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Federal Register Highlights – 3/18/15

March 18, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for March 18, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) proposes to revise the General and Administrative Regulation Subpart X – Interpretations of Statutory and Regulatory Provisions, to incorporate interpretations of procedures previously issued and administered in  accordance with Manager’s Bulletin MGR–05–018 and to provide a mechanism for interpretations of policy provisions that are not codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. The intended effect of this action is to provide requestors with information on how to request a final agency determination or an interpretation of FCIC procedures within one administrative regulation, bring consistency and clarity to the processes used, and to clarify existing provisions. Written comments and opinions on this proposed rule will be accepted until close of business April 17, 2015 and will be considered when the rule is to be made final. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FCIC–14–0001. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

RULE: Recent FRA investigations identified several railroad tank cars transporting hazardous materials and leaking small quantities of product  from the cars’ liquid lines. FRA’s investigation revealed that the liquid lines of the leaking tank cars were equipped with a certain type of 3″ ball valve marketed and sold by McKenzie Valve and Machining (McKenzie) (formerly McKenzie Valve & Machining Company), an affiliate company of Union Tank Car Company (UTLX). FRA further found certain closure plugs installed on the 3″ valves cause mechanical damage to the valves, which leads to the destruction of the valves’ seal integrity and that the 3″ valves, as well as similarly-designed 1″ and 2″ valves provided by this  manufacturer are not approved for use on tank cars. FRA is issuing this Railworthiness Directive (Directive) to all owners of tank cars used to transport hazardous materials within the United States to ensure they identify and appropriately remove and replace these valves with approved valves consistent with Federal regulations. This Directive is effective March 18, 2015. This Directive is applicable March 13, 2015.

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