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Federal Register Summary for week of 21 September


  • Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee Public Meeting

    AGENCY: International Trade Administration, DOC.

    ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting.

    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a meeting of the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC).

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Room 4830 at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Herbert Clark Hoover Building, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Todd DeLelle, Office of Energy & Environmental Industries (OEEI), International Trade Administration, Room 4053, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. (Phone: 202-482-4877; Fax: 202-482-5665; email: This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to OEEI at (202) 482-5225 no less than one week prior to the meeting.

  • Fisheries of the United States; National Standard 1 Guidelines; Reopening of Public Comment Period

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; reopening of public comment period.

    SUMMARY: NMFS is reopening the comment period on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) published on May 3, 2012, on potential adjustments to the National Standard 1 Guidelines, one of 10 national standards for fishery conservation and management contained in Section 301 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The current comment period is scheduled to end on September 15, 2012. Because of the importance of NS1 to U.S. fishery management and the complexity of the issues, NMFS feels reopening the comment period will provide for a fuller range of public input on the NS1 Guideline issues. The comment period will close on October 12, 2012.

    DATES: The comment period for the ANPR was published on May 3, 2012 (77 FR 26238), and closed on September 15, 2012. The comment period will reopen on September 16, 2012, and remain open through October 12, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the referenced ANPR, identified by "NOAA-NMFS-2012-0059'', by any one of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the "submit a comment'' icon, then enter "NOAA-NMFS-2012-0059'' in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the "Submit a Comment'' icon on the right of that line.

    Fax: 301-713-1193, Attn: Wesley Patrick.

    Mail: Wesley Patrick; National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA; 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13436; Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method, to another address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered. All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wesley Patrick, Fisheries Policy Analyst, National Marine Fisheries Service, 301-427-8566.

  • Science Advisory Board

    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 section on Matters to be Considered.

    Time and Date: The meeting is scheduled for: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3, Room 12836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD. Members of the public will not be able to dial in to this meeting.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 5- minute public comment period from 2:50-2:55 p.m. The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of one minute. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by October 4, 2012 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after October 4, 2012, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date.

  • Education

  • National Board for Education Sciences; Meeting

    AGENCY: Institute of Education Sciences, 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: October 5, 2012.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    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

  • Environmental Financial Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations of Candidates to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointments to fill vacancies on the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (the Board or EFAB). The Board seeks to maintain diverse representation across all workforce sectors and geographic locations. Nominees should demonstrate experience in any of the following areas: Environmental technology investments; commercial banking, local utility management and finance, green infrastructure financing, sustainable community partnerships; environmental insurance, and water and wastewater infrastructure and program financing. Nominees are encouraged who live and work in the southeastern, southwestern, western, and northwestern parts of the United States.

    EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain a diverse pool of candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. In addition to this notice, other sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. The deadline for receiving nominations is Monday, October 15, 2012. Appointments will be made by the Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and will be announced in March 2013. Nominee qualifications will be assessed under the mandates of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires Committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than October 15, 2012.

    Background Information: The Environmental Financial Advisory Board was chartered in 1989 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on the following issues:

    • Reducing the cost of financing environmental facilities and discouraging polluting behavior;
    • Creating incentives to increase private investment in the provision of environmental services and removing or reducing constraints on private involvement imposed by current regulations;
    • Developing new and innovative environmental financing approaches and supporting and encouraging the use of cost-effective existing approaches;
    • Identifying approaches specifically targeted to small/disadvantaged community financing;
    • Increasing the capacity of state and local governments to carry out their respective environmental programs under current Federal tax laws;
    • Analyzing how new technologies can be brought to market expeditiously;
    • Increasing the total investment in environmental protection of public, and private environmental resources to help ease the environmental financing challenge facing our nations.

    The Board meets two times each calendar year (two days per meeting) at different locations within the continental United States. Board members typically contribute approximately 1-3 hours per month to the Board's work. The Board's membership services are voluntary and the Agency is unable to provide honoraria or compensation, according to FACA guidelines. However, Board members may receive travel and per diem allowances, where appropriate and in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations for invitational travelers.

