Noncommercial Educational Broadcasting Statutory License
The Copyright Royalty Judges are publishing final regulations setting the royalty rates and terms under the Copyright Act for the noncommercial educational broadcasting statutory license for the license period 2008-2012.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Final Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Main and North Floodways Levee System in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties, TX
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Improvements to the Main and North Floodways Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties, Texas.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Department of Labor, 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 [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 requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Civil Rights Center within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the collection of the Compliance Information Report29 CFR part 31 (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act), NondiscriminationDisability29 CFR part 32 (section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act), and NondiscriminationWorkforce Investment Act 29 CFR part 37 (section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act). A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this notice. In addition, a copy of the ICR in alternate formats of large print and electronic file on computer disk are available upon request.
30-Day Notice of Submission to the Office of Management and Budget; Opportunity for Public Comment
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507 et seq.) and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a revision of a currently approved collection (OMB 1024-0038).
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Modification of the Yellowtail Flounder Landing Limit for the U.S./Canada Management Area
NMFS announces that the Administrator, Northeast (NE) Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), is increasing the Georges Bank (GB) yellowtail flounder trip limit to 7,500 lb (3,402 kg) for NE multispecies days-at-sea (DAS) vessels fishing in the U.S./Canada Management Area. This action is authorized by the regulations implementing Amendment 13 to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and is intended to prevent under-harvesting of the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for GB yellowtail flounder while ensuring that the TAC will not be exceeded during the 2007 fishing year. This action is being taken to provide additional opportunities for vessels to fully harvest the GB yellowtail flounder TAC under the authority of the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) allow the renewal of the generic information collection project: ``AHRQ Grants Reporting System (GRS).'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104- 13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Meeting of the National Biodefense Science Board
As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding its inaugural meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Amendment to January 26, 2007 Declaration Under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act
Declaration pursuant to section 319F-3 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d-6d) to provide targeted liability protections for pandemic countermeasures based on a credible risk that avian influenza viruses spread and evolve into strains capable of causing a pandemic of human influenza. Amendment: Whereas, the H7 and H9 subtypes of avian influenza viruses are viewed as likely candidates to evolve into an influenza virus strain capable of causing a pandemic of human influenza; and Whereas, in accordance with section 319F-3(b)(6) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)) (``the Act''), I have considered the desirability of encouraging the design, development, clinical testing or investigation, manufacturing and product formulation, labeling, distribution, packaging, marketing, promotion, sale, purchase, donation, dispensing, prescribing, administration, licensing, and use of these additional medical countermeasures with respect to the category of diseases and population described in sections II and IV of the declaration published in Federal Register on February 1, 2007 (72 FR 4710) (``the Original Declaration''); Therefore, pursuant to section 319F-3(b) of the Act, I have determined there is a credible risk that the spread of the H7 and H9 subtypes of avian influenza viruses and resulting disease could in the future constitute a public health emergency. In order to reflect the addition of medical countermeasures specific to the H7 and H9 subtypes of influenza viruses, the Original Declaration is hereby amended as follows: First ``whereas'' clause, first sentence, insert ``H7 and H9 vaccines'' following ``(H5N1).'' Second ``whereas'' clause, first sentence, insert ``H7 and H9'' following ``H5N1'' to read ``Whereas an H5N1, [H7 and H9] avian influenza viruse[s] may evolve into strain[s] * * *.'' In Section I, paragraph 2, first sentence insert ``H7 and H9'' following ``(H5N1)'' to read ``* * * pandemic countermeasure influenza A (H5N1, [H7 and H9]) vaccine[s].'' In Section I, paragraph 2, third sentence insert ``H7 and H9'' following ``(H5N1)'' to read ``* * * pandemic countermeasure influenza A (H5N1, [H7 and H9]) vaccine[s] * * *.'' In Section II, paragraph 1, insert ``or an H7 or H9'' following ``(H5N1).'' In Section VIII, strike the sentence ``This Declaration has not previously been amended.'' and replace it with: ``This is the first amendment to this Declaration. The Original Declaration was published in the Federal Register at 72 FR 4710.'' All other provisions of the Original declaration remain in full force. This amendment to the Declaration will be published in the Federal Register pursuant to section 319F-3(b)(4) of the Act.
