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Federal Register Highlights – 7/31/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway extending from Mile Marker 49.0 to Mile Marker 50.0, bank to bank, West of Harvey Locks, Terrebone Parish, LA. This Safety Zone is needed to protect the general public, vessels, and tows from destruction, loss or injury due to repairs of the Bayou Blue Pontoon Bridge and associated hazards. This rule is effective without actual notice from July 31, 2014 until August 10, 2014. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from June 23, 2014, until July 31, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add chemical-specific and default global warming potentials (GWPs) for a number of fluorinated greenhouse gases (GHGs) and fluorinated heat transfer fluids (HTFs) to the general provisions of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. Currently, these fluorinated GHGs and HTFs are not assigned GWPs under the rule. The proposed changes would increase the completeness and accuracy of the carbon dioxide (CO2)-equivalent emissions calculated and reported by suppliers and emitters of fluorinated GHGs and HTFs. In addition, the EPA is proposing conforming changes to the provisions for the Electronics Manufacturing and Fluorinated Gas Production source categories. Comments must be received on or before September 2, 2014, unless a hearing is requested. If a hearing is requested, comments must be received on or before September 15, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EPA–HQ–OAR–2009–0927. Commenting page not available at the time of this posting.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL–600–2B16 (CL–604 Variant) airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual to incorporate temporary revisions that introduce additional limitations for operation of taxi and landing lights. This AD was prompted by a determination that there is a potential for fuel leakage from auxiliary power unit (APU) boost pump component installations in the right-hand landing lights compartment. We are issuing this AD to advise the flightcrew of the limitations for taxi lights and landing lights to prevent heat generated by the taxi lights and landing lights on the ground reaching the auto-ignition temperature of the fuel, which could potentially ignite any fuel or fumes present in the right-hand landing lights compartment. This AD becomes effective July 31, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (hereinafter the ‘‘2008 Farm Bill’’), provides that the Secretary of Agriculture may provide, free of charge, to federally recognized Indian tribes (Indian tribes) trees, portions of trees, or forest products from National Forest System lands for noncommercial traditional and cultural purposes. The proposed rule is needed to implement section 8105 of the 2008 Farm Bill. Pending rulemaking, the Forest Service issued an Interim Directive providing short-term direction for tribal requests for forest products for traditional and cultural purposes. Comments must be received in writing by September 29, 2014.  (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0596–AD00. Commenting page not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to amend its civil penalty regulation to simplify the criteria, which will promote consistency, objectivity, and efficiency in the proposed assessment of civil penalties and facilitate the resolution of enforcement issues. The proposal would place a greater emphasis on the more serious safety and health conditions and provide improved safety and health for miners. MSHA is also proposing alternatives that would address the scope and applicability of its civil penalty regulation. All comments must be received or postmarked by midnight Eastern Daylight Saving Time on September 29, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number MSHA–2014–0009. Commenting page not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: This document proposes fees for Fiscal Year 2015 and until further notice relating to the registration of importers and the importation of motor vehicles not certified as conforming to the Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS). These fees are needed to maintain the registered importer (RI) program. You should submit your comments early enough to ensure that Docket Management receives them not later than September 2, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NHTSA–2014–0052. Commenting page not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of the Treasury proposes regulations for the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). The proposed regulations concern amounts available to eligible Louisiana parishes from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, a fund established in the Treasury of the United States by the RESTORE Act. Treasury published other proposed regulations for the RESTORE Act on September 6, 2013. Comment due date: September 2, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 1505–AC49. Commenting page not available at time of this posting.)

Federal Register Highlights – 7/30/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 30, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone on Sister Bay in Sister Bay, WI for the Sister Bay Marinafest Ski Show. This zone will be enforced from 1 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. on August 30, 2014. This action is necessary and intended to ensure the safety of life on navigable waters during the ski show. During the aforementioned period, the Coast Guard will enforce restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in the safety zone. No person or vessel may enter the safety zone while it is being enforced without permission of the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.929 will be enforced for safety zone (f)(14), Table 165.929, from 1 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. on August 30, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone on Green Bay in Sister Bay, WI for the Sister Bay Marinafest Fireworks. This zone will be enforced from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on August 30, 2014. This action is necessary and intended to ensure the safety of life on navigable waters during a fireworks display. During the aforementioned periods, the Coast Guard will enforce restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in the safety zone. No person or vessel may enter the safety zone while it is being enforced without permission of the Captain of the Port, Lake Michigan. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.929 will be enforced for safety zone (f)(15), Table 165.929, from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on August 30, 2014.

