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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 7-10 September 2004


Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics

AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of renewal at USDA.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has renewed the charter for the Advisory Committee for Agriculture Statistics. Effective October 1, 1996, responsibility for the census of agriculture program was transferred to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) at USDA from the Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce. Effective February 2, 1997, NASS also received the transferred program positions and staff from the Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce. Responsibility for the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics, which is a discretionary committee, was transferred, along with its allocated slot, to USDA with the census of agriculture program.

The Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics has provided input and direction to the census of agriculture program since the committee was first established on July 16, 1962. It has been particularly critical to have the committee as a valuable resource to USDA during the transfer of the census from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The purpose of the committee is to make recommendations on census of agriculture operations including questionnaire design and content, publicity, publication plans, and data dissemination.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: R. Ronald Bosecker, Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-2707.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. appendix), notice is hereby given that the Secretary of Agriculture has renewed the charter for the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics, hereafter referred to as Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the conduct of the periodic censuses and surveys of agriculture, other related surveys, and the types of agricultural information to obtain from respondents. The committee also prepares recommendations regarding the content of agriculture reports, and presents the views and needs for data of major suppliers and users of agriculture statistics.

The Secretary of Agriculture has determined that the work of the Committee is in the public interest and relevant to the duties of USDA. No other advisory committee or agency of USDA is performing the tasks that will be assigned to the Committee.

The Committee, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, shall consist of 25 members representing a broad range of disciplines and interests, including, but not limited to, agricultural economists, rural sociologists, farm policy analysts, educators, State agriculture representatives, and agriculture-related business and marketing experts.
Representatives of the Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Economic Research Service, USDA, serve as ex-officio members of the Committee.

The committee draws on the experience and expertise of its members to form a collective judgment concerning agriculture data collected and the statistics issued by NASS. This input is vital to keep current with shifting data needs in the rapidly changing agricultural environment and keep NASS informed of emerging developments and issues in the food and fiber sector that can affect agriculture statistics activities.

Equal opportunity practices, in line with USDA policies, will be followed in all membership appointments to the Committee. To ensure that the recommendations of the Committee have taken into account the needs of the diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.



FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: There will be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review issues associated with deployment of a type of plant-incorporated protectant (PIP), specifically those based on plant viral coat proteins (PVCP-PIPs).

DATES: The meeting will be held on October 13 to October 15, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m, eastern time.

Comments. For the deadlines for the submission of requests to present oral comments and the submission of written comments, see Unit I.E. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Nominations. Nominations of scientific experts to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before September 24, 2004.
Special seating. Requests for special seating arrangements should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn National Airport, 2650 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202. The telephone number for the Holiday Inn National Airport is 703-684-7200.

Comments. Written comments may be submitted electronically (preferred), through hand delivery/courier, or by mail. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Nominations, Requests to present oral comments, and Special seating. To submit nominations for ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting, requests for special seating arrangements, or requests to present oral comments, notify the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, your request must identify docket ID number OPP-2004-0287 in the subject line on the first page of your response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Lewis, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-8450; fax number: (202) 564-8382; e-mail addresses: lewis.paul@epa.gov.


Science Advisory Board Staff Office

Notification of Upcoming Meetings of the Health Effects Subcommittee of the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA).

SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the Health Effects Subcommittee (HES) of the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis (Council) to discuss follow-on matters related to its report issued in March 2004 entitled Advisory on Plans for Health Effects Analysis in the Analytical Plan for EPA's Second Prospective Analysis--Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act, 1990-2020.

DATES: The public teleconferences of the Council HES will be held on
September 21, 2004 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time) and on
September 29, 2004 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code or who wish to submit written or brief oral comments (five minutes or less) must contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer, at telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9867 or via e-mail at: stallworth.holly@epa.gov. Requests to provide oral comments must be in writing (e-mail, fax or mail) and received by Dr. Stallworth no later than five business days prior to the teleconference in order to reserve time on the meeting agenda. It is the policy of the EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. Any member of the public wishing further information regarding the SAB or the Council HES may also contact Dr. Stallworth, or visit the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.



EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) conducts periodic, scientifically reviewed studies to assess the costs and benefits of regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act. The Council is an outside body of recognized experts charged with reviewing the data, methods and cost-benefit analyses conducted by OAR for implementing its programs. EPA has thus far issued one retrospective analysis of the Clean Air Act covering the 1970-1990 time period and one prospective analysis covering the 1990-2010 time period. EPA is planning a second prospective analysis covering the 1990-2020 time period and has issued two analytic blueprints for this analysis. The Council provided advice on these analytic blueprints in 2001 and 2004. These reports of the Council and its subcommittees may be found at http://www.epa.gov/sab/fiscal04.htm. OAR provides more information on "Section 812'' reports at: http://www.epa.gov/air/sect812/index.html. Additional background on the Council and on the statutorily mandated analyses of the costs and benefits of Clean Air Act programs was provided in a Federal Register notice published on February 14, 2003 (68 FR 7531-7534).

In its March 2004 Advisory report, posted at: http://www.epa.gov/sab/pdf/council_adv_04002.pdf, the Council HES provided advice through the Council on the health science aspects of EPA's analytic blueprint for its second prospective analysis. EPA's Office of Air and Radiation and EPA's Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation recently requested that the Council provide clarification on its advice in this March 2004 report pertaining to cessation lags, i.e. the time delay between reductions in air pollution and reductions in human health effects. The Agency seeks clarification of the Council's advice regarding this issue of cessation lags so that the Agency's analysis of the benefits of future rules for particulate matter (PM 2.5) might comport with the Council's previous recommendations. The Agency seeks the Council's advice on this proposed cessation lag structure.

The September 21 and September 29 teleconferences will provide the Council HES an opportunity to address the Agency's questions as stated in the letter to the Council which is posted at: http://www.epa.gov/sab/pdf/comments_on_council_adv_04001.pdf. Agendas for these teleconferences will be posted on the SAB Web site prior to the teleconference calls.



Request for Nominations for Nonvoting Members Representing Industry Interests on Public Advisory Panels or Committees

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for nonvoting industry representatives to serve on public advisory committees under the purview of the Center for Biologics
Evaluation and Research (CBER).

DATES: Industry organizations interested in participating in the selection of a nonvoting member to represent industry for vacancies listed in this notice must send a letter to FDA by October 12, 2004, stating their interest in one or more committees.

Concurrently, nomination materials for prospective candidates should be sent to FDA by October 12, 2004. A nominee may either be self-nominated or nominated by an organization to serve as a nonvoting industry representative.

ADDRESSES: All letters of interest and nominations should be sent to the contact person listed in the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gail Dapolito, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (HFM-71), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20857-1448, 301-827-0314, e-mail: dpolito@cber.fda.gov.



AGENCY: U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Morris K. Udall Foundation.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: The National Environmental Conflict Resolution (ECR) Advisory Committee, of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, will meet by teleconference on Wednesday, September 15, 2004. The call will occur from 2 p.m. to approximately 4 p.m. eastern daylight time. Members of the public may participate in the call by dialing 1-800-930-9002 and entering a passcode: 8072291.

During this teleconference, the Committee will discuss: the Committee's first draft report, next steps for the Committee and planning for future Committee work. The report of approved recommendations by the Committee can be viewed at http://www.ecr.gov/necrac/reports.htm
Members of the public may make oral comments on the teleconference or submit written comments. In general, each individual or group making an oral presentation will be limited to five minutes, and total oral comment time will be limited to one-half hour at the end of the call. Written comments may be submitted by mail or by e-mail to gargus@ecr.gov. Written comments received in the U.S. Institute office far enough in advance of a meeting may be provided to the Committee prior to the meeting; comments received too near the meeting date to allow for distribution will normally be provided to the Committee at the meeting. Comments submitted during or after the meeting will be accepted but may not be provided to the Committee until after that meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who desires further information concerning the teleconference or wishes to submit oral or written comments should contact Tina Gargus, Special Projects Coordinator, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701; phone (520) 670-5299, fax (520) 670-5530, or e-mail at gargus@ecr.gov. Requests to make oral comments must be in writing (or by e-mail) to Ms. Gargus and be received no later than 5 p.m. mountain standard time on Friday, September 10, 2004. Copies of the draft meeting agenda may be obtained from Ms. Gargus at the address, phone and e-mail address listed above.




