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Federal Register Highlights – 2/20/13

February 20, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for February 20, 2013:

RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a new anchorage area on the Lower Mississippi River, Above the Head of Passes (AHP), located at the Belmont Light extending from Mile Marker (MM) 152.9 to 154 on the Left Descending Bank (LDB) of the river. The anchorage will double the available anchorage areas in this section of the river, which is necessary to help accommodate increased vessel volume and improve navigational safety for vessels transiting this river section. As discussed below, the Coast Guard decided not to establish a second anchorage at Bayou Goula, as had been proposed. This rule is effective March 22, 2013.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Chelsea Street Bridge across the Chelsea River, mile 1.2, between Chelsea and East Boston, Massachusetts. The vertical lift needs to be adjusted to correct an out of skew condition. This deviation requires the bridge to remain closed for four hours. This deviation is effective from 8 p.m. until midnight on February 21,
2013.

PROPOSED RULE: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition requesting that the Agency amend the standard of identity for milk and 17 other dairy products to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient. FDA is issuing this notice to request comments, data, and information about the issues presented in the petition. Submit either written or electronic comments by May 21, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FDA–2009–P–0147.)

PROPOSED RULE: The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) proposes to amend its minimum internal control standards for Class II gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to add standards for the drop and count and surveillance of kiosks. Submit comments on or before April 22, 2013. (To submit comments, email reg.review@nigc.gov.)

PROPOSED RULE:  On September 21, 2012, the National Indian Gaming Commission (‘‘NIGC’’) published a final rule amending its technical standards for Class II gaming systems and equipment, and the rule became effective on October 22, 2012. This document proposes an amendment to the regulatory text of the final rule to harmonize the charitable gaming exemptions in the Technical Standards and the Class II Minimum Internal Control Standards of NIGC regulations. Submit comments on or before April 8, 2013. (To submit comments, email reg.review@nigc.gov.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS closes the General category fishery for large medium and giant Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) until the General category reopens on June 1, 2013. This action is being taken to prevent overharvest of the General category January BFT subquota. Effective 11:30 p.m., local time, February 15, through May 31, 2013.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels (CVs) using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2013 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to CVs using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 14, 2013, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., September 1, 2013.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2013 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 14, 2013, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., March 10, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Kentucky regulatory program (‘‘the Kentucky program’’) for surface coal mining and reclamation operations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Kentucky has revised its bonding regulations to satisfy, in part, the concerns included in a letter from OSM dated May 1, 2012, regarding bonding inadequacies. On May 4, 2012, Kentucky adopted the revisions as emergency regulations to avoid possible loss of its authority to enforce the part of the Kentucky program that pertains to establishment of reclamation bond amounts. Also on May 4, 2012, identical proposed revisions started the normal review process in Kentucky for changes to administrative regulations. On September 28, 2012, the Department for Natural Resources (DNR), which is a part of Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), submitted to OSM the administrative bonding regulations as proposed amendments to its approved permanent regulatory program. We will accept electronic or written comments on the proposed rules until 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time March 22, 2013. If requested, we will hold a public hearing on March 18, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number OSM–2012–0014).

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