Agriculture

  • Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Genetic Research Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Solicitation of members.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C.A. 5843), the United States Department of Agriculture announces the solicitation for nominations to fill five vacancies on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC), a subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.

    DATES: The deadline for nominations is August 28, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, completed Form AD-755, and any letters of nomination or support must be submitted via one of the following methods:

    1. Email to nareee@ars.usda.gov; or
    2. By mail delivery service to REE Advisory Board Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 332A, Jamie L. Whitten Building, Washington, DC 20250.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, Executive Director, REE Advisory Board Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 332A, Washington, DC 20250-0321; telephone: 202-720-3684; fax: 202-720-6199; or email: Michele.esch@ars.usda.gov. Information specific to the NGRAC can be found at http://www.ars-grin.gov/ngrac/. General information regarding the NAREEE Advisory Board can be found at http://nareeeab.ree.usda.gov/.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-10/html/2015-19573.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

    DATES: August 27, 2015 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. August 28, 2015 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW., Washington, DC 20008.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; Email: Elliott.Levine@ee.doe.gov and Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: rtiley@bcs-hq.com.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-10/html/2015-19574.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

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

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; correction.


    SUMMARY: On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), gave notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommittee in the Federal Register. On Page 45536, Column 3, in the DATES section, EPA inadvertently listed the date by which members of the public should request a draft agenda or request an opportunity to make oral presentations at the meeting as July 25, 2015. The correct date by which requests should be made is August 25, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer 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; or via email at: roberts.cindy@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-10/html/2015-19592.htm

  • Nominations to the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice provides the names, addresses, professional affiliations, and selected biographical data of persons recently nominated to serve on the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) established under section 25(d) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The Panel was created on November 28, 1975, and made a statutory Panel by amendment to FIFRA, dated October 25, 1988. The Agency, at this time, anticipates selecting two new members to serve on the panel as a result of membership terms that will expire in 2015. Public comments on the current nominations are invited, as these comments will be used to assist the Agency in selecting the new chartered Panel members.

    DATES: Comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0423, must be received on or before August 27, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0423, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 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 http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven M. Knott, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-0103; fax number: (202) 564-8382; email address: knott.steven@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-12/html/2015-19828.htm

  • Workshop To Review Initial Draft Materials for the Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) and Sulfur Oxides (SOX) Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Ecological Effects

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of workshop.


    SUMMARY: As part of the review of the air quality criteria for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and sulfur oxides (SOX) secondary (welfare-based) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a teleconference workshop to evaluate preliminary draft materials that will inform the development of the NOX and SOX Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for ecological effects. The workshop is being organized by EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the Office of Research and Development and will be held by teleconference from August 25-27, 2015. The workshop will be open to attendance by interested public observers on a first-come, first-served basis and participation will be by teleconference only.

    DATES: The workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, beginning at 1:30 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m.; Wednesday, August 26, 2015, beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m.; and Thursday, August 27, 2015, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held by teleconference and webinar. The call in number and Web site information for the teleconference are available to registered participants. Please register by going to https://nox-sox-eco-criteria-webinars.eventbrite.com.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct questions regarding workshop registration or logistics to Canden Byrd at EPANAAQSWorkshop@icfi.com or by phone at (919) 293-1660. Questions regarding the scientific and technical aspects of the workshop should be directed to Dr. Tara Greaver; telephone: 919-541-2435; facsimile: 919-541-1818; or email: greaver.tara@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-12/html/2015-19842.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program Regarding Professions Needed by National Research Institutes

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is issuing regulations to implement provisions of the Public Health Service Act authorizing the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program Regarding Professions Needed by National Research Institutes (UGSP). The purpose of the program is to recruit appropriately qualified undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds to conduct research in the intramural research program as employees of the NIH by providing scholarship support.

    DATES: This final rule is effective September 11, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Moore, NIH Regulations Officer, Office of Management Assessment, NIH, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Room 601, MSC 7669, Rockville MD 20852; by email at jm40z@nih.gov; by fax on 301-402-0169 (not a toll-free number); or by telephone on 301-496-4607 (not a toll-free number).