Environmental Impact Statement: Christian, Shelby, Fayette, Marion, Clinton, Jefferson and Washington Counties, IL
The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an environmental impact statement will be prepared for a proposed highway project in Christian, Shelby, Fayette, Marion, Clinton, Jefferson, and Washington Counties, Illinois.
Enhanced Disclosure and New Prospectus Delivery Option for Registered Open-End Management Investment Companies
The Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing amendments to the form used by mutual funds to register under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and to offer their securities under the Securities Act of 1933 in order to enhance the disclosures that are provided to mutual fund investors. The proposed amendments, if adopted, would require key information to appear in plain English in a standardized order at the front of the mutual fund statutory prospectus. The Commission is also proposing rule amendments that would permit a person to satisfy its mutual fund prospectus delivery obligations under Section 5(b)(2) of the Securities Act by sending or giving the key information directly to investors in the form of a summary prospectus and providing the statutory prospectus on an Internet Web site. Upon an investor's request, mutual funds would also be required to send the statutory prospectus to the investor. The proposals are intended to improve mutual fund disclosure by providing investors with key information in plain English in a clear and concise format, while enhancing the means of delivering more detailed information to investors.
National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Notice of Intent To Reestablish
We are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture intends to reestablish the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee for a 2-year period. The Secretary has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.
Partner's Distributive Share; Hearing
This document cancels a public hearing on proposed regulations providing rules concerning the application of sections 704(c)(1)(B) and 737 to distributions of property after two partnerships engage in an assets-over merger. The proposed regulations affect partnerships and their partners.
Secondary Direct Food Additives Permitted in Food for Human Consumption
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending the food additive regulations to expand the conditions for the safe use of cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) as an antimicrobial agent in a pre- chiller or post-chiller solution for application to raw poultry carcasses. This action is in response to a petition filed by Safe Foods Corp. (Safe Foods).
IFR Altitudes; Miscellaneous Amendments
This amendment adopts miscellaneous amendments to the required IFR (instrument flight rules) altitudes and changeover points for certain Federal airways, jet routes, or direct routes for which a minimum or maximum en route authorized IFR altitude is prescribed. This regulatory action is needed because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System. These changes are designed to provide for the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace under instrument conditions in the affected areas.
Proposed Establishment of Low Altitude Area Navigation Routes (T-Routes); St. Louis, MO
This action proposes to establish two low altitude Area Navigation (RNAV) routes, designated T-251 and T-272, in the St. Louis, MO, terminal area. T-routes are low altitude Air Traffic Service routes, based on RNAV, for use by aircraft that have instrument flight rules (IFR) approved Global Positioning System (GPS)/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance safety and improve the efficient use of the navigable airspace in the St. Louis, MO, terminal area.
Proposed Modification of Class E Airspace; Hollister, CA
This action proposes to modify the Class E airspace area at Hollister, CA. Establishment of an Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) at Hollister Municipal Airport, Hollister, CA, has made this proposal necessary. Additional controlled airspace is needed for the safety and management of aircraft executing the new RNAV (GPS) SIAPs at Hollister Municipal Airport, Hollister, CA.
Exchange Visitor Programs-Sanctions and Terminations
On November 2, 2007, the State Department published in the Federal Register a final rule entitled Exchange Visitor Programs Sanctions and Terminations. The Department amended its regulations to add to and modify the existing actions for which the Department may sanction a sponsor. The change in the regulations will streamline the review process to offer sanctioned sponsors the procedural due process rights equal to those that the Administrative Procedure Act guarantees. In addition, the Rule eliminated summary suspension and modifies program suspension to halt the activities of a sponsor that has committed a serious act of omission or commission which has or could have the effect of endangering the health, safety, or welfare of an exchange visitor, or damage the national security interests of the United States. This rule is being withdrawn because it was submitted to OMB for formal significance designation; however, it was published prior to that determination being made. Since OMB's designation was that it is significant and they would like to formally review it, OMB has requested the rule to be withdrawn in its entirety.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Commercial Shark Management Measures
This final rule establishes the 2008 first trimester season commercial quotas for large coastal sharks (LCS), small coastal sharks (SCS), and pelagic sharks based on over- or underharvests from the 2007 first trimester season. This action provides advance notice of quotas and season dates for the Atlantic commercial shark fishery. It also ensures the measures in this action are in place until they are replaced by those implemented under Amendment 2 to the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Consolidated Fishery Management Plan (FMP) even if Amendment 2 is finalized after the start of the second trimester season (May 1, 2008). As such, this action constitutes the regulatory action to determine quotas and season lengths for LCS, SCS and pelagic sharks for the 2008 second trimester season. However, if Amendment 2 to the HMS FMP is unexpectedly delayed beyond the end of the 2008 second trimester season, NMFS may consider a rulemaking for the 2008 third trimester seasons. NMFS would announce any additional action for the second and third seasons in a future Federal Register notice.