Notice of Release of Draft Strategic Plan for U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System; Request for Public Comment

ACTION: Notice of release of Draft Strategic Plan for U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System and request for public comment.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the release of the Draft Strategic Plan for the U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System and Request for Public Comment by the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations (IWGEO). This draft plan was prepared to address the effective use of Earth observation systems to benefit humankind.

DATES: The Draft Strategic Plan will be available for public review on Wednesday, September 8, 2004, and can be accessed electronically at http://iwgeo.ssc.nasa.gov/draftstrategicplan. Comments on the Draft Strategic Plan must be received by the Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations no later that the close of business on Monday, November 8, 2004 (60 days).
Address for Comments: Only electronic (e-mail) comments will be accepted, and should be sent to: IWGEOcomments@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: CENR Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations, Carla Sullivan, Executive Secretary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 5810, Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482-5921, e-mail: Carla.Sullivan@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Interagency Working Group on Earth Observations (IWGEO) of the NSTC Committee on Environment and Natural Resources was established after the Earth Observation Summit for a two-fold purpose:
(1) To develop and begin implementation of the U.S. framework and ten-year plan for an integrated, comprehensive Earth observation system to answer environmental and societal needs, including a U.S. assessment of current observational capabilities, evaluation of requirements to sustain and evolve these capabilities considering both remote and in situ instruments, assessment of how to integrate current observational capabilities across scales, and evaluation and addressing of data gaps; and
(2) To formulate the U.S. position and input to the international ad hoc Group on Earth Observations (GEO) as formed at the Earth Observation Summit on July 31, 2003.
In response to the first goal, the IWGEO has prepared a Draft Strategic Plan for the U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System. The draft was prepared after a year of coordination among the over 15 agencies represented. In addition, a public workshop was held on June 16-17, 2004, for the purpose of allowing representatives of the communities-of-practice to contribute information and facts on the nine societal benefits areas, which provide the focus of the plan. These strategic social/economic areas include the following:
1. Improve Weather Forecasting;
2. Reducing Loss of Life and Property From Disasters;
3. Protecting and Monitoring Ocean Resources;
4. Understanding Climate, and Assessing, Mitigating, and Adapting to Climate Change Impacts;
5. Supporting Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, and Combating Land Degradation;
6. Understanding the Effect of Environmental Factors on Human Health and Well-Being;
7. Developing the Capacity To Make Ecological Forecasts;
8. Protecting and Monitoring Water Resources; and
9. Monitoring and Managing Energy Resources.
Associated Technical Reports referenced as Appendix 3 of the Draft Strategic Plan for the U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System are currently being updated based on comments received at the June IWGEO public meeting. When completed, these Technical Reports, along with additional background information may be found at http://iwgeo.ssc.nasa.gov/documents.asp?s=review, or by contacting the IWGEO

Secretariat office: Carla Sullivan, Interagency Working Group on Earth
Observations (IWGEO), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. Telephone:
(202) 482-5921, telefax: (202) 408-9674. E-mail:
Carla.Sullivan@noaa.gov. Subject: Draft Strategic Plan for U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System.

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) was established by Executive Order 12881. The Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) is chartered as one of four standing committees of the NSTC for the purpose of advising and assisting the Council on those federally supported efforts that develop new knowledge related to improving our understanding of the environment and natural resources.


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