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Federal Register Highlights – 1/9/15

January 9, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for January 9, 2015:

CANCELLATION OF TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is canceling the temporary deviation concerning the operating schedule that governs the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) double leaf bascule Ballard Bridge across the Lake Washington Ship Canal, mile 1.1, at Seattle, WA. This deviation was necessary to accommodate evening detoured commute traffic during road construction. It is being cancelled due to the construction project has been completed. The  temporary deviation published on November 14, 2014, 78 FR 68120, is cancelled as of January 9, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Metro-North WALK Bridge across the Norwalk River, mile 0.1, at Norwalk, Connecticut. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed. This deviation will allow the Metro-North WALK Bridge to operate under an alternate schedule to facilitate the high volume of rail service across the MetroNorth WALK Bridge at peak hours, while balancing both the needs of rail and marine traffic. This deviation is effective without actual notice from January 9, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. on June 28, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: The United States Coast Guard is establishing 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 will allow the United States Coast Guard to enforce speed and wake restrictions and limit 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. This rule is effective from January 9, 2015 until May 31, 2019.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone within the Lake Moolvalya region of the navigable waters of the Colorado River in Parker, Arizona in support of the Arizona Drag Boat Association sponsored race event, the Blue Water Resort and Casino Southwest Showdown. This safety zone is established to ensure the safety of participants, crew, spectators, participating vessels, and other vessels and users of the waterway. Unauthorized persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or their designated representative. The Coast Guard requests public comments on the temporary safety zone. This rule is effective from 9 a.m. on February 20, 2015 through 6 p.m. February 22, 2015. This rule will be enforced from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. February 20, 2015, February 21, 2015, and February 22, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters around the Eastport Breakwater Terminal in Eastport, Maine. This safety zone is intended to restrict vessels from approaching within 100 yards of the eastern face of the Eastport Breakwater Terminal without authorization from the Captain of the Port  (COTP), Sector Northern New England. This action is necessary due to the uncertainty regarding the breakwater’s strength following a partial collapse of the structure on December 4, 2014. This rule is effective without actual notice from January 9, 2015 until January 30, 2017.

PROPOSED RULE: In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) proposes to amend its rules on Good Conduct Time (GCT) and Literacy. The purpose of this proposed rule is to provide effective literacy programming alternatives to the General Educational Development (GED) program that more effectively meet the specialized needs of inmates. This will also have the added benefit of reducing lengthy waiting lists for the GED program. This proposed rule will exempt inmates from the ‘‘satisfactory progress’’ provision of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (VCCLEA) and/or the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PLRA) if they participate in an ‘‘authorized alternative adult literacy program.’’ The Bureau’s Literacy Program rules, which currently contemplate only GED attainment, would also be revised to allow for  ‘‘authorized alternative adult literacy programs.’’ This change means that inmates participating in ‘‘authorized alternative adult literacy programs’’ will not need to demonstrate satisfactory progress toward earning a GED credential to be  considered for the full benefits of GCT. Other than the change regarding inmates in ‘‘authorized alternative adult literacy programs,’’ we propose no further substantive changes. Written comments must be submitted on or before March 10, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number BOP–1164–P. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

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