Agriculture

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

    AGENCY: Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 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 virtually by telephone conference on July 7-9, 2020, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The public may file written comments before or up to July 23, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place virtually via Zoom. Dial-in options will be available.

    Web Preregistration: Participants wishing to participate may preregister by emailing the NAREEE Advisory Board at nareee@ars.usda.gov. Upon registration you will receive a unique link, call-in number, and access code.

    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. Due to COVID- 19, we recommend you email comments to nareeeab@ars.usda.gov.

    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 or email: nareee@ars.usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-16/html/2020-12966.htm

  • Commerce

  • Evaluation of National Estuarine Research Reserve

    AGENCY: Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting and opportunity to comment.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting to solicit comments on the performance evaluation of the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

    DATES: Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve: The public meeting will be held on July 16, 2020, and written comments must be received on or before July 26, 2020. For specific dates, times, and locations of the public meetings, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the coastal program NOAA intends to evaluate by any of the following methods:

    Public Meeting and Oral Comments: A public meeting will be held virtually. For specific information on how to participate see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Written Comments: Please submit written comments to Pam Kylstra, Program Development Specialist, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, 2234 South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29405 or email comments to Pam.Kylstra@noaa.gov. Comments that the Office for Coastal Management receives are considered part of the public record and may be publicly accessible. Any personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) submitted voluntarily by the sender may also be publicly accessible. NOAA will accept anonymous comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pam Kylstra, Program Development Specialist, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, NOS/NOAA, 2234 South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29405, by phone at (843) 740- 1259 or email Pam.Kylstra@noaa.gov. Copies of the previous evaluation findings may be viewed and downloaded on the internet at https://coast.noaa.gov/czm/evaluations/evaluation_findings/index.html. A copy of the evaluation notification letter and most recent progress report may be obtained upon request by contacting the person identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-16/html/2020-12876.htm

  • General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and Scientific Advisory Subcommittee to the General Advisory Committee; Meeting Announcements

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

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; consolidation of two meetings.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces a consolidation of the public meeting of the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee (SAS) to the General Advisory Committee (GAC) scheduled on June 17, 2020, with the public meeting of the GAC to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) scheduled on June 18, 2020. This newly consolidated SAS and GAC meeting will be held on June 18, 2020, via webinar. The meeting topics are described under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

    DATES: The consolidated meeting of the SAS and GAC will be held on June 18, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PDT (or until business is concluded).

    ADDRESSES: Please notify William Stahnke (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) if you plan to attend the webinar. Instructions will be emailed to meeting participants before the meeting occurs.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Stahnke, West Coast Region, NMFS, at william.stahnke@noaa.gov, or at (562) 980-4088.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-17/html/2020-13073.htm

  • Research and Development Enterprise Committee (RDEC); Notice of Availability of NOAA Research and Development Vision Areas: 2020-2026

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability of the NOAA Research and Development Vision Areas: 2020-2026; and associated response to public comments.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published the NOAA Research and Development Vision Areas: 2020-2026. Notices for public comments during the drafting of the document were published in the Federal Register on December 10, 2018 (83 FR 63482) and July 10, 2019 (84 FR 33240). NOAA has also released the Response to Public Comments collected during the public comment periods.

    DATES: This notice is applicable June 15, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Copies of the NOAA Research and Development Vision Areas: 2020-2026 and Response to Public Comments can be downloaded or viewed on the internet at https://nrc.noaa.gov/CouncilProducts/ResearchPlans.aspx.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Gary Matlock, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, NOAA, Rm. 11461, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1185, Email: gary.c.matlock@noaa.gov); or visit the NOAA RDEC website at https://nrc.noaa.gov/About/Committees.aspx.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-15/html/2020-12857.htm

  • United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee

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

    ACTION: Notice of new member solicitation for the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System (U.S. IOOS) Advisory Committee.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is soliciting applications for membership on the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee (the Committee), which is a Federal advisory committee. Members of the Committee will fulfill the requirements of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (the Act). The Committee provides advice to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and to the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee on the planning, integrated design, operation, maintenance, enhancement, and expansion of the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System (U.S. IOOS). U.S. IOOS promotes research to develop, test, and deploy innovations and improvements in coastal and ocean observation technologies and modeling systems, addresses regional and national needs for ocean information, gathers data on key coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes variables and ensures timely and sustained dissemination and availability of these data for societal benefits. U.S. IOOS benefits national safety, the economy, and the environment through support for national defense, marine commerce and forecasting, navigation safety, weather, climate, energy siting and production, economic development, ecosystem-based management of marine and coastal areas, conservation of ocean and coastal resources and public safety.

    The Act requires the establishment and administration of this Committee by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

    NOAA will hereby accept applications for membership on the Committee to fill two vacancies that occurred in late 2019. These vacancy appointments shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term of the vacancy, which ends August 15, 2021. An individual so appointed may subsequently be appointed for an additional three-year term. The Act states: "Members shall be qualified by education, training, and experience to evaluate scientific and technical information related to the design, operation, maintenance, or use of the [Integrated Ocean Observing] System, or use of data products provided through the System." NOAA encourages individuals with expertise in oceanographic data, products, and services; coastal management; fisheries management; coastal and marine spatial planning; geodesy; water levels; and other science-related fields to submit applications for Committee membership. To apply for membership on the Committee, applicants should submit a resume highlighting their qualifications as indicated in the ADDRESSES section. NOAA is an equal-opportunity employer.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted no later than July 30, 2020. Applications received after July 30, 2020 may not be considered during this membership application cycle, but may be considered for future membership cycles.

