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Federal Register Highlights – 10/2/13

October 2, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 2, 2013:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone within the navigable waters of Thompson Bay in Lake Havasu, AZ for the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. This temporary safety zone is necessary to provide safety for the racers, crew, spectators, vessels and other users of the waterway. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. This rule is effective from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 11, 2013 thru October 13, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Ludlow Sand & Gravel Superfund Site (Site), located in Paris, New York, from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). EPA and the State of New York, through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than monitoring and maintenance and five-year reviews, have been completed. However, the deletion does not preclude future action under Superfund. Comments must be received by November 1, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EPA–HQ–SFUND–1983–0002. Due to the government shutdown, information on this website may not be up to date. You can still submit comments to agencies using Regulations.gov during the shutdown.)

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2012–26–51 for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. AD 2012–26–51 required revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to advise the flightcrew of emergency procedures for addressing angle of attack (AoA) sensor blockage, and also provided for optional terminating action for the AFM revision, which involves replacing AoA sensor conic plates with AoA sensor flat plates. This new AD requires replacing AoA sensor conic plates with AoA sensor flat plates, and subsequent removal of the AFM revision. This AD was prompted by a determination that replacement of AoA sensor conic plates is necessary to address the identified unsafe condition. We are issuing this AD to prevent reduced control of the airplane. This AD becomes effective November 6, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Model SA–365N, SA–365N1, AS–365N2, AS 365 N3, EC 155B, EC155B1, AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters with certain EADS Sogerma pilot and co-pilot seats installed. This AD requires inspecting the rear beam of each seat to determine if all of the weld beads are present and replacing the seat if any weld bead is missing. This AD is prompted by a maintenance inspection that discovered a missing weld bead on the rear beam of a pilot seat. These actions are intended to prevent failure of the pilot and co-pilot seats and subsequent injury to the pilot or co-pilot. This AD is effective November 6, 2013.

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) AD 2012–04–13, for all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) model RB211 Trent 553–61, 553A2–61, 556–61, 556A2–61, 556B–61, 556B2–61, 560–61, and 560A2–61; and RB211 Trent 768–60, 772–60, and 72B–60; and RB211-Trent 875–17, 877–17, 884–17, 884B–17, 892–17, 892B–17, and 895–17; and RB211–524G2–T–19, –524G3–T–19, –524H–T–36, and –524H2–T–19 turbofan engines that have a high-pressure (HP) compressor stage 1 to 4 rotor disc installed, with a certain part number (P/N) installed. AD 2012–04–13 required repetitive inspections of the axial dovetail slots and follow-on corrective action depending on findings. This new AD expands the population of affected parts. This AD also changes, for the purposes of this AD, the definition of ‘‘engine shop visit.’’ This AD was prompted by reports of additional affected HP compressor rotor discs that require the same action. We are issuing this AD to detect cracks in the HP compressor stage 1 and 2 disc posts, which could result in failure of the disc post and HP compressor blades, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. This AD is effective November 6, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S–92A helicopters to require modifying the No. 1 engine forward firewall center fire extinguisher discharge tube (No. 1 engine tube) and inspecting the outboard discharge tube to determine if it is correctly positioned. This AD was prompted by the discovery that the No. 1 engine tube installed on the helicopters is too long to ensure that a fire could be effectively extinguished in the helicopter. The actions are intended to ensure the No. 1 engine tube allows for complete coverage of an extinguishing agent in the No. 1 engine compartment area, ensure that a fire would be extinguished and prevent the loss of helicopter control. This AD is effective November 6, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 727 airplanes; Model 737–100, –200, and –200C series airplanes; and Model 747– 100, –100B, –100B SUD, –200B, –200C, –200F, –300, –400, –400D, –400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of an activation of the control column shaker during takeoff. This AD requires performing a general visual inspection to determine if a certain angle of attack (AOA) sensor with a paddle type vane is installed, and, for affected sensors, performing an operational test of the stall warning system, and replacing the AOA sensor with a new sensor if necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent erroneous activation of the control column shaker during takeoff, which could result in runway overrun, failure to clear terrain or obstacles after takeoff, or reduced controllability of the airplane. This AD is effective November 6, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 717–200 airplanes. This AD was prompted by multiple reports of cracks of overwing frames. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the overwing frames, and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct such cracking that could sever a frame, which may increase the loading of adjacent frames, and result in damage to the adjacent structure and consequent loss of structural integrity of the airplane. This AD is effective November 6, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747–100, –100B, –100B SUD, –200B, –200C, –200F, –300, –400, –400D, –400F, and 747SR series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracking at the aft upper corner of the main entry door (MED) 5 cutout. This AD requires inspecting for the presence of repairs and measuring the edge margin at certain fastener locations around the upper aft corner of the door cutout, inspecting for any cracking of the fuselage skin assembly and bear strap in the aft upper corner area of the door cutout, and repairing or modifying the fuselage skin assembly and bear strap if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the skin and bear straps at the aft upper corner of the MED 5 cutout, which could result in in-flight depressurization. This final rule is effective November 6, 2013.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747–100, 747–100B, 747–100B SUD, 747–200B, 747–200C, 747–300, 747–400, 747– 400D, and 747SP series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of worn or incorrectly assembled latches on main deck escape slides installed on airplane doors. This AD requires determining if the latches are correctly assembled; and doing corrective actions if necessary. This AD also requires, for certain airplanes, modifications to the escape slide/rafts and escape slides. We are issuing this AD to prevent a latch hook moving from closed to open in an escape slide/raft or escape slide, which could result in the escape slide/raft or escape slide not deploying correctly in an emergency, or releasing/inflating into the passenger cabin and causing injury to passengers and crew. This AD is effective November 6, 2013.

