Department of State July 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Federal Register Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment and To Conduct Scoping Meetings and Notice of Floodplain and Wetland Involvement; Enbridge Pipelines (Southern Lights) L.L.C. (LSr Project)
Document Number: E7-14488
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-27
Agency: Department of State
Enbridge Pipelines (Southern Lights) L.L.C. has applied to the United States Department of State for a Presidential Permit for the proposed construction, connection, operation, and maintenance at the border of the United States of facilities for the export and import of petroleum to and from a foreign country (LSr Project). The Department of State receives and considers applications for Presidential Permits for such energy-related pipelines pursuant to authority delegated to it by the President under Executive Order 13337 of April 30, 2004 (69 FR 25299). To issue a Permit, the Department of State must find that issuance would serve the national interest. The Department intends to consult extensively with concerned Federal and State agencies on this application, and invites public comment to assist it in arriving at its determination. In accordance with Section 102(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4332(C)) and implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500-1508) and the Department of State (22 CFR part 161), including in particular 22 CFR 161.7(c)(1), the Department of State intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to determine if there are any potential significant impacts and to address alternatives to the proposed action. The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to inform the public about the proposed action, announce plans for scoping meetings, invite public participation in the scoping process, and solicit public comments for consideration in establishing the scope and content of the LSr Project EA. As the proposed project may involve an action in a floodplain or wetland, the EA will also include a floodplain and wetlands assessment and floodplain statement of findings.
Federal Register Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment and To Conduct Scoping Meetings and Notice of Floodplain and Wetland Involvement; Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership (Alberta Clipper Project)
Document Number: E7-14486
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-27
Agency: Department of State
Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership (Enbridge) has applied to the United States Department of State for a Presidential Permit for the proposed construction, connection, operation, and maintenance at the border of the United States of facilities for the export and import of petroleum to and from a foreign country (Alberta Clipper Project). The Department of State receives and considers applications for Presidential Permits for such energy-related pipelines pursuant to authority delegated to it by the President under Executive Order 13337 of April 30, 2004 (69 FR 25299). To issue a Permit, the Department of State must find that issuance would serve the national interest. The Department intends to consult extensively with concerned Federal and State agencies on this application, and invites public comment to assist it in arriving at its determination. In accordance with Section 102(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4332(C)) and implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500-1508) and the Department of State (22 CFR part 161), including in particular 22 CFR 161.7(c)(1), the Department of State intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to determine if there are any potential significant impacts and to address alternatives to the proposed action. The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to inform the public about the proposed action, announce plans for scoping meetings, invite public participation in the scoping process, and solicit public comments for consideration in establishing the scope and content of the Alberta Clipper Project EA. As the proposed project may involve an action in a floodplain or wetland, the EA will also include a floodplain and wetlands assessment and floodplain statement of findings. In addition, Enbridge proposes to construct an additional pipeline concurrently and within a portion of the same pipeline corridor adjacent to the Alberta Clipper Project between Clearbrook, MN and Superior, WI. This project is not subject to a Presidential Permit or other Department of State jurisdiction. However, because the two projects will be constructed in the same corridor, the Department of State will accept comments on potential issues relevant to the construction of this facility.
Amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations: United States Munitions List
Document Number: E7-13826
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-17
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State, in consultation with the Departments of Defense and Commerce, is amending the text of the United States Munitions List (USML), Category XVSpacecraft Systems and Associated Equipment to clarify the coverage and to alter one of the five performance characteristics that define radiation-hardened microelectronic circuits that are subject to the licensing jurisdiction of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Piranesi as Designer”
Document Number: E7-13429
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-11
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Piranesi as Designer'', imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, New York, from on or about September 14, 2007, until on or about January 20, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
U.S. Advisory Commission for Public Diplomacy
Document Number: E7-13214
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-09
Agency: Department of State
Notice of Receipt of Application for a Presidential Permit to Construct a New Cattle Crossing to the East of an Existing Cattle Crossing Near San Luis, AZ
Document Number: E7-13212
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-09
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State has received an application for a Presidential permit authorizing the construction of a new cattle crossing (the ``San Luis Cattle Crossing'') at the United States-Mexican border 2,500 feet (approximately half a mile) east of an existing cattle crossing near San Luis, Arizona. The closing of the existing cattle crossing and its relocation to a new location approximately half a mile to the east is necessitated by construction of the new San Luis II commercial border crossing (scheduled to begin in the summer of 2007) at the location of the existing cattle crossing. This application has been filed by the Greater Yuma Port Authority (GYPA), the original applicant for the San Luis II commercial border crossing project. A Presidential permit for the San Luis II commercial border crossing was issued by the Department of State, effective June 30, 2007, to the General Services Administration (GSA). The Department of State has determined that, under Executive Order 11423, as amended, a separate Presidential permit is required for the San Luis cattle crossing since it would constitute a new piercing of the border. The Department of State's jurisdiction with respect to this application is based upon Executive Order 11423, dated August 16, 1968, as amended, which authorizes the Secretary of State to receive all applications for permits for the construction, connection, operation or maintenance at the borders of the United States of ``border crossings for land transportation * * * to or from a foreign country'' whether or not in conjunction with ``facilities for the transportation of persons or things, or both, to or from a foreign country.'' According to the application, the relocation of the existing San Luis cattle crossing would primarily involve the dismantling of the existing cattle pens (most of which are on the Mexican side of the border) and their construction or reassembly at the new site. The Department is in possession of an Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared in connection with the Department's evaluation of the Presidential permit application for the San Luis II commercial border crossing and intends to also use that EA in connection with its evaluation of the San Luis cattle crossing. The Department has determined, however, that this EA does not adequately address the issues of the odor and manure that would be generated at the proposed new cattle crossing site, as well as the issue of water and sewage services at the new cattle crossing site. In light of that determination, the GYPA has submitted to the Department of State an EA addendum that specifically addresses these environmental concerns. As provided in E.O. 11423, the Department is circulating the GYPA application, along with the EA and the EA Addendum, to concerned agencies for comment.
Bureau of Consular Affairs, Passport Services; Notice of Information Collection Under Emergency Review: U.S. Passport Demand Study Phase II; SV-2007-0021; OMB Control Number 1405-xxxx
Document Number: E7-12897
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-03
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the emergency review procedures of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: U.S. Passport Demand Study Phase II. Type of Request: Emergency Review. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, CA/PPT. Form Number: SV-2007-0021. Respondents: Current and potential future Canadian and Mexican land border crossers. Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 4,000 respondents. Average Hours per Response: 10 minutes per response. Total Estimated Burden: 667 hours. Frequency: One time. Obligation to Respond: Voluntary. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Emergency review and approval of this collection has been requested from OMB by July 6, 2007. If granted, the emergency approval is only valid for 180 days. Comments should be directed to the State Department Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Washington, DC 20530. Fax: 202-395-6974. During the first 60 days of this emergency approval period, a regular review of this information collection is also being undertaken. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until 60 days from the date that this notice is published in the Federal Register. The agency requests written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information. Your comments are being solicited to permit the agency to: Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of technology. Abstract: The purpose of this telephone survey of a representative sample of U.S. households selected from areas with the largest numbers of land border crossers, is to establish an accurate estimate of U.S. citizens who will apply for a new passport for cross-border travel (land travel between Mexico and the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.S.) over the next several years, and especially within the next six to 12 months. Methodology: All interviews will be collected using a state-of-the- art Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. This system allows interviewers to enter responses directly into a computer, which instantaneously feeds the information from each station to a mainframe computer. For Additional Information: Public comments, or requests for additional information, regarding the collection listed in this notice should be directed to Alan J. Swygert, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Passport Services, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20520, who may be reached on 202-663-2647, or at SwygertAJ@state.gov.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “J.M.W. Turner”
Document Number: E7-12864
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-03
Agency: Department of State
