Federal Register Vol. 80, No.83,

Federal Register Volume 80, Issue 83 (April 30, 2015)

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80 FR 24777 - Workers Memorial Day, 2015PDF
80 FR 24287 - Sunshine Act MeetingPDF
80 FR 24255 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 24304 - In the Matter of Jet Neko, Inc., Order of Suspension of TradingPDF
80 FR 24253 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by the American Diabetes Association for Continued Deeming Authority for Diabetes Self-Management TrainingPDF
80 FR 24210 - Special Regulations, Areas of the National Park System, Bryce Canyon National Park, BicyclingPDF
80 FR 24222 - Medicare Program; FY 2015 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements and Process and Appeals for Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice; CorrectionPDF
80 FR 24245 - Taking and Importing of Marine MammalsPDF
80 FR 24231 - Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 122-Corpus Christi, Texas; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; M & G Resins, LLC, (Polyethylene Terephthalate and Terephthalic Acid); Corpus Christi, TexasPDF
80 FR 24249 - Taking and Importing of Marine MammalsPDF
80 FR 24248 - Taking and Importing of Marine MammalsPDF
80 FR 24250 - Taking and Importing of Marine MammalsPDF
80 FR 24311 - Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Committee MeetingPDF
80 FR 24310 - Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life”PDF
80 FR 24236 - New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, et al.; Notice of Decision on Application for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific InstrumentsPDF
80 FR 24311 - Culturally Significant Object Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “North Cape”PDF
80 FR 24312 - Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends” ExhibitionPDF
80 FR 24310 - Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life” ExhibitionPDF
80 FR 24311 - Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Frances Stark: Intimism” ExhibitionPDF
80 FR 24233 - Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative ReviewsPDF
80 FR 24232 - Commodity Matchbooks From India: Continuation of Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty OrdersPDF
80 FR 24236 - Harvard University, et al.; Notice of Consolidated Decision on Applications for Duty-Free Entry of Electron MicroscopePDF
80 FR 24290 - Refining and Characterizing Heat Release Rates From Electrical Enclosures During Fire (RACHELLE-FIRE)PDF
80 FR 24294 - United Nuclear Corporation; Church Rock FacilityPDF
80 FR 24289 - Northwest Medical Isotopes, LLCPDF
80 FR 24291 - Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power StationPDF
80 FR 24246 - Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud Action Plan Recommendations 14/15 Identifying Species “At Risk” of IUU Fishing and Seafood FraudPDF
80 FR 24213 - Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Stage I RegulationsPDF
80 FR 24227 - Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Stage I RegulationsPDF
80 FR 24223 - Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management AreaPDF
80 FR 24218 - Reconsideration on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and the Utility New Source Performance Standards; Final ActionPDF
80 FR 24237 - Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Russian River Estuary Management ActivitiesPDF
80 FR 24296 - National Science and Technology Council; National Space Weather StrategyPDF
80 FR 24228 - National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Statement of Reasons for Not Conducting Rulemaking ProceedingsPDF
80 FR 24279 - Privacy Act of 1974; Systems of Records; CorrectionPDF
80 FR 24280 - Privacy Act of 1974; System of RecordsPDF
80 FR 24226 - Privacy Act of 1974; Implementation; CorrectionPDF
80 FR 24319 - Proposed Information Collection (Notice of Disagreement) Activity: Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 24225 - Special Conditions: L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Boeing Model 747-8 Series Airplanes; Therapeutic Oxygen for Medical UsePDF
80 FR 24191 - Special Conditions: Bombardier Inc. Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 Airplanes; Design Roll-Maneuver ConditionPDF
80 FR 24321 - Agency Information Collection Educational/Vocational Counseling Application (VA Form 28-8832) Activity Under OMB ReviewPDF
80 FR 24320 - Agency Information Collection (Appointment of Veterans Service Organization as Claimant's Representative and Appointment of Individual as Claimant's Representative) Activity Under OMB ReviewPDF
80 FR 24231 - Notice of Public Meeting of the Alaska Advisory Committee for Members of the Committee To Receive Member Orientation and Discuss Civil Rights Issues in the StatePDF
80 FR 24193 - Special Conditions: Airbus Model A319-151n/171n, A320-251n/271n, and A321-251n/271n (SAneo) Series Airplanes; Transient Engine-Failure LoadsPDF
80 FR 24312 - Notice of a Land Release Affecting the Federal Grant Assurance Obligations at Ryan Field Airport, Tucson, Pima County, ArizonaPDF
80 FR 24320 - Agency Information Collection (Advertising, Sales, and Enrollment Materials, and Candidate Handbooks) Activity Under OMB ReviewPDF
80 FR 24274 - Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Data Elements for Student Enrollment in Bureau-funded SchoolsPDF
80 FR 24305 - Notice of Applications for Deregistration Under Section 8(f) of the Investment Company Act of 1940PDF
80 FR 24280 - Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety StandardsPDF
80 FR 24286 - Affirmative Decisions on Petitions for Modification Granted in Whole or in PartPDF
80 FR 24315 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 24250 - Addendum to the 26 June 2014 Record of Decision for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement F-35 Beddown at Eglin Air Force Base, FloridaPDF
80 FR 24316 - Financial Research Advisory CommitteePDF
80 FR 24251 - State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB)PDF
80 FR 24252 - Methane Hydrate Advisory CommitteePDF
80 FR 24252 - Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory CommitteePDF
80 FR 24253 - Commission To Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy LaboratoriesPDF
80 FR 24267 - Accreditation and Approval of SGS North America, Inc., as a Commercial Gauger and LaboratoryPDF
80 FR 24247 - New England Fishery Management Council; Public MeetingPDF
80 FR 24246 - Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public MeetingPDF
80 FR 24251 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program Annual Performance ReportPDF
80 FR 24317 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 24274 - Endangered Species; Recovery Permit ApplicationsPDF
80 FR 24293 - Net Positive Suction Head for Emergency Core Cooling and Containment Heat Removal System PumpsPDF
80 FR 24288 - Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Establish An Information CollectionPDF
80 FR 24313 - Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes MellitusPDF
80 FR 24259 - Biosimilars: Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009; Guidance for Industry; AvailabilityPDF
80 FR 24257 - Guidance for Industry on Quality Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity of a Therapeutic Protein Product to a Reference Product; AvailabilityPDF
80 FR 24258 - Scientific Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity to a Reference Product; Guidance for Industry; AvailabilityPDF
80 FR 24268 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Ship's Store DeclarationPDF
80 FR 24307 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 24230 - Tobacco Transition Program; Final Date To Request Payments; No Change to Final Assessment ProceduresPDF
80 FR 24191 - Agricultural Conservation Easement ProgramPDF
80 FR 24280 - Public Availability of Department of Labor FY 2014 Service Contract InventoryPDF
80 FR 24276 - Certain Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin From Canada, China, India, and OmanPDF
80 FR 24220 - Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Control of Emissions From Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator UnitsPDF
80 FR 24228 - Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Control of Emissions From Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator UnitsPDF
80 FR 24297 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; Miami International Securities Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Exchange Rule 515PDF
80 FR 24302 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Delay the Implementation Date of Trade Reporting Amendments Approved Pursuant to SR-FINRA-2013-050PDF
80 FR 24300 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Schedule of FeesPDF
80 FR 24305 - Order Regarding Review of FASB Accounting Support Fee For 2015 Under Section 109 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002PDF
80 FR 24278 - Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993-Heterogeneous System Architecture FoundationPDF
80 FR 24277 - Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993-Sematech, Inc. D/B/A International SematechPDF
80 FR 24278 - Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993-Halon Alternatives Research Corporation, Inc.PDF
80 FR 24277 - Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993-Cooperative Research Group on Advanced Combustion Catalyst and Aftertreatment TechnologiesPDF
80 FR 24279 - Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993-Cooperative Research Group on Automotive Consortium for Embedded SecurityTMPDF
80 FR 24279 - Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993-Open Platform for NFV Project, Inc.PDF
80 FR 24261 - Risk Communications Advisory Committee; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 24256 - Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 24262 - Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 24278 - Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993-PXI Systems Alliance, Inc.PDF
80 FR 24263 - Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for LicensingPDF
80 FR 24314 - Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping RequirementsPDF
80 FR 24266 - Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 24265 - National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 24265 - Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 24267 - Fogarty International Center; Notice of MeetingsPDF
80 FR 24265 - National Institute on Drug Abuse; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 24276 - Certain Protective Cases for Electronic Devices and Components Thereof; Institution of InvestigationPDF
80 FR 24260 - Multicriteria-Based Ranking Model for Risk Management of Animal Drug Residues in Milk and Milk Products; AvailabilityPDF
80 FR 24216 - Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Arkansas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Fee RegulationsPDF
80 FR 24227 - Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Arkansas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Fee RegulationsPDF
80 FR 24275 - Notice of Temporary Closure of Public Land in Storey County, NVPDF
80 FR 24198 - Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. AirplanesPDF
80 FR 24207 - Airworthiness Directives; Airbus AirplanesPDF
80 FR 24195 - Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company AirplanesPDF
80 FR 24223 - Health Insurance Issuer Standards Under the Affordable Care Act, Including Standards Related to ExchangesPDF
80 FR 24269 - Privacy Act of 1974; Department of Homeland Security United States Immigration Customs and Enforcement-011 Immigration and Enforcement Operational Records System of RecordsPDF
80 FR 24324 - Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2016 Rates; Revisions of Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers, Including Changes Related to the Electronic Health Record Incentive ProgramPDF
80 FR 24692 - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Neosho Mucket and RabbitsfootPDF
80 FR 24200 - Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. AirplanesPDF

Issue

80 83 Thursday, April 30, 2015 Contents Agriculture Agriculture Department See

Commodity Credit Corporation

AIRFORCE Air Force Department NOTICES Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: F-35 Beddown at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, 24250-24251 2015-10089 Antitrust Division Antitrust Division NOTICES Changes under the National Cooperative Research and Production Act: Cooperative Research Group on Automotive Consortium for Embedded Security, 24279 2015-10028 Membership Changes under National Cooperative Research and Production Act: Cooperative Research Group on Advanced Combustion Catalyst and Aftertreatment Technologies, 24277-24278 2015-10030 Halon Alternatives Research Corporation, Inc., 24278-24279 2015-10031 Heterogeneous System Architecture Foundation, 24278 2015-10033 Open Platform for NFV Project, Inc., 24279 2015-10027 PXI Systems Alliance, Inc, 24278 2015-10021 Sematech, Inc. d/b/a International Sematech, 24277 2015-10032 Centers Medicare Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services RULES Medicare Program: FY 2015 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements and Process and Appeals for Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice; Correction, 24222-24223 2015-10169 PROPOSED RULES Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2016 Rates, etc., 24324-24689 2015-09245 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24255-24256 2015-10197 Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application by the American Diabetes Association for Continued Deeming Authority for Diabetes Self-Management Training, 24253-24255 2015-10171 Civil Rights Civil Rights Commission NOTICES Meetings: Alaska Advisory Committee, 24231 2015-10099 Commerce Commerce Department See

Foreign-Trade Zones Board

See

International Trade Administration

See

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Commodity Credit Commodity Credit Corporation RULES Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, 24191 2015-10055 NOTICES Tobacco Transition Program: Final Date to Request Payments; No Change to Final Assessment Procedures, 24230-24231 2015-10056 Defense Department Defense Department See

Air Force Department

Education Department Education Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program Annual Performance Report, 24251 2015-10079 Energy Department Energy Department NOTICES Meetings: Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, 24252 2015-10084 Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories, 24253 2015-10083 Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee, 24252 2015-10085 State Energy Advisory Board, 24251-24252 2015-10086 Environmental Protection Environmental Protection Agency RULES Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Approvals and Promulgations: Arkansas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Fee Regulations, 24216-24218 2015-09905 Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Albuquerque, NM; Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Control of Emissions from Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator Units, 24220-24222 2015-10043 Texas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Stage I Regulations, 24213-24215 2015-10122 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and Utility New Source Performance Standards; Final Action on Reconsideration, 24218-24220 2015-10118 PROPOSED RULES Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Approvals and Promulgations: Arkansas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Fee Regulations, 24227 2015-09903 Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Albuquerque, NM; Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Control of Emissions from Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator Units, 24228 2015-10041 Texas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Stage I Regulations, 24227 2015-10121 Federal Aviation Federal Aviation Administration RULES Airworthiness Directives: Airbus Airplanes, 24207-24210 2015-09811 Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes, 24198-24207 2015-07802 2015-09813 The Boeing Company Airplanes, 24195-24198 2015-09805 Special Conditions: Airbus Model A319-151n/171n, A320-251n/271n, and A321-251n/271n (SAneo) Series Airplanes; Transient Engine-Failure Loads, 24193-24195 2015-10098 Bombardier Inc. Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 Airplanes; Design Roll-Maneuver Condition, 24191-24193 2015-10102 PROPOSED RULES Special Conditions: L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Boeing Model 747-8 Series Airplanes; Therapeutic Oxygen for Medical Use, 24225-24226 2015-10103 NOTICES Release of Airport Property: Ryan Field Airport, Tucson, Pima County, AZ, 24312 2015-10097 Federal Motor Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration NOTICES Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications: Diabetes Mellitus, 24313-24314 2015-10070 Fish Fish and Wildlife Service RULES Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Designation of Critical Habitat for Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot, 24692-24774 2015-09200 NOTICES Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications, 24274 2015-10077 Food and Drug Food and Drug Administration NOTICES Guidance: Biosimilars -- Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, 24259-24260 2015-10064 Quality Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity of a Therapeutic Protein Product to a Reference Product, 24257-24258 2015-10063 Scientific Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity to a Reference Product, 24258-24259 2015-10062 Meetings: Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee, 24256, 24262-24263 2015-10022 2015-10023 Risk Communications Advisory Committee, 24261-24262 2015-10024 Multicriteria-Based Ranking Model for Risk Management of Animal Drug Residues in Milk and Milk Products, 24260-24261 2015-10000 Foreign Trade Foreign-Trade Zones Board NOTICES Proposed Production Activities: M & G Resins, LLC, Foreign-Trade Zone 122, Corpus Christi, TX, 24231-24232 2015-10166 Health and Human Health and Human Services Department See

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

See

Food and Drug Administration

See

National Institutes of Health

RULES Health Insurance Issuer Standards Under the Affordable Care Act, Including Standards Related to Exchanges; CFR Correction, 24223 2015-09681 PROPOSED RULES Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2016 Rates, etc., 24324-24689 2015-09245 National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Denial of Petition for Rulemaking, 24228-24229 2015-10110
Homeland Homeland Security Department See

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

NOTICES Privacy Act; Systems of Records, 24269-24274 2015-09615
Indian Affairs Indian Affairs Bureau NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Data Elements for Student Enrollment in Bureau-funded Schools, 24274-24275 2015-10095 Interior Interior Department See

Fish and Wildlife Service

See

Indian Affairs Bureau

See

Land Management Bureau

See

National Park Service

International Trade Adm International Trade Administration NOTICES Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders, or Reviews, 24233-24236 2015-10134 Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders, or Reviews: Commodity Matchbooks from India, 24232-24233 2015-10133 Applications for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific Instruments: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, et al., 24236-24237 2015-10146 Consolidated Decisions on Applications for Duty-Free Entry of Electron Microscopes: Harvard University, et al., 24236 2015-10132 International Trade Com International Trade Commission NOTICES Investigations; Determinations, Modifications, and Rulings, etc.: Certain Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin from Canada, China, India, and Oman, 24276-24277 2015-10045 Certain Protective Cases for Electronic Devices and Components Thereof, 24276 2015-10002 Justice Department Justice Department See

Antitrust Division

PROPOSED RULES Privacy Act; Implementation; Correction, 24226-24227 2015-10106 NOTICES Privacy Act; Systems of Records; Correction, 24279-24280 2015-10109
Labor Department Labor Department See

Mine Safety and Health Administration

NOTICES Service Contract Inventories; FY 2014, 24280 2015-10054
Land Land Management Bureau NOTICES Public Lands; Temporary Closures: Storey County, NV, 24275-24276 2015-09821 Mine Mine Safety and Health Administration NOTICES Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards, 24280-24286 2015-10093 Petitions for Modification; Affirmative Decisions, 24286-24287 2015-10092 National Highway National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24314-24315 2015-10009 National Institute National Institutes of Health NOTICES Government-Owned Inventions; Licensing Availability, 24263-24265 2015-10013 Meetings: Center for Scientific Review, 24266-24267 2015-10007 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 24265-24266 2015-10005 Fogarty International Center, 24267 2015-10004 National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, 24265 2015-10006 National Institute on Drug Abuse, 24265 2015-10003 National Oceanic National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RULES Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska: Pacific Ocean Perch in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 24223-24224 2015-10120 NOTICES Meetings: New England Fishery Management Council, 24247-24248 2015-10081 Pacific Fishery Management Council, 24246 2015-10080 Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud Action Plan Recommendations Identifying Species At Risk of Fishing and Seafood Fraud, 24246-24247 2015-10125 Takes of Marine Mammals: Russian River Estuary Management Activities, 24237-24245 2015-10115 Taking and Importing of Marine Animals: Government of Ecuador, 2-year Renewal, 24250 2015-10151 Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals: Government of El Salvador; Annual Renewal, 24248-24249 2015-10153 Government of Guatemala; Annual Renewal, 24248 2015-10162 Government of Mexico; 2-year Renewal, 24249 2015-10164 Government of Spain; Annual Renewal, 24245-24246 2015-10167 National Park National Park Service RULES Special Regulations: Areas of the National Park System, Bryce Canyon National Park, Bicycling, 24210-24213 2015-10170 National Science National Science Foundation NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24288-24289 2015-10074 Meetings; Sunshine Act, 24287-24288 2015-10252 Nuclear Regulatory Nuclear Regulatory Commission NOTICES Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.: Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, 24291-24293 2015-10126 Guidance: Net Positive Suction Head for Emergency Core Cooling and Containment Heat Removal System Pumps; Withdrawal, 24293-24294 2015-10076 Refining and Characterizing Heat Release Rates from Electrical Enclosures During Fire, 24290 2015-10130 License Amendment Applications: United Nuclear Corp., Church Rock Facility, 24294-24296 2015-10129 Permit Applications: Northwest Medical Isotopes, LLC, 24289 2015-10127 Presidential Documents Presidential Documents PROCLAMATIONS Special Observances: Workers Memorial Day (Proc. 9260), 24775-24778 2015-10325 Science Technology Science and Technology Policy Office NOTICES 2015 National Space Weather Strategy, 24296-24297 2015-10113 Securities Securities and Exchange Commission NOTICES Applications for Deregistration under the Investment Company Act, 24305-24307 2015-10094 Order Regarding Review Of FASB Accounting Support Fee, 24305 2015-10034 Self-Regulatory Organizations; Proposed Rule Changes: Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., 24302-24304 2015-10039 International Securities Exchange, LLC, 24300-24302 2015-10038 Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC, 24297-24300 2015-10040 Trading Suspension Orders: Jet Neko, Inc., 24304-24305 2015-10187 Social Social Security Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24307-24310 2015-10057 State Department State Department NOTICES Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition: American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life, 24310 2015-10147 Frances Stark: Intimism, 24311 2015-10138 FRIDA KAHLO -- Art, Garden, Life, 24310-24311 2015-10139 North Cape, 24311-24312 2015-10145 Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, 24312 2015-10141 Meetings: Shipping Coordinating Committee, 24311 2015-10148 Transportation Department Transportation Department See

Federal Aviation Administration

See

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

See

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Treasury Treasury Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24315-24319 2015-10078 2015-10091 Requests for Nominations: Financial Research Advisory Committee, 24316-24317 2015-10087 Customs U.S. Customs and Border Protection NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Ship's Store Declaration, 24268 2015-10058 Commercial Gaugers and Laboratories; Accreditations and Approvals: SGS North America, Inc., 24267-24268 2015-10082 Veteran Affairs Veterans Affairs Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Advertising, Sales, and Enrollment Materials, and Candidate Handbooks, 24320-24321 2015-10096 Appointment of Veterans Service Organization as Claimant's Representative and Appointment of Individual as Claimant's Representative, 24320 2015-10100 Educational/Vocational Counseling Application, 24321 2015-10101 Notice of Disagreement, 24319-24320 2015-10104 Separate Parts In This Issue Part II Health and Human Services Department, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 24324-24689 2015-09245 Health and Human Services Department, 24324-24689 2015-09245 Part III Interior Department, Fish and Wildlife Service, 24692-24774 2015-09200 Part IV Presidential Documents, 24775-24778 2015-10325 Reader Aids

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80 83 Thursday, April 30, 2015 Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation 7 CFR Part 1468 [Docket No. NRCS-2014-0011] RIN 0578-AA61 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program AGENCY:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

ACTION:

Interim rule; reopening of comment period.

SUMMARY:

NRCS and CCC published an interim rule for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) with a request for comments, and a comment period ending April 28, 2015. This document reopens the comment period.

DATES:

The comment period for the interim rule for ACEP (80 FR 11032, Feb. 27, 2015) is hereby reopened and will end Thursday, May 28, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments for Docket No. NRCS-2014-0011.

Mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attention: Docket No. NRCS-2014-0011, Regulatory and Agency Policy Team, Strategic Planning and Accountability, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Building 1-1112D, Beltsville, Maryland 20705.

NRCS will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. Personal information provided with comments will be posted. If your comment includes your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information, please be aware that your entire comment, including your personal information, will be made publicly available. Do not include personal information with your comment submission if you do not wish for it to be made public. This interim rule may be accessed via Internet. Users can access the NRCS homepage at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/; select the Farm Bill link from the menu; select the Interim final link from beneath the Final and Interim rules Index title under the heading “2014 NRCS Farm Bill Conservation Program Rules.” Select Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kim Berns, Acting Deputy Chief for Programs, at 202-720-1882.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (e.g., Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Technology and Accessible Resources Give Employment Today Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In response to requests from the public, the comment period for this rule is being reopened to provide the public additional time to submit comments.

Signed this 24th day of April, 2015, in Washington, DC. Leonard Jordon, Acting Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Acting Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2015-10055 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-16-P
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 25 [Docket No. FAA-2015-0757; Special Conditions No. 25-581-SC] Special Conditions: Bombardier Inc. Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 Airplanes; Design Roll-Maneuver Condition AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final special conditions; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

These special conditions are issued for the Bombardier Inc. Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 airplanes. These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with an electronic flight-control system that provides roll control of the airplanes through pilot inputs to the flight computers. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.

DATES:

This action is effective on Bombardier Inc. on April 30, 2015. We must receive your comments by June 15, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2015-0757 using any of the following methods:

Federal eRegulations Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.

Privacy: The FAA will post all comments it receives, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov/, including any personal information the commenter provides. Using the search function of the docket Web site, anyone can find and read the electronic form of all comments received into any FAA docket, including the name of the individual sending the comment (or signing the comment for an association, business, labor union, etc.). DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement can be found in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-19478), as well as at http://DocketsInfo.dot.gov/.

Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at http://www.regulations.gov/ at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket, or go to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mark Freisthler, FAA, Airframe and Cabin Safety Branch, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1119; facsimile 425-227-1232.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The FAA has determined that notice of, and opportunity for prior public comment on, these special conditions is impracticable because these procedures would significantly delay issuance of the design approval and thus delivery of the affected airplane(s).

In addition, the substance of these special conditions has been subject to the public comment process in several prior instances with no substantive comments received. The FAA therefore finds that good cause exists for making these special conditions effective upon publication in the Federal Register.

Comments Invited

We invite interested people to take part in this rulemaking by sending written comments, data, or views. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the special conditions, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data.

We will consider all comments we receive by the closing date for comments. We may change these special conditions based on the comments we receive.

Background

On June 13, 2012, Bombardier Inc. applied for an amended type certificate for their new Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 airplanes. The BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 augment the existing BD-700 family of airplanes, and are marketed as the Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000, respectively. These are ultra-long-range, executive-interior business jets equipped with Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion Integrated Avionics System. These airplanes have a maximum certified passenger capacity of 19.

The design of the Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 airplanes includes new high-speed transonic wings with improved aerodynamic efficiency, a pressurized cabin for luxury interiors, and they share an identical supplier base and significant common design elements. The current design roll-maneuver requirement in Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 25 is inadequate for addressing an airplane with electronic flight controls that affect maneuvering. These special conditions adjust the current roll-maneuver requirement, § 25.349, to take into account the effects of an electronic flight-control system.

Type Certification Basis

Under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.101, Bombardier Inc. must show that the Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 airplanes meet the applicable provisions of part 25 as amended by Amendments 25-1 through 25-136.

If the Administrator finds that the applicable airworthiness regulations (i.e., 14 CFR part 25) do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for the Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 airplanes because of a novel or unusual design feature, special conditions are prescribed under the provisions of § 21.16.

Special conditions are initially applicable to the Model for which they are issued. Should the type certificate for that model be amended later to include any other model that incorporates the same novel or unusual design feature, or should any other model already included on the same type certificate be modified to incorporate the same novel or unusual design feature, these special conditions would also apply to the other model under § 21.101.

In addition to the applicable airworthiness regulations and special conditions, the Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 airplanes must comply with the fuel-vent and exhaust-emission requirements of 14 CFR part 34, and the noise-certification requirements of 14 CFR part 36.

The FAA issues special conditions, as defined in 14 CFR 11.19, in accordance with § 11.38, and they become part of the type-certification basis under § 21.101.

Novel or Unusual Design Features

The Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 airplanes will incorporate the following novel or unusual design features:

The airplanes are equipped with an electronic flight-control system that provides control through pilot inputs to the flight computer. Current part 25 airworthiness regulations account for control laws for which aileron deflection is proportional to control-stick deflection. They do not address nonlinearities or other effects on aileron actuation that electronic flight controls may cause. Because this type of system may affect flight loads, and therefore the structural capability of the airplanes, special conditions are needed to address these effects.

Discussion

These special conditions differ from current requirements in that they require that the roll maneuver is based on defined actuation of the cockpit roll control as opposed to defined deflections of the aileron itself. Also, the special conditions require an additional load condition at VA, in which the cockpit roll control is returned to neutral following the initial roll input.

These special conditions differ from similar special conditions applied on previous programs. These special conditions are limited to the roll axis only, whereas previous special conditions also included the pitch and yaw axes. Special conditions are no longer needed for the pitch or yaw axes, because Amendment 25-91 takes into account the effects of an electronic flight-control system in those axes (§ 25.331 for pitch and § 25.351 for yaw).

These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.

Applicability

As discussed above, these special conditions are applicable to the Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 airplanes. Should Bombardier Inc. apply at a later date for a change to the type certificate to include another model incorporating the same novel or unusual design feature, these special conditions would apply to that model as well.

Conclusion

This action affects only certain novel or unusual design features on Bombardier Inc. Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 airplanes. It is not a rule of general applicability.

The substance of these special conditions has been subjected to the notice and comment period in several prior instances and has been derived without substantive change from those previously issued. It is unlikely that prior public comment would result in a significant change from the substance contained herein. Therefore, because a delay would significantly affect the certification of the airplane, the FAA has determined that prior public notice and comment are unnecessary and impracticable, and good cause exists for adopting these special conditions upon publication in the Federal Register. The FAA is requesting comments to allow interested persons to submit views that may not have been submitted in response to the prior opportunities for comment described above.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25

Aircraft, Aviation safety, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

The authority citation for these special conditions is as follows:

Authority:

49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701, 44702, 44704.

The Special Conditions

Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the following special conditions are issued as part of the type-certification basis for the Bombardier Inc. Model BD-700-2A12 and BD-700-2A13 airplanes.

Design Roll Maneuver Condition

In lieu of compliance to § 25.349(a):

The following conditions, speeds, and cockpit roll-control motions (except as the motions may be limited by pilot effort) must be considered in combination with an airplane load factor of zero and of two-thirds of the positive maneuvering factor used in design. In determining the resulting control-surface deflections, the torsional flexibility of the wing must be considered in accordance with § 25.301(b):

1. Bombardier Inc. must investigate conditions corresponding to steady rolling velocities. In addition, conditions corresponding to maximum angular acceleration must be investigated for airplanes with engines or other weight concentrations outboard of the fuselage. For the angular acceleration conditions, zero rolling velocity may be assumed in the absence of a rational time-history investigation of the maneuver.

2. At VA, sudden movement of the cockpit roll control up to the limit is assumed. The position of the cockpit roll control must be maintained until a steady roll rate is achieved and then must be returned suddenly to the neutral position.

3. At VC, the cockpit roll control must be moved suddenly and maintained so as to achieve a roll rate not less than that obtained in Special Condition 2, above.

4. At VD, the cockpit roll control must be moved suddenly and maintained so as to achieve a roll rate not less than one third of that obtained in Special Condition 2, above.

Issued in Renton, Washington, on April 17, 2015. Victor Wicklund, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-10102 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 25 [Docket No. FAA-2014-1080; Special Conditions No. 25-582-SC] Special Conditions: Airbus Model A319-151n/171n, A320-251n/271n, and A321-251n/271n (SAneo) Series Airplanes; Transient Engine-Failure Loads AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final special conditions; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

These special conditions are issued for Airbus Model A319-151n/171n, A320-251n/271n, and A321-251n/271n (collectively known as Single Aisle new engine option (SA neo)) series airplanes. These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature when compared to the state of technology envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport-category airplanes. This design feature is a new generation of high-bypass engines, and the potential loads resulting from extreme engine-failure conditions.

The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.

DATES:

This action is effective on Airbus on April 30, 2015. We must receive your comments by June 15, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2014-1080 using any of the following methods:

Federal eRegulations Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.

Privacy: The FAA will post all comments it receives, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov/, including any personal information the commenter provides. Using the search function of the docket Web site, anyone can find and read the electronic form of all comments received into any FAA docket, including the name of the individual sending the comment (or signing the comment for an association, business, labor union, etc.). DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement can be found in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-19478), as well as at http://DocketsInfo.dot.gov/.

Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at http://www.regulations.gov/ at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or go to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Todd Martin, FAA, ANM-115, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1178; facsimile 425-227-1320.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The FAA has determined that notice of, and opportunity for prior public comment on, these special conditions is unnecessary.

The substance of these special conditions has been subject to the public comment process in several prior instances with no substantive comments received. The FAA therefore finds that good cause exists for making these special conditions effective upon publication in the Federal Register.

Comments Invited

We invite interested people to take part in this rulemaking by sending written comments, data, or views. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the special conditions, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data.

We will consider all comments we receive by the closing date for comments. We may change these special conditions based on the comments we receive.

Background

On February 29, 2012, Airbus applied for amended type certificate no. A28NM for their new Model SAneo series airplanes. Later, Airbus requested, and the FAA approved, an extension to the application date for FAA type certification to June 30, 2012.

The Airbus Model SAneo series airplanes are derivatives of the A319-100, A320-200, and A321-200 series airplanes equipped with SharkletsTM (large winglets). The changes include installation of new CFMTM LEAPTM A engines on the A319-151n, A320-251n, and A321-251n series airplanes, and installation of new Pratt & Whitney PW-1100G engines on the A319-171n, A320-271n, and A321-271n series airplanes with larger fan diameters and reduced fuel consumption as compared to the current engines. The changes also include new nacelles, new pylons, new engine mounts, new bleed-air systems, structural reinforcements, software changes for the bleed-air system, an auto-flight system, an indicating and recording system, flight-warning and flight-control computers, and small changes to certified weights.

The existing regulations are inadequate because the new high-bypass fan engines of the Airbus Model SAneo series airplanes can cause more damage in a failure event than could the previous engines.

Type Certification Basis

The certification basis for the SAneo series airplanes is the certification basis for the A319-100, A320-200 and A321-200 series airplanes with Sharklets, as defined in type-certificate data sheet A28NM for components or areas not affected by the SAneo change; and sections of 14 CFR part 25 as amended by Amendments 25-1 through 25-136 (i.e., the amendment in effect on the date of the new reference date of application, June 30, 2012) applied to the components and areas affected by the SAneo change. Under the provisions of § 21.101, these regulations will be incorporated into type certificate no. A28NM after type certification approval of the Airbus Model SAneo series airplanes.

In addition, the certification basis includes certain special conditions, exemptions, or later amended sections of the applicable part that are not relevant to these special conditions.

If the Administrator finds that the applicable airworthiness regulations (i.e., 14 CFR part 25) do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for the Airbus Model SAneo series airplane because of a novel or unusual design feature, special conditions are prescribed under § 21.16.

Special conditions are initially applicable to the model for which they are issued. Should the type certificate for that model be amended later to include any other model that incorporates the same novel or unusual design feature, these special conditions would also apply to the other model under § 21.101.

In addition to the applicable airworthiness regulations and special conditions, the Airbus Model SAneo series airplanes must comply with the fuel-vent and exhaust-emission requirements of 14 CFR part 34, and the noise certification requirements of 14 CFR part 36.

The FAA issues special conditions, as defined in 14 CFR 11.19, under § 11.38, and they become part of the type certification basis under § 21.17(a)(2).

Novel or Unusual Design Features

The Airbus Model SAneo series airplanes will incorporate the following novel or unusual design feature:

Engines with large, high-bypass fans capable of producing much higher failure loads than previous engine designs.

The Airbus Model SAneo series airplanes therefore require additional dynamic-load analyses to assess the most severe engine-failure events. The loads resulting from these conditions would be considered as ultimate loads, with an additional safety factor applied to the airframe-supporting structure.

Discussion

The size, configuration, and failure modes of jet engines has changed considerably from those envisioned in § 25.361(b), when the engine-seizure requirement was first adopted. Engines have become larger and are now designed with large, high-bypass fans capable of producing much higher failure loads. Relative to the engine configurations that existed when the rule was developed in 1957, the present generation of engines are sufficiently different and novel to justify special conditions for Model SAneo series airplanes and related future airplane models. Service history has shown that the engine-failure events that tend to cause the most severe loads are fan-blade failures, and these events occur much less frequently than the typical “limit” load condition.

To maintain the level of safety envisioned by § 25.361(b), more comprehensive criteria are required for the new generation of high-bypass engines. These special conditions would distinguish between the more-common engine-failure event and those rare events resulting from structural failures. The more-common events would continue to be treated as static torque limit-load conditions. The more-severe events resulting from extreme engine-failure conditions (such as loss of a full fan blade at redline speed) would be treated as full dynamic-load conditions. These would be considered ultimate loads and include all transient loads associated with the event. An additional safety factor would be applied to the more-critical airframe supporting structure.

The regulatory authorities and industry developed a standardized requirement in the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) forum. The technical aspects of this requirement have been agreed upon, and have been accepted by, the ARAC Loads and Dynamics Harmonization Working Group. These special conditions reflect the ARAC recommendation and are essentially harmonized with the corresponding EASA Certification Specifications (CS) 25. In addition, the ARAC recommendation includes corresponding advisory material that is incorporated into CS-25. This advisory material is considered an acceptable means of compliance to the special conditions.

These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.

Applicability

As discussed above, these special conditions apply to the Airbus Model SAneo series airplanes. Should Airbus apply later for a change to the type certificate to include another model incorporating the same novel or unusual design feature, these special conditions would apply to that model as well.

Conclusion

This action affects only certain novel or unusual design features on the Airbus Model SAneo series airplanes. It is not a rule of general applicability.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25

Aircraft, Aviation safety, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

The authority citation for these special conditions is as follows:

Authority:

49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701, 44702, 44704.

The Special Conditions

Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the following special conditions are issued as part of the type certification basis for Airbus Model SAneo series airplanes.

In lieu of § 25.361(b), the following special conditions apply:

1. For turbine engine installations, the engine mounts, pylons, and adjacent supporting airframe structure must be designed to withstand 1g level flight loads acting simultaneously with the maximum torque limit loads imposed by each of the following:

a. Sudden engine deceleration due to a malfunction that could result in a temporary loss of power or thrust; and

b. the maximum acceleration of the engine.

2. For auxiliary power-unit installations, the power-unit mounts and adjacent supporting airframe structure must be designed to withstand 1g level flight loads acting simultaneously with the maximum torque limit loads imposed by each of the following:

a. Sudden auxiliary power-unit deceleration due to malfunction or structural failure; and

b. the maximum acceleration of the power unit.

3. For engine supporting structure, an ultimate loading condition must be considered that combines 1g flight loads with the transient dynamic loads resulting from:

a. The loss of any fan, compressor, or turbine blade; and separately,

b. where applicable to a specific engine design, any other engine structural failure that results in higher loads.

4. The ultimate loads developed from the conditions specified in Special Conditions 3.a. and 3.b., above, are to be multiplied by a factor of 1.0 when applied to engine mounts and pylons; and multiplied by a factor of 1.25 when applied to adjacent supporting airframe structure.

5. The airplane must be capable of continued safe flight considering the aerodynamic effects on controllability due to any permanent deformation that results from the conditions specified in Special Condition 3, above.

Issued in Renton, Washington, on April 19, 2015. Victor Wicklund, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-10098 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2014-0286; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-004-AD; Amendment 39-18145; AD 2015-08-09] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600 and -700 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracking in the body station (STA) 727 bulkhead lower frame. This AD requires a detailed and open hole high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspection of the left- and right-side lower frame webs and inner chords for cracking, and corrective actions and preventative modifications if necessary. This AD also provides for optional terminating action of the repetitive inspections, under certain conditions. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking in a bulkhead lower frame web and inner chord, which could result in a severed frame and induced skin cracks, and could lead to rapid decompression of the fuselage.

DATES:

This AD is effective June 4, 2015.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of June 4, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, WA 98124-2207; telephone 206-544-5000, extension 1; fax 206-766-5680; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0286.

