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Federal Register Highlights – 7/10/13

July 10, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 10, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the test procedures for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers that will be required for the testing of products starting September 15, 2014. DOE is proposing to amend the test procedure to address products with multiple compressors and to allow an alternative method for measuring and calculating energy consumption for refrigerator-freezers and refrigerators with freezer compartments. DOE is also proposing to amend certain aspects of the test procedure in order to ensure better test accuracy and repeatability. Additionally, DOE is soliciting comment on a potential test procedure to measure the energy use associated with making ice with an automatic icemaker. If adopted, that procedure would become effective in conjunction with any parallel energy conservation standards rulemaking that DOE would need to conduct pursuant to the six-year review process mandated under Federal law. DOE will hold a public meeting on July 25, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Washington, DC. The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. See section V, ‘‘Public Participation,’’ for webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed rulemaking before and after the public meeting, but no later than September 23, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EERE–2012–BT–TP–0016.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319–112, –113, and –132 airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –231, and –232 airplanes; and Model A321–111 and –131 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of two fatigue cracks on the left-hand and right-hand sides of the continuity fittings at the front windshield lower framing on a Model A319 series airplane. This AD requires a high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspection for any cracking on the left-hand and right-hand sides of the windshield central lower node continuity fittings, and repair if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the windshield central lower node continuity fittings, which could reduce the structural integrity of the airplane. This AD becomes effective August 14, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of an uncommanded nose landing gear (NLG) retraction. This AD requires installing a power interruption protection circuit for the landing gear control interface unit (LGCIU). We are issuing this AD to prevent untimely unlocking and/or retraction of the NLG, which, while on the ground, could result in injury to ground personnel and damage to the airplane. This AD becomes effective August 14, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain DASSAULT AVIATION Model FALCON 2000, FALCON 2000EX, MYSTERE–FALCON 900, and FALCON 900EX airplanes; and all Model MYSTERE–FALCON 50 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that collapse of the main landing gear (MLG) could cause wing tank structure failure, which could result in fuel spillage and consequent fire hazard. This AD requires modification of the wing fuel tanks in the area of the wheel well. We are issuing this AD to prevent fuel spillage in the event of a MLG collapse, and consequent fire hazard. This AD becomes effective August 14, 2013.

RULE: We are revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Dowty Propellers R408/6–123–F/17 model propellers. That AD currently requires initial applications of sealant between the bus bar assembly and the backplate assembly f certain line-replaceable units, and repetitive applications of sealant on all R408/6–123–F/17 model propellers. This new AD requires the same actions and allows the use of an equivalent sealant as prescribed in revised service information. This AD was prompted by the need to add an optional terminating action to the applications of sealant. We are issuing this AD to prevent an in-flight double generator failure, which could result in reduced control of the airplane. This AD is effective August 14, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all PILATUS Aircraft Ltd. Model PC–7 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to incorporate new revisions into the Limitations section of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). The limitations were revised to include an emergency fuel control system adjustment test. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective August 14, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA–46–310P, PA–46–350P, PA–46R–350T, and PA–46–500TP airplanes. This AD requires inspecting the fuel vent valves to identify if the nitrile parts are installed and modifying and eventually replacing the fuel vent valves if the nitrile parts are installed. This AD was prompted by nitrile fuel vent valves not providing the correct ventilation. If not corrected, this unsafe condition may lead to structural damage of the wings, which could result in loss of control. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective July 10, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes an allocation in the 14.0–14.5 GHz band to permit operation of an air-ground mobile broadband service in the contiguous United States. The Commission proposes a secondary allocation for air-ground mobile broadband, and requires new air-ground mobile broadband licensees to avoid harmful interference to the Fixed-Satellite Service and prior-licensed Federal Fixed Service, Mobile Service, and Space Research Service users in the 14.0–14.5 GHz band, and to coordinate with the Radio Astronomy Service to avoid interference to radio astronomy observations. The Commission also proposes to license air-ground mobile broadband on a nationwide basis, and seeks comment on whether it should license air-ground mobile broadband in two spectrum blocks of 250 megahertz each, one spectrum block of 500 megahertz, or some other spectrum block size. The Commission proposes to grant licenses by auction in the case of mutually exclusive applications. Submit comments on or before August 26, 2013, and replies on or before September 23, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference GN Docket No. 13–114.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, propose to designate critical habitat for the northern Mexican gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops) and narrow-headed gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus) in Arizona and New Mexico, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to these species’ habitats. The effect of this regulation is to conserve northern Mexican and narrow-headed gartersnake habitat under the Act. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before September 9, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FWS–R2–ES–2013–0022.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would amend HUD’s regulations covering the contract rights and obligations of mortgagees participating in FHA multifamily mortgage insurance programs, to address reimbursement to FHA of excess claim proceeds. When a mortgagee finances mortgages through the issuance and sale of bonds or through bond anticipation notes, the mortgagee uses the FHA insurance claim funds to pay off the remaining bond debts. At times, the amount paid by the FHA insurance claim is greater than the remaining bond debts. This proposed rule would require mortgagees to return to FHA the excess bond funds that remain after FHA’s payment is used to satisfy the bonds. HUD requires similar payments of excess bond funds on obligations of public housing agencies and, thus, the proposed rule would provide consistency in the administration of HUD’s bond financing programs. Comment Due Date: September 9, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 2502–AJ16.)

 

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