• Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice; public meeting.

    SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will host a series of five webinars in January and February 2016, which are open to the public. Each webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m.

    DATES: The webinars will be held January 12, January 14, January 26, January 28, and February 2, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: The following login instructions will work for any of the webinars in this series.

    1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:

    2. Enter the Webinar ID: 121-225-731.

    3. Please enter your name and email address (required).

    Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer's audio or select "Use Telephone." If you do not select "Use Telephone" you will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers (VolP).

    If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-(702) 489-0007 (not a toll-free number), then enter your phone audio access code 471-159-571, then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

    A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

    Council address: Pacific Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kit Dahl, Pacific Council; phone: (503) 820-2422.

  • Energy

  • Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of Renewal.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 14(a)(2)(A) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (Pub. L. 92-463) and in accordance with title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 102-3.65, and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee's (BERAC) charter will be renewed for a two-year period.

    The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Director, Office of Science on the biological and environmental research programs.

    Additionally, the renewal of the BERAC has been determined to be essential to conduct business of the Department of Energy's mission and to be in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the Department of Energy by law and agreement. The Committee will operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and rules and regulations issued in implementation of that Act.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Sharlene C. Weatherwax at (301) 903-3251.

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of Two Teleconferences and a Face-to-Face Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Economy-Wide Modeling Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Economy-Wide Modeling Panel. The SAB Staff Office also announces a public face-to-face meeting of the SAB Economy-Wide Modeling Panel.

    DATES: The public teleconferences will be held on March 10, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) and May 19, 2016 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern Time). The public face-to-face meeting will be held on July 19-20, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be held by telephone only. The face-to-face meeting will take place at George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Convening Center A and B, 950 New Hampshire Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20052. The public can view the July 19-20, 2016 face-to-face meeting via a non-interactive, live webcast that will be broadcast on the internet. The connection information to view the webcast will be provided on the meeting Web page at the time of the meeting. The meeting Web page may be found by going to and clicking on the calendar then the meeting date.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding the public teleconferences or public meeting may contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2073 or via email at General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at

  • Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2017

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.

    SUMMARY: Under section 211 of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to set renewable fuel percentage standards every year. This action establishes the annual percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that apply to all motor vehicle gasoline and diesel produced or imported in the years 2014, 2015, and 2016. The EPA is establishing a cellulosic biofuel volume for all three years that is below the applicable volume specified in the Act, and is also rescinding the cellulosic biofuel standard for 2011. Relying on statutory waiver authorities, the EPA is adjusting the applicable volumes of advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel for all three years. The 2016 standards are expected to spur further progress in overcoming current constraints in renewable fuel distribution infrastructure, which in turn is expected to lead to substantial growth over time in the production and use of renewable fuels. In this action, we are also establishing the applicable volume of biomass-based diesel for 2017. Finally, we are setting the compliance and attest reporting deadlines for the years 2013, 2014, and 2015, as well as finalizing regulatory amendments to clarify the scope of the existing algal biofuel pathway.

    DATES: This final rule is effective on February 12, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0111. All documents in the docket are listed on the Web site. 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, is not placed in the electronic docket and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically through

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia MacAllister, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; telephone number: 734-214-4131; email address:

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award

    AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of a new information collection, Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award.

    SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) are notifying the public that we have submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the information collection request (ICR) described below. To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this ICR.

    DATES: To ensure that your comments on this ICR are considered, OMB must receive them on or before January 19, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments on this information collection directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior, via email:; or by fax (202) 395-5806; and identify your submission with ‘OMB Control Number 1028—NEW Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award’. Please also forward a copy of your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); (703) 648-7195 (fax); or (email). Please reference OMB Information Collection 1028—NEW: Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award in all correspondence.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brigitta Urban-Mathieux, Federal Geographic Data Committee Office of the Secretariat, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 590, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); 703-648-5175 (phone); or (email). You may also find information about this ICR at

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