Examining the AD Docket

You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0286; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Alan Pohl, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; phone: 425-917-6450; fax: 425-917-6590; email: [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600 and -700 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on May 28, 2014 (79 FR 30490). The NPRM was prompted by reports of cracking in the body STA 727 bulkhead lower frame. The NPRM proposed to require a detailed and open hole high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspection of the left- and right-side lower frame webs and inner chords for cracking, as applicable, and corrective actions and preventative modifications if necessary. The NPRM also proposed to provide for an optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections under certain conditions. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking in a bulkhead lower frame web and inner chord, which could result in a severed frame and induced skin cracks, and could lead to rapid decompression of the fuselage.

Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. Boeing and United Airlines stated that they support the NPRM (79 FR 30490, May 28, 2014). The following presents the comments received on the NPRM, and the FAA's response to each comment.

Request To Clarify Modification and Repair Requirements

Southwest Airlines (SWA) requested that we clarify whether the preventative modifications and repairs of the lower frame webs and inner chords (if accomplished) must be done on both the left and right sides at the same time.

SWA stated that paragraph (h) of the NPRM (79 FR 30490, May 28, 2014) reads, “Accomplishment of a modification or a repair, in accordance with Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, terminates the repetitive inspections in this AD for the repaired or modified side only.”

SWA stated that Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, provides that for each airplane group, if a repair is installed on one side, a preventative modification must be installed on the opposing side. SWA also stated that, for airplanes with no cracks, a preventative modification is optional, but that the service information specifies that in this situation, both sides must be modified.

We agree that clarification is necessary. Groups 2 and 3 airplanes are comprised of four airplanes on which a repair to the left side was installed prior to the issuance of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013. Therefore, SWA's comments are primarily for Group 1 airplanes.

As specified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, if a crack is found on one side, then that side must be repaired and the preventative modification concurrently installed on the other side, even if that other side is not cracked. We also agree that if no cracking is found on either side and the operator chooses to install the preventative modification, then both sides must be modified, as specified in paragraph 3.B., Part 2, Step 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013. Installing the preventative modification terminates the repetitive inspections. We have removed the wording “for the repaired or modified side only” from paragraph (h) of this AD.

Effect of Winglets on Accomplishment of the Proposed Actions

Aviation Partners Boeing stated that accomplishing the supplemental type certificate (STC) ST00830SE (http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgstc.nsf/0/932b6080caa1856e86257d6c005c5a37/$FILE/ST00830SE.pdf) does not affect the actions specified in the NPRM (79 FR 30490, May 28, 2014).

We concur with the commenter. We have redesignated paragraph (c) of the NPRM (79 FR 30490, May 28, 2014) as paragraph (c)(1) and added new paragraph (c)(2) to this AD to state that installation of STC ST00830SE (http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgstc.nsf/0/932b6080caa1856e86257d6c005c5a37/$FILE/ST00830SE.pdf) does not affect the ability to accomplish the actions required by this AD. Therefore, for airplanes on which STC ST00830SE is installed, a “change in product” alternative method of compliance (AMOC) approval request is not necessary to comply with the requirements of 14 CFR 39.17.

Conclusion

We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described previously, and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:

• Αre consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 30490, May 28, 2014) for correcting the unsafe condition; and

• Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 30490, May 28, 2014).

We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

We reviewed Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013. The service information describes procedures for a detailed and open hole HFEC inspection of the left- and right-side lower frame webs and inner chords for cracking, and corrective actions and preventative modifications if necessary. The service information also provides for an optional terminating action of the repetitive inspections, under certain conditions. This service information is reasonably available at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0286. Or see ADDRESSES for other ways to access this service information.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD affects 489 airplanes of U.S. registry.

We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

Estimated Costs Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per
  • product
  • Cost on U.S. operators
    Inspections 37 work-hours × $85 per hour = $3,145 $0 $3,145 $1,537,905

    We estimate the following costs to do any necessary repairs that would be required based on the results of the inspections. We have no way of determining the number of aircraft that might need these repairs:

    On-Condition Costs Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per
  • product
  • Repair (per side) 11 work-hours × $85 per hour = $935 $2,820 $3,755 Modification 17 work-hours × $85 per hour = $1,445 1,132 2,577
    Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.

    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: “General requirements.” Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action.

    Regulatory Findings

    This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:

    (1) Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866,

    (2) Is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979),

    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and

    (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety.

    Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

    PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): 2015-08-09 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39-18145; Docket No. FAA-2014-0286; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-004-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective June 4, 2015.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    (1) This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 737-600 and -700 series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013.

    (2) Installation of Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST00830SE (http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgstc.nsf/0/932b6080caa1856e86257d6c005c5a37/$FILE/ST00830SE.pdf) does not affect the ability to accomplish the actions required by this AD. Therefore, for airplanes on which STC ST00830SE is installed, a “change in product” alternative method of compliance (AMOC) approval request is not necessary to comply with the requirements of 14 CFR 39.17.

    (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage.

    (e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of cracking in the body station 727 bulkhead lower frame. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking in a bulkhead lower frame web and inner chord, which could result in a severed framed and induced skin cracks, and could lead to rapid decompression of the fuselage.

    (f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done.

    (g) Inspections

    At the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., “Compliance,” of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, except as provided by paragraph (i)(1) of this AD: Do a detailed and open hole high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspection of the left- and right-side lower frame webs and inner chords for cracking, as applicable, and do all applicable corrective actions and preventative modifications, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, except as required by paragraph (i)(2) of this AD. Repeat the applicable inspections required by this paragraph thereafter at the applicable intervals specified in paragraph 1.E., “Compliance,” of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013. Do all applicable corrective actions and preventative modifications before further flight.

    (h) Terminating Action

    Accomplishment of a modification or a repair, in accordance with Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, terminates the repetitive inspections required by this AD.

    (i) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications

    (1) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, specifies a compliance time “after the original issue date of this service bulletin,” this AD requires compliance within the specified compliance time after the effective date of this AD.

    (2) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, specifies to contact Boeing for appropriate action: Before further flight, accomplish the corresponding action using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k) of this AD.

    (j) Post-Repair Inspections

    The post-repair inspections specified in tables 4, 5, and 6 of paragraph 1.E., “Compliance,” of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, are not required by this AD.

    Note 1 to paragraph (j) of this AD:

    The damage tolerance inspections specified in tables 4, 5, and 6 of paragraph 1.E., “Compliance,” of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, may be used in support of compliance with Section 121.1109(c)(2) or 129.109(b)(2) of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 121.1109(c)(2) or 14 CFR 129.109(b)(2)). The corresponding actions specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013, are not required by this AD.

    (k) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (l) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: [email protected]

    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office.

    (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD.

    (l) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Alan Pohl, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; phone: 425-917-6450; fax: 425-917-6590; email: [email protected]

    (m) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.

    (i) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1325, dated December 3, 2013.

    (ii) Reserved.

    (3) For Boeing service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, WA 98124-2207; telephone 206-544-5000, extension 1; fax 206-766-5680; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com.

    (4) You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on April 13, 2015. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-09805 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-0074; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-138-AD; Amendment 39-18147; AD 2015-09-02] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. This AD was prompted by a determination that without an effective maintenance task to maintain the airplane's inherent level of safety, there is a potential that a dormant failure of the alternate release system of the landing gear could occur. This AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate a maintenance task for an operational check of the electro-mechanical actuator and release mechanism of the alternate extension system for the nose landing gear and main landing gear. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the alternate release system of the landing gear, which could prevent the landing gear from extending during a failure of the normal landing gear extension system.

    DATES:

    This AD becomes effective June 4, 2015.

    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of June 4, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2015-0074 or in person at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC.

    For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 Côte-Vertu Road West, Dorval, Québec H4S 1Y9, Canada; telephone 514-855-5000; fax 514-855-7401; email [email protected]; Internet http://www.bombardier.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-0074.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Cesar Gomez, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe and Mechanical Systems Branch, ANE-171, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516-228-7318; fax 516-794-5531.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2015 (80 FR 3498).

    Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is the aviation authority for Canada, has issued Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF-2014-16, dated June 11, 2014 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or “the MCAI”), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. The MCAI states:

    During a design review, an error was identified which led to the development of a new certification maintenance requirement (CMR) task. Without an effective maintenance task to maintain the aeroplane's inherent level of safety, there is a potential that a dormant failure of the alternate release system of the landing gear could occur. Failure of the landing gear alternate release system could prevent the landing gear from extending in the case of a failure of the normal landing gear extension system.

    This [Canadian] AD mandates the incorporation of a new maintenance task to ensure operation of the landing gear alternate extension system.

    You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2015-0074-0003.

    Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (80 FR 3498, January 23, 2015) or on the determination of the cost to the public.

    Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:

    • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (80 FR 3498, January 23, 2015) for correcting the unsafe condition; and

    • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (80 FR 3498, January 23, 2015).

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Bombardier, Inc. has issued Temporary Revision (TR) ALI-0472, dated February 27, 2014, to Section 1-32 of Part 2, Bombardier Airworthiness Limitations, of the CRJ Series Regional Jet Maintenance Requirements Manual, CSP B-053. This service information describes a maintenance task for an operational check of the electro-mechanical actuator and release mechanism of the alternate extension system for the nose landing gear and main landing gear. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. This service information is reasonably available at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-0074. Or see ADDRESSES for other ways to access this service information.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 35 airplanes of U.S. registry.

    We also estimate that it will take about 1 work-hour per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $2,975, or $85 per product.

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. “Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,” describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.

    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in “Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.” Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action.

    Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:

    1. Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866;

    2. Is not a “significant rule” under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);

    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and

    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2015-0074; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety.

    Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

    PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): 2015-09-02 Bombardier, Inc.: Amendment 39-18147. Docket No. FAA-2015-0074; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-138-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective June 4, 2015.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes, certificated in any category, serial numbers 19002 and subsequent.

    (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 32, Landing Gear.

    (e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a determination that without an effective maintenance task to maintain the airplane's inherent level of safety, there is a potential that a dormant failure of the alternate release system of the landing gear can occur. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the alternate release system of the landing gear, which could prevent the landing gear from extending during a failure of the normal landing gear extension system.

    (f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done.

    (g) Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision

    Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, revise the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate Task 32-01-00-101, “Operational Check of the MLG [Main Landing Gear] and NLG [Nose Landing Gear] AES [Alternate Extension System] EMA [Electro-mechanical Actuator] and Release Mechanism (CRJ1000),” for the operational check of the MLG and NLG AES EMA and release mechanism, as specified in Bombardier Temporary Revision (TR) ALI-0472, dated February 27, 2014, to Section 1-32 of Part 2, Airworthiness Limitations, of the Bombardier CRJ Series Regional Jet, Maintenance Requirements Manual, CSP B-053. The initial compliance time for the operational check is at the applicable time specified in paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(2) of this AD.

    (1) For airplanes that have accumulated 540 total flight hours or more as of the effective date of this AD: Within 660 flight hours after the effective date of this AD.

    (2) For airplanes that have accumulated less than 540 total flight hours as of the effective date of this AD: Before the accumulation of 1,200 total flight hours.

    (h) No Alternative Actions or Intervals

    After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals may be used unless the actions or intervals are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (i)(1) of this AD.

    (i) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:

    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, New York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), ANE-170, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the ACO, send it to ATTN: Program Manager, Continuing Operational Safety, FAA, New York ACO, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516-228-7300; fax 516-794-5531. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD.

    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, New York ACO, ANE-170, FAA; or Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA); or Bombardier, Inc.'s TCCA Design Organization Approval (DAO). If approved by the DAO, the approval must include the DAO-authorized signature.

    (j) Related Information

    Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF-2014-16, dated June 11, 2014, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2015-0074-0003.

    (k) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.

    (i) Bombardier Temporary Revision ALI-0472, dated February 27, 2014, to Section 1-32 of Part 2, Airworthiness Limitations, of the Bombardier CRJ Series Regional Jet Maintenance Requirements Manual, CSP B-053.

    (ii) Reserved.

    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 Côte-Vertu Road West, Dorval, Québec H4S 1Y9, Canada; telephone 514-855-5000; fax 514-855-7401; email [email protected]; Internet http://www.bombardier.com.

    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on April 14, 2015. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-09813 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2014-0491; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-023-AD; Amendment 39-18130; AD 2015-07-02] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600), CL-600-2A12 (CL-601), and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R, and CL-604 Variants) airplanes. This AD was prompted by a determination that the forward lugs of the flap hinge box might not conform to engineering drawings, which could result in premature fatigue cracking. This AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to include new airworthiness limitations tasks; and measuring the forward lug edge distance of each flap hinge box, inspecting for cracking and damage (i.e., deformation or bearing failure) of the forward lug edge of each flap hinge box, and repairing any cracking or damage if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct non-conforming flap hinge box forward lugs, which could result in failure of the lugs and detachment of the flap hinge box and consequent detachment of the flap surface.

    DATES:

    This AD becomes effective June 4, 2015.

    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of June 4, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0491 or in person at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC.

    For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 Côte-Vertu Road West, Dorval, Québec H4S 1Y9, Canada; telephone 514-855-5000; fax 514-855-7401; email [email protected]; Internet http://www.bombardier.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0491.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ricardo Garcia, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe and Mechanical Systems Branch, ANE-171, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516-228-7331; fax 516-794-5531.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600), CL-600-2A12 (CL-601), and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R, and CL-604 Variants) airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 4, 2014 (79 FR 45140). The NPRM was prompted by a determination that the forward lugs of the flap hinge box might not conform to engineering drawings, which could result in premature fatigue cracking. The NPRM proposed to require revising the maintenance or inspection program to include new airworthiness limitations tasks; and measuring the forward lug edge distance of each flap hinge box, inspecting for cracking and damage (i.e., deformation or bearing failure) of the forward lug edge of each flap hinge box, and repairing any cracking or damage if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct non-conforming flap hinge box forward lugs, which could result in failure of the lugs and detachment of the flap hinge box and consequent detachment of the flap surface.

    Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is the aviation authority for Canada, has issued Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF-2014-01, dated January 3, 2014 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or “the MCAI”), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600), CL-600-2A12 (CL-601), and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R, and CL-604 Variants) airplanes. The MCAI states:

    The aeroplane manufacturer has determined that the flap hinge box forward lugs edge distance may not conform to the engineering drawings. Non-conforming flap hinge box forward lugs may result in premature fatigue cracking.

    Failure of the lugs could lead to the detachment of the flap hinge box and consequently the detachment of the flap surface. The loss of a flap surface could adversely affect the continued safe operation of the aeroplane.

    This [Canadian] AD mandates the incorporation of new Time Limits/Maintenance Checks (TLMC) Airworthiness Limitations (AWL) tasks, and the measurement [and inspection for cracking and damage] of the forward lug edge distance of each flap hinge-box and rectification as required.

    Corrective actions include repairing damage and cracking. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0491-0002.

    Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM (79 FR 45140, August 4, 2014) and the FAA's response to each comment.

    Request To Include Latest Revision of Service Information

    Bombardier, Inc. requested that we revise the NPRM (79 FR 45140, August 4, 2014) to reflect the latest revisions of certain service information.

    We agree to include the latest revisions of certain service information. Bombardier has issued Service Bulletin 604-57-007, Revision 01, dated November 12, 2014 (for Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes); and Service Bulletin 605-57-005, Revision 01, dated November 12, 2014 (for Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes). This new service information does not add new work for the affected airplanes and was revised to update labor hours needed to perform the work and clarify work instructions. We have changed this AD to reference Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-57-007, Revision 01, dated November 12, 2014; and Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-57-005, Revision 01, dated November 12, 2014, throughout. We have also added a new paragraph (k) to this AD to give credit for actions performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-57-007, dated September 26, 2013; and Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-57-005, dated September 26, 2013. We redesignated subsequent paragraphs accordingly.

    Request To Correct Typographical Errors

    Bombardier, Inc., and an FAA airframe and powerplant mechanic noted typographical errors in Table 1 of the NPRM (79 FR 45140, August 4, 2014) and requested they be corrected.

    We agree that there are typographical errors. We have revised table 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD. The temporary revision (TR) number has been corrected to read “5-275,” in certain rows of table 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD, where in the NPRM (79 FR 45140, August 4, 2014) the previous TR number read “5-276.” The revision of Bombardier CL-604 Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, dated July 8, 2013, was corrected from revision “8” to revision “20.”

    Explanation of Additional Change Made to This Final Rule

    We have removed Note 1 to paragraph (g) from this final rule. Instead, we have included that information in paragraph (g) of this AD.

    Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described previously and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:

    • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 45140, August 4, 2014) for correcting the unsafe condition; and

    • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 45140, August 4, 2014).

    We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Bombardier has issued the following service information.

    • Bombardier Service Bulletin 600-0762, dated September 26, 2013. This service information describes procedures for measuring the edge-to-edge distance of the forward lugs for the flap hinge boxes and contacting the manufacturer for corrective actions for Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600) airplanes.

    Bombardier Service Bulletin 601-0631, dated September 26, 2013. This service information describes procedures for measuring the edge-to-edge distance of the forward lugs for the flap hinge boxes and contacting the manufacturer for corrective actions for Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes.

    • Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-57-007, Revision 01, dated November 12, 2014. This service information describes procedures for measuring the edge-to-edge distance of the forward lugs for the flap hinge boxes and contacting the manufacturer for corrective actions for Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes having serial numbers (S/Ns) 5301 through 5665 inclusive.

    • Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-57-005, Revision 01, dated November 12, 2014. This service information describes procedures for measuring the edge-to-edge distance of the forward lugs for the flap hinge boxes and contacting the manufacturer for corrective actions for Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes having S/Ns 5701 through 5953 inclusive.

    • Canadair Challenger Temporary Revision 5-157, dated July 8, 2013, to Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, to Canadair Challenger Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, PSP 605. This service information describes an airworthiness limitations task and compliance times for inspecting the forward lugs of the outboard flap hinge box for Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600) airplanes.

    Canadair Challenger Temporary Revision 5-158, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, to Canadair Challenger Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, PSP 605. This service information describes an airworthiness limitations task and compliance times for inspecting the forward lugs of the inboard flap hinge box for Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600) airplanes.

    • Canadair Challenger Temporary Revision 5-262, Outboard and Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, to Canadian Challenger Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual PSP 601. This service information describes airworthiness limitations tasks and compliance times for inspecting the forward lugs of the outboard and inboard flap hinge boxes for Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601) airplanes.

    • Canadair Challenger Temporary Revision 5-275, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, to Canadian Challenger Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual PSP 601A-5. This service information describes an airworthiness limitations task and compliance times for inspecting the forward lugs of the outboard flap hinge box for Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A Variants) airplanes.

    • Canadair Challenger Temporary Revision 5-276, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, to Canadian Challenger Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual PSP 601A-5. This service information describes an airworthiness limitations task and compliance times for inspecting the forward lugs of the inboard flap hinge box for Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and CL-601-3R Variant) airplanes.

    • Task 57-50-00-121, Special Detailed Inspection of the Forward Lugs of the Inboard Flap Hinge Box, of Section 5-10-30 of Part 2, “Airworthiness Limitations,” of Bombardier CL-605 Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, Revision 8, dated July 8, 2013. This service information describes an airworthiness limitations task and compliance times for inspecting the forward lugs of the inboard flap hinge box for Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes, having S/Ns 5701 through 5953 inclusive.

    • Task 57-50-00-121, Special Detailed Inspection of the Forward Lugs of the Inboard Flap Hinge Box, of Section 5-10-30 of Part 2, “Airworthiness Limitations,” of Bombardier CL-604 Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, Revision 20, dated July 8, 2013. This service information describes an airworthiness limitations task and compliance times for inspecting the forward lugs of the inboard flap hinge box of Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes, having S/Ns 5301 through 5665 inclusive.

    • Task 57-52-01-102, Special Detailed Inspection of the Hinge—Box Forward Lugs of the Outboard Flap, of Section 5-10-30 of Part 2, “Airworthiness Limitations,” of Bombardier CL-605 Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, Revision 8, dated July 8, 2013. This service information describes an airworthiness limitations task and compliance times for inspecting the forward lugs of the outboard flap hinge box of Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes, having S/Ns 5701 through 5953 inclusive.

    • Task 57-52-01-102, Special Detailed Inspection of the Hinge—Box Forward Lugs of the Outboard Flap, of Section 5-10-30 of Part 2, “Airworthiness Limitations,” of Bombardier CL-604 Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, Revision 20, dated July 8, 2013. This service information describes an airworthiness limitations task and compliance times for inspecting the forward lugs of the outboard flap hinge box of Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes, having S/Ns 5301 through 5665 inclusive.

    This service information is reasonably available; see ADDRESSES for ways to access this service information.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 105 airplanes of U.S. registry.

    We also estimate that it will take about 45 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $401,625, or $3,825 per product.

    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the cost of parts or on-condition actions specified in this AD.

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. “Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,” describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.

    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in “Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.” Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action.

    Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:

    1. Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866;

    2. Is not a “significant rule” under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);

    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and

    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0491; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety.

    Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

    PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): 2015-07-02 Bombardier, Inc.: Amendment 39-18130. Docket No. FAA-2014-0491; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-023-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective June 4, 2015.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(4) of this AD, certificated in any category.

    (1) Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600) airplanes, serial numbers 1004 through 1085 inclusive.

    (2) Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601) airplanes, serial numbers 3001 through 3066 inclusive.

    (3) Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and CL-601-3R Variants) airplanes, serial numbers 5001 through 5194 inclusive.

    (4) Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variants) airplanes, serial numbers 5301 through 5665 inclusive, and 5701 through 5953 inclusive.

    (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 57, Wings.

    (e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a determination that the forward lugs of the flap hinge box might not conform to engineering drawings, which could result in premature fatigue cracking. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct non-conforming flap hinge box forward lugs, which could result in failure of the lugs and detachment of the flap hinge box and consequent detachment of the flap surface.

    (f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done.

    (g) Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision

    Within 60 days after the effective date of this AD, revise the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, by incorporating the applicable airworthiness limitation (AWL) tasks as specified in table 1 to this paragraph. The initial compliance time for doing the task is at the applicable times specified in table 1 to this paragraph. For the incorporation of tasks specified in the temporary revisions (TRs) specified in table 1 to this paragraph of this AD that are a part of the maintenance or inspection program revision required by this paragraph, such incorporation may be done by inserting a copy of the applicable TRs specified in table 1 to this paragraph into the applicable “time limits/maintenance checks” (TLMC) manuals specified in table 1 to this paragraph. When the applicable TRs specified in table 1 to this paragraph have been included in general revisions of the applicable TLMC manual specified in table 1 to this paragraph, the general revisions may be inserted in the applicable TLMC manual specified in table 1 to this paragraph.

    Table 1 to Paragraph (g) of This AD—Tasks Affected airplanes Task No. Canadair service information Initial compliance time Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600 Variant) airplanes with inboard flaps having greater than 7,400 total flight cycles but equal to or less than 14,850 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-00-186 Canadair Challenger TR 5-158, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 605 Within 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, but not later than 15,100 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600 Variant) airplanes with inboard flaps having greater than 14,850 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-00-186 Canadair Challenger TR 5-158, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 605 Within 250 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600 Variant) airplanes with inboard flaps having equal to or less than 7,400 total flight cycles 57-40-00-186 Canadair Challenger TR 5-158, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 605 Before the accumulation of 7,900 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600 Variant) airplanes with outboard flaps having greater than 7,500 total flight cycles, but equal to or less than 11,350 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-00-160 Canadair Challenger TR 5-157, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 605 Within 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, but no later than 11,600 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600 Variant) airplanes with outboard flaps having greater than 11,350 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-00-160 Canadair Challenger TR 5-157, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 605 Within 250 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600 Variant) airplanes with outboard flaps having equal to or less than 7,500 total flight cycles 57-40-00-160 Canadair Challenger TR 5-157, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 605 Before the accumulation of 8,000 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) airplanes with inboard flaps having greater than 7,400 total flight cycles, but equal to or less than 14,850 total flight cycles, as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-01-101 Canadair Challenger TR 5-262, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601-5 Within 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, but no later than 15,100 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) airplanes with inboard flaps with greater than 14,850 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-01-101 Canadair Challenger TR 5-262, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601-5 Within 250 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) airplanes with inboard flaps with equal to or less than 7,400 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-01-101 Canadair Challenger TR 5-262, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601-5 Before the accumulation of 7,900 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) airplanes with outboard flaps with greater than 7,500 total flight cycles but equal to or less than 11,350 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-00-175 Canadair Challenger TR 5-262, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601-5 Within 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, but not later than 11,600 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) airplanes with outboard flaps having greater than 11,350 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-00-175 Canadair Challenger TR 5-262, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601-5 Within 250 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) airplanes with outboard flaps having equal to or less than 7,500 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-00-175 Canadair Challenger TR 5-262, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601-5 Before the accumulation of 8,000 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/Ns 5001 through 5194 inclusive with inboard flaps having greater than 7,400 total flight cycles but equal to or less than 14,850 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-01-101 Canadair Challenger TR 5-276, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601A-5 Within 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, but not later than 15,100 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/Ns 5001 through 5194 inclusive, with inboard flaps having greater than 14,850 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-01-101 Canadair Challenger TR 5-276, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601A-5 Within 250 flight cycles. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/Ns 5001 through 5194 inclusive, with inboard flaps having equal to or less than 7,400 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-01-101 Canadair Challenger TR 5-276, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601A-5 Before the accumulation of 7,900 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/Ns 5001 through 5194 inclusive, with outboard flaps having greater than 7,500 total flight cycles but equal to or less than 11,350 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-00-174 Canadair Challenger TR 5-275, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601A-5 Within 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, but no later than 11,600 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/Ns 5001 through 5194 inclusive, with outboard flaps having greater than 11,350 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-00-174 Canadair Challenger TR 5-275, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601A-5 Within 250 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/Ns 5001 through 5194 inclusive, with outboard flaps having equal to or less than 7,500 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD 57-40-00-174 Canadair Challenger TR 5-275, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, of the Canadair Challenger TLMC Manual, PSP 601A-5 Before the accumulation of 8,000 total flight cycles. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes having S/Ns 5301 through 5665 inclusive, with inboard flaps 57-50-00-121 Section 5-10-30, Special Detailed Inspection of the Forward Lugs of the Inboard Flap Hinge Box, of Part 2, Airworthiness Limitations, of Bombardier CL-604 TLMC Manual, Revision 20, dated July 8, 2013 Before the accumulation of 7,800 total flight cycles, or within 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes, S/Ns 5301 through 5665 inclusive 57-52-01-102 Section 5-10-30, Special Detailed Inspection of the Hinge—Box Forward Lugs of the Outboard Flap, of Part 2, Airworthiness Limitations, of Bombardier CL-604 TLMC Manual, Revision 20, dated July 8, 2013 Before the accumulation of 7,800 total flight cycles, or within 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes, S/Ns 5701 through 5953 inclusive 57-50-00-121 Section 5-10-30, Special Detailed Inspection of the Forward Lugs of the Inboard Flap Hinge Box, of Part 2, Airworthiness Limitations, of Bombardier CL-605 TLMC Manual, Revision 8, dated July 8, 2013 Before the accumulation of 7,800 total flight cycles, or within 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes, S/Ns 5701 through 5953 inclusive 57-52-01-102 Section 5-10-30, Special Detailed Inspection of the Hinge—Box Forward Lugs of the Outboard Flap, of Part 2, Airworthiness Limitations, of Bombardier CL-605 TLMC Manual, Revision 8, dated July 8, 2013 Before the accumulation of 7,800 total flight cycles, or within 500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. (h) Lug Edge Measurement and Inspection

    At the applicable times specified in table 2 to this paragraph and paragraph (i)(1) of this AD, measure the forward lug edge distance of all flap hinge boxes, and do a general visual inspection for cracking and damage (i.e., deformation or bearing failure) of the forward lug edge of all flap hinge boxes, in accordance with the applicable service bulletin specified in table 2 to this paragraph and paragraph (i)(1) of this AD.

    Table 2 to Paragraphs (h) and (i)(1) of This AD—Compliance Times for Lug Edge Measurement and Inspection Airplane models Affected flaps Compliance time Service information Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600) airplanes having S/N 1004 through 1085 inclusive Inboard flaps having less than or equal to 7,400 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD Before the accumulation of 7,900 total flight cycles, or within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 600-0762, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600) airplanes having S/N 1004 through 1085 inclusive Inboard flaps having greater than 7,400 total flight cycles, but equal to or less than 14,850 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD Before the accumulation of 15,100 total flight cycles, or within 500 flight cycles or 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 600-0762, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600) airplanes having S/N 1004 through 1085 inclusive Inboard flaps having greater than 14,850 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD Within 250 flight cycles or 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 600-0762, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600) airplanes having S/N 1004 through 1085 inclusive Outboard flaps having equal to or less than 7,500 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD Before the accumulation of 8,000 total flight cycles, or within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 600-0762, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600) airplanes having S/N 1004 through 1085 inclusive Outboard flaps having greater than 7,500 total flight cycles but less than or equal to 11,350 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD Within 500 flight cycles or 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first; but not exceeding 11,600 total flight cycles Bombardier Service Bulletin 600-0762, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600) airplanes having S/N 1004 through 1085 inclusive Outboard flaps having greater than 11,350 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD Within 250 flight cycles or within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 600-0762, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variants) airplanes having S/N 3001 through 3066 inclusive, and 5001 through 5194 inclusive Inboard flaps having less than or equal to 7,400 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD Before the accumulation of 7,900 total flight cycles, or within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 601-0631, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/N 3001 through 3066 inclusive, and 5001 through 5194 inclusive Inboard flaps having greater than 7,400 total flight cycles, but equal to or less than 14,850 total flight cycles, as of the effective date of this AD Within 500 flight cycles or within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first; but not exceeding 15,100 total flight cycles Bombardier Service Bulletin 601-0631, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/N 3001 through 3066 inclusive, and 5001 through 5194 inclusive Inboard flaps having greater than 14,850 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD Within 250 flight cycles or within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 601-0631, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/N 3001 through 3066 inclusive, and 5001 through 5194 inclusive Outboard flaps having less than or equal to 7,500 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD Before the accumulation of 8,000 total flight cycles, or within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 601-0631, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/N 3001 through 3066 inclusive, and 5001 through 5194 inclusive Outboard flaps having greater than 7,500 total flight cycles, but equal to or less than 11,350 total flight cycles, as of the effective date of this AD Within 500 flight cycles or within 48 months after the effective date of this AD; but not exceeding 11,600 total flight cycles Bombardier Service Bulletin 601-0631, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-2A12 (CL-601 Variant) and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and -3R Variant) airplanes having S/N 3001 through 3066 inclusive, and 5001 through 5194 inclusive Outboard flaps having greater than 11,350 total flight cycles as of the effective date of this AD Within 250 flight cycles or 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 601-0631, dated September 26, 2013. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes having S/Ns 5301 through 5665 inclusive Outboard and inboard flaps Before the accumulation of 7,800 total flight cycles or within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-57-007, Revision 01, dated November 12, 2014. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes having S/Ns 5701 through 5953 inclusive Outboard and inboard flaps Before the accumulation of 7,800 total flight cycles or within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-57-005, Revision 01, dated November 12, 2014. (i) Corrective Actions

    (1) If, during the measurement required by paragraph (h) of this AD, the lug edge distance is equal to or greater than the limit specified in the applicable service bulletin specified in table 2 to paragraph (h) of this AD and this paragraph, no further action is required by this paragraph.

    (2) If, during the measurement required by paragraph (h) of this AD, the lug edge distance is below the limit specified in the applicable service bulletin specified in table 2 to paragraphs (h) and (i)(1) of this AD, before further flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, New York ACO, ANE-170, FAA; or Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA); or Bombardier, Inc.'s TCCA Design Approval Organization (DAO). If approved by the DAO, the approval must include the DAO-authorized signature.

    (3) If, during the inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, any cracking or damage is found, before further flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, New York ACO, ANE-170, FAA; or TCCA; or Bombardier, Inc.'s TCCA DAO. If approved by the DAO, the approval must include the DAO-authorized signature.

    (j) No Alternative Actions or Intervals

    After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals may be used unless the actions or intervals are approved as an alternative method of compliance in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (l) of this AD.

    (k) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-57-007, dated September 26, 2013 (for Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes); or Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-57-005, dated September 26, 2013 (for Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes); which are not incorporated by reference in this AD.

    (l) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:

    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, New York ACO, ANE-170, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the ACO, send it to ATTN: Program Manager, Continuing Operational Safety, FAA, New York ACO, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516-228-7300; fax 516-794-5531. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD.

    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, New York ACO, ANE-170, Engine and Propeller Directorate, FAA; or TCCA; or Bombardier, Inc.'s TCCA DAO. If approved by the DAO, the approval must include the DAO-authorized signature.

    (m) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF-2014-01, dated January 3, 2014, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0491-0004.

    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (n)(3) and (n)(4) of this AD.

    (n) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.

    (i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 600-0762, dated September 26, 2013.

    (ii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 601-0631, dated September 26, 2013.

    (iii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-57-007, Revision 01, dated November 12, 2014.

    (iv) Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-57-005, Revision 01, dated November 12, 2014.

    (v) Canadair Challenger Temporary Revision 5-157, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, to Canadair Challenger Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, PSP 605.

    (vi) Canadair Challenger Temporary Revision 5-158, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, to Canadair Challenger Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, PSP 605.

    (vii) Canadair Challenger Temporary Revision 5-262, Outboard and Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, to Canadian Challenger Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual PSP 601.

    (viii) Canadair Challenger Temporary Revision 5-275, Outboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, to Canadian Challenger Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual PSP 601A-5.

    (ix) Canadair Challenger Temporary Revision 5-276, Inboard Flap—Hinge Box Forward Lugs, dated July 8, 2013, to Canadian Challenger Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual PSP 601A-5.

    (x) Task 57-50-00-121 Special Detailed Inspection of the Forward Lugs of the Inboard Flap Hinge Box of Section 5-10-30 of Part 2, “Airworthiness Limitations,” of Bombardier CL-605 Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, Revision 8, dated July 8, 2013.

    (xi) Task 57-50-00-121 Special Detailed Inspection of the Forward Lugs of the Inboard Flap Hinge Box of Section 5-10-30 of Part 2, “Airworthiness Limitations,” of Bombardier CL-604 Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, Revision 20, dated July 8, 2013.

    (xii) Task 57-52-01-102 Special Detailed Inspection of the Hinge—Box Forward Lugs of the Outboard Flap of Section 5-10-30 of Part 2, “Airworthiness Limitations,” of Bombardier CL-605 Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, Revision 8, dated July 8, 2013.

    (xiii) Task 57-52-01-102 Special Detailed Inspection of the Hinge—Box Forward Lugs of the Outboard Flap of Section 5-10-30 of Part 2, “Airworthiness Limitations,” of Bombardier CL-604 Time Limits/Maintenance Checks Manual, Revision 20, dated July 8, 2013.

    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 Côte-Vertu Road West, Dorval, Québec H4S 1Y9, Canada; telephone 514-855-5000; fax 514-855-7401; email [email protected]; Internet http://www.bombardier.com.

    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 25, 2015. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-07802 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2014-0589; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-069-AD; Amendment 39-18148; AD 2015-09-03] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A318-111 and -112 airplanes and Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks on the forward corner fittings of engine pylon aft secondary structures. This AD requires repetitive inspections of certain forward corner fittings of the pylon aft secondary structures, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD also provides optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct detachment of the lower fairing attachment and/or loss of the aft fixed fairing with the movable fairing from the airplane in flight, which could result in damage to the airplane.

    DATES:

    This AD becomes effective June 4, 2015.

    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of June 4, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0589 or in person at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC.

    For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office—EIAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email [email protected]; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0589.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1405; fax 425-227-1149.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Airbus Model A318-111 and -112 airplanes and Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on September 3, 2014 (79 FR 52267). The NPRM was prompted by reports of cracks on the forward corner fittings of engine pylon aft secondary structures. The NPRM proposed to require repetitive inspections of certain forward corner fittings of the pylon aft secondary structures, and corrective actions if necessary. The NPRM also proposed to provide optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct detachment of the lower fairing attachment and/or loss of the aft fixed fairing with the movable fairing from the airplane in flight, which could result in damage to the airplane.

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014-0064, dated March 14, 2014 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or “the MCAI”), to correct an unsafe condition. The MCAI states:

    Several operators of A320 family aeroplanes have reported finding cracks on the forward corner fittings of engine pylon aft secondary structures, on the lateral face (lateral panel side). In some cases, these cracks had propagated onto the forward face (Rib 11 side). Investigation results have highlighted that these cracks are initiated by stress corrosion.

    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to loss (i.e. detachment from the aeroplane) of the lower fairing attachment at Rib 10, and/or loss of the aft fixed fairing with the movable fairing, possibly resulting in * * * [damage to the airplane].

    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires repetitive detailed inspections (DI) of the right hand (RH) Part Number (P/N) D54530014201 and left hand (LH) P/N D54530014200 corner fittings of engine pylon aft secondary structures (pre-mod 38067 or pre-Airbus Service Bulletin (SB) A320-54-1019) to detect cracks or deformation in the splicing area with corner fitting between Ribs 11-12 and, depending on findings, replacement of the corner fittings.

    This [EASA] AD also recognizes that replacement of the corner fittings with improved parts (as per Airbus SB A320-54-1019) constitutes a terminating action for the repetitive DI required by this [EASA] AD.

    You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0589-0003.

    Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM (79 FR 52267, September 3, 2014) and the FAA's response to each comment.

    Requests to Reference Revised Service Bulletins

    United Airlines and US Airways requested that we revise the NPRM (79 FR 52267, September 3, 2014) to reference Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, Revision 02, dated April 15, 2014, in lieu of Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, Revision 01, dated April 10, 2008. United Airlines also requested that we revise the NPRM to reference Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 03, dated April 15, 2014, in lieu of Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 02, dated July 12, 2013.

