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Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.


Notice of open meeting.


This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

Dates and Times: June 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm; June 3, 2009 at 8 am to 3 pm.


Four Points by Sheraton—Franklin Room CD, 1201 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005.

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Valri Lightner, Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-0937 or T.J. Heibel at (410) 997-7778 ext. 223; E-mail:

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Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products.

Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include the following:

  • Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities;
  • Update on DOE Biomass R&D Activities;
  • DOE Budget Overview;
  • USDA Budget Overview;
  • Presentation on the Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF) from Oak Ridge National Laboratory;
  • Presentation on the Biomass Crop Assistance Program from the USDA;
  • Presentation from the California Air Resources Board (CARB);
  • Subcommittee Report-Outs;
  • Annual Ethics Training;
  • Update on National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Committee Activities.

Public Participation: In keeping with procedures, members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. To attend the meeting and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you should contact Valri Lightner at 202-586-0937; E-mail: or T.J. Heibel at (410) 997-7778 ext. 223; E-mail: You must make your request for an oral statement at least 5 business days before the meeting. Members of the public will be heard in the order in which they sign up at the beginning of the meeting. Reasonable provision will be made to include the scheduled oral statements on the agenda. The Chair of the Committee will make every effort to hear the views of all interested parties. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. The Chair will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business.

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting will be available for public review and copying at​publications/​default.aspx#meetings.

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Issued at Washington, DC on April 30, 2009.

Rachel Samuel,

Deputy Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. E9-10470 Filed 5-5-09; 8:45 am]