CORRECTION: On July 25, 2014, the Coast Guard published in the Federal Register (79 FR 43257) a notice of enforcement for the Seattle’s Seafair Fleet Week Moving Vessels security zones. In the Notice of Enforcement, the Coast Guard identified three participating vessels that are designated as part of the security zone. One of those vessels was the HMCS YELLOWKNIFE (NCSM 706). After the Notice of Enforcement was published, the Coast Guard was informed by the Canadian government that the HMCS EDMONTON (NCSM 703) will be participating in the Seattle Seafair Fleet Week event and not the HMCS YELLOWKNIFE. This document corrects that error. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.1333 will be enforced from 12 p.m. on July 29, 2014 through 6 p.m. on August 4, 2014, unless canceled sooner by the Captain of the Port, Puget Sound or his designated representative.

TEMPORARY RULE: Beginning August 5, 2014, the northern red hake possession limit is reduced to the incidental possession limit for the remainder of the 2014 fishing year. Effective at 0001 hr local time, August 5, 2014, through 2400 hr local time April 30, 2015.

Federal Register Highlights – 7/29/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 29, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: We are proposing to amend the regulations concerning the importation of citrus fruit to allow the importation of commercial consignments of two Unshu orange hybrids from the Republic of Korea into the continental United States. These hybrids would be eligible for importation into the continental United States subject to the existing conditions for the importation of Unshu oranges from the Republic of Korea. We would also make one minor change to the existing regulations by adding an explicit statement that only commercial consignments of Unshu oranges would be eligible for importation into the continental United States. The proposed changes would remove the prohibition on the importation of Unshu orange hybrids that can safely enter the United States, provided that certain conditions are met, and would codify an existing requirement. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before September 29, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: We are proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of animals and animal products to define a low-risk classical swine fever region in Mexico from which we would allow the importation of fresh pork and pork products under certain conditions. Under this proposed rule, such pork and pork products would have to be derived from swine raised on farms meeting stringent sanitary and biosecurity requirements. We would also provide safeguards against commingling of the swine and the pork and pork products with animals and products that do not meet our proposed requirements. Establishments that slaughter the swine from which the pork or pork products are derived would have to allow periodic inspection and evaluation of their facilities, records, and operations by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This proposed rule would relieve some restrictions on the importation of pork and pork products from Mexico while continuing to protect against the introduction of classical swine fever into the United States. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before September 29, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Royal Park and Southern Boulevard Bridges, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1022.6 and mile 1024.7, West Palm Beach, FL. These temporary operating schedules have been implemented in an effort to assist with the flow of vehicular traffic due to the Flagler Memorial Bridge being left in the open to navigation position. This deviation is effective without actual notice from July 29, 2014 through 8 a.m. on October 31, 2014. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from 6 a.m. on May 16, 2014, until July 29, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Amtrak Pelham Bay Bridge across the Hutchinson River, mile 0.5, at Bronx, New York. The deviation is necessary for installation of new bearing bushings at the bridge. This temporary deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed position for two six-day closure periods to perform scheduled maintenance. This deviation is effective from 10 p.m. on October 10, 2014 through 7 a.m. on October 30, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the University Bridge, mile 4.3, across Lake Washington Ship Canal at Seattle, WA. The deviation is necessary to allow King County Metro Transit to perform essential maintenance on the University Bridge. This deviation allows one half (leaf) of the bridge to remain in the closed position and need not open to marine traffic. This deviation is effective from 11 p.m. on August 1, 2014, to 6 a.m. on August 2, 2014, and from 11 p.m. on August 15, 2014, to 6 a.m. on August 16, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Southern Railroad Drawbridge across the Tennessee River, mile 304.4, at Decatur, Alabama. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner time to replace and adjust the down haul operating ropes that are essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position and not open to vessel traffic. This deviation is effective from 8 a.m., August 12, 2014 to 10 p.m., August 14, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone encompassing certain waters of the Patapsco River. This safety zone is necessary to protect the public and vessels on navigable waters during a fireworks display launched from a barge located adjacent to the East Channel of Northwest Harbor at Baltimore, MD on August 5, 2014. This rule is effective and will be enforced from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on August 5, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard will enforce the annual Seafair Air Show safety zone on Lake Washington, Seattle, WA from 8 a.m. on August 1, 2014 to 4 p.m. on August 3, 2014. This action is necessary to ensure the safety of the public from inherent dangers associated with these annual aerial displays. During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter or transit this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.1319 will be enforced from 8 a.m. on August 1, 2014 through 4 p.m. on August 3, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is amending the permanent special local regulations for the Suncoast Offshore Challenge and the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix in the Gulf of Mexico near Sarasota, Florida. Reflected in the existing permanent special local regulations, these two races have nearly identical course and time characteristics, however, one event used to be held annually on the first Saturday of July and the other event is held annually on the first Sunday of July. The sponsor has decided to combine the events into a single day, reduce the length of the racecourse, and modify the time of the event. Due to recent shoaling north of New Pass, it is necessary to amend the existing language to close New Pass and open Big Sarasota Pass to traffic. The changes are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This rule is effective August 28, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is proposing to amend the filing requirements for natural gas pipeline system maps. Under current regulations, natural gas pipelines must include a system map as part of their tariff on file with the Commission, and file an updated map by the following April for any year that there is a major change in the pipeline’s system. Additionally, this map must be posted on the pipeline’s own Web site. In order to reduce regulatory burden on these pipelines, the Commission proposes to eliminate the requirement to file a map as part of the tariff, leaving only the requirement to maintain a map on the pipeline’s own Web site. Furthermore, in order to promote transparency, the Commission proposes to change the deadline for updating system maps. Currently, if a pipeline experiences a major change that renders its existing map obsolete, it must make a tariff filing no later than April 30 of the subsequent calendar year. The Commission proposes a quarterly deadline for updating pipeline maps. Comments are due September 29, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed rule that would expand eligibility for enrollment under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program to certain temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees who are identified as full-time employees. This regulation would make FEHB coverage available to these newly eligible employees no later than January 2015. OPM must receive comments on or before August 28, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

