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Federal Register Highlights – 9/21/16

September 21, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for September 21, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016–2017 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.15 to $0.25 per ton of Washington cherries handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers and handlers of cherries operating within the production area. Assessments upon cherry handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the marketing order. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended or terminated. Comments must be received by October 6, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Doc. No. AMS–SC–16–0077.)

PROPOSED RULE: Through this notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”), the Economic Development Administration (“EDA,” or “the Agency”), U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”), proposes and requests comments on the Agency’s implementation of section 26 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (the “Stevenson- Wydler Act”), enacted as part of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (“COMPETES Act”). The Stevenson-Wydler Act authorizes EDA to provide loan guarantees for obligations to small-and medium-sized manufacturers for the use or production of innovative technologies. These guarantees will enable innovative technology manufacturers to obtain capital otherwise unavailable to them. Written comments on this NPRM must be received by EDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel no later than 5 p.m. eastern time on December 20, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0610–AA67.)

PROPOSED RULE: Through this notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”), the Economic Development Administration (“EDA” or “the Agency”), U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”), proposes and requests comments on the Agency’s implementation of the Regional Innovation Program as authorized by section 27 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, as amended (“Stevenson-Wydler” or the “Act”). Through the Regional Innovation Strategies Program (“RIS Program”), the centerpiece of the Regional Innovation Program, EDA currently awards grants for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startup companies. This NPRM, for the first time, lays out the overarching regulatory framework for the Regional Innovation Program and specifically focuses on outlining the structure of the RIS Program. Written comments on this NPRM must be submitted by November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0610–AA68.)

PROPOSED RULE: In this document the Commission opens a new proceeding relating to the National Public Safety Broadband Network being implemented by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The proceeding seeks comment on proposed procedures for administering the Commission’s role in the State opt-out process from the FirstNet radio access network as provided under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, as well as on the Commission’s implementation of the specific statutory standards by which it is obligated to evaluate State opt-out applications. Comments are due on or before October 21, 2016 and reply comments are due on or before November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference PS Docket No. 16–269.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list the Sonoyta mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale), a native subspecies from Arizona in the United States and Sonora in Mexico, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this subspecies. The effect of this regulation will be to add this subspecies to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. FWS–R2–ES–2016–0103.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list the Pearl darter (Percina aurora), a fish from Mississippi, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this species. The effect of this proposed regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before November 21, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2016–0037.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is exchanging unused flathead sole and rock sole Community Development Quota (CDQ) for yellowfin sole CDQ acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2016 total allowable catch of yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested. Effective September 21, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting retention of shortraker rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the 2016 total allowable catch of shortraker rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA will be reached. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), September 19, 2016, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: This document contains proposed rules that would amend the regulations of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (Commission) to clarify application requirements and standards for review of projects, amend the rules dealing with the mitigation of consumptive uses, add a subpart to provide for registration of grandfathered projects, and revise requirements dealing with hearings and enforcement actions. These rules are designed to enhance the Commission’s existing authorities to manage the water resources of the basin and add regulatory clarity. Comments on the proposed rulemaking may be submitted to the Commission on or before January 30, 2017. (For further information on the proposed rulemaking, visit the Commission’s Web site at http://www.srbc.net.)

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