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Federal Register Highlights – 7/28/15

July 28, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 28, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes a safety zone around the Turritella FPSO system, Walker Ridge 551 on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of the safety zone is to protect the facility from all vessels operating outside the normal shipping channels and fairways that are not providing services to or working with the facility. Placing a safety zone around the facility will significantly reduce the threat of allisions, collisions, security breaches, oil spills, releases of natural gas, and thereby protect the safety of life, property, and the environment. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before August 27, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number USCG-2015-0318. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2015–10–01 for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8–400 series airplanes. AD 2015–10–01 required inspection for correct assembly of the main landing gear (MLG) alternate extension system reservoir lid, and corrective action if necessary. This new AD revises the applicability. This AD was prompted by the discovery of two errors in the applicability of AD 2015–10–01. We are issuing this AD to, in the event of a failure of the primary MLG extension system, prevent failure of the alternate MLG extension system to fully extend the MLG into a down-and-locked position, which could result in collapse of both left-hand and right-hand MLG sides during touchdown. This AD becomes effective August 12, 2015.

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013–14–05 for certain The Boeing Company Model 747–400 and 747–400F series airplanes. AD 2013–14–05 required repetitive inspections of the longeron extension fittings for cracking, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This new AD would continue to require the actions specified in AD 2013–14–05, and would add new repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections of any modified, repaired, or replaced longeron extension fitting for cracking, and applicable related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by reports of cracking in the outboard flange of the longeron extension fittings, and our determination that more work is necessary on airplanes on which a permanent repair, longeron extension fitting replacement, or modification was accomplished. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the longeron extension fittings, which can become large and adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane. This AD is effective September 1, 2015.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747–100B, 747–100B SUD, 747–200B, 747–200C, 747–200F, 747–300, 747–400, 747–400D, 747–400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of skin cracks and subsequent findings of hidden corrosion found on the mating surfaces between certain skin and stringers at circumferential skin splices. This AD requires general visual inspections of the fuselage skin at certain lower circumferential splices for the presence of existing external doublers, repetitive inspections of the fuselage skin, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct hidden corrosion due to compromised fillet seals, which can result in skin cracking and consequent loss of capability to support limit loads. This AD is effective September 1, 2015.

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2014–19–05 for all Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 1A1, 1A2, 1B, 1C, 1C1, 1C2, 1D, 1D1, 1E2, 1K1, 1S, 1S1, 2B, 2B1, 2C, 2C1, 2C2, 2S1, and 2S2 turboshaft engines. AD 2014–19–05 required an initial one-time vibration check of the engine accessory gearbox (AGB) on certain Arriel 1 and Arriel 2 model engines, and repetitive vibration checks for all Arriel 1 and Arriel 2 engines. This AD was prompted by our determination that we incorrectly identified technical references in AD 2014–19–05. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the engine AGB, which could lead to in-flight shutdown and damage to the engine, which may result in damage to the aircraft. This AD is effective September 1, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: The Commission is proposing rules which establish the Commission’s process for developing views to the Secretary of State on certain international mail matters. The proposed rules focus on those proposals concerning international mail that could affect a market dominant rate or classification. The Commission invites public comment on the proposed rules. Comments are due: August 27, 2015. (Information for submitting comments on this proposal was not included in the Federal Register. For further information, contact David A Trissell, General Counsel, at 202-789-6820.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of State proposes to revise its regulations of November 3, 2004 and October 11, 2007 governing the availability to the public of information that is under the control of the Department. There have been several changes in the law and regulations governing disclosure of such information, including the OPEN Government Act of 2007 and the OPEN FOIA Act of 2009. This proposed rule reflects changes in the FOIA and other statutes and consequent changes in the Department’s procedures since the last revision of the Department’s regulations on this subject. The Department will consider comments from the public that are received within September 28, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 1400-AD44. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the portion of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or rating schedule) that addresses dental and oral conditions. The purpose of these changes is to incorporate medical advances that have occurred since the last amendment, update current medical terminology, and provide clear evaluation criteria for application of this portion of the rating schedule. The proposed rule reflects advances in medical knowledge, recommendations from the Dental and Oral Conditions Work Group (Work Group), which is comprised of subject matter experts from both the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and comments from experts and the public gathered as part of a public forum. The public forum, focusing on revisions to the dental and oral conditions section of the VASRD, was held on January 25 – 26, 2011. Comments must be received by VA on or before September 28, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 2900-AP08. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

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