Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), 11137-11138 [2013-03492]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2013 / Notices required to submit annual treatment plans to the Board and inspection agency regarding how they plan to treat their almonds to reduce the potential for Salmonella. Entities interested in being almond process authorities that validate technologies are required to submit an application to the Board on ABC Form No. 51, ‘‘Application for Process Authority for Almonds.’’ Manufacturers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico interested in being approved to accept untreated almonds, provided they agree to treat the almonds themselves under the Board’s Direct Verifiable (DV) program are required to submit an application to the Board on ABC Form No. 52, ‘‘Application for Direct Verifiable (DV) Program for Further Processing of Untreated Almonds.’’ Entities interested in being approved DV user auditors are required to submit an application to the Board on ABC Form No. 53, ‘‘Application for Direct Verifiable (DV) Program Auditors.’’ To ensure compliance with the mandatory program, entities are required to use either an on-site or audit based verification program and annually submit a treatment plan to the Board on ABC Form No. 54, ‘‘Handler Treatment Plan.’’ The information collected is used only by authorized representatives of USDA, including AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Program’s regional and headquarters’ staff, and authorized employees and agents of the Board. Authorized Board employees, agents, and the industry are the primary users of the information, and AMS is the secondary user. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 13.77 hours per response. Respondents: Almond handlers; persons or organizations that would like to qualify to be Board-approved process authorities that validate treatments and technologies; manufacturers who would like to qualify to participate in the Board’s DV program; and entities that would like to qualify as auditors under the DV program. Estimated Number of Respondents: 175. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.74. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 4,200 hours. Comments are invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information including the validity of VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:09 Feb 14, 2013 Jkt 229001 the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments should reference this docket number and the appropriate marketing order and be sent to the USDA in care of the Docket Clerk at the address above. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: February 11, 2013. David R. Shipman, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2013–03484 Filed 2–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Document Number AMS–NOP–12–0070; NOP–12–17] Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, (5 U.S.C. App.), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing an upcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Written public comments are invited in advance of the meeting, and the meeting will include scheduled time for oral comments from the public. DATES: The meeting will be held April 9–11, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The deadline to submit written public comments and sign up for oral public comments is Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204. Information and instructions pertaining to the meeting are posted at the following Web address: https://www.ams.usda.gov/ NOSBMeetings. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11137 For printed materials or additional information, write to Ms. Michelle Arsenault, Special Assistant, National Organic Standards Board, USDA–AMS– NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2648—So., Mail Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0268; Phone: (202) 720–3252; Email: nosb@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NOSB makes recommendations about whether a substance should be allowed or prohibited in organic production and/or handling, assists in the development of standards for organic production, and advises the Secretary on other aspects of the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (7 U.S.C. 6501– 6522). The NOSB currently has seven subcommittees working on various aspects of the Organic Program. The subcommittees are: Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification; Crops; Handling; Livestock; Materials; Policy Development; and the ad hoc Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). The primary purpose of NOSB meetings is to provide an opportunity for the organic community to provide input on proposed NOSB recommendations and discussion items. The meetings also allow the NOSB to receive updates from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) on issues pertaining to organic agriculture. The meeting will be open to the public. The meeting agenda, NOSB proposals and discussion documents, instructions for submitting and viewing public comments, and instructions for requesting a time slot for oral comments are available on the NOP Web site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/ NOSBMeetings. The discussion documents and proposals encompass a wide range of topics, including: Substances petitioned to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), updates from working groups on technical issues, and amendments to the NOSB Policies and Procedures Manual. Public Comments: Written public comments will be accepted through Tuesday, March 19, 2013 via www.regulations.gov. Comments received after that date may not be reviewed by the NOSB before the meeting. The NOP strongly prefers comments to be submitted electronically; however, written comments may also be submitted by Tuesday, March 19, 2013 via mail to Ms. Michelle Arsenault, Special Assistant, National Organic Standards Board, USDA–AMS–NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2648–S, Mail Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0268. