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Federal Register Highlights – 6/14/16

June 14, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for June 14, 2016:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the San Joaquin County (Bacon Island Road) highway bridge across Middle River, mile 8.6, at between Bacon Island and Lower Jones Tract, California. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner to make emergency mechanical and electrical repairs. 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 June 14, 2016 until 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2016. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from June 8, 2016, until June 14, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for navigable waters of the Ohio River from mile 43.2 to mile 43.6. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created from a barge- based fireworks display. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Pittsburgh. This rule is effective on July 2, 2016, from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

PROPOSED RULE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to remove the affirmative defense provisions for emergencies found in the regulations for state and federal operating permit programs. These provisions establish an affirmative defense that sources can assert in civil enforcement cases when noncompliance with certain emission limitations in operating permits occurs because of qualifying “emergency” circumstances. These provisions, which have never been required elements of state operating permit programs, are being removed because they are inconsistent with the enforcement structure of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and recent court decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The removal of these provisions is consistent with other recent EPA actions involving affirmative defenses and would harmonize the enforcement and implementation of emission limitations across different CAA programs. The EPA is also taking comment on various implementation consequences relating to the proposed removal of the emergency affirmative defense provisions. Comments must be received on or before August 15, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference Docket No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2016–0186.)

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise a limitation on the rescission of stationary source preconstruction permits that is contained in the federal New Source Review (NSR) regulations. This proposal would amend the EPA’s federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) regulations to remove a date restriction from the current permit rescission provision. Other than removing the date restriction, the proposed rule is not intended to alter the circumstances under which an NSR permit may be rescinded. This proposal would also add a corresponding permit rescission provision in the federal regulations that apply to major sources in nonattainment areas of Indian country. This rule also proposes to correct an outdated cross-reference to another part of the regulations. Comments must be received on or before July 14, 2016. (To submit comments, visit, reference Docket No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2015–0782.)

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016–09– 11 for certain Airbus Model A330–200, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes; and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. AD 2016–09–11 required removing fasteners, doing a rototest inspection of fastener holes, installing new fasteners, oversizing the holes and doing rototest inspections for cracks if necessary, and repairing any cracking that is found. This new AD requires the same actions as AD 2016– 09–11, but includes Model A330–300 series airplanes in paragraph (g)(2) of this AD. This AD was prompted by the discovery of missing affected airplanes in paragraph (g)(2) of AD 2016–09–11 that resulted from converting a table in the proposed AD to text in AD 2016–09–11. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking on certain holes of certain frames of the center wing box (CWB), which could affect the structural integrity of the airplane. This AD is effective June 29, 2016.

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016–09–07 for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. AD 2016–09–07 required replacing certain pitot probes on the captain, first officer, and standby sides. This new AD retains those requirements, but with a revised compliance time. Since we issued AD 2016–09–07, we received additional reports of airspeed indication discrepancies during flight at high altitudes in inclement weather. We are issuing this AD to prevent airspeed indication discrepancies caused by accumulation of ice crystals during inclement weather, which, depending on the prevailing altitude, could lead to reduced controllability of the airplane. This AD is effective June 29, 2016.


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