Commerce

  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Management and Oversight of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System

    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 11, 2020 (85 FR 14188) during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments.

    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    Title: Management and Oversight of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0121.

    Form Number(s): None.

    Type of Request: Regular submission [extension of a current information collection].

    Number of Respondents: 149.

    Average Hours per Response: Management plan, 1500 hours; site profile, 1800 hours; site nomination documents, 2500 hours; award application, 24 hours; award reports, 10 hours; NEPA documentation, 2 hours.

    Total Annual Burden Hours: 9,232.

    Needs and Uses: The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and 22 states and Puerto Rico that protects more than 1.3 million coastal and estuarine acres in 28 Reserves for long- term research, monitoring, education, and stewardship, established under Section 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1451), 16 U.S.C. 1461. The NERRS consists of carefully selected estuarine areas of the United States that are designated, preserved, and managed for research and educational purposes. The Reserves are chosen to reflect regional differences and to include a variety of ecosystem types according to the classification scheme of the national program as presented in 15 CFR part 921. As part of a national system, the Reserves collectively provide a unique opportunity to address research questions and estuarine management issues of national significance. The Reserves also serve to enhance public awareness and understanding of estuarine areas and provide suitable opportunities for public education and interpretation. Regulations provide guidance for delineating Reserve boundaries and additional guidance for arriving at the most effective and least costly approach to establishing adequate state control of key land and water areas. Any qualified public or private persons, organizations or institutions may compete for research funding to work in research Reserves. In fact, applicants are almost always states.

    Subsection 3l5(e)(1)(B) of the CZMA authorizes the National Ocean Service (NOS) to make grants to, or cooperative agreements with, any coastal state or public or private institution or person for purposes of supporting research within the NERRS. This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under "Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserve, Number 11.420". Applications for such grants follow the provisions of 2 CFR 200. During the site selection and designation process, information is collected from states in order to prepare a management plan and environmental impact statement. Designated Reserves apply annually for operations funds by submitting a work plan; subsequently, progress reports are required every six months for the duration of the award. Each Reserve compiles an ecological characterization or site profile to describe the biological and physical environment of the Reserve, research to date and research gaps. Reserves revise their management plans every five years. This information is required to ensure that Reserves are adhering to regulations and that the Reserves are in keeping with the purpose for which they were designated.

    Affected Public: Non-profit institutions; state, local, or tribal government.

    Frequency: On occasion.

    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits.

    Legal Authority: Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1451), 16 U.S.C. 1461.

    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 0648-0121.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-07-23/html/2020-15941.htm

  • 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 Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.

    DATES: NOAA will consider all written comments received by September 18, 2020. The virtual public meeting will be held on Wednesday September 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. CDT.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the coastal management program and national estuarine research reserve NOAA intends to evaluate by emailing Ralph Cantral, Senior Advisor, NOAA Office for Coastal Management at Ralph.Cantral@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. To participate in the public meeting Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. CDT, registration is required two hours in advance by 2:00 p.m. CDT.

    Registration: http://noaacsc.adobeconnect.com/lsnerrpublicmeeting/event/event_info.html. You may participate online or by phone. If you would like to provide comment during the public meeting, please select "yes" during the online registration. The line-up of speakers will be based on your date and time of registration.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ralph Cantral, Evaluator, NOAA Office for Coastal Management by phone at (301) 233-2998 or email Ralph.Cantral@noaa.gov. Copies of the previous evaluation findings and reserve's management plan and site profile may be viewed and downloaded on the internet at http://coast.noaa.gov/czm/evaluations. A copy of the evaluation notification letter and most recent progress reports may be obtained upon request by contacting Ralph Cantral.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-07-24/html/2020-16099.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the chartered SAB to review the scientific and technical basis of the proposed rule "Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process."

    DATES: The public teleconferences of the chartered Science Advisory Board will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Tuesday, September 15, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

    ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only. Please refer to the SAB website at http://www.epa.gov/sab for information on how to access the meeting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the public teleconferences may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2155, or email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-07-23/html/2020-15988.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board (NSB), 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 the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of NSB business as follows:

    TIME AND DATE: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., and Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: These meetings will be held by videoconference. There will be no in-person meetings to attend. The public may observe the public meetings, which will be streamed to the NSF You Tube channel. For meetings on Wednesday, July 29, go to: https://youtu.be/3CXXjWbwsYE. For meetings on Thursday, July 30, go to: https://youtu.be/rjs0ny0zgR4.

    STATUS: Some of these meetings will be open to the public. Others will be closed to the public. See full description below.

    CONTACT PERSONS FOR MORE INFORMATION: The NSB Office contact is Brad Gutierrez, bgutierr@nsf.gov, 703-292-7000. The NSB Public Affairs contact is Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov, 703-292-2490. The following persons will be available to provide technical support in accessing the YouTube video: Angel Ntumy (antumy@associates.nsf.gov); Phillip Moulden (pmoulden@associates.nsf.gov).

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-07-24/html/2020-16252.htm

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