Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting and webinar/conference call.


    SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in March 2016. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The AP meeting and webinar will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016; from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016; and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016. There will be an introduction for new AP members at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814. The meeting presentations will also be available via WebEx webinar/conference call.

    On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, the conference call information is phone number 1-888-566-6157; Participant Code: 5998985; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee08141a7a0cf50251a257df9d3b931fa; event password: NOAA.

    On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, the conference call information is phone number 1-888-282-0431; Participant Code: 9825698; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee29585c757454c5e48b292d7dc2fc95f; event password: NOAA.

    On Thursday, March 31, 2016, the conference call information is phone number 1-800-593-9960; Participant Code: 5039500; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9dc5e094b476fc2b3621dfbe73e9cd6c; event password: NOAA.

    Participants are strongly encouraged to log/dial in fifteen minutes prior to the meeting. NMFS will show the presentations via webinar and allow public comment during identified times on the agenda.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Guy DuBeck or Margo Schulze-Haugen at (301) 427-8503.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-18/html/2016-03272.htm

  • Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PDARP/PEIS)

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of a Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Deepwater Horizon Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies (Trustees) have prepared a Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PDARP/PEIS). As required by OPA, in this Final PDARP/PEIS, the Trustees present the assessment of impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico and on the services those resources provide, and determine the restoration needed to compensate the public for these impacts. The Final PDARP/PEIS describes the Trustees' programmatic alternatives considered to restore natural resources, ecological services, and recreational use services injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Trustees evaluate these alternatives under criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource damage assessment regulations, and also evaluate the environmental consequences of the restoration alternatives in accordance with NEPA. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Final PDARP/PEIS.

    ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the Final PDARP/PEIS at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov. Alternatively, you may request a CD of the Final PDARP/PEIS (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). You may also view the document at any of the public facilities listed at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov. The Final PDARP/PEIS also will be available for download at http://www.justice.gov/enrd/deepwater-horizon.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Courtney Groeneveld at gulfspill.restoration@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-19/html/2016-03299.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology: Assumable Waters Subcommittee; Notice of Public Meetings

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of federal advisory subcommittee meetings.


    SUMMARY: Consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving notice of two upcoming public meetings of the Assumable Waters Subcommittee convened under the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). The Assumable Waters Subcommittee will provide advice and recommendations on how the EPA can best clarify assumable waters for dredge and fill permit programs pursuant to the Clean Water Act section 404(g)(1). The EPA is undertaking this effort to support states and tribes that wish to assume the program. Similar to the parent NACEPT, the subcommittee represents a diversity of interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, State, and tribal governments.

    Meeting agendas and materials will be posted at www2.epa.gov/cwa-404/assumable-waters-sub-committee.

    DATES: The Assumable Waters Subcommittee will hold two 3-day public meetings on:

    March 15 and 16, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on March 17, 2016, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the One Potomac Yard Building in Arlington, VA.

    June 7 through 9, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the One Potomac Yard Building in Arlington, VA.

    ADDRESSES: One Potomac Yard, 2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA, 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Bachle, Designated Federal Officer, via Email at: assumablewaters@epa.gov, by phone: (202) 566- 2468, via postal service at: U.S. EPA, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20460.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-17/html/2016-03211.htm

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for Nominations to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately six (6) new vacancies for terms through September 2019. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: grassroots community-based organizations (2 vacancies); non- governmental/environmental organizations (2 vacancies); State government agencies (1 vacancy); and business and industry (1 vacancy). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by July 2016. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice also may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than Friday, April 15, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations electronically with the subject line NEJAC Membership 2016 to martin.karenl.@epa.gov. You also may submit nominations by mail to: Karen L. Martin, NEJAC Project Manager, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (MC 2201A), Washington, DC 20460. Non- electronic submissions must follow the same format and contain the same information. The Office of Environmental Justice will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Tejada, Designated Federal Officer for the NEJAC, U.S. EPA; telephone (202) 564-8047; fax: (202) 564-1624.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-18/html/2016-03405.htm

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council: Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notification of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see "Registration" under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to a limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required.

    DATES: The NEJAC will convene Wednesday, March 16, 2016 and Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Central Time each day. The discussion will focus on several topics including, but not limited to, an update on recovery efforts; resources and technical assistance available to communities with environmental justice concerns; and climate change concerns of coastal communities.

    One public comment period relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2016, starting at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. Members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period are highly encouraged to pre-register by Midnight, Central Time, on Monday, March 7, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: The NEJAC meeting will be held at the Courtyard Gulfport Beachfront located at 1600 E Beach Blvd., Gulfport, MS 39501.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the teleconference meeting should be directed to Karen L. Martin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-0203; via email at martin.karenl@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at: www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-16/html/2016-03115.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (BSC, NCEH/ ATSDR), Lead Poisoning Prevention (LPP) Subcommittee; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the CDC, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

    Time and Date

    12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., EST, February 23, 2016

    Place: This meeting will be held by teleconference. To participate in the teleconference, please dial 1-888-390-3409 Passcode: 7621651

    Status: The meeting is open to the public, limited only by the conference lines available. The public is welcome to participate during the public comment period, which is tentatively scheduled from 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    This Federal Register Notice is being published less than 15 days before the meeting due to the recent public health crisis involving the Flint, Michigan water contamination with lead. CDC is convening a meeting of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Subcommittee of the BSC, NCEH/ ATSDR for a discussion of public health measures and assessments needed in response to this event.

    Purpose

    The subcommittee will propose strategies and options to the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) on ways to prioritize NCEH/ATSDR's activities, improve health outcomes, and address health disparities as it relates to lead exposures. The subcommittee will deliberate on ways to evaluate lead exposure and how to best conduct health evaluations through exposure and epidemiologic studies. Subcommittee proposals on lead prevention practices and national lead poisoning prevention efforts will be provided to the Board of Scientific Counselors for deliberation and possible adoption as formal recommendations to NCEH/ ATSDR.

    Matters for Discussion: Agenda items will include the following: A discussion on the blood lead testing and health surveillance strategies for the residents of Flint, Michigan.

    Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

    Contact Person for More Information: Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR, 4770 Buford Highway, Mail Stop F-45, Chamblee, Georgia 30345; telephone 770/488-0575, Fax: 770/488-3377; Email: smalcom@cdc.gov.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-17/html/2016-03375.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on Education and Human Resources (CEH), 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 a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST.

    SUBJECT MATTER: Committee Chair's opening remarks; approval of minutes of November 19, 2015 meeting; update and discussion of recent CEH activities regarding the "grand challenges in STEM" activity; and Committee Chair's closing remarks.

    STATUS: Open.

    This meeting will be held by teleconference. A public listening line will be available. Members of the public 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 teleconference for the public listening number. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) which may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is Matt Wilson (mbwilson@nsf.gov).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-16/html/2016-03126.htm

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