    Evaluation Criteria: The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees:

    • Residence in the continental United States;
    • Professional knowledge of, and experience with, environmental financing activities;
    • Senior level-experience that fills a gap in Board representation, or brings a new and relevant dimension to its deliberations;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a consensus-building process with a wide range of representatives from diverse constituencies; and
    • Willingness to serve a two-year term as an active- contributing member, with possible re-appointment to a second term.

    Nominations for membership must include a resume describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee as well as expertise/experience. Contact details should include full name and title, business mailing address, telephone, fax, and email address. A supporting letter of endorsement is encouraged but not required.

    Addresses/For Further Information Contact: Submit nomination materials by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax to: Pamela Scott, Membership Coordinator, Environmental Financial Advisory Board, EPA, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (2731A), Washington, DC 20460; or email; phone 202-564-6368; or fax 202-565-2587.

  • Good Neighbor Environmental Board; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) will hold a public teleconference on October 2, 2012 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    The meeting is open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconference and background materials, please contact Mark Joyce at the number listed below.

    Background: GNEB is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463. GNEB provides advice and recommendations to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico. Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the Good Neighbor Environmental Board's Fifteenth Report, which focuses on water infrastructure issues in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

  • Health and Human Services

  • Science Advisory Board to the National Center for Toxicological Research; 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). At least one portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Advisory Board (SAB) to the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR).

    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on October 23, 2012, from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on October 24, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Location: NCTR SAB Conference Room B-12, 3900 NCTR Rd., Jefferson, AR 72079.

    Contact Person For More Information: Margaret Miller, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 2208, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-8890, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). 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: On October 23, 2012, the NCTR Director will welcome the participants and provide a Center-wide update on scientific initiatives and accomplishments during the past year. The SAB will then briefly review an update of research activities of the Division of Neurotoxicology. The SAB will be presented with the NanoCore Subcommittee report, and will provide a response to that report. The SAB will review and update of the research activities of the Division of Genetic and Molecular Toxicology.

    Following the public session, the SAB will hear an update from the Office of Science Coordination, followed by a report from the National Toxicology Program on current and future collaboration.

    The Center for Biological Evaluation and Research, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Center for Tobacco Products, and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition will each briefly discuss their center-specific research strategic needs.

    On October 24, 2012, the Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition will update the SAB on their research needs, and discuss opportunities for collaboration to help address these needs.

    The SAB will discuss an overview of research activities from the NCTR Division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and the Division of Systems Biology. The SAB will also receive and update from the subcommittee on Immunotoxicology.

    Following an open discussion of all the information presented, the open session of the meeting will close so that SAB members can discuss personnel issues at NCTR.

    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: On October 23, 2012, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the meeting is open to the public. 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 October 16, 2012. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 12 p.m. to 2 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 October 9, 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 October 10, 2012.

    Closed Committee Deliberations: On October 24, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., the meeting will be closed to permit discussion where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy (5 U.S.C. 552b(c) (6)). This portion of the meeting will be closed to permit discussion of information concerning individuals associated with the research programs at NCTR.

    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 Margaret Miller 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.

  • Interior

  • Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (Council).

    DATES: Meeting: Tuesday October 16, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday October 17, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern daylight time). For deadlines and directions on registering to attend, submitting written material, and giving an oral presentation, please see "Public Input'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Room 5160 at the Main Interior Building, 1849 C Street NW., Washington DC 20240.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Winchell, Council Coordinator, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mailstop 3103-AEA, Arlington, VA 22203; telephone (703) 358-2639; fax (703) 358-2548; or email

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Earth Science Subcommittee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Subcommittee reports to the Science Committee of the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: This meeting will take place telephonically. Any interested person may call the USA toll free conference call number 888-456-0282, pass code ESS, to participate in this meeting by telephone.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian Norris, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452, fax (202) 358-4118, or

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