Agriculture

  • Notice of Proposed Revisions to the National Handbook of Conservation Practices for the Natural Resources Conservation Service

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is giving this notice that it intends to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in the National Handbook of Conservation Practices (NHCP), and NRCS is also giving the public an opportunity to provide comments on specified practice conservation standards in NHCP.

    DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by November 22, 2019. Comments received after this date will be considered to the extent possible. Final versions of these new or revised conservation practice standards will be adopted after the close of the 30-day period and the consideration of all comments.

    ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. In your comments, include the volume, date, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for docket ID NRCS-2019-0011. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail, or Hand Delivery: Mr. Bill Reck, National Environmental Engineer, Conservation Engineering Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, NRCS, 1400 Independence Avenue, South Building, Room 6136, Washington, DC 20250.

    NRCS will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. In general, personal information provided with comments will be posted. If your comment includes your address, phone number, email, or other personal identifying information (PII), your comments, including PII, may be available to the public. You may request that your PII be withheld from public view, but this cannot be guaranteed.

    The copies of the proposed revised standards are available through http://www.regulations.gov by accessing Docket No. NRCS-2019-0011. Alternatively, the proposed revised standards can be downloaded or printed from http://go.usa.gov/TXye.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bill Reck, (202) 720-4485; or bill.reck@usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-23/html/2019-23111.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC); Notice of Meeting

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces an upcoming meeting for the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). The EPA established the CAAAC on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises EPA on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues.

    DATES: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App. 2 Section 10(a)(2), notice is hereby given that the CAAAC will hold its next face-to-face meeting on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, located at 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Weinstock, Designated Federal Official, Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (6103A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-9226; email address: weinstock.larry@epa.gov. Additional information about this meeting, the CAAAC, and its subcommittees and workgroups can be found on the CAAAC website: http://www.epa.gov/oar/caaac/.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-21/html/2019-22906.htm

  • Definition of "Waters of the United States"--Recodification of Pre- Existing Rules; Final Rule

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

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army ("the agencies") are publishing a final rule to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule: Definition of "Waters of the United States" ("2015 Rule"), which amended portions of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and to restore the regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 Rule. The agencies will implement the pre-2015 Rule regulations informed by applicable agency guidance documents and consistent with Supreme Court decisions and longstanding agency practice.

    The agencies are repealing the 2015 Rule for four primary reasons. First, the agencies conclude that the 2015 Rule did not implement the legal limits on the scope of the agencies' authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) as intended by Congress and reflected in Supreme Court cases, including Justice Kennedy's articulation of the significant nexus test in Rapanos. Second, the agencies conclude that in promulgating the 2015 Rule the agencies failed to adequately consider and accord due weight to the policy of the Congress in CWA section 101(b) to "recognize, preserve, and protect the primary responsibilities and rights of States to prevent, reduce, and eliminate pollution" and "to plan the development and use...of land and water resources." 33 U.S.C. 1251(b). Third, the agencies repeal the 2015 Rule to avoid interpretations of the CWA that push the envelope of their constitutional and statutory authority absent a clear statement from Congress authorizing the encroachment of federal jurisdiction over traditional State land-use planning authority. Lastly, the agencies conclude that the 2015 Rule's distance-based limitations suffered from certain procedural errors and a lack of adequate record support. The agencies find that these reasons, collectively and individually, warrant repealing the 2015 Rule.

    With this final rule, the regulations defining the scope of federal CWA jurisdiction will be those portions of the CFR as they existed before the amendments promulgated in the 2015 Rule.

    DATES: This rule is effective on December 23, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203. All documents in the docket are listed on the http://www.regulations.gov website. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically through http://www.regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael McDavit, 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 Moyer, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314; telephone number: (202) 761-6903; email address: USACECWARule@usace.army.mil.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-22/html/2019-20550.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • Executive Order 13895: President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish an advisory council on science and technology, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Purpose. In every age of our Nation's history, American ingenuity has driven technological progress and the promise of the American Dream. Scientific advancement has improved the lives of our citizens, created jobs and better futures for American workers, and kept the American people safe at home and abroad. American thinkers, inventors, and entrepreneurs, empowered by free-market capitalism and driven by bold ideas, have created an ecosystem of innovation that is the envy of the world, making our Nation prosperous and strong.

