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					                                                                     Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 42 / Monday, March 3, 2008 / Proposed Rules                                             11375

                                            providing business guidance with                           (a) What evidence supports making                    By direction of the Commission.
                                            respect to ‘‘refillable’’ claims about                     your proposed revision(s)? Please
                                                                                                                                                          Donald S. Clark
                                            packaging? Please provide any evidence                     provide this evidence.
                                            that supports your answer.                                                                                    Secretary
                                                                                                       (b) What evidence is available
                                            (2) Has there been a change in consumer                                                                       [FR Doc. E8–3972 Filed 2–29–08: 8:45 am]
                                                                                                       concerning consumer understanding
                                            perception of these claims since the                       of the term ‘‘bio-based’’? Please                  BILLING CODE 6750–01–S
                                            Guides were revised?                                       provide this evidence.
                                              (a) If so, please describe this change                   (c) What evidence constitutes a
                                              and provide any evidence that                            reasonable basis to support a ‘‘bio-               ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
                                              supports your answer.                                    based’’ claim? Please provide this                 AGENCY
                                              (b) Should the Guides be revised to
                                                                                                       evidence.                                          40 CFR Parts 51 and 93
                                              address any such change? If so, how?
                                            (3) Are there ‘‘refillable’’ claims in the              (2) Should the Guides be revised to
                                                                                                    include guidance regarding life cycle or              [EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–0669; FRL–8536–1]
                                            marketplace concerning packaging that
                                            are misleading? If so, please describe                  ‘‘cradle-to-cradle’’ packaging claims?                RIN–2060–AH93
                                            these claims and provide any evidence                      (a) If so, why, and what guidance
                                            that supports your answer.                                 should be provided? If not, why not?               Revisions to the General Conformity
                                            (4) To the extent not addressed in your                    Please provide any evidence that                   Regulations
                                            previous answers, please explain                           supports your answer.                              AGENCY:  Environmental Protection
                                            whether and how the Guides should be                       (b) What evidence is available                     Agency (EPA). 

                                            revised to prevent consumer deception,                     concerning consumer understanding                  ACTION: Notice of public hearing and 

                                            provide business guidance, and/or                          of life cycle analyses or the term                 corrected docket number. 

                                            reduce costs the Guides impose on                          ‘‘cradle-to-cradle’’? Please provide
                                            businesses, particularly small                             this evidence.                                     SUMMARY: The EPA is announcing a
                                            businesses, with respect to ‘‘refillable’’                 (c) Is there an appropriate scientific             public hearing to be held on March 14,
                                            claims about packaging. Please provide                     methodology to evaluate life cycle or              2008 for the proposed rule on ‘‘Revision
                                            any evidence that supports your answer.                    ‘‘cradle-to-cradle’’ packaging claims?             to the General Conformity Regulations.’’
                                            F. Ozone Safe and Ozone Friendly                           If so, please provide any evidence that            This rulemaking action was published
                                                                                                       supports your answer.                              in the Federal Register on January 8,
                                            (1) How effective have the Guides been                                                                        2008 and proposes to revise EPA’s
                                            in preventing consumer deception and                    (3) Are there other environmental
                                                                                                    claims concerning packaging not                       regulations relating to the Clean Air Act
                                            providing business guidance with                                                                              (CAA) requirements that Federal
                                            respect to ‘‘ozone safe’’ or ‘‘ozone                    currently addressed by the Guides, and
                                                                                                    if so what are they? Please provide any               Actions conform to the appropriate
                                            friendly’’ claims about packaging?                                                                            State, Tribal or Federal implementation
                                            Please provide any evidence that                        evidence that supports your answer.
                                                                                                                                                          plan for attaining clean air (‘‘general
                                            supports your answer.                                      (a) Should the Guides be revised to
