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Federal Register Highlights – 1/15/16

January 15, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for January 15, 2016:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Montlake Bridge across the Lake Washington Ship Canal, mile 5.2, at Seattle, WA. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge to operate in single leaf mode during day light hours, and a full closure (both bascule leafs in the closed- to-navigation position) during night time hours while work crews replace bridge decking. This deviation allows a single leaf opening with a one-hour advance notice during the day, and remains in the closed-to-navigation position at night. This deviation is effective from 6 a.m. on February 27, 2016 to 6 p.m. on February 28, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air furnaces. EPCA also requires that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) periodically review and consider amending its standards for specified categories of industrial equipment, including commercial heating and air-conditioning equipment, in order to determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and save a significant additional amount of energy. In this document, DOE proposes to amend the energy conservation standards for both small, large, and very large air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment and commercial warm air furnaces identical to those set forth in a direct final rule published elsewhere in this Federal Register. If DOE receives an adverse comment and determines that such comment may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing the direct final rule, DOE will publish a document withdrawing the direct final rule and will proceed with this proposed rule. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding the proposed standards no later than May 4, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference Docket Number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule to streamline and improve implementation of the rule, to improve the quality and consistency of the data collected under the rule, and to clarify or provide minor updates to certain provisions that have been the subject of questions from reporting entities. This action also proposes confidentiality determinations for the reporting of certain data elements to the program. This action also proposes action in response to a petition to reconsider specific aspects of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. Comments must be received on or before February 29, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference Docket Number EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0526.)


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