    We agree with the commenters' requests to reference revised service bulletins. Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, Revision 02, dated April 15, 2014, improves the test procedures, and Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 03, dated April 15, 2014, specifies that certain actions in the Accomplishment Instructions are required for compliance (RC). Both service bulletins state that no additional work is required for airplanes modified by any previous issue. We have revised paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD to reference Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 03, dated April 15, 2014, and paragraphs (h)(2) and (i) of this AD to reference Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, Revision 02, dated April 15, 2014, as the appropriate sources of service information for accomplishing the required actions.

    We have redesignated paragraph (l) of the NPRM (79 FR 52267, September 3, 2014) as paragraph (l)(1) of this AD and revised it to give credit for actions required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 02, dated July 12, 2013. We have added new paragraph (l)(2) to this AD to give credit for actions required by paragraph (i) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, Revision 01, dated April 10, 2008.

    Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 03, dated April 15, 2014, steps that are identified as RC must be done to comply with the AD. However, steps that are not identified as RC are recommended. We have added an explanation of RC steps in the preamble of this AD. We have also added new paragraph (m)(3) to this AD to specify compliance with RC steps.

    Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described previously and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:

    • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 52267, September 3, 2014) for correcting the unsafe condition; and

    • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 52267, September 3, 2014).

    We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD.

    Explanation of “RC” Steps in Service Information

    The FAA worked in conjunction with industry, under the Airworthiness Directives Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), to enhance the AD system. One enhancement was a new process for annotating which procedures and tests in the service information are required for compliance with an AD. Differentiating these procedures and tests from other tasks in the service information is expected to improve an owner's/operator's understanding of crucial AD requirements and help provide consistent judgment in AD compliance. The procedures and tests identified as RC (required for compliance) in any service information have a direct effect on detecting, preventing, resolving, or eliminating an identified unsafe condition.

    Procedures and tests that are identified as RC in any service information must be done to comply with the AD. However, procedures and tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator's maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an alternative method of compliance (AMOC), provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in a serviceable condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC will require approval of an AMOC.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 03, dated April 15, 2014. This service information describes procedures for inspections of forward corner fittings of the engine pylon aft secondary structures, and corrective actions.

    We also reviewed Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, Revision 02, dated April 15, 2014. This service information describes procedures for replacement of the corner fittings on the engine pylons.

    This service information is reasonably available at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0589. Or see ADDRESSES for other ways to access this service information.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 851 airplanes of U.S. registry.

    We also estimate that it would take about 30 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $2,170,050, or $2,550 per product.

    In addition, we estimate the optional terminating modification would take about 60 work-hours and require parts costing about $932 per product, for a cost of $6,032 per product.

    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD.

    According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost estimate.

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. “Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,” describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.

    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in “Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.” Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action.

    Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:

    1. Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866;

    2. Is not a “significant rule” under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);

    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and

    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0589; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety.

    Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

    PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): 2015-09-03 Airbus: Amendment 39-18148. Docket No. FAA-2014-0589; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-069-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective June 4, 2015.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(4) of this AD, certificated in any category, except for airplanes on which Airbus Modification 33844 or Modification 33847, as applicable, has been embodied in production.

    (1) Airbus Model A318-111 and -112 airplanes.

    (2) Airbus Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, and -133 airplanes.

    (3) Airbus Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes.

    (4) Airbus Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -231, and -232 airplanes.

    (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 54, Nacelles/pylons.

    (e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of cracks on the forward corner fittings of engine pylon aft secondary structures. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct detachment of the lower fairing attachment and/or loss of the aft fixed fairing with the movable fairing from the airplane in flight, which could result in damage to the airplane.

    (f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done.

    (g) Repetitive Inspections

    At the latest of the times specified in paragraphs (g)(1), (g)(2), and (g)(3) of this AD: Do a detailed inspection for cracking of forward corner fittings having part number (P/N) D54530014201 (right-hand (RH)) and P/N D54530014200 (left-hand (LH)) of the pylon aft secondary structures, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 03, dated April 15, 2014, except as provided by paragraph (j) of this AD. Repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed 15,000 flight cycles or 22,500 flight hours, whichever occurs first. Accomplishment of the actions specified in paragraph (i) of this AD terminates the actions required by this paragraph.

    (1) Within 15,000 flight cycles or 22,500 flight hours, whichever occurs first since first flight of the airplane.

    (2) Within 5,000 flight cycles or 7,500 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, without exceeding 40,750 flight cycles or 60,750 flight hours, whichever occurs first since first flight of the airplane.

    (3) Within 750 flight cycles or 750 flight hours, whichever occurs first after the effective date of this AD.

    (h) Related Investigative and Corrective Actions

    If any crack is found on the corner fittings of a pylon during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD: Before further flight, do a detailed inspection for cracking of the lower and medium spars, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 03, dated April 15, 2014.

    (1) If any damage is found: Before further flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus's EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA).

    (2) If no damage is found: Within 5,000 flight cycles or 7,500 flight hours, whichever occurs first after the detailed inspection specified in the introductory text to paragraph (h) of this AD, modify the airplane, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, Revision 02, dated April 15, 2014.

    (i) Optional Terminating Action

    Modification of an airplane by installation of corner fittings having P/N D0041092120000 (RH) and P/N D0041092120100 (LH) on both pylons, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, Revision 02, dated April 15, 2014, constitutes terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (g) of this AD.

    (j) Parts Installation Limitation

    Airplanes on which Airbus Modification 38067 (installation of new corner fittings) has been embodied in production, and airplanes already modified in service as described in Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, are not affected by the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD, provided that no corner fittings having P/N D54530014201 (RH) or P/N D54530014200 (LH) have been installed since first flight of the airplane, or since modification, as applicable.

    (k) Parts Installation Prohibition

    (1) As of the effective date of this AD, for airplanes on which Airbus Modification 38067 has been embodied in production on both pylons, and for airplanes previously modified in service as described in Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019: Do not install any corner fittings having P/N D54530014201 (RH) or P/N D54530014200 (LH).

    (2) After modification as required by paragraph (h) of this AD, or after optional modification as specified in paragraph (i) of this AD, as applicable: Do not install any corner fittings having P/N D54530014201 (RH) or P/N D54530014200 (LH).

    (l) Credit for Previous Actions

    (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using a service bulletin identified in paragraph (l)(1)(i), (l)(1)(ii), or (l)(1)(iii) of this AD; this service information is not incorporated by reference in this AD.

    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, dated July 7, 2009.

    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 01, dated September 29, 2011.

    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 02, dated July 12, 2013.

    (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraphs (h)(2) and (i) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, Revision 01, dated April 10, 2008, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD.

    (m) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:

    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1405; fax 425-227-1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-RE[email protected] Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD.

    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the EASA; or Airbus's EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

    (3) Required for Compliance: Except as required by paragraph (i) of this AD: If any service information contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator's maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in a serviceable condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC.

    (n) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014-0064, dated March 14, 2014, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0589-0003.

    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (o)(3) and (o)(4) of this AD.

    (o) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.

    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1019, Revision 02, dated April 15, 2014.

    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A320-54-1022, Revision 03, dated April 15, 2014.

    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office—EIAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email [email protected]; Internet http://www.airbus.com.

    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on April 17, 2015. Victor Wicklund, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-09811 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service 36 CFR Part 7 [NPS-BRCA-17884; PA.PD191235A.00.3] RIN 1024-AE23 Special Regulations, Areas of the National Park System, Bryce Canyon National Park, Bicycling AGENCY:

    National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Park Service is planning to construct a paved, multi-use visitor path in Bryce Canyon National Park. The path will be approximately 6.2 miles long and be open to several uses, including running, walking, and bicycling. National Park Service regulations require promulgation of a special regulation to designate new routes for bicycle use off park roads and outside developed areas.

    DATES:

    This rule is effective June 1, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Daniel J. Cloud, Chief of Facility Management, Bryce Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 640201, Bryce Canyon, UT 84764-0201. Phone: (435) 834-4720. Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    Bryce Canyon National Park (BRCA or park) is in south-central Utah. The park encompasses approximately 35,835 acres and ranges between 6,600 and 9,100 feet in elevation. BRCA was originally established as a national monument by presidential proclamation in 1923. The park was renamed Utah National Park in 1924, and the name was changed to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1928.

    The park's most noted feature is the eroded landscape below the east rim of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have worn away the colorful and weak limestone rock into bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos.” Because the park transcends 2,500 feet of elevation, the park exists in three distinct climatic zones characterized by spruce/fir forest, ponderosa pine forest, and pinyon pine/juniper woodlands. The diversity of forest and meadow habitats provides a high degree of plant and animal diversity. BRCA is also one of the best places to experience a truly dark night sky.

    The park's purpose statement, which provides the foundation for park management, administration, and use decisions, states that “Bryce Canyon National Park protects and conserves resources integral to a landscape of unusual scenic beauty exemplified by highly colored and fantastically eroded geological features, including rock fins and spires, for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” (May 2014 Foundation Document). The park's Foundation Document identifies “increased use of alternative transportation (e.g., biking, hiking) within and surrounding the park” as an opportunity to protect clean air—one of the fundamental resources of the park. The proposal to construct a multi-use path in the park will support the park's purpose statement by providing a new opportunity for safe enjoyment and protection of the fundamental resources in the park.

    Purpose of the Multi-Use Path

    The primary purpose of the multi-use path is to relieve safety problems for visitors of all ages who choose to use non-motorized transportation to experience the park and adjacent United States Forest Service (USFS) areas near Bryce Canyon City. Increases in visitation of the park (30% increase between 2008 and 2012) are leading to transportation system capacity problems and traffic congestion. Cyclists and pedestrians need a way to travel to and within the park that is safer, provides a better visitor experience, and promotes non-motorized travel between nearby communities and the park as well as between key destinations in the park.

    The path will enhance the park's transportation system by connecting the park's gateway communities with high visitor use areas along the canyon rim in the Bryce Amphitheater and with other key features of the park. The proposed path will also connect to the existing transportation system, including visitor shuttle buses, hiking trails and walking paths, parking lots, and roads. This will link major visitor attractions and facilities with both non-motorized and motorized transportation modes. Visitor safety will be improved by separating motor vehicles from bicyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized user groups where possible.

    The multi-use path will consist of two contiguous sections constructed in two phases. The first segment will be approximately 3.9 miles long. This segment will begin at the park boundary near the main park road to/from Bryce Canyon City. The path will roughly parallel the main park road and continue to the visitor center and North Campground area. The path will then run southeast toward the canyon rim, behind the General Store and Lodge area, and to the Sunset Point parking lot where it will turn back to parallel the main park road. The path will then leave the main park road and branch toward Inspiration Point parking area. The NPS intends to complete construction of the first segment by the fall 2015.

    The second segment will be approximately 2.3 miles long and will mostly follow Bryce Point road to a terminus at a trailhead just below the Bryce Point parking area. The NPS will construct the second segment as resources become available.

    In total, the path will be approximately 6.2 miles long within the boundary of the park. No portion of the proposed path will be constructed below the canyon rim on park lands, nor in proposed wilderness areas inside the park. For most locations, the path will consist of a 10-foot wide paved asphalt surface. The path will generally parallel the main park road to provide separation between users and vehicles to reduce the likelihood of related safety problems. Spurs from the main path alignment will be designed to provide visitor access to key viewpoints and other landscape features. The path will continue outside of the boundary of the park through Bryce Canyon City and Dixie National Forest. This will provide a safe, efficient, and family-friendly way to access these connected areas.

    Environmental Assessment

    In September 2014, the NPS published the Multi-use Visitor Path Environmental Assessment (EA). On December 23, 2014, the Regional Director for the Intermountain Region signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) that identified the preferred alternative (Alternative Alignment A) in the EA as the selected action. The rule implements the selected action as described in the EA and the FONSI. The EA and the FONSI, which contain a full description of the purpose and need for taking action, scoping, the alternatives considered, maps of the proposed multi-use path, and the environmental impacts associated with the project, may be viewed on the park's planning Web site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/brca, by clicking on the link entitled “Bryce Canyon National Park Multi-Use Path” and then clicking on the link entitled “Document List.”

    Final Rule

    The rule complies with the requirement of 36 CFR 4.30, which requires a special regulation to designate new bicycle routes off park roads and outside of developed areas. The EA and FONSI address bicycle use on the multi-use path and evaluate (i) the suitability of the trail surface for bicycle use; and (ii) life cycle maintenance costs, safety considerations, methods to prevent or minimize user conflict, methods to protect natural and cultural resources and mitigate impacts, and integration with commercial services and alternative transportation systems in compliance with 36 CFR 4.30(d)(1)-(2).

    The rule adds a new section 7.94 to 36 CFR part 7—Special Regulations, Areas of the National Park Service for Bryce Canyon National Park. The rule authorizes the superintendent to designate all or a portion of two segments of the proposed 6.2-mile-long multi-use path as a route for bicycle use. The Superintendent will notify the public of any such designation through one or more of the methods outlined in 36 CFR 1.7, and place the designation on maps that are available in the office of the Superintendent and other places convenient to the public.

    The rule also authorizes the superintendent to establish closures or restrictions for bicycle use on designated routes after considering public health and safety, resource protection, and other management activities and objectives, provided public notice is given under 36 CFR 1.7.

    Summary of Public Comments

    We published the proposed rule at 79 FR 70137 (November 25, 2014). We accepted comments through the mail, hand delivery, and through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Comments were accepted through January 26, 2015, and we received eight timely comments. Seven comments supported the proposed rule and did not request any change. One comment opposed the proposed rule. A summary of this comment and the NPS response is provided below. After considering the public comments and after additional review, we did not make any changes in the final rule.

    Comment: One comment stated that mountain biking is harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment. Specifically, this comment raised concerns that mountain biking destroys habitat, accelerates erosion, kills animals and plants, and creates conflicts with wildlife and other park visitors, including hikers and equestrians.

    NPS Response: This rule allows the superintendent to authorize bicycle use on the paved, shared-use path, and not off-trail or on non-paved, soft-surface trails. The multi-use path will not be a soft surface backcountry mountain bike path, and will not go below the canyon rim on park lands, or in proposed wilderness areas inside the park. The path will use a hardened surface to accommodate a wide range of non-motorized uses in the front country only. Potential impacts to park resources, including wildlife and habitat, soils, special status species and vegetation, as well as impacts to visitor use and experience were evaluated in the EA. Adverse impacts to these resources and visitor use were determined to be minor. The FONSI documented the finding that no significant impacts will occur, and concluded that bicycle use on the proposed path does not pose any significant impact that would rise to the levels that would constitute impairment.

    Compliance With Other Laws, Executive Orders and Department Policy Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Orders 12866 and 13563)

    Executive Order 12866 provides that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget will review all significant rules. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has determined that this rule is not significant.

    Executive Order 13563 reaffirms the principles of Executive Order 12866 while calling for improvements in the nation's regulatory system to promote predictability, to reduce uncertainty, and to use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. The executive order directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and consistent with regulatory objectives. Executive Order 13563 emphasizes further that regulations must be based on the best available science and that the rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open exchange of ideas. We have developed this rule in a manner consistent with these requirements.

    Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This rule will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). This certification is based on information contained in the economic analyses found in the report entitled “Cost-Benefit Analysis: Proposed Regulations to Designate New Routes for Bicycle Use in Bryce Canyon National Park” which is available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/brca by clicking on the link entitled “Bryce Canyon National Park Multi-Use Path” and then clicking on the link entitled “Document List.”

    Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This rule:

    (a) Does not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more.

    (b) Will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government agencies, or geographic regions.

    (c) Does not have significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.

    Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    This rule does not impose an unfunded mandate on State, local, or tribal governments or the private sector of more than $100 million per year. The rule does not have a significant or unique effect on State, local or tribal governments or the private sector. It addresses public use of national park lands, and imposes no requirements on other agencies or governments. A statement containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) is not required.

    Takings (Executive Order 12630)

    This rule does not affect a taking of private property or otherwise have takings implications under Executive Order 12630. A takings implication assessment is not required.

    Federalism (Executive Order 13132)

    Under the criteria in section 1 of Executive Order 13132, the rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism summary impact statement. This rule only affects use of NPS administered lands and waters. It has no outside effects on other areas. A Federalism summary impact statement is not required.

    Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988)

    This rule complies with the requirements of Executive Order 12988. Specifically, this rule:

    (a) Meets the criteria of section 3(a) requiring that all regulations be reviewed to eliminate errors and ambiguity and be written to minimize litigation; and

    (b) Meets the criteria of section 3(b)(2) requiring that all regulations be written in clear language and contain clear legal standards.

    Consultation With Indian Tribes (Executive Order 13175 and Department Policy)

    The Department of the Interior strives to strengthen its government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes through a commitment to consultation with Indian Tribes and recognition of their right to self-governance and tribal sovereignty. We have evaluated this rule under the Department's consultation policy and under the criteria in Executive Order 13175. During the environmental assessment process, we consulted with the 10 Native American groups associated with BRCA and determined that there are no substantial direct effects on federally recognized Indian tribes.

    Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule does not contain information collection requirements, and a submission to the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act is not required. We may not conduct or sponsor and you are not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    National Environmental Policy Act

    This rule does not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. A detailed statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 is not required because we reached the FONSI. A copy of the EA and FONSI can be found online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/brca by clicking on the link entitled “Bryce Canyon National Park Multi-Use Path” and then clicking on the link entitled “Document List.”

    Effects on the Energy Supply (Executive Order 13211)

    This rule is not a significant energy action under the definition in Executive Order 13211. A Statement of Energy Effects in not required.

    Drafting Information: The primary author of this regulation is Jay P. Calhoun, Regulations Program Specialist, National Park Service.

    List of Subjects in 36 CFR Part 7

    National parks, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    In consideration of the foregoing, the National Park Service amends 36 CFR part 7 as set forth below:

    PART 7—SPECIAL REGULATIONS, AREAS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM 1. The authority citation for Part 7 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 1, 3, 9a, 462(k); Sec. 7.96 also issued under 36 U.S.C. 501-511, D.C. Code 10-137 (2001) and D.C. Code 50-2201.07 (2001).

    2. Add § 7.94 to read as follows:
    § 7.94 Bryce Canyon National Park.

    (a) The Superintendent may designate for bicycle use routes or portions of routes on the following sections of the park's multi-use recreational path:

    (1) A section between the park boundary near Bryce Canyon City and Inspiration Point parking area (approximately 3.9 miles);

    (2) A section between the intersection of Bryce Point road and Inspiration Point road, and a trailhead near Bryce Point parking area (approximately 2.3 miles).

    (b) The Superintendent will provide notice of all bicycle route designations through one or more of the methods listed in § 1.7 of this chapter, and place the designations on maps that are available in the office of the Superintendent and other places convenient to the public.

    (c) The Superintendent may open or close designated bicycle routes, or portions thereof, or establish conditions or restrictions for bicycle use after considering public health and safety, natural and cultural resource protection, carrying capacity, and other management activities and objectives.

    (1) The Superintendent will provide public notice of all such actions through one or more of the methods listed in § 1.7 of this chapter.

    (2) Violating a closure, condition, or restriction is prohibited.

    Dated: April 17, 2015. Michael Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10170 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-EJ-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Parts 52 [EPA-R06-OAR-2014-0846; FRL-9927-10-Region 6] Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Stage I Regulations AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Direct final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a direct final action to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) related to Stage I Regulations that were submitted by the State of Texas on November 12, 2014. The EPA evaluated the SIP submittal from Texas and determined these revisions are consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA). The EPA is approving this action under the federal CAA.

    DATES:

    This direct final rule is effective on June 29, 2015 without further notice, unless the EPA receives relevant adverse comment by June 1, 2015. If the EPA receives such comment, the EPA will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that this rule will not take effect.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R06-OAR-2014-0846, by one of the following methods:

    (1) www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions.

    (2) Email: Ms. Tracie Donaldson at [email protected].

    (3) Mail or Delivery: Ms. Tracie Donaldson, Air Permits Section (6PD-R), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-R06-OAR-2014-0846. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information the disclosure of which is restricted by statute. Do not submit information through http://www.regulations.gov or email, if you believe that it is CBI or otherwise protected from disclosure. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means that the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment along with any disk or CD-ROM submitted. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption and should be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about the EPA's public docket, visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Docket: The index to the docket for this action is available electronically at www.regulations.gov and in hard copy at EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas. While all documents in the docket are listed in the index, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material), and some may not be publicly available at either location (e.g., CBI).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Tracie Donaldson, (214) 665-6633, [email protected]. To inspect the hard copy materials, please schedule an appointment with Ms. Donaldson or Mr. Bill Deese at (214) 665-7253.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Throughout this document wherever “we,” “us,” or “our” is used, we mean the EPA.

    Table of Contents I. Background A. CAA and SIPs B. Why do we regulate VOCs? C. What is Stage I Vapor Recovery? D. SIP Revision Submitted on November 12, 2014 II. EPA's Evaluation III. Final Action IV. Incorporation by Reference V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. Background A. CAA and SIPs

    Section 110 of the CAA requires states to develop and submit to the EPA a SIP to ensure that state air quality meets National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The NAAQS currently address six criteria pollutants: Carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, lead, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. Each federally-approved SIP protects air quality primarily by addressing air pollution at its point of origin through air pollution regulations and control strategies. The EPA-approved SIP provisions and control strategies are federally enforceable. States revise the SIP as needed and submit revisions to the EPA for review and approval.

    B. Why do we regulate VOCs?

    Volatile Organic Compound is a term used to describe a class of chemicals that react in the atmosphere in the presence of sunlight to form ozone. Sources include vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, oil-based paints and industrial operations. A regulatory definition of Volatile Organic Compounds can be found at 40 CFR 51.100(s). The definition in Texas can be found in 30 TAC 115.10. Oxygen in the atmosphere reacts with VOCs and Oxides of Nitrogen to form ozone, a key component of urban smog. Inhaling even low levels of ozone can trigger a variety of health problems including chest pains, coughing, nausea, throat irritation, and congestion. It also can worsen bronchitis and asthma. Exposure to ozone can also reduce lung capacity in healthy adults.

    C. What is Stage I Vapor Recovery?

    Capturing the vapors from the gasoline station storage tanks as tank-trucks fill these tanks, and returning the vapors to the tank-truck is commonly known as Stage I vapor recovery. The tank-truck then carries the vapors back to the bulk gasoline plant or terminal. To insure the vapors are not lost in transit, the Texas rules also include requirements that the gasoline tank-trucks be tested for vapor tightness. We are approving the vapor recovery requirements and the vapor tightness requirements.

    D. SIP Revision Submitted on November 12, 2014

    On September 10, 2014, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) adopted revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 115, Control of Air Pollution from Volatile Organic Compounds, Subchapter A. Definitions and Subchapter C. Volatile Organic Compound Transfer Operations. This review will determine if the changes to the Texas SIP are consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act and EPA's policy and guidance.

    II. EPA's Evaluation

    As detailed in the Technical Support Document (TSD) accompanying this action, the TCEQ submitted a SIP revision to the Stage I regulations found in 30 TAC 115, Subchapter A. Definitions and Subchapter C. Volatile Organic Compound Transfer Operations. The TCEQ adopted amended sections 115.10, 115.221, 115.222, 115.224-115.227 and 115.229 of 30 TAC Chapter 115, Control of Air Pollution from Volatile Organic Compounds and corresponding revisions to the state implementation plan. The revisions preserve existing Stage I testing requirements in the 1997 ozone nonattainment counties and specify Stage I testing requirements for gasoline dispensing facilities located in the 12 ozone nonattainment counties and 4 ozone maintenance counties that will be affected by the decommissioning of the Stage II vapor recovery equipment rule revision and in the 95 counties that are subject to the state Stage I rule but not Stage II requirements. The adopted revisions also establish testing requirements that are more consistent with federal Stage I testing in 40 CFR part 63, subpart CCCCCC and are more appropriate for Stage I facilities.

    Previously, in separate actions, we found that Texas' Stage I regulations meet Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements for the 1997 ozone standard in Dallas-Fort Worth area (January 14, 2009, 74 FR 1903) and for the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area (April 2, 2013, 63 FR 19599). The current revisions update RACT where applicable for 1997 ozone nonattainment counties in Texas.

    The revisions will enhance the EPA-approved SIP because they will not result in any loss in emission reductions, will become more enforceable with the test methods in place and will be more consistent with the federal Stage I testing requirements; therefore, we are approving them into the Texas SIP.

    III. Final Action

    For the reasons stated above and in the TSD, the EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Texas SIP pertaining to Stage I regulations at 30 TAC, Chapter 115, Subchapter A: Definitions, Section 115.10 and Subchapter C, Division 2: Filling of Gasoline Storage Vessels (Stage I) for Motor Vehicle Fuel Dispensing Facilities, Sections 115.221, 115.222, 115.224-115.227 and 115.229, adopted on September 10, 2014, and submitted as revisions to the Texas SIP on November 12, 2014.

    We are approving the revisions to the Texas SIP under section 110 of the Act. We are publishing this rule without prior proposal because we view this as a noncontroversial amendment and anticipate no relevant adverse comments. However, in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register publication, we are publishing a separate document that will serve as the proposal to approve the SIP revision if relevant adverse comments are received. This rule will be effective on June 29, 2015 without further notice unless we receive relevant adverse comment by June 1, 2015. If we receive relevant adverse comments, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. We will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. We will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so now. Please note that if we receive adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, we may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse comment.

    IV. Incorporation by Reference

    In this direct final rule, the EPA is finalizing regulatory text that includes incorporation by reference. In accordance with requirements of 1 CFR 51.5, the EPA is finalizing the incorporation by reference of the Texas Stage I requirements described in the Final Action section above. The EPA has made, and will continue to make, these documents generally available electronically through www.regulations.gov and/or in hard copy at the appropriate EPA office (see the ADDRESSES section of this preamble for more information).

    V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    Under the CAA, the Administrator is required to approve a SIP submission that complies with the provisions of the Act and applicable federal regulations. 42 U.S.C. 7410(k); 40 CFR 52.02(a). Thus, in reviewing SIP submissions, the EPA's role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the Clean Air Act. Accordingly, this action merely approves state law as meeting Federal requirements and does not impose additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. For that reason, this action:

    • Is not a “significant regulatory action” subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993) and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011);

    • does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.);

    • is certified as not having a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);

    • does not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4);

    • does not have federalism implications as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999);

    • is not an economically significant regulatory action based on health or safety risks subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997);

    • is not a significant regulatory action subject to Executive Order 13211 (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001);

    • is not subject to requirements of section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) because application of those requirements would be inconsistent with the Clean Air Act; and

    • does not provide the EPA with the discretionary authority to address, as appropriate, disproportionate human health or environmental effects, using practicable and legally permissible methods, under Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994).

    The SIP is not approved to apply on any Indian reservation land or in any other area where the EPA or an Indian tribe has demonstrated that a tribe has jurisdiction. In those areas of Indian country, the rule does not have tribal implications and will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000).

    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. The EPA will submit a report containing this action and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

    Under section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by June 29, 2015. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this action for the purposed of judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. This action may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements. (See section 307(b)(2).)

    List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Particulate matter, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sulfur oxides.

    Dated: April 22, 2015. Ron Curry, Regional Administrator, Region 6.

    40 CFR part 52 is amended as follows:

    PART 52—APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS 1. The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    Subpart SS—Texas 2. In § 52.2270(c), the table titled “EPA Approved Regulations in the Texas SIP” is amended by adding, in sequential order, the entry for section 115.221; and revising the entries for sections 115.10, 115.222, 115.224 through 115.227, and 115.229 to read as follows:
    § 52.2270 Identification of plan.

    (c) * * *

    EPA-Approved Regulations in the Texas SIP State citation Title/subject State
  • approval/
  • submittal date
  • EPA approval date Explanation
    *         *         *         *         *         *         * Chapter 115 (Reg 5)—Control of Air Pollution From Volatile Organic Compounds Subchapter A—Definitions 115.10 Definitions 9/10/2014 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] *         *         *         *         *         *         * Subchapter C—Volatile Organic Compound Transfer Operations *         *         *         *         *         *         * Division 2: Filling of Gasoline Storage Vessels (Stage I) for Motor Vehicle Fuel Dispensing Facilities 115.221 Emission Specifications 9/10/2014 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] 115.222 Control Requirements 9/10/2014 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] *         *         *         *         *         *         * 115.224 Inspection Requirements 9/10/2014 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] 115.225 Testing Requirements 9/10/2014 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] 115.226 Recordkeeping Requirements 9/10/2014 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] 115.227 Exemptions 9/10/2014 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] 115.229 Counties and Compliance Schedules 9/10/2014 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] *         *         *         *         *         *         *
    [FR Doc. 2015-10122 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Parts 52 [EPA-R06-OAR-2015-0054; FRL-9926-91-Region 6] Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Arkansas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Fee Regulations AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Direct final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a direct final action to approve revisions to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) related to the Fee Regulations section of the Arkansas SIP that were submitted by the State of Arkansas on November 6, 2012. The EPA has evaluated the SIP submittal from Arkansas and determined these revisions are consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA). The EPA is approving this action under section 110 of the Act.

    DATES:

    This direct final rule is effective on June 29, 2015 without further notice, unless the EPA receives relevant adverse comment by June 1, 2015. If the EPA receives such comment, the EPA will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that this rule will not take effect.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R06-OAR-2015-0054, by one of the following methods:

    (1) www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions.

    (2) Email: Ms. Tracie Donaldson at [email protected]

    (3) Mail or Delivery: Ms. Tracie Donaldson, Air Permits Section (6PD-R), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-R06-OAR-2015-0054. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information the disclosure of which is restricted by statute. Do not submit information through http://www.regulations.gov or email, if you believe that it is CBI or otherwise protected from disclosure. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means that the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment along with any disk or CD-ROM submitted. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption and should be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about the EPA's public docket, visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. Docket: The index to the docket for this action is available electronically at www.regulations.gov and in hard copy at EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas. While all documents in the docket are listed in the index, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material), and some may not be publicly available at either location (e.g., CBI).
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Tracie Donaldson, (214) 665-6633, [email protected] To inspect the hard copy materials, please schedule an appointment with Ms. Donaldson or Mr. Bill Deese at (214) 665-7253.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Throughout this document wherever “we,” “us,” or “our” is used, we mean the EPA.

    Table of Contents I. Background A. CAA and SIPs B. SIP Revision Submitted on November 6, 2012 II. The EPA's Evaluation III. Final Action IV. Incorporation by Reference V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. Background A. CAA and SIPs

    Section 110 of the CAA requires states to develop and submit to the EPA a SIP to ensure that state air quality meets National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The NAAQS currently address six criteria pollutants: carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, lead, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. Each federally-approved SIP protects air quality primarily by addressing air pollution at its point of origin through air pollution regulations and control strategies. The EPA-approved SIP provisions and control strategies are federally enforceable. States revise the SIP as needed and submit revisions to the EPA for approval.

    B. SIP Revision Submitted on November 6, 2012

    On June 22, 2012, the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) adopted revisions to Regulation 9—Permit Fee Regulations, Regulation 19—Regulations of the Arkansas Plan of Implementation for Air Pollution Control, and Regulation 26—Regulations of the Arkansas Operating Air Permit Program. On October 26, 2012, APC&EC adopted additional revisions to Regulation 19. Governor Beebe submitted these revised regulations as a revision to the Arkansas SIP in a letter dated November 6, 2012.

    The November 6th, 2012, letter requested that the EPA repeal the current SIP-approved permit fee program provisions found in Regulation 9 and replace with the new provisions included in the submittal for Chapters 1, 2,1 3, 5, and 9, of Regulation 9 which relate to the State's air program. This action will repeal the current SIP-approved version of Regulation 9 and replace with the current version of Regulation 9, Chapters 1, 2,2 3, 5, and 9 as requested by Arkansas. This includes revisions to Regulation 9, Chapter 5 addressing fee requirements for carbon dioxide and methane. The revisions to Regulations 19 and 26 will be addressed in separate rulemaking by the EPA.

    1 Only the portions of Chapter 2 that relate to the Air program are included in the Arkansas SIP. The definitions to include are specified in ADEQ letter to the EPA dated December 11, 2014, which is available in our rulemaking docket and addressed in more detail in the TSD.

    2 Ibid.

    II. The EPA's Evaluation

    As detailed in the Technical Support Document (TSD) accompanying this action, the ADEQ 3 submitted a SIP revision to the fee regulations requesting a withdrawal of the current SIP-approved permit fee program and replacement with the submitted revised fee regulations containing a new fee schedule and associated provisions specific to the State's air program. The EPA has reviewed the submitted revisions and determined that the submitted revised fee program is consistent with the general requirements at CAA section 110(a)(2)(E)(i) to provide necessary assurances that the State will have adequate funding to carry out the provisions of the Arkansas SIP as it pertains to major and minor source Title I permitting and CAA section 110(a)(2)(L) that requires states to charge necessary fees for the development and implementation of major source Title I permits. The Arkansas SIP is intended to implement Title I of the CAA, while Title V requirements are not generally included in SIPs.4 The repeal and replace included in the November 6, 2012, SIP submittal more accurately represents the current fee structure than the previously approved SIP, which was approved by EPA on November 12, 1986. Based on EPA's evaluation of the fee assessment provisions submitted, EPA finds the submitted repeal and replace of, and subsequent revisions to Arkansas Regulation 9 establishing fee requirements for permits is consistent with sections 110(a)(2)(E)(i) and 110(a)(2)(L) of the CAA.

    3 The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is the state agency that is charged with protecting, enhancing and restoring the environment for Arkansas. The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) is the environmental policy-making body for Arkansas.

    4 The Arkansas air permitting program is a one permit system (meaning that title I and title V are issued together for major sources) the fee regulations are combined in Regulation 9. The EPA has not evaluated the revised Regulation 9 Fee Provisions for sufficiency under 40 CFR 70.9 of the title V state operating permit program.

    III. Final Action

    For the reasons stated above and in the TSD, the EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Arkansas SIP pertaining to title I fees. Specifically, the EPA is deleting the current SIP-approved fee program and approving in its place the revised Arkansas fee program at Regulation 9, Chapters 1, 2,5 3, 5 and 9 effective on July 9, 2012, and submitted as revisions to the Arkansas SIP on November 6, 2012.

    5 Only the portions of Chapter 2 that relate to the Air program are included in the Arkansas SIP. The definitions to include are specified in ADEQ letter to the EPA dated December 11, 2014, which is available in our rulemaking docket and addressed in more detail in the TSD.

    We are approving the revisions to the Arkansas SIP under section 110 of the Act. We are publishing this rule without prior proposal because we view this as a noncontroversial amendment and anticipate no relevant adverse comments. However, in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register publication, we are publishing a separate document that will serve as the proposal to approve the SIP revision if relevant adverse comments are received. This rule will be effective on June 29, 2015 without further notice unless we receive relevant adverse comment by June 1, 2015. If we receive relevant adverse comments, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. We will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. We will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so now. Please note that if we receive adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, we may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse comment.

    IV. Incorporation by Reference

    In this direct final rule, the EPA is finalizing regulatory text that includes incorporation by reference. In accordance with requirements of 1 CFR 51.5, the EPA is finalizing the incorporation by reference of the Arkansas title I Permit Fees described in the Final Action section above. The EPA has made, and will continue to make, these documents generally available electronically through www.regulations.gov and/or in hard copy at the appropriate EPA office (see the ADDRESSES section of this preamble for more information).

    V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    Under the CAA, the Administrator is required to approve a SIP submission that complies with the provisions of the Act and applicable federal regulations. 42 U.S.C. 7410(k); 40 CFR 52.02(a). Thus, in reviewing SIP submissions, the EPA's role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the Clean Air Act. Accordingly, this action merely approves state law as meeting Federal requirements and does not impose additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. For that reason, this action:

    • Is not a “significant regulatory action” subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993) and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011);

    • does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.);

    • is certified as not having a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);

    • does not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4);

    • does not have federalism implications as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999);

    • is not an economically significant regulatory action based on health or safety risks subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997);

    • is not a significant regulatory action subject to Executive Order 13211 (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001);

    • is not subject to requirements of section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) because application of those requirements would be inconsistent with the Clean Air Act; and

    • does not provide the EPA with the discretionary authority to address, as appropriate, disproportionate human health or environmental effects, using practicable and legally permissible methods, under Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994).

    The SIP is not approved to apply on any Indian reservation land or in any other area where the EPA or an Indian tribe has demonstrated that a tribe has jurisdiction. In those areas of Indian country, the rule does not have tribal implications and will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000).

    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. The EPA will submit a report containing this action and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

    Under section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by June 29, 2015. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this action for the purposed of judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. This action may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements. (See section 307(b)(2).)

    List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Carbon monoxide, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Lead, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Particulate matter, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sulfur oxides, Volatile organic compounds.

    Dated: April 17, 2015. Ron Curry, Regional Administrator, Region 6.

    40 CFR part 52 is amended as follows:

    PART 52—APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS 1. The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    Subpart E—Arkansas
    2. In § 52.170(c), the table titled “EPA-Approved Regulations in the Arkansas SIP” is amended by revising the heading and entries for “Arkansas Regulation No. 9: Permit Fees,” to read as follows:
    § 52.170 Identification of plan.

