Meeting of the United States-Oman Joint Forum on Environmental Cooperation Pursuant to the United States-Oman Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation, 78338-78339 [2010-31504]

Download as PDF 78338 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 15, 2010 / Notices Santa Cruz County Flood Control District prior to final design and construction. • GSA shall submit preliminary set of plans, a hydrology/hydraulics report, and a CLOMR for the project will be submitted to the EPA for comment prior to final design and construction. • Since the Proposed Action would involve demolition of existing structures, GSA shall engage an Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act certified inspector to inspect all structures to be demolished. If Regulated Asbestos Containing Material is present in the structures, GSA shall develop a work plan to remove, transport, and dispose of these materials. • At least 10 days prior to demolition of any structure GSA shall provide the ADEQ National Emission Standard Hazardous Air Pollutant coordinator with a National Emission Standard Hazardous Air Pollutant notification form for each structure to be demolished. • GSA shall notify the Santa Cruz County Flood Control District and the Arizona Department of Water Resources prior to undertaking any work that would disturb the rainfall and stream level gauges on the upstream headwall of the culverts on Ephraim Canyon/Las Canoas Wash. In accordance with NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1500–1508), and the Department’s implementing regulations (22 CFR part 161, and in particular 22 CFR 161.7(c)) and based on the findings and mitigation measures above, the Department of State finds that the project described in the attached Revised GSA EA is not a federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Therefore, no Environmental Impact statement will be prepared. Dated: December 10, 2010. Edward Alexander Lee, Director, Office of Mexican Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2010–31502 Filed 12–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–29–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE hsrobinson on DSK69SOYB1PROD with NOTICES [Public Notice 7235] Notice of Public Meeting of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Scientific Advisory Board In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the PEPFAR Scientific SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:10 Dec 14, 2010 Jkt 223001 Advisory Board hereinafter referred to as ‘‘the Board,’’ will meet as indicated below. DEPARTMENT OF STATE The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Scientific Advisory Board will meet on January 6– 7, 2011 at the St. Gregory Hotel, 2033 M Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. on both days and is open to the public. The meeting will be hosted by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, who leads implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board serves the Global AIDS Coordinator in a solely advisory capacity concerning scientific, implementation, and policy issues related to the global response to HIV/ AIDS. These issues will be of concern as they influence the priorities and direction of PEPFAR evaluation and research, the content of national and international strategies and implementation, and the role of PEPFAR in the international discourse regarding appropriate and resourced responses. Topics for the January 6–7th meeting will include an overview of PEPFAR-funded evaluations, priority setting within HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment and Prevention areas, and recommendations to the Ambassador on the future direction of evaluation and research within PEPFAR. The public may attend this meeting as seating capacity allows. To RSVP and for those requesting reasonable accommodation, please contact the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Tiffany Peoples: E-mail (PeoplesTN2@state.gov), by December 29, 2010. Requests made after that time will be considered, but might not be possible to accommodate. While the meeting is open to public attendance, the Board will determine procedures for public participation and will announce those procedures at the meeting. For further information about the meeting, please contact Paul Bouey, Deputy Coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at (202) 663– 2440 or BoueyPD@state.gov. Meeting of the United States-Oman Joint Forum on Environmental Cooperation Pursuant to the United States-Oman Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation Dated: December 8, 2010. Paul D. Bouey, Deputy Coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2010–31498 Filed 12–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–10–P PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [Public Notice 7261] Notice of the meeting of the U.S.-Oman Joint Forum on Environmental Cooperation and request for comments. ACTION: The Department of State is providing notice that the United States and Oman intend to hold a meeting of the U.S.-Oman Joint Forum on Environmental Cooperation (‘‘Joint Forum’’) in Muscat, Oman, on January 9, 2011, at a venue to be announced. The Governments created the Joint Forum in connection with the U.S.-Oman Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation (‘‘MOU’’). If you are interested in attending, please email Abby Lindsay at LindsayA@state.gov for the specific time and place. See below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details on the background and purpose of the meeting. During the meeting, the U.S. and Oman will present a brief history of U.S.-Oman environmental cooperation, a review of activities under the 2006– 2008 Work Program, presentations on selected activities, and presentation and signature of the 2011–2014 Plan of Action. The entire meeting will be open to the public and include public question and answer sessions. The Department of State invites interested organizations and members of the public to submit written comments or suggestions regarding items to include on the agenda and to attend the meeting. In preparing comments, we encourage submitters to refer to the following documents: • U.S.-Oman Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation, • 2006–2008 Work Program Pursuant to the U.S.-Oman Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation, • Chapter 17 of the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement, • Final Environmental Review of the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement. These documents are available at: https://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/ oman/index.htm. DATES: The U.S. and Oman will hold the Joint Forum meeting on January 9, 2011, in Muscat, Oman. If you are interested SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 hsrobinson on DSK69SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 15, 2010 / Notices in attending, please email Abby Lindsay at LindsayA@state.gov for the specific time and place. To ensure timely consideration, please submit comments and suggestions in writing no later than January 3, 2011. ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments or suggestions via e-mail (LindsayA@state.gov) or fax ((202) 647– 5947) to Abby Lindsay, Office of Environmental Policy, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, with the subject line ‘‘U.S.-Oman Joint Forum Meeting.’’ For those with access to the Internet, comments may be submitted at the following address: https:// www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/ home.html#home. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abby Lindsay, Telephone (202) 647– 8772. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In Section 2 of the U.S.-Oman Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation, the United States and Oman announced the establishment of a Joint Forum on Environmental Cooperation. The mandate of the Joint Forum is to broaden and deepen effective cooperation on environmental issues between Oman and the United States. It was intended provide a venue for the two Governments to discuss ways in which they could work together to strengthen the capacity of Oman to protect and conserve the environment. The Joint Forum is expected to develop a Plan of Action towards meeting this goal. The 2006–2008 Work Program identified priorities for environmental cooperation between the United States and Oman, with the goal of building human and institutional capacity in the management and conservation of natural resources. The priorities were: (a) Environmental laws and regulations, (b) Environmental impact assessments, (c) Environmental incentives, (d) Public participation in environmental protection, (e) Integrated water resources management and protection, (f) Coastal protection and preservation of marine resources, (g) Protected area management and conservation of flora and fauna, (h) Cleaner production and environmental technology, (i) Chemical hazardous waste management and disposal, and (j) Environmental disaster preparedness. Some indicative actions the U.S. and Oman have undertaken in these areas include workshops on environmental impact assessment, a regional workshop for CITES Management Authorities, and a course on public participation in VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:37 Dec 14, 2010 Jkt 223001 environmental law. Ongoing work includes technical assistance to Oman on marine turtle conservation and cooperation on sustainable tourism in protected areas. The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Coast Guard, and others have been involved in implementing these activities. Officials from U.S. and Omani agencies will present and discuss their activities at the Joint Forum meeting. In the 2011–2014 Plan of Action, we seek to build upon the progress made in the previous Work Program and anticipate defining four main priority areas for cooperation activities: Institutional and policy strengthening for effective implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, including natural resource-related laws; Biodiversity conservation and improved management of protected areas, and other ecologically important ecosystems; Improved private sector environmental performance; and Environmental education, transparency and public participation in environmental decision-making and enforcement. At the meeting, the Joint Forum will review cooperation activities and the two Governments are expected to sign the new Plan of Action. Dated: December 9, 2010. Willem H. Brakel, Director, Office of Environmental Policy, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2010–31504 Filed 12–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–09–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Buy America Waiver Notification Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice is to rescind the FHWA’s Buy America waiver for the use of non-domestic steel pipe; A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall for the construction of a Recovery Act project on SR 60, Section A40, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. DATES: The effective date of the rescission is December 16, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this notice, please contact Mr. Gerald Yakowenko, FHWA Office of Program Administration, (202) 366–1562, or via e-mail at gerald.yakowenko@dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact Mr. Michael Harkins, FHWA Office of the Chief SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78339 Counsel, (202) 366–4928, or via e-mail at michael.harkins@dot.gov. Office hours for the FHWA are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., est., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded from the Federal Register’s home page at: https:// www.archives.gov and the Government Printing Office’s database at: https:// www.access.gpo.gov/nara. Background The FHWA’s Buy America policy in 23 CFR 635.410 requires a domestic manufacturing process for any steel or iron products (including the application of protective coatings) that are permanently incorporated in a Federalaid construction project. The regulation also provides for a waiver of the Buy America requirements when the application would be inconsistent with the public interest or when satisfactory quality domestic steel and iron products are not sufficiently available. This notice is to rescind the Buy America waiver that was processed and published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2010, at 75 FR 64394, for the use of non-domestic steel pipe; A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall for a portion of sign support structure no. S– 28760 proposed for Recovery Act project on SR 60 in Alleghany County, PA. During the notice and comment period leading up to the publication of the October 19 notice, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) considered the use of steel pipe API 5L, Grade B, PSL 2 as an alternate equivalent product to steel pipe A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall. However, it appeared that the steel slab to be used in the production of the pipe was not available domestically. During the 15-day comment period following the publication of the October 19 notice, the FHWA received a comment that steel pipe API 5L, including the steel slab to be used in production, could be produced domestically. After verifying that PennDOT is willing to approve the use of API 5L, Grade B, PSL 2 as an alternate to steel pipe A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall and verifying that API 5L, Grade B, PSL 2 can be produced domestically, the FHWA has determined that a Buy America waiver for steel pipe A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall is no longer necessary. Therefore, the Buy America waiver issued on October 19 in the Federal Register (75 FR 64394) for steel pipe E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 7261]


