Agriculture

  • National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Reestablishment

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of intent to reestablish.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, we are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture intends to reestablish the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee for a 2-year period. The Secretary has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Carrie Joyce, Designated Federal Officer, Wildlife Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 87, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3999.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/html/2016-15551.htm

  • Commerce

  • Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) will hold a meeting that will be open to the public. Information about the HSRP and the meeting agenda will be posted at: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/meetings_cleveland2016.htm.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on August 30, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT; August 31, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and September 1, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Times are subject to change. For updates, please check: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/meetings_cleveland2016.htm.

    ADDRESSES: City Club of Cleveland, 830 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis, HSRP program manager, National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA (N/NSD), 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3 #6301, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone: 301-713-2750 ext. 166; email: lynne.mersfelder@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-29/html/2016-15365.htm

  • Interagency Working Group on the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act Detailed Summary of the Great Lakes Plan on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Hypoxia; Correction

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice; Correction.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a document in the Federal Register of June 3, 2016, entitled Interagency Working Group on the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act. The information concerning the submission date has been updated.

    Other Information: The updated information for when stakeholders are invited to provide input related to concerns and successes pertaining to HABs and hypoxia in the Great Lakes region follows:

    Stakeholders are invited to submit questions and provide input related to concerns and successes pertaining to HABs and hypoxia in the Great Lakes region. The IWG-HABHRCA continues to seek general and technical feedback on topics including:

    Regional, Great Lakes-specific priorities for:

    • Ecological, economic, and social research on the causes and impacts of HABs and hypoxia;
    • Approaches to improving monitoring and early warnings, scientific understanding, prediction and modeling, and socioeconomics of these events; and
    • Mitigating the causes and impacts of HABs and hypoxia.

    Communication and information dissemination methods that state, tribal, local, and international governments and organizations may undertake to educate and inform the public concerning HABs and hypoxia in the Great Lakes; and

    Perceived needs for handling Great Lakes HAB and hypoxia events, as well as an action strategy for managing future situations.

    Inquiries and comments may be submitted via email (IWG-HABHRCA@noaa.gov) or via U.S. mail to Caitlin Gould at NOAA, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, SSMC-4, #8237, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Technical feedback in the form of brief annotated bibliographic entries would be welcome. The Interagency Working Group will gladly accept public input at any time; however, only those that are received on or before August 19, 2016, may be considered when the Interagency Working Group finalizes the plan.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caitlin Gould (Caitlin.gould@noaa.gov, 240-533-0290) or Stacey DeGrasse (Stacey.Degrasse@fda.hhs.gov, 240-402- 1470).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-29/html/2016-15364.htm

  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB)

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NSGAB. NSGAB members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the NSGCP Web site at http://seagrant.noaa.gov/WhoWeAre/Leadership/NationalSeaGrantAdvisoryBoard/UpcomingAdvisoryBoardMeetings.aspx.

    DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 12, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via conference call. Public access is also available at 1315 East-West Highway, Bldg. 3, Room #11817, Silver Spring, MD 20910. In order to attend in person or via conference call, please R.S.V.P to Jennifer Hinden (contact information below) by Friday, July 29, 2016.

    STATUS: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 10- minute public comment period from 4:50-5:00 p.m. EDT. Please check the agenda using link in the Summary section to confirm time.

    The NSGAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of three (3) minutes. Written comments should be received by Mrs. Jennifer Hinden by Friday, July 22nd, 2016 to provide sufficient time for NSGAB review. Written comments received after the deadline will be distributed to the NSGAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Contact Information: For any questions concerning the meeting or to R.S.V.P., please contact Mrs. Jennifer Hinden, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11717, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, 301-734- 1083, Jennifer.Hinden@noaa.gov.

    Special Accomodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. If you would like to attend in person, requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mrs. Jennifer Hinden by Friday, July 22nd, 2016.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NSGAB, which consists of a balanced representation from academia, industry, state government and citizens groups, was established in 1976 by Section 209 of the Sea Grant Improvement Act (Pub. L. 94-461, 33 U.S.C. 1128).

