Commerce

  • United States Global Change Research Program

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

    ACTION: Request for public nominations.


    CONTEXT: The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is mandated under the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990 to conduct a quadrennial National Climate Assessment (NCA). Under its current, updated decadal strategic plan (http://go.usa.gov/x9MCQ), USGCRP is building sustained assessment capacity. The sustained assessment supports the Nation's ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to risks and potential impacts brought about by global environmental change. Work on the fourth National Climate Assessment is currently underway. SUMMARY: NOAA, on behalf of USGCRP, is soliciting nominations for Review Editors for the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). Refer to the NCA4 Outline (accessible via http://www.globalchange.gov/content/nca4-outline) for a sense of the areas of expertise we seek.

    The report will adhere to the Information Quality Act requirements (http://www.cio.noaa.gov/servicesprograms/infoquality.html) for quality, transparency, and accessibility as appropriate for a Highly Influential Scientific Assessment (HISA).

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted via the web address specified below (https://contribute.globalchange.gov/) and must be received by September 8, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations for Review Editors must be submitted electronically via a Web form accessible via (https://contribute.globalchange.gov/). Nominees are asked to identify their areas of expertise based on NCA4's sectoral, regional, and response topics (see NCA4 Table of Contents below). A CV/resume of no more than 4 pages should be included for optimal consideration. There are no limitations on the nominees' place of employment.

    INSTRUCTIONS: Response to this notice is voluntary. Responses to this notice may be used by the government for program planning on a non- attribution basis. NOAA therefore requests that no business proprietary information or copyrighted information be submitted in response to this notice. 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: David Reidmiller, (202) 419-3470, dreidmiller@usgcrp.gov, U.S. Global Change Research Program.

    DATED: Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

    Dan Barrie, Program Manager, Assessments Program, NOAA Climate Program Office.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-20/html/2017-15235.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Guidance To Assist Interested Persons in Developing and Submitting Draft Risk Evaluations Under the Toxic Substances Control Act; Notice of Availability

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As required by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act in June 2016, EPA is announcing the availability of a guidance document, entitled "Guidance to Assist Interested Persons in Developing and Submitting Draft Risk Evaluations Under the Toxic Substances Control Act". This guidance document is intended to assist interested persons, or external parties, in developing and submitting draft risk evaluations to be considered by EPA under TSCA. The guidance document addresses the science standards, the data quality considerations, and the steps of the risk evaluation process that external parties should follow when developing draft risk evaluations for consideration by EPA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: Iris Camacho, Risk Assessment Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-1229; email address: TSCA-exernalparty@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-2017-07-20/html/2017-14323.htm

  • Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation Under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: As required under section 6(b)(4) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA is issuing a rule that establishes a process for conducting risk evaluations to determine whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, including an unreasonable risk to a potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation, under the conditions of use. This process incorporates the science requirements of the amended statute, including best available science and weight of the scientific evidence. Risk evaluation is the second step, after Prioritization, in a new process of existing chemical substance review and management established under recent amendments to TSCA. This rule identifies the steps of a risk evaluation process including: scope, hazard assessment, exposure assessment, risk characterization, and finally a risk determination. This process will be used for the first ten chemical substances undergoing evaluation from the 2014 update of the TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments (to the maximum extent practicable). Chemical substances designated as High-Priority Substances during the prioritization process and those chemical substances for which EPA has initiated a risk evaluation in response to a manufacturer request, will always be subject to this process. The final rule also includes the required "form and criteria" applicable to such manufacturer requests.

    DATES: This final rule is effective September 18, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: The docket for this action, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0654, is available at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Docket (OPPT Docket), Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), West William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is (202) 566- 0280. Please review the visitor instructions and additional information about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For technical information contact: Susanna W. Blair, Immediate Office, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (202) 564-4321; email address: blair.susanna@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-2017-07-20/html/2017-14337.htm

  • Procedures for Prioritization of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: As required under section 6(b)(1) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA is issuing a final rule that establishes the process and criteria that EPA will use to identify chemical substances as either High-Priority Substances for risk evaluation, or Low-Priority Substances for which risk evaluations are not warranted at the time. The final rule describes the processes for formally initiating the prioritization process on a selected candidate, providing opportunities for public comment, screening the candidate against certain criteria, and proposing and finalizing designations of priority. Prioritization is the initial step in a new process of existing chemical substance review and risk management activity established under TSCA.

    DATES: This final rule is effective September 18, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: The docket for this action, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0636, is available at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Docket (OPPT Docket) in the Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), West William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is (202) 566-0280. Please review the visitor instructions and additional information about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For technical information contact: Susanna W. Blair, Immediate Office, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (202) 564-4321; email address: blair.susanna@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-2017-07-20/html/2017-14325.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Announcement of Intent To Establish the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group and Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Working Group Membership

    AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces establishment of the Working Group. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is responsible for ensuring the conduct of and support for epidemiological, basic, translational, and clinical research related to vector-borne diseases, including tick-borne diseases.

    The Working Group will assist in this effort. The Working Group will consist of representatives of appropriate federal agencies and non-federal entities who represent diverse scientific disciplines and views. The Working Group will provide expertise and review all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services related to all tick- borne diseases, to help ensure interagency coordination and minimize overlap, and to examine research priorities.

    This notice also will serve to announce that HHS is seeking nominations of individuals who are interested in being considered for appointment to the Working Group. Resumes or curricula vitae from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment as a member of the Working Group are currently being accepted.

    DATES: Nominations must be received no later than close of business August 16, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations should be sent to: CAPT Richard Henry, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street SW., Room L001 Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20201.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CAPT Richard Henry, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy; Telephone: (202) 795-7615; Fax: (202) 691-2101; Email address: richard.henry@hhs.gov. When the charter for the Working Group has been filed with the appropriate Congressional committees and the Library of Congress, this document will be made available online. Web site information about activities of the Working Group will be provided when the URL has been identified. The charter will include detailed information about the purpose, function, and structure of the Working Group.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-17/html/2017-14965.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Archeology Permits and Reports

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We (National Park Service, NPS) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval that includes establishment of a common form. The NPS will be the "host agency" of the common form. Other agencies that may use the information collection are listed below. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to expire on July 31, 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. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB.

    DATES: You must submit comments on or before August 21, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRASubmission@omb.eop.gov (email). Please provide a copy of your comments to Tim Goddard, Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS-242, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); or timgoddard@nps.gov (email). Please include "1024-0037" in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Karen Mudar at Karen_Mudar@nps.gov or 202-354-2103. You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under review by OMB.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-20/html/2017-15227.htm

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