Agriculture

  • National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

    AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council) will meet via teleconference.

    DATES: The teleconference will be held on Thursday February 9, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST) or until Council business is completed.

    All meetings are subject to cancellation. For an updated status of the teleconference prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via teleconference. For anyone who would like to attend the teleconference, please visit the Web site listed in the SUMMARY section or contact Nancy Stremple at nstremple@fs.fed.us for further details. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the USDA Forest Service, Sidney Yates Building, Room 3SC-01C, 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. Please call ahead at 202-309-7829 to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff, National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, by telephone at 202-205-7829, or by email at nstremple@fs.fed.us, or by cell phone at 202-309-9873, or via facsimile at 202-690-5792.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-12/html/2017-00485.htm

  • Commerce

  • Council Coordination Committee Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: NMFS will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (CCC), consisting of the Regional Fishery Management Council chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors on February 28-March 1, 2017. The intent of this meeting is to discuss issues of relevance to the Councils and NMFS, including issues related to the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act. Agenda items include discussions on budget allocations for FY2017 and budget planning for FY2018; an update on current joint science initiatives, including Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management; the FY2017 legislative outlook; updates on planning for the CCC Scientific Coordination Committee meeting, NMFS bycatch reduction strategy, the NMFS National Standard 1 guidance and implementation, Marine Recreational Information Program updates, stock assessment improvement plan; and other topics related to implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act.

    DATES: The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, recess at 5:00 p.m. or when business is complete; and reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and adjourn by 4:30 p.m. or when business is complete.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes Street; Arlington, VA 22202; Telephone: (703) 415- 5000.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Fredieu: telephone 301-427-8505 or email at Brian.Fredieu@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-12/html/2017-00558.htm

  • National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures and Executive Order 12114 Categorical Exclusions

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to notify the public that NOAA has finalized revisions to the agency's procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related authorities, as contained in the Companion Manual to NOAA Administrative Order NAO 216-6A (Companion Manual). Included in the Companion Manual are NOAA's revised categorical exclusions (CE) and related extraordinary circumstances. This notice provides a summary of the public comments received and the agency's responses as well as a summary of changes from the draft to the final procedures. The final Companion Manual is available online at http://www.nepa.noaa.nepa.gov.

    DATES: The revised procedures are effective January 13, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding NOAA's NEPA procedures, contact Katherine Renshaw, NOAA NEPA Coordinator, at noaa.nepa@noaa.gov or 301-713-7380.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-13/html/2017-00553.htm

  • Nominations for the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB)

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

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for nominations for the National Sea Grant Advisory Board.


    SUMMARY: This notice responds to Section 209 of the Sea Grant Program Improvement Act of 1976, which requires the Secretary of Commerce to solicit nominations at least once a year for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board), a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice on the implementation of the National Sea Grant College Program. The NOAA intends to fill two expected vacancies on the Board in 2017. To apply for membership to the Board, applicants should submit a current resume, via the methodology discussed in the Contact Information Section of this notice. A cover letter highlighting specific areas of expertise relevant to the purpose of the Board is helpful, but not required. NOAA is an equal opportunity employer.

    DATES: Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1st 2017. Applications will be kept on file for consideration of any Board vacancy for a period of three years from the closing date of this notice.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations will be accepted by email or mail. They should be sent to the attention of Ms. Mary Ann Garlic, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC 3, Room 11717, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you need additional assistance, please email maryann.garlic@noaa.gov or call 301-734-1088.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-11/html/2017-00465.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: The recent amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) require EPA to designate chemical substances on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory as either "active'' or "inactive'' in U.S. commerce. To accomplish that, EPA is proposing to require a retrospective electronic notification of chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory that were manufactured (including imported) for non- exempt commercial purposes during the ten-year time period ending on June 21, 2016. EPA would also accept such notices for chemical substances that were processed. EPA would use these notifications to distinguish active substances from inactive substances. EPA would include the active and inactive designations on the TSCA Inventory and as part of its regular publications of the Inventory. EPA is also proposing to establish procedures for forward-looking electronic notification of chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory that are designated as inactive, if and when the manufacturing or processing of such chemical substances for non-exempt commercial purposes is expected to resume. Upon receipt of a valid notice, EPA would change the designation of the pertinent chemical substance on the TSCA Inventory from inactive to active. EPA is proposing the procedures regarding the manner in which such retrospective and forward-looking activity notifications must be submitted, the details of the notification requirements, exemptions from such requirements, and procedures for handling claims of confidentiality.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 14, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0426, 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: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 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 technical information contact: Myrta R. Christian, Chemistry, Economics, and Sustainable Strategies Division (Mailcode 7401M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-8498; email address: christian.myrta@epa.gov.

    For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; email address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-13/html/2016-31923.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; 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 National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    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 meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: February 14-15, 2017.

    Open: February 14, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: February 15, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Contact Person: Gwen W. Collman, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Research & Training, National Institutes of Health, Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, 615 Davis Dr. KEY615/3112, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (919) 541-4980, collman@niehs.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.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/boards/naehsc/, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-10/html/2017-00182.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments

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

    ACTION: Notice of a new information collection, Ecosystems Program Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey.


    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.

    DATES: To ensure that your comments are considered, we must receive them on or before March 13, 2017.

    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--NEW, Ecosystems Program Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey' in all correspondence.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linn Kwan, Senior Program Officer, Tel. 703.648.4494 or Email-lkwan@usgs.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-11/html/2017-00444.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of Availability of Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of document availability.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of our Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan (Polar Bear Plan). The polar bear is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), and is also considered "depleted'' under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA). The Polar Bear Plan identifies objective, measurable ESA recovery criteria, site-specific recovery actions, as well as time and cost estimates. It also serves as an MMPA conservation plan.

    ADDRESSES: An electronic copy of the Polar Bear Plan is available for viewing at https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=A0IJ or at www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-R7-ES-2014-0060. Copies of the Polar Bear Plan are also available by request from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management Office, 1011 East Tudor Road, MS-341, Anchorage, AK 99503; telephone (907) 786-3800; facsimile (907) 786-3816. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877- 8339.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hilary Cooley, Polar Bear Lead, Marine Mammals Management, by telephone at 907-786-3800; by U.S. mail at Marine Mammals Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503; or by email at Hilary_Cooley@fws.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-09/html/2017-00127.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the following meeting:

    Name: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Advisory Committee Meeting (# 1173).

    Dates/Time: February 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; February 10, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

    To help facilitate your entry into the building, please contact Vickie Fung, vfung@nsf.gov, on or prior to February 7, 2017.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. Contact Information: 703-292-8040 or banderso@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the Web site at: http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/ceose/index.jsp.

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

    Agenda:

    • Opening Statement by the CEOSE Chair
    • NSF Executive Liaison Report
    • Presentation: NSF Big Idea--INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science)
    • Presentation: NSF Big Idea--Navigating the New Arctic
    • Working Sessions: Accountability Workshop/Workshop Report/2015-2016 CEOSE Biennial Report
    • Discussion: Future Plans for CEOSE
    • Discussion: CEOSE Liaisons and Federal Liaisons Reports
    • Meeting with NSF Director

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-13/html/2017-00705.htm

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