    (c) * * *

    EPA-Approved Regulations in the Arkansas SIP State citation Title/
  • subject
  • State
  • submittal/
  • effective date
  • EPA approval date Explanation
    *         *         *         *         *         *         * Regulation No. 9: Fee Regulation Chapter 1 Title 7/9/2012 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] Chapter 2 Definitions 7/9/2012 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] The following definitions do not relate to the air program and are not being approved into the SIP: “Category”, “Certificate”, “Confined Animal Operation”, “Discretionary Major Facility”, “Evaluation”, “Laboratory“, “Major Municipal Facility”, “Non-Municipal Major Facility”, “Parameter”, “Program”. Chapter 3 Permit Fee Payment 7/9/2012 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] Chapter 5 Air Permit Fees 7/9/2012 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation] Chapter 9 Administrative Procedures 7/9/2012 4/30/2015 [Insert FR citation]
    [FR Doc. 2015-09905 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Parts 60 and 63 [EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0234 and EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0044; FRL-9926-74-OAR] RIN 2060-AR62 Reconsideration on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and the Utility New Source Performance Standards; Final Action AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of final action denying petitions for reconsideration.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice that it has responded to 23 petitions for reconsideration of the final rules titled National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) From Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance (NSPS) for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units, published in the Federal Register on February 16, 2012. The agency previously granted reconsideration on several discrete issues and took final action on reconsideration through documents published in the Federal Register on April 24, 2013, and November 19, 2014. The Administrator denied the remaining requests for reconsideration in separate letters to the petitioners dated April 21, 2015. A document providing a full explanation of the agency's rationale for each denial is in the docket for these rules.

    DATES:

    Effective April 30, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Jim Eddinger, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-5426; fax number: (919) 541-5450; email address: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    This Federal Register document, the petitions for reconsideration, the letters denying the petitions for reconsideration, and the document titled “Denial of Petitions for Reconsideration of Certain Issues: MATS and Utility NSPS” (Reconsideration Response Document) are available in the dockets the EPA established under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0234 and Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0044. The Reconsideration Response Document is available in both the MATS and Utility NSPS dockets by conducting a search of the title “Denial of Petitions for Reconsideration of Certain Issues: MATS and Utility NSPS.” All documents in the dockets are listed on the www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., confidential business information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room 3334, EPA WJC West Building, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744 and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742. This Federal Register document and the Reconsideration Response Document denying the petitions can also be found on the EPA's Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/utility/utilitypg.html.

    II. Judicial Review

    Section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) indicates which Federal Courts of Appeals have venue for petitions for review of final EPA actions. This section provides, in part, that the petitions for review must be filed in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit if: (i) The agency action consists of “nationally applicable regulations promulgated, or final action taken, by the Administrator,” or (ii) such actions are locally or regionally applicable, if “such action is based on a determination of nationwide scope or effect and if in taking such action the Administrator find and publishes that such action is based on such a determination.”

    The EPA has determined that its actions denying the petitions for reconsideration are of nationwide scope and effect for purposes of section 307(d)(1) because the actions directly affect the “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) From Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance (NSPS) for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units,” both of which were found to be of nationwide scope and effect. Thus, any petitions for review of the EPA's decisions denying petitioners' requests for reconsideration must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by June 29, 2015.

    III. Description of Action

    On February 16, 2012, pursuant to sections 111 and 112 of the CAA, the EPA published the final rules titled “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units” (77 FR 9304). The NESHAP rule issued pursuant to CAA section 112 is referred to as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), and the NSPS rule issued pursuant to CAA section 111 is referred to as the Utility NSPS. Following promulgation of the final rules, the Administrator received petitions for reconsideration of numerous provisions of both MATS and the Utility NSPS pursuant to CAA section 307(d)(7)(B).

    The EPA received 20 petitions for reconsideration of the MATS rule and 3 petitions for reconsideration of the Utility NSPS. The EPA received petitions for reconsideration of the MATS rule from the following organizations: American Public Power Association, ARIPPA, Babcock & Wilcox, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Climate Policy Group, Coal Utilization Research Council, Earthjustice, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Edgecombe/Spruance Genco, Edison Mission Energy, FirstEnergy, Hawaiian Electric Company, Institute of Clean Air Companies, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Power4Georgians, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, Southern Company, State of Texas (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Public Utility Commission, Railroad Commission of Texas), Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG), and Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative. The EPA received petitions for reconsideration of the Utility NSPS from the following organizations: Air Products, State of Texas (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Public Utility Commission, Railroad Commission of Texas), and UARG.

    CAA section 307(d)(7)(B) states that “[o]nly an objection to a rule or procedure which was raised with reasonable specificity during the period for public comment (including any public hearing) may be raised during judicial review. If the person raising an objection can demonstrate to the Administrator that it was impracticable to raise such objection within such time or if the grounds for such objection arose after the period for public comment (but within the time specified for judicial review) and if such objection is of central relevance to the outcome of the rule, the Administrator shall convene a proceeding for reconsideration of the rule and provide the same procedural rights as would have been afforded had the information been available at the time the rule was proposed. If the Administrator refuses to convene such a proceeding, such person may seek review of such refusal in the United States court of appeals for the appropriate circuit (as provided in subsection (b)).” Thus, the EPA is only required to grant a CAA section 307(d)(7)(B) petition for reconsideration if the petitioner demonstrates both: (1) That it was impractical to raise the objection during the public comment period, or that the grounds for such objection arose after the public comment period but within the time specified for judicial review (i.e., within 60 days after publication of the final rulemaking in the Federal Register); and (2) that the objection is of central relevance to the outcome of the rule.

    On November 30, 2012, the EPA issued a proposed rule reconsidering certain new source MATS, the requirements applicable during periods of startup and shutdown for MATS and the Utility NSPS (for the PM standard only), certain definitional and monitoring issues in the Utility NSPS, and additional technical corrections to both MATS and the Utility NSPS (77 FR 71323). On April 24, 2013, the EPA issued the final action on reconsideration of the new source MATS, the definitional and monitoring provisions in the Utility NSPS, and the technical corrections in both rules (78 FR 24073). The EPA issued the final action on reconsideration of the startup and shutdown provisions in the MATS and Utility NSPS on November 19, 2014 (79 FR 68777). In addition, on February 17, 2015, the EPA proposed additional technical corrections to the final MATS rule and the Utility NSPS (80 FR 8442). These actions addressed many issues raised in the petitions for reconsideration of the final MATS rule and the Utility NSPS.

    On April 21, 2015, the Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed letters to petitioners denying the remaining issues in the petitions for reconsideration. The EPA carefully reviewed the petitions and evaluated each issue raised in the petitions for reconsideration to determine if they meet the CAA section 307(d)(7)(B) criteria for reconsideration. The EPA denied the remaining issues in the petitions for reconsideration because they do not meet the criteria for reconsideration and/or are moot as explained in detail in the Reconsideration Response Document. That document articulates in detail the rationale for the EPA's final response to each of the remaining issues in the petitions for reconsideration received on the final MATS rule and the Utility NSPS.

    As explained in the Reconsideration Response Document, a significant majority of the issues raised in the petitions for reconsideration were or could have been raised in comments on the proposed MATS and Utility NSPS. In addition, many of the parties that filed petitions for reconsideration of the final MATS and Utility NSPS also filed petitions for review of the final rules in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Court or D.C. Circuit). Many of the issues raised in the petitions for reconsideration were also raised in the D.C. Circuit litigation, and other reconsideration issues could have been raised in that litigation. On April 15, 2014, the Court denied all petitions for review of MATS and the Utility NSPS. White Stallion Energy Center v. EPA, 784 F.3d 1222 (D.C. Cir. 2014); cert. granted, State of Michigan v. EPA, No. 14-46 (and consolidated cases). As the Court may only consider issues raised during the period for public comment, issues raised in the litigation and addressed by the Court clearly do not meet the criteria for reconsideration in CAA section 307(d)(7)(B). Moreover, parties may not use this final action denying reconsideration as a basis to litigate issues that could have been raised in the initial litigation.

    Dated: April 21, 2015. Gina McCarthy, Administrator.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10118 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 62 [EPA-R06-OAR-2013-0763; FRL-9927-00-Region 6] Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Control of Emissions From Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator Units AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Direct final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d)/129 negative declarations for the States of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for existing sewage sludge incinerator (SSI) units. These negative declarations certify that existing SSI units subject to the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdictions of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico (including the City of Albuquerque). EPA is accepting the negative declarations in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

    DATES:

    This rule is effective on June 29, 2015 without further notice, unless EPA receives relevant adverse comment by June 1, 2015. If EPA receives such comment, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that this rule will not take effect.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket No. EPA-R06-OAR-2013-0763, by one of the following methods:

    www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions.

    Email: Mr. Kenneth W. Boyce at [email protected].

    Mail or delivery: Mr. Guy Donaldson, Chief, Air Planning Section (6PD-L), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket No. EPA-R06-OAR-2013-0763. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or email. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    Docket: The index to the docket for this action is available electronically at www.regulations.gov and in hard copy at EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas. While all documents in the docket are listed in the index, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material), and some may not be publicly available at either location (e.g., CBI).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Kenneth Boyce, (214) 665-7259, email address [email protected]. To inspect the hard copy materials please contact Mr. Boyce or Mr. Bill Deese at (214) 665-6645.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Throughout this document, “we” “us” and “our” means the EPA.

    Outline I. Background II. Final Action III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. Background

    EPA's statutory authority for the regulation of new and existing solid waste incineration units is outlined in CAA sections 129 and 111. Section 129 of the CAA is specific to solid waste combustion and requires EPA to establish performance standards for each category of solid waste incineration units. These standards include new source performance standards (NSPS), applicable to new units, and emissions guidelines and other requirements applicable to existing units. Under CAA section 129, an NSPS or emissions guideline must contain numerical emissions limitations for particulate matter, opacity (as appropriate), sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, lead, cadmium, mercury, and dioxins and dibenzofurans. While the NSPS is directly applicable to affected facilities, the emissions guidelines for existing units are intended for states to use in order to develop a state plan to submit to EPA. Once approved by EPA, the state plan becomes federally enforceable. If a State does not submit an approvable state plan to EPA, EPA is responsible for developing, implementing, and enforcing a federal plan.

    While section 129 of the CAA is specific to the combustion of solid waste, it also relies on CAA section 111 in promulgating the NSPS and emissions guidelines. Section 111 of the CAA gives EPA the statutory authority to promulgate an NSPS and/or emissions guideline for certain categories of stationary sources, and describes the procedural requirements for the development and implementation of these standards. More specifically, CAA section 111(d) requires EPA to establish procedures for States to submit a state plan to EPA for the regulation of existing sources whenever emissions guidelines are promulgated. The general provisions for the submittal and approval of state plans are codified in 40 CFR part 60, subpart B and 40 CFR part 62, subpart A. States have options other than submitting a state plan in order to fulfill their obligations under CAA sections 111(d) and 129. If a State does not have any existing solid waste incineration units for the relevant emissions guidelines, 40 CFR 60.23(b) and 62.06 provide that a letter may be submitted certifying that no such units exist within the State (i.e., negative declaration) in lieu of a state plan. The negative declaration exempts the State from the requirements of subpart B that would otherwise require the submittal of a CAA section 111(d)/129 plan.

    On March 21, 2011 (76 FR 15372), EPA promulgated new source performance standards (40 CFR part 60, subpart LLLL) for new SSI units, and emission guidelines (40 CRF part 60, subpart MMMM), for existing SSI units. Existing SSI units are units that commenced construction on or before October 14, 2010. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico have each determined that there are no existing SSI units subject to CAA sections 111(d) and 129 requirements in their individual air pollution control jurisdictions. In order to fulfill obligations under CAA sections 111(d) and 129, TCEQ, ODEQ, ADEQ, NMED and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico submitted negative declaration letters to EPA on January 28, 2013, November 14, 2011, May 21, 2012, October 6, 2011 and September 12, 2011, respectively. The submittal of these declarations exempts TCEQ, ODEQ, ADEQ, NMED and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico from the requirement to submit a state plan for existing SSI units.

    II. Final Action

    In this Direct Final action, EPA is amending part 62 to reflect receipt of the negative declaration letters from the TCEQ, ODEQ, ADEQ, NMED and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, certifying that there are no existing SSI units subject to 40 CFR part 60, subpart MMMM, in their respective jurisdictions, in accordance with 40 CFR 60.5010, 40 CFR 62.06, and Section 111(d) of the CAA. If a designated facility (i.e., existing SSI unit) is later found within any noted jurisdiction after publication of this Federal Register action, then the overlooked facility will become subject to the requirements of the Federal plan for that designated facility, including the compliance schedule. The Federal plan will no longer apply, if we subsequently receive and approve the 111(d) plan from the jurisdiction with the overlooked facility. EPA is publishing this rule without prior proposal because we view this as a non-controversial amendment and anticipate no adverse comments. However, in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register publication, we are publishing a separate document that will serve as the proposal to approve the negative declarations if relevant adverse comments are received. This rule will be effective on June 29, 2015 without further notice unless we receive relevant adverse comment by June 1, 2015. If we receive relevant adverse comments, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. We will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. We will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time.

    III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews A. General Requirements

    Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), this action is not a “significant regulatory action” and therefore is not subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget. For this reason, this action is also not subject to Executive Order 13211, “Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use” (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001). This action merely notifies the public of EPA receipt of negative declarations from air pollution control agencies without any existing SSI units in their jurisdiction. This action imposes no requirements. Accordingly, EPA certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). Because this action does not impose any additional enforceable duty beyond that required by state law, it does not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4). This rule also does not have Tribal implications because it will not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian Tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes, as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000). This action also does not have Federalism implications because it does not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government, as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999). This action merely approves a negative declaration for SSI units, and does not alter the relationship or the distribution of power and responsibilities established in the CAA. This rule also is not subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997), because it is not economically significant.

    With regard to negative declarations for SSI units received by EPA from states, EPA's role is to notify the public of the receipt of such negative declarations and revise 40 CFR part 62 accordingly. In this context, in the absence of a prior existing requirement for the State to use voluntary consensus standards (VCS), EPA has no authority to disapprove a 111(d)/129 plan negative declaration submission for failure to use VCS. It would thus be inconsistent with applicable law for EPA, when it reviews a 111(d)/129 plan negative declaration submission, to use VCS in place of a 111(d)/129 plan submission that otherwise satisfies the provisions of the CAA. Thus, the requirements of section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) do not apply. This rule does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

    B. Submission to Congress and the Comptroller General

    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. EPA will submit a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. This rule is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

    C. Petitions for Judicial Review

    Under section 307(b)(1) of the CAA, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by June 29, 2015. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this rule for the purposes of judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. Parties with objections to this direct final rule are encouraged to file a comment in response to the parallel notice of proposed rulemaking for this action published in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register, rather than file an immediate petition for judicial review of this direct final rule, so that EPA can withdraw this direct final rule and address the comment in the proposed rulemaking. This action approving a negative declaration for SSI units may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements. (See section 307(b)(2).)

    List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 62

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Air pollution control, Intergovernmental relations, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Waste treatment and disposal.

    Dated: April 16, 2015. Ron Curry, Regional Administrator, Region 6.

    40 CFR part 62 is amended as follows:

    PART 62—APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF STATE PLANS FOR DESIGNATED FACILITIES AND POLLUTANTS 1. The authority citation for part 62 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    Subpart E—Arkansas 2. Subpart E is amended by adding an undesignated center heading and § 62.856 to read as follows: Emissions From Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator Units
    § 62.856 Identification of sources—negative declaration.

    Letter from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, dated May 21, 2012, certifying that there are no known existing sewage sludge incineration (SSI) units subject to 40 CFR part 60, subpart MMMM, within its jurisdiction.

    Subpart GG—New Mexico 3. Subpart GG is amended by adding an undesignated center heading and § 62.7892 to read as follows: Emissions From Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator Units
    § 62.7892 Identification of sources.

    (a) Negative declaration for the State of New Mexico excluding Bernalillo County. Letter from the New Mexico Environment Department, dated October 6, 2011, certifying that there are no known existing sewage sludge incineration (SSI) units subject to 40 CFR part 60, subpart MMMM, within its jurisdiction, excluding Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

    (b) Negative declaration for Bernalillo County. Letter from the City of Albuquerque Air Pollution Control Division, dated September 12, 2011, certifying that there are no known existing sewage sludge incineration (SSI) units subject to 40 CFR part 60, subpart MMMM, within the jurisdiction of the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

    Subpart LL—Oklahoma 4. Subpart LL is amended by adding an undesignated center heading and § 62.9121 to read as follows: Emissions From Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator Units
    § 62.9121 Identification of sources—negative declaration.

    Letter from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, dated November 14, 2011, certifying that there are no known existing sewage sludge incineration (SSI) units subject to 40 CFR part 60, subpart MMMM, within its jurisdiction.

    Subpart SS—Texas 5. Subpart SS is amended by adding an undesignated center heading and § 62.10912 to read as follows: Emissions From Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator Units
    § 62.10912 Identification of sources—negative declaration.

    Letter from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, dated January 28, 2013, certifying that there are no existing sewage sludge incineration (SSI) units subject to the requirements of 40 CFR part 60, subpart MMMM, within its jurisdiction.

    [FR Doc. 2015-10043 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 405 and 418 [CMS-1609-CN] RIN 0938-AS10 Medicare Program; FY 2015 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements and Process and Appeals for Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice; Correction AGENCY:

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

    ACTION:

    Final rule; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    This document corrects technical errors that appeared in the final rule published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2014 entitled “Medicare Program; FY 2015 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements and Process and Appeals for Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice.”

    DATES:

    Effective Date: October 1, 2014.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Debra Dean-Whittaker, (410) 786-0848.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    In FR Doc. 2014-18506 of August 22, 2014 (79 FR 50451), there were a number of technical errors that are identified and corrected in the Correction of Errors section below. The provisions in this correction document are effective as if they had been included in the document published on August 22, 2014. Accordingly, the corrections are effective October 1, 2014.

    II. Summary of Errors

    On page 50492, in Table 8, we omitted the description of a quality reporting measure “Providing Support for Religious and Spiritual Beliefs”. We are adding the omitted measure to the table.

    On Page 50493, in Table 9, we listed an incorrect deadline for the “Monthly data collection April-June 2015 (Q2).” We inadvertently provided November 1, 2015 as the deadline. We are correcting this error to reflect the correct monthly data collection deadline date of November 11, 2015.

    III. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking

    We ordinarily publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to provide a period for public comment before the provisions of a rule take effect in accordance with section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). However, we can waive this notice and comment procedure if the Secretary finds, for good cause, that the notice and comment process is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest, and incorporates a statement of the finding and the reasons therefore in the notice.

    Section 553(d) of the APA ordinarily requires a 30-day delay in effective date of final rules after the date of their publication in the Federal Register. This 30-day delay in effective date can be waived, however, if an agency finds for good cause that the delay is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest, and the agency incorporates a statement of the findings and its reasons in the rule issued. Rulemaking is unnecessary because this notice merely fixes errors and makes no policy changes.

    IV. Correction of Errors

    In FR Doc. 2014-18506 of August 22, 2014 (79 FR 50451), make the following corrections:

    1. On page 50492, in Table 8—“Hospice Experience of Care Survey Quality Measures and Their Items”, after the quality measure description of “Getting help for Symptoms” and before the quality measure description of “Information Continuity” add the following quality measure description to read as follows:

    Providing Support for Religious and Spiritual Beliefs

    (Support for religious or spiritual beliefs includes talking, praying, quiet time, or other ways of meeting your religious or spiritual needs.)

    While your family member was in hospice care, how much support for your religious or spiritual beliefs did you get from the hospice team?

    2. On page 50493, in Table 9—Data Submission Dates 2015-1016 For CAHPS® Hospice Survey, under the quarterly data submission deadline column the date “November 1, 2015” is corrected to read “November 11, 2015”.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. C'Reda Weeden, Executive Secretary to the Department, Department of Health and Human Services.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10169 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 45 CFR Part 156 Health Insurance Issuer Standards Under the Affordable Care Act, Including Standards Related to Exchanges CFR Correction

    In Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1 to 199, revised as of October 1, 2014, on page 933, in § 156.285, reinstate paragraph (d)(2) after paragraph (d)(1)(iii)(B) to read as follows:

    § 156.285 Additional standards specific to SHOP. [Corrected]

    (d) * * *

    (2) If a qualified employer chooses to withdraw from participation in the SHOP, the QHP issuer must terminate coverage for all enrollees of the withdrawing qualified employer.

    [FR Doc. 2015-09681 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505-01-D
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 131021878-4158-02] RIN 0648-XD921 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Temporary rule; closure.

    SUMMARY:

    NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Western Aleutian district (WAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific ocean perch in this area allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery.

    DATES:

    Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), April 27, 2015, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Steve Whitney, 907-586-7228.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679.

    The 2015 TAC of Pacific ocean perch, in the WAI, allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery was established as a directed fishing allowance of 164 metric tons by the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (79 FR 12108, March 4, 2014).

    In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the WAI by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery.

    After the effective dates of this closure, the maximum retainable amounts at § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.

    Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, (AA) finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such a requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the closure of the Pacific ocean perch directed fishery in the WAI for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of April 24, 2015. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment.

    This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10120 Filed 4-27-15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    80 83 Thursday, April 30, 2015 Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 25 [Docket No. FAA-2015-0758; Notice No. 25-15-05-SC] Special Conditions: L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Boeing Model 747-8 Series Airplanes; Therapeutic Oxygen for Medical Use AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed special conditions.

    SUMMARY:

    This action proposes special conditions for the Boeing Model 747-8 series airplanes. This airplane, as modified by L-3 Communications Integrated Systems (L-3), will have a novel or unusual design feature when compared to the state of technology envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport-category airplanes. This design feature is therapeutic oxygen for medical use installed in an executive-interior airplane. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These proposed special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.

    DATES:

    Send your comments on or before May 20, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2015-0758 using any of the following methods:

    Federal eRegulations Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

    Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.

    Privacy: The FAA will post all comments it receives, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov/, including any personal information the commenter provides. Using the search function of the docket Web site, anyone can find and read the electronic form of all comments received into any FAA docket, including the name of the individual sending the comment (or signing the comment for an association, business, labor union, etc.). DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement can be found in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-19478), as well as at http://DocketsInfo.dot.gov/.

    Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at http://www.regulations.gov/ at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or go to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Robert Hettman, FAA, Propulsion and Mechanical Systems, ANM-112, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington, 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-2683; facsimile 425-227-1320.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited

    We invite interested people to take part in this rulemaking by sending written comments, data, or views. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the special conditions, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data.

    We will consider all comments we receive by the closing date for comments. We may change these special conditions based on the comments we receive.

    Background

    On May 10, 2011, L-3 applied for a supplemental type certificate (STC) for therapeutic oxygen for medical use in the Boeing Model 747-8 series airplanes equipped with executive interiors. The Boeing Model 747-8 series airplane, which is a derivative of the Boeing Model 747-400 airplane currently approved under Type Certificate No. A20WE, is a four-engine jet-transport airplane that will have a maximum takeoff weight of 970,000 lbs. The Model 747-8 airplane will have 153 seats approved for taxi, takeoff, and landing (19 crewmembers and 134 passengers).

    Section 25.1445 includes standards for oxygen-distribution systems when oxygen is supplied to flightcrew and passengers. If a common source of supply is used, § 25.1445(a)(2) requires a means to separately reserve the minimum supply required by the flightcrew. This requirement was included in § 25.1445 when the regulations were codified, and was originally added to Civil Air Regulations 4b.831 at Amendment 4b-13, effective September 21, 1949.

    It is apparent that the regulation is intended to protect the flightcrew by ensuring that an adequate supply of oxygen is available to complete a descent and landing following a loss of cabin pressure. When the regulation was written, the only passenger-oxygen system designs were supplemental-oxygen systems intended to protect passengers from hypoxia in the event of a decompression. Existing passenger-oxygen systems did not include design features that would allow the flightcrew to control oxygen to passengers during flight. There are no similar requirements when oxygen is supplied from the same source to passengers for use during a decompression and for discretionary/first-aid use any time during the flight. In the proposed design, the passenger and therapeutic-oxygen systems use the same source of oxygen. The flightcrew-oxygen emergency system uses a dedicated source of oxygen independent from the passenger-oxygen system. An oxygen-duration chart and operation procedures will be incorporated into the “Flight Crew Operating Manual” and “Flight Manual Supplement,” as part of the STC, to provide information to the flightcrew to determine when to cease operation of the therapeutic system as a means by which to reserve the minimum supply of supplemental passenger oxygen.

    Type Certification Basis

    Under the provisions of § 21.101, L-3 must show that the Boeing Model 747-8 series airplane, as changed, continues to meet the applicable provisions of the regulations listed in Type Certificate No. A20WE, or the applicable regulations in effect on the date of application for the change, except for earlier amendments as agreed upon by the FAA.

    If the Administrator finds that the applicable airworthiness regulations (i.e., Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 25) do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for the Boeing Model 747-8 series airplane because of a novel or unusual design feature, special conditions are prescribed under the provisions of § 21.16.

    Special conditions are initially applicable to the model for which they are issued. Should the applicant apply for an STC to modify any other model included on the same type certificate to incorporate the same novel or unusual design feature, these special conditions would also apply to the other model under § 21.101.

    In addition to the applicable airworthiness regulations and special conditions, the Boeing Model 747-8 series airplane must comply with the fuel-vent and exhaust-emission requirements of 14 CFR part 34; and the noise-certification requirements of 14 CFR part 36.

    The FAA issues special conditions, as defined in 14 CFR 11.19, in accordance with § 11.38, and they become part of the type-certification basis under § 21.101.

    Novel or Unusual Design Features

    L-3 is seeking certification of an interior modification to Boeing Model 747-8 series airplanes to include executive and medical-patient transport. As a part of the executive-interior installation, the airplane will be outfitted with a therapeutic-oxygen system. The therapeutic-oxygen system shares the same supply of oxygen with the existing passenger-oxygen system and consists of multiple constant-flow oxygen outlets located throughout the cabin. The flightcrew can turn the therapeutic-oxygen system on and off from the flight deck to allow use at any point during the flight, and to preserve a sufficient remaining oxygen reserve, in the event therapeutic oxygen is used for medical purposes, to accommodate the passengers in the event of an emergency-oxygen situation.

    The gaseous passenger-oxygen system will be modified to accommodate additional supply cylinders and several therapeutic-oxygen outlets located throughout the cabin. Each therapeutic outlet will provide a constant flow of oxygen at either 2 or 4 liters per minute. The flightcrew will be able to control the flow of therapeutic oxygen at any time during flight. Therapeutic-oxygen systems previously have been certified, and were generally considered an extension of the passenger-oxygen system for the purpose of defining the applicable regulations. As a result, the applicable regulations included those that applied to oxygen systems in general, or supplemental-oxygen systems.

    Discussion

    No specific regulations address the design and installation of oxygen systems used specifically for therapeutic applications. Existing requirements, such as §§ 25.1309, 25.1441(b) and (c), 25.1451, and 24.1453, in the Boeing Model 747-8 airplane certification basis applicable to this STC project, provide some design standards appropriate for oxygen-system installations. However, additional design standards for systems supplementing the existing oxygen system are needed to complement the existing applicable requirements. The addition of equipment involved in this installation, and the unsafe conditions that can exist when the oxygen content of an enclosed area becomes too high because of system leaks, malfunction, or damage from external sources, make it necessary to ensure that adequate safety standards are applied to the design and installation of the oxygen system in Boeing Model 747-8 series airplanes. These potential hazards also necessitate development and application of appropriate additional design and installation standards.

    These proposed special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.

    Applicability

    As discussed above, these proposed special conditions are applicable to the Boeing Model 747-8 series airplanes. Should L-3 apply at a later date for a supplemental type certificate to modify any other model included on Type Certificate No. A20WE to incorporate the same novel or unusual design feature, these special conditions would apply to that model as well.

    Certification of these Boeing Model 747-8 series airplanes is currently scheduled for June 2015. Therefore, because a delay would significantly affect the applicant's installation of the system and the certification of the airplane, we are shortening the public-comment period to 20 days.

    Conclusion

    This action affects only certain novel or unusual design features on one model series of airplanes. It is not a rule of general applicability, and affects only the applicant who applied to the FAA for approval of these features on the airplane.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25

    Aircraft, Aviation safety, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    The authority citation for these special conditions is as follows:

    Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701, 44702, 44704.

    The Proposed Special Conditions

    Accordingly, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes the following special conditions as part of the type-certification basis for Boeing Model 747-8 series airplanes as modified by L-3 Communications Integrated Systems.

    The distribution system for the therapeutic-oxygen system must be designed and installed as follows:

    When oxygen is supplied to passengers for both supplemental and therapeutic purposes, the distribution system must be designed for either—

    1. A source of supplemental supply for protection from hypoxia following a loss of cabin pressure, and a separate source for therapeutic purposes, or

    2. A common source of supply, with means to separately reserve the minimum supply required by the passengers for supplemental use following a loss of cabin pressure.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on April 17, 2015. Victor Wicklund, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10103 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 28 CFR Part 16 [CPCLO Order No. 005-2015] Privacy Act of 1974; Implementation; Correction AGENCY:

    Department of Justice.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Justice (the Department or DOJ) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on March 26, 2015 (80 FR 15951), which added a new section to the Department's Privacy Act exemption regulations to exempt a DOJ-wide system of records from certain subsections of the Privacy Act. The heading of the document referenced “CPCLO Order No. 004-2014” when the Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Order (CPCLO) number should read 004-2015. This document corrects the CPCLO number.

    DATES:

    This correction is effective on April 30, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Robin Moss, Privacy Analyst, 202-514-8568.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of March 26, 2015, in FR Doc. 2015-06938, on page 15951, in the heading, second line, correct the number to read:

    [CPCLO Order No. 004-2015]

    Dated: April 2, 2015. Kristi Lane Scott, Deputy Director, Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, United States Department of Justice.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10106 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410-FB-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA-R06-OAR-2015-0054; FRL-9926-90-Region 6] Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Arkansas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Fee Regulations AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) related to the Fee Regulations section of the Arkansas SIP that were submitted by the State of Arkansas on November 6, 2012. The EPA has evaluated the SIP submittal from Arkansas and determined these revisions are consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA). The EPA is approving this action under section 110 of the Act.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be received on or before June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments may be mailed to Ms. Tracie Donaldson, Air Permits Section (6PD-R), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733. Comments may also be submitted electronically or through hand delivery/courier by following the detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final rule located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Tracie Donaldson, (214) 665-6633; email address [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    In the final rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no relevant adverse comments are received in response to this action no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives relevant adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.

    For additional information, see the direct final rule which is located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

    Dated: April 17, 2015. Ron Curry, Regional Administrator, Region 6.
    [FR Doc. 2015-09903 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA-R06-OAR-2014-0846; FRL-9927-09-Region 6] Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Stage I Regulations AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) related to Stage I Regulations that were submitted by the State of Texas on November 12, 2014. The EPA evaluated the Texas SIP submittal and determined these revisions are consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA). The EPA is approving this action under the federal CAA.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be received on or before June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments may be mailed to Ms. Mary Stanton, Chief, Air Grants Section (6PD-S), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733. Comments may also be submitted electronically or through hand delivery/courier by following the detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final rule located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Tracie Donaldson, (214) 665-6633, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    In the final rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no relevant adverse comments are received in response to this action no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives relevant adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.

    For additional information, see the direct final rule which is located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

    Dated: April 22, 2015. Ron Curry, Regional Administrator, Region 6.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10121 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 62 [EPA-R06-OAR-2013-0763; FRL-9927-01-Region 6] Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Control of Emissions From Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator Units AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d)/129 negative declarations for the States of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for existing sewage sludge incinerator (SSI) units. These negative declarations certify that existing SSI units subject to the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdictions of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico (including the City of Albuquerque).

    DATES:

    Written comments must be received on or before June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments may be mailed to Mr. Guy Donaldson, Chief, Air Planning Section (6PD-L), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733. Comments may also be submitted electronically or through hand delivery/courier by following the detailed instructions in the Addresses section of the direct final rule located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Kenneth Boyce, (214) 665-7259, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    In the final rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the negative declarations submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, certifying that there are no existing sewage sludge incinerator (SSI) units within their respective jurisdictions. These negative declarations meet the requirements of 40 CFR 62.06. EPA is approving the negative declaration as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no relevant adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives relevant adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. The EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time. Please note that if EPA receives relevant adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, EPA may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse comment.

    For additional information, see the direct final rule, which is located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

    Dated: April 16, 2015. Ron Curry, Regional Administrator, Region 6.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10041 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 42 CFR Part 100 National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Statement of Reasons for Not Conducting Rulemaking Proceedings AGENCY:

    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION:

    Denial of petition for rulemaking.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with section 2114(c)(2)(B) of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 300aa-14(c)(2)(B), notice is hereby given concerning the reasons for not conducting rulemaking proceedings to add diabetes mellitus as an injury associated with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to the Vaccine Injury Table.

    DATES:

    Written comments are not being solicited.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Avril M. Houston, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Injury Compensation Programs, Healthcare Systems Bureau, HRSA, Parklawn Building, Room 11C-06, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857, or by telephone at (301) 443-6593.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, Title III of Public Law 99-660 (42 U.S.C. 300 aa-10 et seq.) established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) for persons found to be injured by vaccines. Under this federal program, petitions for compensation are filed with the United States Court of Federal Claims (Court). The Court, acting through special masters, makes findings as to eligibility for, and amount of, compensation. In order to gain entitlement to compensation under the VICP for a covered vaccine, a petitioner must establish a vaccine-related injury or death, either by proving that the first symptom of an injury/condition, as defined by the Qualifications and Aids to Interpretation, occurred within the time period listed on the Vaccine Injury Table (Table), and, therefore, is presumed to be caused by a vaccine (unless another cause is found), or by proof of vaccine causation, if the injury/condition is not on the Table or did not occur within the time period specified on the Table.

    The statute authorizing the VICP provides for the inclusion of additional vaccines in the VICP when they are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for routine administration to children. See section 2114(e)(2) of the PHS Act, 42 U.S.C. 300aa-14(e)(2). Consistent with section 13632(a)(3) of Public Law 103-66, the regulations governing the VICP provide that such vaccines will be included in the Table as of the effective date of an excise tax to provide funds for the payment of compensation with respect to such vaccines. 42 CFR 100.3(c)(8). The statute authorizing the VICP also authorizes the Secretary to create and modify a list of injuries, disabilities, illnesses, conditions, and deaths (and their associated time frames) associated with each category of vaccines included on the Table. See sections 2114(c) and 2114(e)(2) of the PHS Act, 42 U.S.C. 300aa-14(c) and 300aa-14(e)(2). Finally, section 2114(c)(2) of the PHS Act, 42 U.S.C. 300aa-14(c)(2), provides that:

    “[a]ny person (including the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines) [the Commission] may petition the Secretary to propose regulations to amend the Vaccine Injury Table. Unless clearly frivolous, or initiated by the Commission, any such petition shall be referred to the Commission for its recommendations. Following—

    (A) receipt of any recommendation of the Commission, or

    (B) 180 days after the date of the referral to the Commission,

    [w]hichever occurs first, the Secretary shall conduct a rulemaking proceeding on the matters proposed in the petition or publish in the Federal Register a statement of reasons for not conducting such proceeding.”

    On April 9, 2014, a private citizen submitted an email inquiry to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the VICP. This email asked why the condition of diabetes mellitus (DM) is not a listed injury on the Vaccine Injury Table (Table) in association with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination, explaining that it is identified by the manufacturer as a possible adverse result of the MMR vaccine. The email also asked whether the Secretary would consider amending the Table to add DM as an injury for MMR vaccines. As such, the email was considered to be a petition to the Secretary to propose regulations to amend the Table to add the injury of DM for the category of MMR vaccines. Accordingly, pursuant to the VICP statute, the petition was referred to the Commission on June 5, 2014. The Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Secretary not proceed with rulemaking to amend the Table as requested in the petition.

    DM is a chronic disease in which there is a high level of sugar in the blood. There are two types: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood. It is caused by insulin deficiency following destruction of the insulin producing pancreatic beta cells, resulting in absolute insulin deficiency. Type 2 Diabetes is characterized by hyperglycemia and insulin resistance and relative impairment in insulin secretion. Through the years, there have been many studies evaluating the risk of Type 1 Diabetes after MMR vaccination. However, HRSA's search of published literature did not reveal any studies discussing a causal relationship between Type 2 Diabetes and the MMR vaccine. The Secretary notes that vaccine package inserts list adverse events reported to vaccine manufacturers during clinical trials even though they may not have been shown to have been caused by the vaccines.

    In 2008, the Secretary contracted with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to review the epidemiological, clinical, and biological evidence regarding adverse health events associated with specific vaccines covered by the VICP.1 The IOM committee reviewed the relevant studies through 2011 and concluded that “[t]he evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between MMR vaccine and Type 1 Diabetes.” Specifically, the epidemiologic studies consistently reported a null association, or no association between the MMR vaccine and Type 1 Diabetes. The IOM committee concluded that the mechanistic evidence regarding an association between MMR vaccine and Type 1 Diabetes was lacking.

    1 IOM, Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality (Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012):204-211.

    In 2012, the Cochrane Collaboration reviewed and assessed studies in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials.2 The specific conclusion was that MMR vaccine was unlikely associated with Type 1 Diabetes. A recent study by Duderstadt et al. (2012) 3 was not reviewed by the IOM Committee and the Cochrane Collaboration. This was a retrospective cohort study among U.S. military personnel, which evaluated whether vaccination increased the risk of Type 1 Diabetes. The result was that there was no increased risk of diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes after administration of any studied vaccines, including the MMR vaccine. Current scientific literature consistently shows that there is no causal association between MMR vaccination and Type 1 Diabetes. As noted above, the VICP's search of published literature did not reveal any studies discussing a causal relationship between Type 2 Diabetes and the MMR vaccine.

