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Federal Register Summary for week of 23 November


  • JPSS Polar Satellite--Gap Mitigation--Request for Public Comment

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Request for public comment.

    SUMMARY: NOAA has long been concerned about the potential for a gap in polar satellite coverage in the afternoon orbit. In addition to reports from Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office on this topic, NOAA has also convened an Independent Review Team (IRT) to review the progress of our satellite programs and identify the challenges ahead. These reports have all substantiated NOAA's concerns regarding the gap.

    NOAA is taking positive steps to mitigate the negative impacts to NOAA's numerical weather forecasts that could be introduced by a lack of polar satellite data. To this end, NOAA has commissioned an investigative study to broadly explore all available options, such as substitute satellite observations, alternative non-satellite data, weather modeling, and data assimilation improvements. NOAA is convening teams of internal and external experts, industry leaders, foreign partners, and academia to study each of these areas.

    As a part of this effort, and to ensure we examine all potential solutions, NOAA is also seeking comments, suggestions, and innovative ideas from the public on how to preserve the quality and timeliness of NOAA's numerical weather forecasts should we experience a loss of polar satellite environmental data. Through this web portal, the public can submit ideas, review submissions from other parties, and make comments and collaborate on ideas.

    DATES: Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on December 19, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Additional information as well as instructions on how to submit comments can be found at the following Web site: For individuals who do not have access to the Internet, comments may be submitted in writing to: NOAA Satellite and Information Service, Advanced Satellite Planning and Technology Office, c/o Mr. David Hermreck, 1335 East-West Highway--6th Floor, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Hermreck, NOAA Satellite and Information Service, 1335 East-West Highway, 6th Floor, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-9801,

  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

    SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and its Visioning and Strategic Planning Working Group will hold public meetings.

    DATES: The meetings will be held Monday, December 10, 2012 through Thursday, December 13, 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

    ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at Pier V, 711 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (410) 539-2000.

    Council Address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D. Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 526-5255.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Meeting of the National Environmental Education Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The National Environmental Education Advisory Council will meet on December 13-14th, 2012 in Washington, DC. The focus of the meeting will be to convene the new members of the Council, form work groups and develop plans for the report to congress.

    This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to attend. The Council will hear comments from the public between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday December 13th, 2012. Each individual or organization wishing to address the NEEAC meeting will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Also, written comments should be submitted electronically to Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number listed below to schedule agenda time. Time will be allotted on a first come first serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended if the number of requests for appearances requires it.

    ADDRESSES: The NEEAC meeting will be held at Ariel Rios North, Room 3530 located at 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004.

    The Council's meeting minutes and summary notes will be available online after the meeting, at or can be obtained by written request to the DFO.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Javier Araujo, DFO for the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC) at (202) 564-2642 or email at

    Information on Services for Those with Disabilities: To request accommodation of a disability, please request it 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    Please contact Javier Araujo at (202) 564-2642 or email at:

  • Executive Office of the President

  • America Recycles Day, 2012

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    For 15 years, our country has celebrated America Recycles Day as a time to focus on conserving valuable materials, keeping our communities clean, and protecting our environment. Today, we reflect on the progress we have made toward fulfilling those important goals and rededicate ourselves to building a more sustainable future.

    Each year, recycling puts millions of pounds of valuable materials back into use. By diverting old products from the landfill to the factory floor, we take meaningful steps toward a greener economy and help power an entire industry centered on recycling, reuse, and refurbishing. We also reduce or avoid the environmental impacts of using virgin materials.

    As many of us prepare to gather with families and friends this Thanksgiving, America Recycles Day offers a chance to highlight another resource that is too often taken for granted: food. Though many Americans lack access to regular, nutritious meals, much of our country's food goes to waste. To put surplus food to better use, the Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with businesses and organizations in the Food Recovery Challenge, which is helping participants support their communities through food donation and protect their bottom line by reducing waste. By consuming carefully and donating what we can, each of us can join in that important work. Food banks and pantries accept wholesome food that meets quality and safety standards, as do many national and local food recovery programs. Through giving to those in need, all Americans can lift up their communities while helping protect the environment we share.

    Aldo Leopold once said that conservation is "a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution.'' With that important lesson in mind, let us commemorate America Recycles Day by taking bold action to preserve our natural resources, strengthen our economy, and protect the bountiful landscapes we have been blessed with.

    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 November 15, 2012, as America Recycles Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities, and I encourage all Americans to continue their reducing, reusing, and recycling efforts throughout the year.

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

  • Interior

  • Reopening of Nomination Period for Members of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior published a notice announcing the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (Committee), and inviting nominations for membership on the Committee. The closing date for nominations was November 19, 2012. This Federal Register Notice reopens the nomination and comment period for 30 days. If you have already submitted information to be considered for appointment to the Committee you do not have to resubmit it.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by December 24, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations to: Robin O'Malley, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 400, Reston, VA 20192,

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin O'Malley, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 400, Reston, VA 20192,

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