Agriculture

  • Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) will meet for discussions on critical air quality issues relating to agriculture. Special emphasis will be placed on obtaining a greater understanding about the relationship between agricultural production and air quality. The meeting is open to the public, and a draft agenda is included in this notice.

    DATES: The meeting will convene at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday and Thursday April 22-23, 2015. A public comment period will be held on the morning of April 23. The meeting will end at approximately noon on April 23.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Room 156/157 of the Plant Biotechnology building at the University of Tennessee, 2505 E. J. Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and comments should be directed to Dr. Greg Johnson, Designated Federal Official, USDA, NRCS, 1201 Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1000, Portland Oregon 97232; telephone: (503) 273-2424; fax: (503) 273-2401; or email: greg.johnson@por.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06617.htm

  • Commerce

  • U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS[supreg]) Advisory Committee (Committee) in Washington, DC.

    Dates and Times: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Thursday, April 30, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up- to-date meeting agenda.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Snowden, Alternate Designated Federal Official, U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee, U.S. IOOS Program, 1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone 301-427-2453; Fax 301-427-2073; Email jessica.snowden@noaa.gov or visit the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee Web site at http://www.ioos.noaa.gov/advisorycommittee.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-25/html/2015-06799.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, Public Law 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled "Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 15 members representing academia, environmental non-governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 14 members representing state, local, and tribal governments. The committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC.

    The purpose of the meeting is to provide advice on issues related to the CEC's draft Operational Plan and Budget for 2015-16, the CEC's draft Strategic Plan for 2015-2020, and to discuss additional trade and environment issues. The meeting will also include a public comment session. The agenda, meeting materials, and general information about the NAC and GAC will be available at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac.

    DATES: The National and Governmental Advisory Committees will hold an open meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, April 17, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. EPA, Conference Room B- 305, located in the William Jefferson Clinton North Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004. Telephone: 202-564-2294. The meeting is open to the public, with limited seating on a first- come, first-served basis.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oscar Carrillo, Designated Federal Officer, carrillo.oscar@epa.gov, 202-564-0347, U.S. EPA, Office of Diversity, Advisory Committee Management and Outreach (1601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/html/2015-06591.htm

  • National Environmental Education Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a series of teleconference meetings of the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). The NEEAC was created by Congress to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on matters related to activities, functions and policies of EPA under the National Environmental Education Act (the Act). 20 U.S.C. 5508(b).The purpose of this teleconference(s) is to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the council in order to provide advice and insights to the Agency on environmental education.

    DATES: The National Environmental Education Advisory Council will hold a public teleconference on Friday, April 17, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer, araujo.javier@epa.gov, 202-564-2642, U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Education, William Jefferson Clinton North Room, 1426, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/html/2015-06581.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

    Executive Order 13693 of March 19, 2015

    Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. Executive departments and agencies (agencies) have been among our Nation's leaders as the United States works to build a clean energy economy that will sustain our prosperity and the health of our people and our environment for generations to come. Federal leadership in energy, environmental water, fleet, buildings, and acquisition management will continue to drive national greenhouse gas reductions and support preparations for the impacts of climate change. Through a combination of more efficient Federal operations such as those outlined in this Executive Order (order), we have the opportunity to reduce agency direct greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent over the next decade while at the same time fostering innovation, reducing spending, and strengthening the communities in which our Federal facilities operate.

    It therefore continues to be the policy of the United States that agencies shall increase efficiency and improve their environmental performance. Improved environmental performance will help us protect our planet for future generations and save taxpayer dollars through avoided energy costs and increased efficiency, while also making Federal facilities more resilient. To improve environmental performance and Federal sustainability, priority should first be placed on reducing energy use and cost, then on finding renewable or alternative energy solutions. Pursuing clean sources of energy will improve energy and water security, while ensuring that Federal facilities will continue to meet mission requirements and lead by example. Employing this strategy for the next decade calls for expanded and updated Federal environmental performance goals with a clear overarching objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions across Federal operations and the Federal supply chain.

    Sec. 2. Agency Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions. In implementing the policy set forth in section 1 of this order, the head of each agency shall, within 90 days of the date of this order, propose to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) percentage reduction targets for agency-wide reductions of scope 1 and 2 and scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions in absolute terms by the end of fiscal year 2025 relative to a fiscal year 2008 baseline. Where appropriate, the target shall exclude direct emissions from excluded vehicles and equipment and from electric power produced and sold commercially to other parties as the primary business of the agency. The proposed targets shall be subject to the review and approval of the Chair of CEQ in coordination with the Director of OMB under section 4(b) of this order.

    Sec. 3. Sustainability Goals for Agencies. In implementing the policy set forth in section 1 of this order and to achieve the goals of section 2 of this order, the head of each agency shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified:

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-25/html/2015-07016.htm

  • Interior

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

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of Opening of Nomination Period.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior is inviting nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science. This Federal Register Notice opens the nomination period for 60 days.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations to: Lisa LaCivita, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, nccwsc@usgs.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robin O'Malley, Designated Federal Officer for ACCCNRS, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, romalley@usgs.gov, (703) 648-4086.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-27/html/2015-07082.htm

  • Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture seek nominations for individuals to be considered as members of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (Council). The Council provides advice about wildlife and habitat conservation endeavors that (a) benefit wildlife resources; (b) encourage partnership among the public, sporting conservation organizations, States, Native American tribes, and the Federal Government; and (c) benefit recreational hunting. Nominations should describe and document the proposed nominee's qualifications for membership to the Council, and include a resume listing his or her full name, address, telephone, and fax number.

    DATES: Written nominations must be received by April 27, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations to Joshua Winchell, Designated Federal Officer and Coordinator, Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Winchell, at address above, or by telephone at (703) 358-2639.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/html/2015-06914.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 42056, and no comment was received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

    Comments: Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the NSF, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the NSF's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725 7th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov.

    DATES: Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission may be obtained by calling 703- 292-7556. NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/html/2015-06518.htm

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirements to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 69883, and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

    Comments: Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725--17th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 703-292-7556.

    It is not permissible for NSF to conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06672.htm

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