Treatment of Live Poultry Before Slaughter
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding all poultry slaughter establishments that, under the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) and Agency regulations, live poultry must be handled in a manner that is consistent with good commercial practices, which means they should be treated humanely. Although there is no specific federal humane handling and slaughter statute for poultry, under the PPIA, poultry products are more likely to be adulterated if, among other circumstances, they are produced from birds that have not been treated humanely, because such birds are more likely to be bruised or to die other than by slaughter.
Notice of Prospective Patent License
NASA hereby gives notice that United Aerospace, Inc., of New York, New York, has applied for an exclusive license to practice the invention disclosed in U.S. Patent No. 6,186,693 entitled PASSIVE CAPTURE JOINT WITH THREE DEGREES OF FREEDOM and assigned to the United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Written objections to the prospective grant of a license should be sent to Mr. Jerry L. Seemann, Chief Patent Counsel/LS01, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL 35812. NASA has not yet made a determination to grant the requested license and may deny the requested license even if no objections are submitted within the comment period.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, Amend Relevant Agency Land Use Plans, Conduct Public Scoping Meetings, and Notice of Floodplain and Wetlands Involvement
Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (the Act), Public Law 109-58 (H.R. 6), enacted August 8, 2005, directs the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, and the Interior (the Agencies) to designate under their respective authorities corridors on Federal land in the 11 Western States for oil, gas and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution facilities (energy corridors). The Agencies have determined that designating corridors as required by Section 368 of the Act constitutes a major Federal action which may have a significant impact upon the environment within the meaning of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). For this reason, the Agencies intend to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) entitled, ``Designation of Energy Corridors on Federal Land in the 11 Western States'' (DOE/EIS-0386) to address the environmental impacts from the proposed action and the range of reasonable alternatives. DOE and BLM will be co-lead agencies for this effort, with the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (FS) participating as a cooperating agency. The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to inform the public about the proposed action, announce plans to conduct 11 public scoping meetings, invite public participation in the scoping process, and solicit public comments for consideration in establishing the scope and content of the PEIS. Because the proposed action may involve actions in a floodplain or wetland, the draft PEIS will include a floodplain and wetlands assessment and the final PEIS or Record of Decision will include a floodplain statement of findings. The Agencies will prepare the PEIS in accordance with NEPA, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations, 40 CFR 1500-1508, DOE's regulations developed pursuant to NEPA, 10 CFR 1021, BLM's planning regulations 43 CFR 1600 and applicable FS planning regulations to amend land use plans.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are sponsoring a public meeting on November 10, 2005. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions that will be discussed at the 14th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, November 28-December 2, 2005. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 14th Session of CCFICS and to address items on the agenda.
Sea Turtle Conservation; Shrimp Trawling Requirements
NMFS issues this temporary rule for a period of 30 days, to allow shrimp fishermen to use limited tow times as an alternative to Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) in state and Federal waters from the Florida/Alabama border, westward to the boundary of Cameron Parish, Louisiana (approximately 92[deg] 37' W. long.), and extending offshore 50 nautical miles. This action is necessary because environmental conditions resulting from Hurricane Katrina are preventing some fishermen from using TEDs effectively.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
NMFS has determined that the daily retention limit for Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) in the General category should be adjusted to allow maximum utilization of the General category October-January time period. In addition, NMFS is prohibiting the retention of school BFT less than 47 inches (119 cm) in the recreational fishery for the remainder of the fishing year to ensure that U.S. BFT harvest is consistent with recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) pursuant to the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA).
Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier Service Arrangements
The Federal Maritime Commission has revised its exemption for non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) from certain tariff requirements of the Shipping Act of 1984 to allow NVOCCs and shippers' associations with NVOCC members to act as shipper parties in NVOCC Service Arrangements.
Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part
The Department of Commerce (the Department) has received requests to conduct administrative reviews of various antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings with August anniversary dates. In accordance with the Department's regulations, we are initiating those administrative reviews. The Department also received a request to revoke two countervailing duty orders in part.
