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Federal Register Highlights – 8/5/16

August 5, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for August 5, 2016:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a 100-yard temporary moving safety zone around the M/V Zhenhuan 14 during its inbound and outbound transit as well as all movements in between the Charleston Harbor entrance buoy and the Wando Welch Terminal on the Charleston Harbor, and Wando River, Charleston, SC. The M/V Zhenhuan 14 will be transporting 5 gantry cranes between the dates of August 5, 2016 through August 17, 2016. The safety zone is necessary to protect the public from hazards associated with transporting the large cranes. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Charleston or a designated representative. This rule is effective from August 5, 2016 through August 17, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is proposing to amend certain of its regulations applicable to the Annual Report that each person registered or required to be registered as a commodity pool operator (CPO) must distribute for each commodity pool that it operates (Proposal). Specifically, the Proposal addresses the use of additional alternative generally accepted accounting principles, standards or practices, and the Annual Report audit requirement where the first fiscal year of a pool consists of a period of three months or less from the date of formation of the pool. Comments must be received on or before September 6, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3038–AE47.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“Commission”) is proposing to amend one of its regulations. The proposed amendment would amend the conditions under which persons located outside the United States (“U.S.”) acting in the capacity of a futures commission merchant (“FCM”), an introducing broker (“IB”), commodity trading advisor (“CTA”), or commodity pool operator (“CPO”) in connection with commodity interest transactions solely on behalf of persons located outside the U.S., or on behalf of certain international financial institutions, would qualify for an exemption from registration with the Commission. Comments must be received on or before September 6, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3038–AE46.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including battery chargers. In this notice, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes new energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power supplies, a class of battery chargers, and also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) before and after the public meeting, but no later than October 4, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number EERE–2016–BT–STD–0022.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations governing the release of VA medical records. Specifically, VA proposes to eliminate the restriction on protecting a negative test result for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV testing is a common practice today in healthcare and the stigma of testing that may have been seen in the 1980s when HIV was first discovered is no longer prevalent. Continuing to protect negative HIV tests causes delays and an unnecessary burden to veterans when VA tries to share electronic medical information with the veterans’ outside providers for their treatment through health information exchange efforts. For this same reason, VA would also eliminate negative test results of sickle cell anemia as protected medical information. This proposed rule would eliminate the current barriers to electronic medical information exchange. Comments must be received on or before October 4, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 2900–AP73.)

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