An Exploratory Study: Assessment of Modeled Dioxin Exposure in Ceramic Art Studios
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing an external peer-review workshop to review the external review draft document titled, ``An Exploratory Study: Assessment of Modeled Dioxin Exposure in Ceramic Art Studios'' (EPA/600/R-06/044A). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development. The purpose of this report is to describe an exploratory investigation of potential dioxin exposures to artists/ hobbyists who use ball clay to make pottery and related products. Dermal, inhalation and ingestion exposures to clay were measured at the ceramics art department of Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Estimates of exposure were made based on measured levels of clay in the studio air, deposited on surrogate food samples and on the skin of artists. EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. On October 4, 2007, EPA announced a 45-day public comment period on the draft document (72 FR 56756). The public comment period has closed as of November 19, 2007. The public comment period and the external peer-review panel workshop are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. All public comments submitted have been forwarded to EPA's contractor, Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), and provided to the external peer- review panel members prior to the workshop for consideration during discussions at the workshop. In preparing a final report, EPA will consider the public comments submitted to EPA's docket during the public comment period, and the comments and, recommendations from the external peer-review workshop, including any oral public comments made at the workshop.
Arbitration Panel Decision Under the Randolph-Sheppard Act
The Department of Education (Department) gives notice that on July 18, 2007, an arbitration panel rendered a decision in the matter of Frank Malone v. Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, Bureau of Services for the Blind (Case No. R-S/04-8). This panel was convened by the Department under 20 U.S.C. 107d-1(a), after the Department received a complaint filed by the petitioner, Frank Malone.
Information Collection Available for Public Comments and Recommendations
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Maritime Administration's (MARAD's) intention to request extension of approval for three years of a currently approved information collection.
Canadian National Railway Company and Grand Trunk Corporation-Control-EJ&E West Company 1
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is accepting for consideration the primary application filed October 30, 2007, by Canadian National Railway Corporation (CNR) and Grand Trunk Corporation (GTC), a noncarrier holding company through which CNR controls its U.S. rail subsidiaries, and seven related filings. The primary application seeks Board approval under 49 U.S.C. 11321-26 of the acquisition of control of EJ&E West Company (EJ&EW), a wholly owned noncarrier subsidiary of Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company (EJ&E), by CNR and GTC. This proposal is referred to as the Control Transaction, and CNR and GTC are referred to collectively as applicants. The related filings are notices of exemption involving an intra- corporate family transaction and the granting of trackage rights. The Sub-No. 1 filing provides for EJ&E to transfer property to EJ&EW, which, at that time, would become a rail common carrier, prior to applicants acquiring control of EJ&EW. The Sub-Nos. 2 through 7 filings provide for grants of trackage rights by EJ&EW to Grand Trunk Western Railroad (GTW), Illinois Central Railroad Company (IC), Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad Company (CCP), and Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WCL), and by IC and CCP to EJ&EW, promptly upon applicants' acquisition of control of EJ&EW, should the Board approve the proposed Control Transaction. The Board finds that the Control Transaction is a ``minor transaction'' under 49 CFR 1180.2(c), and adopts a procedural schedule for consideration of the application. In finding that the transaction is a minor transaction, the Board has preliminarily determined that any anticompetitive effects of the transaction will clearly be outweighed by the transaction's anticipated contribution to the public interest in meeting significant transportation needs. 49 CFR 1180.2(b)(2). The Board makes this determination based solely on evidence presented in the application. The Board stresses that this is not a final determination, and its finding may be rebutted by filings and evidence submitted into the record for this proceeding. The Board will give careful consideration to any claims that the transaction will have anticompetitive effects that are not apparent from the application itself. Moreover, the Board has determined to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with respect to the transaction.