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Federal Register Highlights – 4/19/16

April 19, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for April 19, 2016:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) covering the waters of the Columbia River between river miles 71 and 73, in the vicinity of the mouth of the Kalama River. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of the persons and vessels conducting salvage operations on the subject waters at the Port of Kalama in Kalama, WA. Specifically, this regulation implements a no-wake requirement for vessels operating in the RNA during those salvage operations. This rule is effective without actual notice from April 19, 2016 through April 30, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its regulations which set forth the policies and procedures for resolving questions concerning eligibility for DOE access authorization. The proposed revisions would update and provide added clarity throughout the current rule, and streamline the process for resolving access authorization eligibility determinations. Additionally, DOE proposes to update references to DOE Offices and officials to reflect the current DOE organizational structure. Written comments on this proposed rulemaking must be received on or before close of business May 19, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. DOE–HQ–2012–0001–0274.)

TEMPORARY RULE: This action increases the trip limit for Gulf of Maine cod, Gulf of Maine haddock, and Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic yellowtail flounder for Northeast multispecies common pool vessels for the remainder of the 2015 fishing year. The regulations authorize the Regional Administrator to adjust the trip limits for common pool vessels in order to facilitate harvest of, or prevent exceeding, the pertinent common pool quotas during the fishing year. Increasing these trip limits is intended to provide additional fishing opportunities and help allow the common pool fishery to catch its allowable quota for this stock. The trip limit increase is effective April 14, 2016, through April 30, 2016.

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