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Federal Register Highlights – 9/10/15

September 10, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 10, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: We are proposing to amend the scrapie regulations by changing the risk groups and categories established for individual animals and for flocks, increasing the use of genetic testing as a means of assigning risk levels to animals, reducing movement restrictions for animals found to be genetically less susceptible or resistant to scrapie, and simplifying, reducing, or removing certain recordkeeping requirements. We also propose to provide designated scrapie epidemiologists with more alternatives and flexibility when testing animals in order to determine flock designations under the regulations. We propose to change the definition of high-risk animal, which will change the types of animals eligible for indemnity, and to pay higher indemnity for certain pregnant ewes and early maturing ewes. The proposed changes would also make the identification and recordkeeping requirements for goat owners consistent with those for sheep owners. These changes would affect sheep and goat producers, persons who handle sheep and goats in interstate commerce, and State governments. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before November 9, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number APHIS-2007-0127.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes revisions to the annual ratemaking methodology (“procedural changes”) and several Great Lakes pilotage regulations, and proposes new base pilotage rates and surcharges (“rate changes”), using that proposed revised methodology. The changes would take effect 30 days after publication of a final rule. Rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes were last revised in February 2015 and by law must be reviewed annually. The Coast Guard intends for the proposed revised methodology to be understandable and transparent, and to encourage investment in pilots, infrastructure, and training while helping ensure safe, efficient, and reliable service on the Great Lakes. In addition, the Coast Guard announces a public meeting on September 17, 2015, at which the public may ask questions about the proposals and comment on them. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and stewardship (environmental protection) missions by promoting safe shipping on the Great Lakes. Comments and related material must either be submitted to the online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before November 9, 2015 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number USCG-2015-0497.)

PROPOSED RULE: This document contains proposed regulations relating to a tax on United States citizens and residents who receive gifts or bequests from certain individuals who relinquished United States citizenship or ceased to be lawful permanent residents of the United States on or after June 17, 2008. These proposed regulations affect taxpayers who receive covered gifts or covered bequests on or after the date these regulations are published as final regulations in the Federal Register. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on these proposed regulations. Written or electronic comments must be received by December 9, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number IRS-REG-112997-10.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher/ processors using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the 2015 total allowable catch apportioned to catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), September 6, 2015, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2015.

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