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Federal Register Summary for week of 7 December


  • Meeting of the Ocean Research Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Ocean Research Advisory Panel will hold a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, January 14, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. The agenda can be found at At the conclusion of the meeting there will be a 15 minute open forum for public commentary.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue NW., 4th Floor, Washington DC 2005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Joan S. Cleveland, Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 22203- 1995, telephone 703-696-4532.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Toxicological Review of Inorganic Arsenic (Cancer and Noncancer Effects): In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of a public stakeholder workshop to inform the development of a state of the science toxicological review of inorganic arsenic (cancer and noncancer effects) in support of the IRIS program.

    SUMMARY: The inorganic arsenic (iAs) public stakeholder workshop is designed to inform the planning for EPA's toxicological review of chronic exposure to iAs (cancer and noncancer effects), which EPA intends to post in the IRIS database. Workshop participants will be asked to highlight significant new and emerging research, discuss methods for evaluating literature, identify critical research issues (including mode of action) that may impact the toxicological review, and discuss approaches for dose-response. The ultimate goals of the workshop are to ensure that while developing the toxicological review, EPA provides public stakeholders an opportunity to inform the toxicological review and transparently communicates how EPA will produce a toxicological review that meets the needs of Agency stakeholders and partners.

    DATES: The public stakeholder workshop will begin at 8:00 a.m. on January 8, 2013, and end at 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The iAs public stakeholder workshop will be held at the U.S. EPA, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. To attend the workshop in person, register no later than 12:00 p.m. on January 2, 2013, by contacting Susan Blaine via email: or by telephone: 703-225-2471 (reference the iAs Public Stakeholder Workshop and include your name, title, affiliation, full address, and contact information). You can also register via the Internet at Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    To attend the workshop via webinar/video conference, register no later than 12:00 p.m. on January 7, 2013, by contacting Susan Blaine via email: or by phone: 703-225-2471 (reference the "iAs Public Stakeholder Workshop'' and include your name, title, affiliation, full address, and contact information). You can also register via the Internet at During the meeting, webinar attendees and individuals attending the iAs public stakeholder workshop in person are welcome to make comments or ask questions of presenters. All attendees may submit materials via (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2012-0830). All materials submitted before 12:00 p.m. on January 2, 2013, will be included for consideration during the iAs public workshop. However, there will be multiple opportunities for public input to inform the EPA's toxicological review of chronic exposure to iAs (cancer and noncancer effects).

    Information on Services for Individuals with Disabilities: EPA welcomes public attendance at the iAs public stakeholder workshop and will make every effort to accommodate persons with disabilities. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, contact Susan Blaine by telephone: 703-225-2471, by facsimile: 703-934- 3740 (reference the iAs public stakeholder workshop and include your name and contact information), or by email: (reference the iAs public stakeholder workshop and include your name and contact information).

    Additional Information

    Workshop participants will be encouraged to think broadly about the body of iAs scientific evidence and how it can be best used to generate a toxicological review for iAs. They will be invited to participate in an open dialogue regarding ways in which this evidence could most effectively be used in the toxicological review that will serve as the scientific and technical foundations for the Agency's decisions. Specifically, workshop discussions will provide important input as EPA considers the appropriate design, scope, and methods used in the toxicological review of iAs and participants may provide individual advice to EPA. This toxicological review, in turn, will inform risk management decisions by Agency stakeholders and partners. Panelists participating in the workshop will represent a wide range of external experts, as well as EPA staff, with various areas of expertise (e.g., epidemiology, human and animal toxicology, systematic review, risk assessment, dose-response, and mode of action).

    In addition to the iAs public stakeholder workshop, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is planning to hold a public workshop on aspects of IRIS toxicological review of iAs. EPA will consider the key issues and recommendations from the NAS and stakeholders in developing a draft toxicological review of iAs. Upon completion of the draft, the public will have an opportunity to review and provide comments and NAS will conduct an external peer review. The draft toxicological review for iAs will be revised in response to the NAS recommendations and public comments. The final toxicological review will be posted in the IRIS database.

    For updated information on the iAs public stakeholder meeting, please refer to the following Web site: Alternatively, please contact John Cowden, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Mail Code: B243-01, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27711; telephone: 919-541-3667; facsimile: 919-541-0245; or email:

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of an extension of currently approved information Collection, 1028-0103.

    SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is inviting comments on an information collection request (ICR) that we have sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR concerns the paperwork requirements for the USA National Phenology Network--The Nature's Notebook Plant and Animal Observing Program. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) 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. This collection is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2013.

    DATES: Submit written comments by January 3, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: Please submit 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: (; or by fax (202) 395-5806; and identify your submission with 1028-0103. Please also submit a copy of your comments to Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); or (email). Please Reference Information Collection 1028-0103 in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jake F. Weltzin, Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey,, (520) 626-3821.

  • Meeting Announcement: North American Wetlands Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). This meeting is open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Council: Meeting is December 4, 2012, 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. If you are interested in presenting information at this public meeting, contact the Council Coordinator no later than November 26, 2012.

    ADDRESSES: The Council meeting will be held at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 1133 15th Street Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Perry, Council Coordinator, by phone at (703) 358-2432; by email at; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP 4075, Arlington, VA 22203.

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Planetary Protection 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 Planetary Protection 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 person's scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, December 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW., Room 7H45 and 9H40, respectively, Washington, DC 20546.

    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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