                                                                                                                                                          conformity’’). The public hearing will
                                            (2) Has there been a change in consumer                    include guidance regarding these
                                                                                                                                                          provide interested parties the
                                            perception of these claims since the                       claims? If so, why, and what guidance
                                                                                                                                                          opportunity to present data, views, or
                                            Guides were revised?                                       should be provided? If not, why not?
                                                                                                                                                          arguments concerning these proposed
                                               (a) If so, please describe this change                  (b) What evidence is available                     changes. EPA is also correcting the
                                               and provide any evidence that                           concerning consumer understanding                  docket number published in the January
                                               supports your answer.                                   of these claim(s)? Please provide this             8, 2008 proposed rulemaking. In the
                                               (b) Should the Guides be revised to                     evidence.                                          January 8, 2008 Revisions to the General
                                               address any such change? If so, how?                    (c) What evidence constitutes a 
                  Conformity Regulations: Proposed Rule,
                                            (3) Are there ‘‘ozone safe’’ or ‘‘ozone                    reasonable basis to support these 
                there was an error made in citing the
                                            friendly’’ claims in the marketplace                       claim(s)? Please provide this 
                    docket number. The appropriate docket
                                            concerning packaging that are                              evidence. 
                                        number for the January 8, 2008
                                            misleading? If so, please describe these                                                                      proposed rulemaking is EPA–HQ–OAR–
                                            claims and provide any evidence that                    H. Third-Party Certifications and Seals
                                                                                                                                                          2006–0669. Please submit all comments
                                            supports your answer.                                   (1) What evidence is available                        to docket number EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–
                                            (4) To the extent not addressed in your                 concerning consumer understanding of                  0669 when commenting on the January
                                            previous answers, please explain                        third-party certifications and seals,                 8, 2008 proposed rule.
                                            whether and how the Guides should be                    labels, or symbols on packaging? Please
                                            revised to prevent consumer deception,                                                                        DATES: The public hearing will convene
                                                                                                    provide this evidence.                                at 9 a.m. on March 14, 2008, and
                                            provide business guidance, and/or
                                                                                                    (2) Why are marketers using these third-              continue until 1 hour after the last
                                            reduce costs the Guides impose on
                                                                                                    party certifications and seals, labels, or            registered speaker has spoken. People
                                            businesses, particularly small
                                                                                                    symbols on packaging? Please provide                  wishing to present oral testimony must
                                            businesses, with respect to ‘‘ozone safe’’
                                                                                                    any evidence that supports your answer.               pre-register by 5 p.m. on March 11,
                                            or ‘‘ozone friendly’’ claims about
                                            packaging. Please provide any evidence                  (3) What criteria are third-party                     2008. For updates and additional
                                            that supports your answer.                              certifiers using to substantiate claims               information on the public hearing,
                                                                                                    made with third-party certification,                  please check EPA’s Web site for this
                                            G. Claims Currently Not Addressed by                    seals, labels, or symbols on packaging?               rulemaking at http://www.epa.gov.oar/
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                                            the Green Guides                                        Are those criteria appropriate? Please                gencomform/.
                                            (1) Should the Guides be revised to                     provide any evidence that supports your               ADDRESSES: The public hearing will be
                                            include guidance regarding ‘‘bio-based’’                answers.                                              held at U.S. Environmental Protection
                                            packaging claims? If so, why, and what                  (4) Should the Guides be revised to                   Agency, East Building, Room 1153, 1200
                                            guidance should be provided? If not,                    include additional guidance regarding                 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC
                                            why not?                                                these claims? If so, how?                             20004. Because this hearing is being


