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Federal Register Highlights – 6/7/13

June 7, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for June 7, 2013:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) on the Illinois River. This Temporary Final Rule stipulates operational requirements and places navigational and operational restrictions on all vessels transiting the Illinois River from Mile Marker 240.0 to Mile Marker 271.4. This RNA is necessary to protect the general public, vessels, and tows from the hazards associated with obstructions in the Marseilles Lock canal, recovery efforts related to the restoration of the Marseilles Dam, and salvage operations being conducted in its vicinity. This rule will be enforced with actual notice from May 4, 2013, until June 7, 2013. This rule is effective in the Code of Federal Regulations from June 7, 2013 until June 30, 2013.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Illinois River starting at Mile Marker 246.9 and extending 600 yards upstream of the Marseilles Dam to Mile Marker 247.2. This zone is intended to restrict the movement of vessels due to the salvage operations and repair efforts at the Marseilles Dam. This safety zone is necessary to protect the general public, vessels, and tows from the hazards associated with those repair and salvage operations. This rule is effective in the CFR June 7, 2013 through November 30, 2013. This rule is effective for purposes of enforcement with actual notice on May 17, 2013. This rule will remain in effect until November 30, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) proposes revisions to the existing Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) established to protect the floodwalls and levees in the New Orleans area from possible storm surge damage caused by floating vessels. The Coast Guard proposes to revise the areas where floating vessels are prohibited and other areas where floating vessels will be restricted within the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC), the Harvey Canal, and the Algiers Canal. This action is necessary for the flood protection of high-risk areas throughout the Greater New Orleans Area when a tropical event threatens to approach and impact the area. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before August 6, 2013. A public meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA, to discuss this regulated navigation area on June 20, 2013, at 5 p.m. local time. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number USCG–2009–0139.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard is proposing a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of the Colorado River in Bullhead City, Arizona for the Bullhead City Regatta on August 10, 2013. This temporary safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, crew, spectators, participating vessels, and other vessels and users of the waterway. Persons and vessels would be prohibited from entering into, transiting through or anchoring within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before July 8, 2013. Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 21, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number USCG–2013–0260.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would establish an exception to the usual rule that TRICARE Prime enrollment fees are uniform for the group of retirees and their dependents. Survivors and medically retired members are part of the retiree group under TRICARE rules. This exception would allow Survivors of Active Duty Deceased Sponsors and Medically Retired Uniformed Services Members and their Dependents enrolled in Prime to be exempt from future increases in TRICARE Prime enrollment fees. The Prime beneficiaries in these categories prior to 10/1/2013 would have their annual enrollment fee frozen at their current annual rate FY 2011 rate $230 per single or $460 per family, FY 2012 rate $260 or $520, or the FY 2013 rate $269.38 or $538.56). The beneficiaries added to these categories on or after 10/1/2013 would have their fee frozen at the rate in effect at the time they are classified in either category and enroll in Prime or, if not enrolling, at the rate in effect at the time of enrollment. The fee remains frozen as long as at least one family member remains enrolled in Prime and there is not a break in enrollment. The fee charged for the dependent(s) of a Medically Retired Uniformed Services Member would not change if the dependent(s) was later re-classified a Survivor. Written comments received at the address indicated below by August 6, 2013 will be considered and addressed in the final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0720–AB56.)

PROPOSED RULE: EPA is proposing a regulation that would strengthen the controls on discharges from certain steam electric power plants by revising technology-based effluent limitations guidelines and standards for the steam electric power generating point source category. Steam electric power plants alone contribute 50–60 percent of all toxic pollutants discharged to surface waters by all industrial categories currently regulated in the United States under the Clean Water Act. Furthermore, power plant discharges to surface waters are expected to increase as pollutants are increasingly captured by air pollution controls and transferred to wastewater discharges. This proposal, if implemented, would reduce the amount of toxic metals and other pollutants discharged to surface waters from power plants. EPA is considering several regulatory options in this rulemaking and has identified four preferred alternatives for regulation of discharges from existing sources. These four preferred alternatives differ with respect to the scope of requirements that would be applicable to existing discharges of pollutants found in two wastestreams generated at power plants. EPA estimates that the preferred options for this proposed rule would annually reduce pollutant discharges by 0.47 billion to 2.62 billion pounds, reduce water use by 50 billion to 103 billion gallons, cost $185 million to $954 million, and would be economically achievable. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before August 6, 2013. EPA will conduct a public hearing on the proposed pretreatment standards on July 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the EPA East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EPA–HQ–OW–2009–0819.)

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes regulations to implement Regulatory Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Regulatory Amendment 2), as prepared by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council). If implemented, this rule would revise the commercial trip limit for queen conch in the Caribbean exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to be compatible with the trip limit in USVI territorial waters. The purpose of this proposed rule is to improve the compatibility of Federal and USVI territorial regulations for queen conch in order to facilitate enforcement efforts while ensuring the long-term health of the queen conch resource. Written comments must be received on or before July 8, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NOAA–NMFS–2013–0068.)

 

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