    The NSGAB advises the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the NSGCP with respect to operations under the Act, and such other matters as the Secretary refers to them for review and advice.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/html/2016-15595.htm

  • Energy

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of partially-closed meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially-closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: July 13, 2016; 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC in the Lecture Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Ms. Jennifer Michael at jmichael@ostp.eop.gov, (202) 395-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-28/html/2016-15235.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: There will be a 2-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the human health and ecological risk assessments for SmartStax PRO (MON 89034 x TC1507 x MON 87411 x DAS-59122-7), a plant-incorporated protectant intended to control corn rootworm through ribonucleic acid (RNA) interference.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on September 27-28, 2016, from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Comments. The Agency encourages written comments be submitted on or before September 13, 2016, to provide adequate time for the FIFRA SAP to review and consider the comments. The Agency encourages requests for oral comments be submitted on or before September 20, 2016. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after September 13, 2016, should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before August 1, 2016.

    Webcast. This meeting may be webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sap for information on how to access the meeting webcast. Please note that the webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the meeting will continue as planned.

    Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

    Comments: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0349, 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. Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations. Submit nominations to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP, requests for special accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven 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; email address: knott.steven@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/html/2016-15589.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the NIH Clinical Center Research Hospital Board.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, 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.

    The portions of the meeting devoted to the identification and evaluation of specific candidates for consideration for leadership positions in the Clinical Center will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(9)(B) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. Premature disclosure of potential candidates and their qualifications, as well as the discussions by the committee, could significantly frustrate NIH's ability to recruit these individuals and the consideration of personnel qualifications, performance, and the competence of individuals as candidates would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: NIH Clinical Center Research Hospital Board.

    Date: July 15, 2016.

    Open: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Welcome and NIH Director's Overview, Clinical Center Leadership Feedback, Governance Structure, and Chief Executive Officer Characteristics.

    Place: Conference Room 6C6, Building 31C, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Identification of Candidates for Leadership Roles.

    Place: Conference Room 6C6, Building 31C, National Institutes of Health, 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.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    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.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/html/2016-15446.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments

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

    ACTION: Notice of a renewal of a currently approved information collection (1028-0107).


    SUMMARY: We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 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 IC. This collection is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2016.

    DATES: To ensure that your comments are considered, we must receive them on or before August 30, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments 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- 7197 (fax); or gs-info_collections@usgs.gov (email). Please reference `Information Collection 1028-0107, Economic Contribution of Federal Investments in Restoration of Degraded, Damaged, or Destroyed Ecosystems' in all correspondence.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Cullinane Thomas, Fort Collins Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 2150 Centre Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80526 (mail); 970-226-9164 (phone); or ccullinanethomas@usgs.gov (email). You may also find information about this ICR at www.reginfo.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-01/html/2016-15657.htm

  • Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment on the Joint U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for public comment.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), issue Endangered Species Act incidental take permits and help applicants develop conservation plans as a prerequisite to obtaining those permits. We announce the availability of and request public comment on a draft revision of our joint Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Handbook, which describes requirements, procedures, and guidance for permit issuance and conservation-plan development. The HCP Handbook initially was released in 1996, and revised by addendum in July 2000.

    DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments on the draft HCP Handbook must be received or postmarked on or before August 29, 2016. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. Any comments that we receive after the closing date may not be considered.

    ADDRESSES:

    Availability of Documents

    Internet: You may obtain copies of all of the documents at: http://www.regulations.gov/.

    Comment submission: You may submit written comments on the draft joint HCP Handbook by one of the following methods:

    Electronically: Go to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS-HQ-ES-2016- 0004, or NOAA-NMFS-2016-0004, which is the docket number for this notice. On the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Notices link to locate this document, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comment.

    By hard copy: Submit comments by U.S. mail or hand- delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0004, or NOAA-NMFS-2016-0004; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    Instructions: We request that you send comments by only the methods described above. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by the Services.

    All comments received will be a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. You may request at the top of your document that we withhold your personal information from public review; however, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Trish Adams, USFWS (phone: 703-358- 2120; email: trish_adams@fws.gov), or Heather Coll, NMFS (phone: 301- 427-8455; email: heather.coll@noaa.gov). Persons who use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-28/html/2016-15230.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Executive Committee, 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 & TIME: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.

    SUBJECT MATTER: (1) Committee Chair's opening remarks; (2) Approval of Executive Committee minutes of April 2016; (3) Discuss issues and topics for an agenda of the NSB meeting scheduled for August 9-10, 2016; and (4) Committee Chair's closing remarks.

    STATUS: Open.

    LOCATION: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. 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.

    UPDATES & POINT OF CONTACT: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information. Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/. Point of contact for this meeting is: James Hamos, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8000.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/html/2016-15720.htm

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