Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics; Notice of the Scientific Review Panel at the National Animal Disease Center, Ames, IA, 47163-47164 [06-6987]

Download as PDF 47163 Notices Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 158 Wednesday, August 16, 2006 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [CN–06–003] American Pima Spot Quotations Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS), Cotton Program, Market News Branch changes to the American Pima Spot Quotations. The changes include combining the San Joaquin Valley and Desert Southwest Pima cotton markets into one unified American Pima Market; changing the quotation terms to Uniform-Density free (UD-free), Freighton-Board (FOB) warehouse; and, quoting discounts for cotton fiber strength that is 37.4 grams per Tex (gpt) and lower. The changes will be reflected in both the Daily Spot Cotton Quotations and the Monthly and Annual Cotton Price Statistics that are currently published by the AMS, Cotton Program, Market News Branch. This action is necessary to more accurately reflect the overall American Pima cotton market. DATES: Effective August 1, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darryl Earnest, Deputy Administrator, Cotton Program, AMS, USDA, STOP 0224, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0224. Telephone (202) 720–2145, facsimile (202) 690–1718, or e-mail darryl.earnest@usda.gov. 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In recent years, American Pima cotton production has shifted dramatically, and the vast majority of the American Pima cotton crop is produced in the San Joaquin Valley, California. As production has increased in the San Joaquin Valley, production has sharply decreased in the Desert Southwest in Arizona, New Mexico and the area around El Paso, Texas. In 1994, 45 percent of the American Pima cotton crop was grown in the Desert Southwest with the remaining 55 percent grown in the San Joaquin Valley. In 2005, just 11 percent of the American Pima cotton crop was grown in the Desert Southwest, with the remaining 89 percent grown in the San Joaquin Valley. In addition to the production shift, the amount of cotton traded for immediate delivery and immediate payment (referred to as a spot transaction) also decreased. By changing from two separate markets to one combined market, for reporting purposes, the spot quotations will more accurately reflect the overall American Pima cotton market. Currently, quotation terms reflect those used in the Desert Southwest, ‘‘FOB (freight on board) warehouse, compression charges not included’’). Therefore, most cotton traded had to be converted to Desert Southwest terms. With the spot quotations changed to reflect just one Pima market and the majority of the American Pima cotton now being grown and traded in the San Joaquin Valley, the quotation terms will reflect where the bulk of the cotton is grown and traded. Beginning August 1, 2006 the quotation terms for the American Pima Spot Quotations will be changed to ‘‘UD (universal density) free, FOB warehouse.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The final change to the Pima Spot Quotations will involve reporting strength discounts. Beginning with the 2004 Crop, strength discounts were applied to American Pima cotton placed into the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loan program. 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E6–13501 Filed 8–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Research Service Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics; Notice of the Scientific Review Panel at the National Animal Disease Center, Ames, IA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture announces a meeting of the Scientific Review Panel at the National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa. DATES: August 23, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon Central Time. Written requests to make oral comments at the meeting must be received by the contact person identified herein at least three business days before the meeting. ADDRESSES: City Council Chambers, City Hall, 515 Clark Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50010. Requests to make oral comments at the meeting may be sent to the contact person at USDA–ARS, Midwest Area Director, 1815 North University E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 47164 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 16, 2006 / Notices Street, Room 2006, Peoria, Illinois 61604. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Shafer, Midwest Area Director, USDA–ARS, Telephone (309) 681–6602; Fax (309) 681–6684; E-mail sshafer@mwa.ars.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 4, 2006, the City of Ames received allegations that wastes from areas at the National Animal Disease Center (NADC) with animals challenged with prions were not properly treated prior to discharge to the City wastewater plant. USDA, in cooperation with the City of Ames, is convening an expert panel to review scientific information about deactivation of prions and assess practices used at NADC to treat liquid wastes from areas where animals with prions are housed and handled that enter the Ames wastewater treatment system. (Note: For the purposes of this panel and its review, prions are defined as specific proteins that are abnormally shaped and can cause transmissible diseases associated with the allegations). This meeting will initiate implementation of the panel’s charge to evaluate four main issues related to the handling and disposal of potentially prion-contaminated materials in wastewater from the NADC: (1) Identify scientifically accepted methods for effectively destroying prions; (2) Assess the concerns raised regarding NADC’s current and past methods for the destruction of prions; (3) Determine the risk posed to humans and the environment from the current, as well as previous, methods for the destruction of prions utilized at NADC; and (4) If remediation is needed, provide scientifically sound approaches for corrective action(s) that may be taken. Final conclusions of the review will be developed during a meeting at a later date, also to be announced. At the conclusion of its review, the panel will prepare a written report that documents the panel’s findings for the four main issues being evaluated. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Research Service


