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Federal Register Highlights – 7/9/15

July 9, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 9, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Saugus RR Bridge, across the Saugus River, mile 2.1, at Saugus, Massachusetts. This deviation is necessary to facilitate essential maintenance repairs. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed position during the maintenance repairs. This deviation is effective from 12:01 a.m. on September 12 to 11:59 p.m. on September 13, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on Lake Erie, Rocky River, OH. This safety zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of Lake Erie during the Cleveland Yachting Club Annual Regatta fireworks display. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect mariners and vessels from the navigational hazards associated with a fireworks display. This rule will be enforced from 9:30 p.m. until 10:15 p.m. on July 12, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on Lake Erie, Fairport Harbor, OH. This safety zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of Lake Erie during the Lake Metroparks Stand-Up Paddleboard Race. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect mariners and race participants from the navigational hazards associated with a paddleboard race. This rule will be effective from 7:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. on July 11, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) on the navigable waters of the Fifth Coast Guard District. This RNA will allow the Coast Guard to impose and enforce restrictions on vessels operating within the RNA where a threat to navigation exists due to ice covered waterways. This action is necessary to promote navigational safety, provide for the safety of life and property, and facilitate the reasonable demands of commerce. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before October 7, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Secretary proposes to amend the regulations governing the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program to create a new income-contingent repayment plan in accordance with the President’s initiative to allow more Direct Loan borrowers to cap their loan payments at 10 percent of their monthly incomes. The Secretary is also proposing changes to the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program and Direct Loan Program regulations to streamline and enhance existing processes and provide additional support to struggling borrowers. These proposed regulations would also amend the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations by expanding the circumstances under which an institution may challenge or appeal a draft or final cohort default rate based on the institution’s participation rate index. We must receive your comments on or before August 10, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial pre-rinse spray valves (CPSVs). EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this notice, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for commercial pre-rinse spray valves. The notice also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR before and after the public meeting, but no later than September 8, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) proposes a test procedure for light-emitting diode (LED) lamps (hereafter referred to as LED lamps) to support the implementation of labeling provisions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as the ongoing general service lamps rulemaking, which includes LED lamps. The SNOPR proposes test procedures for determining the lumen output, input power, lamp efficacy, correlated color temperature (CCT), color rendering index (CRI), power factor, lifetime, and standby mode power for LED lamps. The SNOPR also proposes a definition for time to failure to support the definition of lifetime. This SNOPR revises the previous proposed test procedures for LED lamps by referencing two recently published industry standards that describe a process for taking lumen maintenance measurements and projecting those measurements for use in the lifetime test method. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR, but no later than August 10, 2015. See section V, ‘‘Public Participation,’’ for details. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS’ Office of Protected Resources has received a request from NMFS’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted in a specified geographical region, over the course of five years from the date of issuance. As required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take, specific to each geographical region and requests comments on the proposed regulations. Comments and information must be received no later than August 10, 2015.(To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

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