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Federal Register Highlights – 9/21/15

September 21, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 21, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing security zones in the waters of the Delaware River and Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA. These zones are intended to restrict vessels from portions of the Delaware River and Schuylkill River during the 2015 Papal visit on September 26, 2015, and September 27, 2015. During the enforcement period, no unauthorized vessels or people will be permitted to enter or move within the security zones without permission from the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. This security zone is necessary to provide security for Pope Francis. This rule will be effective and enforced from 6:00 a.m. on September 25, 2015, to 12:00 p.m. on September 28, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: DoD is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to further implement a requirement of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, as modified by a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, that addresses required sources of electronic parts for defense contractors and subcontractors. Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before November 20, 2015, to be considered in the formation of a final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference DFARS Case No. 2014-D005.)

PROPOSED RULE: NHTSA is proposing a rule prescribing procedures for the assessment of civil penalties and for interpreting the factors for determining the amount of a civil penalty or the amount of a compromise under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Safety Act), to implement the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21). MAP–21 states that the Secretary of Transportation shall determine the amount of civil penalty or compromise under the Safety Act. MAP–21 identifies mandatory factors that the Secretary must consider and discretionary factors for the Secretary to consider as appropriate in making such determinations. MAP–21 further directs NHTSA to issue a rule providing an interpretation of these penalty factors. NHTSA is also proposing to update our regulations to conform it to the statutory civil penalty maximums enacted in MAP–21, the increased penalties and damages for odometer fraud, and the statutory penalty for knowingly and willfully submitting materially false or misleading information to the Secretary after certifying the same information as accurate. Submit comments on or before November 20, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number NHTSA-2015-0090.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the greater amberjack recreational sector in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) for the 2015 fishing year through this temporary rule. NMFS has determined that the recreational annual catch target (ACT) for Gulf greater amberjack will be reached by September 27, 2015. Therefore, NMFS is closing the recreational sector for greater amberjack in the Gulf EEZ on September 28, 2015. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf greater amberjack resource. This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, September 28, 2015, until 12:01 a.m., local time on January 1, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for commercial snowy grouper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS projects commercial landings for snowy grouper will reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) (equivalent to the commercial quota) by September 22, 2015. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for snowy grouper in the South Atlantic EEZ on September 22, 2015, and it will remain closed until the start of the next fishing season on January 1, 2016. This closure is necessary to protect the snowy grouper resource. This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, September 22, 2015, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS projects that commercial landings for vermilion snapper will reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for the July through December 2015 period on September 22, 2015. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic EEZ on September 22, 2015, and it will remain closed until the start of the next fishing season on January 1, 2016. This closure is necessary to protect the South Atlantic vermilion snapper resource. This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, September 22, 2015, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS announces that the 2015 commercial bluefish and summer flounder quota allocated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been harvested. Vessels issued commercial Federal fisheries permits for these fisheries may not land bluefish or summer flounder in Massachusetts for the remainder of calendar year 2015, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another state. Regulations governing these fisheries require publication of this notice to advise Massachusetts that the quota has been harvested, and to advise Federal vessel and dealer permit holders that no Federal commercial quota is available to land bluefish or summer flounder in Massachusetts. Effective 0001 hours, September 17, 2015, through December 31, 2015 for summer flounder and effective 0001 hours, September 19, 2015, through December 31, 2015 for bluefish.

PROPOSED RULE: This document contains proposed rules that would amend the regulations of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (Commission) to simplify and clarify the process for transferring approvals and to add sections dealing with general permits and modifications to approvals. These rules are designed to improve the Commission’s administrative processes and add regulatory clarity. DATES: Comments on the proposed rulemaking may be submitted to the Commission on or before November 9, 2015. (Submit comments in writing to: Jason E. Oyler, Esq., General Counsel, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 4423 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110–1788, or by email to regcomments@srbc.net.)

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