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Federal Register Highlights – 9/17/13

September 17, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 17, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would increase the assessment rate established for the Avocado Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2013–14 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.25 to $0.30 per 55-pound bushel container of Florida avocados handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of avocados grown in South Florida. Assessments upon Florida avocado handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. Comments must be received by October 2, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number AMS–FV–13–0054.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would increase the assessment rate established for the California Walnut Board (Board) for the 2013–14 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0175 to $0.0189 per kernelweight pound of merchantable walnuts. The Board locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. Assessments upon walnut handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The marketing year begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. Comments must be received by October 17, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number AMS–FV–13–0056.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a Special Local Regulation on the waters of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida during the Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival, a series of paddle boat races. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 21, 2013. The race course will be set up on Friday, September 20, 2013. Approximately eight 48 foot paddle boats will participate in the races and approximately 20 spectator vessels are expected to attend the event. The Special Local Regulation will establish a regulated area that consists of a race area and a buffer zone that will temporarily restrict vessel traffic in a portion of the St. Johns River. Non-participant persons and vessels will be prohibited from entering or transiting through the area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Jacksonville or a designated representative. This rule is effective from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on September 20–21, 2013.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a special local regulation on the waters of Biscayne Bay, east of Bayfront Park, in Miami, Florida, during the Red Bull Flugtag. The Red Bull Flugtag is scheduled to take place on September 21, 2013. The event consists of approximately 100 participants launching 30 self-propelled flying objects from a 30 foot ramp to the water below. Approximately 100 spectator vessels are anticipated to be at the event. The special local regulation is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, participant vessels, spectators, and the general public on the navigable waters of the United States during the event. The special local regulation will establish an event area, where non-participant persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting, anchoring, or remaining within. This rule will be enforced from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on September 21, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS350 and AS355 helicopters, to require inspecting for a crack in the control lever attachment yokes, and if needed, replacing the tail rotor gearbox (TGB). This AD is prompted by improper casting of TGB casing assemblies, which may lead to cracking. A crack in the control lever attachment yokes could cause a loss of tail rotor pitch control, and consequently, loss of control of the helicopter. This AD is effective October 22, 2013.

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2010–20–08, which applied to certain The Boeing Company Model 747–100, 747–100B, 747–100B SUD, 747–200B, 747–200C, 747–200F, 747–300, 747–400, 747–400D, 747–400F, and 747SR series airplanes. AD 2010–20–08 required repetitive inspections to find cracking of the web, strap, inner chords, inner chord angle of the forward edge frame of the number 5 main entry door cutouts; the frame segment between stringers 16 and 31; repair if necessary; and repetitive inspections for cracking of repairs. This new AD expands the previous fuselage areas that are inspected for cracking. This AD was prompted by multiple reports of cracking outside of the previous inspection areas and a report of a crack that initiated at the aft edge of the inner chord rather than initiating at a fastener location. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct such cracks, which could cause damage to the adjacent body structure and could result in depressurization of the airplane in flight. This AD is effective October 22, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 767–200, –300, –300F, and –400ER series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracked and corroded nuts on an outboard flap support rib. This AD requires, for certain airplanes, repetitive inspections of the cap seal for damaged sealant on nuts common to certain outboard flap support ribs, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. For certain other airplanes, this AD also requires repetitive inspections of the cap seal for damaged sealant on nuts common to certain outboard flap support ribs, related investigative and corrective actions if necessary, and if necessary, a detailed inspection to determine the nut type installed in the outboard flap support rib and corrective actions. This AD also provides terminating action for the repetitive inspections under certain conditions. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracked and corroded nuts and bolts and the installation of incorrect nuts on certain outboard flap support ribs, which could lead to additional nut and bolt damage in the joint, result in loss of an outboard flap, and adversely affect continued safe flight and landing of the airplane. This AD is effective October 22, 2013.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the C season allowance of the 2013 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 620 in the GOA. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), September 13, 2013, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., October 1, 2013.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting retention of sharks in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary because the 2013 total allowable catch (TAC) of sharks in the BSAI has been reached. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), September 12, 2013, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 95 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). This proposed action would modify halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) management in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) to establish halibut PSC limits for the GOA in Federal regulation; reduce the GOA halibut PSC limits for trawl and hook-and-line gear; proportionately reduce a subset of trawl halibut PSC limits (also called ‘‘sideboards’’) for American Fisheries Act, Amendment 80, and Central GOA Rockfish Program vessels; and adjust the accounting methods for halibut PSC sideboard limits for Amendment 80 vessels, as well as halibut PSC used by trawl vessels from May 15 through June 30. This action is necessary to reduce halibut bycatch in the GOA, and is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable law. Comments must be received no later than October 17, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NOAA–NMFS–2012–0151.)

 

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