    2 Demicheli, V., A. Rivetti, et al. “Vaccines for Measles, Mumps and Rubella in Children.” Cochrane Database System Rev 2: CD004407 (2012): 19.

    3 Duderstadt, S., C. Rose Jr., T. Real, J. Sabatier, B. Stewart, G. Ma, U. Yerubandi, A. Eick, J. Tokars, M. McNeil. “Vaccination and Risk of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in Active Component U.S. Military, 2002-2008. Vaccine 30:813-819, (2012).

    In light of the literature discussed above, I have determined that there is no reliable scientific evidence of a causal association between MMR vaccine and DM. Therefore, I will not amend the Table to add DM as an injury associated with the MMR vaccine.

    Dated: April 23, 2015. Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10110 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165-15-P
    80 83 Thursday, April 30, 2015 Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Tobacco Transition Program; Final Date To Request Payments; No Change to Final Assessment Procedures AGENCY:

    Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), is announcing that the final date for holders of Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP) contracts to request payments on their existing contracts is July 1, 2015. Through TTPP, eligible former tobacco quota holders and producers of quota tobacco received annual payments from funds that CCC collected through quarterly assessments on domestic manufacturers and importers of tobacco products under the Tobacco Transition Assessment Program (TTAP), as required by the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 (FETRA). The authority to issue TTAP assessments ended with fiscal year 2014.

    DATES:

    Submit claims for payment by July 1, 2015; no claims will be accepted after this date.

    ADDRESSES:

    Any USDA FSA county office.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kelly Dawson; telephone: (202) 720-0448. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communications (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    On behalf of CCC, FSA administers the Tobacco Transition Program (TTP), which includes TTPP and TTAP. The TTP regulations are located in 7 CFR part 1463, subpart B; TTAP regulations are located in subpart A. This notice does not change the regulations. TTPP was authorized by Title VI of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-357). Title VI is also known as FETRA (7 U.S.C. 518-519a). FETRA repealed the tobacco marketing quota and related price support programs authorized by Title III of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 and by the Agricultural Act of 1949, and provided for payments to persons who were owners of farms with tobacco quotas, or who were producers of quota tobacco. As specified in FETRA, TTPP used funds from assessments collected quarterly from domestic tobacco manufacturers and importers to make TTPP contract payments; those payments ended with fiscal year 2014. There will be no new TTPP contracts issued; the July 1, 2015 deadline is only for claims for payment under existing contracts.

    Final TTPP Contract Payments Procedures

    FSA is clarifying a few final procedures and dates for both the orderly close-out of TTPP, and the effect of the former on the close-out of the TTAP. Accordingly, this notice clarifies how final payments will be handled after fiscal year 2014. Specifically, all claims for payments on existing contracts must be received in an FSA county office by July 1, 2015. This notice will also discuss the final “true-up” for TTAP.

    FSA has already made every effort to pay in full existing TTPP contract holders. We believe that the only remaining pending payments are those that may be due to the surviving spouses, beneficiaries of an estate, or successors in interest of now-deceased contract holders.

    In accordance with 7 CFR 1463.113, the TTPP payment can be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased TTPP contract holder upon presentation of a death certificate, without regard to any will or other document created on behalf of or by the deceased contract holder. If there is no surviving spouse of a deceased contract holder, the TTPP payment can be transferred to the estate of the deceased by any person authorized under State law to distribute assets of the deceased TTPP contract holder. The regulations for successor-in-interest contracts are found in 7 CFR 1463.112. This notice does not change those regulations. Evidence of authority to distribute assets of a deceased TTPP contract holder must be submitted to FSA by July 1, 2015.

    Persons who are surviving spouses, beneficiaries of an estate, or successors in interest may not have received payment if contact information was not provided to FSA in a timely fashion, or if the right to receive such payments was not documented as required. Any such persons who wish to receive payments must provide contact information, present evidence of authority to distribute assets (if applicable), and submit a claim for payment, using form CCC-971, “Transfer of Tobacco Transition Payment Program Contracts Exempt From Maximum Discount Rate,” to a local FSA county office. The CCC-971 form must have an original signature. All of the above information and form CCC-971 must be submitted to any local FSA office either in person, or received by mail, no later than July 1, 2015. Form CCC-971 is available online at http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/efcommon/eFileServices/eForms/CCC971-971-A.PDF.

    Final Assessment Procedures Will Not Change

    This notice does not change the final dates or procedures for assessments that were specified in the most recent final rule for TTAP, published on April 9, 2014 (79 FR 19462-19464). As specified in the preamble of that final rule, FSA will make any necessary final “trued up” revisions to the assessments for all 10 fiscal years of the Tobacco Transition Program and issue revised assessments on or before December 1, 2015. The final “trued up” assessment will include any adjustments needed to cover payments made for final claims for payments on existing TTPP contracts received by July 1, 2015. After December 1, 2015, there will be no revised assessments issued for any fiscal years. The final date for appeals of assessments is January 16, 2016, as specified in 7 CFR 1463.11; that date is not changing with this notice.

    Signed on April 27, 2015. Val Dolcini, Administrator, Farm Service Agency, and Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10056 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-05-P
    COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the Alaska Advisory Committee for Members of the Committee To Receive Member Orientation and Discuss Civil Rights Issues in the State AGENCY:

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

    ACTION:

    Announcement of meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) that a meeting of the Alaska Advisory Committee (Committee) to the Commission will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, for the purpose of receiving an orientation on committee procedures and member responsibilities and to discuss possible civil rights issues in the state for examination by the Committee. The meeting will be held by teleconference.

    This meeting is available to the public through the following toll-free call-in number: 888-430-8709 conference ID: 1833093. Any interested member of the public may call this number and listen to the meeting. An open comment period will be provided to allow members of the public to make a statement as time allows. The conference call operator will ask callers to identify themselves, the organization they are affiliated with (if any), and an email address prior to placing callers into the conference room. Callers can expect to incur charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, and the Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will incur no charge for calls they initiate over land-line connections to the toll-free telephone number. Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the proceedings by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-977-8339 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number.

    Members of the public are also entitled to submit written comments. The comments must be received in the Western Regional Office of the Commission by June 21, 2015. The address is Western Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 300 N. Los Angeles Street, Suite 2010, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Persons wishing to email their comments may do so by sending them to Angelica Trevino, Civil Rights Analyst, Western Regional Office, at [email protected] Persons who desire additional information should contact the Western Regional Office, at (213) 894-3437, (or for hearing impaired TDD 913-551-1414), or by email to [email protected] Hearing-impaired persons who will attend the meeting and require the services of a sign language interpreter should contact the Regional Office at least ten (10) working days before the scheduled date of the meeting.

    Records and documents discussed during the meeting will be available for public viewing prior to and after the meeting at http://facadatabase.gov/committee/meetings.aspx?cid=234 and clicking on the “Meeting Details” and “Documents” links. Records generated from this meeting may also be inspected and reproduced at the Western Regional Office, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Persons interested in the work of this Committee are directed to the Commission's Web site, http://www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Western Regional Office at the above email or street address.

    Agenda:

    Introductions Member orientation Discussion of civil rights issues in the state Adjournment
    DATES:

    Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. AST

    Public Call Information:

    Dial: 888-430-8709 Conference ID: 1833093 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Peter Minarik, DFO, at (213) 894-3437 or [email protected].

    Dated: April 27, 2015. David Mussatt, Chief, Regional Programs Coordination Unit.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10099 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6335-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B-25-2015] Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 122—Corpus Christi, Texas; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; M & G Resins, LLC, (Polyethylene Terephthalate and Terephthalic Acid); Corpus Christi, Texas

    The Port of Corpus Christi Authority, grantee of FTZ 122, submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board on behalf of M & G Resins, LLC (M & G), located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on April 17, 2015.

    The M & G facility is located within Subzone 122S. The facility will be used for the manufacturing of polyethylene terephthalate and terephthalic acid. Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), FTZ activity would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials and components and specific finished products described in the submitted notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board.

    Production under FTZ procedures could exempt M & G from customs duty payments on the foreign status components used in export production. On its domestic sales, M & G would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and terephthalic acid (PTA) (duty rate 6.5%) for the foreign status inputs noted below. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign status production equipment.

    The components and materials sourced from abroad include: Ethylene glycol, para-xylene and acetic acid (duty rate ranges from duty-free to 5.5%).

    Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is June 9, 2015.

    A copy of the notification will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230-0002, and in the “Reading Room” section of the Board's Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz.

    For further information, contact Elizabeth Whiteman at [email protected] or (202) 482-0473.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10166 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-533-848 and C-533-849] Commodity Matchbooks From India: Continuation of Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders AGENCY:

    Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

    SUMMARY:

    As a result of the determinations by the Department of Commerce (the Department) and the International Trade Commission (the ITC) in their five year (sunset) reviews that revocation of the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on commodity matchbooks from India would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of dumping and a countervailable subsidy, as well as material injury to an industry in the United States, the Department is publishing a notice of continuation for the AD and CVD orders.

    DATES:

    Effective Date: April 30, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    David Crespo (AD), Office II, and Jacqueline Arrowsmith (CVD), Office VII, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3693 and (202) 482-5255, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    On November 3, 2014, the Department initiated sunset reviews on the AD and CVD orders on commodity matchbooks from India pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).1 As a result of the reviews, the Department found that revocation of the AD order on commodity matchbooks from India would be likely to lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping, and notified the ITC of the margins of dumping likely to prevail should the order be revoked.2 The Department also found that revocation of the CVD order on commodity matchbooks from India would be likely to lead to the continuation or recurrence of a countervailable subsidy, and notified the ITC of the net countervailable subsidy that is likely to prevail should the order be revoked.3

    1See Initiation of Five-Year (“Sunset”) Review, 79 FR 65186 (November 3, 2014).

    2See Commodity Matchbooks from India: Final Results of the Expedited First Sunset Review of the Antidumping Duty Order, 80 FR 12801 (March 11, 2015).

    3See Commodity Matchbooks from India: Final Results of Expedited Sunset Review of the Countervailing Duty Order, 80 FR 12800 (March 11, 2015) (CVD Final Results).

    On April 17, 2015, the ITC published its determination, pursuant to sections 751(c) and 752(a) of the Act, that revocation of the AD and CVD orders on commodity matchbooks from India would be likely to lead to the continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States within a reasonably foreseeable time.4

    4See Commodity Matchbooks from India; Determinations, 80 FR 21263 (April 17, 2015).

    Scope of the Orders

    The scope of the orders covers commodity matchbooks, also known as commodity book matches, paper matches or booklet matches.5 Commodity matchbooks typically, but do not necessarily, consist of twenty match stems which are usually made from paperboard or similar material tipped with a match head composed of any chemical formula. The match stems may be stitched, stapled or otherwise fastened into a matchbook cover of any material, on which a striking strip composed of any chemical formula has been applied to assist in the ignition process.

    5 Such commodity matchbooks are also referred to as “for resale” because they always enter into retail channels, meaning businesses that sell a general variety of tangible merchandise, e.g., convenience stores, supermarkets, dollar stores, drug stores and mass merchandisers.

    Commodity matchbooks included in the scope of these orders may or may not contain printing. For example, they may have no printing other than the identification of the manufacturer or importer. Commodity matchbooks may also be printed with a generic message such as “Thank You” or a generic image such as the American Flag, with store brands (e.g., Kroger, 7-Eleven, Shurfine or Giant); product brands for national or regional advertisers such as cigarettes or alcoholic beverages; or with corporate brands for national or regional distributors (e.g., Penley Corp. or Diamond Brands). They all enter retail distribution channels. Regardless of the materials used for the stems of the matches and regardless of the way the match stems are fastened to the matchbook cover, all commodity matchbooks are included in the scope of these orders. All matchbooks, including commodity matchbooks, typically comply with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Safety Standard for Matchbooks, codified at 16 CFR 1202.1 et seq.

    The scope of these orders excludes promotional matchbooks, often referred to as “not for resale,” or “specialty advertising” matchbooks, as they do not enter into retail channels and are sold to businesses that provide hospitality, dining, drinking or entertainment services to their customers, and are given away by these businesses as promotional items. Such promotional matchbooks are distinguished by the physical characteristic of having the name and/or logo of a bar, restaurant, resort, hotel, club, café/coffee shop, grill, pub, eatery, lounge, casino, barbecue or individual establishment printed prominently on the matchbook cover. Promotional matchbook cover printing also typically includes the address and the phone number of the business or establishment being promoted.6 Also excluded are all other matches that are not fastened into a matchbook cover such as wooden matches, stick matches, box matches, kitchen matches, pocket matches, penny matches, household matches, strike-anywhere matches (aka “SAW” matches), strike-on-box matches (aka “SOB” matches), fireplace matches, barbeque/grill matches, fire starters, and wax matches.

    6 The gross distinctions between commodity matchbooks and promotional matchbooks may be summarized as follows: (1) If it has no printing, or is printed with a generic message such as “Thank You” or a generic image such as the American Flag, or printed with national or regional store brands or corporate brands, it is commodity; (2) if it has printing, and the printing includes the name of a bar, restaurant, resort, hotel, club, café/coffee shop, grill, pub, eatery, lounge, casino, barbecue, or individual establishment prominently displayed on the matchbook cover, it is promotional.

    The merchandise subject to these orders is properly classified under subheading 3605.00.0060 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Subject merchandise may also enter under subheading 3605.00.0030 of the HTSUS. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of these orders is dispositive.7

    7 The Department inadvertently omitted the HTSUS numbers for the merchandise subject to the CVD Order in the “Scope of the Order” section in the CVD Final Results. However, the complete description of the scope of the Orders is included in this notice, above.

    Determination

    As a result of the determinations by the Department and the ITC that revocation of these AD and CVD duty orders would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping and a countervailable subsidy, as well as material injury to an industry in the United States, pursuant to section 751(d)(2) of the Act, the Department hereby orders the continuation of the AD and CVD orders on commodity matchbooks from India. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect AD and CVD cash deposits at the rates in effect at the time of entry for all imports of subject merchandise.

    The effective date of the continuation of these orders will be the date of publication in the Federal Register of this notice of continuation. Pursuant to section 751(c)(2) of the Act, the Department intends to initiate the next sunset review of these orders not later than 30 days prior to the fifth anniversary of the effective date of continuation.

    These sunset reviews and this notice are in accordance with sections 751(c) and 751(d)(2) of the Act, and published pursuant to 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(f)(4).

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10133 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews AGENCY:

    Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (“the Department”) has received requests to conduct administrative reviews of various antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings with March anniversary dates. In accordance with the Department's regulations, we are initiating those administrative reviews.

    DATES:

    Effective date April 30, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Brenda E. Waters, Office of AD/CVD Operations, Customs Liaison Unit, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482-4735.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    The Department has received timely requests, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b), for administrative reviews of various antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings with March anniversary dates.

    All deadlines for the submission of various types of information, certifications, or comments or actions by the Department discussed below refer to the number of calendar days from the applicable starting time.

    Notice of No Sales

    If a producer or exporter named in this notice of initiation had no exports, sales, or entries during the period of review (“POR”), it must notify the Department within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. All submissions must be filed electronically at http://access.trade.gov in accordance with 19 CFR 351.303.1 Such submissions are subject to verification in accordance with section 782(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”). Further, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.303(f)(1)(i), a copy must be served on every party on the Department's service list.

    1See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Electronic Filing Procedures; Administrative Protective Order Procedures, 76 FR 39263 (July 6, 2011).

    Respondent Selection

    In the event the Department limits the number of respondents for individual examination for administrative reviews, the Department intends to select respondents based on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) data for U.S. imports during the POR. We intend to release the CBP data under Administrative Protective Order (“APO”) to all parties having an APO within seven days of publication of this initiation notice and to make our decision regarding respondent selection within 21 days of publication of this Federal Register notice. The Department invites comments regarding the CBP data and respondent selection within five days of placement of the CBP data on the record of the applicable review. Rebuttal comments will be due five days after submission of initial comments.

    In the event the Department decides it is necessary to limit individual examination of respondents and conduct respondent selection under section 777A(c)(2) of the Act:

    In general, the Department has found that determinations concerning whether particular companies should be “collapsed” (i.e., treated as a single entity for purposes of calculating antidumping duty rates) require a substantial amount of detailed information and analysis, which often require follow-up questions and analysis. Accordingly, the Department will not conduct collapsing analyses at the respondent selection phase of this review and will not collapse companies at the respondent selection phase unless there has been a determination to collapse certain companies in a previous segment of this antidumping proceeding (i.e., investigation, administrative review, new shipper review or changed circumstances review). For any company subject to this review, if the Department determined, or continued to treat, that company as collapsed with others, the Department will assume that such companies continue to operate in the same manner and will collapse them for respondent selection purposes. Otherwise, the Department will not collapse companies for purposes of respondent selection. Parties are requested to (a) identify which companies subject to review previously were collapsed, and (b) provide a citation to the proceeding in which they were collapsed. Further, if companies are requested to complete the Quantity and Value (“Q&V”) Questionnaire for purposes of respondent selection, in general each company must report volume and value data separately for itself. Parties should not include data for any other party, even if they believe they should be treated as a single entity with that other party. If a company was collapsed with another company or companies in the most recently completed segment of this proceeding where the Department considered collapsing that entity, complete Q&V data for that collapsed entity must be submitted.

    Deadline for Withdrawal of Request for Administrative Review

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), a party that has requested a review may withdraw that request within 90 days of the date of publication of the notice of initiation of the requested review. The regulation provides that the Department may extend this time if it is reasonable to do so. In order to provide parties additional certainty with respect to when the Department will exercise its discretion to extend this 90-day deadline, interested parties are advised that the Department does not intend to extend the 90-day deadline unless the requestor demonstrates that an extraordinary circumstance has prevented it from submitting a timely withdrawal request. Determinations by the Department to extend the 90-day deadline will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Separate Rates

    In proceedings involving non-market economy (“NME”) countries, the Department begins with a rebuttable presumption that all companies within the country are subject to government control and, thus, should be assigned a single antidumping duty deposit rate. It is the Department's policy to assign all exporters of merchandise subject to an administrative review in an NME country this single rate unless an exporter can demonstrate that it is sufficiently independent so as to be entitled to a separate rate.

    To establish whether a firm is sufficiently independent from government control of its export activities to be entitled to a separate rate, the Department analyzes each entity exporting the subject merchandise under a test arising from the Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Sparklers from the People's Republic of China, 56 FR 20588 (May 6, 1991), as amplified by Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Silicon Carbide from the People's Republic of China, 59 FR 22585 (May 2, 1994). In accordance with the separate rates criteria, the Department assigns separate rates to companies in NME cases only if respondents can demonstrate the absence of both de jure and de facto government control over export activities.

    All firms listed below that wish to qualify for separate rate status in the administrative reviews involving NME countries must complete, as appropriate, either a separate rate application or certification, as described below. For these administrative reviews, in order to demonstrate separate rate eligibility, the Department requires entities for whom a review was requested, that were assigned a separate rate in the most recent segment of this proceeding in which they participated, to certify that they continue to meet the criteria for obtaining a separate rate. The Separate Rate Certification form will be available on the Department's Web site at http://enforcement.trade.gov/nme/nme-sep-rate.html on the date of publication of this Federal Register notice. In responding to the certification, please follow the “Instructions for Filing the Certification” in the Separate Rate Certification. Separate Rate Certifications are due to the Department no later than 30 calendar days after publication of this Federal Register notice. The deadline and requirement for submitting a Certification applies equally to NME-owned firms, wholly foreign-owned firms, and foreign sellers who purchase and export subject merchandise to the United States.

    Entities that currently do not have a separate rate from a completed segment of the proceeding 2 should timely file a Separate Rate Application to demonstrate eligibility for a separate rate in this proceeding. In addition, companies that received a separate rate in a completed segment of the proceeding that have subsequently made changes, including, but not limited to, changes to corporate structure, acquisitions of new companies or facilities, or changes to their official company name, 3 should timely file a Separate Rate Application to demonstrate eligibility for a separate rate in this proceeding. The Separate Rate Status Application will be available on the Department's Web site at http://enforcement.trade.gov/nme/nme-sep-rate.html on the date of publication of this Federal Register notice. In responding to the Separate Rate Status Application, refer to the instructions contained in the application. Separate Rate Status Applications are due to the Department no later than 30 calendar days of publication of this Federal Register notice. The deadline and requirement for submitting a Separate Rate Status Application applies equally to NME-owned firms, wholly foreign-owned firms, and foreign sellers that purchase and export subject merchandise to the United States.

    2 Such entities include entities that have not participated in the proceeding, entities that were preliminarily granted a separate rate in any currently incomplete segment of the proceeding (e.g., an ongoing administrative review, new shipper review, etc.) and entities that lost their separate rate in the most recently completed segment of the proceeding in which they participated.

    3 Only changes to the official company name, rather than trade names, need to be addressed via a Separate Rate Application. Information regarding new trade names may be submitted via a Separate Rate Certification.

    For exporters and producers who submit a separate-rate status application or certification and subsequently are selected as mandatory respondents, these exporters and producers will no longer be eligible for separate rate status unless they respond to all parts of the questionnaire as mandatory respondents.

    Initiation of Reviews

    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(c)(1)(i), we are initiating administrative reviews of the following antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings. We intend to issue the final results of these reviews not later than March 31, 2016.

    Period to be
  • reviewed
  • Antidumping Duty Proceedings France: Brass Sheet and Strip A-427-602 3/1/14-2/28/15 Griset SA KME France Germany: Brass Sheet and Strip A-428-602 3/1/14-2/28/15 Aurubis Stolberg GmbH & Co. KG Carl Schreiber GmbH KME Germany AG & Co. KG Messingwerk Plettenberg Herfeld GmbH & Co. KG MKM Mansfelder Kupfer & Messing GmbH Schlenk Metallfolien GmbH & Co. KG (also known as “Schlenk Metal Foils”) Schwermetall Halbzeugwerk GmbH & Co. KG Sundwiger Messingwerke GmbH & Co. KG ThyssenKrupp VDM GmbH Wieland-Werke AG Italy: Brass Sheet and Strip A-475-601 3/1/14-2/28/15 KME Italy SpA Spain: Stainless Steel Bar A-469-805 3/1/14-2/28/15 Gerdau Aceros Especiales Europa, S.L. Thailand: Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes, A-549-502 3/1/14-2/28/15 Saha Thai Steel Pipe (Public) Company, Ltd. The People's Republic of China: Glycine A-570-836 3/1/14-2/28/15 Baoding Mantong Fine Chemistry Co., Ltd. Kumar Industries Nutracare International Ravi Industries Rudraa International Countervailing Duty Proceedings Republic of Korea: Large Residential Washers. 4 C-580-869 1/1/14-12/31/14 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Suspension Agreements None 4 The company listed above was misspelled in the initiation notice that published on April 3, 2015 (80 FR 18202). The correct spelling of the company is listed in this notice.
    Duty Absorption Reviews

    During any administrative review covering all or part of a period falling between the first and second or third and fourth anniversary of the publication of an antidumping duty order under 19 CFR 351.211 or a determination under 19 CFR 351.218(f)(4) to continue an order or suspended investigation (after sunset review), the Secretary, if requested by a domestic interested party within 30 days of the date of publication of the notice of initiation of the review, will determine, consistent with FAG Italia v. United States, 291 F.3d 806 (Fed Cir. 2002), as appropriate, whether antidumping duties have been absorbed by an exporter or producer subject to the review if the subject merchandise is sold in the United States through an importer that is affiliated with such exporter or producer. The request must include the name(s) of the exporter or producer for which the inquiry is requested.

    Gap Period Liquidation

    For the first administrative review of any order, there will be no assessment of antidumping or countervailing duties on entries of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption during the relevant provisional-measures “gap” period, of the order, if such a gap period is applicable to the POR.

    Administrative Protective Orders and Letters of Appearance

    Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under administrative protective orders in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. On January 22, 2008, the Department published Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Documents Submission Procedures; APO Procedures, 73 FR 3634 (January 22, 2008). Those procedures apply to administrative reviews included in this notice of initiation. Parties wishing to participate in any of these administrative reviews should ensure that they meet the requirements of these procedures (e.g., the filing of separate letters of appearance as discussed at 19 CFR 351.103(d)).

    Revised Factual Information Requirements

    On April 10, 2013, the Department published Definition of Factual Information and Time Limits for Submission of Factual Information: Final Rule, 78 FR 21246 (April 10, 2013), which modified two regulations related to antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings: the definition of factual information (19 CFR 351.102(b)(21)), and the time limits for the submission of factual information (19 CFR 351.301). The final rule identifies five categories of factual information in 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21), which are summarized as follows: (i) Evidence submitted in response to questionnaires; (ii) evidence submitted in support of allegations; (iii) publicly available information to value factors under 19 CFR 351.408(c) or to measure the adequacy of remuneration under 19 CFR 351.511(a)(2); (iv) evidence placed on the record by the Department; and (v) evidence other than factual information described in (i)-(iv). The final rule requires any party, when submitting factual information, to specify under which subsection of 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) the information is being submitted and, if the information is submitted to rebut, clarify, or correct factual information already on the record, to provide an explanation identifying the information already on the record that the factual information seeks to rebut, clarify, or correct. The final rule also modified 19 CFR 351.301 so that, rather than providing general time limits, there are specific time limits based on the type of factual information being submitted. These modifications are effective for all segments initiated on or after May 10, 2013. Please review the final rule, available at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/2013/1304frn/2013-08227.txt, prior to submitting factual information in this segment.

    Any party submitting factual information in an antidumping duty or countervailing duty proceeding must certify to the accuracy and completeness of that information.5 Parties are hereby reminded that revised certification requirements are in effect for company/government officials as well as their representatives. All segments of any antidumping duty or countervailing duty proceedings initiated on or after August 16, 2013, should use the formats for the revised certifications provided at the end of the Final Rule. 6 The Department intends to reject factual submissions in any proceeding segments if the submitting party does not comply with applicable revised certification requirements.

    5See section 782(b) of the Act.

    6See Certification of Factual Information To Import Administration During Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings, 78 FR 42678 (July 17, 2013) (“Final Rule”); see also the frequently asked questions regarding the Final Rule, available at http://enforcement.trade.gov/tlei/notices/factual_info_final_rule_FAQ_07172013.pdf.

    Revised Extension of Time Limits Regulation

    On September 20, 2013, the Department modified its regulation concerning the extension of time limits for submissions in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings: Final Rule, 78 FR 57790 (September 20, 2013). The modification clarifies that parties may request an extension of time limits before a time limit established under Part 351 expires, or as otherwise specified by the Secretary. In general, an extension request will be considered untimely if it is filed after the time limit established under Part 351 expires. For submissions which are due from multiple parties simultaneously, an extension request will be considered untimely if it is filed after 10:00 a.m. on the due date. Examples include, but are not limited to: (1) Case and rebuttal briefs, filed pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309; (2) factual information to value factors under 19 CFR 351.408(c), or to measure the adequacy of remuneration under 19 CFR 351.511(a)(2), filed pursuant to 19 CFR 351.301(c)(3) and rebuttal, clarification and correction filed pursuant to 19 CFR 351.301(c)(3)(iv); (3) comments concerning the selection of a surrogate country and surrogate values and rebuttal; (4) comments concerning U.S. Customs and Border Protection data; and (5) quantity and value questionnaires. Under certain circumstances, the Department may elect to specify a different time limit by which extension requests will be considered untimely for submissions which are due from multiple parties simultaneously. In such a case, the Department will inform parties in the letter or memorandum setting forth the deadline (including a specified time) by which extension requests must be filed to be considered timely. This modification also requires that an extension request must be made in a separate, stand-alone submission, and clarifies the circumstances under which the Department will grant untimely-filed requests for the extension of time limits. These modifications are effective for all segments initiated on or after October 21, 2013. Please review the final rule, available at http://www.thefederalregister.org/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-20/html/2013-22853.htm, prior to submitting factual information in these segments.

    These initiations and this notice are in accordance with section 751(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1675(a)) and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(1)(i).

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10134 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Harvard University, et al.; Notice of Consolidated Decision on Applications for Duty-Free Entry of Electron Microscope

    This is a decision consolidated pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89-651, as amended by Pub. L. 106-36; 80 Stat. 897; 15 CFR part 301). Related records can be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in Room 3720, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC.

    Docket Number: 14-031. Applicant: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138. Instrument: Electron Microscope.

    Manufacturer: JEOL Ltd., Japan. Intended Use: See notice at 80 FR 2914-15, January 21, 2015.

    Docket Number: 14-033. Applicant: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC 29208. Instrument: Electron Microscope.

    Manufacturer: JEOL Ltd., Japan. Intended Use: See notice at 80 FR 2914-15, January 21, 2015.

    Docket Number: 14-036. Applicant: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2200. Instrument: Electron Microscope. Manufacturer: JEOL Ltd., Japan. Intended Use: See notice at 80 FR 2914-15, January 21, 2015.

    Docket Number: 14-037. Applicant: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. Instrument: Electron Microscope. Manufacturer: FEI Company, Czech Republic. Intended Use: See notice at 80 FR 2914-15, January 21, 2015.

    Docket Number: 14-038. Applicant: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8153. Instrument: Electron Microscope. Manufacturer: FEI Company, Czech Republic.

    Intended Use: See notice at 80 FR 2914-15, January 21, 2015.

    Comments: None received. Decision: Approved. No instrument of equivalent scientific value to the foreign instrument, for such purposes as this instrument is intended to be used, is being manufactured in the United States at the time the instrument was ordered. Reasons: Each foreign instrument is an electron microscope and is intended for research or scientific educational uses requiring an electron microscope. We know of no electron microscope, or any other instrument suited to these purposes, which was being manufactured in the United States at the time of order of each instrument.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Gregory W. Campbell, Director, Subsidies Enforcement Office, Enforcement and Compliance.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10132 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, et al.; Notice of Decision on Application for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific Instruments

    This is a decision pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89-651, as amended by Pub. L. 106-36; 80 Stat. 897; 15 CFR part 301). Related records can be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in Room 3720, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC.

    Docket Number: 14-032. Applicant: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM 87801. Instrument: Delay Line Trolley (DLT). Manufacturer: University of Cambridge/Cavendish Lab, United Kingdom. Intended Use: See notice at 80 FR 2914-15, January 21, 2015. Comments: None received. Decision: Approved. We know of no instruments of equivalent scientific value to the foreign instruments described below, for such purposes as this is intended to be used, that was being manufactured in the United States at the time of order. Reasons: The instrument will be used within the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI) to equalize path lengths traveled by the light from a target object, via the telescopes, to the point where interference takes place, by acting as a continuously movable retro-reflector. Each trolley moves continuously within an evacuated pipe in order to introduce the optical path delay appropriate for the target, time of observation, and inter-telescope separations in use. For most of the sky to be accessible, a delay range approximately equal to the longest inter-telescope separation must be available, requiring an unprecedented monolithic delay line length of almost 200m. The instrument is essentially a cat's-eye assembly that is flexure-mounted and voice coil actuated on a motorized wheeled carriage, which runs directly on the inner surface of the delay line pipe, not on pre-installed rails. Its position is precisely measured by a laser metrology system and computer controlled so as to introduce the appropriate optical path compensation as a function of time. The following specifications are required for the research: A focus on model-independent imaging as opposed to astrometric or precision phase or visibility measurement, a wavelength of operation that covers both the visible and near infrared, between 600 nm and 2400 nm, accommodation for baseline lengths as long as 250m, a concern for polarization fidelity in the image, and a requirement to reach a limiting group-delay tracking magnitude of H=14 to allow observations of extragalactic targets while tracking on the science object rather than a nearby reference star.

    Docket Number: 14-034. Applicant: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-8025. Instrument: Falcon II Direct Detection Camera. Manufacturer: FEI Company, the Netherlands. Intended Use: See notice at 80 FR 2914-15, January 21, 2015. Comments: None received. Decision: Approved. We know of no instruments of equivalent scientific value to the foreign instruments described below, for such purposes as this is intended to be used, that was being manufactured in the United States at the time of order. Reasons: The instrument will be used in cryo-electron microscopy experiments, to visualize biological specimens suspended in vitreous ice involving recording electron micrographs of the highest possible quality and subjecting them to digital image analysis to elicit the maximum amount of structural information and interpretation, taking into account all pertinent complimentary data. Sensor specifications required for this research include a pixel size of ~14 μm which predicates a magnification of ~100 kx, optimal performance as measured by Detective Quantum Efficiency at a typical dose rate of 10-20 e/pixel/second, and protection of the sensor against accidental high-dose exposures to the microscope's electron beam.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Gregory W. Campbell, Director, Subsidies Enforcement Office, Enforcement and Compliance.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10146 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD810 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Russian River Estuary Management Activities AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice; issuance of an incidental harassment authorization.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, three species of marine mammals during estuary management activities conducted at the mouth of the Russian River, Sonoma County, California.

    DATES:

    This IHA is effective for the period of one year, from April 21, 2015, through April 20, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ben Laws, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427-8401.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Availability

    Electronic copies of SCWA's application and any supporting documents, as well as a list of the references cited in this document, may be obtained by visiting the Internet at: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental/construction.htm. In the case of problems accessing these documents, please call the contact listed above. NMFS' Environmental Assessment (2010) and associated Finding of No Significant Impact, prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, and NMFS' Biological Opinion (2008) on the effects of Russian River management activities on salmonids, prepared pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, are also available at the same site.

    Background

    Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361, et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified area, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals, providing that certain findings are made and the necessary prescriptions are established.

    The incidental taking of small numbers of marine mammals may be allowed only if NMFS (through authority delegated by the Secretary) finds that the total taking by the specified activity during the specified time period will (i) have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s) and (ii) not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where relevant). Further, the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such taking must be set forth.

    The allowance of such incidental taking under section 101(a)(5)(A), by harassment, serious injury, death, or a combination thereof, requires that regulations be established. Subsequently, a Letter of Authorization may be issued pursuant to the prescriptions established in such regulations, providing that the level of taking will be consistent with the findings made for the total taking allowable under the specific regulations. Under section 101(a)(5)(D), NMFS may authorize such incidental taking by harassment only, for periods of not more than one year, pursuant to requirements and conditions contained within an IHA. The establishment of these prescriptions requires notice and opportunity for public comment.

    NMFS has defined “negligible impact” in 50 CFR 216.103 as “. . . an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.” Except with respect to certain activities not pertinent here, section 3(18) of the MMPA defines “harassment” as: “. . . any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance which (i) has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild [Level A harassment]; or (ii) has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering [Level B harassment].”

    Summary of Request

    On January 21, 2015, we received an adequate and complete request from SCWA for authorization of the taking of marine mammals incidental to Russian River estuary management activities in Sonoma County, California. SCWA plans to continue ongoing actions necessary to manage the naturally-formed barrier beach at the mouth of the Russian River in order to minimize potential for flooding adjacent to the estuary and to enhance habitat for juvenile salmonids, as well as to conduct biological and physical monitoring of the barrier beach and estuary. Flood control-related breaching of barrier beach at the mouth of the river may include artificial breaches, as well as construction and maintenance of a lagoon outlet channel. The latter activity, an alternative management technique conducted to mitigate impacts of flood control on rearing habitat for Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed salmonids, occurs only from May 15 through October 15 (hereafter, the “lagoon management period”). Artificial breaching and monitoring activities may occur at any time during the one-year period of validity of the IHA.

    Breaching of naturally-formed barrier beach at the mouth of the Russian River requires the use of heavy equipment (e.g., bulldozer, excavator) and increased human presence, and monitoring in the estuary requires the use of small boats. As a result, pinnipeds hauled out on the beach or at peripheral haul-outs in the estuary may exhibit behavioral responses that indicate incidental take by Level B harassment under the MMPA. Species known from the haul-out at the mouth of the Russian River or from peripheral haul-outs, and therefore anticipated to be taken incidental to the specified activity, include the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina richardii), California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), and northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris).

    This is the sixth such IHA issued to SCWA. SCWA was first issued an IHA, valid for a period of one year, effective on April 1, 2010 (75 FR 17382), and was subsequently issued one-year IHAs for incidental take associated with the same activities, effective on April 21, 2011 (76 FR 23306), April 21, 2012 (77 FR 24471), April 21, 2013 (78 FR 23746), and April 21, 2014 (79 FR 20180).

    Description of the Specified Activity

    Additional detail regarding the specified activity was provided in our Federal Register notice of proposed authorization (80 FR 14073; March 18, 2015) and in past notices cited herein; please see those documents or SCWA's application for more information.

    Overview

    The planned action involves management of the estuary to prevent flooding while preventing adverse modification to critical habitat for ESA-listed salmonids. Requirements related to the ESA are described in further detail below. During the lagoon management period, this involves construction and maintenance of a lagoon outlet channel that would facilitate formation of a perched lagoon. A perched lagoon, which is an estuary closed to tidal influence in which water surface elevation is above mean high tide, reduces flooding while maintaining beneficial conditions for juvenile salmonids. Additional breaches of barrier beach may be conducted for the sole purpose of reducing flood risk. SCWA's planned activity was described in detail in our notice of proposed authorization prior to the 2011 IHA (76 FR 14924; March 18, 2011); please see that document for a detailed description of SCWA's estuary management activities. Aside from minor additions to SCWA's biological and physical estuary monitoring measures, the specified activity remains the same as that described in the 2011 document.

