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Federal Register Highlights – 4/26/16

April 26, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for April 26, 2016:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, South Branch of the Elizabeth River, mile 5.8, at Chesapeake, VA. The deviation is necessary to perform urgent bridge repairs. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position. This deviation is effective without actual notice from April 26, 2016 through 1 p.m. on June 9, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Highway 160 drawbridge across Three Mile Slough, mile 0.1, at Rio Vista, CA. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner to complete the necessary sand blasting and painting rehabilitation. This deviation allows the bridge to be secured in the closed-to-navigation position during the deviation period. This deviation is effective without actual notice from April 26, 2016 through 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the upper deck of the Steel Bridge across the Willamette River, mile 12.1, at Portland, OR. The deviation is necessary to accommodate the route of the annual Starlight Parade event. This deviation allows the upper deck of the Steel Bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position to allow for the safe movement of event participants. This deviation is effective from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on June 4, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) publish for comment proposed regulations governing royalty rates and terms for the distant retransmission of over-the-air television and radio broadcast stations by cable television systems to their subscribers. Comments are due no later than May 17, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. 15–CRB–0010–CA.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to amend the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR) to address the applicability of Executive Order 13495 as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 22.12 to its management and operating contracts and subcontracts under such contracts. DOE is also proposing to increase dollar thresholds in its contractor purchasing system clause for management and operating contracts to conform to FAR subpart 28.1. Finally, DOE is revising the DEAR in accordance with a class deviation addressing Buy American Act non-availability determinations. Written comments on the proposed rulemaking must be received on or before close of business May 26, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 1991–AC03.)

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014–03– 14 for all Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes, and Model A340– 200, –300, –500, and –600 series airplanes. AD 2014–03–14 required removing bulb-type maintenance lights; installing a drain mast on certain airplanes; and installing muffs on connecting bleed elements on certain airplanes. For certain Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes, this new AD also requires replacing certain insulation sleeves with new insulation sleeves. This AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the airplane manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. This AD is effective May 31, 2016.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of multiple cases of ram air turbine (RAT) blade damage. This AD requires deployment of the RAT, replacement of the RAT placard with a new RAT placard, and re-identification of the RAT. We are issuing this AD to prevent blade damage to the RAT, which could prevent RAT deployment in flight during an emergency, possibly resulting in reduced control of the airplane. This AD is effective May 31, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The Legal Services Corporation (LSC or Corporation) proposes to revise its regulations governing subgrants to third parties. LSC published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on April 20, 2015, 80 FR 21692. In response to the NPRM, LSC received comments from five organizations. The commenters requested that LSC reconsider some of the proposed changes to the regulations. LSC has considered the comments and now proposes additional revisions to the rules. In this Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), LSC seeks comments on five proposed revisions to the NPRM. Comments must be submitted by June 10, 2016. (Submit written comments to: SubgrantRulemaking@lsc.gov. Include “Part 1627 FNPRM” in the subject line of the message. Electronic submissions are preferred via email with attachments in Acrobat PDF format.)

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