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1 11138 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2013 / Notices Instructions for viewing all comments are posted at www.regulations.gov and https://www.ams.usda.gov/ NOSBMeetings. The NOSB has scheduled time for oral comments from the public, and will accommodate as many individuals and organizations as possible during these sessions. Individuals and organizations wishing to make oral presentations at the meeting must pre-register to request one time slot by visiting https:// www.ams.usda.gov/NOSBMeetings or by calling (202) 720–0081. The deadline to sign up for an oral public comment slot is Tuesday, March 19, 2013. All persons making oral presentations should also provide their comments in advance through the written comment process. Written submissions may contain supplemental information other than that presented in the oral presentation. Persons submitting written comments at the meeting are asked to provide two hard copies. Meeting Accommodations: The meeting hotel is ADA Compliant, and the USDA provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting, please notify Michelle Arsenault at michelle.arsenault@ams.usda.gov or (202) 720–0081. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Dated: February 11, 2013. Rex A. Barnes, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2013–03492 Filed 2–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2009–0070] Agency Information Collection Activities; OMB Approval Received Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces the Office of Management and Budget’s approval of a collection of information contained in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s final rule regarding the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on select agents and toxins, mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:09 Feb 14, 2013 Jkt 229001 contact Mr. Charles L. Divan, Acting Director, APHIS Agriculture Select Agent Program, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 2, Riverdale, MD 20737–1231; (301) 851–3300, option 1. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2908. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE On October 5, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 FR 61056–61081, Docket No. APHIS–2009–0070) a final rule 1 that amended and republished the list of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products; reorganized the list of select agents and toxins based on the relative potential of each select agent or toxin to be misused to adversely affect human, plant, or animal health; and amended the regulations in order to add definitions and clarify language concerning security, training, biosafety, biocontainment, and incident response. Because of changes made in the final rule in response to comments or for other reasons, some of those provisions included information collection requirements that differed from those originally submitted for approval to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in conjunction with the proposed rule, which was published in the Federal Register on October 3, 2011 (76 FR 61228–61244, Docket No. APHIS–2009–0070). OMB requested that we combine those most recent information collection requirements with the existing information collection requirements associated with the existing select agent regulations at 7 CFR part 331 and 9 CFR part 121. In accordance with section 3507(d) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), OMB has approved the information collection requirements associated with the select agent regulations as amended by our October 2012 final rule under OMB control number 0579–0213 (expires November 30, 2015). ACTION: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Done in Washington, DC, this 11th day of February 2013. Kevin Shea, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2013–03584 Filed 2–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P 1 To view the final rule, its preceding proposed rule, and the comments we received, go to https:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS– 2009–0070. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Forest Service Annual List of Newspapers Used for Publication of Legal Notice of Decisions for the Rocky Mountain Region; Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas Forest Service, USDA. Notice. AGENCY: This notice lists the newspapers that Ranger Districts, Forests, and the Regional Office of the Rocky Mountain Region will use to publish notices for pubic comments on actions subject to the provisions of 36 CFR part 215 or 218. The intended effect of this action is to inform interested members of the public which newspapers will be used to publish legal notices of actions subject to public comment and decisions subject to appeal under 36 CFR 215 or objection under 36 CFR 218. Responsible Officials in the Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service will publish notices of availability for comment and notices of decisions that may be subject to administrative appeal under 36 CFR Part 215. These notices will be published in the legal notice section of the newspapers listed in the Supplementary Information section of this notice. As provided in 36 CFR 215.5, 215.6, and 215.7, such notice shall constitute legal evidence that the agency has given timely and constructive notice for comment and notice of decisions that may be subject to administrative appeal. Newspaper publication of notices of decisions is in addition to direct notice to those who have requested notice in writing and to those known to be interested in or affected by a specific decision. Additionally, Responsible Officials in the Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service will publish notices of availability for comment and notices of decisions that may be subject to the objection process under 36 CFR part 218. These notices will be published in the legal notice section of the newspapers listed in the Supplementary Information section of this notice. As provided in 36 CFR 218.4 and 218.9, such notice shall constitute legal evidence that the agency has given timely and constructive notice for comment and notice of decisions that may be subject to the objection process. Newspaper publication of notices of decisions is in addition to direct notice to those who have requested notice in writing and to those known to be SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 32 (Friday, February 15, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11137-11138]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03492]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Document Number AMS-NOP-12-0070; NOP-12-17]


Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as 
amended, (5 U.S.C. App.), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is 
announcing an upcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board 
(NOSB). Written public comments are invited in advance of the meeting, 
and the meeting will include scheduled time for oral comments from the 
public.

