Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Willingness to Pay Survey for Salmon Recovery in the Willamette Watershed (New) [FR DOC# 2013-15754] SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), “Willingness to Pay Survey for Salmon Recovery in the Willamette Watershed” (EPA ICR No. 2489.01, OMB Control No. 2080-NEW) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a request for approval of a new collection. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Forum on Environmental Measurements Announcement of Competency Policy for Assistance Agreements-Implementation Extension [FR DOC# 2013-15753] SUMMARY: As published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM) is implementing a policy requiring organizations generating or using environmental data under certain Agency-funded assistance agreements to submit documentation of their competency prior to award of the agreement, or if that is not practicable, prior to beginning any work involving the generation or use of environmental data under the agreement. The Policy was originally approved on December 12, 2012 by the Science Technology Policy Council (STPC). Because implementation tools are currently being developed by the Agency based on outreach with internal and external stakeholders, EPA is delaying the required effective date of the Policy to October 1, 2013. Webinars and materials to aid with implementation are available on the FEM Web site (http:// http://www.epa.gov/fem/lab_comp.htm). Accordingly, this revision means that the policy will apply to: <bullet> Awards made under competitive solicitations issued on or after October 1, 2013* that are expected to exceed $200,000 (in federal funding) in maximum value and involve the use or generation of environmental data; and <bullet> Non-competitive assistance agreements awarded on or after October 1, 2013* that are expected to exceed $200,000 (in federal funding) in total maximum value and involve the use or generation of environmental data. *While the effective date of this policy is being changed to October 1, 2013, EPA offices may apply this policy prior to that date at their discretion.
Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis [FR DOC# 2013-15736] SUMMARY: On May 9, 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued for public comment a document entitled, “Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis.” The purpose of this notice is to extend the public comment period by 60 days. The public comment period will now close on September 6, 2013.