Commerce

  • Final Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the T/B DBL 152 Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of Availability of a Final Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the T/B DBL 152 Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


    SUMMARY: NOAA, the Natural Resource Trustee for this project (identified below) has prepared a Final Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (Final DARP/EA) that addresses natural resource injuries and resource service losses resulting from the November 11, 2005 T/B DBL 152 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This Final DARP/EA presents NOAA's assessment of the injuries to natural resources and services and NOAA's final plan to compensate the public for those losses. NOAA's selected restoration alternative is an estuarine shoreline protection and salt marsh restoration project at the Texas Chenier Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex. NOAA previously provided the public an opportunity to comment on the Draft DARP/EA. The Draft DARP/EA was released on March 18, 2013 and was announced in a press release on NOAA's Web site and in the Federal Register (March 18, 2013; 78 FR 16655). NOAA received several comments on the Draft DARP/EA and prepared a response to these comments, described in further detail in the Supplementary Information section below. The full text of the public comments received is provided in Appendix C to the Final DARP/EA, and the response to the comments prepared by NOAA, which includes a summary of changes made to the Draft DARP/EA in response to the comments, is provided in Appendix B of the Final DARP/EA. The purpose of this notice, which is issued under the authority of the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act, is to inform the public of the availability of the Final DARP/EA and of the selected restoration alternative.

    ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the Final DARP/EA should be directed to Kris Benson of NOAA, 4700 Avenue U, Building 307, Galveston, TX 77551, email: kristopher.benson@noaa.gov. The Final DARP/EA and the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are available at: https://casedocuments.darrp.noaa.gov/southeast/dbl152/admin.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kris Benson of NOAA, 4700 Avenue U, Building 307, Galveston, TX 77551, email: kristopher.benson@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-11/html/2016-16357.htm

  • Science Advisory Board; Meetings

    AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Tuesday August 2 from 9:15 a.m. CDT to 5:30 p.m. CDT and on Wednesday August 3 from 8:15 a.m. CDT to 1:30 p.m. CDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://www.sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx for the most up-to-date meeting times and agenda.

    Place: The meeting will be held at the Bryant Conference Center, 240 Paul W. Bryant Dr., Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx for directions to the meeting location.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on August 2 from 12:30-12:45 p.m. CDT (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB 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 two (2) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the SAB Acting Executive Director by July 26, 2016 to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by July 26, 2016, to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after July 26, 2016, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12:00 p.m. on July 26, 2016, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov.

    Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Report on Arctic Research Review from the Ecosystem Sciences and Management Working Group; (2) Updates from the NOAA Administrator and Chief Scientist; (3) NOAA Response to the SAB GOES-R Level 0 Data report; (4) SAB Strategy Discussion and Implications for NOAA; (5) Discussion of SAB Issue Papers; and (6) Discussion of Working Group and SAB Concepts of Operations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-14/html/2016-16683.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board; Environmental Economics Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) to review its draft report regarding the EPA's proposed methodology for updating its mortality risk valuation estimates for policy analysis.

    DATES: The SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee will conduct public teleconferences on August 4 and August 5, 2016. Each of the teleconferences will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the public teleconferences may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at (202) 564-2155 or via email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-14/html/2016-16710.htm

  • Recommended Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium in Freshwater

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the release of a final updated Clean Water Act (CWA) section 304(a) recommended national chronic aquatic life criterion for the pollutant selenium in fresh water. The final criterion supersedes EPA's 1999 CWA section 304(a) recommended national acute and chronic aquatic life criteria for selenium. The 2016 recommended criterion reflects the latest scientific information, which indicates that selenium toxicity to aquatic life is primarily based on organisms consuming selenium- contaminated food rather than direct exposure to selenium dissolved in water. Draft versions of the criterion underwent public review in 2014 and 2015 and external peer review in 2015. EPA considered all public comments and peer reviewer comments in the development of the 2016 final selenium criterion document. EPA's water quality criterion for selenium provides recommendations to states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards under the CWA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Beaman, Health and Ecological Criteria Division, Office of Water (Mail Code 4304T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-0420; email address: beaman.joe@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-13/html/2016-16585.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the National Preparedness and Response Science Board

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the National Preparedness and Response Science Board (NPRSB) will be holding a public teleconference.

    DATES: The NPRSB will hold a public meeting on July 29, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

    ADDRESSES: Individuals who wish to participate should send an email to NPRSB@HHS.GOV with "NPRSB Registration" in the subject line. The meeting will occur by teleconference. To attend via teleconference and for further instructions, please visit the NPRSB Web site at HTTP://WWW.PHE.GOV/NPRSB.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please submit an inquiry via the NPRSB Contact Form located at: http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/legal/boards/nprsb/Pages/RFNBSBComments.aspx.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-12/html/2016-16409.htm

  • 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 Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to the number of phone lines. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: August 12, 2016.

    Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To discuss: (1) The Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research (AC DDIR) Report on the Site Visit Review of the Office of Human Research Subject Research Protection; (2) the recommendations for the Office of Human Subjects Research Protections program; and (3) the AC DDIR Implementation Report.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Teleconference, Participant Passcode: 15443, Conference Line: 888-233-9215, Bethesda, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Margaret McBurney, Program Specialist, Office of the Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health, Building One, Room 160, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-1921, mmburney@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.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-14/html/2016-16595.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council.

    DATES: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Local Time; and Friday, July 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: Ohio Aerospace Institute, President's Room, 22800 Cedar Point Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44142.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marla King, NAC Administrative Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-1148.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-13/html/2016-16548.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.


    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 81 FR 20688 and four comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

    Comments: Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; or (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725-17th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 703-292-7556. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays).

    NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-12/html/2016-16421.htm

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