Federal Register Highlights – 7/28/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 28, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland, OH. This temporary safety zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the Cuyahoga River during the installation operation for the new Columbus Road Bridge spanning the Cuyahoga River. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect mariners and vessels and construction crews from the navigational hazards associated with blocking the river for the large scale heavy lift of the bridge structure and securing it to the towers on either side of the river. This rule is effective from 6 a.m. July 28, 2014 to 6 a.m. August 1, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone for the Marine Week Seattle Seahawks Demonstration area on Lake Washington, Seattle, WA. This event will occur on July 30, 2014 and July 31, 2014. This action is necessary to protect participants and the maritime public from the safety hazards associated with this event, which involves low flying aircraft, combat equipment, and other on-water displays, and will do so by prohibiting any person or vessel from entering or remaining in the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) or a Designated Representative. This rule is effective from July 30, 2014 through July 31, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: This rule updates established policy, assigned responsibilities, and procedures for informing Service members and individuals who apply for uniformed service of their civilian employment and reemployment rights, benefits, and obligations. The purpose of this regulatory action is to support the non-career uniformed service by taking appropriate actions to inform and assist uniformed Service members and former Service members and individuals who apply for uniformed service of their rights, benefits, and obligations under Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Comments must be received by September 26, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A310–304, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of insufficient clearance between the fuel quantity indicator (FQI) probes and the adjacent structure and metallic components in the wing fuel tanks. This AD requires a one-time detailed visual inspection for sufficient clearance between FQI probes on both the left-hand side and right-hand side of the trim horizontal stabilizer and the adjacent structure and metallic components in the fuel tanks, and modification if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct insufficient clearance, which could lead to electrical arcing in a fuel tank during a lightning strike, which could result in ignition and consequent fire or explosion in the fuel tank. This AD becomes effective September 2, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8–102, –103, –106, –201, –202, –301, –311, and –315 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of a fractured wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint bolt. This AD requires a torque check of all wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint bolts, and repair or replacement if necessary. For certain airplanes, this AD also requires a detailed inspection for corrosion, damage, and wear of each wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint bolt and associated hardware, and replacement if necessary; and a borescope inspection for corrosion and damage of the bore hole and barrel nut threads, and repair or replacement if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fractured strut attachment joint bolts, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint and subsequent loss of the wing. This AD becomes effective September 2, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a crew alerting system message caused by an inversion of the wiring in the slats control manifold (SCM). This AD requires an operational test of the SCM, and replacing the affected SCM with a serviceable SCM if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct inversion of the wiring in the SCM, which could lead to a commanded retraction of the median and outboard slats in flight, and result in reduced controllability of the airplane. This AD becomes effective September 2, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Services B.V. Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that the bracket of the rod in the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) main landing gear (MLG) outboard door had detached. In addition, we received reports of broken recessed heads on titanium attachment bolts of the operating rod brackets on the modified CFRP MLG outboard doors. This AD requires a detailed inspection of the CFRP MLG outboard door for play or cracks in the recessed countersunk heads of the operating rod bracket attachment bolts; replacement of the bolt if necessary; and, for certain airplanes, modification of the CFRP MLG outboard doors and attachment to the MLG. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct the affected MLG from moving to the down and locked position, which could result in MLG collapse during landing or roll-out, and consequent damage to the airplane and injury to passengers. This AD becomes effective September 2, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747–100B SUD, 747–200B, 747–300, 747–400, and 747–400D series airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicating that the upper deck tension ties are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking in the upper deck tension ties, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary; tension tie replacement; and post-replacement repetitive inspections for cracking in the upper deck tension ties, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the upper deck tension ties. Severed or disconnected tension ties at multiple locations could result in rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane. This AD is effective September 2, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: In response to Congress’ mandate in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), FRA is proposing to expand the scope of its alcohol and drug regulations to cover employees who perform maintenance-of-way (MOW) activities. In addition, FRA is proposing certain substantive amendments that either respond to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations or update and clarify the alcohol and drug regulations based on a retrospective regulatory review (RRR) analysis. Submit comments on or before September 26, 2014. (This proposal is not open for commenting on regulations.gov. To submit comments, write to: Docket Management Facility, U.S. DOT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, or send comments via fax to 202–493–2251, reference RIN 2130–AC10 or docket number FRA–2009–0039.)

