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Federal Register Highlights – 4/12/13

April 12, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for April 12, 2013:

RULE: The Coast Guard is removing the existing drawbridge operation regulation for the drawbridges across Green River, mile 79.6, Small-house, KY and Black River, mile 41.0, Jonesboro, LA. The Green River bridge was removed in 2008 and the Black River bridge was replaced with a fixed bridge in 2008 and the operating regulations are no longer applicable or necessary. This rule is effective April 12, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes to establish special local regulations during the ‘‘Annual Leonardtown Wharf Boat Races,’’ a marine event to be held on the waters of Breton Bay on July 13, 2013, and July 14, 2013. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to temporarily restrict vessel traffic in a portion of Breton Bay during the event. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before May 13, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to amend the regulations promulgated as part of the National Recycling and Emission Reduction Program under section 608 of the Clean Air Act. EPA is proposing to exempt from the prohibition under section 608 on venting, release and disposal certain refrigerant substitutes listed as acceptable or acceptable subject to use conditions in regulations promulgated as part of EPA’s Significant New Alternative Policy Program under section 612 of the Act on the basis of current evidence that their venting, release and disposal does not pose a threat to the environment. Written comments on this proposed rule must be received by the EPA Docket on or before on June 11, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EPA–HQ–OAR–2012–0580.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Communications Commission proposes a range of approaches to ensure that providers of 9–1–1 communications services implement best practices and other sound engineering principles to improve the reliability and resiliency of the Nation’s 9–1–1 networks. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking also proposes amendments to the Commission’s current rules to clarify and add specificity to service providers’ obligations to notify 9–1–1 call centers of communications outages. This action follows an inquiry by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau into widespread 9–1–1 service outages during the ‘‘derecho’’ windstorm that affected large portions of the United States in June 2012, revealing significant vulnerabilities in current 9–1–1 network configuration and service provider maintenance practices. The Commission requests comment on these proposals to improve the reliability and resiliency of 9–1–1 networks and ensure that 9–1–1 call centers receive timely and actionable notification of service outages. Submit comments on or before May 13, 2013 and reply comments by May 28, 2013. (To submit comments, visit the Federal Communications Commission’s Web site: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Communications Commission proposes to adopt rules requiring facilities-based originating long distance providers to record and retain data on call completion rates to rural areas, and to report this data to the Commission on a quarterly basis. We propose to reduce or eliminate a provider’s retention and reporting obligations if that provider certifies that it qualifies for one of two proposed safe harbor provisions. We also propose to prohibit both originating and intermediate providers from causing audible ringing to be sent to the caller before the terminating provider has signaled that the called party is being alerted. These changes will allow the Commission to more effectively determine the causes of call completion problems to rural areas and take action to cure them, and will also prevent consumer confusion caused by the injection of false ringtones before the called party has been alerted. Submit comments on or before May 13, 2013. Submit reply comments on or before May 28, 2013. (To submit comments, visit the Federal Communications Commission’s Web site: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.)

PROPOSED RULE: This rule proposes to increase the fee from $55 per person per hour to $65 per person per hour for process served or executed personally by a United States Marshals Service employee, agent, or contractor. This proposed fee increase reflects the current costs to the United States Marshals Service for service of process in federal court proceedings. Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted on or before June 11, 2013. (To submit comment, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number USMS 110.)

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS has received a request from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), on behalf of the City of Seattle (City), for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to construction associated with the replacement of the Elliott Bay Seawall in Seattle, Washington, for the period September 2013 to September 2018. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take and requests information, suggestions, and comments on these proposed regulations. Comments and information must be received no later than May 13, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0648–BC69.)

PROPOSED RULE: Rural Development, a mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proposing grant and guaranteed loan programs for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement projects as provided in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. The proposed rule will revise the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) found in 7 CFR part 4280, subpart B. Comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before June 11, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0570–AA76.)

 

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