    Dates and Duration

    The specified activity may occur at any time during the one-year timeframe (April 21, 2015, through April 20, 2016) of the IHA, although construction and maintenance of a lagoon outlet channel will occur only during the lagoon management period. In addition, there are certain restrictions placed on SCWA during the harbor seal pupping season. These, as well as periodicity and frequency of the specified activities, are described in further detail below.

    Specific Geographic Region

    The estuary is located about 97 km (60 mi) northwest of San Francisco in Sonoma County, near Jenner, California (see Figure 1 of SCWA's application). The Russian River watershed encompasses 3,847 km2 (1,485 mi2) in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. The mouth of the Russian River is located at Goat Rock State Beach (see Figure 2 of SCWA's application); the estuary extends from the mouth upstream approximately 10 to 11 km (6-7 mi) between Austin Creek and the community of Duncans Mills (Heckel and McIver, 1994).

    Detailed Description of Activities

    Within the Russian River watershed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), SCWA and the Mendocino County Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District (District) operate and maintain federal facilities and conduct activities in addition to the estuary management, including flood control, water diversion and storage, instream flow releases, hydroelectric power generation, channel maintenance, and fish hatchery production. As described in the notice of proposed IHA, NMFS issued a 2008 Biological Opinion (BiOp) for Water Supply, Flood Control Operations, and Channel Maintenance conducted by the Corps, SCWA and the District in the Russian River watershed (NMFS, 2008). This BiOp found that the activities—including SCWA's estuary management activities prior to the BiOp—authorized by the Corps and undertaken by SCWA and the District, if continued in a manner similar to recent historic practices, were likely to jeopardize the continued existence of ESA-listed salmonids and were likely to adversely modify critical habitat. In part, therefore, the BiOp requires SCWA to collaborate with NMFS and modify their estuary water level management in order to reduce marine influence (i.e., high salinity and tidal inflow) and promote a higher water surface elevation in the estuary in order to enhance the quality of rearing habitat for juvenile salmonids. SCWA is also required to monitor the response of water quality, invertebrate production, and salmonids in and near the estuary to water surface elevation management in the estuary-lagoon system.

    There are three components to SCWA's ongoing estuary management activities: (1) Lagoon outlet channel management, during the lagoon management period only, required to accomplish the dual purposes of flood risk abatement and maintenance of juvenile salmonid habitat; (2) traditional artificial breaching, with the sole objective of flood risk abatement; and (3) physical and biological monitoring in and near the estuary, required under the terms of the BiOp, to understand response to water surface elevation management in the estuary-lagoon system. The latter category (physical and biological monitoring) includes all ancillary beach and/or estuary monitoring activities, including topographic and geophysical beach surveys and biological and physical habitat monitoring in the estuary. Please see the previously referenced Federal Register notice (76 FR 14924; March 18, 2011) for detailed discussion of lagoon outlet channel management, artificial breaching, and other physical and biological monitoring activities, as well as our in our Federal Register notice of proposed authorization for this authorization (80 FR 14073; March 18, 2015) for descriptions of minor changes to physical and biological monitoring activities.

    Comments and Responses

    We published a notice of receipt of SCWA's application and proposed IHA in the Federal Register on March 18, 2015 (80 FR 14073). During the thirty-day comment period, we received a letter from the Marine Mammal Commission (Commission). The Commission recommends that we issue the requested authorization, subject to inclusion of the proposed mitigation and monitoring measures as described in our notice of proposed IHA and the application. All measures proposed in the initial Federal Register notice are included within the IHA.

    Description of Marine Mammals in the Area of the Specified Activity

    The marine mammal species that may be harassed incidental to estuary management activities are the harbor seal, California sea lion, and the northern elephant seal. We presented a detailed discussion of the status of these stocks and their occurrence in the action area in the notice of the proposed IHA (80 FR 14073; March 18, 2015).

    Ongoing monthly harbor seal counts at the Jenner haul-out were begun by J. Mortenson in January 1987, with additional nearby haul-outs added to the counts thereafter. In addition, local resident E. Twohy began daily observations of seals and people at the Jenner haul-out in November 1989. These datasets note whether the mouth at the Jenner haul-out was opened or closed at each observation, as well as various other daily and annual patterns of haul-out usage (Mortenson and Twohy, 1994). Recently, SCWA began regular baseline monitoring of the haul-out as a component of its estuary management activity. In the notice of proposed IHA, we presented average daily numbers of seals observed at the mouth of the Russian River from 1993-2005 and from 2009-14 (see Table 1; 80 FR 14073; March 18, 2015).

    Potential Effects of the Specified Activity on Marine Mammals

    We provided a detailed discussion of the potential effects of the specified activity on marine mammals in the notice of the proposed IHA (79 FR 12472, March 5, 2013). A summary of anticipated effects is provided below.

    A significant body of monitoring data exists for pinnipeds at the mouth of the Russian River. In addition, pinnipeds have co-existed with regular estuary management activity for decades as well as with regular human use activity at the beach, and are likely habituated to human presence and activity. Nevertheless, SCWA's estuary management activities have the potential to disturb pinnipeds present on the beach or at peripheral haul-outs in the estuary. During breaching operations, past monitoring has revealed that some or all of the seals present typically move or flush from the beach in response to the presence of crew and equipment, though some may remain hauled-out. No stampeding of seals—a potentially dangerous occurrence in which large numbers of animals succumb to mass panic and rush away from a stimulus—has been documented since SCWA developed protocols to prevent such events in 1999. While it is likely impossible to conduct required estuary management activities without provoking some response in hauled-out animals, precautionary mitigation measures, described later in this document, ensure that animals are gradually apprised of human approach. Under these conditions, seals typically exhibit a continuum of responses, beginning with alert movements (e.g., raising the head), which may then escalate to movement away from the stimulus and possible flushing into the water. Flushed seals typically re-occupy the haul-out within minutes to hours of the stimulus. In addition, eight other haul-outs exist nearby that may accommodate flushed seals. In the absence of appropriate mitigation measures, it is possible that pinnipeds could be subject to injury, serious injury, or mortality, likely through stampeding or abandonment of pups.

    California sea lions and northern elephant seals, which have been noted only infrequently in the action area, have been observed as less sensitive to stimulus than harbor seals during monitoring at numerous other sites. For example, monitoring of pinniped disturbance as a result of abalone research in the Channel Islands showed that while harbor seals flushed at a rate of 69 percent, California sea lions flushed at a rate of only 21 percent. The rate for elephant seals declined to 0.1 percent (VanBlaricom, 2011). In the event that either of these species is present during management activities, they would be expected to display a minimal reaction to maintenance activities—less than that expected of harbor seals.

    Although the Jenner haul-out is not known as a primary pupping beach, harbor seal pups have been observed during the pupping season; therefore, we have evaluated the potential for injury, serious injury or mortality to pups. There is a lack of published data regarding pupping at the mouth of the Russian River, but SCWA monitors have observed pups on the beach. No births were observed during recent monitoring, but were inferred based on signs indicating pupping (e.g., blood spots on the sand, birds consuming possible placental remains). Pup injury or mortality would be most likely to occur in the event of extended separation of a mother and pup, or trampling in a stampede. As discussed previously, no stampedes have been recorded since development of appropriate protocols in 1999. Any California sea lions or northern elephant seals present would be independent juveniles or adults; therefore, analysis of impacts on pups is not relevant for those species.

    Similarly, the period of mother-pup bonding, critical time needed to ensure pup survival and maximize pup health, is not expected to be impacted by estuary management activities. Harbor seal pups are extremely precocious, swimming and diving immediately after birth and throughout the lactation period, unlike most other phocids which normally enter the sea only after weaning (Lawson and Renouf, 1985; Cottrell et al., 2002; Burns et al., 2005). Lawson and Renouf (1987) investigated harbor seal mother-pup bonding in response to natural and anthropogenic disturbance. In summary, they found that the most critical bonding time is within minutes after birth. Although pupping season is defined as March 15-June 30, the peak of pupping season is typically concluded by mid-May, when the lagoon management period begins. As such, it is expected that most mother-pup bonding would likely be concluded as well. The number of management events during the months of March and April has been relatively low in the past, and the breaching activities occur in a single day over several hours. In addition, mitigation measures described later in this document further reduce the likelihood of any impacts to pups, whether through injury or mortality or interruption of mother-pup bonding.

    In summary, and based on extensive monitoring data, we believe that impacts to hauled-out pinnipeds during estuary management activities would be behavioral harassment of limited duration (i.e., less than one day) and limited intensity (i.e., temporary flushing at most). Stampeding, and therefore injury or mortality, is not expected—nor been documented—in the years since appropriate protocols were established (see Mitigation for more details). Further, the continued, and increasingly heavy (Figure 4; SCWA, 2015), use of the haul-out despite decades of breaching events indicates that abandonment of the haul-out is unlikely.

    Anticipated Effects on Habitat

    We provided a detailed discussion of the potential effects of this action on marine mammal habitat in the notice of the proposed IHA (80 FR 14073; March 18, 2015). SCWA's estuary management activities will result in temporary physical alteration of the Jenner haul-out. With barrier beach closure, seal usage of the beach haul-out declines, and the three nearby river haul-outs may not be available for usage due to rising water surface elevations. Breaching of the barrier beach, subsequent to the temporary habitat disturbance, will likely increase suitability and availability of habitat for pinnipeds. Biological and water quality monitoring will not physically alter pinniped habitat.

    In summary, there will be temporary physical alteration of the beach. However, natural opening and closure of the beach results in the same impacts to habitat; therefore, seals are likely adapted to this cycle. In addition, the increase in rearing habitat quality has the goal of increasing salmonid abundance, ultimately providing more food for seals present within the action area. Thus, any impacts to marine mammal habitat are not expected to cause significant or long-term consequences for individual marine mammals or their populations.

    Mitigation

    In order to issue an IHA under section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA, NMFS must set forth the permissible methods of taking pursuant to such activity, and other means of effecting the least practicable impact on such species or stock and its habitat, paying particular attention to rookeries, mating grounds, and areas of similar significance, and on the availability of such species or stock for taking for certain subsistence uses.

    SCWA will continue the following mitigation measures, as implemented during the previous IHAs, designed to minimize impact to affected species and stocks:

    • SCWA crews will cautiously approach the haul-out ahead of heavy equipment to minimize the potential for sudden flushes, which may result in a stampede—a particular concern during pupping season.

    • SCWA staff will avoid walking or driving equipment through the seal haul-out.

    • Crews on foot will make an effort to be seen by seals from a distance, if possible, rather than appearing suddenly at the top of the sandbar, again preventing sudden flushes.

    • During breaching events, all monitoring will be conducted from the overlook on the bluff along Highway 1 adjacent to the haul-out in order to minimize potential for harassment.

    • A water level management event may not occur for more than two consecutive days unless flooding threats cannot be controlled.

    In addition, SCWA will continue mitigation measures specific to pupping season (March 15-June 30), as implemented in the previous IHA:

    • SCWA will maintain a one-week no-work period between water level management events (unless flooding is an immediate threat) to allow for an adequate disturbance recovery period. During the no-work period, equipment must be removed from the beach.

    • If a pup less than one week old is on the beach where heavy machinery will be used or on the path used to access the work location, the management action will be delayed until the pup has left the site or the latest day possible to prevent flooding while still maintaining suitable fish rearing habitat. In the event that a pup remains present on the beach in the presence of flood risk, SCWA will consult with NMFS to determine the appropriate course of action. SCWA will coordinate with the locally established seal monitoring program (Stewards' Seal Watch) to determine if pups less than one week old are on the beach prior to a breaching event.

    • Physical and biological monitoring (including topographic and geophysical beach surveys) will not be conducted if a pup less than one week old is present at the monitoring site or on a path to the site.

    • Any jetty study activities in the vicinity of the harbor seal haul-out will not occur during the pupping season.

    Equipment will be driven slowly on the beach and care will be taken to minimize the number of shutdowns and start-ups when the equipment is on the beach. All work will be completed as efficiently as possible, with the smallest amount of heavy equipment possible, to minimize disturbance of seals at the haul-out. Boats operating near river haul-outs during monitoring will be kept within posted speed limits and driven as far from the haul-outs as safely possible to minimize flushing seals.

    We have carefully evaluated SCWA's planned mitigation measures and considered their effectiveness in past implementation to determine whether they are likely to effect the least practicable impact on the affected marine mammal species and stocks and their habitat. Our evaluation of potential measures included consideration of the following factors in relation to one another: (1) The manner in which, and the degree to which, the successful implementation of the measure is expected to minimize adverse impacts to marine mammals, (2) the proven or likely efficacy of the specific measure to minimize adverse impacts as planned; and (3) the practicability of the measure for applicant implementation.

    Any mitigation measure(s) we prescribe should be able to accomplish, have a reasonable likelihood of accomplishing (based on current science), or contribute to the accomplishment of one or more of the general goals listed below:

    • Avoidance or minimization of injury or death of marine mammals wherever possible (goals 2, 3, and 4 may contribute to this goal).

    • A reduction in the number (total number or number at biologically important time or location) of individual marine mammals exposed to stimuli expected to result in incidental take (this goal may contribute to 1, above, or to reducing takes by behavioral harassment only).

    • A reduction in the number (total number or number at biologically important time or location) of times any individual marine mammal would be exposed to stimuli expected to result in incidental take (this goal may contribute to 1, above, or to reducing takes by behavioral harassment only).

    • A reduction in the intensity of exposure to stimuli expected to result in incidental take (this goal may contribute to 1, above, or to reducing the severity of behavioral harassment only).

    • Avoidance or minimization of adverse effects to marine mammal habitat, paying particular attention to the prey base, blockage or limitation of passage to or from biologically important areas, permanent destruction of habitat, or temporary disturbance of habitat during a biologically important time.

    • For monitoring directly related to mitigation, an increase in the probability of detecting marine mammals, thus allowing for more effective implementation of the mitigation.

    Based on our evaluation of SCWA's planned measures and on SCWA's record of management at the mouth of the Russian River including information from monitoring of SCWA's implementation of the mitigation measures as prescribed under the previous IHAs, we have determined that the planned mitigation measures provide the means of effecting the least practicable impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, paying particular attention to rookeries, mating grounds, and areas of similar significance.

    Monitoring and Reporting

    In order to issue an IHA for an activity, section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA states that NMFS must set forth “requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking”. The MMPA implementing regulations at 50 CFR 216.104(a)(13) indicate that requests for incidental take authorizations must include the suggested means of accomplishing the necessary monitoring and reporting that will result in increased knowledge of the species and of the level of taking or impacts on populations of marine mammals that are expected to be present in the proposed action area.

    Any monitoring requirement we prescribe should accomplish one or more of the following general goals:

    1. An increase in the probability of detecting marine mammals, both within defined zones of effect (thus allowing for more effective implementation of the mitigation) and in general to generate more data to contribute to the analyses mentioned below;

    2. An increase in our understanding of how many marine mammals are likely to be exposed to stimuli that we associate with specific adverse effects, such as behavioral harassment or hearing threshold shifts;

    3. An increase in our understanding of how marine mammals respond to stimuli expected to result in incidental take and how anticipated adverse effects on individuals may impact the population, stock, or species (specifically through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival) through any of the following methods:

    • Behavioral observations in the presence of stimuli compared to observations in the absence of stimuli (need to be able to accurately predict pertinent information, e.g., received level, distance from source);

    • Physiological measurements in the presence of stimuli compared to observations in the absence of stimuli (need to be able to accurately predict pertinent information, e.g., received level, distance from source);

    • Distribution and/or abundance comparisons in times or areas with concentrated stimuli versus times or areas without stimuli;

    4. An increased knowledge of the affected species; or

    5. An increase in our understanding of the effectiveness of certain mitigation and monitoring measures.

    SCWA submitted a marine mammal monitoring plan as part of the IHA application. It can be found on the Internet at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental/construction.htm. The plan has been successfully implemented by SCWA under previous IHAs. The purpose of this monitoring plan, which is carried out collaboratively with the Stewards of the Coasts and Redwoods (Stewards) organization, is to detect the response of pinnipeds to estuary management activities at the Russian River estuary. SCWA has designed the plan both to satisfy the requirements of the IHA, and to address the following questions of interest:

    1. Under what conditions do pinnipeds haul out at the Russian River estuary mouth at Jenner?

    2. How do seals at the Jenner haul-out respond to activities associated with the construction and maintenance of the lagoon outlet channel and artificial breaching activities?

    3. Does the number of seals at the Jenner haul-out significantly differ from historic averages with formation of a summer (May 15 to October 15) lagoon in the Russian River estuary?

    4. Are seals at the Jenner haul-out displaced to nearby river and coastal haul-outs when the mouth remains closed in the summer?

    Monitoring Measures

    In summary, monitoring includes the following:

    Baseline Monitoring—Seals at the Jenner haul-out are counted twice monthly for the term of the IHA. This baseline information will provide SCWA with details that may help to plan estuary management activities in the future to minimize pinniped interaction. This census begins at local dawn and continues for eight hours. All seals hauled out on the beach are counted every thirty minutes from the overlook on the bluff along Highway 1 adjacent to the haul-out using spotting scopes. Monitoring may conclude for the day if weather conditions affect visibility (e.g., heavy fog in the afternoon). Counts are scheduled for two days out of each month, with the intention of capturing a low and high tide each in the morning and afternoon. Depending on how the sandbar is formed, seals may haul out in multiple groups at the mouth. At each thirty-minute count, the observer indicates where groups of seals are hauled out on the sandbar and provides a total count for each group. If possible, adults and pups are counted separately.

    In addition to the census data, disturbances of the haul-out are recorded. The method for recording disturbances follows those in Mortenson (1996). Disturbances will be recorded on a three-point scale that represents an increasing seal response to the disturbance. The time, source, and duration of the disturbance, as well as an estimated distance between the source and haul-out, are recorded. It should be noted that only responses falling into Mortenson's Levels 2 and 3 (i.e., movement or flight) will be considered as harassment under the MMPA under the terms of the IHA. Weather conditions are recorded at the beginning of each census. These include temperature, percent cloud cover, and wind speed (Beaufort scale). Tide levels and estuary water surface elevations are correlated to the monitoring start and end times.

    In an effort towards understanding possible relationships between use of the Jenner haul-out and nearby coastal and river haul-outs, several other haul-outs on the coast and in the Russian River estuary are monitored as well (see Figure 4 of SCWA's application). The peripheral haul-outs are visited for ten-minute counts twice during each baseline monitoring day. All pinnipeds hauled out were counted from the same vantage point(s) at each haul-out using a spotting scope or binoculars.

    Estuary Management Event Monitoring—Activities associated with artificial breaching or initial construction of the outlet channel, as well as the maintenance of the channel that may be required, will be monitored for disturbances to the seals at the Jenner haul-out. A one-day pre-event channel survey will be made within one to three days prior to constructing the outlet channel. The haul-out will be monitored on the day the outlet channel is constructed and daily for up to the maximum two days allowed for channel excavation activities. Monitoring will also occur on each day that the outlet channel is maintained using heavy equipment for the duration of the lagoon management period. Monitoring will correspond with that described under the “Baseline” section previously, with the exception that management activity monitoring duration is defined by event duration, rather than being set at eight hours. On the day of the management event, pinniped monitoring begins at least one hour prior to the crew and equipment accessing the beach work area and continues through the duration of the event, until at least one hour after the crew and equipment leave the beach.

    In an attempt to understand whether seals from the Jenner haul-out are displaced to coastal and river haul-outs nearby when management events occur, other nearby haul-outs are monitored concurrently with monitoring of outlet channel construction and maintenance activities. This provides an opportunity to qualitatively assess whether these haul-outs are being used by seals displaced from the Jenner haul-out. This monitoring will not provide definitive results regarding displacement to nearby coastal and river haul-outs, as individual seals are not marked, but is useful in tracking general trends in haul-out use during disturbance. As volunteers are required to monitor these peripheral haul-outs, haul-out locations may need to be prioritized if there are not enough volunteers available. In that case, priority will be assigned to the nearest haul-outs (North Jenner and Odin Cove), followed by the Russian River estuary haul-outs, and finally the more distant coastal haul-outs.

    For all counts, the following information will be recorded in thirty-minute intervals: (1) Pinniped counts, by species; (2) behavior; (3) time, source and duration of any disturbance; (4) estimated distances between source of disturbance and pinnipeds; (5) weather conditions (e.g., temperature, wind); and (5) tide levels and estuary water surface elevation.

    Monitoring During Pupping Season—As described previously, the pupping season is defined as March 15 to June 30. Baseline, lagoon outlet channel, and artificial breaching monitoring during the pupping season will include records of neonate (pups less than one week old) observations. Characteristics of a neonate pup include: Body weight less than 15 kg; thin for their body length; an umbilicus or natal pelage present; wrinkled skin; and awkward or jerky movements on land. SCWA will coordinate with the Seal Watch monitoring program to determine if pups less than one week old are on the beach prior to a water level management event.

    If, during monitoring, observers sight any pup that might be abandoned, SCWA will contact the NMFS stranding response network immediately and also report the incident to NMFS' West Coast Regional Office and Office of Protected Resources within 48 hours. Observers will not approach or move the pup. Potential indications that a pup may be abandoned are no observed contact with adult seals, no movement of the pup, and the pup's attempts to nurse are rebuffed.

    Reporting

    SCWA is required to submit a report on all activities and marine mammal monitoring results to the Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, and the West Coast Regional Administrator, NMFS, 90 days prior to the expiration of the IHA if a renewal is sought, or within 90 days of the expiration of the permit otherwise. This annual report will also be distributed to California State Parks and Stewards, and would be available to the public on SCWA's Web site. This report will contain the following information:

    • The number of pinnipeds taken, by species and age class (if possible);

    • Behavior prior to and during water level management events;

    • Start and end time of activity;

    • Estimated distances between source and pinnipeds when disturbance occurs;

    • Weather conditions (e.g., temperature, wind);

    • Haul-out reoccupation time of any pinnipeds based on post-activity monitoring;

    • Tide levels and estuary water surface elevation; and

    • Seal census from bi-monthly and nearby haul-out monitoring.

    The annual report includes descriptions of monitoring methodology, tabulation of estuary management events, summary of monitoring results, and discussion of problems noted and proposed remedial measures. SCWA will report any injured or dead marine mammals to NMFS' West Coast Regional Office and Office of Protected Resources.

    Summary of Previous Monitoring

    SCWA complied with the mitigation and monitoring required under all previous authorizations. In accordance with the 2014 IHA, SCWA submitted a Report of Activities and Monitoring Results, covering the period of January 1 through December 31, 2014. Previous monitoring reports (available at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental/construction.htm) provided additional analysis of monitoring results from 2009-13. A barrier beach was formed eleven times during 2014, but SCWA was required to implement artificial breaching for only six of these closure events. The Russian River outlet was closed to the ocean for a total of 110 days in 2014, including extended closures totaling 29 days during the lagoon management period. However, these closures all culminated in natural breaches and no outlet channel management events were required. During 2013, five artificial breaching events occurred (SCWA, 2014). In January 2012, the barrier beach was artificially breached after two days of breaching activity. There were also several periods over the course of the year where the barrier beach closed or became naturally perched and then subsequently breached naturally (SCWA, 2013). In 2011, no water level management activities occurred (SCWA, 2012). In 2010, one lagoon management event and two artificial breaching events occurred (SCWA, 2011). Pinniped monitoring occurred no more than 3 days before, the day of, and the day after each water level management activity. In addition, SCWA conducted biological and physical monitoring as described previously. During the course of these activities, SCWA did not exceed the take levels authorized under the relevant IHAs. We provided a detailed description of previous monitoring results in the notice of the proposed IHA (80 FR 14073; March 18, 2015).

    Estimated Take by Incidental Harassment

    Except with respect to certain activities not pertinent here, section 3(18) of the MMPA defines “harassment” as: “. . . any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance which (i) has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild [Level A harassment]; or (ii) has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering [Level B harassment].”

    We are authorizing SCWA to take harbor seals, California sea lions, and northern elephant seals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to estuary management activities. These activities, involving increased human presence and the use of heavy equipment and support vehicles, are expected to harass pinnipeds present at the haul-out through behavioral disturbance only. In addition, monitoring activities prescribed in the BiOp may result in harassment of additional individuals at the Jenner haul-out and at the three haul-outs located in the estuary. Estimates of the number of harbor seals, California sea lions, and northern elephant seals that may be harassed by the activities is based upon the number of potential events associated with Russian River estuary management activities and the average number of individuals of each species that are present during conditions appropriate to the activity. As described previously in this document, monitoring effort at the mouth of the Russian River has shown that the number of seals utilizing the haul-out declines during bar-closed conditions. Tables 1 and 2 detail the total number of authorized takes. Methodology of take estimation was discussed in detail in our notice of proposed IHA (80 FR 14073; March 18, 2015).

    Table 1—Estimated Number of Harbor Seal Takes Resulting From Russian River Estuary Management Activities Number of animals expected to occur a Number of events b c Potential total number of individual animals that may be taken Lagoon Outlet Channel Management (May 15 to October 15) Implementation: 117 d Implementation: 3 Implementation: 351. Maintenance and Monitoring: Maintenance: Maintenance: 1,160. May: 80 May: 1 June: 97 June-Sept: 4/month July: 117 Oct: 1 Aug: 17 Monitoring: Monitoring: 552. Sept: 33 June-Sept: 2/month Oct: 24 Oct: 1 Total: 2,063. Artificial Breaching Oct: 24 Oct: 2 Oct: 48. Nov: 36 Nov: 2 Nov: 72. Dec: 51 Dec: 2 Dec: 102. Jan: 41 Jan: 1 Jan: 41. Feb: 90 Feb: 1 Feb: 90. Mar: 130 Mar: 1 Mar: 130. Apr: 80 Apr: 1 Apr: 80. May: 80 May: 2 May: 160. 12 events maximum Total: 723. Topographic and Geophysical Beach Surveys Jan: 89 1 topographic survey/month; 100 percent of animals present Jun-Feb; 10 percent of animals present Mar-May Jan: 89. Feb: 131 Feb: 131. Mar: 173 Mar: 17. Apr: 137 Apr: 14. May: 157 May: 16. Jun: 154 Jun: 154. Jul: 158 Jul: 158. Aug: 146 Aug: 146. Sep: 78 Sep: 78. Oct: 50 Oct: 50. Nov: 66 Nov: 66. Dec: 106 Dec: 106. Total: 1,025. Biological and Physical Habitat Monitoring in the Estuary 1 e 165 165 Total 3,976 a For Lagoon Outlet Channel Management and Artificial Breaching, average daily number of animals corresponds with data from Table 2. For Topographic and Geophysical Beach Surveys, average daily number of animals corresponds with 2012-14 data from Table 1. b For implementation of the lagoon outlet channel, an event is defined as a single, two-day episode. It is assumed that the same individual seals would be hauled out during a single event. For the remaining activities, an event is defined as a single day on which an activity occurs. Some events may include multiple activities. c Number of events for artificial breaching derived from historical data. The average number of events for each month was rounded up to the nearest whole number; estimated number of events for December was increased from one to two because multiple closures resulting from storm events have occurred in recent years during that month. These numbers likely represent an overestimate, as the average annual number of events is six. d Although implementation could occur at any time during the lagoon management period, the highest daily average per month from the lagoon management period was used. e Based on past experience, SCWA expects that no more than one seal may be present, and thus have the potential to be disturbed, at each of the three river haul-outs. Number of events includes addition of acoustic telemetry surveys. Table 2—Estimated Number of California Sea Lion and Elephant Seal Takes Resulting From Russian River Estuary Management Activities Species Number of
  • animals
  • expected
  • to occur a
  • Number of events a Potential total
  • number of
  • individual
  • animals that
  • may be taken
  • Lagoon Outlet Channel Management (May 15 to October 15) California sea lion (potential to encounter once per event) 1 6 6 Northern elephant seal (potential to encounter once per event) 1 6 6 Artificial Breaching California sea lion (potential to encounter once per month, Oct-May) 1 8 8 Northern elephant seal (potential to encounter once per month, Oct-May) 1 8 8 Topographic and Geophysical Beach Surveys California sea lion (potential to encounter once per month year-round for topographical surveys) 1 12 12 Northern elephant seal (potential to encounter once per month year-round for topographical surveys) 1 12 12 Biological and Physical Habitat Monitoring in the Estuary California sea lion (potential to encounter once per month, Jul-Feb) 1 8 8 Northern elephant seal (potential to encounter once per month, Jul-Feb) 1 8 8 Total California sea lion 34 Elephant seal 34 a SCWA expects that California sea lions and/or northern elephant seals could occur during any month of the year, but that any such occurrence would be infrequent and unlikely to occur more than once per month.
    Analyses and Determinations Negligible Impact Analysis

    NMFS has defined “negligible impact” in 50 CFR 216.103 as “. . . an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.” A negligible impact finding is based on the lack of likely adverse effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival (i.e., population-level effects). An estimate of the number of Level B harassment takes alone is not enough information on which to base an impact determination. In addition to considering estimates of the number of marine mammals that might be “taken” through behavioral harassment, we consider other factors, such as the likely nature of any responses (e.g., intensity, duration), the context of any responses (e.g., critical reproductive time or location, migration), as well as the number and nature of estimated Level A harassment takes, the number of estimated mortalities, and effects on habitat.

    Although SCWA's estuary management activities may disturb pinnipeds hauled out at the mouth of the Russian River, as well as those hauled out at several locations in the estuary during recurring monitoring activities, impacts are occurring to a small, localized group of animals. While these impacts can occur year-round, they occur sporadically and for limited duration (e.g., a maximum of two consecutive days for water level management events). Seals will likely become alert or, at most, flush into the water in reaction to the presence of crews and equipment on the beach. While disturbance may occur during a sensitive time (during the March 15-June 30 pupping season), mitigation measures have been specifically designed to further minimize harm during this period and eliminate the possibility of pup injury or mother-pup separation.

    No injury, serious injury, or mortality is anticipated, nor is the proposed action likely to result in long-term impacts such as permanent abandonment of the haul-out. Injury, serious injury, or mortality to pinnipeds would likely result from startling animals inhabiting the haul-out into a stampede reaction, or from extended mother-pup separation as a result of such a stampede. Long-term impacts to pinniped usage of the haul-out could result from significantly increased presence of humans and equipment on the beach. To avoid these possibilities, we have worked with SCWA to develop the previously described mitigation measures. These are designed to reduce the possibility of startling pinnipeds, by gradually apprising them of the presence of humans and equipment on the beach, and to reduce the possibility of impacts to pups by eliminating or altering management activities on the beach when pups are present and by setting limits on the frequency and duration of events during pupping season. During the past fifteen years of flood control management, implementation of similar mitigation measures has resulted in no known stampede events and no known injury, serious injury, or mortality. Over the course of that time period, management events have generally been infrequent and of limited duration.

    No pinniped stocks for which incidental take is authorized are listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA or determined to be strategic or depleted under the MMPA. Recent data suggests that harbor seal populations have reached carrying capacity; populations of California sea lions and northern elephant seals in California are also considered healthy. In summary, and based on extensive monitoring data, we believe that impacts to hauled-out pinnipeds during estuary management activities would be behavioral harassment of limited duration (i.e., less than one day) and limited intensity (i.e., temporary flushing at most). Stampeding, and therefore injury or mortality, is not expected—nor been documented—in the years since appropriate protocols were established (see Mitigation for more details). Further, the continued, and increasingly heavy (Figure 4; SCWA, 2015), use of the haul-out despite decades of breaching events indicates that abandonment of the haul-out is unlikely. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on marine mammals and their habitat, and taking into consideration the implementation of the planned monitoring and mitigation measures, we find that the total marine mammal take from SCWA's estuary management activities will have a negligible impact on the affected marine mammal species or stocks.

    Small Numbers Analysis

    The authorized number of animals taken for each species of pinniped can be considered small relative to the population size. There are an estimated 30,968 harbor seals in the California stock, 296,750 California sea lions, and 179,000 northern elephant seals in the California breeding population. Based on extensive monitoring effort specific to the affected haul-out and historical data on the frequency of the specified activity, we are proposing to authorize take, by Level B harassment only, of 3,976 harbor seals, 34 California sea lions, and 34 northern elephant seals, representing 12.8, 0.01, and 0.02 percent of the populations, respectively. However, this represents an overestimate of the number of individuals harassed over the duration of the IHA, because these totals represent much smaller numbers of individuals that may be harassed multiple times. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on marine mammals and their habitat, and taking into consideration the implementation of the mitigation and monitoring measures, we find that small numbers of marine mammals will be taken relative to the populations of the affected species or stocks.

    Impact on Availability of Affected Species for Taking for Subsistence Uses

    There are no relevant subsistence uses of marine mammals implicated by this action. Therefore, we have determined that the total taking of affected species or stocks would not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of such species or stocks for taking for subsistence purposes.

    Endangered Species Act (ESA)

    No species listed under the ESA are expected to be affected by these activities. Therefore, we have determined that a section 7 consultation under the ESA is not required. As described elsewhere in this document, SCWA and the Corps consulted with NMFS under section 7 of the ESA regarding the potential effects of their operations and maintenance activities, including SCWA's estuary management program, on ESA-listed salmonids. As a result of this consultation, NMFS issued the Russian River Biological Opinion (NMFS, 2008), including Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives, which prescribes modifications to SCWA's estuary management activities. The effects of the proposed activities and authorized take would not cause additional effects for which section 7 consultation would be required.

    National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), as implemented by the regulations published by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and NOAA Administrative Order 216-6, we prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider the direct, indirect and cumulative effects to the human environment resulting from issuance of the original IHA to SCWA for the specified activities and found that it would not result in any significant impacts to the human environment. We signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on March 30, 2010. We have reviewed SWCA's application for a renewed IHA for ongoing estuary management activities for 2015 and the 2014 monitoring report. Based on that review, we have determined that the proposed action follows closely the IHAs issued and implemented in 2010-13 and does not present any substantial changes, or significant new circumstances or information relevant to environmental concerns which would require a supplement to the 2010 EA or preparation of a new NEPA document. Therefore, we have determined that a new or supplemental EA or Environmental Impact Statement is unnecessary, and reaffirm the existing FONSI for this action. The 2010 EA and FONSI for this action are available for review at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental/construction.htm.

    Authorization

    As a result of these determinations, we have issued an IHA to SCWA to conduct estuary management activities in the Russian River from the period of April 21, 2015, through April 20, 2016, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are implemented.

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10115 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD881 Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice; affirmative finding annual renewal.

    SUMMARY:

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS, (Assistant Administrator) has issued an affirmative finding annual renewal for the Government of Spain under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This affirmative finding annual renewal will allow yellowfin tuna and yellowfin tuna products harvested in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) in compliance with the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP) by Spanish-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Spanish jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative finding annual renewal was based on review of documentary evidence submitted by the Government of Spain and obtained from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

    DATES:

    The affirmative finding annual renewal is effective from April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Justin Greenman, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Phone: 562-980-3264 Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The MMPA, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq., allows for importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna harvested by purse seine vessels in the ETP under certain conditions. If requested by the harvesting nation, the Assistant Administrator will determine whether to make an affirmative finding based upon documentary evidence provided by the government of the harvesting nation, the IATTC, or the Department of State.

    The affirmative finding process requires that the harvesting nation is meeting its obligations under the IDCP and obligations of membership in the IATTC. Every 5 years, the government of the harvesting nation must request a new affirmative finding and submit the required documentary evidence directly to the Assistant Administrator. On an annual basis, NMFS reviews the affirmative finding and determines whether the harvesting nation continues to meet the requirements. A nation may provide information related to compliance with IDCP and IATTC measures directly to NMFS on an annual basis or may authorize the IATTC to release the information to NMFS to annually renew an affirmative finding determination without an application from the harvesting nation.

    An affirmative finding will be terminated, in consultation with the Secretary of State, if the Assistant Administrator determines that the requirements of 50 CFR 216.24(f) are no longer being met or that a nation is consistently failing to take enforcement actions on violations, thereby diminishing the effectiveness of the IDCP.

    As a part of the affirmative finding process set forth in 50 CFR 216.24(f), the Assistant Administrator considered documentary evidence submitted by the Government of Spain and obtained from the IATTC and has determined that Spain has met the MMPA's requirements to receive an affirmative finding annual renewal.

    After consultation with the Department of State, the Assistant Administrator issued an affirmative finding annual renewal to Spain, allowing the continued importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna and products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in the ETP by Spanish-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Spanish jurisdiction through March 31, 2015. Spain's 5-year affirmative finding will remain valid through March 31, 2015.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10167 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD903 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice; public meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup will hold a meeting, which is open to the public.

    DATES:

    The meeting will occur May 19-21, 2015. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 and at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at the Regional Administrator's Conference Room, Building 1, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Western Regional Center, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-6349, telephone: (206) 526-6150.

    Council address: Pacific Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Sarah Williams, NMFS, [email protected]; telephone: (206) 526-4646.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The primary purpose of the meeting is to review information on take of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery (other than salmonids) and provide recommendations to the Pacific Council on any additional mitigation measures needed, if any, to meet the requirements of the ESA as implemented through the terms and conditions in the most recent biological opinion for the fishery.

    You may also join this meeting by conference line and webinar. To join by phone, participants should dial 888-790-6085, passcode 1730793. To join by webinar, each day of the meeting requires a different Web address. On May 19, participants can join Meeting ID: 544-685-613 at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/544685613. On May 20, participants can join Meeting ID: 991-327-765 at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/991327765. On May 21, participants can join Meeting ID: 845-869-013 at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/845869013. Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer's audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers (VolP). If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use the conference line number by dialing 1-888-790-6085, and entering passcode 1730793 at the prompt.

    Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of this document that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency.

    Special Accommodations

    The meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at (503) 820-2425 at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10080 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD922 Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud Action Plan Recommendations 14/15 Identifying Species “At Risk” of IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud (NOC Committee) is seeking public input on principles to be used in determining seafood species “at risk” for IUU fishing and seafood fraud.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received by June 8, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2014-0090, by any of the following methods:

    • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0090, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

    • Mail: Submit written comments to Danielle Rioux, 1315 East-West Highway; Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by the NOC Committee. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. The NOC Committee will accept anonymous comments (enter “N/A” in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Danielle Rioux, 301-427-8516.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    According to NOAA, in 2013, U.S. fishers landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish worth $5.5 billion. Globally, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud undermine the sustainability of U.S. and global seafood stocks and negatively impact general ecosystem health. At the same time, IUU fishing and fraudulent seafood products distort legal markets and unfairly compete with the products of law-abiding fishers and seafood industries.

    On March 15, 2015, the Presidential Task Force on Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud (Task Force), co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and State, took an historic step to address these issues and published its action plan to implement Task Force recommendations (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ia/iuu/taskforce.html).

    This plan articulates the aggressive steps that Federal agencies will take to implement the recommendations the Task Force made to the President in December 2014 on a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The plan identifies actions that will strengthen enforcement, create and expand partnerships with state and local governments, industry, and non-governmental organizations, and create a risk-based traceability program to track seafood from harvest to entry into U.S. commerce, including the use of existing traceability mechanisms. The work the Task Force began will continue under the oversight of the NOC Committee.

    This notice is the first step in implementing Task Force Recommendations 14 and 15, “Identifying current at risk species threatened by IUU fishing and seafood fraud.” Once “at-risk” species have been determined, the NOC Committee will transmit the list to agencies for appropriate action. This list will form the basis for the species addressed in the first phase of the risk-based seafood traceability program, as described in the Task Force Action Plan.

    With this notice, the NOC Committee is soliciting comment on what principles should be used to determine the seafood species “at risk” for IUU fishing and seafood fraud. Recommended principles should be measurable (i.e., there should be a reasonable amount of existing data to assess), and be applicable to domestic and/or international fisheries.

    For example, possible principles could include assessing the extent to which species are known to have:

    • significant domestic or international enforcement-related concerns, such as substantial numbers of violations of relevant regulations or conservation and management measures, significant challenges or limitations in existing enforcement regimes, or repeated reports of IUU activity;

    • catches that are mis-reported or not reported according to the reporting procedures of the relevant international regional fisheries management organizations or national authorities, particularly when they are of high economic value;

    • a human health risk when substituted for other species; and

    • instances of being substituted for other species in order to avoid tariffs or to sell a lower value fish at a higher price.

    Following the public comment period, the NOC Committee will take the input received into consideration as it develops a draft list of principles to be used in determining species “at risk” for IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The draft list of principles will then be used to create a draft list of “at-risk” species. Both the draft list of principles and the draft list of “at-risk” species will be published in the Federal Register for public comment in July 2015.

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10125 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD923 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice; public meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Risk Policy Working Group to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.

    DATES:

    This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton, 407 Squire Road, Revere, MA 02151; Phone: (781) 284-7200; Fax: (781) 289-3176.

    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The items of discussion on the agenda are to discuss implementation of the Councils Risk Policy across all Council-managed species. The group will also continue work on development of the Risk Policy “operational handbook” to address the application of the Risk Policy. Additionally they will discuss the application of the Risk Policy in the Atlantic Herring FMP and develop related recommendations. The group will also plan for future work. They will discuss as other business as necessary.

    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before these groups for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.

    Special Accommodations

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465-0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

    Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10081 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD879 Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice; affirmative finding annual renewal.

    SUMMARY:

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS, (Assistant Administrator) has issued an affirmative finding annual renewal for the Government of Guatemala under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This affirmative finding annual renewal will allow yellowfin tuna and yellowfin tuna products harvested in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) in compliance with the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP) by Guatemalan-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Guatemalan jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative finding annual renewal was based on review of documentary evidence submitted by the Government of Guatemala and obtained from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

    DATES:

    The affirmative finding annual renewal is effective from April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Justin Greenman, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Phone: 562-980-3264 Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The MMPA, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq., allows for importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna harvested by purse seine vessels in the ETP under certain conditions. If requested by the harvesting nation, the Assistant Administrator will determine whether to make an affirmative finding based upon documentary evidence provided by the government of the harvesting nation, the IATTC, or the Department of State.

    The affirmative finding process requires that the harvesting nation is meeting its obligations under the IDCP and obligations of membership in the IATTC. Every 5 years, the government of the harvesting nation must request a new affirmative finding and submit the required documentary evidence directly to the Assistant Administrator. On an annual basis, NMFS reviews the affirmative finding and determines whether the harvesting nation continues to meet the requirements. A nation may provide information related to compliance with IDCP and IATTC measures directly to NMFS on an annual basis or may authorize the IATTC to release the information to NMFS to annually renew an affirmative finding determination without an application from the harvesting nation.

    An affirmative finding will be terminated, in consultation with the Secretary of State, if the Assistant Administrator determines that the requirements of 50 CFR 216.24(f) are no longer being met or that a nation is consistently failing to take enforcement actions on violations, thereby diminishing the effectiveness of the IDCP.

    As a part of the affirmative finding process set forth in 50 CFR 216.24(f), the Assistant Administrator considered documentary evidence submitted by the Government of Guatemala and obtained from the IATTC and has determined that Guatemala has met the MMPA's requirements to receive an affirmative finding annual renewal.

    After consultation with the Department of State, the Assistant Administrator issued an affirmative finding annual renewal to Guatemala, allowing the continued importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna and products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in the ETP by Guatemalan-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Guatemalan jurisdiction through March 31, 2015. Guatemala's 5-year affirmative finding will remain valid through March 31, 2015.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10162 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD878 Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice; affirmative finding annual renewal.

    SUMMARY:

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS, (Assistant Administrator) has issued an affirmative finding annual renewal for the Government of El Salvador under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This affirmative finding annual renewal will allow yellowfin tuna and yellowfin tuna products harvested in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) in compliance with the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP) by Salvadoran-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Salvadoran jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative finding annual renewal was based on review of documentary evidence submitted by the Government of El Salvador and obtained from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

    DATES:

    The affirmative finding annual renewal is effective from April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Justin Greenman, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Phone: 562-980-3264 Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The MMPA, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq., allows for importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna harvested by purse seine vessels in the ETP under certain conditions. If requested by the harvesting nation, the Assistant Administrator will determine whether to make an affirmative finding based upon documentary evidence provided by the government of the harvesting nation, the IATTC, or the Department of State.

    The affirmative finding process requires that the harvesting nation is meeting its obligations under the IDCP and obligations of membership in the IATTC. Every 5 years, the government of the harvesting nation must request a new affirmative finding and submit the required documentary evidence directly to the Assistant Administrator. On an annual basis, NMFS reviews the affirmative finding and determines whether the harvesting nation continues to meet the requirements. A nation may provide information related to compliance with IDCP and IATTC measures directly to NMFS on an annual basis or may authorize the IATTC to release the information to NMFS to annually renew an affirmative finding determination without an application from the harvesting nation.

    An affirmative finding will be terminated, in consultation with the Secretary of State, if the Assistant Administrator determines that the requirements of 50 CFR 216.24(f) are no longer being met or that a nation is consistently failing to take enforcement actions on violations, thereby diminishing the effectiveness of the IDCP.

    As a part of the affirmative finding process set forth in 50 CFR 216.24(f), the Assistant Administrator considered documentary evidence submitted by the Government of El Salvador and obtained from the IATTC and has determined that El Salvador has met the MMPA's requirements to receive an affirmative finding annual renewal.

    After consultation with the Department of State, the Assistant Administrator issued an affirmative finding annual renewal to El Salvador, allowing the continued importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna and products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in the ETP by Salvadoran-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Salvadoran jurisdiction through March 31, 2015. El Salvador's 5-year affirmative finding will remain valid through March 31, 2018, subject to subsequent annual reviews by NMFS.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10153 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD880 Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice; affirmative finding 2-year renewal.

    SUMMARY:

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS, (Assistant Administrator) has issued an affirmative finding 2-year renewal for the Government of Mexico under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This affirmative finding 2-year renewal will allow yellowfin tuna and yellowfin tuna products harvested in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) in compliance with the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP) by Mexican-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Mexican jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative finding 2-year renewal was based on review of documentary evidence submitted by the Government of Mexico and obtained from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

    DATES:

    The affirmative finding 2-year renewal is effective for the 2-year period of April 1, 2013 (retroactive) through March 31, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Justin Greenman, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Phone: 562-980-3264. Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The MMPA, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq., allows for importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna harvested by purse seine vessels in the ETP under certain conditions. If requested by the harvesting nation, the Assistant Administrator will determine whether to make an affirmative finding based upon documentary evidence provided by the government of the harvesting nation, the IATTC, or the Department of State.

    The affirmative finding process requires that the harvesting nation is meeting its obligations under the IDCP and obligations of membership in the IATTC. Every 5 years, the government of the harvesting nation must request a new affirmative finding and submit the required documentary evidence directly to the Assistant Administrator. On an annual basis, NMFS reviews the affirmative finding and determines whether the harvesting nation continues to meet the requirements. A nation may provide information related to compliance with IDCP and IATTC measures directly to NMFS on an annual basis or may authorize the IATTC to release the information to NMFS to annually renew an affirmative finding determination without an application from the harvesting nation.

    An affirmative finding will be terminated, in consultation with the Secretary of State, if the Assistant Administrator determines that the requirements of 50 CFR 216.24(f) are no longer being met or that a nation is consistently failing to take enforcement actions on violations, thereby diminishing the effectiveness of the IDCP.

    As a part of the affirmative finding process set forth in 50 CFR 216.24(f), the Assistant Administrator considered documentary evidence submitted by the Government of Mexico and obtained from the IATTC and has determined that Mexico has met the MMPA's requirements to receive an affirmative finding 2-year renewal.

    After consultation with the Department of State, the Assistant Administrator issued an affirmative finding 2-year renewal to Mexico, allowing the continued importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna and products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in the ETP by Mexican-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Mexican jurisdiction for the 2-year period of April 1, 2013 (retroactive) through March 31, 2015. Mexico's 5-year affirmative finding will remain valid through March 31, 2015.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10164 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD877 Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice; affirmative finding 2-year renewal.

    SUMMARY:

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS, (Assistant Administrator) has issued an affirmative finding 2-year renewal for the Government of Ecuador under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This affirmative finding 2-year renewal will allow yellowfin tuna and yellowfin tuna products harvested in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) in compliance with the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP) by Ecuadorian-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Ecuadorian jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative finding 2-year renewal was based on review of documentary evidence submitted by the Government of Ecuador and obtained from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

    DATES:

    The affirmative finding 2-year renewal is effective for the 2-year period of April 1, 2013 (retroactive) through March 31, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Justin Greenman, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Phone: 562-980-3264 Email: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The MMPA, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq., allows for importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna harvested by purse seine vessels in the ETP under certain conditions. If requested by the harvesting nation, the Assistant Administrator will determine whether to make an affirmative finding based upon documentary evidence provided by the government of the harvesting nation, the IATTC, or the Department of State.

    The affirmative finding process requires that the harvesting nation is meeting its obligations under the IDCP and obligations of membership in the IATTC. Every 5 years, the government of the harvesting nation must request a new affirmative finding and submit the required documentary evidence directly to the Assistant Administrator. On an annual basis, NMFS reviews the affirmative finding and determines whether the harvesting nation continues to meet the requirements. A nation may provide information related to compliance with IDCP and IATTC measures directly to NMFS on an annual basis or may authorize the IATTC to release the information to NMFS to annually renew an affirmative finding determination without an application from the harvesting nation.

    An affirmative finding will be terminated, in consultation with the Secretary of State, if the Assistant Administrator determines that the requirements of 50 CFR 216.24(f) are no longer being met or that a nation is consistently failing to take enforcement actions on violations, thereby diminishing the effectiveness of the IDCP.

    As a part of the affirmative finding process set forth in 50 CFR 216.24(f), the Assistant Administrator considered documentary evidence submitted by the Government of Ecuador and obtained from the IATTC and has determined that Ecuador has met the MMPA's requirements to receive an affirmative finding 2-year renewal.

    After consultation with the Department of State, the Assistant Administrator issued an affirmative finding 2-year renewal to Ecuador, allowing the continued importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna and products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in the ETP by Ecuadorian-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Ecuadorian jurisdiction for the 2-year period of April 1, 2013 (retroactive) through March 31, 2015. Ecuador's 5-year affirmative finding will remain valid through March 31, 2015.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10151 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Air Force Addendum to the 26 June 2014 Record of Decision for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement F-35 Beddown at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida ACTION:

    Notice of Availability (NOA) of Addendum to 26 June 2014 Record of Decision (ROD).

    SUMMARY:

    On April 23, 2015, the United States Air Force signed an Addendum to the 26 June 2014 ROD for the Final F-35 Beddown Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The Addendum to the 26 June 2014 Record of Decision (AROD) documents the Air Force's decisions to: (1) Temporarily shift the primary runway to Runway 01/19 (RW 01/19) and allow a temporary increase in previously limited F-35 operations for construction-related closure of Runway 12/30 (RW 12/30), and (2) approve the Department of the Navy's (DoN's) request to add fifteen (15) Backup Aircraft Inventory (BAI) F-35C aircraft at Eglin AFB.

    The AROD augments the 26 June 2014 ROD by allowing a one-time, temporary increase in certain F-35 operations on Runway 01/19 (RW 01/19) due to required construction-related closure of Runway 12/30 (RW 12/30) for up to four months from approximately 1 May 2015 through 31 August 2015. During this up to four-month period of construction partially closing RW 12/30, but only after all mitigations measures have first been implemented and/or exhausted, limited additional F-35 operations up to the number and type of average daily operations analyzed in Alternative 1A (predominantly departures/take-offs on RW 01 and approaches/landings on RW 19) of the SEIS and published in Table E-16 at pages E-84 and E-85 in Appendix E, will be allowed on RW 01/19. The additional Navy F-35C BAI will not alter the number or type of F-35C operations analyzed in the SEIS and approved in the 26 June 2014 ROD.

    The Final SEIS was made available to the public on February 28, 2014 through a NOA in the Federal Register (Volume 79, Number 40, Page 11428) with a wait period that ended on March 31, 2014. The 26 June 2014 SEIS ROD was made available to the public, through a NOA in the Federal Register (Volume 79, Number 131, Page 38857), on July 9, 2014.

    Authority: This NOA is published pursuant to the relevant subsection of the regulations (40 CFR part 1506.6(b)2)) implementing the provisions of the NEPA of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.) and the relevant subsections of the Air Force's Environmental Impact Analysis Process (EIAP) (32 CFR parts 989.21(b) and 989.24(b)(7)).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Mike Spaits, 850-882-2836.

    Henry Williams, Acting Air Force Federal Register Liaison Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10089 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-10-P
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED-2015-ICCD-0055] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program Annual Performance Report AGENCY:

    Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.

    DATES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED-2015-ICCD-0055 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at [email protected] Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted; ED will ONLY accept comments during the comment period in this mailbox when the regulations.gov site is not available. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Mailstop L-OM-2-2E319, Room 2E103, Washington, DC 20202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Josephine Hamilton, 202-502-7583.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records.

    Title of Collection: Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program Annual Performance Report.

    OMB Control Number: 1840-0763.

    Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection.

    Respondents/Affected Public: Private Sector.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 89.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 801.

    Abstract: This is a revision of the Child Care Access Means Parent In School Program (CCAMPIS) Annual Performance Report (APR). This report provides the Department of Education with information needed to evaluate a grantee's performance and compliance with program requirements in accordance with the program authorizing statute. The data collected is aggregated to provide national information on project participants and the results demonstrated by program outcomes. The burden hours are increased due to additional queries that have been added to the APR that capture more specific data needed to enhance the understanding of results demonstrated by this program in accordance with OMB mandates.

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Kate Mullan, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10079 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) AGENCY:

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of open teleconference.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces a teleconference call of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463; 86 Stat.770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES:

    Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT). To receive the call-in number and passcode, please contact the Board's Designated Federal Officer at the address or phone number listed below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Monica Neukomm, Policy Advisor, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585. Phone number 202-287-5189, and email at: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Purpose of the Board: To make recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy regarding goals and objectives, programmatic and administrative policies, and to otherwise carry out the Board's responsibilities as designated in the State Energy Efficiency Programs Improvement Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-440).

    Tentative Agenda: Receive STEAB Task Force updates on action items and revised objectives for FY 2015, discuss follow-up opportunities and engagement with EERE and other DOE staff as needed to keep Task Force work moving forward, continue engagement with DOE, EERE and EPSA staff regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and initiatives, and receive updates on member activities within their states.

    Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. Written statements may be filed with the Board either before or after the meeting. Members of the public who wish to make oral statements pertaining to agenda items should contact Monica Neukomm at the address or telephone number listed above. Requests to make oral comments must be received five days prior to the meeting; reasonable provision will be made to include requested topic(s) on the agenda. The Chair of the Board is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business.

    Minutes: The minutes of the meeting will be available for public review and copying within 60 days on the STEAB Web site at: www.steab.org.

    Issued at Washington, DC, on April 24, 2015. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10086 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation.

    DATES:

    May 20, 2015 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 21, 2015 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 22, 2015 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ADDRESSES:

    Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW., Washington, DC 20001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; Email: [email protected] and Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products.

    Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include the following:

    • Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities

    • Update on DOE Biomass R&D Activities

    • Updated on the Biomass Research and Development Initiative

    • Overview of the Biomass Interagency Working Groups

    • Panel on International Bioenergy Activities

    Public Participation: In keeping with procedures, members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. To attend the meeting and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you must contact Elliott Levine at 202-586-1476; Email: [email protected] and Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: [email protected] at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Members of the public will be heard in the order in which they sign up at the beginning of the meeting. Reasonable provision will be made to include the scheduled oral statements on the agenda. The Co-chairs of the Committee will make every effort to hear the views of all interested parties. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. The Co-chairs will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business.

    Minutes: The minutes of the meeting will be available for public review and copying at http://biomassboard.gov/committee/meetings.html.

    Issued at Washington, DC, on April 24, 2015. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10084 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces a meeting of the Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463, 86 Stat.770) requires that notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES:

    Thursday, May 15, 2014, 10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (EDT)—Registration, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EDT)—Meeting.

    ADDRESSES:

    U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3G-043, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lou Capitanio, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Oil and Natural Gas, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. Phone: (202) 586-5098.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Purpose of the Committee: The purpose of the Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee is to provide advice on potential applications of methane hydrate to the Secretary of Energy, and assist in developing recommendations and priorities for the Department of Energy's Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program.

    Tentative Agenda: The agenda will include: Welcome and Introduction by the Designated Federal Officer; Discussion of Committee Comments on Draft Letter to the Secretary of Energy; Discussion of Committee Recommendations; and Public Comments, if any.

    Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. The Designated Federal Officer and the Chair of the Committee will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. If you would like to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you should contact Lou Capitanio at the phone number listed above and provide your name, organization, citizenship, and contact information. Anyone attending the meeting will be required to present government issued identification. Space is limited. You must make your request for an oral statement at least five business days prior to the meeting, and reasonable provisions will be made to include the presentation on the agenda. Public comment will follow the three-minute rule.

    Minutes: The minutes of this meeting will be available for public review and copying within 60 days at the following Web site: http://energy.gov/fe/services/advisory-committees/methane-hydrate-advisory-committee.

    Issued at Washington, DC, on April 24, 2015. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10085 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Commission To Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories AGENCY:

    Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces an open meeting of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (Commission). The Commission was created pursuant section 319 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, and in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. This notice is provided in accordance with the Act.

    DATES:

    Thursday, May 22, 2015—9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), Kavli Auditorium, Building 51 (Kavli Building), 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025-7015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Karen Gibson, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; telephone (202) 586-3787; email [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background: The Commission was established to provide advice to the Secretary on the Department's national laboratories. The Commission will review the DOE national laboratories for alignment with the Department's strategic priorities, clear and balanced missions, unique capabilities to meet current energy and national security challenges, appropriate size to meet the Department's energy and national security missions, and support of other Federal agencies. The Commission will also look for opportunities to more effectively and efficiently use the capabilities of the national laboratories and review the use of laboratory directed research and development (LDRD) to meet the Department's science, energy, and national security goals.

    Purpose of the Meeting: This meeting is the ninth meeting of the Commission.

    Tentative Agenda: The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. on May 22. The tentative meeting agenda include the impact of the National Laboratories on economic development and technology transfer, partnerships within the Bay Area, and the appropriate level of DOE oversight for its M&O contractor laboratories. Key presenters will address and discuss these topics with comments from the public. The meeting will conclude at 2:00 p.m. The agenda along with possible schedule adjustments will be posted when finalized and in advance of the meeting on the Lab Commission Web site (http://energy.gov/labcommission/commission-review-effectiveness-national-energy-laboratories).

    Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. Individuals who would like to attend must RSVP to Karen Gibson no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at email: [email protected]. Please provide your name, citizenship, organization, and contact information. Individuals and representatives of organizations who would like to offer comments and suggestions may do so at the end of the meeting. Approximately 30 minutes will be reserved for public comments. Time allotted per speaker will depend on the number who wish to speak but will not exceed 5 minutes. The Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Those wishing to speak should register to do so beginning at 9:00 a.m. on May 22.

    Those not able to attend the meeting or who have insufficient time to address the committee are invited to send a written statement to Karen Gibson, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington DC 20585, or to email: [email protected].

    Minutes: The minutes of the meeting will be available on the Commission Web site at: http://energy.gov/labcommission.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2015. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10083 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS-3316-PN] Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by the American Diabetes Association for Continued Deeming Authority for Diabetes Self-Management Training AGENCY:

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

    ACTION:

    Proposed notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This proposed notice announces the receipt of an application from the American Diabetes Association for continued recognition as a national accreditation program for accrediting entities that wish to furnish outpatient diabetes self-management training to Medicare beneficiaries.

    DATES:

    To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    In commenting, refer to file code CMS-3316-PN. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission.

    You may submit comments in one of four ways (please choose only one of the ways listed):

    1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the “Submit a comment” instructions.

    2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address ONLY:

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-3316-PN, P.O. Box 8010, Baltimore, MD 21244-8010.

    Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period.

    3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments to the following address ONLY:

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-3316-PN, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.

    4. By hand or courier. Alternatively, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written ONLY to the following addresses:

    a. For delivery in Washington, DC—Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 445-G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201.

    (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readily available to persons without Federal government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the CMS drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is available for persons wishing to retain a proof of filing by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the comments being filed.)

    b. For delivery in Baltimore, MD—Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.

    If you intend to deliver your comments to the Baltimore address, call telephone number (410) 786-9994 in advance to schedule your arrival with one of our staff members.

    Comments erroneously mailed to the addresses indicated as appropriate for hand or courier delivery may be delayed and received after the comment period.

    For information on viewing public comments, see the beginning of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kristin Shifflett, (410) 786-4133. Jacqueline Leach, (410) 786-4282. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following Web site as soon as possible after they have been received: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the search instructions on that Web site to view public comments.

    Comments received timely will also be available for public inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 weeks after publication of a document, at the headquarters of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244, Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment to view public comments, phone 1-800-743-3951.

    I. Background

    Under the Medicare program, eligible beneficiaries may receive outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) when ordered by the physician (or qualified non-physician practitioner) treating the beneficiary's diabetes, provided certain requirements are met. Pursuant to our regulations at 42 CFR 410.141(e)(3), we use national accrediting organizations to assess whether provider entities meet Medicare requirements when providing services for which Medicare payment is made. If a provider entity is accredited by an approved accrediting organization, it is “deemed” to meet applicable Medicare requirements.

    Under section 1865(a)(1)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act), a national accrediting organization must have an agreement in effect with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) and meet the standards and requirements specified by the Secretary in 42 CFR part 410, subpart H, to qualify for deeming authority. The regulations pertaining to application procedures for the national accreditation organizations for DSMT are specified at § 410.142 (CMS process for approving national accreditation organizations).

    A national accreditation organization applying for deeming authority must provide us with reasonable assurance that the accrediting organization requires accredited entities to meet requirements that are at least as stringent as our requirements.

    We may approve and recognize a nonprofit organization with demonstrated experience in representing the interests of individuals with diabetes to accredit entities to furnish training. The accreditation organization, after being approved and recognized by us, may accredit an entity to meet one of the sets of quality standards in § 410.144 (Quality standards for deemed entities).

    II. Approval of Deeming Organizations

    Section 1865(a)(2) of the Act further requires that we review the applying accreditation organization's requirements for accreditation, as follows:

    • Survey procedures;

    • Ability to provide adequate resources for conducting required surveys;

    • Ability to supply information for use in enforcement activities;

    • Monitoring procedures for providers found out of compliance with the conditions or requirements; and

    • Ability to provide us with necessary data for validation.

    We then examine the national accreditation organization's accreditation requirements to determine if they meet or exceed the Medicare conditions as we would have applied them. Section 1865(a)(3)(A) of the Act requires that we publish a notice identifying the national accreditation organization that is making the request for approval or renewal within 60 days of receipt of a completed application. The notice must describe the nature of the request and provide at least a 30-day public comment period. We have 210 days from receipt of the request to publish a finding of approval or denial of the application. If CMS recognizes an accreditation organization in this manner, any entity accredited by the national accreditation organization's program for that service will be “deemed” to meet the Medicare conditions for coverage.

    III. Evaluation of Deeming Authority Request

    The purpose of this notice is to notify the public of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) request for the Secretary's approval of its accreditation program for outpatient DSMT services. The ADA submitted all the necessary materials to enable us to make a determination concerning its request for re-approval as a deeming organization for DSMTs. ADA was initially accredited on October 27, 2009 for a period of 6 years. This application was determined to be complete on March 13, 2015. This notice also solicits public comments on the ability of the ADA to continue to develop standards that meet or exceed the Medicare conditions for coverage, and apply them to entities furnishing outpatient services.

    The regulations specifying the Medicare conditions for coverage for outpatient diabetes self-management training services are located in 42 CFR parts 410, subpart H. These conditions implement section 1861(qq) of the Act, which provides for Medicare Part B coverage of outpatient DSMT services specified by the Secretary.

    Under section 1865(a)(2) of the Act and our regulations at § 410.142 (CMS process for approving accreditation organizations) and § 410.143 (Requirements for approved accreditation organizations), we review and evaluate a national accreditation organization based on (but not necessarily limited to) the criteria set forth in § 410.142(b).

    We may conduct on-site inspections of a national accreditation organization's operations and office to verify information in the organization's application and assess the organization's compliance with its own policies and procedures. The on-site inspection may include, but is not limited to, reviewing documents, auditing documentation of meetings concerning the accreditation process, evaluating accreditation results or the accreditation status decision making process, and interviewing the organization's staff.

    IV. Collection of Information Requirements

    This document does not impose information collection requirements, that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

    V. Response to Comments

    Because of the large number of public comments we normally receive on Federal Register documents, we are not able to acknowledge or respond to them individually. We will consider all comments we receive by the date and time specified in the “DATES” section of this preamble, and, when we proceed with a subsequent document, we will respond to the comments in the preamble to that document. Upon completion of our evaluation, including evaluation of comments received as a result of this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing the result of our evaluation.

    Dated: April 21, 2015. Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. 2015-10171 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS-10336] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

    DATES:

    Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    When commenting on the proposed information collections, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be received by the OMB desk officer via one of the following transmissions: OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-5806 OR, Email: [email protected].

    To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following:

    1. Access CMS' Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PaperworkReductionActof1995.

    2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to [email protected]

    3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term “collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires federal agencies to publish a 30-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice that summarizes the following proposed collection(s) of information for public comment:

    1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of the currently approved collection; Reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Electronic Health Record Incentive Program; Use: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) (Pub. L. 111-5) was enacted on February 17, 2009. The Recovery Act includes many measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, and improve affordable health care. Expanded use of health information technology (HIT) and certified electronic health record (EHR) technology will improve the quality and value of America's health care. Title IV of Division B of the Recovery Act amends Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act (the Act) by establishing incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs), and Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs that adopt and successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. These Recovery Act provisions, together with Title XIII of Division A of the Recovery Act, may be cited as the “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act” or the “HITECH Act.”

    The HITECH Act creates incentive programs for EPs and eligible hospitals, including CAHs, in the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS), MA, and Medicaid programs that successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. In their first payment year, Medicaid EPs and eligible hospitals may adopt, implement or upgrade to certified EHR technology. It also, provides for payment adjustments in the Medicare FFS and MA programs starting in FY 2015 for EPs and eligible hospitals participating in Medicare that are not meaningful users of certified EHR technology. These payment adjustments do not pertain to Medicaid providers.

    The first final rule for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, which was published in the Federal Register on July 28, 2010 (CMS-0033-F), specified the initial criteria EPs, eligible hospitals and CAHs, and MA organizations must meet in order to qualify for incentive payments; calculation of incentive payment amounts; payment adjustments under Medicare for covered professional services and inpatient hospital services provided by EPs, eligible hospitals and CAHs failing to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology beginning in 2015; and other program participation requirements. On the same date, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) issued a closely related final rule (45 CFR part 170, RIN 0991-AB58) that specified the initial set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for certified EHR technology. ONC has also issued a separate final rule on the establishment of certification programs for health information technology (HIT) (45 CFR part 170, RIN 0991-AB59). The functionality of certified EHR technology should facilitate the implementation of meaningful use. Subsequently, final rules have been issued by CMS (77 FR 53968) and ONC (77 FR 72985) to create a Stage 2 of meaningful use criteria and other changes to the CMS EHR Incentive Programs and the 2014 Edition Certification Criteria for EHR technology.

    The information collection requirements contained in this information collection request are needed to implement the HITECH Act. In order to avoid duplicate payments, all EPs are enumerated through their National Provider Identifier (NPI), while all eligible hospitals and CAHs are enumerated through their CMS Certification Number (CCN). State Medicaid agencies and CMS use the provider's tax identification number and NPI or CCN combination in order to make payment, validate payment eligibility and detect and prevent duplicate payments for EPs, eligible hospitals and CAHs. Form Number: CMS-10336 (OMB control number: 0938-1158); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Private sector; Number of Respondents: 214,694; Total Annual Responses: 214,694; Total Annual Hours: 2,034,740. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Elisabeth Myers at 410-786-4751.)

    Dated: April 28, 2015. William N. Parham, III, Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10197 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2015-N-0001] Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee.

    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on June 9, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, Grand Ballroom, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. The hotel telephone number is 301-977-8900.

    Contact Person: Philip Bautista, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, Rm. 2417, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-9001, Fax: 301-847-8533, [email protected], or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: The committee will discuss the safety and efficacy of biologics license application 125559, proposed trade name PRALUENT (established name: Alirocumab) for injection, submitted by Sanofi Aventis, U.S., as an adjunct to diet, for long-term treatment of adult patients with primary hypercholesterolemia (non-familial and heterozygous familial) or mixed dyslipidemia including patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, to reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, total cholesterol, non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, apolipoprotein B, tryglyceride, and lipoprotein A, and to increase high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and apolipoprotein A-1 either in combination with a statin or as monotherapy including in patients who cannot tolerate statins.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before May 26, 2015. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before May 15, 2015. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by May 18, 2015.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Philip Bautista at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Peter Lurie, Associate Commissioner for Public Health Strategy and Analysis.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10023 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2011-D-0602] Guidance for Industry on Quality Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity of a Therapeutic Protein Product to a Reference Product; Availability AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Quality Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity of a Therapeutic Protein Product to a Reference Product.” This guidance is intended to provide sponsors with an overview of analytical factors that are relevant to assessing whether a proposed product and the reference product are highly similar for the purpose of submitting a marketing application through an abbreviated licensure pathway. This guidance finalizes the draft guidance issued in February 2012.

    DATES:

    Submit either electronic or written comments on Agency guidances at any time.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit written requests for single copies of this guidance to the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 2201, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002 or the Office of Communication, Outreach and Development (HFM-40), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 3128, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

    Submit electronic comments on the guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Sandra Benton, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 6340, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-1042, or Stephen Ripley, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 7301, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240-402-7911.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    FDA is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Quality Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity of a Therapeutic Protein Product to a Reference Product.” This guidance is intended to provide sponsors with an overview of analytical factors that are relevant to assessing whether a proposed product and the reference product are highly similar for the purpose of submitting a marketing application through the abbreviated licensure pathway under section 351(k) of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) (42 U.S.C. 262(k)). Although the 351(k) pathway applies generally to biological products, this guidance focuses on therapeutic protein products.

    The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 was enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148) on March 23, 2010, created an abbreviated licensure pathway under section 351(k) of the PHS Act for biological products demonstrated to be biosimilar to or interchangeable with a reference product. Under this abbreviated licensure pathway, FDA will license a proposed biological product submitted under section 351(k) of the PHS Act if FDA “determines that the information submitted in the application . . . is sufficient to show that the biological product . . . is biosimilar to the reference product . . .” and the 351(k) applicant (or other appropriate person) consents to an inspection of the facility that is the subject of the application (i.e., a facility in which the proposed biological product is manufactured, processed, packed, or held).1

    1 Section 7002(a)(2) of the Affordable Care Act, adding section 351(k)(3) of the PHS Act (citing section 351(a)(2)(C) of the PHS Act).

    All product applications should contain a complete and thorough chemistry, manufacturing, and controls section that provides the necessary and appropriate information, including, but not limited to, characterization, adventitious agent safety, process controls, and specifications, for the product to be adequately reviewed.2 This guidance describes important factors for consideration when assessing whether a proposed product and the reference product are highly similar, including:

    2 For CMC requirements for submission of a marketing application, applicants should consult current regulations, the guidance for industry for the “Submission of Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls Information for a Therapeutic Recombinant DNA-Derived Product or a Monoclonal Antibody Product for In-Vivo Use,” and other applicable FDA guidance documents.

    • Expression System

    • Manufacturing Process

    • Assessment of Physiochemical Properties

    • Functional Activities

    • Receptor Binding and Immunochemical Properties

    • Impurities

    • Reference Product and Reference Standards

    • Finished Drug Product

    • Stability

    In the Federal Register of February 15, 2012 (77 FR 8884), FDA announced the availability of the draft guidance entitled “Quality Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity to a Reference Protein Product” dated February 2012. FDA received a number of comments on the draft guidance. In response to these comments, this guidance provides further clarification on general principles on topics including, but not limited to, the use of comparative analytical data to provide the foundation for a biosimilar development program, the timing of submission of analytical similarity data, the appropriate number of lots needed, and the type of bridging data needed when sponsors use a non-U.S.-licensed comparator product in certain studies. The guidance provides additional clarification on the factors for consideration in assessing whether a proposed product is highly similar to the reference product. This guidance finalizes the draft guidance issued in February 2012.

    This guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents the Agency's current thinking on quality considerations in demonstrating biosimilarity of a therapeutic protein product to a reference product. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternative approach may be used if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

    II. Comments

    Interested persons may submit either electronic comments regarding this document to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

    III. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This guidance refers to previously approved collections of information found in FDA regulations, which are not expected to change as a result of the guidance. These collections of information are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information related to the submission of: (1) An investigational new drug application, which is covered under 21 CFR part 312 and approved under OMB control number 0910-0014; (2) a new drug application, which is covered under 21 CFR 314.50 and approved under OMB control number 0910-0001; (3) a biologics license application (BLA) under section 351(a) of the PHS Act, which is covered under part 601 (21 CFR part 601) and approved under OMB control number 0910-0338; and (4) a BLA under section 351(k), which is covered under part 601 and approved under OMB control number 0910-0719.

    IV. Electronic Access

    Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at either http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/default.htm, http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/default.htm, or http://www.regulations.gov.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Peter Lurie, Associate Commissioner for Public Health Strategy and Analysis.
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    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2011-D-0605] Scientific Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity to a Reference Product; Guidance for Industry; Availability AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Scientific Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity to a Reference Product.” This guidance is intended to assist sponsors in demonstrating that a proposed therapeutic protein product is biosimilar to a reference product for the purpose of submitting a marketing application through an abbreviated licensure pathway. This guidance gives an overview of FDA's approach to determining biosimilarity.

    DATES:

    Submit either electronic or written comments on Agency guidances at any time.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit written requests for single copies of the guidance to the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10001 New Hampshire Ave., Hillandale Building, 4th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, or Office of Communication, Outreach, and Development, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 3128, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

    Submit electronic comments on the guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Sandra Benton, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 6340, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-1042, or Stephen Ripley, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 7301, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240-402-7911.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    FDA is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Scientific Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity to a Reference Product.” This guidance is intended to assist sponsors in demonstrating that a proposed therapeutic protein product is “biosimilar” 1 to a reference product for the purpose of submitting a marketing application through the abbreviated licensure pathway under section 351(k) of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) (42 U.S.C. 262(k)).

    1 In section 7002(b)(3) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), Pub. L. 111-148, “biosimilar” or “biosimilarity” means “that the biological product is highly similar to the reference product notwithstanding minor differences in clinically inactive components,” and that “there are no clinically meaningful differences between the biological product and the reference product in terms of the safety, purity, and potency of the product.”

