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Federal Register Notice 6-98

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality

Federal Register Notice

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality

Agency: Natural Resources Conservation Service

Action: Notice of meeting

Summary: The Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality will meet to discuss the relationship between agricultural production and air quality. The meeting is open to the public.

Date: The meeting will convene Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. The meeting will resume Thursday, June 18, 1998, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Written material and requests to make oral presentations should reach the Natural Resources Conservation Service on or before June 12, 1998

Addresses: The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Spokane City Center Hotel, 322 North Spokane Falls Court, Spokane, Washington 99201, telephone (509) 455-9600. Written material and requests to make oral presentations should be sent to George Bluhm, University of California, Land, Air, Water Resources, 151 Hoagland Hall, Davis, CA 95616-6827.

For Further Information Contact: George Bluhm, Designated Federal Official, telephone (916) 752-1018, fax (916) 752-1552.

Supplementary Information: Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. Additional information about the Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality, including any revised agendas for the June 17-18, 1998 meeting that may appear after this Federal Register Notice is published, may be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.nhq.nrcs.usda.gov/faca/aaqtf.html

Draft Agenda of the June 17-18, 1998 Meeting:

  1. Opening Remarks
    1. Call meeting to order - George Bluhm, DFO
    2. Introduce Chairperson and Chief of NRCS - Pearlie Reed
    3. Welcome to Washington research - Keith Saxton
    4. Welcome to Washington NRCS operations - Leonard Jordan, STC
  2. Past Actions
    1. Air quality within USDA - Pearlie Reed
    2. Extension of Federal Advisory Committee Act committee - George Bluhm
    3. Revised recommendations on air quality research needs - Jim Trotter
    4. USDA Air Quality Research Management Team - Richard Amerman, Berlie Schmidt
  3. Status Reports
    1. Agricultural Burning Subcommittee - Robert Quinn
    2. Model MOU - volunteer program with bad actor clause - Dennis Tristao
    3. EPA emission factors, communication with EMAD -Emmett Barker, Sally Shaver
    4. Health effects - Thomas Ferguson
    5. NRCS Air Resource Action Plan - George Bluhm
    6. Particulate matter research issues - Robert Flocchini, Keith Saxton
  4. New Issues
    1. Conservation application and carbon sequestration in Iowa - Dr. Keith Paustian, Colorado State University
    2. Air quality initiative, Research subcommittee - Jim Trotter
    3. Forest research on air quality - Bill Summers
    4. Washington State CRP - Leonard Jordan
    5. A Natural Events Action Plan for Eastern Washington - EPA Region X and and Washington State Department of Ecology
    6. Agricultural residue burning: needs and impacts on regional agriculture - regional grass seed and cereal producers, Washington State Department of Ecology
  5. Set Date and Location for Next Meeting
  6. Public Input

Procedural

This meeting is open to the public. At the discretion of the Chair, members of the public may present oral presentations during the June 17-18 meeting. Persons wishing to make oral presentations should notify George Bluhm no later than June 12, 1998. If a person submitting material would like a copy distributed to each member of the committee in advance of the meeting, that person should submit 25 copies to George Bluhm no later than June 12, 1998.

Information on Services for Individuals With Disabilities

For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact George Bluhm as soon as possible.

Notice modified on 5/18/98