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Federal Register Highlights – 4/28/15

April 28, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for April 28, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS) proposes to amend the origin of livestock requirements for dairy animals under the USDA organic regulations. This proposed action would specify that a producer can transition dairy animals into organic production once. This proposed action would clarify that, after completion of this one-time transition, any new dairy animals that a producer adds to a dairy farm would need to be managed organically from the last third of gestation or sourced from dairy animals that already completed their transition into organic production. This proposed action would also clarify how breeder stock should be managed on organic livestock farms. Comments must be received by July 27, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Oregon State (Lewis and  Clark River) highway Bridge across the Lewis and Clark River, mile 1.0, at Astoria, OR. The deviation is necessary to accommodate bridge maintenance activities on the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position and need not open to maritime traffic. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on May 11, 2015 to 5 p.m. on August 30, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that govern three Multnomah County bridges: The Broadway Bridge, mile 11.7, the Morrison Bridge, mile 12.8, and the Hawthorne Bridge, mile 13.1, all crossing the Willamette River at Portland, OR. The deviation is necessary to accommodate the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon event. This deviation allows the bridges to remain in the closed-to-navigation position to allow safe roadway movement of event participants. This deviation is effective from 3 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. on May 17, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing temporary safety zones around each vessel associated with Royal Dutch Shell’s (Shell) planned Arctic oil drilling and exploration operations, and any vessel actively engaged in towing or escorting those vessels, while located in the U.S. Territorial and Internal Waters of the Sector Puget Sound Captain of the Port Zone. In addition, the Coast Guard is establishing a regulated  navigation area to designate a Voluntary First Amendment Area for individuals that desire to exercise their First Amendment free speech rights  with regards to Shell’s operations. The safety zones and regulated navigation area created by this rule are necessary to ensure the mutual safety of  all waterways users including the specified vessels and those individuals that desire to exercise their First Amendment rights. This rule is effective  without actual notice from April 28, 2015 until June 30, 2015.

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