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Federal Register Highlights – 12/20/13

December 20, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for December 20, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the ‘‘Department’’) proposes to adopt into the Code of Federal Regulations the definitions for ‘‘through-the-wall central air conditioner’’ and ‘‘through-the-wall central air conditioning heat pump’’ that were established in section 5 of the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act. This notice also proposes to remove the standards for air conditioners that were superseded effective in 2006, and the now defunct references to the ‘‘through- the-wall air conditioner and heat pump’’ product class, including the definition and standards. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) received no later than January 21, 2014. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EERE–2013–BT–NOA–0047.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters. This AD requires visually inspecting each jettisonable emergency exit window panel (window) for sealant, and removing any sealant that exists in the window’s extruded sections. This AD was prompted by jettison tests during routine maintenance inspections that showed the windows failed to jettison. The actions of this AD are intended to prevent failure of the windows to jettison, so helicopter occupants can exit the aircraft during an emergency. This AD is effective January 24, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) seeks comment on issues related to rules implementing the requirements of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (‘‘CVAA’’). Specifically, the Commission explores whether the Commission should adopt rules to define the term ‘‘usable’’ for purposes of implementing the CVAA. The Commission also explores whether the phrase ‘‘accessibility features’’ in the Communications Act of 1934 (‘‘the Act’’) includes user display settings for closed captioning and whether those sections can be interpreted to require covered entities to ensure that consumers are able to locate and control such settings. In addition, the Commission explores whether there are possible sources of authority for requiring MVPDs to ensure that video programming guides and menus that provide channel and program information include high level channel and program descriptions and titles, as well as a symbol identifying the programs with accessibility options. The Commission also explores whether to require manufacturers of apparatus covered by the CVAA to provide access to the secondary audio stream used for audible emergency information by a mechanism reasonably comparable to a button, key, or icon. Furthermore, the Commission explores whether it should impose additional notification requirements on MVPDs regarding the availability of accessible equipment and, if so, what those notification requirements should be. The Commission tentatively concludes that equipment manufacturers subject to the CVAA should be required pursuant to the CVAA to inform consumers about the availability of audibly accessible devices and accessibility solutions. Comments are due on or before February 18, 2014; reply comments are due on or before March 20, 2014. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference MB Docket Nos. 12–108, 12–107.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS announces that the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of North Carolina are both transferring a portion of their 2013 commercial summer flounder quotas to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. NMFS is adjusting the quotas and announcing the revised commercial quota for each state involved. Effective December 17, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

PROPOSED RULE: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposes to modify its existing regulations and establish a separate regulation for making grants to rural or Native Alaskan Villages under the Rural Alaska Village Grant (RAVG) Program. The existing RAVG regulation (7 CFR 1780.49) will be relocated to its own section and modified to conform with streamlined processes established through a Memorandum of Understanding among USDA, RUS; The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service (IHS); The State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC); and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). The grants will be provided directly to a rural or Native Alaskan Village or jointly with either DEC or ANTHC for the development and construction of water and wastewater systems to improve the health and sanitation conditions in those Villages through removal of dire sanitation conditions. Comments must be submitted by February 18, 2014. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0572–AC28.)

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