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Federal Register Highlights – 7/30/15

July 30, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for July 30, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their October 2014 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2015 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would remove two non-organic agricultural substances from the National List for use in organic handling, fortified cooking wines—marsala wine and sherry wine. This proposed rule would also remove two listings for synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production on the National List, streptomycin and tetracycline, as their use exemptions expired on October 21, 2014. Comments must be received by August 31, 2015. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number AMS–NOP–15–0015. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations to implement Section 901(c) of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 that grants the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) the authority to issue a waiver allowing a documented vessel with only a registry endorsement or a foreign-flagged vessel to be used in certain aquaculture operations. Specifically, those operations include the treatment and/or protection of aquaculture fish from disease, parasitic infestation, or other threats to their health. The proposed part would establish the requirement for an owner or operator of a vessel who is issued a waiver by the Secretary of DOT to notify the Coast Guard that the vessel owner or operator has been issued a waiver that allows the vessel to conduct certain aquaculture support operations. The proposed part would also establish operational and geographic requirements for vessels that are issued such a waiver. DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted on or before October 28, 2015 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number USCG–2015–0086. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)

PROPOSED RULE: The General Services Administration (GSA) is issuing a proposed rule amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) coverage on Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts, including provisions and clauses for solicitations and resultant contracts, to remove unnecessary regulations. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before September 28, 2015 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. (To submit comments, visit, reference GSAR Case 2015–G508. Commenting page was not available at the time of this posting.)


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