Environmental Protection Agency

  • Revised Definition of "Waters of the United States"

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense; and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Proposed rule.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army ("the agencies") are publishing for public comment a proposed rule defining the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This proposal is the second step in a comprehensive, two-step process intended to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with the Executive Order signed on February 28, 2017, "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." This proposed rule is intended to increase CWA program predictability and consistency by increasing clarity as to the scope of "waters of the United States" federally regulated under the Act. This proposed definition revision is also intended to clearly implement the overall objective of the CWA to restore and maintain the quality of the nation's waters while respecting State and tribal authority over their own land and water resources.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 15, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OW-2018-0149, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov/ (our preferred method). Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: OW-Docket@epa.gov. Include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW- 2018-0149 in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, Office of Water Docket, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: EPA Docket Center, WJC West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004. The Docket Center's hours of operations are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday (except Federal Holidays).

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket ID No. for this rulemaking. Comments received may be posted without change to https://www.regulations.gov/, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on sending comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the "How should I submit comments?" heading of the GENERAL INFORMATION section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael McDavit, Oceans, Wetlands, and Communities Division, Office of Water (4504-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-2428; email address: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Jennifer A. Moyer, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314; telephone number: (202) 761-5903; email address: USACECWARule@usace.army.mil.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-14/html/2019-00791.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.) notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors Chairs Meeting, National Institutes of Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public, 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.

    Name of Committee: Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institutes of Health.

    Date: May 17, 2019.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Agenda: The meeting will include a discussion of policies and procedures that apply to the regular review of NIH intramural scientists and their work.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 1 Center Drive, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Wilson Hall, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Conference Line Access: Dial: 1-888-233-9215 Participant Passcode: 58358.

    Contact Person: Margaret McBurney, Program Specialist, Office of the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 1 Center Drive, Room 160, Bethesda, MD 20892, mmburney@od.nih.gov, Phone: (301) 496-1921, Fax: (301) 402-4273.

    Information is also available on the Office of Intramural Research home page: http://sourcebook.od.nih.gov/.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/html/2019-02129.htm

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

    The meetings will be open to the public, 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.

    Name of Committee: Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

    Date: March 28, 2019.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: The fiftieth meeting of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) will include the OAR Director's Report; updates from the DHHS HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention Guidelines; updates from HIV/AIDS Advisory Councils for NCI, NIDA, NIMH and NIAD; the FY2021 NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research; other HIV/AIDS research activities across selected NIH Institutes; and public comment.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Conference Room 1D13, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Jay R. Radke, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health, Ofc of the Director, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 2E61, MSC-9834 Bethesda, MD 20892- 9834, (240) 669-5046, jay.radke@nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

    Date: June 27, 2019.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: OAR Director's Report; updates from the DHHS HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention Guidelines; updates from HIV/AIDS Advisory Councils for NCI, NIDA, NIMH and NIAD; the FY2021 NIH Plan for HIV- Related Research; other HIV/AIDS research activities across selected NIH Institutes; and public comment.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 1D13, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Jay R. Radke, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health, Ofc of the Director, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 2E61, MSC-9834 Bethesda, MD 20892- 9834, (240) 669-5046, jay.radke@nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.

    Date: November 7, 2019.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: OAR Director's Report; updates from the DHHS HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention Guidelines; updates from HIV/AIDS Advisory Councils for NCI, NIDA, NIMH and NIAD; the FY2021 NIH Plan for HIV- Related Research; other HIV/AIDS research activities across selected NIH Institutes; and public comment.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 1D13, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Jay R. Radke, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health, Ofc of the Director, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 2E61, MSC-9834 Bethesda, MD 20892- 9834, (240) 669-5046, jay.radke@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.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

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

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-15/html/2019-02432.htm

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of meetings of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    The meetings 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 meetings 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/or contract proposals 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 and/or contract proposals, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: June 4-5, 2019.

    Closed: June 4, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 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.

    Open: June 4, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

    Open: June 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 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.

    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, (984) 287-3249, collman@niehs.nih.gov.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: September 10-11, 2019.

    Closed: September 10, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: NIEHS/National Institutes of Health, Building, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Room 111, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: September 10, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: NIEHS/National Institutes of Health, Building, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Room 111, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Open: September 11, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: NIEHS/National Institutes of Health, Building, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Room 111, 109 TW 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 (984) 287-3249, 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: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/boards/naehsc/index.cfm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-15/html/2019-02430.htm

  • National Library of Medicine; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee.

    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 portions of the meeting devoted to the review and evaluation of journals for potential indexing by the National Library of Medicine will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(9)(B), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. Premature disclosure of the titles of the journals as potential titles to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine, the discussions, and the presence of individuals associated with these publications could significantly frustrate the review and evaluation of individual journals.

    Name of Committee: Literature Selection Technical Review Committee.

    Date: June 20-21, 2019.

    Open: June 20, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

    Agenda: Administrative.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, The Lindberg Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894.

