Agriculture

  • Forestry Research Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Forestry Research Advisory Council (FRAC) will meet in Washington, DC. The Council is required by Section 1441 of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 (Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Additional information concerning FRAC, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the FRAC's Web site at: http://www.fs.fed.us/research/about/forestry-research-council/.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on the following dates and time:

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT

    All FRAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For updated status of the meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Roosevelt Conference Room, Yates Building, USDA Forest Service--Washington Office, 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20250. 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 received at USDA Forest Service--Washington Office, 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20250. Please call ahead at 202-205-1665 to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: W. Stephen Hart, Designated Federal Official, Forestry Research Advisory Council, Research and Development, USDA Forest Service, by phone at 202-205-0844, or by email at shart@fs.fed.us.

    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-2015-09-21/html/2015-23562.htm

  • Commerce

  • Coral Reef Conservation Program

    AGENCY: Coral Reef Conservation Program, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting, Notice of Public Comment.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF). The meeting will be held in Fajardo, Puerto Rico at El Conquistador Resort, 1000 El Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo, Puerto Rico 00738. The meeting provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among federal agencies, state and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. The meeting will be held Thursday, October 29, 2015. Additional workshops, evening events, and field trips will be on either side of the meeting on Tuesday, October 27, Wednesday, October 28, Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31. Registration is requested for all events associated with the meeting.

    This meeting has time allotted for public comment. All public comments must be submitted in written format. A written summary of the meeting will be posted on the USCRTF Web site within two months of occurrence. For information about the meeting, registering and submitting public comments, go to http://www.coralreef.gov.

    Commenters may address the meeting, the role of the USCRTF, or general coral reef conservation issues. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request that the USCRTF withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Established by Presidential Executive Order 13089 in 1998, the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force mission is to lead, coordinate and strengthen U.S. government actions to better preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. Co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and Interior, Task Force members include leaders of 12 federal agencies, seven U.S. states and territories and three freely associated states.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannon Simpson, NOAA USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Highway, N/OCRM, Silver Spring, MD 20910 at 303-497-6246 or Cheryl Fossani, USCRTF Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior, MS-3530-MIB, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240 at (202) 208-5004 or visit the USCRTF Web site at http://www.coralreef.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-21/html/2015-23643.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Financial Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations of Candidates to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations of candidates to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board.


    SUMMARY: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointments to fill vacancies on the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (the Board or EFAB). The Board seeks to maintain diverse representation across all workforce sectors and geographic locations. Nominees should demonstrate experience in any of the following areas: Environmental insurance; energy efficiency; commercial banking; local utility management and finance; green infrastructure financing; sustainable community partnerships; water resiliency; water and wastewater utility financial management; public-public; public-private; and public-nonprofit partnerships. Nominees are encouraged who live and work in the pacific northwest, northeast, and mid-west parts of the United States.

    EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain a diverse pool of candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. In addition to this notice, other sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday, October 9, 2015. Appointments will be made by the Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and will be announced in November 2015. Nominee qualifications will be assessed under the mandates of the Federal

    Advisory Committee Act, which requires Committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than October 9, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: EPA, Office of Water, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., (4102M), Washington, DC 20004.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Submit nomination materials by postal mail or electronic mail to: Pamela Scott, Membership Coordinator, Environmental Financial Advisory Board, or email scott.pamela@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-21/html/2015-23629.htm

  • Extension of Request for Scientific Views on the Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium--Freshwater 2015

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the Agency's draft recommended aquatic life water quality chronic criterion for selenium in freshwater. The draft criterion was announced in a July 27, 2015 notice entitled "Request for Scientific Views: Draft Recommended Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Chronic Criterion for Selenium--Freshwater 2015.'' In response to stakeholder requests, EPA is extending the period of time in which the Agency will accept scientific views for an additional 15 days.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 10, 2015. Scientific views postmarked after this date may not receive the same consideration. The comment period was originally scheduled to end on September 25, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments on the notice may be submitted to the EPA electronically, by mail, by facsimile or through hand delivery/courier. Please refer to the proposal (80 FR 44350-44354) for the addresses and detailed instructions.

    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 EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0019 Docket, EPA/DC, William Jefferson Clinton Building West, 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 EPA Water Docket is (202) 566-2426.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Gallagher at U.S. EPA, Office of Water, Health and Ecological Criteria Division (4304T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564- 1398; or email: gallagher.kathryn@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-24/html/2015-24310.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, 5 U.S.C. App 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 Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 22, 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 FURTHER 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; telephone: 240-453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; email address: SACHRP@hhs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-24/html/2015-24264.htm

  • Interior

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Final Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments

    AGENCY: Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Framework Agreement for Early Restoration Addressing Injuries Resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, notice is hereby given that the Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies (Trustees) have approved the Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments (Phase IV ERP/ EAs). The Trustees have selected 10 early restoration projects in the Phase IV ERP/EAs that are consistent with the early restoration program alternatives selected in the final Phase III Early Restoration Plan/ Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Phase III ERP/PEIS). The projects selected in the Phase IV ERP/EAs will continue the process of restoring natural resources and services injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which occurred on or about April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico. The Phase IV ERP/EAs also retains a notice of change and supporting analysis for one Phase III Early Restoration Project, "Enhancement of Franklin County Parks and Boat Ramps-- Eastpoint Fishing Pier Improvements'' that was included in the Draft Phase IV plan.

    ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the Phase IV ERP/EAs at: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov or http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon. Alternatively, you may request a CD of the Phase IV ERP/EAs (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). You may also view the document at any of the public facilities listed at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nanciann Regalado, at nanciann_regalado@fws.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-23/html/2015-24155.htm

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