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Federal Register Highlights – 2/10/16

February 10, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for February 10, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposes to amend federal regulations that designated, and placed restrictions on the use of, the Central Long Island Sound and Western Long Island Sound dredged material disposal sites, located offshore from New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut, respectively. The amended regulation incorporates standards and procedures for the use of those sites as recommended in the Long Island Sound Dredged Material Management Plan, which was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on January 11, 2016. The Dredged Material Management Plan identifies a wide range of alternatives to open-water disposal and recommends standards and procedures for determining which alternatives to pursue for different dredging projects, so as to reduce or eliminate wherever practicable the open-water disposal of dredged material. Comments must be received on or before March 25, 2016. (Submit written comments to: Stephen Perkins, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England Regional Office, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Mail Code: OEP06–3, Boston, MA 02109–3912 or electronically to CLDS@epa.gov.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook- and-line or pot gear in the BSAI. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 5, 2016, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2016.

 

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