Agriculture

  • Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (Committee) will meet in Washington, DC. The Committee is authorized under Section 8005 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Act) (Pub. L. 110-246). Additional information concerning the Committee, including the meeting agenda, supporting documents and minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc/.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on August 4 and 5, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The meeting is subject to cancellation. For status of the meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the American Forest Foundation, 2000 M St. Suite 550 NW., Washington, DC. Members of the public should RSVP to facilitate entry into the American Forest Foundation. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments placed on the Committee's Web site listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrea Bedell-Loucks, Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Designated Federal Officer, Cooperative Forestry Staff, by phone at 202-205-1190 or Laurie Schoonhoven, Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Program Coordinator, Cooperative Forestry Staff, by phone at 202-205-0929. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-28/html/2015-18486.htm

  • Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Solicitation for membership.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations to fill 9 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of June 22 2015 (80 FR 35625), in the DATES section, read as follows:

    DATES: Deadline for Advisory Board member nominations is August 14 2015.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-31/html/2015-18792.htm

  • Commerce

  • Establishment of the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment and Solicitation for Nominations for Membership

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of establishment of the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment and solicitation for nominations for membership.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Secretary of Commerce has determined that the establishment of the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment (Committee) is necessary and in the public interest. Accordingly, NOAA has chartered the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. NOAA is also soliciting nominations for membership on the Committee.

    The Committee's mission is to provide advice on sustained National Climate Assessment activities and products to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (Under Secretary) who will forward the advice to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The Committee's scope is--as requested by the Under Secretary--to advise on the engagement of stakeholders and on sustained assessment activities and the quadrennial National Climate Assessment report.

    Points of View: Individuals are sought with expertise in communications, engagement, and education; risk management and risk assessment; economics and social sciences; technology, tools, and data systems; and other disciplines relevant to the sustained National Climate Assessment process. In addition, individuals are sought with expertise in climate change and variability, spanning the range from climate science (physical, biological, chemical) to impacts and societal responses. Individuals with experience in the private sector, academia, public sector, non-governmental organizations, and others will all be given consideration.

    Nominations: Interested persons may nominate themselves or third parties.

    Applications: An application is required to be considered for membership, regardless of whether a person is nominated by a third party or self-nominated. The application package must include: (1) The nominee's full name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information; (2) the nominee's area(s) of expertise; (3) a short description of his/her qualifications relative to the kinds of advice being solicited by NOAA in this Notice; and (4) a current resume (maximum length four pages). Information obtained as a result of this request may be used by the government for program planning on a non- attribution basis. Do not include any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

    If selected, members will be appointed as special government employees (SGEs) and will be subject to the ethical standards applicable to SGEs. They will also be asked to certify that they are not required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and that they are not Federally-registered lobbyists.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted via the web address specified below and must be received by forty-five (45) days after this notice is published.

    ADDRESSES: Applications should be submitted electronically via http://globalchange.gov/notices.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Therese Cloyd, NCA Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator, U.S. Global Change Research Program Office, Telephone (202) 223-6262, Fax (202) 223-3064, Email ecloyd@usgcrp.gov. For more information on the NCA process, please visit http://assessment.globalchange.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-31/html/2015-18781.htm

  • 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 27 and 28, 2015. 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. Topics of discussion at this meeting will include progress and planning of the Analysis Group, which is analyzing and integrating the large variety of sequencing data for four candidate NIST Reference Materials, as well as potential future Reference Materials.

    DATES: The Genome in a Bottle Consortium meeting will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Friday, August 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendees must register by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Green Auditorium, Building 101, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899. 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 jzook@nist.gov or by phone at (301) 975-4133 or Marc Salit by email at salit@nist.gov or by phone at (650) 350-2338. To register, go to: https://www-s.nist.gov/CRS/confdisclosure.cfm?&confid=8473.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-29/html/2015-18470.htm

  • Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting (workshop).


    SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council), in collaboration with NMFS and NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), will convene a scientific workshop to consider the distribution of the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine. The workshop is open to the public.

    DATES: The workshop will take place August 17-19, 2015. Meeting times are Monday, August 17, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, August 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon or until business for the workshop is complete.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the SWFSC Pacific Conference Room, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kerry Griffin, Staff Officer; telephone: (503) 820-2409.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-30/html/2015-18663.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Announcement of the Board of Directors for the National Environmental Education Foundation