PROPOSED RULE: This document contains proposed regulations that provide a simplified method of accounting for gains and losses on shares in money market funds (MMFs) that distribute, redeem, and repurchase their shares at prices that reflect market-based valuation of the MMFs’ portfolios and more precise rounding than has been required previously (floating net asset value MMFs, or floating-NAV MMFs). The proposed regulations also provide guidance regarding information reporting requirements for shares in MMFs. The proposed regulations respond to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules that change how certain MMF shares are priced. The proposed regulations affect floating- NAV MMFs and their shareholders. This document also contains requests for comments and provides notice of a public hearing on these proposed regulations. Written or electronic comments must be received by October 27, 2014. Outlines of topics to be discussed at the public hearing scheduled for November 19, 2014, must be received by October 27, 2014. To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

 

Federal Register Highlights – 7/25/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 25, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (State Route 520) across Lake Washington at Seattle, WA. This deviation is necessary to accommodate the Seafair Air Show practice and event. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed position to help minimize traffic congestion during the event. This deviation is effective from 9:45 a.m. on July 31, 2014 to 2:40 p.m. August 3, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is revising the current regulated navigation area (RNA) for the navigable waters of the Hudson River surrounding the Tappan Zee Bridge. First, the Coast Guard is establishing a new safety zone surrounding commercial mooring buoys installed for the ongoing Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. The safety zone will prohibit all vessel traffic that could pose an imminent hazard to persons and vessels that will be transiting to and from the bridge site and maneuvering in close quarters between other construction vessels and large mooring buoys. Second, the Coast Guard is expanding the size of the current RNA and designating two areas within the RNA, the Eastern RNA and the Western RNA, based upon their respective locations in relation to the new safety zone. This rule is necessary to provide for the safety of life in the RNA and safety zone during the construction of the New NY Bridge and demolition of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge. This rule is effective without actual notice from July 25, 2014 until December 31, 2018.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard announces that the Fleet Week Maritime Festival’s Pier 66 Safety Zone in Elliott Bay, WA will be in effect from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on July 30, 2014. In addition to enforcing the safety zone during the parade of ships and aerial demonstration, the safety zone will only be enforced thirty minutes prior and thirty minutes following the conclusion of the parade of ships and aerial demonstration. This action is necessary to promote safety on navigable waters. During the enforcement period, entry into, transit through, mooring, or anchoring within this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Puget Sound or his designated representative. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.1330 will be in effect from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on July 30, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard will enforce Seattle’s Seafair Fleet Week Moving Vessels Security Zones from 12:00 p.m. on July 29, 2014 through 6:00 p.m. on August 4, 2014. These security zones are necessary to help ensure the security of the vessels from sabotage or other subversive acts during Seafair Fleet Week Parade of Ships. The designated participating vessels are the HMCS BRANDON (NCSM 710), the HMCS YELLOWKNIFE (NCSM 706), and the USCGC MELLON (WHEC 717). During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter or remain in the security zones without the permission of the Captain of the Port, Puget Sound or his designated representative. The COTP has granted general permission for vessels to enter the outer 400 yards of the security zones as long as those vessels within the outer 400 yards of the security zones operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain course unless required to maintain speed by the navigation rules. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.1333 will be enforced from 12:00 p.m. on July 29, 2014 through 6:00 p.m. on August 4, 2014, unless canceled sooner by the Captain of the Port, Puget Sound or his designated representative.

