Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Committee and its Industry Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting.
Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT)
This Notice announces availability of funds for the Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT), for training business executives and scientists (also referred to as ``Interns'') from Eurasia (see program description for eligible countries). The amount of financial assistance available for the program is $500,000.
Public Meeting of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform
This notice advises all interested persons of the initial public meeting of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. Background: Executive Order 13369 (January 7, 2005) established the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. The Order provides that the purpose of the Advisory Panel shall be to submit to the Secretary of the Treasury a report with revenue neutral policy options for reforming the Federal Internal Revenue Code. The options should (a) simplify Federal tax laws to reduce the costs and administrative burdens of compliance with such laws; (b) share the burdens and benefits of the Federal tax structure in an appropriately progressive manner while recognizing the importance of homeownership and charity in American society; and (c) promote long-run economic growth and job creation, and better encourage work effort, saving, and investment, so as to strengthen the competitiveness of the United States in the global marketplace. At least one option submitted by the Advisory Panel should use the Federal income tax as the base for its recommended reforms. Purpose: This is the first meeting of the Advisory Panel. The meeting will include background information presentations concerning the Federal tax system. Comments: Interested parties are invited to attend the meeting; however, no public comments will be heard at this meeting. The public will be provided additional opportunities to submit comments regarding issues of tax reform at later dates. Any written comments with respect to this meeting must be submitted by mail to The President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, 1440 New York Avenue, NW., Suite 2100, Washington, DC 20220. An electronic address will be provided as soon as it is available. All written comments will be made available to the public. Records: Records are being kept of Advisory Panel proceedings and will be available at the Internal Revenue Service's FOIA Reading Room at 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 1621, Washington, DC 20024. The Reading Room is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday except holidays. The public entrance to the reading room is on Pennsylvania Avenue between 10th and 12th streets. The phone number is (202) 622-5164 (not a toll-free number). Advisory Panel documents, including meeting announcements, agendas, and minutes, will also be available on the Advisory Panel's Web site, which is currently under construction.
Notice of Availability of Draft NUREG-1800, Revision 1; “Standard Review Plan for Review of License Renewal Applications for Nuclear Power Plants” and Draft NUREG-1801, Revision 1; “Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report”
The NRC staff is issuing drafts of the revised NUREG-1800; ``Standard Review Plan for License Renewal Applications for Nuclear Power Plants'' (SRP-LR); and the revised NUREG-1801, ``Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report'' for public comment. These revised documents describe methods acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing the license renewal rule, Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations part 54 (10 CFR part 54), as well as techniques used by the NRC staff in evaluating applications for license renewals. The NRC is also announcing a public workshop to facilitate gathering public comments on the drafts of these revised documents. These draft documents supersede the preliminary draft documents that were publicly announced and placed on the NRC's Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ licensing/renewal/guidance/updated-guidance.html on September 30, 2004. The NRC is especially interested in stakeholder comments that will improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the license renewal process.
Application of Pesticides to Waters of the United States in Compliance With FIFRA
On August 13, 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comment on an Interim Statement and Guidance to address issues pertaining to coverage under the Clean Water Act (CWA) of pesticides regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) that are applied to or over waters of the United States. The interpretation addressed two sets of circumstances for which EPA has determined that the application of a pesticide to waters of the United States consistent with all relevant requirements of FIFRA does not constitute the discharge of a pollutant that requires a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit under the CWA. EPA is announcing today the interpretive statement developed after consideration of public comments. In this notice, EPA is also proposing to revise the NPDES permit program regulations to incorporate the substance of the interpretive statement.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Wallula, Washington PM10
EPA is proposing to approve Washington's State Implementation Plan for the Wallula, Washington serious nonattainment area for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM10). Initially Wallula was classified as a moderate nonattainment area for PM10 pursuant to the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. In 2001, it was reclassified as a serious nonattainment area for PM10. As a result, Washington was required to submit a serious area plan for bringing the area into attainment. This action proposes to approve the Wallula serious area plan dated November 15, 2004 and submitted to EPA on November 30, 2004.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, a Federal advisory committee that reports to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure projects along the U.S. border with Mexico, will take place in Eagle Pass, Texas, on February 16th and 17th, 2005. It is open to the public.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Technology Performance and Product Information To Support Vendor Information Summaries, EPA ICR Number 2154.02, OMB Control Number 2050-0194; Extension of Comment Period
On December 21, 2004 (69 FR 76464), EPA published for public comment a notice that the Agency is planning to submit a continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The original comment period was to expire on February 10, 2005. Today's action extends the comment period to February 18, 2005.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; General Conformity of Federal Actions to State Implementation Plans, EPA ICR Number 1637.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0279
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a proposed and continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2005. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Effluent Limitations Guidelines, Pretreatment Standards, and New Source Performance Standards for the Transportation Equipment Cleaning Point Source Category
EPA is taking direct final action to correct a typographical error in the Effluent Limitations Guidelines, Pretreatment Standards, and New Source Performance Standards for the Transportation Equipment Cleaning Point Source Category. The regulatory language of the Pretreatment Standards for New Sources in the existing regulation refers to ``any existing source'' when it should say ``any new source.'' EPA is amending the language to correct this error.
