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Federal Register Highlights – 10/28/14

October 28, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for October 28, 2014:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Allegheny River at mile 45.7. This safety zone is needed to protect vessels transiting the area and event spectators from the hazards associated with a barge-based fireworks display. Entry into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Pittsburgh or a designated representative. This rule is effective from 8:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on November 21, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes, and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of contact between certain electrical harnesses and the hatrack rod that could cause chafing between the harnesses and surrounding structure. This AD requires modifying the routing of certain electrical harnesses. We are issuing this AD to prevent chafing and possible short circuit of two oxygen chemical generator containers in different wiring routes, which could result in malfunction of the  electrical opening of all the containers connected to these routes. Such conditions, during a sudden depressurization event, could result in lack of oxygen  and consequent injuries to airplane occupants. This AD becomes effective December 2, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL–600–2B16 airplanes. This emergency AD was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these airplanes. This AD requires inspecting the inboard flap fasteners of the hinge-box forward fitting at Wing Station (WS) 76.50 and WS 127.25 to determine the orientation and condition of the fasteners, as applicable, and replacement or repetitive inspections of the fasteners if necessary. This AD also provides for optional terminating action for the requirements of the AD. This AD was prompted by  reports of fractured fastener heads on the inboard flap hinge-box forward fitting at WS 76.50 due to incorrect installation. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct incorrectly oriented or fractured fasteners, which could result in premature failure of the fasteners attaching the inboard flap hinge-box forward fitting. Failure of the fasteners could lead to the detachment of the flap hinge box and the flap surface, and consequent loss of control of the airplane. This AD is effective November 12, 2014 to all persons except those persons to whom it was made immediately effective by Emergency AD 2014–17–51, issued on August 19, 2014, which contained the requirements of this amendment.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL–600–2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, Model CL–600–2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes, and Model CL–600–2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that certain parts of the aft baggage door did not conform to the design specifications and were of degraded strength. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking and deformations of certain stop fittings and striker plates of the aft baggage bay door; and replacement, which would terminate the repetitive inspections. We are issuing this AD to prevent cracking and deformations of certain stop fittings and striker plates, which could result in the opening of the aft baggage bay door and rapid decompression or reduced controllability of the airplane. This AD becomes  effective December 2, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model BD–700–1A11 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that certain lanyards for the passenger oxygen masks are longer than the specified length, possibly leading to inactive oxygen masks in an  emergency. This AD requires replacement of certain oxygen mask lanyards. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct lanyards of incorrect length,  which might not activate the flow of oxygen in an emergency, resulting in injury to passengers. This AD becomes effective December 2, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model DC–10–10, DC–10–10F, DC–10–30, DC–10–30F (KC–10A and KDC–10), DC–10–40, MD–10–10F, and MD–10–30F airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicating that the forward cargo compartment frames are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This AD requires an inspection of the attachment holes at the forward cargo compartment frames and the cargo liner for cracking, and repair if necessary. This AD would also require installing new oversized fasteners in the forward cargo compartment frames. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking of the forward cargo compartment frames, which could result in loss of the fail-safe structural integrity of the airplane. This AD is effective December 2, 2014.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model DC–9–81 (MD–81), DC–9–82 (MD–82), DC–9–83  (MD–83), DC–9–87 (MD–87), and MD–88 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks emanating from the aftmost barrel nut holes of the left and right upper rear spar caps of the horizontal stabilizer. This AD requires repetitive high frequency eddy current (ETHF) inspections for cracks in the areas around the two aft-most barrel nut holes of the upper rear spar caps, and corrective actions if necessary; and repetitive ETHF inspections for cracks in the areas around the two aft-most barrel nut holes of any repaired or replaced upper rear spar cap, and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing  this AD to detect and correct cracks in the horizontal stabilizer, which could propagate until an upper rear spar cap severs, and result in failure of the horizontal stabilizer upper center or aft skin panel and adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane. This AD is effective December 2, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Administrative Committee of the Federal Register proposes to update its regulations for the Federal Register system to  clarify certain policies and to reflect current procedures and technological advances. This proposal would also revise the regulatory text to make it more  readable and consistent with plain language principles. Comments must be received on or before December 29, 2014. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3095–AB84. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for commercial king mackerel in the Florida west coast northern subzone of  the eastern zone of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) through this temporary final rule. NMFS has determined that the quota for king mackerel in the Florida west coast northern subzone of the Gulf EEZ will have been reached by October 27, 2014. Therefore, NMFS closes the Florida west coast northern subzone to commercial king mackerel fishing in the EEZ on October 27, 2014, to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource. The closure is effective noon, local time, October 27, 2014, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 1, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is closing the directed herring fishery in management Area 1A, because it projects that 92 percent of the 2014 catch limit for that area will have been caught by the effective date of this action. This action is necessary to comply with the regulations implementing the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan and is intended to prevent excess harvest in Area 1A. Effective 0001 hr local time, October 26, 2014, through December 31, 2014.

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