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Federal Register Highlights – 7/24/14

July 24, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 24, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone on Lake Michigan in New Buffalo, MI for the New Buffalo Ship and Shore Fireworks display. This zone will be enforced from 9:30 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. on August 9, 2014. This action is necessary and intended to ensure the safety of life on navigable waters during a fireworks display. During the aforementioned period, the Coast Guard will enforce restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in the safety zone. No person or vessel may enter the safety zone while it is being enforced without permission of the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.929 will be enforced for safety zone (f)(13) in Table 165.929, from 9:30 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. on August 9, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone on Lake Michigan within Milwaukee Harbor, Wisconsin for the 2014 Olympic and Sprint Distance National Championships at specified times from August 8 to August 10, 2014. This action is necessary and intended to ensure safety of life on the navigable waters of the United States during the Olympic and Sprint Distance National Championships. During the aforementioned period, the Coast Guard will enforce restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in the safety zone. No person or vessel may enter the safety zone while it is being enforced without permission of the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan. The regulations in 33 CFR 165.T09–0140 will be enforced on August 8, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; August 9, 2014, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and August 10, 2014, from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

PROPOSED RULE: The tire identification number (TIN), which must appear on virtually all new and retreaded motor vehicle tires sold in the United States, plays an important role in identifying which tires are subject to recall and remedy campaigns for safety defects and noncompliances. This document proposes two amendments to the TIN. First, because NHTSA is running out of two-symbol codes to identify new tire plants, NHTSA is proposing to expand the first portion of the TIN, known as the manufacturer identifier, from two symbols to three for manufacturers of new tires. This amendment would substantially increase the number of unique combinations of characters that can be used to identify individual manufacturers of new tires. Second, NHTSA is proposing to standardize the length of the tire identification number to eliminate confusion that could arise from the variable length of tire identification numbers. This NPRM would standardize the length of the TIN at 13 symbols for new tires and 7 symbols for retreaded tires, making it easier to identify a TIN from which a symbol is missing. Submit comments on or before August 25, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is reapportioning the seasonal apportionments of the 2014 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits for the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories in the Gulf of Alaska. This action is necessary to account for the actual halibut PSC use by the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories from May 15 through June 30, 2014. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 21, 2014, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes to modify the subsistence harvest regulations for the Eastern Pacific stock of northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) based on a petition from the Pribilof Island Aleut Community of St. George Island, Traditional Council (Council). NMFS worked with the Council to develop this proposed rule, which would authorize Pribilovians of St. George Island to harvest up to 150 male young of the year fur seals annually during a new autumn harvest season from all breeding and hauling grounds, consistent with traditional practices, to meet the community’s nutritional and cultural needs. Harvests of sub-adult male fur seals would continue during the summer season, as allowed under existing regulations. The total number of fur seals harvested annually would remain within the range of 300–500 male animals that has been in place since 1997. Harvests would be coordinated between NMFS and the Council under an existing co-management agreement. Written comments must be received by August 25, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

 

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