Effluent Limitations Guidelines, Pretreatment Standards, and New Source Performance Standards for the Transportation Equipment Cleaning Point Source Category
EPA is proposing to amend the Effluent Limitations Guidelines, Pretreatment Standards, and New Source Performance Standards for the Transportation Equipment Cleaning Point Source Category. This action proposes to correct a typographical error in the regulatory language of the Pretreatment Standards for New Sources in the existing regulation which refers to ``any existing source'' when it should say ``any new source.'' In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of the Federal Register, we are amending the regulatory language of the Pretreatment Standards for New Sources in the existing regulation as a direct final rule without prior proposal because we view this as a noncontroversial revision and anticipate no adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for this revision in the preamble to the direct final rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment, we will withdraw the direct final rule and it will not take effect. We will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. We will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. The regulatory text for the proposal is identical to that for the direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register. For further supplementary information, see the direct final rule.
Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission, Comments Requested
The Federal Communications Commission, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burden invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection(s), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Public Law 104-13. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act that does not display a valid control number. Comments are requested concerning (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimate; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board
In accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the following Committee meeting:
Defense Science Board
The Defense Science Board Task Force on Manufacturing Technology will meet in open session on February 16, 2005, and March 23-24, 2005, at SAI, 3601 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. This Task Force will review the Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program. The mission of the Defense Science Board is to advise the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics on scientific and technical matters as they affect the perceived needs of the Department of Defense. At these meetings, the Defense Science Board Task Force will review the extent to which ManTech investments and funding plans for each Military Service and the Defense Logistics Agency support near-term, warfighting operations, the industrial base, and long-range/revolutionary technologies. Assess the adequacy of technical investments across manufacturing process disciplines and support for both Joint Warfighting Capabilities and revolutionary technologies. The Task Force will also appraise funding for manufacturing research and development, including mechanisms to support both Service/Agency requirements and cross-cutting initiatives.
Revised Non-Foreign Overseas Per Diem Rates
The Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee is publishing Civilian Personnel Per Diem Bulletin Number 237. This bulletin lists revisions in the per diem rates prescribed for U.S. Government employees for official travel in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and Possessions of the United States. AEA changes announced in Bulletin Number 194 remain in effect. Bulletin Number 237 is being published in the Federal Register to assure that travelers are paid per diem at the most current rates.
Issuance of Permits
The following permits were issued.
Receipt of Applications for Permit
The public is invited to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species and/or marine mammals.
Revision of Search and Examination Fees for Patent Cooperation Treaty Applications Entering the National Stage in the United States
Among other changes to patent and trademark fees, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (Consolidated Appropriations Act), splits the national fee for Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications entering the national stage into a separate national fee, search fee and examination fee, during fiscal years 2005 and 2006. The Office is in this notice reducing the search fee and examination fee for certain PCT applications entering the national stage. The Office has implemented the changes to the patent fees provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act in a separate final rule.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request
The Corporation for National and Community Service (hereinafter the ``Corporation''), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirement on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Corporation is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection entitled: AmeriCorps Annual Progress Reporting Modules. Copies of the document can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
Submission of Information Collections for OMB Review; Comment Request; Multiemployer Plan Regulations
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is requesting that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) extend approval, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, of collections of information in the PBGC's regulations on multiemployer plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This notice informs the public of the PBGC's request and solicits public comment on the collections of information.