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Federal Register Highlights – 12/8/15

December 8, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for December 8, 2015:

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA–23–250, PA–24–250, PA–24–260, PA–24–400, PA–30, PA–31, PA–31–300, PA–31P, PA–39, and PA–E23–250 airplanes. This AD was prompted by an accident caused by fuel starvation where the shape of the wing fuel tanks and fuel below a certain level in that tank may have allowed the fuel to move away from the tank outlet during certain maneuvers. This AD requires installing a fuel system management placard on the airplane instrument panel and adding text to the Limitations Section of the pilot’s operating handbook (POH)/airplane flight manual (AFM). We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective January 12, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed regulation would allow Community Forest and Open Space Program (Community Forest Program) grant recipients to issue conservation easements to funding entities and, in some circumstances consistent with the program’s purposes, convey community forest land to other eligible entities. The proposed regulation would also clarify definitions of program-specific terms, streamline the application process, and implement Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Agriculture’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR parts 200 and 400). Comments on this proposed regulation must be received in writing by March 7, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference RIN 0596-AD23.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Pacific cod from catcher vessels greater than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using pot gear, American Fisheries Act (AFA) trawl catcher processors (C/Ps), and catcher vessels using trawl gear to C/Ps using hook-and-line gear and C/Ps using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2015 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested. Effective December 3, 2015 through 2400 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve to the initial total allowable catch (ITAC) and total allowable catch (TAC) of Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) northern rockfish, BSAI octopus, BSAI sculpins, and BSAI skates in the BSAI management area. This action is necessary to allow the fisheries to continue operating. It is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan for the BSAI management area. Effective December 3, 2015 through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time, December 31, 2015.


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