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Federal Register Highlights – 8/25/14

August 25, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for August 25, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Southern Railroad Drawbridge across the Tennessee River, mile 304.4, at Decatur, Alabama. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner time to replace and adjust the down haul operating ropes that are essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position and not open to vessel traffic. This deviation is effective from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., September 17, 2014 and September 24, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The United States Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) on the navigable waters of the Piscataqua River under and surrounding the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME. This RNA would allow the Coast Guard to enforce speed and wake restrictions and prohibit all vessel traffic through the RNA during bridge replacement operations, both planned and unforeseen, which could pose an imminent hazard to persons and vessels operating in the area. This rule is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters during bridge structural repair operations. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before September 24, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone on the navigable waters of the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of the Midtown Tunnel, Portsmouth, Virginia for 12 periods of 48 hours each beginning at midnight on January 1, January 12, January 19, January 22, January 27, February 9, March 2, March 5, March 10, March 23, March 30 and April 6, 2015. This proposed safety zone is intended to restrict vessel movement in the specified area during the construction of the new Midtown Tunnel. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life and property on the surrounding navigable waters during the aforementioned dates due to the increased amount of work vessels in the area. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before September 24, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on the waters of Biscayne Bay, east of Bayfront Park, in Miami, Florida during the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Miami, a triathlon. The Ironman 70.3 Miami is scheduled to take place on October 26, 2014. Approximately 2,500 participants are anticipated to participate in the swim portion of the event. No spectators are expected to be present during the event. The safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, participant vessels, and general public on the navigable waters of Biscayne Bay during the event. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before September 24, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2010–17–18 R1, which applies to certain Air Tractor, Inc. Models AT–802 and AT–802A airplanes. AD 2010–17–18 R1 required repetitively inspecting (using the eddy current method) the two outboard fastener holes in both of the wing main spar lower caps at the center splice joint for cracks; repairing or replacing any cracked spar; changing the safe life for certain serial number ranges; and sending the inspection results, only if cracks are found, to the FAA. This new AD retains all actions of AD 2010–17–18 R1 and expands the applicability to include all serial numbers regardless of configuration or operational use. This AD was prompted by our determination that the safe life for the wing main spar lower caps should apply to all Models AT–802 and AT–802A airplanes regardless of configuration or operational use. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective September 29, 2014.

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013–18–09 for certain Honeywell ASCa Inc. emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) installed on various transport category airplanes. AD 2013–18–09 required various one-time general visual inspections of the ELT transmitter units (TUs), and corrective actions if necessary. This new AD corrects the manufacturer’s name in the AD applicability and adds a source of approval for an installation. AD 2013–18–09 was prompted by a fire on a parked and unoccupied airplane; preliminary information indicated combustion in the area of the ELT TU. This new AD was prompted by the identification of an error in the applicability of AD 2013–18–09. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct discrepancies of the battery wiring installation inside the TU, which could result in an electrical short and possible ignition source. This AD becomes effective September 9, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS reduces the commercial trip limit for vermilion snapper in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic to 500 lb (227 kg), gutted weight. This trip limit reduction is necessary to protect the South Atlantic vermilion snapper resource. This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, August 23, 2014, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the Hazardous Materials Regulations with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods—Model Regulations and subsequently address three petitions for rulemaking. Comments must be received by October 24, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

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