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[Federal Register: August 10, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 154)]
[Page 45046-45048]
 From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


[FRL-8453-1; Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2007-0666]

Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive Species and
Implications for Management and Research

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of public comment period.


SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft

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document titled, ``Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive
Species and Implications for Management and Research'' (EPA/600/R-07/
084). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental
Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development.
    EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre-
dissemination peer review under applicable information quality
guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It
does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency
policy or determination. EPA intends to consider any public comments
submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.

DATES: The 30-day public comment period begins August 10, 2007, and
ends September 10, 2007. Technical comments should be in writing and
must be received by EPA by September 10, 2007.

ADDRESSES: The draft ``Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive
Species and Implications for Management and Research'' is available
primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental
Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and
Publications menus at <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/ncea";>http://www.epa.gov/ncea</A>. A limited number of
paper copies are available from the Technical Information Staff of the
National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA-TIS). Please contact
the Technical Information Staff by telephone at 202-564-3261 or by
facsimile at 202-565-0050. If you are requesting a paper copy, please
provide your name, your mailing address, and the draft document title,
``Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive Species and
Implications for Management and Research.''
    Comments may be submitted electronically via <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>
http://www.regulations.gov</A>, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/
courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment
period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket;
telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or e-mail: <A HREF="mailto:ORD.Docket@epa.gov";>
    For technical information, contact Britta Bierwagen, NCEA,
telephone: 202-564-3388; facsimile: 202-565-0061; or e-mail: <A HREF="mailto:bierwagen.britta@epa.gov";>


I. Information About the Project/Document

    This draft report addresses the potential effects of climate change
on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and consequences for their
management, and describes apparent research gaps. The report is
intended for managers and scientists working with AIS to provide them
with information on the potential effects of climate change on AIS,
strategies for adapting their management to accommodate these
environmental changes, and highlight further research needs and gaps.
The literature review that introduces this report shows that important
progress has been made in identifying climate change effects on
invasive species, but that our understanding of effects on specific
species and interactions of other stressors needs to be improved.
Following the literature review is an analysis of existing AIS
management plans to assess the capacity of states to modify or adapt
their management activities to account for climate change effects. The
assessment shows that most states currently do not explicitly consider
climate change in their aquatic invasive species management plans, but
that many plans can incorporate new information on changing
environmental conditions. Finally, this report compares information
needs of AIS managers with current research to determine where gaps
exist. Overall, more information and research are needed on many
aspects of the effects of climate change on AIS.

II. How To Submit Technical Comments to the Docket at <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD 2007-
0666, by one of the following methods:
    ? <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A>: Follow the on-line
instructions for submitting comments.
    ? E-mail: <A HREF="mailto:ORD.Docket@epa.gov";>ORD.Docket@epa.gov</A>.
    ? Fax: 202-566-1753.
    ? Mail: Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket
(Mail Code: 2822T), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. The phone number is 202-
    ? Hand Delivery: The OEI Docket is located in the EPA
Headquarters Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301
Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public
Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public
Reading Room is 202-566-1744. Such deliveries are only accepted during
the docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should
be made for deliveries of boxed information.
    If you provide comments by mail or hand delivery, please submit one
unbound original with pages numbered consecutively, and three copies of
the comments. For attachments, provide an index, number pages
consecutively with the comments, and submit an unbound original and
three copies.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-
2007-0666. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the
specified comment period. Comments received after the closing date will
be marked ``late,'' and may only be considered if time permits. It is
EPA's policy to include all comments it receives in the public docket
without change and to make the comments available online at <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>
http://www.regulations.gov</A>, including any personal information provided,
unless a comment includes information claimed to be Confidential
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is
restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to
be CBI or otherwise protected through <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A> or
e-mail. The <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A> Web site is an ``anonymous
access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact
information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you
send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://
www.regulations.gov</A>, your e-mail address will be automatically captured
and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket
and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic
comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact
information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you
submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties
and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to
consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special
characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or
viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the
EPA Docket Center homepage at <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm";>http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm</A>
    Docket: Documents in the docket are listed in the
<A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A> index. Although listed in the index, some
information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information
whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

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Certain other materials, such as copyrighted material, are publicly
available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are
available either electronically in <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A> or in

hard copy at the OEI Docket in the EPA Headquarters Docket Center.

    Dated: August 2, 2007.
Peter W. Preuss,
Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
[FR Doc. E7-15674 Filed 8-9-07; 8:45 am]

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