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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: Novemeber 2013

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EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a meeting for the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection, to advice on science, regulations and other issues relating to children’s environmental health. The meeting will be held November 13 & 14 in Washington DC. [Friday, November 1, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 212)]

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking for qualified individuals interested in serving on the Technical Mapping Advisory Council. The duties would include working with FEMA Administrator in improving accuracy, quality and distribution of flood insurance rate maps. Application deadline is December 2, 2013. [Friday, November 1, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 212)]

DOI - Department of the Interior is seeking comments on the Annual Progress Report on the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The report details sales, number and location of lease blocks that have occurred in the previous year. The comment period is open until December 2, 2013. [Friday, November 1, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 212)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability for public review and comment of their draft of Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans. In February 2013, EPA published this draft in response to the President's October 2009 Executive Order. Comments should be received before January 3, 2014. [Monday, November 4, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 213)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency announced the meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council on December 11 and 12 in Washington, D.C. The meeting was originally scheduled for October 9 & 10, but was moved due to government shutdown.  [Monday, November 4, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 213)]

DOI - The Department of the Interior is seeking information on leasing of sulphur or oil and gas in the Outer Continental Shelf and Pipeline Rights of Way. The information collection is open for 60 days. [Monday, November 4, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 213)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period for the rule, “Revisions to Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, and Proposed Confidentiality Determinations under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.” Send comments to ghgreportingcbi@epa.gov by November 26, 2013. [Wednesday, November 6, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 215)]

NASA - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has renewed the charter of the
International Space Station National Laboratory Advisory Committee for two years. The committee’s interest is in connecting the public with the performance of duties imposed on NASA by law. [Thursday, November 7, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 216)]

NASA - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has issued a renewal and amendment of the charter of the NASA Advisory Council for two years. The renewal is for two years and is identical to the previous charter in all respects except with regard to information pertaining to annual operating costs and number of meetings per year. [Thursday, November 7, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 216)]
NASA - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has issued a one year renewal for the International Space Station Advisory Committee. [Thursday, November 7, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 216)]

DOD - The Department of Defense announced a meeting to inform GPS simulator manufacturers, who supply products to the Department of Defense (DoD), and GPS simulator users, both government and DoD contractors, that the GPS Directorate will host a GPS Satellite Simulator Control Working Group. The meeting will be held on Dec. 6 at Los Angeles Air Force Base. [Friday, November 8, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 217)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to pause the development of the draft Quality Standards for Data Collection. The pause is intended to will allow the Agency to revise the existing EPA Quality Policy and Procedure and make necessary adjustments. [Friday, November 8, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 217)]

NASA - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The meeting will be held in Washington, DC on December 3 & 4. [Friday, November 8, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 218)]

OSTP - The Office of Science and Technology Policy issued an information request for the development of a National Plan for Civil Earth Observations. The public input will inform the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop this Plan. Click here to submit information. [Tuesday, November 12, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 218)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting. The meeting will be held on December 4 & 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. General information concerning the SAB can be found athttp://www.epa.gov/sab.  [Wednesday, November 13, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 219)]

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for the “EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Logo Redesign Consultations.” Comments are welcome here until Dec. 13, 2013. [Wednesday, November 13, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 219)]

DOI - The Department of the Interior is seeking comment on the regulatory paperwork for oil and gas well-completion operations. Submit comments by either fax (202) 395-5806 or email. [Wednesday, November 13, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 219)]

DOE - This notice announces a public meeting of the Unconventional Resources Technology Advisory Committee. The purpose of the advisory committee is to advise on development and implementation of programs related to onshore unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources to the
Secretary of Energy. The meeting will be held Dec. 4 in Washington DC. [Thursday, November 14, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 220)]

NASA - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is proposing to remove from its regulation agency procedures for closeout of grants and cooperative agreements. NASA will issue non-regulatory closeout procedures. Public comment is open until January 13, 2014. [Thursday, November 14, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 220)]

DOD - The Department of Defense announced an open meeting of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board. The purpose of the meeting is to review new start research and development projects requesting Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program funds in excess of $1 million over the proposed length of the project. The meeting will be held on December 17 & 18 in Arlington, VA. [Friday, November 15, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 221)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency invites nominations of candidates to be considered for a three-year appointment to the National Drinking Water Advisory Council. The council was created under the Safe Drinking Water Act and provides advice on activities, functions, policies, and regulations of the EPA. Nominations should be submitted before Dec. 20, 2013. [Friday, November 15, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 221)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Comments must be submitted by December 18, 2013.
[Monday, November 18, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 222)]

FEMA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking comment for the Federal Assistance Form for how to process mission assignments in federal disaster operations. Comments must be submitted on or before January 17, 2014. [Monday, November 18, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 222)]

DOD - The Department of Defense will hold a meeting for the Ocean Research Advisory Panel on December 3 & 4. The meeting is open to the public. [Tuesday, November 19, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 223)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public meeting for the Environmental Financial Advisory Board, which advises and suggests creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities. The meeting will be held on December 12 & 13 in Arlington, VA. [Tuesday, November 19, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 223)]

The EPA is proposing to amend certain provisions of the Fluorinated Gas Production source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. The changes would reduce the level of detail in which emissions were reported, establish a new set of default global warming potentials, eliminate the mass-balance emission calculation method, and clarify the emission factor method. They are also proposing
confidentiality determinations for the new and revised reporting requirements of the Fluorinated Gas Production source category. Click here for more information. [Tuesday, November 19, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 223)]

NPS - The National Park Service announces a meeting to consider nominations for the Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on December 17, 2013, in Washington, DC. [Tuesday, November 19, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 223)]

DOE - The Department of Energy announces a meeting of the DOE/NSF Nuclear Science
Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held on Dec. 19 at 9:00am and will be broadcast live[Wednesday, November 20, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 224)]

FEMA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council will meet via conference call on December 3, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. EST. The meeting will be open to the public. [Monday, November 25, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 227)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency announced a meeting of the National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
The purpose of this meeting is to provide advice on the 20th anniversary of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and to discuss other trade and environment issues in North America. The meeting will be held on December 17 and will include a public comment session.
[Tuesday, November 26, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 228)]

DOE - The Department of Energy announces a meeting of the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee to be held on December 19. The committee is designed to provide advice on technical, policy and scientific issues that for DOE nuclear energy programs.  The public is welcome to offer comments and suggestions here. [Wednesday, November 27, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 229)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency is providing notice that the 2011 Emissions Modeling Platform data are available for public review and comment. The platform is used to process the National Emissions Inventory.  [Wednesday, November 27, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 229)]

NASA - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the Technology and Innovation Committee of the NASA Advisory Council. The purpose of the meeting is to review status of activities within the Office of the Chief Technologist. The meeting will be held on December 10 at Kennedy Space Center, FL and is open to the public. [Wednesday, November 27, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 229)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency is amending EPA is amending the 2013 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. The amendment will revise values for certain greenhouse gases in the Rule's table of global warming potentials. The final rule is effective on January 1, 2014. [Friday, November 29, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 230)]

USGS - The United States Geological Survey announced the National Geospatial Advisory Committee will meet on December 11. The purpose of the committee is to advise the Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee on management of Federal geospatial programs. The meeting is open to the public and will be held via teleconference. [Friday, November 29, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 230)]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Review prepared by: Maeve Boland, Geoscience Policy Director; Abby Seadler, Geoscience Policy Associate; and Sophia Ford, AGI/AAPG Fall Intern.

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Compiled December 11, 2013

 

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