Brake Rotors From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of the Twelfth New Shipper Review
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is currently conducting the twelfth new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on brake rotors from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') covering the period April 1, 2004, through September 30, 2004. We preliminarily determine that no sales have been made below normal value (``NV'') with respect to the exporters who participated fully and are entitled to a separate rate in this review. If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results of this review, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') to assess antidumping duties on entries of subject merchandise during the period of review (``POR'') for which the importer-specific assessment rates are above de minimis.
Notice of Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Garlic from the People's Republic of China
On June 13, 2005, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') published the final results of its administrative review of the antidumping duty order on fresh garlic from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') for the period from November 1, 2002, through October 31, 2003, in the Federal Register. See Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Fresh Garlic from the People's Republic of China, 69 FR 34082, and accompanying ``Issues and Decision Memorandum,'' dated June 6, 2005 (``Final Results''). We released the disclosure documents to the respondents on June 14, 2005, and to the petitioners\1\ on June 16, 2005. On June 20, 2005, the following parties filed timely allegations that the Department made various ministerial errors in the Final Results: Jinan Yipin Corporation Ltd. (``Jinan Yipin''), Linshu Dading Private Agricultural Co., Ltd. (``Linshu Dading''), Sunny Import and Export Co., Ltd. (``Sunny''), Taian Fook Huat Tong Kee Foodstuffs Co., Ltd. (``FHTK''), Taiyan Ziyang Food Co., Ltd. (``Ziyang''), and Zhengzhou Harmoni Spice Co., Ltd. (``Harmoni''). On June 23, 2005, the petitioners submitted rebuttal comments to one of the ministerial error allegations filed collectively by Jinan Yipin, Linshu Dading, Sunny, and Harmoni. In addition, when examining the ministerial error allegations raised by FHTK and Ziyang, the Department found other ministerial errors. Ziyang and FHTK filed complaints with the Court of International Trade (``CIT''), challenging the final results of review on June 14, and June 15, 2005, respectively. On July 26, 2005, Harmoni, Jinan Yipin, Linshu Dading, and Sunny filed similar complaints with the CIT, challenging the final results of review. On August 9 and August 10, 2005, Jinxiang Dongyun Freezing Storage Co. Ltd. and the petitioners, respectively, also filed complaints with the CIT, challenging the final results of review. When the interested parties noted above filed their complaints with the CIT the Department no longer had jurisdiction to correct the ministerial errors. Therefore, the Department requested leave from the CIT to correct these errors. On September 15, 2005, the CIT granted the Department leave to correct the errors.
Final Results of Countervailing Duty New Shipper Review: Certain Softwood Lumber Products From Canada
On May 3, 2005, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published in the Federal Register the preliminary results of the new shipper review of Seed Timber Co. Ltd. (Seed Timber) under the countervailing duty (CVD) order on certain softwood lumber products from Canada. See Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty New Shipper Review, 70 FR 22848 (May 3, 2005) (Preliminary Results). Based on our analysis of comments received in this review, the Department has not revised the net subsidy rate for Seed Timber, the only producer/exporter of subject merchandise covered by this review. For further discussion of our analysis of the comments received for these final results, see the September 22, 2005, Issues and Decision Memorandum from Barbara E. Tillman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, to Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, concerning the Final Results of Countervailing Duty New Shipper Review: Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada. (New Shipper Decision Memorandum). The final net subsidy rate for Seed Timber is listed below in ``Final Results of Review.''
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes''
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, and Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes,'' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign lender. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at The Gallery at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, San Antonio, TX from on or about October 15, 2005 to on or about January 8, 2006, The Milwaukee Public Museum from on or about February 4, 2006 to on or about May 7, 2006, and at possible additional venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register. For further information contact: For further information, including a list of the exhibit objects, contact Carol B. Epstein, Attorney- Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State, (telephone: 202 453-8048). The address is Department of State, SA-44, 301 4th Street, SW., Room 700, Washington, DC 20547-0001.
