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Federal Register Highlights – 8/4/15

August 4, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for August 4, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing temporary safety zones around Royal Dutch Shell’s (Shell) contracted vessel FENNICA, which is participating in Shell’s planned Arctic oil drilling and exploration operations, while it is located in the U.S. Territorial and Internal Waters of the Sector Columbia River 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 FENNICA and those individuals that desire to exercise their First Amendment rights. This rule is effective without actual notice from August 4, 2015 until August 22, 2015.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model ATP airplanes. This AD requires a one- time inspection for solder deposited on the frangible plug of certain engine and auxiliary power unit (APU) fire extinguishers. This AD was prompted by reports of a fire extinguisher that failed to discharge due to solder deposited on the frangible plug of the fire extinguisher. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct solder deposited on the frangible plug of the fire extinguisher, which could result in failure of the fire extinguisher to discharge, and consequent inability to put out a fire in an engine or in the APU. This AD becomes effective August 19, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule sets out the Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) rules for implementing the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (the Act). The Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. The Act, which applies to persons of all ages, permits the use of certain age distinctions and factors other than age that meet the Act’s requirements. The Act and the related general, government-wide regulations require all agencies that extend federal financial assistance to issue agency-specific regulations implementing the Act. Treasury recipients have been subject to the Act and the government-wide regulations since their effective date in 1979. Accordingly, today’s proposed rule does not substantially change Treasury recipients’ existing duty to refrain from discrimination on the basis of age. This proposal fulfills the obligation on Treasury to issue agency- specific rules under the Act, clarifies the responsibilities of Treasury recipients under the Act, and describes the Treasury investigation, conciliation, and enforcement procedures to ensure compliance. Written comments must be received on or before October 5, 2015. (To submit comments, visit, click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)


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