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Federal Register Highlights – 8/24/15

August 24, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for August 24, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing two 1000-yard temporary security zones in support of U.S. Secret Service (USSS) security operations in the navigable waters of the U.S. in portions of the coastal areas of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. These security zones are needed to support USSS security operations and will be effective as directed by the USSS within 1000 yards of the navigable waters of the U.S. in portions of the coastal areas of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Vessel and people are prohibited from entering this security zone unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) or the COTP’s designated on-scene representative. This rule is effective without actual notice from 6:30 a.m. on August 24, 2015 until 5 p.m. on August 24, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: EPA is proposing changes to the existing regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) in response to extensive stakeholder review of the regulation and its implementation since 1974. EPA’s proposed changes would ensure the Federal certification program standards adequately protect applicators, the public, and the environment from risks associated with use of RUPs. The proposed changes are intended to improve the competency of certified applicators of RUPs, increase protection for noncertified applicators of RUPs operating under the direct supervision of a certified applicator through enhanced pesticide safety training and standards for supervision of noncertified applicators, and establish a minimum age requirement for certified and noncertified applicators. In keeping with EPA’s commitment to work more closely with Tribal governments to strengthen environmental protection in Indian country, certain changes are intended to provide more practical options for establishing certification programs in Indian country. Comments must be received on or before November 23, 2015. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0183.)

PROPOSED RULE: This rulemaking is part of FRA’s broader initiative to reduce the paperwork burden of its regulations. To support compliance with the Federal hours of service laws, Federal regulations have long required railroads to create and retain records regarding the hours of service of their employees who are covered by those laws (covered service employees). In general, the current regulations require covered service employees whose hours are recorded to sign the record by hand (the traditional, manual system) or “certify” the record using a complex computerized system (an electronic system). FRA proposes to amend these regulations to provide a third, simplified method of compliance, for certain entities. FRA proposes to allow railroads with less than 400,000 employee hours per year, and contractors and subcontractors providing covered service employees to such railroads to use an automated system, in which employees apply their electronic signatures to the automated records, which are stored in a railroad computer system. The proposed rule would not require the use of electronic or automated recordkeeping, would be better tailored to small operations, and is expected, if adopted, to decrease the burden hours spent on hours of service recordkeeping. Written comments must be received by October 23, 2015. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number FRA-2012-0101.)


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