Commerce

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; Correction

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meetings; correction.


    SUMMARY: This notice corrects the SUMMARY section to a notice published on November 25, 2016, which contained incorrect information about what will be discussed at the forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). This correction sets out the SUMMARY in full to make it clear that the members will discuss and finalize recommendations on issues and priorities that should be addressed by the incoming Administration.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled for December 14, 2016, 2-4 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

    ADDRESSES: Public access is available at 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to participate may contact Heidi Lovett, (301) 427-8034; email: heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-06/html/2016-29248.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • National Lakes Assessment 2012 Final Report

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final report on the National Lakes Assessment 2012. The NLA describes the results of the nationwide probabilistic survey that was conducted in the summer of 2012 by EPA and its state, tribal, and federal partners. The NLA report includes information on how the survey was implemented, what the findings are on a national scale, and future actions and challenges. The NLA Web site also includes findings at the ecoregional scale and allows users to explore additional results using a new interactive dashboard.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amina Pollard, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Office of Water, Washington DC. Phone: 202-566- 2360; email: pollard.amina@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-08/html/2016-29440.htm

  • Nominations to the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This document provides the names and affiliations of nominees currently under consideration for appointment to the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) established pursuant to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The purpose of the SACC is to provide independent advice and expert consultation, at the request of the EPA Administrator, with respect to the scientific and technical aspects of risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches. The Agency, at this time, anticipates selecting approximately fourteen members to serve on the Committee. Public comments on the nominees are invited, as these comments will be used to assist the Agency in selecting the new chartered Committee members.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 9, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0713, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://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: OPPT 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: Tamue Gibson, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-7642; email address: gibson.tamue@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-09/html/2016-29579.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Safeguarding the Nation From the Impacts of Invasive Species

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and to ensure the faithful execution of the laws of the United States of America, including the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, (16 U.S.C. 4701 et seq.), the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the Lacey Act, as amended (18 U.S.C. 42, 16 U.S.C. 3371-3378 et seq.), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act of 2004 (7 U.S.C. 7781 et seq.), and other pertinent statutes, to prevent the introduction of invasive species and provide for their control, and to minimize the economic, plant, animal, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to prevent the introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species, as well as to eradicate and control populations of invasive species that are established. Invasive species pose threats to prosperity, security, and quality of life. They have negative impacts on the environment and natural resources, agriculture and food production systems, water resources, human, animal, and plant health, infrastructure, the economy, energy, cultural resources, and military readiness. Every year, invasive species cost the United States billions of dollars in economic losses and other damages.

    Of substantial growing concern are invasive species that are or may be vectors, reservoirs, and causative agents of disease, which threaten human, animal, and plant health. The introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species create the potential for serious public health impacts, especially when considered in the context of changing climate conditions. Climate change influences the establishment, spread, and impacts of invasive species.

    Executive Order 13112 of February 3, 1999 (Invasive Species), called upon executive departments and agencies to take steps to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species, and to support efforts to eradicate and control invasive species that are established. Executive Order 13112 also created a coordinating body--the Invasive Species Council, also referred to as the National Invasive Species Council-- to oversee implementation of the order, encourage proactive planning and action, develop recommendations for international cooperation, and take other steps to improve the Federal response to invasive species. Past efforts at preventing, eradicating, and controlling invasive species demonstrated that collaboration across Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial government; stakeholders; and the private sector is critical to minimizing the spread of invasive species and that coordinated action is necessary to protect the assets and security of the United States.

    This order amends Executive Order 13112 and directs actions to continue coordinated Federal prevention and control efforts related to invasive species. This order maintains the National Invasive Species Council (Council) and the Invasive Species Advisory Committee; expands the membership of the Council; clarifies the operations of the Council; incorporates considerations of human and environmental health, climate change, technological innovation, and other emerging priorities into Federal efforts to address invasive species; and strengthens coordinated, cost-efficient Federal action.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-08/html/2016-29519.htm

  • Interior

  • Paleontological Resources Preservation

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior (DOI) proposes to promulgate regulations under the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act. Implementation of the proposed rule would preserve, manage, and protect paleontological resources on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ensure that these federally owned resources are available for current and future generations to enjoy as part of America's national heritage. The proposed rule would address the management, collection, and curation of paleontological resources from federal lands using scientific principles and expertise, including collection in accordance with permits; curation in an approved repository; and maintenance of confidentiality of specific locality data. The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act authorizes civil and criminal penalties for illegal collecting, damaging, otherwise altering or defacing, or for selling paleontological resources, and the proposed rule further details the processes related to the civil penalties, including hearing requests and appeals of the violation or the amount of the civil penalties.

    DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be received by February 6, 2017. Comments on the information collection requirements must be received by January 6, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1093-AA16, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. NPS-2016- 0003.

    Mail to: Julia Brunner, Geologic Resources Division, National Park Service, P. O. Box 25287 Denver, CO 80225-0287.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the RIN for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For additional information, see the Public Participation heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Please make comments on the proposed rule as specific as possible, confine them to issues pertinent to the proposed rule, and explain the reason for any recommended changes. Where possible, comments should reference the specific section or paragraph of the proposed rule that is being addressed. DOI may not necessarily consider or include in the administrative record for the final rule comments that are received after the close of the comment period (see DATES) or comments delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES).

    Comments on the Information Collection Aspects of the Proposed Rule: You may review the Information Collection Request online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review DOI collections under review by OMB. Send comments (identified by RIN 1093- AA16) specific to the information collection aspects of this proposed rule to:

    Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB- OIRA at (202) 295-5806 (fax) or OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov (email); and

    Jeffrey Parrillo, Office of the Secretary, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Lead, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Mailstop MIB-7056, Washington, DC 20240 (mail); or jeffrey_parrillo@ios.doi.gov (email).

    System of Records Notice: The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552) protects the information submitted in accordance with this part. A System of Records Notice is being developed and will be published in the Federal Register.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket No. NPS-2016-0003.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia F. Brunner, Geologic Resources Division, National Park Service, by telephone: (303) 969-2012 or email: JuliaFBrunner@nps.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-07/html/2016-29244.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Framework for a Federal Strategic Plan for Soil Science

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information.


    SUMMARY: The Soil Science Interagency Working Group (SSIWG) was established under the National Science and Technology Council to develop a Framework for a Federal Strategic Plan for Soil Science. This Framework aims to establish Federal soil research priorities, ensure availability of tools and information for improved soil management and stewardship, deliver key information to land managers to help them implement soil conserving systems, and inform related policy development and coordination. The Framework identifies current gaps, needs, and opportunities in soil science, and proposes Federal research priorities for the future. The Framework will inform a more comprehensive Federal Strategic Plan that will provide recommendations for improving the coordination of soil science research, as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of soil conservation and management practices among Federal agencies and between Federal agencies and non-Federal organizations, both domestic and international. This notice solicits public comments on the Framework. The Framework can be accessed at the following link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/SSIWGFrameworkDecember_2016.pdf.

    DATES: Comments must be received by January 10, 2017 to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

    Email (preferred): science@ostp.eop.gov. Include [Framework--Soils] in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 456-6027, Attn: Parker Liautaud.

    Mail: Attn: Parker Liautaud, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20504.

    Instructions: Response to this Request for Information (RFI) is voluntary. Responses exceeding 10 pages will not be considered. If responding to a question listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section, please identify the question number(s) in your comment. Responses to this RFI may be posted without change online. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) therefore requests that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Parker Liautaud, (202) 881-7564, pliautaud@ostp.eop.gov, OSTP.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-06/html/2016-29187.htm

  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of cancellation of open teleconference.


    SUMMARY: On November 25, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of open teleconference scheduled for December 12, 2016, of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. This notice announces the cancellation of this meeting. The meeting is being cancelled because the board will not have a quorum due to scheduling conflicts by members.

    DATES: The teleconference scheduled for December 12, 2016, announced in the November 25, 2016, issue of the Federal Register (FR Doc. 2016- 28281, 81 FR 227), is cancelled.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jennifer Michael at email: JenniferLMichael@ostp.eop.gov or by phone: (202) 456-4444.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-05/html/2016-29070.htm

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