• Petition to Amend Animal Welfare Act Regulations To Prohibit Public Contact With Big Cats, Bears, and Nonhuman Primates

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: We are notifying the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has received a petition requesting amendments to the Animal Welfare Act regulations and standards, including to prohibit licensees from allowing individuals, with certain exceptions, from coming into direct or physical contact with big cats, bears, or nonhuman primates of any age, to define the term "sufficient distance,'' and to prohibit the public handling of young or immature big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates and the separation of such animals from their dams before the species-typical age of weaning absent medical necessity. We are making this petition available to the public and soliciting comments regarding the petition and any additional issues we should take into account as we consider this petition.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before October 4, 2013.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2012-0107-0001.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2012-0107, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2012- 0107 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Barbara Kohn, DVM, Senior Staff Officer, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care, 4700 River Road Unit 84, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234; (301) 851-3751.

  • Commerce

  • Genome in a Bottle Consortium--Progress and Planning Workshop

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.

    SUMMARY: NIST announces the Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting to be held on Thursday and Friday, August 15 and 16, 2013. The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is developing the reference materials, reference methods, and reference data needed to assess confidence in human whole genome variant calls. A principal motivation for this consortium is to enable performance assessment of sequencing and science-based regulatory oversight of clinical sequencing. The purpose of this meeting is to update participants about progress of the consortium work, continue to get broad input from individual stakeholders to update or refine the consortium work plan, continue to broadly solicit consortium membership from interested stakeholders, and invite members to participate in work plan implementation.

    DATES: The Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Friday, August 16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendees must register by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 8, 2013.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 in Room C103-C106, Building 215. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Justin Zook by email at or by phone at (301) 975-4133 or Marc Salit by email at or by phone at (650) 350-2338. To register, go to:

  • Defense

  • Board on Coastal Engineering Research

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.150, the Department of Defense announces that the following Federal advisory committee meeting will take place:

    Name of Committee: Board on Coastal Engineering Research.

    Date of Meeting: September 4-6, 2013.

    Place: Atlantic Ballroom, Ocean Place Resort and Spa, One Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, NJ 07740.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (September 4, 2013). 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (September 5, 2013). 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (September 6, 2013).

    Purpose of the Meeting: The purpose of the meeting is to explore impacts due to Hurricane Sandy on the water resources infrastructure and coastlines of North Atlantic Division and discuss research needs associated with sustaining resilient coastal communities and systems through risk reduction, regional sediment management, and ecosystem restoration activities.

    Agenda: Presentations and panel presentations on Wednesday morning, September 4, will include a Charge to the Board by the Chief of Engineers and panel presentations dealing with Hurricane Sandy: Response and Recovery. Presentations dealing with Response include Forecasting Hurricane Sandy, State of New Jersey Response to Hurricane Sandy, New York City Response to Hurricane Sandy, and National Hurricane Program. Presentations dealing with Recovery (Part 1) include Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and Hurricane Sandy Coastal Projects Performance Evaluation Study. There will be an optional field trip Wednesday afternoon to visit Sea Bright, Union Beach, Mantoloking, and Ortley Beach.

    On Thursday, September 5, 2013, there will be panel presentations dealing with Hurricane Sandy: Recovery (Part 2) and Hurricane Sandy: Resilience. Presentations dealing with Hurricane Sandy: Recovery include Coastal Breach Closures, Addressing Post-Storm Beach Repair Challenges, The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Recovery Operations, and Science and Technology Solutions that Supported Response and Recovery. Presentations dealing with Hurricane Sandy: Resilience include USACE North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study; Innovative Approach to Coastal System Resilience; Recommendation to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State's Infrastructure; Making Coastal Communities Resilient; Coastal Resilience, a Municipality Perspective; and A Framework for Quantifying Resilient Coastal Systems. There will be a luncheon speaker to discuss Improving Resilience to Coastal Storms for the City of New York.

    The Board will meet in Executive Session to discuss ongoing initiatives and ongoing and future actions on Friday morning, September 6, 2013.

    Public Participation: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b and 41 CFR 102- 3.140 through 102-3.165, and the availability of space, the Board on Coastal Engineering Research meeting is open to the public. Participation by the public is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013.

    The entire meeting and field trip are open to the public, but since seating capacity is limited, advance notice of attendance is required. Oral participation by public attendees is encouraged during the time scheduled on the agenda; written statements may be submitted to the Federal Designated Officer for the Board on Coastal Engineering Research prior to the meeting or up to 30 days after the meeting and addressed to COL Jeffrey R. Eckstein, Designated Federal Officer and Executive Secretary, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Waterways Experiment Station, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199, phone 601-634-2513, or

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: There will be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review scientific uncertainties associated with corn rootworm resistance monitoring for Bt corn Plant Incorporated Protectants (PIPs).

    DATES: The meeting will be held on October 30-November 1, from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Comments. The Agency encourages that written comments and requests for oral comments be submitted by October 16, 2013. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written or requesting oral comments after October 16, 2013, should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before August 23, 2013.

    Webcast. This meeting may be webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP's Web site, for information on how to access the webcast. Please note that the webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the meeting will continue as planned.

    Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

    Comments. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0490, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at

    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at

    If your comments contain any information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instructions before submitting your comments.

    Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations. Submit nominations to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP, requests for special seating accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fred Jenkins, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-3327; fax number: (202) 564-8382; email address:

  • Health and Human Services

  • Notice of a Department of Health and Human Services Public Meeting and Request for Comments on Matters Related to the Protection of Human Subjects and Research Studying Standard of Care Interventions; Amended Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: On June 26, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published in the Federal Register an announcement of a public meeting to be held on August 28, 2013, to discuss how certain provisions of the HHS protection of human subjects should be applied to research studying one or more interventions which are used as standard of care treatment in the non-research context (78 FR 38343).

    In the June 26, 2013 meeting announcement, HHS stated that presenters will be scheduled to speak at the public meeting in the order in which they register. Notice is hereby provided that HHS may group presenters according to the topic of their presentation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jerry Menikoff, Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200; Rockville, MD 20852, 240- 453-6900; email

  • Interior

  • Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

    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 September 17, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday September 18, 2013, from 8:00 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 Science Foundation

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

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

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

    Dates: September 11, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and September 12, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Place: Stafford I, Room 1235, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson 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.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, contact Beth Zelenski ( Your request should be received on or prior to September 9, 2013.

    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.


    September 11, 2013

    • Update on NSF environmental research and education activities and collaborations
    • Meeting with NSF Senior Leadership and Acting Director, Dr. Cora Marrett

    September 12, 2013

    • Discussion on urban sustainability issues
    • Discussion on NSF merit review criteria

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