Meetings of the United States-Chile Environment Affairs Council and Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation, 63496-63497 [E9-28877]

Download as PDF jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 63496 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 231 / Thursday, December 3, 2009 / Notices is required to meet at least every two years. The first meetings of the EAC and JCEC were held on July 22, 2004, in Santiago, Chile, the second EAC meeting was held on October 24, 2005, in Washington, DC, and the third EAC meeting and second JCEC meeting were held October 23–24, 2006 in Santiago. At the fourth EAC meeting, held April 23–25, 2008, in Santiago, the EAC discussed the implementation of Chapter 19 of the FTA with respect to public participation, progress reports on the eight cooperation projects under Chapter 19, implementation of the 2005–2006 Work Program, and elaboration of the 2007–2008 Work Program. At the upcoming fifth EAC meeting in Washington, DC on January 20, 2010, the EAC will review implementation of Chapter 19 and receive reports on (1) the progress of projects outlined in Chapter 19 of the FTA, (2) the roles and activities of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee and the public advisory committee that advises the Chilean government on environmental policy, and (3) the 2009– 2011 Work Program. At its third meeting, the JCEC, during a Joint Public Session with the EAC, will receive reports on progress of implementing the 2007–2008 Work Program and review and approve the 2009–2011 Work Program. The EAC and JCEC will also consider recommendations for future bilateral cooperation. In carrying out this cooperative work, the United States and Chile intend to explore the development of partnerships with private sector and civil society organizations, to build upon and complement ongoing bilateral cooperative work in other fora, and to explore opportunities for mutual collaboration in these priority areas with other countries in the Western Hemisphere. For additional information: http:// www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/chile/ index.htm. Disclaimer: This Public Notice is a request for comments and suggestions, and is not a request for applications. No granting or money is directly associated with this request for suggestions for the 2009–2011 Work Program. There is no expectation of resources or funding associated with any comments or suggestions provided for the 2009–2011 Work Program. Dated: November 30, 2009. Willem H. Brakel, Acting Director, Office of Environmental Policy, Department of State. [FR Doc. E9–28876 Filed 12–2–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–09–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:16 Dec 02, 2009 Jkt 220001 DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 6830] Meetings of the United States-Chile Environment Affairs Council and Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation ACTION: Notice of the U.S.-Chile Environmental Affairs Council and Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation and request for comments. SUMMARY: The Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) are providing notice that the United States and Chile intend to hold the fifth meeting of the Environment Affairs Council (the ‘‘Council’’) and the third meeting of the Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation (the ‘‘Commission’’) in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2010. These bodies were created pursuant to Chapter 19 (Environment) of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Article II of the United States-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA), respectively. A public information session will be held on January 20th, at 2 p.m., in room 1107 at the U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20520. If you would like to attend the session, please send the following information to Jacqueline Tront at the fax number or email address listed below under the heading ADDRESSES: (1) Your name, (2) your date of birth, and (3) the number of a valid identification card that a government has issued to you. The purpose of the Council and Commission meeting is detailed below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. The meeting agenda will include an overview of Chapter 19 and review of its implementation, progress report on projects outlined in the FTA’s Annex 19.3 on Environmental Cooperation, a discussion of the roles and activities of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee and the public advisory committee that advises the Chilean government on trade and environment policy issues, an overview of progress of implementing selected projects under the 2007–2008 Work Program pursuant to the ECA, and the presentation of a new ECA Work Program. The Department of State and USTR invite interested agencies, organizations, and members of the public to submit written comments or suggestions regarding agenda items and to attend the public session. In preparing comments, we encourage submitters to refer to: • Chapter 19 of the FTA, including Annex 19.3 PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • The Final Environment Review of the FTA • The ECA These documents are available at: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/ chile/index.htm. DATES: The Council/Commission meeting is to be held: (1) January 20, 2010, 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Washington, DC. To be assured of timely consideration, comments are requested no later than January 10, 2009. ADDRESSES: Written comments or suggestions should be submitted to both: (1) Jacqueline Tront, Office of Environmental Policy, Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. Department of State, by electronic mail at trontjm@state.gov with the subject line ‘‘U.S.-Chile EAC/JCEC Meeting’’ or by fax to (202) 647–5947; and (2) Mara M. Burr, Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the United States Trade Representative by electronic mail at mburr@ustr.eop.gov with the subject line ‘‘U.S.