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Federal Register Highlights – 8/5/15

August 5, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive, and proposed rules for August 5, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is issuing a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Lady’s Island Bridge, across the Beaufort River, Mile 536.0 at Beaufort, SC. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed to reduce vehicular traffic concerns in surrounding communities. This deviation will allow Lady’s Island Bridge to close for extended hours during peak morning and afternoon commute hours. The bridge owner, South Carolina Department of Transportation, requested this action to assist in reducing traffic caused by bridge openings. This deviation is effective from 8 a.m. on August 5, 2015 until 6 p.m. on November 3, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: The Maritime Administration (“MARAD”) is soliciting public comments on amendments to its regulations that implement amendments to the Maritime Security Act of 2003 by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (“NDAA 2013”). The proposed revisions to the regulation, among other things, make changes to vessel eligibility for participation in the Maritime Security Program (MSP), authorize the extension of current MSP Operating Agreements, establish a new procedure for the award of new MSP Operating Agreements, extend the MSP through fiscal year 2025, update the Operating Agreement payments and schedule of payments, and eliminate the Maintenance and Repair Pilot Program. Comments must be received on or before October 5, 2015. MARAD will consider comments filed after this date to the extent practicable. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting retention of squids in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary because the 2015 initial total allowable catch of squids in the BSAI has been reached. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 30, 2015, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2015.

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