Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notice of a Public Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting and location.

    SUMMARY: On November 2, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) in the Federal Register, as authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act. This notice announces the location of the meeting (see the ADDRESSES section of this notice). The meeting is scheduled for November 17, 18 and 19, 2015. During this meeting, the NDWAC will focus discussions on developing recommendations for the EPA Administrator on the Lead and Copper National Primary Drinking Water Regulation--Long Term Revisions.

    DATES: The meeting on November 17, 2015, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; November 18, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and November 19, 2015, from 8 a.m. to noon, eastern standard time.

    ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information about this meeting or to request written materials, contact Michelle Schutz of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by phone at 202-564-7374 or by email at schutz.michelle@epa.gov. For additional information about the NDWAC meeting, please visit http://water.epa.gov/drink/ndwac/ or www.regulations.gov (search for Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0714).


  • Notice of Opportunity To Provide Information on Existing Programs That Protect Water Quality From Forest Road Discharges

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicits public input and information on existing public and private sector programs that address stormwater discharges from forest roads. This information will assist EPA in responding to the remand in Environmental Defense Center, Inc. v. U.S. EPA, 344 F.2d 832 (9th Cir. 2003) that requires EPA to consider whether the Clean Water Act requires the Agency to regulate forest roads. This notice does not imply that EPA has made any decision to do so. EPA is considering the implementation, effectiveness, and scope of existing programs in addressing water quality impacts attributable to stormwater discharges from forest roads prior to making any decision. The Agency plans to assess a variety of existing programs, including federal, state, local, tribal, third party certifications, and combinations of these approaches, as well as voluntary best management practices (BMP)-based approaches. In preparing its response to the remand, EPA is coordinating with other federal agencies, and will assess whether any additional stormwater controls are called for, consistent with federal law, including the recent 2014 amendments to the Clean Water Act.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2015-0668, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Prasad Chumble, EPA Headquarters, Office of Water, Office of Wastewater Management via email at chumble.prasad@epa.gov or telephone at 202-564-0021.


  • Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel as part of the peer review of the EPA draft report, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources, (May, 2015 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R- 15/047). The teleconference will serve to complete agenda items from the October 28-30, 2015 Panel meeting, namely to develop preliminary key points in response to charge questions on the agency's draft assessment.

    DATES: The public teleconference will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconference will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain further information regarding this public teleconference may contact Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer, by telephone: (202) 564-2134 or email at hanlon.edward@epa.gov. The SAB mailing address is: U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information about the SAB, including information concerning the SAB meeting and teleconferences announced in this notice, may be found on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    Technical Contact for EPA's Draft Report: Any technical questions concerning EPA's draft report should be directed to Dr. Jeffrey Frithsen, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Mail Code 8601P, Washington, DC 20460, telephone (703) 347-8623 or via email at frithsen.jeff@epa.gov.


  • Health and Human Services

  • National Cancer Institute; Amended Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given of a change in the meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board, November 30, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to December 2, 2015, 12:00 p.m., National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD, 20892 which was published in the Federal Register on October 27, 2015, 80 FR 65785.

    The open session on December 2, 2015 has been canceled. The meeting is partially closed to the public.


  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: December 10-11, 2015.

    Time: December 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Agenda: NIH Director's report and ACD Working Group reports.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6C6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Time: December 11, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to Adjournment

    Agenda: IC Director reports and any other committee business.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6C6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892

    Contact Person: Gretchen Wood, Staff Assistant, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 126, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-4272, woodgs@od.nih.gov.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://acd.od.nih.gov, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.


  • Interior

  • Announcement of National Geospatial Advisory Committee Meeting

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY: The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will meet on December 4, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. The meeting will be held via web conference and teleconference.

    The NGAC, which is composed of representatives from governmental, private sector, non-profit, and academic organizations, has been established to advise the Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee on management of Federal geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16. Topics to be addressed at the meeting include:

    --FGDC Update --NGAC Subcommittee Reports --Review of NGAC Papers --Planning for 2016 NGAC Activities

    Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance. Please register by contacting Lucia Foulkes at the Federal Geographic Data Committee (703-648-4142, lfoulkes@usgs.gov). Meeting registrations are due by November 30, 2015. Meeting information (Web conference and teleconference instructions) will be provided to registrants prior to the meeting. While the meeting will be open to the public, attendance may be limited due to web conference and teleconference capacity.

    The meeting will include an opportunity for public comment. Attendees wishing to provide public comment should register by November 30. Please register by contacting Lucia Foulkes at the Federal Geographic Data Committee (703-648-4142, lfoulkes@usgs.gov). Comments may also be submitted to the NGAC in writing.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on December 4, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey (206-220-4621).


  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: November 18, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 19, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. (EST).

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and provide name and organizational affiliation. Visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

    WEBCAST INFORMATION: Public meetings and public portions of meetings will be webcast. To view the meetings, go to http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/151118/ and follow the instructions.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information. Meeting information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Ron Campbell, jrcampbe@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2490.

    STATUS: Portions open; portions closed.


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