PROPOSED RULE: This document proposes to establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of various fragrance component substances (when used as inert ingredients) in antimicrobial pesticide formulations for use on food contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy processing equipment, and food processing equipment and utensils. Comments must be received on or before September 23, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Farm Credit Administration (FCA, Agency, us, our, or we) proposes to amend our regulations governing the eligibility of investments held by Farm Credit banks. We propose to strengthen these regulations by reinforcing that only high quality investments may be purchased and held. We also propose to revise these regulations to comply with section 939A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act or DFA) by removing references to and requirements relating to credit ratings and substituting other appropriate standards of creditworthiness. The FCA also proposes to revise its regulatory approach to Farm Credit System (System) association investments in order to limit the type and amount of investments that an association may hold. The proposed rule also addresses investment and risk management practices at associations and funding bank supervision of association investments. You may send us comments by October 23, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) is proposing to amend its regulations governing market-based rates for public utilities pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA). The Commission is proposing to revise its current standards for market-based rates for sales of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services to streamline certain aspects of its filing requirements to reduce the administrative burden on applicants and the Commission. The Commission seeks comment on the proposed revisions. In addition, the Commission provides some clarification regarding the standards for obtaining and retaining market-based rate authority. Comments are due September 23, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is proposing to revise the U.S. Standards for Barley (barley standards) under the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA) by revising the Definitions of Other Terms to remove Blue Malting barley and the reference to kernels with white aleurone layers. Further GIPSA will revise the standards to add the factors injured-by-mold and mold-damaged kernels. The proposal also recommends revisions to the grade and grade requirements for Two-rowed Malting Barley, Six-rowed Malting barley, and Six-rowed Blue Malting barley. These proposed changes will help to facilitate the marketing of barley. Comments must be received on or before September 23, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is closing the fisheries for commercial blacknose sharks and non-blacknose SCS in the Atlantic region. This action is necessary because the commercial landings of Atlantic blacknose sharks for the 2014 fishing season has exceeded 80 percent of the available commercial quota as of July 22, 2014. The commercial fisheries for blacknose sharks and Atlantic non-blacknose SCSs in the Atlantic region are closed effective 11:30 p.m. local time July 28, 2014 until the end of the 2014 fishing season on December 31, 2014, or until and if NMFS announces via a notice in the Federal Register that additional quota is available and the season is reopened.

TEMPORARY RULE: We, NMFS, are immediately closing the Pacific loggerhead conservation area, prohibiting fishing with large mesh drift gillnet (DGN) gear (>14 in mesh) off the coast of southern California east of 120° West meridian through August 31, 2014. This prohibition is based on the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries’ (AA) determination that El Nin˜o conditions are occurring off the coast of southern California. This action protects Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), specifically the endangered North Pacific Ocean Distinct Population Segment. Large mesh DGN fishing vessels must cease fishing east of 120° west on publication of this document. Effective 12:01 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) July 23, 2014 through 11:59 p.m., August 31, 2014.