Office of the Under Secretary, Research, Education, and 
Economics; Notice of the Scientific Review Panel at the National Animal 
Disease Center, Ames, IA

AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture announces a 
meeting of the Scientific Review Panel at the National Animal Disease 
Center, Ames, Iowa.

DATES: August 23, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon Central Time. Written 
requests to make oral comments at the meeting must be received by the 
contact person identified herein at least three business days before 
the meeting.

ADDRESSES: City Council Chambers, City Hall, 515 Clark Avenue, Ames, 
Iowa 50010. Requests to make oral comments at the meeting may be sent 
to the contact person at USDA-ARS, Midwest Area Director, 1815 North 
University

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Street, Room 2006, Peoria, Illinois 61604.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Shafer, Midwest Area Director, 
USDA-ARS, Telephone (309) 681-6602; Fax (309) 681-6684; E-mail 
sshafer@mwa.ars.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 4, 2006, the City of Ames received 
allegations that wastes from areas at the National Animal Disease 
Center (NADC) with animals challenged with prions were not properly 
treated prior to discharge to the City wastewater plant. USDA, in 
cooperation with the City of Ames, is convening an expert panel to 
review scientific information about deactivation of prions and assess 
practices used at NADC to treat liquid wastes from areas where animals 
with prions are housed and handled that enter the Ames wastewater 
treatment system. (Note: For the purposes of this panel and its review, 
prions are defined as specific proteins that are abnormally shaped and 
can cause transmissible diseases associated with the allegations). This 
meeting will initiate implementation of the panel's charge to evaluate 
four main issues related to the handling and disposal of potentially 
prion-contaminated materials in wastewater from the NADC: (1) Identify 
scientifically accepted methods for effectively destroying prions; (2) 
Assess the concerns raised regarding NADC's current and past methods 
for the destruction of prions; (3) Determine the risk posed to humans 
and the environment from the current, as well as previous, methods for 
the destruction of prions utilized at NADC; and (4) If remediation is 
needed, provide scientifically sound approaches for corrective 
action(s) that may be taken. Final conclusions of the review will be 
developed during a meeting at a later date, also to be announced. At 
the conclusion of its review, the panel will prepare a written report 
that documents the panel's findings for the four main issues being 
evaluated. On August 23, 2006, between 8:30 a.m. and 12 noon Central 
Time, if time permits, reasonable provision will be made for verbal 
comments of no more than three minutes each in duration. The meeting 
will be open to the public, but space is limited. If you want to be 
assured of a seat at this meeting, you must register by contacting the 
contact person named above at least 5 days prior to the meeting. Please 
provide your name, title, business affiliation, address, and telephone 
and fax numbers when you register. If you require a sign language 
interpreter or other special accommodation due to disability, please 
indicate those needs at the time of registration. Pre-registrations 
will be limited to 80 people; others may be able to attend on a space-
available basis.

    Dated: August 7, 2006.
Caird E. Rexroad, Jr.,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Research Service.
[FR Doc. 06-6987 Filed 8-15-06; 8:45 am]
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