    Since World War II, our Nation's greatest scientists and engineers have advised the Federal Government, guiding the United States through the nuclear age, the mission to the moon, and the transformations of the digital revolution. Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and quantum information science are now on the horizon, and how we address their development will determine whether they give rise to new American industries or challenge American values. With American leadership facing fierce global competition, today more than ever our Nation is in need of new approaches for unleashing the creativity of our research enterprise and empowering private sector innovation to ensure American technological dominance.

    Through collaborative partnerships across the American science and technology enterprise, which includes an unmatched constellation of public and private educational institutions, research laboratories, corporations, and foundations, the United States can usher extraordinary new technologies into homes, hospitals, and highways across the world. These technologies would have American values at their core. By strengthening the ties that connect government, industry, and academia, my Administration will champion a new era of American research and innovation, which will give rise to new discoveries that create the industries of the future.

    Sec. 2. Establishment. The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is hereby established. The PCAST shall be composed of the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (the "Director"), and not more than 16 additional members appointed by the President. These additional members shall include distinguished individuals from sectors outside of the Federal Government. They shall have diverse perspectives and expertise in science, technology, education, and innovation. The Director shall serve as the Chair of the PCAST.

    Sec. 3. Functions. (a) The PCAST shall advise the President on matters involving science, technology, education, and innovation policy. The Council shall also provide the President with scientific and technical information that is needed to inform public policy relating to the American economy, the American worker, national and homeland security, and other topics. The PCAST shall meet regularly and shall:

    (i) respond to requests from the President or the Director for information, analysis, evaluation, or advice;

    (ii) solicit information and ideas from a broad range of stakeholders on contemporary topics of critical importance to the Nation in order to inform policy making. Stakeholders include the research community, the private sector, universities, national laboratories, State and local governments, and non-profit organizations;

    (iii) serve as the advisory committee identified in subsection 101(b) of the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 (Public Law 102-194), as amended (15 U.S.C. 5511(b)). In performing the functions of such advisory committee, the PCAST shall be known as the President's Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee; and

    (iv) serve as the advisory panel identified in section 4 of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (Public Law 108-153), as amended (15 U.S.C. 7503). In performing the functions of such advisory committee, the PCAST shall be known as the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel.

    (b) The PCAST shall provide advice to the National Science and Technology Council in response to requests from that Council.

    Sec. 4. Administration. (a) The heads of executive departments and agencies shall, to the extent permitted by law, provide the PCAST with information concerning scientific and technological matters when requested by the PCAST Chair.

    (b) In consultation with the Director, the PCAST may create standing subcommittees and ad hoc groups, including technical advisory groups to assist the PCAST and provide preliminary information to the PCAST.

    c) The Director may request that members of the PCAST, its standing subcommittees, or ad hoc groups who do not hold a current clearance for access to classified information, receive security clearance and access determinations pursuant to Executive Order 12968 of August 2, 1995 (Access to Classified Information), as amended, or any successor order.

    (d) The Department of Energy shall provide such funding and administrative and technical support as the PCAST may require.

    (e) Members of the PCAST shall serve without any compensation for their work on the PCAST, but may receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in the government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).

    Sec. 5. Termination. The PCAST shall terminate 2 years from the date of this order unless extended by the President.

    Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.) (FACA), may apply to the PCAST, any functions of the President under the FACA, except that of reporting to the Congress, shall be performed by the Secretary of Energy in accordance with the guidelines and procedures established by the Administrator of General Services.

