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Federal Register Highlights – 10/16/14

October 16, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 16, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: We are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to list kiwi (Actinidia deliciosa and Actinidia chinensis) from Chile as eligible for importation into the United States subject to a systems approach. Under this systems approach, the fruit would have to be grown in a place of production that is registered with the Government of Chile and certified as having a low prevalence of Brevipalpus chilensis. The fruit would have to undergo pre-harvest sampling at the registered production site. Following post-harvest processing, the fruit would have to be inspected in Chile at an approved inspection site. Each consignment of fruit would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the fruit had been found free of Brevipalpus chilensis based on field and packinghouse inspections. This proposed rule would allow for the safe importation of kiwi from Chile using mitigation measures other than fumigation with methyl bromide. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 15, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number APHIS–2014–0002. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) is proposing a rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain one or more of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection) constitute a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). Written comments must be received by December 30, 2014.  (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number CPSC–2014–0024. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Farm Credit Administration (FCA, we or our) proposes to amend its existing rules related to Farm Credit System (Farm Credit or System) bank and association stockholder voting policies and procedures so as to continue to address confidentiality and security in voting. This rulemaking would amend FCA’s regulations to clarify and enhance voting procedures for tabulating votes, the use of tellers committees, and other items as identified. Comments on this proposed rule must be submitted on or before December 15, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulatiosn.gov, reference RIN 3052–AC85. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would revise and update HUD’s regulations governing the demolition and disposition of public housing. Currently, demolitions and dispositions are approved based on certification by a public housing agency (PHA) that certain conditions are met. This rule increases the oversight of demolition and disposition of public housing by requiring PHAs to submit more detailed justifications supporting such certifications, and specifying the requirements concerning the use of disposition proceeds, and other matters. The rule would also clarify and provide more detail related to existing requirements applicable to demolition and disposition such as resident relocation, and fair housing and civil rights compliance to ensure that PHAs properly abide by such requirements. The rule proposes to allow a PHA to request HUD permission to retain public housing property free of restrictions under the declaration of trust and annual contributions contract. In addition, the rule would update regulatory provisions to conform to certain requirements under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, and clarify the definition of ‘‘conversion’’ in HUD’s conversion of public housing regulations. Comment Due Date: December 15, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FR–5399–P–01. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for non-CDQ Greenland turbot in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2014 Greenland turbot initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in the Bering Sea subarea of the BSAI. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 12, 2014, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to fully use the 2014 total allowable catch of Pacific ocean perch specified for the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 15, 2014, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2014.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish, and dusky rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the total allowable catch of Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish, and dusky rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 15, 2014, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: This rule proposes detailed procedures for the suspension and revocation of an Agent’s privilege to do business with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) within a single Part of the Code of Federal Regulations; remove 8(a) program specific procedures for Agent suspension and revocation; clarify existing and related regulations as to suspension, revocation, and debarment; and remove Office of Hearings and Appeals jurisdiction over Agent suspensions and revocations and government-wide debarment and suspension actions. This proposed rule would also conform SBA suspension and revocation procedures for Agents with general government-wide non- procurement suspension and debarment procedures. Comments must be received on or December 15, 2014.

 

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