Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
The e Utilities Service (RUS), an agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Utilities Program, hereinafter referred to as Rural Development, announces its Community Connect Grant Program application window for funding during fiscal year (FY) 2007. In addition, RUS announces the minimum and maximum amounts for Community Connect grants applicable for the fiscal year. The Community Connect Grant Program regulations can be found at 7 CFR part 1739, subpart A.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Eastern Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Proposed Oil and Gas Lease Sale 224, March 2008
The MMS has prepared a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) on a tentatively scheduled 2008 oil and gas leasing proposal (Sale 224) in the Eastern GOM, off the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. As mandated in the recently enacted Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-432, December 20, 2006), the MMS shall offer a portion of the ``181 Area,'' located in the Eastern Planning Area, more than 125 miles from Florida for oil and gas leasing. The proposed action involves 130 tracts.
Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-water Species Fishery by Catcher Processor Rockfish Cooperatives in the Gulf of Alaska
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery for catcher processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits established under the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program in the GOA. This action is necessary because the 2007 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) sideboard limit specified for the deep-water species fishery for catcher processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is insufficient to support directed fishing for the deep-water species fisheries.
U.S. Agricultural Sales to Cuba: Certain Economic Effects of U.S. Restrictions
Following receipt of a letter on June 18, 2007, from the Committee on Finance of the United States Senate (Committee), the Commission has extended to July 12, 2007, the date for transmitting its report to the Committee in investigation No. 332-489, U.S. Agricultural Sales to Cuba: Certain Economic Effects of U.S. Restrictions.
Award Fee Administrative Changes
This final rule makes administrative changes to the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) to clarify the requirements for award fee evaluation factors and to add a requirement for a documented cost/benefit analysis when an award fee contract is used.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received updated Fishery Management and Evaluation Plans (FMEPs) from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Middle Columbia River (MCR) steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) under the Endangered Species Act. The FMEPs, together with an FMEP submitted previously by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), specify the future management of inland recreational fisheries potentially affecting MCR steelhead. Notice is also hereby given that a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for tributary fisheries affecting MCR steelhead in Oregon and Washington has been drafted by NMFS. The EA analyzes the impacts of NMFS' approval or disapproval of the proposed tributary fisheries for steelhead, trout, and other species in the MCR steelhead distinct population segment (DPS). This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the FMEPs and the EA for review and comment before final approval or disapproval is made by NMFS.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the impacts to fishery and cultural resources and impacts related to contaminated soils. Rating EC2.
Establishment of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee
As required by section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is giving notice that it is establishing the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee (TCRDSAC). The purpose of the TCRDSAC is to provide advice and make recommendations to the Agency on revisions to the Total Coliform Rule (TCR), and on what information about distribution systems is needed to better understand the public health impact from the degradation of drinking water quality in distribution systems. EPA has determined that this Advisory Committee is in the public interest and will assist the Agency in performing its duties as directed in the 2006 EPA Appropriations Act. For the revision effort, EPA would like the Advisory Committee to advise the Agency on how the rule could be revised to improve implementation and strengthen public health protection. For the distribution system issues, EPA would like the Committee to evaluate available data and research on aspects of distribution systems that may create risks to public health and consider how to address the risks. TCRDSAC will be composed of approximately 16 members who will serve as representative members and regular government employees (RGE). In selecting nominees for a balanced committee, EPA will consider candidates from EPA, State and local public health and regulatory agencies; Native American tribes; large and small drinking water suppliers; consumer, environmental and public health organizations; and local elected officials. Copies of the Committee Charter will be filed with the appropriate congressional committees and the Library of Congress.
Meeting of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee-Notice of Public Meeting
Under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving notice of a meeting of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee (TCRDSAC). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the charge for the Advisory Committee, the purpose, efficacy, and applicability of the Total Coliform Rule (TCR), determine the availability of data and research to better understand the potential public health impact of the degradation of water quality in distribution systems, and discuss existing data sources and potential analyses to support the advisory committee. The TCR provides public health protection from microbial contamination in drinking water, while indicating the adequacy of treatment and the integrity of the drinking water distribution system. EPA committed to begin the process of revising the TCR as part of the 6-year review requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. EPA believes that an opportunity for implementation improvement exists in revising the TCR; the Agency plans to assess the effectiveness of the current TCR in reducing public health risk and what technically supportable alternative/additional monitoring strategies are available to improve implementation while maintaining or improving public health protection. Attendees will discuss the current TCR and its objectives, develop consensus recommendations on potential opportunities for improvements to the current rule, and discuss available data on distribution systems. Attendees will also discuss the proposed scope, possible discussion topics, and protocols for the Total Coliform Rule/ Distribution System Advisory Committee.
