fuels to or from a foreign country. TransCanada has requested authorization to construct and operate border crossing facilities at the U.S.-Canadian border in Phillips County, near Morgan, Montana, in connection with its proposed international pipeline project (Keystone XL Project) that is designed to transport Canadian crude oil production from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) to destinations in the south central United States, including to a new tank farm in Cushing, Oklahoma, and to delivery points in the Port Arthur and East Houston areas of Texas.

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