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                                            held at U.S. government facilities,                     proposed SIP revisions. This proposed                 How Can I Get Copies of This
                                            everyone planning to attend the hearing                 rule revision provides for a streamline               Document and Other Related
                                            should be prepared to show valid                        process for Federal agencies and States               Information?
                                            picture identification to the security                  and Tribes to collaborate and ensure                    The EPA has established the official
                                            staff in order to gain access to the                    Federal activities are incorporated in                public docket for the supplemental
                                            meeting room. In addition, you will                     these State implementation plans.                     proposed rule entitled ‘‘Revisions to the
                                            need to obtain a property pass for any                  Where that is not possible, it provides               General Conformity’’ under Docket ID
                                            personal belongings you bring with you.                 an efficient and effective process for                No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–0669. In the
                                            Upon leaving the building, you will be                  Federal agencies to ensure their actions              January 8, 2008, 73 FR 1402, Revisions
                                            required to return this property pass to                do not cause or contribute to a violation             to the General Conformity Regulations:
                                            the security desk. No large signs will be               of the national ambient air quality                   Proposed Rule, there was an error made
                                            allowed in the building, cameras may                    standards (NAAQS) or interfere with the               in citing the docket number. The
                                            only be used inside the classroom and                                                                         appropriate docket number for the
                                                                                                    purpose of a State, Tribal or Federal
                                            outside of the building and                                                                                   January 8, 2008 proposed rulemaking is
                                                                                                    implementation plan to attain or
                                            demonstrations will not be allowed on                                                                         EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–0669. Please
                                            Federal property for security reasons.                  maintain the NAAQS.
                                                                                                                                                          submit all comments to docket number
                                            FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If                        Public hearing: The proposal for
                                                                                                                                                          EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–0669 when
                                            you would like to speak at the public                   which EPA is holding the public
                                                                                                                                                          commenting on the January 8, 2008
                                            hearing or have questions concerning                    hearing was published in the Federal                  proposed rule.
                                            the public hearing, please contact Ms.                  Register on January 8, 2008, (73 FR                     As stated previously, the proposed
                                            Pamela Long, U.S. Environmental                         1402) and is available at: http://                    rule was published in the Federal
                                            Protection Agency, OAQPS, Air Quality                   www.epa.gov/oar/genconform/regs.htm.                  Register on January 8, 2008 (73 FR
                                            Planning Division (C504–03), Research                   The public hearing will provide                       1402) and is available at http://
                                            Triangle Park, NC 27711, telephone                      interested parties the opportunity to                 www.epa.gov/oar/genconform/regs.htm.
                                            (919) 541–0641, fax number (919) 541–                   present data, views, or arguments
                                                                                                                                                            Dated: February 22, 2008.
                                            5509, e-mail address long.pam@epa.gov.                  concerning the supplemental rule
                                               Questions concerning the January 8,                                                                        Jenny N. Edmonds,
                                                                                                    proposal. The EPA may ask clarifying
                                            2008, proposed rule should be                                                                                 Acting Director, Office of Air Quality Planning
                                                                                                    questions during the oral presentations,
                                            addressed to Mr. Tom Coda, U.S. EPA,                                                                          and Standards.
                                                                                                    but will not respond to the
                                            Office of Air Quality Planning and                                                                            [FR Doc. E8–4031 Filed 2–29–08; 8:45 am]
                                                                                                    presentations at that time. Written
                                            Standards, Air Quality Policy Division,                 statements and supporting information                 BILLING CODE 6560–50–P
                                            (C504–03), Research Triangle Park, NC                   submitted during the comment period
                                            27711, telephone number (919) 541–
                                                                                                    will be considered with the same weight
                                            3307, e-mail at coda.tom@epa.gov.                                                                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
                                                                                                    as any oral comments and supporting
                                            SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
                                                                                                    information presented at the public                   National Oceanic and Atmospheric
                                            January 8, 2008, proposed rule proposes                 hearing. Written comments on the
                                            to revise its regulations relating to the                                                                     Administration
                                                                                                    proposed rule were requested to be
                                            Clean Air Act (CAA) requirement that
                                                                                                    postmarked by March 10, 2008, which                   50 CFR Part 648
                                            Federal actions conform to the
                                            appropriate State, Tribal or Federal                    is the closing date for the comment
                                                                                                                                                          [Docket No. 071017599–7600–01]
                                            implementation plan for attaining clean                 period, as specified in the proposal for
                                            air (‘‘general conformity’’). EPA has only              the rule. However, the record will                    RIN 0648–AW16
                                            revised the General Conformity                          remain open until April 14, 2008, to
                                                                                                    allow 30 days after the public hearing                Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions;
                                            Regulations once since they were
                                                                                                    for submittal of additional information.              Fisheries of the Northeastern United
                                            promulgated in 1993 to include de
                                                                                                                                                          States; Northeast Multispecies
                                            minimis emission levels for fine                           Commenters should notify Ms. Long if               Fishery; 2008 Georges Bank Cod Hook
                                            particulate matter and its precursors                   they will need specific equipment, or if              Sector Operations Plan and Agreement
                                            (July 17, 2006). Over this period, States,              there are other special needs related to              and Allocation of Georges Bank Cod
                                            EPA and other Federal agencies have                     providing comments at the hearing. The                Total Allowable Catch
                                            gained experience with the                              EPA will provide equipment for
                                            implementation of the existing                          commenters to show overhead slides or                 AGENCY:  National Marine Fisheries
                                            regulations and have identified several                 make computerized slide presentations                 Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
                                            issues with their implementation. In                    if we receive special requests in                     Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
                                            addition, in 2004, EPA issued                           advance. Oral testimony will be limited               Commerce.
                                            regulations to implement the revised                    to 5 minutes for each commenter. The                  ACTION: Proposed rule; request for
                                            ozone standard and in 2007, issued                                                                            comments.
                                                                                                    EPA encourages commenters to provide
                                            regulations to implement the new fine
                                                                                                    EPA with a copy of their oral testimony
                                            particulate matter standard. These                                                                            SUMMARY: The Georges Bank (GB) Cod
                                            regulations affect the timing and process               electronically (via e-mail or CD) or in               Hook Sector (Hook Sector) has
                                            for general conformity determinations.                  hard copy form.                                       submitted an Operations Plan and
                                            State and other air quality agencies are                   The hearing schedule, including lists              Sector Contract entitled, ‘‘Georges Bank
                                            in the process of developing revised                    of speakers, will be posted on EPA’s                  Cod Hook Sector Fishing Year 2008–
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                                            plans to attain the new standards and                   Web site http://www.epa.gov/oar/                      2009 Operations Plan and Agreement’’
                                            the proposed revisions to the General                   genconform/regs.htm. Verbatim                         (together referred to as the Sector
                                            Conformity Regulations will be helpful                  transcripts of the hearing and written                Agreement), and an Environmental
                                            to the State, Tribe, and local agencies as              statements will be included in the                    Assessment (EA), and has requested an
                                            well as the Federal agencies in                         docket for the rulemaking.                            allocation of GB cod, consistent with the
                                            developing and commenting on the                                                                              Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery


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