Agriculture

  • Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002, we are soliciting public comment regarding the list of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products. The Act requires the biennial review and republication of the list of select agents and toxins and the revision of the list as necessary. Accordingly, we are soliciting public comment on the current list of select agents and toxins in our regulations and suggestions regarding any addition or reduction of the animal or plant pathogens currently on the list of select agents.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 28, 2015.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0095.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2014-0095, 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 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014- 0095 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. Charles L. Divan, Unit Director, Agricultural Select Agent Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-3300.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/html/2015-04180.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Notice To Extend the Comment Period for the Revised Draft Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

    ACTION: Notice of Extension of Comment Period.


    SUMMARY: This notice extends the comment period for the proposed guidance published in the Federal Register on December 24, 2014, (79 FR 77802, Dec. 24, 2014). The comment period for the proposed guidance, which would have ended on February 23, 2015, is extended for 30 days.

    DATES: The comment period is extended to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 25, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The revised Draft Guidance is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/nepa. Comments on the "Revised Draft Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews'' should be submitted in one of the following ways:

    1. Electronically at http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/submit-comments-revised-draft-guidance-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-climate-change-impacts;
    2. By email to GCC.guidance@ceq.eop.gov; or
    3. By regular mail to the Council on Environmental Quality, ATTN: Horst Greczmiel, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act Oversight, at (202) 395-5750.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-23/html/2015-03606.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative covering (GLRI) FY15-19 and other relevant matters.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central Time, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time. An opportunity will be provided to the public to comment.

    ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be held by teleconference only. The teleconference number is: (877) 744-6030; Participant code: 83810127.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this meeting may contact Rita Cestaric, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by email at Cestaric.Rita@epa.gov. General information on the GLRI and the Board can be found at http://www.glri.us under the "Public Engagement'' tab.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-25/html/2015-03916.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. Appendix 2, notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold a meeting that will be open to the public. Information about SACHRP and the full meeting agenda will be posted on the SACHRP Web site at: http://www.dhhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp/mtgings/index.html.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Fishers Lane Conference Center, Terrace Level, 5635 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    FOR FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), or Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; 240-453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; email address: SACHRP@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/html/2015-04120.htm

  • Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins; Biennial Review

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, Subtitle A (Department of Health and Human Services) of Title II (Enhancing Controls on Dangerous Biological Agents and Toxins) of Public Law 107-188 (June 12, 2002) (the Bioterrorism Response Act), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has initiated the review of the HHS list of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety. We are considering whether to propose amending the HHS list by removing six biological agents.

    DATES: Comments should be received on or before April 28, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Regulation Identifier Number (RIN), 0920-AA59 or Docket Number CDC-2015-0006 in the heading of this document by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Select Agent Program, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop A-46, Atlanta, Georgia 30329, ATTN: RIN 0920-AAxx.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and RIN for this rulemaking. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    Docket Access: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received or to download an electronic version of the ANPRM, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Comments will be available for public inspection Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 1600 Clifton Road NE., Atlanta, GA 30329. Please call ahead to 1-866-694-4867 and ask for a representative in the Division of Select Agents and Toxins to schedule your visit. Please be aware that comments and other submissions from members of the public are made available for public viewing without changes.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robbin Weyant, Director, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop A-46, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Telephone: (404) 718-2000.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/html/2015-04169.htm

  • The 2015 Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation Science Symposium

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop entitled: The 2015 Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation (ORSI) Science Symposium.

    The purpose of the public workshop is to increase scientific collaborations with government institutions, academia, industry and other stakeholders, working to improve science, training, and networking in accordance with the FDA mission of the advancement of regulatory science. This venue will also enhance knowledge and awareness of the FDA ORSI resources and provide guidance of its available services.

    Date and Time: The public workshop will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Location: The public workshop will be held at the FDA White Oak Campus located at 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, Great Room, Silver Spring, MD 20903. Entrance for the public workshop participants (non-FDA employees) is through Building 1 where routine security check procedures will be performed. For parking and security information, please refer to http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/BuildingsandFacilities/WhiteOakCampusInformation/ucm241740.htm or contact us at 2015ORSIScienceSymposium@fda.hhs.gov.

    Contact Person: Diane Rose, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Bldg. 1, Rm. 4233, Silver Spring, MD 20993. 301-796- 9600, diane.rose@fda.hhs.gov.

    Registration: On-line registration is required (including name, title, affiliation, address, email, telephone and FAX numbers) by April 15, 2015. Those without Internet access should contact Diane Rose (see Contact Person) to register. There is no fee for the public workshop. Early registration is recommended as seating is limited to the first 300 registrants. Registration on the day of the public workshop will be provided on a space available basis from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. provided the 300-person registration limit has not been met. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-orsi-science-symposium-tickets-14591440391?utmcampaign=neweventemail&utmmedium=email&utmsource=ebemail&utmterm=viewmyeventbutton or email us at 2015ORSIScienceSymposium@fda.hhs.gov if you have additional questions. A lite breakfast and lunch are available for pre-purchase.

    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Diane Rose (see Contact Person) at least 7 days in advance.

    Streaming Webcast of the Public Workshop: This public workshop will also be Webcast. Persons interested in viewing the Webcast must register online or call us at 301-796-9600 by April 15, 2015. Early registration is recommended because Webcast lines are limited. Organizations are required to register all participants, but to view the Webcast using one connection per location. Webcast participants will be sent technical system requirements after registration and will be sent connection access information after April 23, 2015. If you have never attended a Connect Pro event before, test your connection at https://collaboration.fda.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. To get a quick overview of the Connect Pro program, visit http://inside.fda.gov:9003/ora/southwestregion/dallas/ucm234468.htm. (FDA has verified the Web site addresses in this document, but FDA is not responsible for any subsequent changes to the Web sites after this document publishes in the Federal Register.)

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-27/html/2015-04123.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting Notice.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, we announce that the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science will hold a meeting via phone.

    DATES: Meeting via phone: March 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robin O'Malley, Designated Federal Officer, 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, romalley@usgs.gov, (703) 648-4086.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-24/html/2015-03728.htm

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