Agriculture

  • Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will meet July 17-19, 2019. The public may file written comments up to two weeks after the meeting with the contact person, August 2, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at The Darcy Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005. Written comments may be sent to: The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Office, Room 332A, Whitten Building, United States Department of Agriculture, STOP 0321, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0321.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Esch, Executive Director/ Designated Federal Official, or Shirley Morgan-Jordan, Program Support Coordinator, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board; telephone: (202) 720-3684; fax: (202)720- 6199; or email: nareee@ars.usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-01/html/2019-14013.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA) Regulations and Disposal Sites Designated Under the MPRSA; Technical Amendments

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to correct technical inaccuracies in its ocean dumping regulations that have been identified since the original publication. The EPA does not intend to alter the interpretation of existing rules or subsequent revisions, but merely to make ministerial corrections and updates to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

    DATES: This rule is effective on August 1, 2019.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brittany Bennett, Oceans, Wetlands, and Communities Division, Freshwater and Marine Regulatory Branch (4504T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-1896; fax number: 202- 566-1546; email address: bennett.brittany@epa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-02/html/2019-13493.htm

  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Teleconference and Public Comment

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notification of public teleconference meeting.


    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see "REGISTRATION" under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required.

    DATES: The NEJAC will convene a public teleconference meeting on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, starting at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The meeting discussion will focus on several topics including, but not limited to, the discussion and deliberation of final letters that address environmental justice concerns raised during the NEJAC public meeting in Bethesda, MD, April 29-May 2, 2019, and a presentation from the Office of Research and Development on research funding. One public comment period relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2019, starting at 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time. Members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period are highly encouraged to pre-register by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on Friday, August 09, 2019.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning the public meeting should be directed to Karen L. Martin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (MC2202A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-0203; or email at nejac@epa.gov. Additional information about the NEJAC is available at https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/national-environmental-justice-advisory-council.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-01/html/2019-13908.htm

  • Pesticides; Draft Revised Method for National Level Endangered Species Risk Assessment Process for Biological Evaluations of Pesticides; Extension of Comment Period

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice; extension of comment period.


    SUMMARY: EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of May 16, 2019, opening a 45-day comment period for a draft revised method for conducting national level threatened and endangered species biological evaluations for pesticides. The May 16, 2019 Notice also announced a June 10, 2019 public meeting for EPA to present the draft revised method and provide an additional opportunity for the public to provide feedback. This document extends the comment period for 45 days, from July 1, 2019 to August 15, 2019. EPA is extending the comment period after receipt and consideration of seven extension requests, to date, citing the following reasons for the requests: The complex and highly technical nature of the revised draft; the need to engage experts familiar with the subject matter; the potential wide-ranging impacts of the revisions and the importance of soliciting feedback from stakeholders who may be affected; and the additional time needed to develop constructive comments. In addition, stakeholders may want to review the recording of the June 10, 2019 public meeting that is now available in the revised method docket (EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0185). EPA responded to a number of clarifying questions about the draft revised method at that public meeting. Therefore, EPA believes that additional time for the public to consider the clarifying information provided at that meeting will further ensure meaningful stakeholder involvement in this process. This extension will facilitate the submission of high quality, useful comments during the public comment period.

    DATES: Comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA- HQ- OPP-2019-0185, must be received on or before August 15, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: Follow the detailed instructions provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register document of May 16, 2019 (Vol. 84 FR 22120) (FRL- 9993-03).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracy Perry, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: 703-308-0128; email address: perry.tracy@epa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-01/html/2019-13993.htm

  • Interior

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 2019 Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan; Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group

    AGENCY: Department of the Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for public comments.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PDARP/PEIS), Record of Decision, and Consent Decree, the Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies for the Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group (Mississippi TIG) have prepared a Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group 2019 Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan: Grand Bay Land Acquisition and Habitat Management (SRP) to evaluate funding additional land acquisition from willing sellers and habitat management within the Grand Bay Land Acquisition and Habitat Management project (Grand Bay Project) footprint. The Mississippi TIG originally evaluated and selected the Grand Bay Project as part of the Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group 2016-2017 Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (2016-2017 RP/EA). The SRP provides for an additional $10,000,000 for the Grand Bay Project. The Grand Bay Project would continue the process of conserving and restoring wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats injured as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which occurred on or about April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico. We invite comments on the draft SRP.

    DATES: Submitting Comments: You must submit comments on the draft SRP on or before August 1, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the draft SRP from any of the following websites:

    http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

    https://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon/adminrecord.

    Alternatively, you may request a CD of the SRP (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments on the draft SRP by one of the following methods:

    Via the Web: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration-areas/mississippi.

    Via U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 29649, Atlanta, GA 30345. In order to be considered, mailed comments must be postmarked on or before the comment deadline given in DATES.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nanciann Regalado, via email at nanciann_regalado@fws.gov, via telephone at 678-296-6805, or via the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-02/html/2019-14074.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Committee Management Renewals

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) management officials having responsibility for the advisory committees listed below have determined that renewing these groups for another two years is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the Director, National Science Foundation (NSF), by 42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq. This determination follows consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration.

    Committees

    Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences, #1110

    Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure, #25150

    Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources, #1119

    Advisory Committee for Engineering, #1170

    Advisory Committee for Geosciences, #1755

    Advisory Committee for Integrative Activities, #1373

    Alan T. Waterman Award Committee, #1172

    Proposal Review Panel for Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, #10751

    Proposal Review Panel for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, #10747

    Proposal Review Panel for Biological Infrastructure, #10743

    Proposal Review Panel for Earth Sciences, #1569

    Proposal Review Panel for Emerging Frontiers in Biological Sciences, #44011

    Proposal Review Panel for Environmental Biology, #10744

    Proposal Review Panel for Geosciences, #1756

    Proposal Review Panel for Integrative Organismal Systems, #10745

    Proposal Review Panel for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, #10746

    Proposal Review Panel for Ocean Sciences, #10752

    Proposal Review Panel for Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, #59

    Proposal Review Panel for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, #1766

    Proposal Review Panel for Social and Economic Sciences, #10748

    Proposal Review Panel for Integrative Activities, #2469

    Proposal Review Panel for International Science and Engineering, #10749

    Effective date for renewal is June 28, 2019. For more information, please contact Crystal Robinson, NSF, at (703) 292-8687.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-03/html/2019-14216.htm

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