Agriculture

  • Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal.


    SUMMARY: We are withdrawing a proposed rule that would have revised our regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. We are taking this action after considering the comments we received following the publication of the proposed rule.

    DATES: We are withdrawing the proposed rule published January 19, 2017 (82 FR 7008) as of November 7, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Sidney Abel, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238; (301) 851-3896.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-07/html/2017-24202.htm

  • Notice of Availability of Draft Scientific Assessment for Public Comment

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of availability of draft scientific assessment for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing this notice on behalf of the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG)/U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program and the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) to announce the availability of a draft assessment, the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Science Report (SOCCR-2), for a 60-day public review. Collected comments will be carefully reviewed by the relevant chapter author teams. Following revision and further review, a revised draft will undergo final Federal interagency clearance.

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by 11:59 p.m. on January 8, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Once released, the draft USGCRP 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report can be accessed via the USGCRP Open Notices page (http://www.globalchange.gov/notices) or directly at the USGCRP Review and Comment System (https://review.globalchange.gov/). Registration details can be found on the review site home page, and review instructions can be found on a dedicated special report page where comments from the public will be accepted electronically. Comments may be submitted only via this online mechanism.

    All comments received through this process will be considered by the relevant chapter authors without knowledge of the commenters' identities. When the final assessment is issued, the comments and the commenters' names, along with the authors' responses, will become part of the public record and made available on http://www.globalchange.gov. Information submitted by a commenter as part of the registration process (such as an email address) will not be disclosed publicly.

    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. USDA 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: U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program/ CCIWG/USGCRP Contact: Dr. Gyami Shrestha; email: gshrestha@usgcrp.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-08/html/2017-24347.htm

  • Commerce

  • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Essential Fish Habitat

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

    ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: This action proposes regulations to implement the New England Fishery Management Council's Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. This rule would revise essential fish habitat and habitat area of particular concern designations, revise or create habitat management areas to protect vulnerable habitat from fishing gear impacts, establish dedicated habitat research areas, and implement several administrative measures related to reviewing these measures. This action is necessary to comply with the requirements of the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to periodically review essential fish habitat designations and the protection of such habitats. The proposed measures are intended to minimize to the extent practicable the adverse effects of fishing on essential fish habitat.

    DATES: Comments must be received by December 5, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2017-0123, by either of the following methods:

    Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

    1. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0123;
    2. Click the "Comment Now!" icon and complete the required fields; and
    3. Enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Submit written comments to John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope, "Comments on the Proposed Rule for OA2."

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by us. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. We will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A" in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

    Copies of the Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2, including the Environmental Impact Statement, the Regulatory Impact Review, and the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (EIS/RIR/IRFA) prepared by the New England Fishery Management Council in support of this action are available from Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. The supporting documents are also accessible via the Internet at: http://www.nefmc.org/library/omnibus-habitat-amendment-2 or http://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Moira Kelly, Senior Fishery Program Specialist, phone: 978-281-9218, Moira.Kelly@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-06/html/2017-23752.htm

  • United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) To Announce the Availability of a Draft Fourth National Climate Assessment Report for Public Comment

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability for public comment.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is publishing this notice on behalf of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) to announce the availability of a draft Fourth National Climate Assessment report for public comment. Following revision and further review (including by the National Academy of Sciences), a revised draft will undergo final Federal interagency clearance.

    DATES: Comments on this draft scientific assessment must be received by January 31, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: The draft Fourth National Climate Assessment can be accessed via the USGCRP Open Notices page (http://www.globalchange.gov/notices) or directly at the USGCRP Review and Comment System (https://review.globalchange.gov/). Registration details can be found on the review site home page, and review instructions are located on the dedicated report page. Comments may be submitted only via this online mechanism.

    All comments received through this process will be considered by the relevant chapter authors without knowledge of the commenters' identities. When the final assessment is issued, the comments and the commenters' names, along with the authors' responses, will become part of the public record and made available on http://www.globalchange.gov. No information submitted by a commenter as part of the registration process (such as an email address) will be disclosed publicly.

    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 Dokken, (202) 419-3473, ddokken@usgcrp.gov, U.S. Global Change Research Program.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-07/html/2017-24221.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors; Announcement of Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the next meeting of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC). The BSC, a federally chartered, external advisory group composed of scientists from the public and private sectors, will review and provide advice on programmatic activities. The meeting is open to the public and registration is requested for both attendance and oral comment and required to access the webcast. Information about the meeting and registration are available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165.

