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Federal Register Highlights – 11/4/15

November 4, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for November 4, 2015:

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to clarify its test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. DOE is proposing to replace all instances of ballast efficacy factor (BEF) with ballast luminous efficiency (BLE) in our regulations and to add rounding instructions to the same section for BLE and power factor. DOE also proposes to clarify the represented value instructions for power factor. Finally, DOE is proposing to revise Appendix Q to clarify the lamp-ballast pairings for testing. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) no later than January 4, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number EERE-2009-BT-TP-0016.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is transferring 35 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) quota from the Harpoon category and 65 mt from the Reserve category to the General category for the remainder of the 2015 fishing year. This transfer results in adjusted quotas of 566.7 mt, 43.6 mt and 82.1 mt for the General, Harpoon, and Reserve categories, respectively. This action is based on consideration of the regulatory determination criteria regarding inseason adjustments and applies to Atlantic tunas General category (commercial) permitted vessels and Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat category permitted vessels when fishing commercially for BFT. Effective October 30, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting retention of sablefish by vessels using trawl gear in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the 2015 total allowable catch of sablefish allocated to vessels using trawl gear in the West Yakutat District of the GOA will be reached. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 30, 2015, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its licensing, inspection, and annual fee regulations to establish a variable annual fee structure for light- water small modular reactors (SMR). Under the proposed variable annual fee structure, an SMR’s annual fee would be calculated as a function of its licensed thermal power rating. This proposed fee methodology complies with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended (OBRA–90). The NRC will hold a public meeting to promote full understanding of the proposed rule and to facilitate public comments. Submit comments by December 4, 2015. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number NRC-2008-0664.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”) filed proposed rules with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”). SIPC proposes to adopt the SIPC Series 600 Rules, entitled “Rules Relating to Supplemental Report of SIPC Membership,” in accordance with paragraph (e)(4) of Rule 17a–5 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”). The Commission is publishing the proposed rules for public comment. Because SIPC rules have the force and effect as if promulgated by the Commission, those rules are published in Title 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Comments are to be received on or before November 25, 2015. (Submit written comments via e-mail to Please include File Number SIPC-2015-01 on the subject line.)


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