Meeting of the United States-Oman Joint Forum on Environmental 
Cooperation Pursuant to the United States-Oman Memorandum of 
Understanding on Environmental Cooperation

ACTION: Notice of the meeting of the U.S.-Oman Joint Forum on 
Environmental Cooperation and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Department of State is providing notice that the United 
States and Oman intend to hold a meeting of the U.S.-Oman Joint Forum 
on Environmental Cooperation (``Joint Forum'') in Muscat, Oman, on 
January 9, 2011, at a venue to be announced. The Governments created 
the Joint Forum in connection with the U.S.-Oman Memorandum of 
Understanding on Environmental Cooperation (``MOU''). If you are 
interested in attending, please email Abby Lindsay at 
LindsayA@state.gov for the specific time and place. See below under 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details on the background and 
purpose of the meeting.
    During the meeting, the U.S. and Oman will present a brief history 
of U.S.-Oman environmental cooperation, a review of activities under 
the 2006-2008 Work Program, presentations on selected activities, and 
presentation and signature of the 2011-2014 Plan of Action. The entire 
meeting will be open to the public and include public question and 
answer sessions. The Department of State invites interested 
organizations and members of the public to submit written comments or 
suggestions regarding items to include on the agenda and to attend the 
meeting.
    In preparing comments, we encourage submitters to refer to the 
following documents:
     U.S.-Oman Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental 
Cooperation,
     2006-2008 Work Program Pursuant to the U.S.-Oman 
Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation,
     Chapter 17 of the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement,
     Final Environmental Review of the U.S.-Oman Free Trade 
Agreement.
    These documents are available at: https://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/oman/index.htm.

DATES: The U.S. and Oman will hold the Joint Forum meeting on January 
9, 2011, in Muscat, Oman. If you are interested

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in attending, please email Abby Lindsay at LindsayA@state.gov for the 
specific time and place. To ensure timely consideration, please submit 
comments and suggestions in writing no later than January 3, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments or suggestions via e-mail 
(LindsayA@state.gov) or fax ((202) 647-5947) to Abby Lindsay, Office of 
Environmental Policy, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental 
and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, with the subject line 
``U.S.-Oman Joint Forum Meeting.''
    For those with access to the Internet, comments may be submitted at 
the following address: https://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#home.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abby Lindsay, Telephone (202) 647-
8772.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In Section 2 of the U.S.-Oman Memorandum of 
Understanding on Environmental Cooperation, the United States and Oman 
announced the establishment of a Joint Forum on Environmental 
Cooperation. The mandate of the Joint Forum is to broaden and deepen 
effective cooperation on environmental issues between Oman and the 
United States. It was intended provide a venue for the two Governments 
to discuss ways in which they could work together to strengthen the 
capacity of Oman to protect and conserve the environment. The Joint 
Forum is expected to develop a Plan of Action towards meeting this 
goal.
    The 2006-2008 Work Program identified priorities for environmental 
cooperation between the United States and Oman, with the goal of 
building human and institutional capacity in the management and 
conservation of natural resources. The priorities were: (a) 
Environmental laws and regulations, (b) Environmental impact 
assessments, (c) Environmental incentives, (d) Public participation in 
environmental protection, (e) Integrated water resources management and 
protection, (f) Coastal protection and preservation of marine 
resources, (g) Protected area management and conservation of flora and 
fauna, (h) Cleaner production and environmental technology, (i) 
Chemical hazardous waste management and disposal, and (j) Environmental 
disaster preparedness. Some indicative actions the U.S. and Oman have 
undertaken in these areas include workshops on environmental impact 
assessment, a regional workshop for CITES Management Authorities, and a 
course on public participation in environmental law. Ongoing work 
includes technical assistance to Oman on marine turtle conservation and 
cooperation on sustainable tourism in protected areas. The Department 
of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States 
Coast Guard, and others have been involved in implementing these 
activities. Officials from U.S. and Omani agencies will present and 
discuss their activities at the Joint Forum meeting.
    In the 2011-2014 Plan of Action, we seek to build upon the progress 
made in the previous Work Program and anticipate defining four main 
priority areas for cooperation activities: Institutional and policy 
strengthening for effective implementation and enforcement of 
environmental laws, including natural resource-related laws; 
Biodiversity conservation and improved management of protected areas, 
and other ecologically important ecosystems; Improved private sector 
environmental performance; and Environmental education, transparency 
and public participation in environmental decision-making and 
enforcement. At the meeting, the Joint Forum will review cooperation 
activities and the two Governments are expected to sign the new Plan of 
Action.

    Dated: December 9, 2010.
Willem H. Brakel,
Director, Office of Environmental Policy, Department of State.
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