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Federal Register Highlights – 3/28/16

March 28, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for March 28, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent security zone within Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound’s Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone on the waters in the vicinity of escorted vessels. This security zone would be enforced around any escorted vessel in the Sector Long Island Sound COTP Zone in order to protect the vessel and the public from destruction, loss, or injury from sabotage, subversive acts, or other malicious acts of a similar nature. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before May 27, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference Docket Number USCG–2014–0944.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend the Federal meat inspection regulations to eliminate the requirements for both ready-to-eat (RTE) and not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) pork and pork products to be treated to destroy trichinae (Trichinella spiralis) because the regulations are inconsistent with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations, and because these prescriptive regulations are no longer necessary. If this supplemental proposed rule is finalized, FSIS will end its Trichinella Approved Laboratory Program (TALP program) for the evaluation and approval of non-Federal laboratories that use the pooled sample digestion technique to analyze samples for the presence of trichinae. FSIS is also proposing to consolidate the regulations on thermally processed, commercially sterile meat and poultry products (i.e., canned food products containing meat or poultry). Comments must be received on or before May 27, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference Docket No. FSIS–2015–0036.)

PROPOSED RULE: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is proposing to amend the NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) to remove duplicative language of the FAR and superseded NFS guidance. The revision is part of NASA’s retrospective plan under Executive Order (EO) 13563 completed in August 2011. Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted in writing on or before May 27, 2016 to be considered in formulation of the final rule. (To submit comments, visit, reference NFS Case 2016–N010.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) to close the hook-and-line component of the commercial sector for king mackerel in the Florida west coast southern subzone. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) king mackerel resource. This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 27, 2016, through June 30, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures for commercial gray triggerfish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS projects commercial landings for gray triggerfish will reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for the January through June period by April 2, 2016. Therefore, NMFS is closing the commercial sector for gray triggerfish in the South Atlantic EEZ on April 2, 2016. This closure is necessary to protect the gray triggerfish resource. This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, April 2, 2016, until July 1, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is adjusting the 2016 seasonal apportionments of the total allowable catch (TAC) for pollock in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) by re-apportioning unharvested pollock TAC in Statistical Areas 610, 620, and 630 of the GOA. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2016 pollock TAC, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 23, 2016, until 2400 hours A.l.t., December 31, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of State (DOS) proposes to amend the Department of State Acquisition Regulation (DOSAR) to provide procedural changes relating to the suspension and debarment process. The Department of State will accept comments on this proposed rule until May 27, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference RIN 1400–AD90.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) seeks public comment on its proposal to revoke the existing class exemptions for crushed or broken stone or rip rap; hydraulic cement; and coke produced from coal, primary iron or steel products, and iron or steel scrap, wastes or tailings. The Board also invites interested parties to file, during the comment period for these proposed rules, comments regarding the possible revocation of other commodity class exemptions. Comments on the proposed rulemaking are due on or before May 27, 2016; replies are due June 27, 2016. (Any filings submitted in this proceeding must be submitted either via the Board’s e-filing format or in the traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing should attach a document and otherwise comply with the instructions found at the E–FILING link on the Board’s Web site at Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should send an original and 10 copies and also an electronic version to: Surface Transportation Board, Attn: Docket No. EP 704 (Sub-No. 1), 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001.)


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