Federal Register Highlights – 7/24/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 24, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone on Lake Michigan in New Buffalo, MI for the New Buffalo Ship and Shore Fireworks display. This zone will be enforced from 9:30 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. on August 9, 2014. This action is necessary and intended to ensure the safety of life on navigable waters during a fireworks display. During the aforementioned period, the Coast Guard will enforce restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in the safety zone. No person or vessel may enter the safety zone while it is being enforced without permission of the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.929 will be enforced for safety zone (f)(13) in Table 165.929, from 9:30 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. on August 9, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone on Lake Michigan within Milwaukee Harbor, Wisconsin for the 2014 Olympic and Sprint Distance National Championships at specified times from August 8 to August 10, 2014. This action is necessary and intended to ensure safety of life on the navigable waters of the United States during the Olympic and Sprint Distance National Championships. During the aforementioned period, the Coast Guard will enforce restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in the safety zone. No person or vessel may enter the safety zone while it is being enforced without permission of the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.T09–0140 will be enforced on August 8, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; August 9, 2014, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and August 10, 2014, from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

PROPOSED RULE: The tire identification number (TIN), which must appear on virtually all new and retreaded motor vehicle tires sold in the United States, plays an important role in identifying which tires are subject to recall and remedy campaigns for safety defects and noncompliances. This document proposes two amendments to the TIN. First, because NHTSA is running out of two-symbol codes to identify new tire plants, NHTSA is proposing to expand the first portion of the TIN, known as the manufacturer identifier, from two symbols to three for manufacturers of new tires. This amendment would substantially increase the number of unique combinations of characters that can be used to identify individual manufacturers of new tires. Second, NHTSA is proposing to standardize the length of the tire identification number to eliminate confusion that could arise from the variable length of tire identification numbers. This NPRM would standardize the length of the TIN at 13 symbols for new tires and 7 symbols for retreaded tires, making it easier to identify a TIN from which a symbol is missing. Submit comments on or before August 25, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is reapportioning the seasonal apportionments of the 2014 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits for the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories in the Gulf of Alaska. This action is necessary to account for the actual halibut PSC use by the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories from May 15 through June 30, 2014. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 21, 2014, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes to modify the subsistence harvest regulations for the Eastern Pacific stock of northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) based on a petition from the Pribilof Island Aleut Community of St. George Island, Traditional Council (Council). NMFS worked with the Council to develop this proposed rule, which would authorize Pribilovians of St. George Island to harvest up to 150 male young of the year fur seals annually during a new autumn harvest season from all breeding and hauling grounds, consistent with traditional practices, to meet the community’s nutritional and cultural needs. Harvests of sub-adult male fur seals would continue during the summer season, as allowed under existing regulations. The total number of fur seals harvested annually would remain within the range of 300–500 male animals that has been in place since 1997. Harvests would be coordinated between NMFS and the Council under an existing co-management agreement. Written comments must be received by August 25, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

 

Federal Register Highlights – 7/23/14

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 23, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: The Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ‘‘substantially the same as’’ applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for sling carriers in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA. Submit comments by October 6, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of an electrical arc and a hydraulic haze in the wheel bay of the left-hand main landing gear (MLG), possibly resulting from chafing between a hydraulic high pressure hose and electrical wiring of the green electrical motor pump (EMP). This AD requires modification of the electrical routing and replacement of the union elbows. We are issuing this AD to prevent chafing of hydraulic pressure hoses and electrical wiring of the green EMPs, which, in combination with a system failure, could cause an uncontrolled and undetected fire in the MLG bay. This AD becomes effective August 27, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A320–111, –211, –212, and –231 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of broken struts of the center wing box (CWB). This AD requires a detailed inspection of the CWB struts for cracking, and repair if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracked or broken struts, which could result in strut failure and consequent reduced structural integrity of the airplane. This AD is effective August 27, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318–111 and –112 airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, and –115 airplanes; Model A320–111, –211, –212, and –214 airplanes; and Model A321–111, –112, –211, –212, and –213 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of broken aft engine mount retainers. This AD requires inspecting the aft engine mount retainers for surface finish, and for cracks and failure, and replacement if necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of retainer brackets of the aft engine mount and consequent loss of the locking feature of the nuts of the inner and outer pins; loss of the pins will result in the aft mount engine link no longer being secured to the aft engine mount. This AD becomes effective August 27, 2014.

