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Federal Register Highlights – 3/7/13

March 9, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rule for March 7, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) revision of the small business size and small business status protest and appeal procedures to ensure that contracts set-aside for small businesses are awarded to eligible small business concerns. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before May 6, 2013 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference FAR Case 2012–014.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A310–204, –222, –304, –322, and –324 airplanes. This AD was prompted by the manufacturer re-classifying slat extension eccentric bolts as principle structural elements (PSE) with replacement due at or before newly calculated fatigue life limits. This AD requires replacing slat extension eccentric bolts and associated washers with new slat extension eccentric bolts and washers. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking, which could result in the loss of structural integrity of the airplane. This AD becomes effective April 11, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED Model BAe 146 and Avro 146–RJ series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that certain ceramic terminal blocks, through which the wiring for the engine fire extinguishers, fire detection circuits, and engine and intake anti-ice system are routed, have been found to have moisture ingress, which can degrade the insulation resistance of the ceramic terminal blocks. This AD requires a one-time insulation resistance test of ceramic terminal blocks, and if necessary, replacement of the blocks. We are issuing this AD to prevent latent failure of the number 2 fire bottle, which, in the event of an engine fire, could result in failure of the fire bottle to discharge when activated and possibly preventing the flightcrew from
extinguishing an engine fire. This AD becomes effective April 11, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 750 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of loss of displayed airspeed. This AD requires inspecting certain logic modules to determine if certain cabin altitude/pitot static heater module assemblies are installed and replacing those assemblies with a new assembly; and revising the Non-Normal Procedures Section of the airplane flight manual (AFM) to include procedures for resetting the pitot switch in the event of pitot heater failure and for total loss of airspeed indication. We are issuing this AD to prevent the loss of all displayed airspeed, which could result in reduced ability to control the airplane. This AD is effective April 11, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737–600, –700, –800, and –900ER series airplanes. This AD was prompted by incorrect wire support clamps installed within the left environmental control systems (ECS) bay, which could allow wiring to come in contact with the exposed metal of the improper clamp. This AD requires inspections to identify the part number of the wire support clamp, related investigative actions, and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent electrical arcing and a potential ignition source within the ECS bay, which in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a center wing fuel tank explosion, and consequent loss of the airplane. This AD is effective April 11, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: FEMA proposes to revise its Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) program regulations to lengthen the potential extension for the grantee’s submission of its grant application to FEMA from up to 3 months to up to 6 months. FEMA also proposes to lengthen the potential extension for a subgrantee to submit a project worksheet from up to 3 months to up to 6 months. These proposed deadline extensions provide increased flexibility to applicants who may benefit from additional time to prepare the documentation necessary to support a grant application and may reduce or eliminate financial losses due to delayed invoices by third parties that exceed the maximum 3-month deadline extension. In addition, FEMA proposes to exempt project worksheets claiming only administrative costs from the $1,000 minimum. FEMA also proposes to make additional minor administrative changes to its FMAG regulations to reflect current statutory and regulatory requirements and clarify grant application procedures. Comments must be submitted by May 6, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FEMA–2013–0004.)

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes regulations under authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (WCPFC Implementation Act) to implement limits on fishing effort by U.S. purse seine vessels in the U.S. exclusive economic zone and on the high seas, restrictions on the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs), and requirements for U.S. purse seine vessels to carry observers. This action is necessary for the United States to implement provisions of a conservation and management measure (CMM) adopted by the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC) and to satisfy the international obligations of the United States under the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention), to which it is a Contracting Party. Comments must be submitted in writing by April 8, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NOAA–NMFS–2013–0043.)

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. The proposed amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA–90), as amended, which requires the NRC to recover through fees approximately 90 percent of its budget authority in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, not including amounts appropriated for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing (WIR) and amounts appropriated for generic homeland security activities. The NRC is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) which is set to expire on March 27, 2013. Based on the FY 2013 budget submitted to the Congress, the NRC is proposing fees in this rulemaking based on the FY 2013 budget which is estimated to be $1,053.2 million. After accounting for billing adjustments, the total amount to be billed as fees is approximately $924.8 million. These fees are subject to change pending congressional action which may include sequestration, full-year CR or issuance of an FY 2013 appropriation which differs from the FY 2013 budget submitted to Congress which could result in higher or lower fees than those proposed in this rulemaking. Submit comments by April 8, 2013. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. Because OBRA–90 requires that the NRC collect the FY 2013 fees by September 30, 2013, requests for extension of the comment period will not be granted. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NRC–2012–0211.)

 

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