DATES: The meeting will be held April 9-11, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
each day. The deadline to submit written public comments and sign up 
for oral public comments is Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Hilton Portland and 
Executive Tower, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204. 
Information and instructions pertaining to the meeting are posted at 
the following Web address: https://www.ams.usda.gov/NOSBMeetings.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For printed materials or additional 
information, write to Ms. Michelle Arsenault, Special Assistant, 
National Organic Standards Board, USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. 
SW., Room 2648--So., Mail Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250-0268; Phone: 
(202) 720-3252; Email: nosb@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NOSB makes recommendations about whether 
a substance should be allowed or prohibited in organic production and/
or handling, assists in the development of standards for organic 
production, and advises the Secretary on other aspects of the 
implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (7 U.S.C. 6501-
6522). The NOSB currently has seven subcommittees working on various 
aspects of the Organic Program. The subcommittees are: Compliance, 
Accreditation, and Certification; Crops; Handling; Livestock; 
Materials; Policy Development; and the ad hoc Genetically Modified 
Organisms (GMO). The primary purpose of NOSB meetings is to provide an 
opportunity for the organic community to provide input on proposed NOSB 
recommendations and discussion items. The meetings also allow the NOSB 
to receive updates from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) on 
issues pertaining to organic agriculture. The meeting will be open to 
the public. The meeting agenda, NOSB proposals and discussion 
documents, instructions for submitting and viewing public comments, and 
instructions for requesting a time slot for oral comments are available 
on the NOP Web site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/NOSBMeetings. The 
discussion documents and proposals encompass a wide range of topics, 
including: Substances petitioned to the National List of Allowed and 
Prohibited Substances (National List), updates from working groups on 
technical issues, and amendments to the NOSB Policies and Procedures 
Manual.
    Public Comments: Written public comments will be accepted through 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 via www.regulations.gov. Comments received 
after that date may not be reviewed by the NOSB before the meeting. The 
NOP strongly prefers comments to be submitted electronically; however, 
written comments may also be submitted by Tuesday, March 19, 2013 via 
mail to Ms. Michelle Arsenault, Special Assistant, National Organic 
Standards Board, USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2648-S, 
Mail Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250-0268.

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Instructions for viewing all comments are posted at www.regulations.gov 
and https://www.ams.usda.gov/NOSBMeetings.
    The NOSB has scheduled time for oral comments from the public, and 
will accommodate as many individuals and organizations as possible 
during these sessions. Individuals and organizations wishing to make 
oral presentations at the meeting must pre-register to request one time 
slot by visiting https://www.ams.usda.gov/NOSBMeetings or by calling 
(202) 720-0081. The deadline to sign up for an oral public comment slot 
is Tuesday, March 19, 2013. All persons making oral presentations 
should also provide their comments in advance through the written 
comment process. Written submissions may contain supplemental 
information other than that presented in the oral presentation. Persons 
submitting written comments at the meeting are asked to provide two 
hard copies.
    Meeting Accommodations: The meeting hotel is ADA Compliant, and the 
USDA provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities 
where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to 
participate in this public meeting, please notify Michelle Arsenault at 
michelle.arsenault@ams.usda.gov or (202) 720-0081. Determinations for 
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Dated: February 11, 2013.
Rex A. Barnes,
Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-03492 Filed 2-14-13; 8:45 am]
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