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Federal Register Highlights – 4/1/14

April 1, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for April 1, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to establish a new test procedure for pumps. Specifically, DOE is proposing a test method for measuring the hydraulic power, shaft power, and electric input power of pumps, inclusive of electric motors and any continuous or noncontinuous controls. The proposal, if adopted, would incorporate by reference the test procedure from the Hydraulic Institute (HI)—Standard 40.6–2014, “Methods for Rotodynamic Pump Efficiency Testing.” The proposed test procedure would be used to determine the constant load pump energy index (PEICL) for pumps sold without continuous or non-continuous controls or the variable load pump energy index (PEIVL) for pumps sold with continuous or non-continuous controls. The PEICL and PEIVL describe the power consumption of the rated pump, inclusive of an electric motor and, if applicable, any integrated continuous or non-continuous controls, normalized with respect to the performance of a minimally compliant pump for each pump basic model. The proposal reflects certain recommendations made by a stakeholder Working Group for pumps established under the Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). DOE is also announcing a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues presented in this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR). DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR before and after the public meeting, but no later than June 15, 2015. (To submit comments, visit Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: We propose permit regulations to govern the use of captive-bred, trained raptors to control or take birds or other wildlife to mitigate damage or other problems, including risks to human health and safety. This action would allow us to respond to increasing public interest in the use of trained raptors to haze (scare) depredating and other problem birds from airports and agricultural crops while maintaining our  statutory responsibility to protect migratory birds. Electronic comments on this proposed rule via http:// must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 30, 2015. (To submit comments, visit Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would amend HUD’s regulations to fully implement the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as reauthorized in 2013 under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). VAWA 2013 provides enhanced statutory protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA 2013 also expands VAWA protections to HUD programs beyond HUD’s public housing and Section 8 programs, which were covered by the reauthorization of VAWA in 2005 (VAWA 2005). In addition to proposing regulatory amendments to fully implement VAWA 2013, HUD is also publishing for public comment two documents concerning tenant protections required by VAWA 2013—a notice of occupancy rights and an emergency transfer plan. Although VAWA refers to women in its title, the statute makes clear that the protections are for all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age. Comments due June 1, 2015. (To submit comments, visit Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP) prepared by the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) Fishery Management Council (Council) (2015 Gulf red snapper framework action). If implemented, this proposed rule would increase the commercial and recreational quotas for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 fishing years Quotas for subsequent fishing years would remain at 2017 levels unless changed by future rulemaking. This proposed rule is intended to help achieve optimum yield (OY) for the Gulf red snapper resource without  increasing the risk of red snapper experiencing overfishing. Written comments must be received on or before April 16, 2015. (To submit comments, visit Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Click here to be taken to my Code of Federal Regulations page to see updates that were published in today’s edition of the Federal Register. Updates are available for Title 5, Volume 1 and Title 7 – Volumes 1 and 8.


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