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Federal Register Highlights – 4/10/14

April 10, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for April 10, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: We are proposing to amend the list of designated pest-free areas for mango seed weevil and mango pulp weevil within the Philippines. We are also advising the public that we have determined that it is necessary to amend the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual to establish a specific approved dose of irradiation as an authorized treatment for mango pulp weevil. These actions are necessary because surveys have determined that additional areas within the Philippines are free of mango seed weevil and mango pulp weevil. Additionally, we have determined that the mango pulp weevil can be neutralized with a lower dose of irradiation than the current generic dose for most plant pests of the class Insecta. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 9, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number APHIS–2013–0057.)

PROPOSED RULES: We are proposing to amend the regulations concerning the importation of citrus fruit to remove certain restrictions on the importation of Unshu oranges from Japan that are no longer necessary. Specifically, we propose to remove requirements for the fruit to be grown in specified canker-free export areas with buffer zones and for joint inspection in the groves and packinghouses by the Government of the Republic of Japan and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. We would also clarify that surface sterilization of the fruit must be conducted in accordance with our regulations. Finally, we would require that each shipment be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate containing an additional declaration stating that the fruit was given the required surface sterilization. These proposed changes would make the regulations concerning the importation of Unshu oranges from Japan consistent with our domestic regulations concerning the interstate movement of citrus fruit from areas quarantined because of citrus canker. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 9, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number APHIS–2013–0059.)

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2007–19–09R1 for all Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 2B1 turboshaft engines that do not have modification TU157 incorporated. AD 2007–19–09R1 required replacement of the hydromechanical metering unit (HMU) with a serviceable HMU. This AD requires HMU replacement; reduction of the compliance interval; and inclusion of the power turbine C2 cycle consumption rate when determining compliance times. This AD was prompted by reports of ruptures on HMU constant delta pressure valves that have less than 2,000 hours in service. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HMU, which could lead to damage to the engine, and damage to the aircraft. This AD is effective May 15, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: In this document, the Commission seeks comment on whether to eliminate or modify the network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules in light of changes in the video marketplace in the more than 40 years since these rules were adopted. The Commission seeks comment on whether the exclusivity rules are still needed to protect broadcasters’ ability to compete in the video marketplace and to ensure that program suppliers have sufficient incentives to develop new and diverse programming and on the impact of eliminating of the exclusivity rules. Comments for this proceeding are due on or before May 12, 2014; reply comments are due on or before June 9, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. Commercial landings for vermilion snapper, as estimated by the Science Research Director (SRD), are projected to reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for the January 1 through June 30, 2014, fishing period on April 19, 2014. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic EEZ on April 19, 2014, and it will remain closed until the start of the July 1 through December 31, 2014, fishing period. This closure is necessary to protect the vermilion snapper resource. This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, April 19, 2014, until 12:01 a.m., local time, July 1, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: This rule proposes regulations to implement measures in Amendment 3 to the Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan, which was developed by the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils. The proposed management measures include implementing a research set-aside program, updating essential fish habitat definitions, allowing rollover of specifications, and eliminating the seasonal allocation of the commercial quota. These administrative measures are intended to improve the implementation of the Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan and provide benefits to the spiny dogfish fishery. Comments must be received on or before May 12, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0648–BC77.)

 

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