Commerce

  • Ocean Exploration Advisory Board

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

    ACTION: Notice of Membership Solicitation for the OEAB.


    SUMMARY: OAR publishes this notice to solicit applications to fill a single membership vacancy on the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB) with an individual demonstrating expertise in data science and management and one other area of expertise relevant to ocean exploration, such as seafloor mapping. The new OEAB member will serve an initial three-year term, renewable once.

    The purpose of the OEAB is to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters pertaining to ocean exploration including: The identification of priority areas that warrant exploration; the development and enhancement of technologies for exploring the oceans; managing the data and information; and disseminating the results. The OEAB also provides advice on the relevance of the program with regard to the NOAA Strategic Plan, the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan, and other appropriate guidance documents.

    APPLICATIONS: An application is required to be considered for OEAB membership. To apply, please submit (1) full name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information (mailing address, email, telephones, fax); (2) a short description of his/her qualifications relative to data science and management, and at least one other area of expertise related to ocean exploration; (3) a resume or curriculum vitae (maximum length 4 pages); and (4) A cover letter stating their interest in serving on the OEAB and highlighting specific areas of expertise relevant to the purpose of the OEAB.

    DATES: Application materials should be sent to the mailing or email address specified below and must be received no later than 15 days after publication of this Federal Register Notice.

    ADDRESSES: Submit resume and application materials to Yvette Jefferson via mail or email. Mail: NOAA, 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3 Rm 10315, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Email: Yvette.Jefferson@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David McKinnie, OEAB Designated Federal Officer, NOAA/OER, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115; 206-526-6950; david.mckinnie@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-29/html/2016-28594.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of aliphatic esters, cyclanilide, cymoxanil, and certain other pesticides and opens a public comment period on these documents. This notice also announces both the opening of the registration review docket and the availability of the registration review draft human health and ecological risk assessments for aliphatic esters and momfluorothrin. EPA Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. As part of the registration review process, the Agency has completed comprehensive draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for all uses of the pesticides herein. After reviewing comments received during the public comment period, EPA will issue a revised risk assessment, explain any changes to the draft risk assessment, and respond to comments and may request public input on risk mitigation before completing a proposed registration review decision for the pesticides herein. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 30, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, docket identification (ID) number EPA- HQ-OPP-2015-0393 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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For pesticide specific information contact: The Chemical Review Manager for the pesticide of interest identified in Table 1 of Unit III.

    For general questions on the registration review program, contact: Richard Dumas, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8015; email address: dumas.richard@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-29/html/2016-28740.htm

  • Interior

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Draft Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds

    GENCY: Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; reopening of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: We are reopening the public comment period on the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds (Draft Restoration Plan #1). We opened the public comment period via a November 1, 2016, notice of availability. The public comment period closed on November 28, 2016.

    DATES: Comments Due Date: We will consider public comments received November 1, 2016 through December 9, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Obtaining Documents: You may download the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan 1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds at any of the following sites:

    http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov

    http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon

    http://la-dwh.com

    Alternatively, you may request a CD of the Draft Restoration Plan 1 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). You may also view the document at any of the public facilities listed at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments on the draft document by one of following methods:

    Via the Web: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration-areas/louisiana.

    Via U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 49567, Atlanta, GA 30345.

    Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority, ATTN: Liz Williams, P.O. Box 44027, Baton Rouge, LA 70804.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Liz Williams at LATIG.la.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-30/html/2016-28675.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notification of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions; Proposed R

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notification of review.


    SUMMARY: In this Candidate Notice of Review (CNOR), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), present an updated list of plant and animal species native to the United States that we regard as candidates for or, have proposed for addition to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Identification of candidate species can assist environmental planning efforts by providing advance notice of potential listings, and by allowing landowners and resource managers to alleviate threats and thereby possibly remove the need to list species as endangered or threatened. Even if we subsequently list a candidate species, the early notice provided here could result in more options for species management and recovery by prompting earlier candidate conservation measures to alleviate threats to the species.

    This CNOR summarizes the status and threats that we evaluated in order to determine whether species qualify as candidates, to assign a listing priority number (LPN) to each candidate species, and to determine whether a species should be removed from candidate status. Additional material that we relied on is available in the Species Assessment and Listing Priority Assignment Forms (species assessment forms) for each candidate species.

    This CNOR changes the LPN for one candidate. Combined with other decisions for individual species that were published separately from this CNOR in the past year, the current number of species that are candidates for listing is 30.

    This document also includes our findings on resubmitted petitions and describes our progress in revising the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (Lists) during the period October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016.

    Moreover, we request any additional status information that may be available for the candidate species identified in this CNOR.

    DATES: We will accept information on any of the species in this Candidate Notice of Review at any time.

    ADDRESSES: This notification is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov and http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/cnor.html. Species assessment forms with information and references on a particular candidate species' range, status, habitat needs, and listing priority assignment are available for review at the appropriate Regional Office listed below in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION or at the Branch of Conservation and Communications, Falls Church, VA (see address under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or on our Web site http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/reports/candidate-species-report. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions of a general nature on this notice to the Falls Church, VA, address listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions pertaining to a particular species to the address of the Endangered Species Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Species-specific information and materials we receive will be available for public inspection by appointment, during normal business hours, at the appropriate Regional Office listed below under Request for Information in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. General information we receive will be available at the Branch of Conservation and Communications, Falls Church, VA (see address under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief, Branch of Conservation and Communications, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (telephone 703-358- 2171). Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-02/html/2016-28817.htm

  • State

  • Nominations for Lead Authors or Review Editors on the First Special Report To Be Undertaken by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change During the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Cycle

    The United States Department of State, in cooperation with the United States Global Change Research Program, seeks nominations for U.S. scientists with requisite expertise to serve as Lead Authors or Review Editors on the first Special Report to be undertaken by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle. The outline for the "Special Report on Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5 degree C above Pre-Industrial Levels and Related Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Pathways, in the Context of Strengthening the Global Response to the Threat of Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Efforts to Eradicate Poverty'' was adopted at the 44th session of the IPCC Plenary.

    Nominations may be submitted at https://contribute.globalchange.gov/. This is an Open Call. All registered users can nominate U.S. citizens and permanent lawful residents to be considered by the IPCC Science Steering Committee (SSC). The call for nominations will close on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, and a nominations package transmitted on behalf of the U.S. IPCC Focal Point on December 11th. The SSC will complete its work and issue appointment memos in late January 2017.

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) established the IPCC in 1988. In accordance with its mandate and as reaffirmed in various decisions by the Panel, the major activity of the IPCC is to prepare comprehensive and up-to-date assessments of policy-relevant scientific, technical, and socio-economic information for understanding the scientific basis of climate change, potential impacts, and options for mitigation and adaptation.

    This notice will be published in the Federal Register.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-01/html/2016-28841.htm

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