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Federal Register Summary for week of 24 August


  • Notice of Opportunity To Submit Content Request for the 2013 Census of Aquaculture

    AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, Department of Agriculture.

    ACTION: Notice and request for stakeholder input.

    SUMMARY: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS is currently accepting stakeholder feedback in the form of content requests for the 2013 Census of Aquaculture. This census is required by law under the "Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,'' Public Law 105-113 (7 U.S.C. 2204g).

    DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 1, 2012 to be assured consideration.

    ADDRESSES: Requests must address items listed in comments section below. Please submit requests online at: or via mail to: USDA-NASS, Census Content Team, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Rm. 5340, MS 2021, Washington, DC 20250.

    If you have any questions send an email to or call 1-800-727-9540.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR COMMENTS CONTACT: Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-4333.

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Intent To Renew and Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of intent and request for nominations.

    SUMMARY: We are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture intends to renew the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health (Committee). The Secretary has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest. We are also giving notice that the Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership for this Committee.

    DATES: Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before September 10, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. R.J. Cabrera, Designated Federal Official, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 35, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 8513478 (or 800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), email:

    ADDRESSES: Nomination packages may be sent by postal mail or commercial delivery to The Honorable Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health. Nomination packages may also be faxed to (301) 734-3121.

  • Commerce

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revisions to the Regulations for Impact Analyses of Critical Habitat

    AGENCIES: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the "Services'' or "we''), propose to revise our regulations pertaining to impact analyses conducted for designations of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). These changes are being proposed as directed by the President's February 28, 2012, memorandum, which directed us to take prompt steps to revise our regulations to provide that the economic analysis be completed and made available for public comment at the time of publication of a proposed rule to designate critical habitat.

    DATES: We will accept comments from all interested parties until October 23, 2012. Please note that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Search for FWS-R9-ES-2011-0073, which is the docket number for this rulemaking.

    U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R9-ES-2011-0073; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, PDM- 2042; Arlington, VA 22203.

    We will post all comments on This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Request for Information section below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Alt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Conservation and Classification, 4401 N Fairfax Drive, Suite 420, Arlington, VA 22203, telephone 703/358-2171; facsimile 703/358-1735; or Marta Nammack, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, telephone 301/713-1401; facsimile 301/713-0376. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office Request for Nominations of Experts for the SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations for technical experts to form an SAB ad hoc panel to provide advice through the chartered SAB on EPA's research related to hydraulic fracturing.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by September 11, 2012 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2134; by fax at (202) 565-2098 or via email at General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at Any inquiry regarding EPA's planned research efforts on the potential public health and environmental protection issues that may be associated with hydraulic fracturing should be directed to Ms. Cindy Roberts, EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD), at or (202) 564-1999. Media inquiries regarding EPA's hydraulic fracturing research results should be directed to Dayna Gibbons, EPA ORD, at or (202) 564-7983.

  • Health and Human Services

  • Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.

    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (Science Board).

    General Function of the Committee: The Science Board provides advice primarily to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other appropriate officials on specific complex scientific and technical issues important to the FDA and its mission, including emerging issues within the scientific community. Additionally, the Science Board provides advice to the Agency on keeping pace with technical and scientific developments including in regulatory science; and input into the Agency's research agenda; and on upgrading its scientific and research facilities and training opportunities. It will also provide, where requested, expert review of Agency-sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs.

    DATES: Date and Time: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (rm 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993. For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be webcast. The link for the webcast is available at Information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at:, under the heading "Resources for You,'' click on "Public Meetings at the FDA White Oak Campus.'' Please note that visitors to the White Oak Campus must enter through Building 1.

    Contact Person: Martha Monser, Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 4286, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796- 4627, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301- 443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), to find out further information regarding FDA advisory committee information. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: The Science Board will be presented with a draft charge to establish a new subcommittee to evaluate the Agency's continuing work to address the challenges identified in the Board's 2007 "Science and Mission at Risk'' Report. The Science Board will be provided with updates from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health Research Review subcommittee and the Global Health subcommittee. The Science Board will also hear progress updates on nanotechnology and the ongoing activities in the priority areas outlined in the Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science. Overviews of genomics activities at the National Center for Toxological Research and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research will be presented. Finally, the recipients of the FY2012 Scientific Achievement awards (selected by the Science Board) will provide overviews of the activities for which the awards were given.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before Wednesday, September 26, 2012. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Martha Monser at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: 30-Day Notice of Intention To Request Clearance of Collection of Information; Opportunity for Public Comment

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY: We (National Park Service) have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the information collection request (ICR) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this ICR which is an extension of a currently approved collection of information (OMB 1024-0144). We may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES: To ensure that your comments on this ICR are considered, please submit them on or before September 19, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments on this information collection directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior via email to or fax at 202-395-5806; and identify your submission as "1024-0144, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Regulations.'' Please send a copy of your comments to Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., Mailstop 2605 (Rm. 1242), Washington, DC 20240 (mail); or (email).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street NW., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20005; or via phone at 202/354-1479; or via fax at 202/ 354-5179; or via email at

    I. Abstract

    The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), requires museums to compile certain information (summaries, inventories, and notices) regarding Native American cultural items in their possession or control and provide that information to lineal descendants, likely interested Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations, and the National NAGPRA Program (acting on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, housed in the National Park Service), to support consultation in the process of publishing notices that establish rights to repatriation. The summaries are general descriptions of the museum's Native American collection, sent to all possibly interested tribes to disclose the collection, should the tribe desire to consult on items and present a claim. The inventories are item-by-item lists of the human remains and their funerary objects, upon which the museum consults with likely affiliated tribes to determine cultural affiliation, tribal land origination, or origination from aboriginal lands of Federal recognized tribes.

    Consultation and claims for items require information exchange between museums and tribes on the collections. Notices of Inventory Completion, published in the Federal Register indicate the museum decisions of rights of lineal descendants and tribes to receive human remains and funerary objects; Notices of Intent to Repatriate, published in the Federal Register, indicate the agreements of museums and tribes to transfer control to tribes of funerary objects, sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony. Museums identify NAGPRA protected items in the collection through examination of museum records and from consultation with tribes.

    The National NAGPRA Program maintains the public databases of summary, inventory and notice information to support consultation. In the first 20 years of the administration of NAGPRA approximately 40,000 Native American human remains, of a possible collection of 180,000 individuals, have been listed in NAGPRA notices. Information collected in previous years is of lasting benefit, diminishing efforts in future years.

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education, 9487.

    Dates: September 12, 2012, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. September 13, 2012, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Place: Stafford I, Room 1235, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Beth Zelenski, National Science Foundation, Suite 705, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Phone 703- 292-8500.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

  • Biological Sciences Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

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

    Name: Biological Sciences Advisory Committee (1110).

    Date and Time: September 5, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; September 6, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230.

    All visitors must contact the Directorate for Biological Sciences [call 703-292-8400 or send an email message to] at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to arrange for a visitor's badge. All visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the N. 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance on the day of the meeting to receive a visitor's badge.

    Type of Meeting: OPEN.

    Contact Person: Chuck Liarakos, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 605, Arlington, VA 22230 Tel No.: (703) 292- 8400.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Advisory Committee for the Directorate for Biological Sciences provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up BIO.

    Agenda: Agenda items will include the Division of Environmental Biology Committee of Visitors report, preliminary reports from the sub- committee on biological data and the sub-committee on broadening participation in the biological sciences, and other matters relevant to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

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