Commerce

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; The Environmental Questionnaire and Checklist (EQC)

    The Department of Commerce will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, on or after the date of publication of this notice. We invite the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on March 30, 2020 (85 FR 17532) during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments.

    Agency: Office of Facilities and Environmental Quality, Office of the Secretary.

    Title: The Environmental Questionnaire and Checklist (EQC). OMB Control Number: 0690-0028.

    Form Number(s): CD-593.

    Type of Request: Regular submission (an extension of a current information collection).

    Number of Respondents: 1,000.

    Average Hours per Response: 3 hours.

    Burden Hours: 3,000.

    Needs and Uses: This request is for an extension of a currently approved information collection. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347) and the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508) require that federal agencies complete an environmental analysis for all major federal actions significantly affecting the environment. Those actions may include a federal agency's decision to fund non- federal projects under grants and cooperative agreements, including infrastructure projects. In order to determine NEPA compliance requirements for a project receiving Department of Commerce (DOC) bureau-level funding, DOC must assess information which can only be provided by the applicant for federal financial assistance (grant).

    The Environmental Questionnaire and Checklist (EQC) provides federal financial assistance applicants and DOC staff with a tool to ensure that the necessary project and environmental information is obtained. The EQC was developed to collect data concerning potential environmental impacts that the applicant for federal financial assistance possesses and to transmit that information to the Federal reviewer. The EQC will allow for a more rapid review of projects and facilitate DOC's evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of a project and level of NEPA documentation required. DOC staff will use the information provided in answers to the questionnaire to determine compliance requirements for NEPA and conduct subsequent NEPA analysis as needed. Information provided in the questionnaire may also be used for other regulatory review requirements associated with the proposed project, such as the National Historic Preservation Act.

    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for- profit organizations; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local or Tribal Government; Federal Government, etc.

    Frequency: One-time; Annually.

    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $1,200 in mailing costs ($6 x approximately 200 respondents who choose to mail rather than email attachments).

    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.

    This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view the Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.

    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting "Currently under 30-day Review--Open for Public Comments" or by using the search function and entering either the title of the collection or the OMB Control Number 0690-0028.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-09/html/2020-12414.htm

  • Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

    ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Citizen Science Operations Committee via webinar.

    DATES: The Citizen Science Operations Committee meeting will be held via webinar on Thursday, June 25, 2020, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting address: The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Those interested in participating should contact Julia Byrd (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) to request an invitation providing webinar access information. Please request webinar invitations at least 24 hours in advance of each webinar. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of the meeting.

    Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Byrd, Citizen Science Program Manager, SAFMC; phone: (843) 302-8439 or toll free: (866) SAFMC-10; fax: (843) 769-4520; email: julia.byrd@safmc.net.

    govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-09/html/2020-12449.htm

  • Meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will hear presentations and discuss COVID-19 impacts on marine communities and agency operations, the E.O. Promoting American Seafood competitiveness and Economic Growth, seafood promotion and marketing in the U.S., and recommendations related to offshore wind citing and operations.

    DATES: The meeting will be June 29, 12:30-5 p.m.; and June 30 and July 1, 2020, 1-4:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

    ADDRESSES: Meeting is by webinar and teleconference.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett; NOAA Fisheries Office of Policy; (301) 427-8034; email: Heidi.Lovett@noaa.gov.

    govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-11/html/2020-12643.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • The National Drinking Water Advisory Council: Request for Nominations

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Request for nominations.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered to fill vacancies on the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council). The 15-member Council was established by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to provide independent advice, consultation, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on matters relating to the activities, functions, policies, and regulations required by the SDWA. This announcement solicits nominations to fill five vacancies with three-year appointments from December 2020 through December 2023. The EPA may also consider nominations received through this solicitation in 2021 and in the event of unplanned vacancies on the Council. To enable the EPA to maintain the representation required by statute, the Agency is seeking nominees who are from appropriate state and local agencies concerned with water hygiene and public water supply; representatives of private organizations or groups demonstrating an active interest in the field of water hygiene and public water supply, including nominees associated with small, rural public water systems; and from the general public.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted no later than July 13, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: We encourage you to submit nominations electronically, with the subject line "NDWAC Membership 2020," to corr.elizabeth@epa.gov, as there may be a delay in processing U.S. mail and no hand deliveries are currently accepted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have concerns about submitting your nomination electronically, you may contact Elizabeth Corr, the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the NDWAC, by email at corr.elizabeth@epa.gov, with the subject line "NDWAC Membership 2020," or by phone at (202) 564-3798, to discuss a possible alternative delivery method.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Email your questions to Elizabeth Corr at corr.elizabeth@epa.gov; or call (202) 564-3798. You may also mail Elizabeth Corr, at the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, MC: 4601M, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460, but be advised that there may be a delay in processing U.S. mail and no hand deliveries will be accepted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-12/html/2020-12727.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group

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

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) will hold a virtual meeting. The meeting will be open to the public. For this meeting, the TBDWG will review the draft 2020 report to the HHS Secretary and Congress and review and approve graphics and images for the report. The 2020 report will address ongoing tick-borne disease research, including research related to causes, prevention, treatment, surveillance, diagnosis, diagnostics, and interventions for individuals with tick- borne diseases; advances made pursuant to such research; federal activities related to tick-borne diseases; and gaps in tick-borne disease research.

    DATES: The meeting will be held online via webcast on July 8, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET (times are tentative and subject to change). The confirmed times and agenda items for the meeting will be posted on the TBDWG webpage at https://www.hhs.gov/ash/advisory-committees/tickbornedisease/meetings/2020-7-8/index.html when this information becomes available.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Berger, Designated Federal Officer for the TBDWG; Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C Street SW, Suite L600, Washington, DC 20024. Email: tickbornedisease@hhs.gov; Phone: 202-795-7608.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-09/html/2020-12432.htm

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