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Federal Register Summary for week of 8 June


  • Notice of Intent To Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44977, Aug. 29, 1995), this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to revise a currently approved information collection entitled, "Reporting Requirements for State Plans of Work for Agricultural Research and Extension Formula Funds.''

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by August 6, 2012 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this notice may be submitted by any of the following methods: Email:; Fax: 202- 720-0857; Mail: Office of Information Technology (OIT), NIFA, USDA, STOP 2216, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2216.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gidel Mendez, eGovernment Program Leader; Email:

  • Education

  • National Board for Education Sciences; Meeting

    AGENCY: ED, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.

    ACTION: Notice of an Open Meeting.

    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 meeting.

    DATES: June 20, 2012. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: 80 F Street NW., Room 100, Washington, DC 20001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monica Herk, Executive Director, National Board for Education Sciences, 555 New Jersey Ave. NW., Room 602 K, Washington, DC, 20208; phone:(202) 208-3491; fax: (202) 219- 1466; email:

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska--Peer Review Panel Members and Charge Questions

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability and public comment period.

    SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the peer review panel members assembled by an independent contractor to evaluate the draft document titled, "An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska'' (EPA-910-R-12-004a-c). EPA is also announcing a three week public comment period for the draft charge questions to be provided to the peer review panel. The assessment was prepared by the U.S. EPA's Region 10 Office (Pacific Northwest and Alaska), EPA's Office of Water, and EPA's Office of Research and Development. The U.S. EPA conducted this assessment to determine the significance of Bristol Bay's ecological resources and evaluate the potential impacts of large- scale mining on these resources.

    DATES: The public comment period begins June 5, 2012, and ends June 26, 2012. Comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by June 26, 2012.

    Availability: Draft charge questions are provided below. Copies of the draft charge questions are also available via the Internet on the EPA Region 10 Bristol Bay Web site at The draft document "An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska'' is also available on the Internet on the EPA Region 10 Bristol Bay Web site at A limited number of paper copies of the draft charge questions are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703- 347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, your mailing address, and title, "Peer Review Charge Questions on An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska.''

    Comments on the draft charge questions may be submitted electronically via, by email, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/courier. Please follow the detailed instructions 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: 202-566-9744; or email:

    For technical information concerning the report, contact Judy Smith; telephone: 503-326-6994; facsimile: 503-326-3399; or email:

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Great Outdoors Month, 2012

    Proclamation 8833 of June 1, 2012

    Great Outdoors Month, 2012

    America's natural treasures and unique landscapes have always mirrored the rugged independence and cherished diversity that define our national character. From rocky coasts to lush woodlands to urban parks, our great outdoors have set the scene for countless adventures, trials, and triumphs. During Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate our long legacy of environmental stewardship and resolve to preserve clean and healthy outdoor spaces for generations to come.

    Thanks to centuries of forward-thinking Americans--from leaders like Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt to private citizens and neighborhood groups--our lives have been enriched by a tremendous array of natural beauty. To uphold this tradition, I was proud to launch the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. Building on input from tens of thousands of people across our country, we are joining with communities, landowners, sportsmen, businesses, and partners at every level of government to reconnect Americans with the natural world and lay the foundation for a more sustainable planet. Through the Initiative, we are also helping support farms and ranches that provide our Nation with food, fiber, and energy. The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps is empowering our Nation's youth to restore and protect our public lands and waters through meaningful jobs and service opportunities. And First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Outside! initiative is encouraging children and families to explore the outdoors and engage in outdoor recreation as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

    Protecting our environment is not only a duty to our children; it is an economic imperative. Visitors to our public lands contribute billions of dollars to local economies, and I am committed to supporting this engine of growth. As part of our National Travel and Tourism Strategy, my Administration is working to increase visits to our national parks and scenic places. This initiative will help support small businesses and drive job growth across our country.

    Great Outdoors Month is a time for all Americans to share in the natural splendor of which we are all proud inheritors. Whether camping, fishing, rock climbing, or playing in a neighborhood park, nature offers each of us the opportunity to get active, explore, and strengthen our bonds with family and friends. This month, let us celebrate our natural heritage by experiencing it together.

    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 June 2012 as Great Outdoors Month. I urge all Americans to explore the great outdoors and to uphold our Nation's legacy of conserving our lands and waters for future generations.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

  • National Oceans Month, 2012

    Proclamation 8836 of June 1, 2012

    National Oceans Month, 2012

    Our oceans help feed our Nation, fuel our economic engine, give mobility to our Armed Forces, and provide a place for rest and recreation. Healthy oceans, coasts, and waterways are among our most valuable resources--driving growth, creating jobs, and supporting businesses across America. During National Oceans Month, we reaffirm our commitment to the oceans and celebrate the myriad benefits they bring to all Americans.

    From tourism and fishing to international commerce and renewable energy production, coastal and waterside communities help maintain vital sectors of our Nation's economy. Yet, while our livelihoods are inseparable from the health of these natural systems, our oceans are under threat from pollution, coastal development, overfishing, and climate change. That is why I established our first ever comprehensive National Ocean Policy. The Policy lays out a science-based approach to conservation and management, and brings together Federal, State, local, and tribal governments with all those who have a stake in our oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes--including recreational and commercial fishermen, boaters, offshore and coastal industries, environmental groups, scientists, and the public. Through the Policy, we have already expanded access to information and tools to support ocean planning efforts. Together, I am confident we will sustain these precious ecosystems and the diverse activities they support.

    President John F. Kennedy once told us, "We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea--whether it is to sail or to watch it--we are going back from whence we came.'' During National Oceans Month, let us celebrate our heritage as a seafaring Nation by instilling an ethic of good ocean stewardship in all Americans.

    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 June 2012 as National Oceans Month. I call upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)--Ethics Subcommittee (ES)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the CDC announces the following meeting of the aforementioned subcommittee:

    Time and Date: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, June 29, 2012.

    Place: Teleconference.

    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the availability of telephone ports. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period. A public comment period is tentatively scheduled for 12 p.m.-12:15 p.m. To participate in the teleconference, please dial (877) 928-1204 and enter code 4305992.

    Purpose: The ES will provide counsel to the ACD, CDC, regarding a broad range of public health ethics questions and issues arising from programs, scientists and practitioners.

    Matters To Be Discussed: Agenda items will include the following: Addition of ethics standards to the accreditation process for public health departments; ethical considerations relating to use of travel restrictions for the control of communicable diseases and possible revisions to CDC's standard operating procedures; progress on developing practical tools to assist state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments in their efforts to address public health ethics challenges; approaches for evaluating the impact of public health ethics; and strategies for increasing collaboration between public health ethics and public health law.

    The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Drue Barrett, Ph.D., Designated Federal Officer, ACD, CDC-ES, 1600 Clifton Road NE., M/S D-50, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. Telephone: (404) 639-4690. Email:

    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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

  • Interior

  • Announcement of the U.S. Geological Survey Science Strategy Planning Feedback Process

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Feedback Process.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Geological Survey is creating 10-year strategies for each of its Mission Areas: Climate and Land Use Change, Core Science Systems, Ecosystems, Energy and Minerals, Environmental Health, Natural Hazards, and Water. This process involves gathering input from the public on draft strategy documents. Feedback can be offered at

    DATES: The comment period on questions and drafts closes at midnight on August 1, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Listed below are contacts for each USGS Mission Area:

    Global Change

    Core Science Systems


    Energy and Minerals

    Environmental Health

    Natural Hazards


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