Surety Bond Guarantee Program Fees
This notice increases the guarantee fee charged on each guaranteed bond (other than a bid bond) and payable by surety companies participating in SBA's Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program from 20% of the bond premium to 32% of the bond premium, effective April 3, 2006. SBA has determined that the fee increase is necessary to supplement reserves in the SBG Program's revolving fund to better offset unfunded program liabilities resulting from claims filed by sureties under SBA's guarantee. This notice also addresses comments received by SBA in response to the notice proposing the fee increase, which was published in the Federal Register on August 15, 2005.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Permits by Rule
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the State of Texas. This action removes a provision from the Texas SIP which provided public notice for concrete batch plants which were constructed under a permit by rule (PBR). On September 1, 2000, Texas replaced the PBR for concrete batch plants with a standard permit for concrete batch plants. The standard permit for concrete batch plants also requires public notice for concrete batch plants subject to the standard permit. Texas maintained the public notice requirements of its PBR to assure that proper procedures were followed for concrete batch plants that were permitted under the PBR prior to the effective date of the standard permit. All authorization requests for concrete batch plants which were constructed under the PBR have now been resolved and the public notice and comment provisions under the PBR are no longer needed.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Permits by Rule
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the State of Texas. This action removes a provision from the Texas SIP which provided public notice and opportunity for public comment for concrete batch plants which were constructed under a permit by rule (PBR). On September 1, 2000, Texas replaced the PBR for concrete batch plants with a standard permit for concrete batch plants. The standard permit for concrete batch plants also requires public notice for concrete batch plant subject to the standard permit. Texas maintained the public notice requirements of its PBR to assure that proper procedures were followed for concrete batch plants that were permitted under the PBR prior to the effective date of the standard permit. All authorization requests for concrete batch plants which constructed under the PBR have now been resolved and the public notice and comment provisions under the PBR are no longer needed.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of a New Equivalent Method for PM10
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR part 53, a new equivalent method for measuring concentrations of particulate matter as PM10 in the ambient air.
Clean Water Act; Contractor Access to Confidential Business Information
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to transfer confidential business information (CBI) collected from the drinking water treatment industry, airport deicing operations, and other industries to Battelle and its subcontractors. Transfer of the information will allow the contractor and subcontractors to support EPA in the planning, development, and review of effluent limitations guidelines and standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the development of discharge standards for certain Alaskan cruise ship operations. The information being transferred was or will be collected under the authority of section 308 of the CWA. Some information being transferred from the pulp, paper, and paperboard industry was collected under the additional authorities of section 114 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and section 3007 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Interested persons may submit comments on this intended transfer of information to the address noted below.
Reimbursement to Local Governments for Emergency Responses to Hazardous Substances Releases
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of February 18, 1998, to streamline procedures used to reimburse local governments for emergency response costs. Local governments may be reimbursed for certain costs they incur in taking temporary emergency measures related to releases of hazardous substances, pollutants and contaminants. This document is being issued to correct the address to mail the completed application and supporting data provided and the telephone numbers listed in Appendix II to the regulations.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). The Board provides advice and recommendations to the U.S. President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico. EPA is charged with administering the activities of the Board. The purpose of the meeting is to continue to hear, first- hand, from border-region communities about their own concerns and priorities for environmental and infrastructure issues. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/gneb.
Reexamination of Roaming Obligations of Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiated a new proceeding to examine whether its roaming requirements applicable to these CMRS providers should be modified, expanded, or eliminated given the current state of the CMRS market. In a related Memorandum Opinion and Order, the FCC terminated a pending proceeding without the adoption of rules concerning roaming requirements applicable to certain Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS) providers because the record in that proceeding had become stale.
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 No. 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.
Notice of Request for Extension of Previously Approved Collection
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on July 20, 2005 [FR Vol. 70, No. 138, pages 41808 and 41809]. No. comments were received.
Memorandum of Understanding Between the Food and Drug Administration and the National Library of Medicine
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing notice of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Food and Drug Administration and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The purpose of this MOU is to assign responsibilities to FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and NLM for the distribution of product labeling.
Memorandum of Understanding between the Food and Drug Administration, Forensic Chemistry Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing notice of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The purpose of this MOU is to establish the general policies and procedures that will govern administrative, logistical, and operational support to FBI missions including cost reimbursable activities.
Endangered and Threatened Species Permit Applications
The following applicants have applied for scientific research permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended.
Notice of Public Meeting; Central Montana Resource Advisory Council
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Central Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below.