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``J.M.W. Turner'', imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, from on or about October 1, 2007, until on or about January 6, 2008, the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, from on or about February 10, 2008, until on or about May 18, 2008, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, from on or about June 25, 2008, until on or about September 21, 2008, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-156E Nonimmigrant Treaty Trader/Investor Application, OMB Control Number 1405-0101
Document Number: E7-12863
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-03
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Nonimmigrant Treaty Trader/Investor Application. OMB Control Number: 1405-0101. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State (CA/VO). Form Number: DS-156E. Respondents: Nonimmigrant treaty trader/investor visa applicants. Estimated Number of Respondents: 17,000. Estimated Number of Responses: 17,000. Average Hours per Response: 4 hours. Total Estimated Burden: 68,000 hours per year. Frequency: Once per respondent. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Form DS-156K, Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) Visa Application, OMB Control Number 1405-0096
Document Number: E7-12861
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-03
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) Visa Application. OMB Control Number: 1405-0096. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State (CA/VO). Form Number: DS-156K. Respondents: Aliens applying for a nonimmigrant visa to enter the U.S. as the fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen. Estimated Number of Respondents: 35,000. Estimated Number of Responses: 35,000. Average Hours per Response: 1 hour. Total Estimated Burden: 35,000 hours per year. Frequency: Once per respondent. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
Meeting of the Environmental Affairs Council (EAC) of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)
Document Number: E7-12751
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-02
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) are providing notice that, as set forth in Chapter 17 (Environment) of the Dominican Republic-Central America- United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), the United States and the other CAFTA-DR Parties (``CAFTA-DR Parties'' or ``the Parties'') intend to hold the second meeting of the Environment Affairs Council (the ``Council'') in Guatemala City, Guatemala on July 24, 2007. The Council will hold an information session for members of the public on July 24, 2007, at 2 p.m., at the Guatemala City Marriott Hotel, 7 Avenue 15-45, Zona 9, Guatemala City, Guatemala 01009. The purpose of the Council meetings is detailed below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. The meeting agenda will include discussions of: (1) A review of the implementation of Chapter 17 obligations, including a report on the operation of the Secretariat for Environmental Matters, established pursuant to Article 17.7 of the Chapter; (2) working procedures for the Secretariat; (3) anticipated activities and operations for the Secretariat; and (4) cooperative environmental activities the Parties are undertaking consistent with the CAFTA-DR Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA). The Department of State and USTR invite interested agencies, organizations, and members of the public to submit written comments or suggestions regarding agenda items. In preparing written comments or suggestions, we encourage submitters to refer to: The CAFTA-DR's Environment Chapter including Annex 17.9, and the Final Environmental Review of CAFTA-DR, available at: http:// www.ustr.gov/TradeAgreements/Bilateral/CAFTA/SectionIndex.htm l. The ECA, available at: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/rls/or/ 42423.htm. Communiqu[eacute] of the EAC and Work Plan from the 2006 Council meeting at: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/index.htm.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Form DS-117, Application to Determine Returning Resident Status, OMB Control Number 1405-0091
Document Number: E7-12749
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-02
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Application to Determine Returning Resident Status. OMB Control Number: 1405-0091. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State (CA/VO). Form Number: DS-117. Respondents: Aliens applying for special immigrant classification as a returning resident. Estimated Number of Respondents: 875 per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 875. Average Hours Per Response: 30 minutes. Total Estimated Burden: 438 hours per year. Frequency: Once per respondent. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: DS-230, Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration, OMB Number 1405-0015
Document Number: E7-12748
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-02
Agency: Department of State
The Department of State has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Title of Information Collection: Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration. OMB Control Number: 1405-0015. Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State (CA/VO). Form Number: DS-230. Respondents: Immigrant visa applicants. Estimated Number of Respondents: 475,000 per year. Estimated Number of Responses: 475,000 per year. Average Hours per Response: 2 hours. Total Estimated Burden: 950,000 hours per year. Frequency: Once per respondent. Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.
Announcement of Meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee
Document Number: 07-3216
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-02
Agency: Department of State
This notice announces meetings of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) to prepare advice on U.S. positions for a meeting of the Advisory and Study Groups of the International Telecommunication UnionDevelopment Sector (ITU-D), to prepare advice on U.S. positions for a meeting of the Radio Assembly of the International Telecommunication UnionRadiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), and to prepare advice on U.S. positions for a meeting of the Advisory Group of the International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T). The ITAC will meet as the ITAC-D to prepare for the ITU-D September 2007 Advisory and Study Group meeting on July 19 and 26, and August 2 and 9, 2007, in the Washington, DC metro area. All meetings are from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. EDT. The ITAC will meet as the ITAC-R to prepare for the next ITU-R Radio Assembly weekly on Thursdays from July 26 through October 11, 2007 from 10 a.m.-noon, in the Washington, DC metro area. The ITAC will meet as the ITAC-T to prepare for the ITU-T December 2007 Advisory Group meeting, in particular addressing restructuring the ITU-T Study Group structure, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. EDT on July 18, 2007, in the Washington, DC metro area. The actual locations and other meeting particulars will be announced on the ITAC-D and ITAC-T reflectors or may be obtained from the secretariat, (minardje@state.gov). The meetings are open to the public.