    Closed: June 20, 2019, 10:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate journals as potential titles to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, The Lindberg Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894, Closed: June 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate journals as potential titles to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine.

    Place: National Library of Medicine, Building 38, 2nd Floor, The Lindberg Room, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894.

    Contact Person: Joyce Backus, M.S.L.S., Associate Director, Division of Library Operations, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Building 38, Room 2W04A, Bethesda, MD 20894, 301- 827-4281, joyce.backus@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.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-15/html/2019-02412.htm

  • Request for Information for a Review of the NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining AIDS Funding Document

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: Through this Request for Information (RFI), the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites feedback from interested stakeholders on a review of the NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining AIDS Funding (NOT-OD-15-137) now entering year four of implementation. The original Notice was released on August 12, 2015 to inform the scientific community of the overarching HIV/AIDS research priorities and the guidelines used by NIH to determine HIV/ AIDS funding beginning in fiscal year 2016 for the next three to five years.

    DATES: After the public comment period has closed, all feedback received will be reviewed by the OAR and will be considered in the development of the next iteration of the NIH Research Priorities and Funding Guidance Document that will apply for the period of FY 2021 through FY 2025.

    ADDRESSES: Submissions may be electronically entered at (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=85).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about this request for information should be directed to Dr. Stacy Carrington-Lawrence, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health, Telephone: 301-496- 3677, Email: OARPrioritiesRFI@nih.gov, 5601 Fishers Lane Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-12/html/2019-02027.htm

  • Interior

  • Call for Nominations for the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of call for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to solicit public nominations for three positions on the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (Board) that will become vacant on March 21, 2019. The Board provides advice concerning the management, protection, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands administered by the Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Department of Agriculture, through the U.S. Forest Service.

    DATES: Nominations must be post marked or submitted to the following addresses no later than April 1, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: All mail sent via the U.S. Postal Service should be addressed as follows: Division of Wild Horses and Burros, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street NW, Room 2134 LM; Attn: Dorothea Boothe, WO-260, Washington, DC 20240.

    All packages that are sent via FedEx or UPS should be addressed as follows: Wild Horse and Burro Division, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134 LM, Attn: Dorothea Boothe, Washington, DC 20003.

    You may also email PDF documents to Ms. Boothe at dboothe@blm.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dorothea Boothe, Acting Wild Horse and Burro Program Coordinator, 202-912-7654, dboothe@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/html/2019-02094.htm

  • Notice of Public Meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: National Invasive Species Council, Interior.

    ACTION: Announcement of meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee (ISAC) is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council (NISC), as authorized by Executive Orders 13112 and 13751, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues. The purpose of an in-person meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 through Thursday, February 28, 2019 is to convene the full ISAC Class 9 to respond to requests for advice on: (1) Relevance of the ISAC wildlife health white paper recommendations to addressing invasive ticks and tick-borne diseases (with particular emphasis on military and outdoor recreation contexts); and, (2) recommendations set forth in ISAC white papers over the last twenty years that have not yet been addressed and warrant timely consideration given pressing/emerging invasive species concerns.

    DATES: Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Thursday, February 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian, 4th and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560. The general session will be held in the Conference Center (4th Floor). NOTE: All meeting participants and interested members of the public must register their attendance online at www.invasivespecies.gov. Attendees must pass through security screening upon entering the facility.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, Coordinator for NISC and ISAC Operations, National Invasive Species Council Secretariat, (202) 208-4122; Fax: (202) 208-4118, email: kelsey_brantley@ios.doi.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-11/html/2019-01891.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; Grantee Reporting Requirements for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to reinstate this collection. In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by April 15, 2019 to be assured consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Send comments to address below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite W18253, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone (703) 292-7556; or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays).

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/html/2019-02098.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended, (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice of revisions to an announcement of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business.

    FEDERAL REGISTER CITATION OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: 84 FR 2933-34, published on Friday, February 8, 2019.

    PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED SESSION CANCELLED:

    Plenary Board

    February 12, 2019

    Open Session: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

    Chair's Opening Remarks and Introductions [cir] Mr. Chris Liddell, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination

    This session has been CANCELLED, per vote of the National Science Board.

    ADDITIONAL TIME FOR COMMITTEE SESSION:

    Committee on Awards and Facilities (A&F)

    February 12, 2019

    Closed session: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

    Committee Chair's Opening Remarks

    Approval of Prior Minutes

    Action Item: Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS)

    Action Item: International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)

    Update on Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source

    Context Item: Green Bank Observatory

    Update on National Ecological Observatory Network

    This session will be RECONVENED DURING THE TIME 1:15 p.m. TO 2:00 p.m. February 12, 2019, per vote of the National Science Board.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Brad Gutierrez, bgutierr@nsf.gov, 703/292-7000. Please refer to the National Science Board website for additional information. Meeting information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter, and status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp#sunshine.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-14/html/2019-02539.htm

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