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013–24–14 for Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models DA40 and DA40F airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as the fatigue strength found in the aft main spar not ensuring unlimited lifetime structural integrity. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective August 27, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for GROB–WERKE GMBH & CO KG Models G102 STANDARD ASTIR III, G102 CLUB ASTIR III, and G102 CLUB ASTIR IIIb gliders and BURKHART GROB LUFT—UND RAUMFAHRT GmbH & CO KG Models G103 TWIN II, G103A TWIN II ACRO, G103C TWIN III ACRO, and G 103 C Twin III SL gliders. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as plastic control cable pulleys developing cracks due to aging. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective August 27, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for M7 Aerospace LLC Models SA227–AT, SA227–AC, SA227–BC, SA227–CC, and SA227–DC airplanes equipped with a bayonet shear pin main cabin door latching mechanism. This AD was prompted by fatigue cracks found in the internal door surround doubler, the fuselage external skin, and the door corner fittings at the fuselage upper forward corner of the main cabin door cutout. This AD requires repetitively inspecting the four corners of the main cabin door cutout for cracks, making necessary repairs, and reporting inspection results to M7 Aerospace LLC. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective August 27, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain serial number Pratt & Whitney Canada Corporation (P&WC) model PW150A turboprop engines. This AD requires rerouting of the igniter cables and installation of new support brackets. This AD was prompted by reports of damage to a high-pressure fuel line, which could result in a high-pressure fuel leak into the engine nacelle. We are issuing this AD to prevent high-pressure fuel leaks, which could cause engine fire and damage to the engine and the airplane. This AD becomes effective August 27, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The FDIC is proposing: To revise the ratios and ratio thresholds for capital evaluations used in its risk-based deposit insurance assessment system to conform to the prompt corrective action capital ratios and ratio thresholds adopted by the FDIC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; to revise the assessment base calculation for custodial banks to conform to the asset risk weights adopted by the FDIC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; and to require all highly complex institutions to measure counterparty exposure for deposit insurance assessment purposes using the Basel III standardized approach credit equivalent amount for derivatives and the Basel III standardized approach exposure amount for other securities financing transactions, such as repo-style transactions, margin loans and similar transactions, as adopted by the Federal banking agencies. These changes are intended to accommodate recent changes to the Federal banking agencies’ capital rules that are referenced in portions of the assessments regulation. Comments must be received on or before September 22, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: Pursuant to the section regarding Electric Reliability of the Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) proposes to approve Reliability Standard CIP–014–1 (Physical Security). The North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the Commission-certified Electric Reliability Organization, submitted the proposed Reliability Standard for Commission approval in response to a Commission order issued on March 7, 2014. The purpose of proposed Reliability Standard CIP–014–1 is to enhance physical security measures for the most critical Bulk-Power System facilities and thereby lessen the overall vulnerability of the Bulk-Power System against physical attacks. The Commission proposes to approve Reliability Standard CIP–014–1. In addition, the Commission proposes to direct NERC to develop two modifications to the physical security Reliability Standard and seeks comment on other issues. Comments are due September 8, 2014. Reply comments are due September 22, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: This action increases the trip limit for Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder for Northeast multispecies common pool vessels for the remainder of the 2014 fishing year and closes the Gulf of Maine Cod Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area for the remainder of Trimester 1, through August 31, 2014. Increasing the trip limit is intended to provide additional fishing opportunities and help allow the common pool fishery to catch its allowable quota for this stock. The closure is required because the common pool fishery has caught more than 90 percent of its Trimester 1 quota for Gulf of Maine cod. This closure is intended to prevent the overharvest of the common pool’s allocation this stock. The trip limit increase is effective July 23, 2014, through April 30, 2015. The Gulf of Maine Cod Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area closure is effective July 23, 2014, through August 31, 2014.

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