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Federal Register Highlights – 4/21/14

April 21, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for April 21, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: We are proposing to amend the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act regulations to provide for the use of a simpler labeling format that would better communicate product performance to the user. We intend to replace the current label format, which reflects any of four different levels of effectiveness, with a single, uniform label format. We are also proposing to require biologics licensees to provide a standardized summary, with confidential business information removed, of the efficacy and safety data submitted to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in support of the issuance of a full product license or conditional license. A simpler label format along with publicly available safety and efficacy data will help biologics producers to more clearly communicate product performance to their customers. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 20, 2014.  (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number APHIS–2011–0049.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone within the Lake Moolvalya region of the navigable waters of the Colorado River in Parker, Arizona in support of the Blue Water Resort and Casino (BWRC) West Coast Nationals high speed boat race. This safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, crew, spectators, participating vessels, and other vessels and 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 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 3 and May 4, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone within the navigable waters of Thompson Bay in Lake Havasu City, Arizona in support of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series high speed drag boat race. This safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, crew, spectators, participating vessels, and other vessels and 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 May 2, 2014 through May 4, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are publishing for public comment a proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), in light of the U.S. Supreme Court cases in U.S. v. Riverside Bayview, Rapanos v. United States, and Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC), and Rapanos v. United States (Rapanos). This proposal would enhance protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources, and increase CWA program predictability and consistency by increasing clarity as to the scope of ‘‘waters of the United States’’ protected under the Act. Submit comments on or before July 21, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EPA–HQ–OW- 2011–0880.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to cancel the final designation of two Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Sites (ODMDSs) located in the Gulf of Mexico near the Houma Navigational Canal (HNC) and near the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) Canal, Louisiana. Both sites are EPA-approved ocean dumping sites for the disposal of suitable dredged material. This proposed action is being taken because there is no clear future need for the sites. Additionally, EPA proposes to modify the period of use, use restriction, and name of the Homeport Project ODMDS located in the Gulf of Mexico offshore of Port Aransas, Texas. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before June 5, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EPA–R06–OW–2014–0234.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (‘‘FDIC’’) proposes to rescind and remove regulations transferred from the Office of Thrift Savings (‘‘OTS’’), and amend its rules of practice and procedure in ways that will ensure that all insured depository institutions, for which the FDIC is the appropriate Federal banking agency (‘‘FBA’’), are subject to the same substantive and procedural rules governing administrative hearings. Comments must be received on or before June 20, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal/propose.html. Follow instructions for submitting comments on the Agency Web site.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (‘‘FDIC’’) proposes to rescind and remove its regulations concerning securities of State savings associations and amend its regulations relating to securities of nonmember insured banks, extending applicability to State savings associations. Comments must be received on or before June 20, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal/propose.html. Follow instructions for submitting comments on the Agency Web site.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend its regulations to change the fees it charges for the accreditation and the maintenance of accreditation of non- Federal laboratories for the FSIS Accredited Lab Program (ALP). Currently, the Agency charges a flat annual fee of $5,000 for each accreditation or maintenance of accreditation. Laboratories that participate in FSIS’ ALP can receive accreditation in one to six analyte classes. FSIS is proposing to charge laboratories $5,000 per year for the first analyte class accreditation or maintenance (as it currently does), but to reduce the charges to $2,900 per year for the second, and $2,100 per year for each additional analyte class accreditation or maintenance of accreditation. Submit comments on or before June 20, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference FSIS–2013–0022.)

 

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