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Federal Register Highlights – 10/22/14

October 22, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 22, 2014:

PROPOSED RULE: On August 13, 2013, the Department of Education (the Department) published a notice of final regulations in the Federal  Register to amend our Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In this document, the Department proposes to further  amend EDGAR to add a definition of ‘‘What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards’’ (WWC Evidence Standards) in our regulations to standardize  references to this term. In addition, the Department proposes to amend the definition of ‘‘large sample’’ in our regulation. We also propose technical edits to our regulations to improve the consistency and clarity of the regulations. Finally, we propose to redesignate our regulations and to include in that redesignated section an additional provision that would allow the Secretary to give special consideration to projects supported by evidence of promise. We must receive your  comments on or before December 8, 2014. (To submit comments, visit www. regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: EPA is proposing technology based pretreatment standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for discharges of pollutants into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) from existing and new dental practices that discharge dental amalgam. Dental amalgam contains mercury in a highly concentrated form that is relatively easy to collect and recycle. Dental offices are the main source of mercury discharges to POTWs. Mercury is a persistent and bioaccumulative pollutant in the environment with well-documented neurotoxic effects on humans. Mercury pollution is widespread and comes from many diverse sources such as air deposition from municipal and industrial incinerators and combustion of fossil fuels. Mercury easily becomes diffuse in the environment and mercury pollution is a global problem. Removing mercury from the waste stream when it is in a concentrated and easy to handle form like in waste dental amalgam is an important and commonsense step to take to prevent that mercury from being released back  into the environment where it can become diffuse and a hazard to humans. The proposal would require dental practices to comply with requirements for   controlling the discharge of mercury and other metals in dental amalgam into POTWs based on the best available technology or best available demonstrated control technology. Specifically, the requirements would be based on the use of amalgam separators and best management practices (BMPs). Amalgam separators are a practical, affordable and readily available technology for capturing mercury and other metals before they are  discharged into sewers and POTWs. EPA is also proposing to amend selected parts of the General Pretreatment Regulations to streamline oversight  requirements for the dental sector. EPA expects compliance with this proposed rule would reduce the discharge of metals to POTWs by at least 8.8 tons  per year, about half of which is mercury. EPA estimates the annual cost of the proposed rule would be $44 to $49 million. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before December 22, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: This rule proposes to revise and clarify requirements to ensure that USDA donated foods are distributed, stored, and managed in  the safest, most efficient, and cost-effective manner, at State and recipient agency levels. The rule would also reduce administrative and reporting  requirements for State distributing agencies, revise or clarify regulatory provisions relating to accountability for donated foods, and rewrite much of the regulations in a more user-friendly, ‘‘plain language,’’ format. Lastly, the rule proposes to revise and clarify specific requirements to conform more closely  to related requirements elsewhere in the Code of Federal Regulations. In formulating the proposals, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has utilized  input received from program administrators, industry representatives, and other organizations at national conferences and other meetings, and through  email or other routine communications with such parties. To be assured of consideration, comments must be received on or before January 20, 2015. (To submit comments. visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf  of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2014 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) apportioned to trawl catcher vessels in the  Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 17, 2014, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2014.

 

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