National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting
AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of open meeting.
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the next meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC) in Portland, Maine.
DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 17, 2005 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, 2005 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, May 19, 2005 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below may be subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 1230 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04192.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Designated Federal Officer, MPAFAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-3100 x136, Fax: 301-713-3110); e-mail: ; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://www.mpa.gov.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of a 5- Year Review of Listed Sea Turtles
AGENCIES: Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Interior, and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of 5-year status review of sea turtles.
SUMMARY: We, the FWS and NMFS (collectively the Services), announce a 5-year review of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp's ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), and olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). A 5-year review is a periodic process conducted to ensure that the listing classification of a species is accurate. It is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. New data are available since the last reviews were completed in 1985 for the green turtle and in 1995 for the hawksbill, Kemp's ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and olive ridley turtles. Therefore, the Services are initiating a 5-year status review and soliciting information and comments pertaining to these species from any interested party. Based on the results of this 5-year review, we will make the requisite findings under the ESA.
DATES: Written comments and information related to this 5-year review must be received by July 20, 2005.
ADDRESSES: Written comments and information should be addressed to Barbara Schroeder, National Sea Turtle Coordinator, Marine Mammal and Marine Turtle Conservation Division, NMFS Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910; or by fax (301) 427-2522, or by e-mail at: . Information received in response to this notice will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours, at the above address.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: At NMFS, Barbara Schroeder (ph. 301- 713-1401, fax 301-713-0376, e-mail ) or at FWS, Sandy MacPherson (ph. 904-232-2580, fax 904-232-2404, e-mail ).
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of an Executive Committee meeting (via conference call) of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC). The conference call will focus on reviewing a draft report of the BOSC Ecological Research Subcommittee.
DATES: The conference call will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2005 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., eastern time, and may adjourn early if all business is finished. Written comments, and requests for the draft agenda or for making oral presentations during the call will be accepted up to 1 business day before the conference call date.
ADDRESSES: Participation in the conference call will be by teleconference only--meeting rooms will not be used. Members of the public may obtain the call-in number and access code for the calls from Lorelei Kowalski, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.
Any member of the public interested in receiving a draft BOSC agenda or making an oral presentation during the meeting may contact Ms. Lorelei Kowalski, Designated Federal Officer, whose contact information is listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. In general, each individual making an oral presentation will be limited to a total of three minutes. The draft agenda can be viewed through EDOCKET, as provided in Unit I.A. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
Comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I.B. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lorelei Kowalski, Designated Federal Officer, via telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-3408, via e-mail at , or by mail at Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Mail Code 8104-R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary--Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program Office, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of establishment.
SUMMARY: This notice is published in accordance with Section 9(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (Public Law 92-463). Following consultation with the General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Secretary of the Interior has established the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Advisory Committee. The Committee will provide advice and recommendations on issues related to the Department of the Interior's authorities, responsibilities and implementation of the natural resource damage provisions of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA--42 U.S.C. Sec. Sec. 9601, et seq.), the Oil Pollution Act (OPA--33 U.S.C. 2701, et seq.), and the Clean Water Act (CWA--33 U.S.C. 1251, et seq.).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank DeLuise, Office of the Secretary, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program Manager, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC, 20240, 202-208-4143. Certification: I hereby certify that the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Advisory Committee is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Department of the Interior by the natural resource damage provisions of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA--42 U.S.C. 9601, et seq.), the Oil Pollution Act (OPA--33 U.S.C. 2701, et seq.), and the Clean Water Act (CWA--33 U.S.C. 1251, et seq.).
Advisory Committee for Polar Programs; Notice of Meeting
In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:
Name: Advisory Committee for Polar Programs (1130).
Date and Time: May 9, 2005, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May 10, 2005, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford I, Room 1235.
Type of Meeting: Open.
Contact Person: Altie Metcalf, Office of Polar Programs (OPP), National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-8030.
Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person list above.
Purpose of Meeting: To advise NSF on the impact of its policies, programs, and activities of the polar research community; to provide advice to the Director of OPP on issues related to long range planning, and to form ad hoc subcommittees to carry out needed studies and tasks.
Agenda: Staff presentations on program updates; discussions on International Polar Year; U.S. Antarctic Program resupply, advance planning, budgets, and commitments; and polar education and outreach.