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Federal Register Highlights – 4/9/15

April 9, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for April 9, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes revisions to its regulations for the licensing, construction, design, equipment, and operation of deepwater ports, which are offshore fixed or floating structures, other than vessels, used as ports or terminals for the import or export of oil and natural gas. The proposed revisions would provide additional information, clarify existing regulations, provide additional regulatory flexibility, and add new requirements to ensure safety. The proposed rule would not affect the license to operate of any existing deepwater port, nor would it result  in the licensing of any new deepwater port. This proposed rule furthers the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and stewardship missions. Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before July 8, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number USCG–2012–0061. Commenting page was not avilable at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: EPA is proposing to amend the significant new use rules (SNURs) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 24 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action would amend the SNURs to allow certain uses without requiring a significant new use notice (SNUN), and would extend SNUN requirements to certain additional uses. EPA is proposing these amendments based on review of new data as described for each chemical substance. This action would requires persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of these 24 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this  proposed rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs. Comments must be received on or before May 11, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2014–0649. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A300 B4–601, B4–603, B4–620, B4–622, B4–605R, B4–622R, F4–605R, F4–622R, and C4–605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A310–203, –204, –221, –222, –304, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of inner skin disbonding damage on a rudder. This AD requires repetitive ultrasonic inspections for disbonding of certain rudders; an elasticity of laminate checker inspection; a woodpecker or tap test inspection; venting the core, if necessary; and  repairing, if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct rudder disbonding, which could affect the structural integrity of the rudder. This AD becomes effective May 14, 2015.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Model 402C and 414A airplanes. This AD requires repetitively inspecting the engine mount beams for cracks and contacting Cessna for FAA-approved corrective action if cracks are found. This AD also requires sending an inspection report to the FAA and to Cessna. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks found across the engine mount beams. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective April 24, 2015.

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011–09–03 for all Lockheed Martin Corporation/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Model 382, 382B, 382E, 382F, and 382G airplanes. AD 2011–09–03 required repetitive eddy current inspections to detect cracks in the center wing upper and lower rainbow fittings, and corrective actions if necessary; and repetitive replacement of rainbow fittings, which would extend the repetitive interval for the next inspection. This new AD requires reduced intervals for inspections of the upper rainbow fittings. This AD was prompted by analysis of in-service cracking, which has shown that a reduction in the inspection intervals is necessary for the upper rainbow fittings. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the upper and lower rainbow fittings on the center wings, which could grow large and lead to the failure of the fitting and a catastrophic failure of the center wing. This AD is effective May 14, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is proposing to amend its regulation for registration of food facilities that requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States to  register with FDA. This proposed rule would amend and update FDA’s registration regulations and is part of our implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which added new provisions for the registration of food facilities. Moreover, a number of provisions in FSMA  apply only to facilities required to register, including hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls and mandatory recall authority. The proposed amendments will further enhance FDA’s capabilities with respect to responding to food safety issues, and in addition, provide FDA with information that we can use to focus and better utilize our limited inspection resources. Submit either electronic or written comments on the  proposed rule by June 8, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number FDA–2002–N–0323. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in Framework Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic (CMP) Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region (Framework Amendment 2), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils (Councils). If implemented, this proposed rule would remove the unlimited commercial trip limit for Spanish mackerel in Federal waters off the east coast of Florida on weekdays beginning December 1 of each year. Since the trip limit system has been in place, fishery conditions and regulations have changed. This proposed rule intends to modify the current trip limit system to better fit the current fishery conditions and catch limits for Atlantic migratory group Spanish mackerel in the  southern zone, while increasing social and economic benefits of the CMP fishery. NMFS must receive written comments on the proposed rule by May 11, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NOAA–NMFS–2014–0136. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

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