    AGENCY: Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (doing business as The National Environmental Education Foundation or NEEF) was created by Section 10 of Public Law 101-619, the National Environmental Education Act of 1990. It is a private 501(c)(3) non- profit organization established to promote and support education and training as necessary tools to further environmental protection and sustainable, environmentally sound development. It provides the common ground upon which leaders from business and industry, all levels of government, public interest groups, and others can work cooperatively to expand the reach of environmental education and training programs beyond the traditional classroom. The Foundation promotes innovative environmental education and training programs such as environmental education for medical healthcare providers and broadcast meteorologists; it also develops partnerships with government and other organizations to administer projects that promote the development of an environmentally literal public. The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as required by the terms of the Act, announces the following appointment to the National Environmental Education Foundation Board of Directors. The appointee is Dr. Martin Philbert, Dean, School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (UM).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice of Appointment, please contact Mr. Brian Bond, Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Public Engagement, U.S. EPA 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information concerning NEEF can be found on their Web site at: http://www.neefusa.org.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-29/html/2015-18608.htm

  • Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee Meeting--August 2015

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will continue on Friday, August 28, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. All times noted are Eastern Time. The meeting may adjourn early if all business is finished. Attendees should register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-bosc-safe-and-sustainable-water-resources-subcommittee-tickets-17396457272 by August 19, 2015. Requests for the draft agenda or for making oral presentations at the meeting will be accepted up to July 25, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the EPA's Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center, 26 Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45268. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- ORD-2015-0467, by one of the following methods:

    www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: Send comments by electronic mail (email) to: ORD.Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0467.

    Fax: Fax comments to: (202) 566-0224, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0467.

    Mail: Send comments by mail to: Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee Docket, Mail Code: 2822T, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0467.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver comments to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3334, William Jefferson Clinton West Building, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0467. Note: this is not a mailing address. Deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD- 2015-0467. The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or email. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about the EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee Docket, EPA/DC, William Jefferson Clinton West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via mail at: Cindy Roberts, Mail Code 8104R, Office of Science Policy, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; via phone/ voice mail at: (202) 564-1999; via fax at: (202) 565-2911; or via email at: roberts.cindy@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-30/html/2015-18724.htm

  • Proposal To Mitigate Exposure to Bees From Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products; Extension of Comment Period

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of May 29, 2015, concerning EPA's Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products and a second notice on extending the comment period to July 29, 2015. This document extends the comment period for an additional 30 days, from July 29, 2015 to August 28, 2015. The Agency has received additional requests from multiple stakeholders to extend the comment period to allow them to adequately develop comments on this complex and important issue. EPA is granting the extension.

    DATES: The comment period for the document published on May 29, 2015 (80 FR 30644) is extended. Comments identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0818 must be received on or before August 28, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Follow the detailed instructions provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register document of May 29, 2015 (80 FR 30644) (FRL-9927- 36).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Goodis, Pesticide Re- Evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8157; email address: goodis.michael@epa.gov, or Marietta Echeverria, Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (703) 305-8578; email address: echeverria.marietta@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-27/html/2015-18413.htm

  • Request for Scientific Views: Draft Recommended Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Chronic Criterion for Selenium--Freshwater 2015

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is opening the comment period for the Agency's draft recommended aquatic life water quality chronic criterion for selenium in freshwater. EPA released a previous draft entitled "External Peer Review Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium--Freshwater, 2014'' for public comment on May 14, 2014. EPA received scientific views from the public and stakeholders, and convened a contractor-led expert external peer review. EPA considered the results from the expert peer review and scientific views and comments from the public and stakeholders to develop the current draft document, which is now available for comment. Following closure of this public comment period, EPA will consider scientific views from the public on this draft document as well as any new data or information received. EPA will then publish Federal Register notice(s) announcing the availability of the final selenium criterion.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 25, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2004-0019, by one of the following methods:

    www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: ow-docket@epa.gov. Attention Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2004-0019.

    Fax: 202-566-1140.

    Mail: EPA Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode 2822-IT 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20640, Attention Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019. Please include a total of two copies (including references).

    Hand Delivery: EPA Water Docket, EPA Docket Center, William Jefferson Clinton West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004, Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. [EPA-HQ-2004- 0019]. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or ow-docket@epa.gov. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an "anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Gallagher, Ph.D., Office of Water, Health and Ecological Criteria Division (4304T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564-1398; fax: 202-566-1140, or email: gallagher.kathryn@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-27/html/2015-18348.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    AGENCY: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Commission) will conduct its twenty second meeting on September 2, 2015. At this meeting, the Commission will continue to discuss the role of deliberation and deliberative methods to engage the public and inform consideration in bioethics, and how to integrate pubic dialogue into the bioethics conversation; bioethics education as a forum for fostering deliberative skills, and preparing students to participate in public dialogue in bioethics; goals and methods of bioethics education; and integrating bioethics education across a range of professional disciplines and educational levels.

    DATES: The meeting will take place on September 2, 2015, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Renaissance Washington Hotel, 999 9th Street NW., Washington, DC 20001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa M. Lee, Executive Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 1425 New York Avenue NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-233- 3960. Email: Lisa.Lee@bioethics.gov. Additional information may be obtained at www.bioethics.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-28/html/2015-18443.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. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 80 FR 18443, 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; or (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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton at (703) 292-7556 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).

    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-2015-07-29/html/2015-18563.htm

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