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-12/html/2015-19739.htm

  • Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (BSC, NCEH/ATSDR)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for membership on the BSC, NCEH/ATSDR. The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR consists of 16 experts knowledgeable in the field of environmental public health or in related disciplines, who are selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The BSC, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC; and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR, regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies' mission to protect and promote people's health. The Board provides advice and guidance to help NCEH/ATSDR work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill its mission in protecting America's health.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishments of the Board's objectives. Nominees will be selected from experts with experience in preventing human diseases and disabilities caused by environmental conditions. Experts in the disciplines of toxicology, epidemiology, environmental or occupational medicine, behavioral science, risk assessment, exposure assessment, environmental justice, laboratory science, and experts in public health and other related disciplines will be considered. Members may be invited to serve up to four-year terms.

    The Federal Advisory Committee Act and implementing regulations stipulate that committee membership be balanced in terms of points of view represented and the Board's function. Consideration is given to a broad representation of geographic areas within the U.S., as well as gender, all ethnic and racial groups, persons with disabilities, and several factors including: (1) The committee's mission; (2) the geographic, ethnic, social, economic, or scientific impact of the advisory committee's recommendations; (3) the types of specific perspectives required, for example, those of consumers, technical experts, the public at-large, academia, business, or other sectors; (4) the need to obtain divergent points of view on the issues before the advisory committee; and (5) the relevance of State, local, or tribal governments to the development of the advisory committee's recommendations. Nominees must be U.S. citizens.

    Nominations should be sent, in writing, and postmarked by September 15, 2015. The following information must be submitted for each candidate: Name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and current curriculum vitae. Email addresses are requested if available. Nominations should be sent, in writing, to: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR, CDC, 4770 Buford Highway (MS-F45), Atlanta, Georgia 30341, Email address: sym6@CDC.GOV. Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.

    Candidates invited to serve will be asked to submit the "Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE 450'' for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This form allows CDC to determine whether there is a conflict of interest between that person's public responsibilities as a Special Government Employee and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a lack of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded at http://www.usoge.gov/forms/oge450pdf/oge450accessible.pdf.

    This form should not be submitted as part of a nomination.

    Contact Person for More Information: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR, 4770 Buford Highway, Mail Stop F-61, Chamblee, Georgia 30345; Telephone 770/488-0575 or 770/488-0577, Fax: 770/488-3377; Email: smalcom@cdc.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-11/html/2015-19675.htm

  • Science Advisory Board to the National Center for Toxicological Research Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At least one portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.

    Name of Committee: Science Advisory Board (SAB) to the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR).

    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on November 3, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and November 4, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: NCTR SAB, 3900 NCTR Rd., Conference rm. B-12, Jefferson, AR 72079. Answers to commonly asked questions including information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm408555.htm.

    Contact Person: Donna Mendrick, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 2208, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-8892; or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741- 8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: On November 3, 2015, the SAB Chair will welcome the participants, and the NCTR Director will provide a Center-wide update on scientific initiatives and accomplishments during the past year. The SAB will be presented with an overview of the Division of Biochemistry Subcommittee and the Subcommittee Site Visit Report. Representatives from the Office of the Chief Scientist and Office of Medical Products and Tobacco will discuss research needs and opportunities for collaborations with NCTR.

    On November 4, 2015, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Center for Tobacco Products, Center for Veterinary Medicine, and Office of Regulatory Affairs will each briefly discuss their Center-specific research strategic needs. Following the public session, the SAB will hear an update from each of NCTR's research divisions.

    Following an open discussion of all the information presented, the open session of the meeting will close so the SAB members can discuss personnel issues at NCTR at the end of each day.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: On November 3, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and November 4, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., the meeting is open to the public. Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before October 27, 2015. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before October 19, 2015. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by October 20, 2015.

