[Federal Register: March 12, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 48)]
[Notices]               
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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Business-Cooperative Service

 
Biorefinery Assistance Program

AGENCY: Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), (USDA).

ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA); new application window.

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SUMMARY: RBS is announcing a new application window to submit 
application for the Biorefinery Assistance Program under criteria 
established in the prior NOFA, which was published in this publication 
on November 20, 2008 (73 FR 70544). All loan guarantees will be made 
based upon the terms and conditions illustrated in the prior NOFA, 
which made available $75 million in budget authority. Not all of this 
budget authority has been awarded by the Agency. Therefore, the Agency 
is requesting additional applications in order to award the remaining 
Fiscal Year 2009 budget authority. There will only be one application 
window under this notice.

DATES: Applications for participating in this program must be received 
by June 1, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on this 
payment program, please contact USDA, Rural Development-Energy 
Division, Program Branch, Attention: Repowering Assistance Program, 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 3225, Washington, DC 20250-3225. 
Telephone: 202-720-1400.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 20, 2008, RBS published a Notice 
of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Solicitation of Applications in the 
Federal Register announcing general policy and application procedures 
for the Biorefinery Assistance Program. This Notice is for a one-time 
application window for remaining FY 2009 funds. An application guide 
for this program is available to assist in developing applications (see 
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/busp/baplg9003.htm).

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), the paperwork 
burden associated with this Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) has 
been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB 
Control Number 0570-0055.
    The PRA burden associated with the original Notice, published on 
November 20, 2008, was approved by OMB, with an opportunity to comment 
on the burden associated with the program. Since the publication of the 
original Notice, the Agency has not received a sufficient number of 
qualified applications to allocate all of the FY 2009 authorized funds. 
Therefore, the Agency is opening a new application window to accept 
additional applications for the remaining FY 2009 funds for this 
program.
    Biorefineries seeking funding under this program have to submit 
applications that include specified information, certifications, and 
agreements. All of the forms, information, certifications, and 
agreements required to apply for this program under this Notice have 
been authorized under OMB Control Number 0570-0055. Applications and 
accompanying materials required under this Notice will be covered under 
OMB Control Number 0570-0055.

Nondiscrimination Statement

    USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on 
the basis

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of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, 
sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual 
orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or 
because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any 
public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all 
programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, 
etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and 
TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, 
Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). 
``USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.''

     Dated: March 8, 2010.
Judith A. Canales,
Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-5372 Filed 3-11-10; 8:45 am]
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