    DATES:

    Meeting: December 7-8, 2017; Day one begins at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ends at approximately 5:00 p.m. Day 2 begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until adjournment.

    Written Public Comment Submissions: Deadline is November 30, 2017.

    Oral Comments: Deadline is November 30, 2017.

    Registration for Meeting: Deadline December 8, 2017.

    Registration to view the meeting via the webcast is required.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting Location: Rodbell Auditorium, Rall Building, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Meeting Web page: The preliminary agenda, registration, and other meeting materials are at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165.

    Webcast: The meeting will be webcast; the URL will be provided to those who register for viewing.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary Wolfe, Designated Federal Officer for the BSC, Office of Liaison, Policy and Review, Division of NTP, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, K2-03, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Phone: 984-287-3209, Fax: 301-451-5759, Email: wolfe@niehs.nih.gov. Hand Deliver/Courier address: 530 Davis Drive, Room K2130, Morrisville, NC 27560.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-09/html/2017-24401.htm

  • Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the STAC. The STAC consists of 17 members including experts in fields associated with occupational medicine, environmental medicine, environmental health, industrial hygiene, epidemiology, toxicology, mental health, and representatives of World Trade Center (WTC) responders as well as representatives of certified-eligible WTC survivors. Members may be invited to serve for three-year terms. Selection of members is based on candidates' qualifications to contribute to the accomplishment of STAC objectives https://www.cdc.gov/wtc/stac.html.

    DATES: Nominations for membership on the STAC must be received no later than January 26, 2018. Packages received after this time will not be considered for the current membership cycle.

    ADDRESSES: All nominations should be mailed to NIOSH Docket 229-F, c/o Mia Wallace, Committee Management Specialist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd. NE., MS: E-20, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, or emailed (recommended) to nioshdocket@cdc.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Middendorf, Deputy Associate Director for Science, 1600 Clifton Rd. NE., MS: E-20, Atlanta, GA 30333; telephone (404) 498-2500 (this is not a toll-free number); email pmiddendorf@cdc.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-07/html/2017-24155.htm

  • Interior

  • International Wildlife Conservation Council Establishment; Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is establishing and seeking nominations for the International Wildlife Conservation Council (Council). The Council will provide advice to the Federal Government, through the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), on increasing public awareness domestically regarding the conservation, wildlife law enforcement, and economic benefits that result from U.S. citizens traveling to foreign nations to engage in hunting. Additionally, the Council shall advise the Secretary on the benefits international hunting has on foreign wildlife and habitat conservation, anti-poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking programs, and other ways in which international hunting benefits human populations in these areas.

    DATES: Comments regarding the establishment of this Council must be submitted no later than November 24, 2017. Nominations for the Council must be submitted by December 8, 2017.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments and/or nominations by any of the following methods:

    Mail or hand-carry nominations to Joshua Winchell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; or

    Email nominations to: joshua_winchell@fws.gov

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Winchell, Council Designated Federal Officer, by U.S. mail at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; by telephone at (703) 358-2639; or by email at joshua_winchell@fws.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-08/html/2017-24328.htm

  • Mitigation Policies of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Policy review; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are requesting public comment on portions of our existing Mitigation Policy and Endangered Species Act Compensatory Mitigation Policy (ESA-CMP). We specifically request comment on the policies' mitigation planning goals. Based on comments received, the Service will decide whether and how to revise the policies.

    DATES: We will accept comments from all interested parties until January 5, 2018. Please note that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.

    ADDRESSES:

    Document availability: The Service's Mitigation Policy was published November 21, 2016, at 81 FR 83440 and is available at https://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0126. The Service's ESA-CMP was published December 27, 2106, at 81 FR 95316 and is available at https://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2015- 0165.

    Comment submission: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter the docket number for the policy, which is FWS- HQ-ES-2015-0126 for the mitigation policy and FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0165 for the ESA-CMP. You may enter a comment by clicking on the ``Comment Now!'' button. Please ensure that you have found the correct document before submitting your comment.

    U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. [FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0126 or FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0165]; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We will post all comments on https://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see Request for Information below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Aubrey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Environmental Review, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, telephone 703-358-2442.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-06/html/2017-23965.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • NASA Advisory Council; Science Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Local Time.

    ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, MIC-5A (Room 5H41-A), 300 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20546.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. KarShelia Henderson, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-2355, fax (202) 358-2779, or khenderson@nasa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-06/html/2017-24108.htm

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