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Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee; Announcement of Public Meetings

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of public meetings.

SUMMARY:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), will host Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) meetings on October 21-23, 2008, and January 27-29, 2009. The meetings are open to the public. The meeting agendas will include reports from the Subcommittees on Existing Guidelines, Incentives, Guiding Principles, Legal, Landscape/Habitat, Science Tools & Procedures, and Other Models/Uncertainty.

DATES:

The meetings will be held on October 21-23, 2008, from 2:15 to 5 p.m. on October 21 and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 22-23, and January 27-29, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES:

South Interior Auditorium, South Interior Building, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20240. For more information, see “Meeting Location Information” under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Rachel London, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, (703) 358-2161.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On March 13, 2007, the Department of the Interior published a notice of establishment of the Committee and call for nominations in the Federal Register (72 FR 11373). The Committee's purpose is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) on developing effective measures to avoid or minimize impacts to wildlife and their habitats related to land-based wind energy facilities. The Committee is expected to exist for 2 years and meet approximately four times per year, and its continuation is subject to biennial renewal. All Committee members serve without compensation. In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), a copy of the Committee's charter has been filed with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration; Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Senate; Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives; and the Library of Congress. The Secretary appointed 22 individuals to the Committee on October 24, 2007, representing the varied interests associated with wind energy development and its potential impacts to wildlife species and their habitats. The Service has held Committee meetings in February, April, June, and July of 2008. All Committee meetings are open to the public. The public has an opportunity to comment at all Committee meetings.

Meeting Location Information

Please note that the meeting location is accessible to wheelchair users. If you require additional accommodations, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the meeting(s) you plan to attend.

All persons planning to attend a meeting will be required to present photo identification when entering the building. Because of building security in the Department of the Interior, we recommend that persons planning to attend the workshop and/or meeting register at http://www.fws.gov/​habitatconservation/​windpower/​wind_​turbine_​advisory_​committee.html by October 14, 2008, for the October 21-23, 2008, meeting, and by January 20, 2009, for the January 27-29, 2009, meeting, to allow us sufficient time to provide the building security staff with lists of persons planning to attend. You may still attend if you register after the dates listed above; however, seating is limited due to room capacity. We will give preference to registrants based on date and time of registration. Limited standing room will be available if all seats are filled.

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Dated: September 3, 2008.

David J. Stout,

Designated Federal Officer, Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee.

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[FR Doc. E8-22000 Filed 9-18-08; 8:45 am]

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