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Federal Register Highlights – 3/12/13

March 12, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for March 12, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would amend the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations to change the labeling provisions for muscle cut covered commodities to provide consumers with more specific information, and amend the definition for ‘‘retailer’’ to include any person subject to be licensed as a retailer under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). The COOL regulations are issued pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1996. The Agency is issuing this rule to propose changes to the labeling provisions for muscle cut covered commodities to provide consumers with more specific information and is proposing other modifications to enhance the overall operation of the program. Comments must be submitted on or before April 11, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number AMS–LS–13–0004.)

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) proposes to update the supplemental definition of ‘‘strong sensitizer’’ under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). The proposed amendment clarifies or adds language to eliminate redundancy, remove certain subjective factors, incorporate new and anticipated technology, rank the criteria for classification of strong sensitizers in order of importance, define criteria for ‘‘severity of reaction,’’ and indicate that a weight-of-evidence approach will be used to determine the strength of the sensitizer. Written comments must be received by May 28, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number CPSC–2013–0010.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation-manufactured Model S–64F helicopters, now under the Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (Erickson) Model S–64F type certificate. This AD supersedes an existing AD which requires inspections, rework, and replacement, if necessary, of the main gearbox (MGB) second stage lower planetary plate (plate). Since we issued that AD, the manufacturer has conducted a configuration review and analysis, and a review of the service history of certain components. The actions of this AD are intended to establish life limits for certain components, remove various parts from service, and require consistency in the part numbers of certain four bladed tail rotor (T/R) assemblies to prevent fatigue cracking, failure from static overload, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. This AD is effective April 16, 2013.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS reduces the trip limit in the hook-and-line component of the commercial sector for king mackerel in the southern Florida west coast subzone to 500 lb (227 kg) of king mackerel per day in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit reduction is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource. This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 12, 2013, through June 30, 2013, unless changed by further notice in the Federal Register.

TEMPORARY RULE: On February 18, 2013, NMFS reduced the commercial trip limit for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from 4,000 lb (1,814 kg) to 300 lb (136 kg) per trip because NMFS projected that 75 percent of the fishing year quota would be met on that day. Recent information indicates, however, that 75 percent of the fishing year quota has not been reached at this time. Therefore, through this temporary rule, NMFS reinstates the 4,000-lb (1,814-kg) commercial trip limit for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic EEZ from March 13, 2013, through March 21, 2013, when NMFS projects that 75 percent of the fishing year quota would be met. On March 22, 2013, the commercial trip limit for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic EEZ will go back to 300 lb (136 kg). These trip limit adjustments are necessary to achieve optimum yield and better manage the South Atlantic golden tilefish resource. The 4,000-lb (1,814-kg) commercial trip limit for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic EEZ is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, March 13, 2013, until 12:01 a.m., local time, March 22, 2013. The 300-lb (136-kg) commercial trip limit for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic EEZ is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, March 22, 2013, through December 31, 2013, unless changed by subsequent notification in the Federal Register.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season apportionment of the 2013 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to trawl catcher vessels in the BSAI. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 11, 2013, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., April 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 B season allowance of the 2013 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 10, 2013, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., August 25, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: This rule proposes catch limits, commercial quotas, and possession limits for the spiny dogfish fishery for the 2013–2015 fishing years. The proposed action was developed by the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils pursuant to the fishery specification requirements of the Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan. The proposed management measures are supported by the best available scientific information and reflect recent increases in spiny dogfish biomass. The proposed action is expected to result in positive economic impacts for the spiny dogfish fishery while maintaining the conservation objectives of the Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan. Comments must be received on or before March 27, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NOAA–NMFS–2013–0044.)

 

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