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Federal Register Highlights – 5/22/14

May 22, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for May 22, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes to establish safety zone on the Charleston Harbor in Charleston, South Carolina during the International Outboard Grand Prix (IOGP) 9–11 Patriot Festival, a series of high-speed boat races. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday September 12 through Sunday September 14, 2014. Approximately 25 high-speed race boats are anticipated to participate in the races. This safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of life and property on navigable waters of the United States during the event. This safety zone would temporarily restrict vessel traffic in a portion of Charleston Harbor. Persons and vessels that are not participating in the races would be prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the restricted area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Charleston or a designated representative. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 23, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number USCG–2014–0324.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to reclassify antigen based rapid influenza virus antigen detection test systems intended to detect influenza virus directly from clinical specimens that are currently regulated as influenza virus serological reagents from class I into class II with special controls and into a new device classification regulation. Submit either electronic or written comments on the proposed order by August 20, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FDA–2014–N–0440.)

TEMPORARY RULE: Pursuant to its emergency authority, NMFS renews an emergency action that implemented, among other measures, mandatory monitoring (VMS) and observer requirements (pre-trip notification and a 100% deep water closure zone unless a NMFS-certified observer was on board) in the California thresher shark/swordfish drift gillnet (mesh size ≥14 inches) (DGN) fishery during the August 15, 2013 to January 31, 2014 fishing season, and would have immediately shut down the fishery for the calendar year in the event of a sperm whale interaction in the DGN fishery. This renewing action is necessary to ensure that the conservation measures continue to provide protection for sperm whales until permanent measures are in place. Specifically, per recommendations of the Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Team, NMFS is currently developing a rule under authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) in order to adequately monitor the DGN fishery and reduce the risk of sperm whale interactions. This rule is effective from May 22, 2014, through August 5, 2014.

 

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