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2004–18–06 for certain The Boeing Company Model 737–200, –200C, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes. AD 2004–18–06 required repetitive inspections to find fatigue cracking of certain upper and lower skin panels of the fuselage, and follow-on and corrective actions if necessary. AD 2004–18–06 also included a terminating action for the repetitive inspections of certain modified or repaired areas only. This new AD adds new inspections for cracking of the fuselage skin along certain chem-milled lines, and corrective actions if necessary. This new AD also reduces certain thresholds and intervals required by AD 2004–18–06. This AD was prompted by new findings of vertical cracks along chem-milled steps adjacent to the butt joints. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the skin panels, which could result in sudden fracture and failure of the skin panels of the fuselage, and consequent rapid decompression of the airplane. This AD is effective November 6, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: On February 13, 2012, the Office of the Federal Register received a petition to amend our regulations governing the approval of agency requests to incorporate material by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations. We agree with the petitioners that our regulations need to be updated, however the petitioners proposed changes to our regulations that go beyond our statutory authority. In this document, we propose that agencies seeking the Director’s approval of their incorporation by reference requests add more information regarding materials incorporated by reference to the preambles of their rulemaking documents. We propose that they set out in the preambles a discussion of the actions they took to ensure the materials are reasonably available to interested parties or summarize the contents of the materials they wish to incorporate by reference. Comments must be received on or before December 31, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number OFR–13–0001. Due to the government shutdown, information on this website may not be up to date. You can still submit comments to agencies using Regulations.gov during the shutdown.)

PROPOSED RULE: This notice seeks public comment on the proposed change in the definition of ‘‘human organ’’ in section 301 of the National Organ and Transplant Act of 1984, as amended, (NOTA) to explicitly incorporate hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) within peripheral blood in the definition of ‘‘bone marrow.’’ This would clarify that the prohibition on transfers of human organs for valuable consideration applies to HSCs regardless of whether they were recovered directly from bone marrow (by aspiration) or from peripheral blood (by apheresis). This amendment will also conform section 301 to the provisions of the Stem Cell Research and Therapeutic Act of 2005, as amended. To be considered, comments should be submitted by December 2, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0906–AB02. Due to the government shutdown, information on this website may not be up to date. You can still submit comments to agencies using Regulations.gov during the shutdown.)

 

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