    (b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (c) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    Sec. 7. Revocation. Executive Order 13539 of April 21, 2010 (President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology), as amended, is hereby revoked.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-25/html/2019-23525.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis Meeting (ACET)

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the CDC announces the following meeting of the Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis Meeting (ACET). This meeting is open to the public, limited to 80 room seats and 100 ports for audio phone lines. Time will be available for public comment. The public is welcome to submit written comments in advance of the meeting. Comments should be submitted in writing by email to the contact person listed below. The deadline for receipt is Monday, December 9, 2019. Persons who desire to make an oral statement, may request it at the time of the public comment period on December 11, 2019 at 11:40 a.m., EST.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on December 10, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST and December 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., EST.

    ADDRESSES: CDC, 8 Corporate Boulevard, Building 8, Conference Rooms 1- A/B/C, Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4027 and Web conference: 1-877-927-1433 and participant passcode: 12016435 and https://adobeconnect.cdc.gov/r5p8l2tytpq/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margie Scott-Cseh, Committee Management Specialist, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop: E-07, Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4027, telephone (404) 639-8317; zkr7@cdc.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-25/html/2019-23237.htm

  • Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)

    AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the CDC announces the following meeting for the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID). This meeting is open to the public, limited only by the space available; the meeting room will accommodate up to 100 people. The public is also welcome to listen to the meeting by telephone, limited only by the number of ports available (100); the toll-free dial-in number is 1-877-951-7311, with a pass code of 5421098.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on December 4, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., EST, and December 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., EST.

    ADDRESSES: CDC, Global Communications Center, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Building 19, Auditorium B3, Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4027; also 1-877- 951-7311, with a pass code of 5421098.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Wiley, MPH, Designated Federal Officer, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop H24-12, Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4027, Telephone (404) 639-4840; SWiley@cdc.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-22/html/2019-22980.htm

  • Interior

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program and Migratory Bird Surveys

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are proposing to renew an information collection with revisions.

    DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 25, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: Send written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget's Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email at OIRASubmission@omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395-5806. Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: JAO/1N PRB/PERMA, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 (mail); or by email to InfoColl@fws.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1018-0023 in the subject line of your comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Madonna L. Baucum, Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, by email at Info_Coll@fws.gov, or by telephone at (703) 358-2503. You may also view the ICR at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-24/html/2019-23187.htm

  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force will hold a public meeting in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The ANS Task Force's purpose is to develop and implement a program for U.S. waters to prevent introduction and dispersal of aquatic invasive species; to monitor, control, and study such species; and to disseminate related information.

    DATES: Meeting: The ANS Task Force will meet Wednesday and Thursday, November 6-7, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    Comment submission: You may submit written comments in advance of the meeting by emailing them to the ANS Task Force Executive Secretary by close of business on November 1, 2019.

    Requests for Accommodations: Please contact the ANS Task Force Secretary no later than October 28, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: Meeting location: The ANS Task Force meeting will take place at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705 (telephone 301-504-5755).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Pasko, ANS Task Force Executive Secretary, by telephone at 703-358- 2466, or by email at Susan_Pasko@fws.gov.

    Accessibility: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this meeting for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, closed captioning, or other accommodation needs to the ANS Task Force Executive Secretary, by using the contact information above or via TTY at 800-877-8339.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-23/html/2019-23034.htm

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Earth Science Advisory Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a meeting of the Earth Science Advisory Committee (ESAC). This Committee functions in an advisory capacity to the Director, Earth Science Division, in the NASA Science Mission Directorate. The meeting will be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the science community and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to program planning.

    DATES: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: This meeting will take place telephonically. Any interested person must use a touch-tone phone to participate in this meeting. Any interested person may call the USA toll free number 1-800-475-0212 or toll number 1-517-308-9094, passcode 6749647.

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

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-23/html/2019-23101.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • 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 a change in the date and time of a meeting for the transaction of National Science Board business.

    FEDERAL REGISTER CITATION OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: 84 FR 55990, published on Friday, October 18, 2019.

    PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED TELECONFERENCE MEETING TIME AND DATE: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4:00-4:30 p.m. EDT.

    NEW TELECONFERENCE MEETING TIME AND DATE: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 1:00-1:30 p.m. EDT. All other information about the meeting remains the same.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Reba Bandyopadhyay, rbandyop@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-2019-10-22/html/2019-23142.htm

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