Notice of Open Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given of the following hearing of the U.S.- China Economic and Security Review Commission. Name: Carolyn Bartholomew, Chairman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The Commission is mandated by Congress to investigate, assess, evaluate, and report to Congress annually on ``the national security implications and impact of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China.'' Pursuant to this mandate, the Commission will hold a public hearing in Washington, DC on July 12-13, 2007 on ``China's Proliferation and the Impact of Trade Policy on Defense Industries in the United States and China.''
Shuron Inc., Superfund Site, Barnwell, Barnwell County, SC; Notice of Settlement
Under Section 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a settlement for reimbursement of past response concerning the Shuron Inc., Superfund Site located in Barnwell, Barnwell County, South Carolina.
Pesticide Tolerance Nomenclature Changes; Technical Amendment
This document removes duplicate entries in terminology of certain commodity terms listed under 40 CFR part 180, subpart C. EPA is taking this action to establish a uniform listing of commodity terms.
Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, Request for Revocation in Part and Deferral of Administrative Review
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') has received requests to conduct administrative reviews of various antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings with May anniversary dates. In accordance with the Department's regulations, we are initiating those administrative reviews. The Department also received a request to revoke one antidumping duty order in part and to defer the initiation of an administrative review for another antidumping duty order.
Procurement List (Proposed Addition)
The Committee is proposing to add to the Procurement List products to be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities.
Procurement List; Addition and Deletions
This action adds to the Procurement List a product to be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and deletes from the Procurement List products and services previously furnished by such agencies.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Two Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels will hold work sessions which are open to the public. The first STAR Panel will review new assessments for darkblotched rockfish and cowcod. The second STAR Panel will review new assessments for canary rockfish and arrowtooth flounder.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean; Southeastern Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Steering Committee; Public Meeting
The SEDAR Steering Committee will meet to discuss the SEDAR assessment schedule, SEDAR process modifications, regional research and monitoring needs, and management evaluation activity scheduling.
FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion (ComE-IN); Notice of Meeting
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, which will be held in Washington, DC. The Advisory Committee will provide advice and recommendations on initiatives to expand access to banking services by underserved populations.
Environmental Assessment: Jackson and Jennings Counties, IN
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is issuing this notice to advise the public that FHWA will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine the need and feasibility of improvements to U.S. 50 in Jackson and Jennings Counties in Indiana. This project will adhere to the requirements of Section 6002 of SAFETEA-LU so that the steps completed during the EA process will not need to be revisited if the project is elevated to an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the future. The U.S. 50 improvement corridor is approximately 18 miles in length, running from the western terminus at I-65, near Seymour in Jackson County, to the eastern terminus near the Jennings/ Ripley County Line, east of North Vernon. The objectives of this study are to assess the need for and feasibility of improvements to the U.S. 50 corridor as well as other alternatives for improving mobility and alleviating congestion in the urban area boundary of North Vernon and in the general project vicinity.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that a Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment (Draft CCP/EA) for Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is available for distribution. This Draft CCP/EA also covers the East Cove Unit of Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, requires the Service to develop a comprehensive conservation plan for each national wildlife refuge. This Draft CCP, when final, will describe how the Service intends to manage Sabine National Wildlife Refuge over the next 15 years.
Coordinated Resource Offering Protocol (CROP) Meeting
The Coordinated Resource Offering Protocol (CROP) participants will meet in Salt Lake City, UT, from July 17-19, 2007. The purpose of the meeting is to engage participants on CROP information gathered, analyzed, and used. The meeting will include a public input session from July 17, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. through July 19, until 3 p.m.
Forest Counties Payments Committee Meeting
The Forest Counties Payments Committee has scheduled a meeting to discuss how it will provide Congress with the information specified in Section 320 of the Fiscal Year 2001 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The meeting is open to the public.
Notice of Actions Taken at June 13, 2007 Meeting
At a public hearing held on June 13, 2007 in North East, MD, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission approved certain water resources projects, accepted a settlement proposal, and incorporated two projects into the SRBC Comprehensive Plan, as described in the Supplementary Information section below. In other meeting action, the Commission heard informational presentations on: (1) The 2007 migratory fish runs through the fish passage facilities located at the lower Susquehanna River hydroelectric projects, (2) a Coastal Plain Aquifer Study being led by the U.S. Geological Survey Maryland District, and (3) hydrologic conditions in the basin indicating the occurrence of dry conditions during the month of May. The Commission also adopted the FY-2009 budget, elected Commission officers for FY-2008, approved/ratified several grants and contracts, and presented the SRBC Maurice K. Goddard Award to William A. Gast of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection. For further meeting details, visit the Commission's Web site at http://www.srbc.net.