-Chile EAC/JCEC Meeting’’ or by fax to (202) 395–9517. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacqueline Tront, Telephone (202) 647– 4750 or Mara M. Burr, Telephone (202) 395–7320. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States-Chile FTA entered into force on January 4, 2004. Article 19.3 of the FTA establishes an Environment Affairs Council, which is required to meet at least once a year to discuss the implementation of, and progress under, Chapter 19. Chapter 19 requires that meetings of the Council include a public session. Under Chapter 19, the two governments agreed to undertake eight specific cooperative activities set out in Annex 19.3 to the Chapter and to negotiate a United States-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement to establish priorities for further cooperative environmental activities. The ECA entered into force on April 30, 2004, and sets out a framework for environmental cooperative activities between the two governments. Article II of the ECA establishes the United States-Chile Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation, with responsibilities that include developing and periodically reviewing a work program. The Commission is required to meet at least every two years. The first meetings of the Council and the Commission were held on July 22, 2004, in Santiago, Chile, and the third meeting of the Council and second meeting of E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 231 / Thursday, December 3, 2009 / Notices the Commission were held on October 23–24, 2006, in Santiago, Chile. At the fourth Council meeting held on April 24, 2008, in Santiago, Chile, the Council discussed the implementation of Chapter 19 of the FTA with respect to public participation, progress reports on the eight cooperative projects under Chapter 19, implementation of the 2005–2006 Work Program, and elaboration of the 2007–2008 Work Program. At that meeting the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee and Chile’s Advisory Committee held the first ever exchange between FTA-related trade and environment advisory committees. At the upcoming fifth meeting of the Council, the Council will review the status of implementation of Chapter 19 and receive reports on levels of environmental protection (Article 19.1), enforcement of environmental laws (Article 19.2), opportunities for public participation (Article 19.4), the environment roster (Article 19.7), procedural matters (Article 19.8) and principles of corporate stewardship (Article 19.10). The Council will also assess the progress of projects outlined in Annex 19.3, the roles and activities of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee and the public advisory committee that advises the Chilean government on trade and environment policy issues, and the 2009–2010 Work Program Pursuant to the ECA. At its third meeting, the Commission, during a Joint Public Session with the Council, will receive reports on progress of implementing the 2007–2008 ECA Work Program and review and approve a new work program. At these meetings, the Council and Commission will also consider recommendations for future bilateral environmental cooperation. The public is advised to refer to the State Department Web site at http:// www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/chile/ index.htm and the USTR Web site at http://www.USTR.gov for further information. Dated: November 30, 2009. Willem H. Brakel, Acting Director, Office of Environmental Policy, Department of State. [FR Doc. E9–28877 Filed 12–2–09; 8:45 am] jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4710–09–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 6803] Policy on Review Time for License Applications AGENCY: Department of State. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:16 Dec 02, 2009 Jkt 220001 ACTION: Notice. 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Enforcement of the deadline without being able to account for these situations might result in another applicant’s license, submitted after the first license but that had not reached the 60-day deadline, being approved once the review is complete; inadvertently creating an unlevel playing field. As such, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has added a sixth exception to account for this issue. In accordance with NSPD–56, the following six national security exceptions are applicable: (1) When a Congressional Notification is required: The Arms Export Control Act Section 36 (c) and (d) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, 22 CFR 123.15, requires a certification be provided to Congress prior to granting any license or other approval for transactions, if it meets the requirements identified for the sale of major defense equipment, manufacture abroad of significant military equipment, defense articles and services, or the re-transfer to other nations. Notification thresholds differ based on the dollar value, countries concerned and defense articles and services. (2) Required Government Assurances have not been received. These would include, for example, Missile Technology Control Regime Assurances, and Cluster Munitions assurances. (3) End-use Checks have not been completed. (Commonly referred to as ‘‘Blue Lantern’’ checks. End-use checks are key to the U.S. Government’s prevention of illegal defense exports PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63497 and technology transfers, and range from simple contacts to verifying the bona fides of a transaction to physical inspection of an export.) (4) The Department of Defense has not yet completed its review. (5) A Waiver of Restrictions is required. (For example, a sanctions waiver.) (6) When a related export policy is under active review and pending final determination by the Department of State. Dated: November 23, 2009. Robert S. 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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 6830]