    Closed Committee Deliberations: On November 4, 2015, from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., the meeting will be closed to permit discussion where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6)). This portion of the meeting will be closed to permit discussions of information concerning individuals associated with the research programs at NCTR.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Donna Mendrick at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-14/html/2015-20051.htm

  • Interior

  • Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public meeting of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Council). The Council's purpose is to provide expertise and support to the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking. You may attend the meeting in person, or you may participate via telephone. At this time, we are inviting submissions of questions and information for consideration during the meeting.

    DATES: Meeting: The meeting will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Registering to Attend the Meeting: To attend the meeting in person, you must register by close of business on August 17, 2015. (You do not need to register to listen via phone.) Please submit your name, email address, and phone number to Ms. Christina Meister to complete the registration process (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Because there is limited seating available, registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the public requesting reasonable accommodations, such as hearing interpreters, must contact Ms. Meister, in writing (preferably by email), no later than August 15, 2015.

    Submitting Questions or Information: If you want to provide us with questions and information to be considered during the meeting, your material must be received or postmarked on or before August 14, 2015. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 14, 2015.

    Making an Oral Presentation at the Meeting: If you want to make an oral presentation at the meeting (in person or by phone), contact Ms. Meister no later than August 14, 2015 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). For more information, see Making an Oral Presentation under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of the Interior, South Interior Building Auditorium, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240.

    Meeting Call-In Numbers: Members of the public unable to attend the meeting in person may call in at 800-369-3144 (toll free) or 1-312-470- 7152 (toll) using the passcode 6368856#. Members may register to give an oral presentation over the phone as well. For more information, see Making an Oral Presentation under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Submitting Questions or Information: You may submit questions or information for consideration during the meeting by one of the following methods:

    1. Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-HQ-IA-2014-0019. Then click on the "Search'' button. You may submit questions or information by clicking on "Comment Now!''

    2. By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-IA-2015-0019; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ABHC; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We will not accept email or faxes. We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Submitting Public Comments section below for more information).

    Reviewing Comments Received by the Service: See Reviewing Public Comments in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christina Meister, International Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by email at acwtmeeting@fws.gov (preferable method of contact); by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; by telephone at (703) 358-2284; or by fax at (703) 358-2276.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-10/html/2015-19516.htm

  • Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting (via Web Conferencing) of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council, as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues. The purpose of a meeting via web conferencing, in lieu of physical travel, on August 18, 2015 is to convene the full Advisory Committee to discuss the work of its Subcommittee on Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) in providing advice on a National EDRR Framework and Emergency Funding Plan; present an overview of the status of the report; discuss changes that have been made since the May 20-22, 2015 ISAC meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland; and to invite comments prior to submission of the final report to the White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience in September 2015 (comments are due August 25, 2015.) The web conference URL, call- in number and access code will be provided upon registering online at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=4466bff1189943eda4d1039a0e98fa42, or by phone at 202-208- 4122. A conference room will be available for members of the public to observe the web conference in person. For location, see ADDRESSES section below.

    DATES: Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee via web conferencing: Tuesday, August 18, 2015; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (EDT)

    ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of the Interior, Stuart Udall Building (MIB), 1849 C Street NW., Room 1548, Washington, DC 20240. All visiting members of the public must be cleared through building security prior to being escorted to the conference room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, National Invasive Species Council Program Specialist and ISAC Coordinator, Phone: (202) 208-4122; Fax: (202) 208-4118; Email: Kelsey_Brantley@ios.doi.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-12/html/2015-19867.htm

  • Request for Nominees for the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Request for nominees.


    SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), after consultation with the Co-Chairs of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking (Task Force), is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Council).

    DATES: Nominations must be received by September 9, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Send nominations, preferably by email, to Mr. Cade London, Special Assistant, Assistant Director for International Affairs, at acwtnominations@fws.gov. You may also send nominations via U.S. mail to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Attention: Mr. Cade London; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christina Meister, International Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by email at acwtnominations@fws.gov (preferable method of contact); by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; by telephone at (703) 358-2284; or by fax at (703) 358-2276.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-10/html/2015-19519.htm

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