Agriculture

  • Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Notice of Solicitation for Membership

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: We are giving notice that the Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership for this Committee to serve for 2 year terms.

    DATES: Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before January 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Completed nomination forms should be sent to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. R.J. Cabrera, Designated Federal Officer, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 34, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-3478, email: rj.cabrera@aphis.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-03/html/2014-28440.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of Workshop and Call for Information on Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Workshop; Call for Information.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is preparing an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) as part of the review of the primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM). This ISA is intended to update the scientific assessment presented in the Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (EPA 600/R-08/139F), published in December 2009. Interested parties are invited to assist EPA in developing and refining the scientific information base for the review of the PM NAAQS by submitting research studies that have been published, accepted for publication, or presented at a public scientific meeting.

    EPA is also announcing that a workshop, entitled "Workshop to Discuss Policy-Relevant Science to Inform EPA's Review of the Primary and Secondary NAAQS for PM,'' is being organized by NCEA and EPA Office of Air and Radiation's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS). The workshop will be held February 9-February 11, 2015, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The workshop will be open to attendance by interested public observers on a first-come, first-served basis up to the limits of available space.

    DATES: The workshop will be held on February 9-11, 2015. All communications and information submitted in response to the call for information should be received by EPA by February 18, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at U.S. EPA, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. An EPA contractor, ICF International, is providing logistical support for the workshop. To register, please visit the Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/pmworkshop2015/. Interested parties can participate in person or via webinar. The pre-registration deadline is February 4, 2015. Please direct questions regarding workshop registration or logistics to Whitney Kihlstrom at (919) 293-1646, or whitney.kihlstrom@icfi.com. For specific questions regarding technical aspects of the workshop see the section of this notice entitled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Information in response to the call for information may be submitted electronically, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions as provided in the section of this notice entitled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For details on the period for submission of research information from the public, contact the Office of Research and Development (ORD) Docket at EPA's Headquarters Docket Center; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-9744; or email: Docket_ORD@epa.gov. For technical information, contact Mr. Jason Sacks, NCEA; telephone: (919) 541-9729; facsimile: (919) 541-1818; or email: sacks.jason@epa.gov or Dr. Scott Jenkins, OAQPS; telephone: (919) 541- 1167; facsimile: (919) 541-0237; or email: jenkins.scott@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-03/html/2014-28278.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of review.


    SUMMARY: In this Candidate Notice of Review (CNOR), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), present an updated list of plant and animal species native to the United States that we regard as candidates for or have proposed for addition to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Identification of candidate species can assist environmental planning efforts by providing advance notice of potential listings, allowing landowners and resource managers to alleviate threats and thereby possibly remove the need to list species as endangered or threatened. Even if we subsequently list a candidate species, the early notice provided here could result in more options for species management and recovery by prompting candidate conservation measures to alleviate threats to the species.

    The CNOR summarizes the status and threats that we evaluated in order to determine that species qualify as candidates, to assign a listing priority number (LPN) to each species, and to determine whether a species should be removed from candidate status. Additional material that we relied on is available in the Species Assessment and Listing Priority Assignment Forms (species assessment forms) for each candidate species.

    Overall, this CNOR recognizes 23 new candidates, changes the LPN for one candidate, and removes one species from candidate status. Combined with other decisions for individual species that were published separately from this CNOR in the past year, the current number of species that are candidates for listing is 146.

    This document also includes our findings on resubmitted petitions and describes our progress in revising the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (Lists) during the period October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014.

    We request additional status information that may be available for the 146 candidate species identified in this CNOR.

    DATES: We will accept information on any of the species in this Candidate Notice of Review at any time.

    ADDRESSES: This notice is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov and http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/cnor.html. Species assessment forms with information and references on a particular candidate species' range, status, habitat needs, and listing priority assignment are available for review at the appropriate Regional Office listed below in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION or at the Branch of Communications and Candidate Conservation, Falls Church, VA (see address under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or on our Web site (http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/pub/candidateSpecies.jsp). Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions of a general nature on this notice to the Falls Church, VA, address listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions pertaining to a particular species to the address of the Endangered Species Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Species-specific information and materials we receive will be available for public inspection by appointment, during normal business hours, at the appropriate Regional Office listed below under Request for Information in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. General information we receive will be available at the Branch of Communications and Candidate Conservation, Falls Church, VA (see address under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief, Branch of Communications and Candidate Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (telephone 703- 358-2171). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-05/html/2014-28536.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Notice of Public Meetings: Public Meetings of the National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Technology; Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee; National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

    ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and in collaboration with the European Commission, will hold the 2015 "EU-U.S.: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts'' joint workshop on March 12-13, 2015, in Venice, Italy. The workshop will bring together the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (CORs), which serve as a platform for U.S. and EU scientists to share information on nanoEHS research. The six Communities were established in 2012 and are listed below. This workshop--the 4th since 2011--is intended to further develop and support the CORs' activities.

    • Exposure through the Life Cycle, with Material Characterization.
    • Ecotoxicity Testing and Predictive Models, with Material Characterization.
    • Predictive Modeling for Human Health, with Material Characterization.
    • Databases and Ontologies.
    • Risk Assessment.
    • Risk Management and Control.

    DATES: Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Friday, March 13, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at Ca' Foscari University of Venice at Dorsoduro 3689--30123 in Venice, Italy.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice, please contact Stacey Standridge at National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, by telephone (703-292-8103) or email: sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov. Additional information about the workshop, including the agenda, is posted at http://us-eu.org/2015-eu-u-s-workshop/.

    Registration: Due to space limitations, pre-registration for the workshop is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will be capped at approximately 100 participants. Registration will open on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Individuals planning to attend the workshop should register online at http://www.sun-fp7.eu/events/upcoming-events/eu-us-bridging-nanoehs-research-efforts-a-joint-workshop-2015/. Written notices of participation by email should be sent to sstandridge@nnco.nano.gov or mailed to Stacey Standridge, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230. Written notices must be received by February 15, 2015, to be considered.

    Meeting Accomodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation to access this public meeting should contact Stacey Standridge (telephone 703-292-8103) at least ten business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-05/html/2014-28570.htm

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