    ADDRESSES: Submit an application for Committee membership, including cover letter, resume, and requested items below, to Laura Gewain via Email Laura.Gewain@noaa.gov. Please direct any questions regarding application submission to Laura Gewain via Email or Telephone: 240-533- 9456.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Krisa Arzayus, 1315 East-West Highway, Station 2616, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Telephone: 240-533-9455; Email: Krisa.Arzayus@noaa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-16/html/2020-12913.htm

  • Energy

  • Leveraging Existing Bioenergy Data Workshop

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of online public workshop.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing an online public workshop entitled, "Leveraging Existing Bioenergy Data Workshop." The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks to discuss how to collect and valorize underused datasets and associated knowledge, with the future goal of making this information public on existing databases.

    DATES: The workshop will be held online on July 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m.-- 5:00 p.m. EDT, July 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m. EDT, and July 23, 2020 12:30 p.m.--5:00 p.m. EDT. To attend the workshop, you must register by July 14, 2020. Those who are unable to attend the workshop but wish to submit comments may submit comments by email to eere_bioenergy@ee.doe.gov on or before August 14, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Register for the workshop online at https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/events/leveraging-existing-bioenergy-data-workshop. This event is open to the public but advance registration is required. The workshop will be held online. Login details will be sent following registration.

    Comments may be submitted by the following methods:

    Email: eere_bioenergy@ee.doe.gov. Include "Leveraging Existing Bioenergy Data Workshop" in the subject line of the message.

    Postal Mail: Elizabeth Burrows, Bioenergy Technologies Office, EE- 3B/Forrestal Building, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. Due to potential delays in DOE's receipt and processing of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, DOE encourages respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Burrows, Bioenergy Technologies Office, EE-3B/Forrestal Building, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586- 5188; Email: eere_bioenergy@ee.doe.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-15/html/2020-12855.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Chemical Safety for Sustainability and Health and Environmental Risk Assessment Subcommittee Meeting--June 2020; Correction

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; correction.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), published a document in the Federal Register of June 2, 2020, giving notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Chemical Safety for Sustainability and Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (CSS-HERA) Subcommittee. The meeting has been postponed until June 24, 2020. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days' notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer (DFO) via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-6518 or via email at: tracy.tom@epa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-18/html/2020-13169.htm

  • FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meetings and Request for Nominations of Ad Hoc Expert Reviewers

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: There will be a 4-day public peer review meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to consider and review the use of new approach methodologies (NAMs) to derive extrapolation factors and evaluate developmental neurotoxicity for human health risk assessment. Preceding the public peer review meeting, there will be a public preparatory virtual meeting, conducted via teleconference and webcast, to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for this peer review. In addition, EPA is requesting nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc reviewers to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review. Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be considered as prospective candidates for this review by following the instructions provided in this notice.

    DATES:

    Nominations: Submit nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc reviewers on or before July 2, 2020.

    Preparatory Virtual Meeting: The preparatory virtual meeting will be held on August 25, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. (EDT). You must register online on or before August 25, 2020, to receive the webcast meeting link and audio teleconference information. You must submit your written comments or request time to present oral comments for the preparatory virtual meeting on or before noon, August 21, 2020.

    Peer Review Meeting: The 4-day public peer review meeting will be held September 15-18, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. (EDT) (as needed, updated times for each day may be provided in the meeting agenda that will be posted in the docket at http://www.regulations.gov and the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/SAP). To make oral comments during the peer review meeting and be included on the meeting agenda, please register by noon on September 9, 2020. Any written comments submitted for the peer review meeting on or before September 9, 2020, will be provided to the FIFRA SAP for their consideration before the meeting. Comments received after September 9, 2020, and prior to the oral public comment period during the meeting will be available to the FIFRA SAP for their consideration during the meeting.

    Special accommodations: Requests for special accommodations should be submitted on or before August 25, 2020, to allow EPA time to process these requests.

    ADDRESSES:

    Nominations: Submit your nominations of candidates to the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Preparatory Virtual Meeting: Registration is required to participate during the public preparatory virtual meeting. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP website at http://www.epa.gov/sap for information on how to register.

    Peer Review Meeting: The location of the 4-day public peer review meeting will be announced on the FIFRA SAP website at http:// www.epa.gov/sap. You may also subscribe to the following listserv for alerts regarding this and other SAP-related activities: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USAEPAOPPT/subscriber/new?topicid=USAEPAOPPT101. This peer review meeting may also be viewed via webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP website at http:// www.epa.gov/sap for information on how to access the webcast.

    Special accommodations: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation for a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Comments: Submit requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Submit written comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2020-0263, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not electronically submit any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Additional information on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets. For additional instructions related to this meeting, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Please note that due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) and Reading Room were closed to public visitors on March 31, 2020. Our EPA/DC staff will continue to provide customer service via email, phone, and webform. For further information on EPA/DC services, docket contact information and the current status of the EPA/DC and Reading Room, please visit https://www.epa.gov/dockets. For questions about this docket, you may also contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tamue Gibson, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-7642; email address: gibson.tamue@epa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-17/html/2020-13010.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request: NSF INCLUDES National Network Survey

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to establish 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 August 14, 2020 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 W18200, 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-2020-06-15/html/2020-12865.htm

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