Commerce

  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Board. Board 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 National Sea Grant College Program Web site at http://seagrant.noaa.gov/WhoWeAre/Leadership/NationalSeaGrantAdvisoryBoard/UpcomingAdvisoryBoardMeetings.aspx.

    Time and Dates: The announced meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, and Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle NW., Washington, DC 20005.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For any questions concerning the meeting, please contact 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, or Maryann.Garlic@noaa.gov. If you need additional assistance, call 301- 734-1088.

    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15- minute public comment period on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Check the agenda on the Web site to confirm time.

    Matters To Be Considered: The Board 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 Ms. Mary Ann Garlic using the methods under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by Monday, February 27, 2017 to provide sufficient time for the Board review. Comments received after the deadline will be distributed to the Board, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Special Accomodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Mary Ann Garlic using the methods under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by Monday, February 20, 2017.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-21/html/2017-03345.htm

  • Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology

    AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT or Committee), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will meet by webinar in an open session on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The VCAT is composed of not fewer than 9 members appointed by the NIST Director, a majority of whom are eminent in such fields as business, research, new product development, engineering, labor, education, management consulting, environment, and international relations.

    DATES: The VCAT will meet on Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be conducted by webinar. Please note instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for participation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Serena Martinez, VCAT, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 1060, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1060, telephone number 301-975-2661. Mrs. Martinez's email address is serena.martinez@nist.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-22/html/2017-03426.htm

  • Energy

  • National Coal Council

    AGENCY: Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meetings.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the National Coal Council (NCC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Sheraton Suites, Old Town Alexandria; 801 N. Saint Asaph St.; Alexandria, VA 22314.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Matuszak, U.S. Department of Energy, 4G-036/Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0001; Telephone: 202-287-6915

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-21/html/2017-03312.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of a Public Meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Sulfur Oxides Panel

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Sulfur Oxides Panel to peer review EPA's Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Sulfur Oxides--Health Criteria (Second External Review Draft--December 2016) and Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Sulfur Dioxide: Risk and Exposure Assessment Planning Document (External Review Draft).

    DATES: The CASAC Sulfur Oxides Panel meeting will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: Location: The public meeting will be held at the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, 2850 South Potomac Avenue, Arlington, Virginia 22202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public meeting may contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, 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) 564-2050 or at yeow.aaron@epa.gov. General information about the CASAC, as well as any updates concerning the meetings announced in this notice, may be found on the CASAC Web page at http://www.epa.gov/casac.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-23/html/2017-03469.htm

  • Release of Risk and Exposure Assessment Planning Document for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Sulfur Oxides

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of availability.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a periodic review of the air quality criteria and the primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Sulfur Oxides (SOX). On or about February 16, 2017, the EPA will make available for public review the document titled Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Sulfur Oxides: Risk and Exposure Assessment Planning Document (REA Planning Document). This plan presents considerations and the proposed approach for conducting quantitative analyses of sulfur dioxide (SO2) exposures and health risks in this NAAQS review. This planning document is intended to facilitate consultation with the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and public comment on plans for such quantitative analyses.

    DATES: Comments should be received on or before April 13, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2013-0566, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the Web, Cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets. The REA Planning Document will be available primarily via the Internet at https://www.epa.gov/naaqs/sulfur-dioxide-so2-primary-standards-planning-documents-current-review.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Nicole Hagan, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail Code C504-06), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number: 919-541-3153; fax number: 919-541-5315; email: hagan.nicole@epa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-22/html/2017-03432.htm

  • Interior

  • Proposed Information Collection; National Wildlife Refuge Special Use Permit Applications and Reports

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act 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 IC is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2017. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by April 25, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); or madonna_baucum@fws.gov (email). Please include "1018-0102'' in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Madonna Baucum, at madonna_baucum@fws.gov (email) or (703) 358-2503 (telephone).

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-24/html/2017-03584.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Federal Advisory Committees

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Annual Invitation for Public Nominations by U.S. Citizens for Service on NASA Federal Advisory Committees on Science.


    SUMMARY: NASA announces its annual invitation for public nominations for service on four new Federal advisory committees of NASA that advise NASA on science. The four new committees, formerly subcommittees of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) Science Committee (NAC SC), have been established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and will advise four divisions of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD). On December 2, 2016, NASA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing their establishment U.S. citizens may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill vacancies on these four new committees. There will be member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self- nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies. Nominees will only be contacted should a vacancy be available and it is judged that their area(s) of expertise is appropriate for that specific vacancy. NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on these committees based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, current/past contributions to the relevant subject area and overall diversity of the committee. All member appointments are non-compensated. However, NASA does cover travel and per diem expenses for all member appointments.

    DATES: The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is March 8, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: To be considered by NASA, self-nomination packages from interested U.S. citizens must be sent to NASA as an email and must include the name of the specific committee of interest. Self-nomination packages are limited to specifying interest in only one committee per year. The following information is required to be included as part of each self-nomination package: (1) A cover email including the name of the specific committee of interest; (2) a professional resume (one-page maximum, included as an attachment); and, (3) a professional biography (one-page maximum; included as an attachment). All public self- nomination packages must be submitted electronically via email to NASA at one of the addresses listed below; paper-based documents sent through postal mail (hard-copies) will not be accepted. Note: Self- nomination packages that do not include the three (3) mandatory elements listed above will not receive further consideration by NASA.

    Please submit the nomination as a single package containing the cover email and both required attachments electronically to the specific email address identified for the committee of interest:

    Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC): pac-execsec@hq.nasa.gov Earth Science Advisory Committee (ESAC): esac-execsec@hq.nasa.gov Heliophysics Advisory Committee (HPAC): pac-execsec@hq.nasa.gov Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC): pac-execsec@hq.nasa.gov

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain further information on these committees, please visit the Web sites noted below for each. For any questions, please contact Ms. DaMara Belson, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, (202) 358-2457; or email damara.m.belson@nasa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-23/html/2017-03541.htm

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