Meetings of the United States-Chile Environment Affairs Council 
and Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation

ACTION: Notice of the U.S.-Chile Environmental Affairs Council and 
Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation and request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: The Department of State and the Office of the United States 
Trade Representative (USTR) are providing notice that the United States 
and Chile intend to hold the fifth meeting of the Environment Affairs 
Council (the ``Council'') and the third meeting of the Joint Commission 
for Environmental Cooperation (the ``Commission'') in Washington, DC, 
on January 20, 2010. These bodies were created pursuant to Chapter 19 
(Environment) of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and 
Article II of the United States-Chile Environmental Cooperation 
Agreement (ECA), respectively. A public information session will be 
held on January 20th, at 2 p.m., in room 1107 at the U.S. Department of 
State, 2201 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20520. If you would like to 
attend the session, please send the following information to Jacqueline 
Tront at the fax number or e-mail address listed below under the 
heading ADDRESSES: (1) Your name, (2) your date of birth, and (3) the 
number of a valid identification card that a government has issued to 
you.
    The purpose of the Council and Commission meeting is detailed below 
under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    The meeting agenda will include an overview of Chapter 19 and 
review of its implementation, progress report on projects outlined in 
the FTA's Annex 19.3 on Environmental Cooperation, a discussion of the 
roles and activities of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory 
Committee and the public advisory committee that advises the Chilean 
government on trade and environment policy issues, an overview of 
progress of implementing selected projects under the 2007-2008 Work 
Program pursuant to the ECA, and the presentation of a new ECA Work 
Program. The Department of State and USTR invite interested agencies, 
organizations, and members of the public to submit written comments or 
suggestions regarding agenda items and to attend the public session.
    In preparing comments, we encourage submitters to refer to:
     Chapter 19 of the FTA, including Annex 19.3
     The Final Environment Review of the FTA
     The ECA
    These documents are available at: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/chile/index.htm.

DATES: The Council/Commission meeting is to be held:
    (1) January 20, 2010, 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Washington, DC.
    To be assured of timely consideration, comments are requested no 
later than January 10, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Written comments or suggestions should be submitted to both:
    (1) Jacqueline Tront, Office of Environmental Policy, Bureau of 
Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. Department of State, by 
electronic mail at trontjm@state.gov with the subject line ``U.S.-Chile 
EAC/JCEC Meeting'' or by fax to (202) 647-5947; and
    (2) Mara M. Burr, Deputy Assistant United States Trade 
Representative for Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the 
United States Trade Representative by electronic mail at 
mburr@ustr.eop.gov with the subject line ``U.S.-Chile EAC/JCEC 
Meeting'' or by fax to (202) 395-9517.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacqueline Tront, Telephone (202) 647-
4750 or Mara M. Burr, Telephone (202) 395-7320.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States-Chile FTA entered into 
force on January 4, 2004. Article 19.3 of the FTA establishes an 
Environment Affairs Council, which is required to meet at least once a 
year to discuss the implementation of, and progress under, Chapter 19. 
Chapter 19 requires that meetings of the Council include a public 
session. Under Chapter 19, the two governments agreed to undertake 
eight specific cooperative activities set out in Annex 19.3 to the 
Chapter and to negotiate a United States-Chile Environmental 
Cooperation Agreement to establish priorities for further cooperative 
environmental activities. The ECA entered into force on April 30, 2004, 
and sets out a framework for environmental cooperative activities 
between the two governments. Article II of the ECA establishes the 
United States-Chile Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation, 
with responsibilities that include developing and periodically 
reviewing a work program. The Commission is required to meet at least 
every two years. The first meetings of the Council and the Commission 
were held on July 22, 2004, in Santiago, Chile, and the third meeting 
of the Council and second meeting of

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the Commission were held on October 23-24, 2006, in Santiago, Chile.
    At the fourth Council meeting held on April 24, 2008, in Santiago, 
Chile, the Council discussed the implementation of Chapter 19 of the 
FTA with respect to public participation, progress reports on the eight 
cooperative projects under Chapter 19, implementation of the 2005-2006 
Work Program, and elaboration of the 2007-2008 Work Program. At that 
meeting the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee and Chile's 
Advisory Committee held the first ever exchange between FTA-related 
trade and environment advisory committees.
    At the upcoming fifth meeting of the Council, the Council will 
review the status of implementation of Chapter 19 and receive reports 
on levels of environmental protection (Article 19.1), enforcement of 
environmental laws (Article 19.2), opportunities for public 
participation (Article 19.4), the environment roster (Article 19.7), 
procedural matters (Article 19.8) and principles of corporate 
stewardship (Article 19.10). The Council will also assess the progress 
of projects outlined in Annex 19.3, the roles and activities of the 
Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee and the public advisory 
committee that advises the Chilean government on trade and environment 
policy issues, and the 2009-2010 Work Program Pursuant to the ECA. At 
its third meeting, the Commission, during a Joint Public Session with 
the Council, will receive reports on progress of implementing the 2007-
2008 ECA Work Program and review and approve a new work program. At 
these meetings, the Council and Commission will also consider 
recommendations for future bilateral environmental cooperation. The 
public is advised to refer to the State Department Web site at http://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/chile/index.htm and the USTR Web site at 
http://www.USTR.gov for further information.

    Dated: November 30, 2009.
Willem H. Brakel,
Acting Director, Office of Environmental Policy, Department of State.
[FR Doc. E9-28877 Filed 12-2-09; 8:45 am]
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