    The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act), enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148) on March 23, 2010, created an abbreviated licensure pathway under section 351(k) of the PHS Act for biological products demonstrated to be biosimilar to, or interchangeable with, a reference product. Under this abbreviated licensure pathway, FDA will license a proposed biological product submitted under section 351(k) of the PHS Act if FDA “determines that the information submitted in the application . . . is sufficient to show that the biological product is biosimilar to the reference product. . . .” and the 351(k) applicant (or other appropriate person) consents to an inspection of the facility that is the subject of the application (i.e., a facility in which the proposed biological product is manufactured, processed, packed, or held).2 The guidance gives an overview of FDA's approach to determining biosimilarity. FDA intends to consider the totality of the evidence submitted in a 351(k) application and is recommending that sponsors use a stepwise approach in their development of biosimilar products. The guidance discusses important scientific considerations in demonstrating biosimilarity, including:

    2 Section 7002(a)(2) of the Affordable Care Act, adding section 351(k)(3) of the PHS Act (citing section 351(a)(2)(C) of the PHS Act).

    • A stepwise approach to demonstrating biosimilarity, which can include a comparison of the proposed product and the reference product with respect to structure, function, animal toxicity, human pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD), clinical immunogenicity, and clinical safety and effectiveness;

    • The totality-of-the-evidence approach that FDA will use to review applications for biosimilar products, consistent with a longstanding Agency approach to evaluation of scientific evidence; and

    • General scientific principles in conducting comparative structural analyses, functional assays, animal testing, human PK and PD studies, clinical immunogenicity assessment, and comparative clinical trials (including clinical study design issues).

    In the Federal Register of February 15, 2012 (77 FR 8883), FDA announced the availability of the draft guidance of the same title dated February 2012. FDA received a number of comments on the draft guidance. In response to these comments, FDA provides further clarification of the scientific considerations applicable to the conduct of comparative structural analysis, functional assays, animal studies, and clinical testing. The final guidance also provides additional information on clinical trial design and selection of study endpoint and population. It also explains FDA's current thinking on when a comparative clinical trial may not be needed. In addition, editorial changes were made to improve clarity. The guidance announced in this notice finalizes and replaces the draft guidance dated February 2012.

    This guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents the Agency's current thinking on scientific considerations in demonstrating biosimilarity to a reference product. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternative approach may be used if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

    II. Comments

    Interested persons may submit either electronic comments regarding this document to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

    III. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This guidance describes information collection provisions that are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). This guidance references information collections that are already approved by OMB and are not expected to change as a result of the guidance. This includes information collections related to the submission of: (1) An investigational new drug application, which is covered under 21 CFR part 312 and approved under OMB Control No. 0910-0014; (2) a new drug application, which is covered under 21 CFR 314.50 and approved under OMB control number 0910-0001; (3) a biologics license application under section 351(a) of the PHS Act, which is covered under 21 CFR part 601 and approved under OMB control number 0910-0338; and (4) a biologics license application under section 351(k) of the PHS Act, which is covered under 21 CFR part 601 and approved under OMB control number 0910-0719.

    IV. Electronic Access

    Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at either http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/default.htm, http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/default.htm, or http://www.regulations.gov.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Peter Lurie, Associate Commissioner for Public Health Strategy and Analysis.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10062 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2011-D-0611] Biosimilars: Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009; Guidance for Industry; Availability AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Biosimilars: Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009.” This guidance is intended to provide answers to common questions from sponsors interested in developing proposed biosimilar products, biologics license application (BLA) holders, and other interested parties regarding FDA's interpretation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act). This guidance finalizes several questions and answers (Q&As) from the draft guidance entitled “Biosimilars: Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009” issued February 15, 2012.

    DATES:

    Submit either electronic or written comments on Agency guidances at any time.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit written requests for single copies of this guidance to the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10001 New Hampshire Ave., Hillandale Building, 4th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20993; or Office of Communication, Outreach and Development (HFM-40), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

    Submit electronic comments on the guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Sandra Benton, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 6340, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-1042; or Stephen Ripley, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 7301, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240-402-7911.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    FDA is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Biosimilars: Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009.” This guidance provides answers to common questions from sponsors interested in developing proposed biosimilar products, BLA holders, and other interested parties regarding FDA's interpretation of the BPCI Act.

    The BPCI Act, enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148) on March 23, 2010, created an abbreviated licensure pathway under section 351(k) of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) (42 U.S.C. 262(k)) for biological products demonstrated to be biosimilar to, or interchangeable with, an FDA-licensed reference product. This guidance describes FDA's current interpretation of certain statutory requirements added by the BPCI Act and includes Q&As in the following categories:

    • Biosimilarity or Interchangeability

    • Provisions Related to Requirement to Submit a BLA for a “Biological Product”

    • Exclusivity

    The Q&A format is intended to promote transparency and facilitate development programs for proposed biosimilar products by addressing questions that may arise in the early stages of development. In addition, these Q&As respond to questions the Agency has received from prospective BLA and new drug application (NDA) applicants regarding the appropriate statutory authority under which certain products will be regulated.

    In the Federal Register of February 15, 2012 (77 FR 8885), FDA published a notice announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled “Biosimilars: Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009.” Although interested parties can comment on any guidance at any time, to ensure that the Agency considered comments on the draft guidance before beginning work on the final version of the guidance, FDA requested that interested parties submit comments by April 16, 2012. FDA's consideration of these comments, among other things, is reflected in a revised draft guidance and this final guidance. This guidance describes the status of the draft guidance Q&As provided in Revision 1 of the draft guidance entitled “Biosimilars: Additional Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009,” and the status of the final guidance Q&As that are included in this guidance. FDA intends to update these guidances to include additional Q&As as appropriate.

    This guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents the Agency's current thinking on “Biosimilars: Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009.” It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternative approach may be used if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

    II. Comments

    Interested persons may submit either electronic comments regarding this document to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

    III. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This guidance refers to information collection provisions that are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The submission of an investigational new drug application is covered under 21 CFR part 312 and approved under OMB control number 0910-0014. The submission of an NDA is covered under 21 CFR 314.50 and approved under OMB control number 0910-0001. The submission of a BLA under section 351(a) of the PHS Act is covered under part 601 (21 CFR part 601) and approved under OMB control number 0910-0338. The submission of a BLA under section 351(k) of the PHS Act is covered under part 601 and approved under OMB control number 0910-0719. In the Federal Register of April 1, 2013 (78 FR 19492), FDA published a notice announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Formal Meetings Between the FDA and Biosimilar Biological Product Sponsors or Applicants.” The notice contained an analysis of the information collection burden resulting from the draft guidance, and will be submitted to OMB for approval before issuance of the final guidance.

    IV. Electronic Access

    Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/default.htm, http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/default.htm, or http://www.regulations.gov.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Peter Lurie, Associate Commissioner for Public Health Strategy and Analysis.
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    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2015-N-1305] Multicriteria-Based Ranking Model for Risk Management of Animal Drug Residues in Milk and Milk Products; Availability AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or “we”) is announcing the availability of a risk assessment entitled “Multicriteria-Based Ranking Model for Risk Management of Animal Drug Residues in Milk and Milk Products.” The risk assessment is a tool to assist with reevaluating which animal drug residues should be included in milk testing programs. We undertook this project in response to a request from the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS).

    DATES:

    Submit either electronic or written comments on the risk assessment by July 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments on the risk assessment to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jane Van Doren, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-005), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 240-402-2927.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    The NCIMS is a voluntary coalition that includes representatives from Federal and State governments, the dairy industry, academia, and consumer groups. FDA collaborates with the NCIMS under a memorandum of understanding between the two entities. The NCIMS requested that we conduct an assessment of animal drug residues in the milk supply to inform potential changes to milk testing program requirements. In response, we developed a multicriteria-based ranking model of selected animal drugs used in dairy cows. The risk assessment provides a science-based, analytical approach to collate and incorporate relevant available data and information (Ref. 1). It provides a decision-support tool to assist with reevaluating which animal drug residues should be included in milk testing programs. The risk assessment also may be used to identify and prioritize research needs. The risk assessment model approach has undergone an independent external peer review. FDA's response to the peer review is available electronically on the FDA Web site (Ref. 2).

    The muticriteria-based ranking model is based on four overarching criteria that collectively contribute to a drug's score and rank within the group of drugs evaluated: (1) The likelihood that the drug will be administered to lactating dairy cows; (2) the likelihood that, following administration, drug residues would be present in milk (bulk tank or bulk milk pickup tanker); (3) the relative extent to which consumers could be exposed to the drug residue via consumption of milk and milk products; and (4) the potential for a human health hazard given exposure to the drug residue. The risk assessment describes the ranking model structure, the scientific data and assumptions used to inform scoring in the model, and the ranking results. The risk assessment also identifies data gaps and research needs.

    FDA invites comments that can help improve:

    • The ranking model approach, including the specific criteria, scoring, and weighting scheme;

    • the scientific data and assumptions used to inform scoring used in the model;

    • the selection of animal drugs evaluated; and

    • the clarity and the transparency of the risk assessment.

    II. Comments

    Interested persons may submit either electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) regarding the risk assessment. It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

    III. Electronic Access

    Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the risk assessment at either http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/RiskSafetyAssessment/ucm443549.htm or http://www.regulations.gov.

    IV. References

    The following references have been placed on display in the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) and may be seen by interested persons between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and are available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. (We have verified the Web site addresses in this reference section, but we are not responsible for any subsequent changes to the Web sites after this document publishes in the Federal Register.)

    1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2015). “Multicriteria-Based Ranking Model for Risk Management of Animal Drug Residues in Milk and Milk Products.” Accessible at http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/RiskSafetyAssessment/ucm443549.htm.

    2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2015). “Multicriteria-Based Ranking Model for Risk Management of Animal Drug Residues in Milk and Milk Products: Peer Review Report.” Accessible at http://www.fda.gov/ScienceResearch/SpecialTopics/PeerReviewofScientificInformationandAssessments/default.htm.

    Dated: April 20, 2015. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
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    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2015-N-0001] Risk Communications Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Risk Communications Advisory Committee.

    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on June 8, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 9, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Location: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503) Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Answers to commonly asked questions including information regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, and transportation may be accessed at: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm408555.htm.

    Contact Person: Luis G. Bravo, Office of Planning, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 3367, 240-402-5274, FAX: 301-847-3540, [email protected], or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees.htm and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    If you are unable to join us in person, we encourage you to watch the free Webcast. Visit the Risk Communication Advisory Committee Web site athttp://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/RiskCommunicationAdvisoryCommittee.htm. The link will become active shortly before the open session begins at 9 a.m.

    Agenda: On June 8 and 9, 2015, the Committee will discuss approaches to communicating information about fetal effects in product labeling for methadone or buprenorphine maintenance therapy for opioid addiction, and about the maternal benefits and risks of treatment, to best enable patients and health care providers to make informed decisions about the use of these drugs during pregnancy.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/RiskCommunicationAdvisoryCommittee.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before June 1, 2015. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on June 8, 2015. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before May 22, 2015. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by May 26, 2015. Interested persons can also log on to http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/RiskCommunicationAdvisoryCommittee.htm to see and hear the proceedings.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Luis G. Bravo at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Peter Lurie, Associate Commissioner for Public Health Strategy and Analysis.
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    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2015-N-0001] Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

    Name of Committee: Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee.

    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on June 10, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, Grand Ballroom, 620 Perry Pkwy., Gaithersburg, MD 20877. The hotel phone number is 301-977-8900.

    Contact Person: Philip Bautista, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, Rm. 2417, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-9001, FAX: 301-847-8533, [email protected], or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the Agency's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

    Agenda: The committee will discuss the safety and efficacy of biologics license application (BLA) 125522, proposed trade name REPATHA (established name: Evolocumab) for injection, submitted by Amgen Inc., as adjunct to diet to reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), total cholesterol (TC), apolipoprotein B (ApoB), non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C), TC/HDL-C, ApoB/ApoA1, very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglyceride, and lipoprotein A, and to increase HDL-C and ApoA1, in adults with hyperlipidemia or mixed dyslipidemia, either in combination with a statin or statin with other lipid-lowering therapies (e.g., ezetimibe), or alone, or in combination with other lipid-lowering therapies in patients who are statin-intolerant, or alone or in combination with other lipid-lowering therapies in patients for whom a statin is not considered clinically appropriate. In addition, the committee will discuss the safety and efficacy of evolocumab to reduce LDL-C, TC, ApoB, and non-HDL-C, in combination with other lipid-lowering therapies (e.g. statins, LDL apheresis) in patients at least 12 years of age with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.

    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting link.

    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before May 27, 2015. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Those individuals interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before May 18, 2015. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by May 19, 2015.

    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Philip Bautista at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Peter Lurie, Associate Commissioner for Public Health Strategy and Analysis.
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    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing AGENCY:

    National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The inventions listed below are owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and are available for licensing in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR part 404 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally-funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Licensing information and copies of the U.S. patent applications listed below may be obtained by writing to the indicated licensing contact at the Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 325, Rockville, Maryland 20852-3804; telephone: 301-496-7057; fax: 301-402-0220. A signed Confidential Disclosure Agreement will be required to receive copies of the patent applications.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Technology descriptions follow.

    A Novel T Cell Therapy Against Patient-Specific Cancer Mutations

    Description of Technology: This invention is a novel T cell therapy against cancer mutations that are patient specific. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have developed a method to identify T cells that specifically recognize immunogenic mutations expressed only by cancer cells. Human cancers contain genetic mutations that are unique to each patient. Some of the mutated peptides are immunogenic, can be recognized by T cells, and therefore, may serve as therapeutic targets. The inventors identified cancer-specific mutations from a patient with widely metastatic cholangiocarcinoma by sequencing tumor samples and comparing with normal cells. Using tandem minigene constructs encoding all of the mutations expressed by a patient's tumor, the inventors identified T cells that recognized the immunogenic mutations from the same patient. These mutation-reactive T cells have the potential to eliminate the cancer cells while sparing normal tissues since normal tissues do not express the mutations. The inventors expanded these mutation-reactive T cells in vitro, and infused a highly pure population of these T cells back into the same patient. The patient experienced tumor regression when she was treated with this approach.

    Potential Commercial Applications

    • Personalized immunotherapy with mutation-reactive T cells for mediating tumor regression in patients with immunogenic mutations.

    • Mutation-reactive T cell therapy especially beneficial for cancer patients refractory to other therapies.

    • A research tool to identify patient-specific immunogenic mutations in the tumor.

    Competitive Advantages

    • This patient-specific therapy has the potential application to most epithelial cancers, which account for about 90% of cancer deaths in the United States.

    • Personalized mutation-specific T cells recognize mutations harboring tumor cells only and spare normal tissues. This therapy has no tissue toxicities comparing to traditional chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

    • The infusion of a highly pure population of these mutation-specific T cells may maximize therapy and result in regression of all target lesions.

    Development Stage

    • Early-stage

    In vitro data available

    In vivo data available (human)

    Ex vivo data available

    Inventors: Eric Tran, Yong-Chen W. Lu, Paul F. Robbins, Steven A. Rosenberg (all of NCI).

    Publications

    1. Tran E, et al. Cancer immunotherapy based on mutation-specific CD4+ T cells in a patient with epithelial cancer. Science. 2014 May 9; 344(6184):641-5. [PMID 24812403]

    2. Robbins P, et al. Mining exomic sequencing data to identify mutated antigens recognized by adoptively transferred tumor-reactive T cells. Nat Med. 2013 Jun;19(6):747-52. [PMID 23644516]

    3. Tran E, et al. T-cell therapy against cancer mutations. Oncotarget. 2014 Jul 15;5(13):4579-80. [PMID 25046408]

    Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E-229-2014/0—PCT Application No. PCT/US2014/058805 filed October 2, 2014.

    Related Technology: HHS Reference No. E-233-2014/0—PCT Application No. PCT/US2014/058796 filed October 2, 2014.

    Licensing Contact: Whitney A. Hastings, Ph.D.; 301-451-7337; [email protected]

    Collaborative Research Opportunity: The National Cancer Institute, Surgery Branch, is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize T-cell therapy against cancer mutations. For collaboration opportunities, please contact Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D. at [email protected]

    A Novel, Personalized T Cell Therapy: T-Cell Receptor Engineered T Cells Targeting Tumor Specific Mutations

    Description of Technology: This invention is a novel T cell therapy against cancer mutations that are patient specific. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have developed a method to identify and generate T-cell receptor (TCR) engineered T cells for personalized cancer therapy. The TCR is a complex of integral membrane proteins that recognizes antigens and activates T cells. Human cancers contain genetic mutations that are unique in each patient. The inventors found cancer-specific mutations by sequencing tumors and comparing with normal cells. Using tandem minigene constructs encoding all of the patient's tumor mutations, they first identified T cells that were reactive with the unique mutated antigens expressed only in the patient's tumors. Next, they isolated the mutation-reactive TCRs and engineered peripheral blood T cells from the same patient to express these mutation-reactive TCRs. These personalized TCR engineered T cells can be expanded and infused back into the same patient with the potential to induce tumor regression.

    Potential Commercial Applications

    • Personalized immunotherapy to treat primary and recurrent epithelial cancer.

    • A research tool to identify patient-specific immunogenic mutations in tumors.

    • A research tool to identify and isolate mutation-specific T cell receptors.

    Competitive Advantages

    • This patient-specific therapy has the potential application to most epithelial cancers, which account for about 90% of cancer deaths in the United States.

    • Personalized TCR engineered T cells target tumor cells and spare normal tissues. This therapy has no tissue toxicities comparing to traditional chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

    • The infusion of a highly pure population of these T cells expressing mutation-specific TCRs may maximize therapy and result in regression of all target lesions.

    Development Stage

    • Early-stage

    In vitro data available

    Ex vivo data available

    Inventors: Eric Tran, Yong-Chen W. Lu, Paul F. Robbins, Steven A. Rosenberg (all of NCI).

    Publications

    1. Tran E, et al. Cancer immunotherapy based on mutation-specific CD4+ T cells in a patient with epithelial cancer. Science. 2014 May 9;344 (6184):641-5. [PMID 24812403].

    2. Robbins P, et al. Mining exomic sequencing data to identify mutated antigens recognized by adoptively transferred tumor-reactive T cells. Nat Med. 2013 Jun;19(6):747-52. [PMID 23644516].

    3. Tran E, et al. T-cell therapy against cancer mutations. Oncotarget. 2014 Jul 15;5(13):4579-80. [PMID 25046408].

    4. Gros A, et al. PD-1 identifies the patient-specific CD8+ tumor-reactive repertoire infiltrating human tumors. J Clin Invest. 2014 May 1;124(5):2246-59. [PMID 24667641].

    Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E-233-2014/0—PCT Application No. PCT/US2014/058796 filed October 2, 2014.

    Related Technology: HHS Reference No. E-229-2014/0—PCT Application No. PCT/US2014/058805 filed October 2, 2014.

    Licensing Contact: Whitney A. Hastings, Ph.D.; 301-451-7337; [email protected]

    Collaborative Research Opportunity: The National Cancer Institute, Surgery Branch, is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize TCRs reactive with tumor associated antigens. For collaboration opportunities, please contact Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D. at [email protected]

    Recombinant Paramyxoviruses Expressing Optimized Heterologous Antigens

    Description of Technology: The invention pertains to recombinant paramyxoviruses that express one or more heterologous antigens, such as the human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) F protein, that have been optimized for increased expression and immunogenicity. The recombinant constructs induce a bivalent immune response to the paramyxovirus vectors and the heterologous antigen. Potential vectors include parainfluenza virus (PIV) serotype 1 and 3, Sendai virus, Newcastle disease virus, PIV2, and PIV5. An exemplary modified heterologous antigen includes the ectodomain of RSV F protein linked to the transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains of the F protein from the PIV vector, which results in efficient incorporation into the vector particle. The RSV F ectodomain can be engineered to be stabilized in an optimal conformation, such as the highly immunogenic prefusion conformation. Additionally, the exemplary heterologous RSV F ectodomain can include one or more amino acid substitutions to modify ectodomain expression, conformation, phenotype, or stability.

    Potential Commercial Applications

    • RSV vaccine

    • Paramyxovirus vaccines

    • Prophylactic vaccines

    Competitive Advantages

    • Multi-valence

    • Immunogenicity

    Development Stage

    • Early-stage

    In vitro data available

    Inventors: Peter Collins, Bo Liang Shirin Munir, Anne Schaap-Nutt, Ursula Buchholz, Natalie Mackow, Peter Kwong, Barney Graham, Jason McLellan (all of NIAID).

    Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E-241-2014/0—US Provisional Patent Application 62/105,667 filed January 20, 2015.

    Related Technologies: HHS Reference No. E-081-2013/0-/5—US Patent Application 14/207,372 filed March 12, 2014; International Patent Application PCT/US2014/026714 filed March 13, 2014. Priority documents as follows:

    (1) US Provisional Application 61/780,910 filed March 13, 2013;

    (2) US Provisional Application 61/798,389 filed March 15, 2013;

    (3) US Provisional Application 61/857,613 filed July 23, 2013; and

    (4) US Provisional Application 61/863,909 filed August 9, 2013.

    Licensing Contact: Peter A. Soukas; 301-435-4646; [email protected]

    Collaborative Research Opportunity: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize this technology. For collaboration opportunities, please contact Jenish Patel at [email protected]

    Adaptor for Suspending a Cryovial Over a Centrifuge Tube

    Description of Technology: The invention pertains to a device and system for expediting the thawing of frozen specimens (e.g., cryopreserved cells) contained in cryo-vials. An adaptor support suspends cryo-vials over a centrifuge tube containing culture medium in an inverted position. The adaptor has an elongated tubular body. While relatively basic, the adaptor dramatically expedites the process of recovering viable cells from frozen specimens. It reduces the labor time for thawing from several minutes to a few seconds. There is virtually no labor involved and enables a single person to load hundreds of samples within minutes. The cells, once thawed, spend essentially no time in liquid cryopreservative, since they are diluted instantly into growth medium contained in the centrifuge tubes. This process ensures the highest viability as well as recovery from each specimen while dramatically increasing throughput. Importantly, the elimination of multiple labor-intensive steps minimizes variation in viability and yield.

    Potential Commercial Applications

    • Sample preparation

    • Cell culturing

    Competitive Advantages

    • High throughput

    • Low labor

    • Speed

    • Reduced variability

    Development Stage: Prototype.

    Inventors: Mario Roederer, Margaret Beddall, Pratip Chattopadhyay (all of NIAID).

    Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E-080-2015/0—US Patent Application No. 14/661,449 filed March 18, 2015.

    Licensing Contact: Vince Contreras, Ph.D.; 301-435-4711; [email protected]

    Collaborative Research Opportunity: The National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize this technology. For collaboration opportunities, please contact Barry Buchbinder at [email protected] or 240-627-3678.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Richard U. Rodriguez, Acting Director, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10013 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering; Notice of Closed Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting.

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    Name of Committee: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Special Emphasis Panel, NIBIB 2015-10 U01 Quantum Review.

    Date: June 23, 2015.

    Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Two Democracy Plaza, Suite 920, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892. (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Ruixia Zhou, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 957, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496-4773, [email protected]

    Dated: April 24, 2015. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10006 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse; Notice of Closed Meetings

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    Name of Committee: National Institute on Drug Abuse Special Emphasis Panel, Novel Treatment for Drug-Induced Respiratory Depression (2239).

    Date: May 12, 2015.

    Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate contract proposals.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Lyle Furr, Scientific Review Officer, Office of Extramural Affairs, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, DHHS, Room 4227, MSC 9550, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-9550, (301) 435-1439, lf33c.nih.gov.

    This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle.

    Name of Committee: National Institute on Drug Abuse Special Emphasis Panel, NIDA Blending Initiative (2244).

    Date: June 4, 2015.

    Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate contract proposals.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Lyle Furr, Scientific Review Officer, Office of Extramural Affairs, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, DHHS, Room 4227, MSC 9550, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-9550, (301) 435-1439, lf33c.nih.gov.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos.: 93.279, Drug Abuse and Addiction Research Programs, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: April 24, 2015. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10003 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. A portion of this meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended for the review and discussion of grant applications. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the contact person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council.

    Date: June 4, 2015.

    Open: June 4, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

    Agenda: Report of the Director, NICHD; Report of the Acting Director, Division of Extramural Research, NICHD; Division of Intramural Research, NICHD DIR Reorganization and Discussion; NIH BRAIN Initiative Update and New Business of the Council.

    Closed: June 4, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to Adjournment.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Center Drive, C-Wing, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Caroline Signore, M.D., MPH., Acting Director, Division of Extramural Research, Eunice Kenney Shriver National Institute of Child Health, and Human Development, NIH, 6100 Executive Blvd. Room 4A05, MSC 7510, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 496-5577.

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    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.864, Population Research; 93.865, Research for Mothers and Children; 93.929, Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research; 93.209, Contraception and Infertility Loan Repayment program, National Institutes of Health, HHS).
    Dated: April 24, 2015. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10005 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings.

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    Name of Committee: Biological Chemistry and Macromolecular Biophysics Integrated Review Group, Biochemistry and Biophysics of Membranes Study Section.

    Date: May 28-29, 2015.

    Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf, 2620 Jones St., San Francisco, CA 94133.

    Contact Person: Nuria E Assa-Munt, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 4164, MSC 7806, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 451-1323, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Digestive, Kidney and Urological Systems Integrated Review Group, Clinical, Integrative and Molecular Gastroenterology Study Section.

    Date: June 1, 2015.

    Time: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.

    Contact Person: Mushtaq A Khan, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 2176, MSC 7818, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1778, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Surgical Sciences, Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Integrated Review Group, Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences Study Section.

    Date: June 1-2, 2015.

    Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.

    Contact Person: Khalid Masood, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5120, MSC 7854, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-2392, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Brain Disorders and Clinical Neuroscience Integrated Review Group, Chronic Dysfunction and Integrative Neurodegeneration Study Section.

    Date: June 1-2, 2015.

    Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Embassy Suites Convention Center, 900 10th Street, Washington, DC 20001.

    Contact Person: Alexei Kondratyev, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5200, MSC 7846, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1785, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Bioengineering Sciences & Technologies Integrated Review Group, Biodata Management and Analysis Study Section.

    Date: June 1-2, 2015.

    Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Courtyard by Marriott, 5520 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

    Contact Person: Mark Caprara, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5156, MSC 7844, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1042, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Risk, Prevention and Health Behavior Integrated Review Group, Behavioral Medicine, Interventions and Outcomes Study Section.

    Date: June 1-2, 2015.

    Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Westin Grand, 2350 M Street NW., Washington, DC 20037.

    Contact Person: Lee S Mann, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 3224, MSC 7808, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 435-0677, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Integrative, Functional and Cognitive Neuroscience Integrated Review Group, Auditory System Study Section.

    Date: June 1-2, 2015.

    Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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    Place: Hotel Nikko San Francisco, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

    Contact Person: Lynn E Luethke, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5166, MSC 7844, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 806-3323, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Cell Biology Integrated Review Group, Development—2 Study Section.

    Date: June 1-2, 2015.

    Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.

    Contact Person: Rass M Shayiq, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institute of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 2182, MSC 7818, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 435-2359, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Integrative, Functional and Cognitive Neuroscience Integrated Review Group, Mechanisms of Sensory, Perceptual, and Cognitive Processes Study Section.

    Date: June 1-2, 2015.

    Time: 8 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Residence Inn Bethesda, 7335 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.

    Contact Person: Kirk Thompson, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5184, MSC 7844, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1242, [email protected].

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.306, Comparative Medicine; 93.333, Clinical Research, 93.306, 93.333, 93.337, 93.393-93.396, 93.837-93.844, 93.846-93.878, 93.892, 93.893, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: April 24, 2015. Anna Snouffer, Deputy Director, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10007 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center; Notice of Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Fogarty International Center Advisory Board.

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    Name of Committee: Fogarty International Center Advisory Board.

    Date: May 11-12, 2015.

    Closed: May 11, 2015, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Agenda: Review of grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, B2C03, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: May 12, 2015, 9 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    Agenda: Update and discussion of current and planned FIC activities an overview and future directions for the Center for Global Health Studies as well as an overview of the current Non-communicable diseases training program.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, John Edward Porter Neuroscience Center, Building 35, Conference Room, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Robert Eiss, Public Health Advisor, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, 31 Center Drive, Room B2C02, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 496-1415, [email protected].

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

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    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.106, Minority International Research Training Grant in the Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences; 93.154, Special International Postdoctoral Research Program in Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; 93.168, International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups Program; 93.934, Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award; 93.989, Senior International Fellowship Awards Program, National Institutes of Health HHS)
    Dated: April 24, 2015. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10004 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Accreditation and Approval of SGS North America, Inc., as a Commercial Gauger and Laboratory AGENCY:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.

    ACTION:

    Notice of accreditation and approval of SGS North America, Inc., as a commercial gauger and laboratory.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given, pursuant to CBP regulations, that SGS North America, Inc., has been approved to gauge and accredited to test petroleum and petroleum products for customs purposes for the next three years as of November 19, 2014.

    DATES:

    The accreditation and approval of SGS North America, Inc., as commercial gauger and laboratory became effective on November 19, 2014. The next triennial inspection date will be scheduled for November 2017.

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    Notice is hereby given pursuant to 19 CFR 151.12 and 19 CFR 151.13, that SGS North America, Inc., 900 Milik St., Carteret, NJ 07008, has been approved to gauge and accredited to test petroleum and petroleum products for customs purposes, in accordance with the provisions of 19 CFR 151.12 and 19 CFR 151.13. SGS North America, Inc., is approved for the following gauging procedures for petroleum and certain petroleum products set forth by the American Petroleum Institute (API):

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    SGS North America, Inc., is accredited for the following laboratory analysis procedures and methods for petroleum and certain petroleum products set forth by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratory Methods (CBPL) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM):

    CBPL No. ASTM Title 27-04 ASTM D-95 Standard test method for water in petroleum products and bituminous materials by distillation. 27-08 ASTM D-86 Standard Test Method for Distillation of Petroleum Products. 27-11 ASTM D-445 Standard test method for kinematic viscosity of transparent and opaque liquids (and calculations of dynamic viscosity). 27-13 ASTM D-4294 Standard test method for sulfur in petroleum and petroleum products by energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectrometry. 27-14 ASTM D-2622 Standard Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products by Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry. 27-48 ASTM D-4052 Standard test method for density and relative density of liquids by digital density meter. 27-50 ASTM D-93 Standard Test Methods for Flash Point by Pensky-Martens Closed Cup Tester. 27-54 ASTM D-1796 Standard test method for water and sediment in fuel oils by the centrifuge method (Laboratory procedure). 27-57 ASTM D-7039 Standard Test Method for Sulfur in Gasoline and Diesel Fuel by Monochromatic Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry. 27-58 ASTM D-5191 Standard Test Method For Vapor Pressure of Petroleum Products (Mini Method).

    Anyone wishing to employ this entity to conduct laboratory analyses and gauger services should request and receive written assurances from the entity that it is accredited or approved by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct the specific test or gauger service requested. Alternatively, inquiries regarding the specific test or gauger service this entity is accredited or approved to perform may be directed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling (202) 344-1060. The inquiry may also be sent to [email protected] Please reference the Web site listed below for a complete listing of CBP approved gaugers and accredited laboratories. http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/gaulist_3.pdf

    Dated: April 23, 2015. Ira S. Reese, Executive Director, Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10082 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-14-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection [1651-0018] Agency Information Collection Activities: Ship's Store Declaration AGENCY:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

    ACTION:

    60-Day Notice and request for comments; extension of an existing collection of information.

    SUMMARY:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act: Ship's Stores Declaration (CBP Form 1303). CBP is proposing that this information collection be extended with no change to the burden hours or to the information collected on Form 1303. This document is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be received on or before June 29, 2015 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES:

    Direct all written comments to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Attn: Tracey Denning, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, 90 K Street NE., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information should be directed to Tracey Denning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, 90 K Street NE., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177, at 202-325-0265.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13). The comments should address: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and (e) the annual cost burden to respondents or record keepers from the collection of information (total capital/startup costs and operations and maintenance costs). The comments that are submitted will be summarized and included in the CBP request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this document, CBP is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection:

    Title: Ship's Stores Declaration.

    OMB Number: 1651-0018.

    Form Number: CBP Form 1303.

    Abstract: CBP Form 1303, Ship's Stores Declaration, is used by the carriers to declare articles to be retained on board the vessel, such as sea stores, ship's stores (e.g. alcohol and tobacco products), controlled narcotic drugs or bunker fuel in a format that can be readily audited and checked by CBP. This form collects information about the ship, the ports of arrival and departure, and the articles on the ship. CBP Form 1303 form is provided for by 19 CFR 4.7, 4.7a, 4.81, 4.85 and 4.87 and is accessible at: http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/CBP%20Form%201303.pdf.

    Current Actions: CBP proposes to extend the expiration date of this information collection with no change to the burden hours or to CBP Form 1303.

    Type of Review: Extension (without change).

    Affected Public: Businesses.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,000.

    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 13.

    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 104,000.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 26,000.

    Dated: April 22, 2015. Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10058 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-14-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Office of the Secretary [Docket No. DHS-2015-0016] Privacy Act of 1974; Department of Homeland Security United States Immigration Customs and Enforcement—011 Immigration and Enforcement Operational Records System of Records AGENCY:

    Privacy Office, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of amendment of Privacy Act system of records.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is updating and reissuing an existing system of records titled, “Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement—011 Immigration and Enforcement Operational Records System of Records (ENFORCE).” This system of records is being modified to propose a new routine use that supports ICE's sharing of information with domestic law enforcement agencies when an alien who has been convicted of a violent or serious crime is released from ICE custody or removed from the United States. The exemptions for the existing system of records notice will continue to be unchanged. This updated system will continue to be included in the Department of Homeland Security's inventory of record systems.

    DATES:

    Submit comments on or before June 1, 2015. This amended system will be effective June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number DHS-2015-0016 by one of the following methods:

    Federal e-Rulemaking Portal:http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Fax: 202-343-4010.

    Mail: Karen L. Neuman, Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received go to http://www.regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lyn Rahilly, Privacy Officer, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW., Mail Stop 5004, Washington, DC 20536, phone: 202-732-3300, email: [email protected]; or Karen Neuman, Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, phone: 202-343-1717.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is updating and reissuing a current DHS system of records titled “DHS/ICE—011 Immigration and Enforcement Operational Records (ENFORCE) System of Records.” With this update, ICE is proposing new routine use II that will authorize disclosure of information from this system of records “to a domestic law enforcement agency for the purpose of providing notice of an individual's release from DHS custody or removal from the United States, when the individual has a conviction(s) for a violent or serious crime(s) and the agency receiving the notification has an interest in the individual due to: (1) A pending investigation or prosecution, (2) parole or other forms of supervision, or (3) the individual's intended residence or location of release falling within the agency's jurisdiction.”

    ICE will share biographic and criminal history information as well as release conditions or restrictions with other domestic law enforcement agencies when an alien who has been convicted of a violent or serious crime is released from ICE custody or removed from the United States. Violent and serious crimes include certain firearms, national security, sex, and drug-related crimes that ICE has determined are most relevant to the safety of the community. For example, ICE will notify a local law enforcement agency of the release from ICE custody of an alien who has been convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and has parole requirements in the local jurisdiction. ICE will also notify a law enforcement agency when an alien who has been convicted of, for example, armed robbery and assault is released, to assist agency decisions concerning the allocation of public safety resources in the jurisdiction.

    These notifications are intended as situational awareness messages to help inform agencies that have an interest in an alien for investigation, supervision, or public/officer safety purposes of the alien's whereabouts from the time the alien is released until the alien reaches his or her intended jurisdiction of residence or country of removal. Notifications also assist law enforcement agencies in narrowing the pool of potential suspects when a violent or serious crime is committed in their jurisdiction and there are few leads in the investigation, or if the particulars of a crime being investigated are similar to circumstances surrounding the violent or serious crime for which the individual was previously convicted. Notifications of removal of an alien from the United States will help ensure that law enforcement agencies with an interest in the alien do not deploy resources in an attempt to locate the alien.

    The exemptions for the existing system of records notice will continue to be applicable for this system of records notice. This updated system will continue to be included in DHS's inventory of record systems.

    II. Privacy Act

    The Privacy Act embodies fair information practice principles in a statutory framework governing the means by which the federal government agencies collect, maintain, use, and disseminate individuals' records. The Privacy Act applies to information that is maintained in a “system of records.” A “system of records” is a group of any records under the control of an agency from which information is retrieved by the name of an individual or by some identifying number, symbol, or other identifying particular assigned to the individual. In the Privacy Act, an individual is defined to encompass U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. As a matter of policy, DHS extends administrative Privacy Act protections to all individuals when systems of records maintain information on U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and visitors.

    Below is the description of the amended DHS/ICE-011 Immigration and Enforcement Operational Records (ENFORCE) System of Records.

    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(r), DHS has provided a report of this system of records to the Office of Management and Budget and to Congress.

    System of Records

    DHS/ICE-011

    System name:

    Immigration and Enforcement Operational Records (ENFORCE).

    Security classification:

    Unclassified; Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

    System location:

    Records are maintained at the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) Headquarters in Washington, DC, ICE field and attaché offices, and detention facilities operated by or on behalf of ICE, or that otherwise house individuals detained by ICE.

    Categories of individuals covered by the system:

    Categories of individuals covered by this system include:

    1. Individuals arrested, detained, and/or removed for criminal and/or administrative violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or individuals who are the subject of an ICE immigration detainer issued to another custodial agency;

    2. Individuals arrested by ICE law enforcement personnel for violations of federal criminal laws enforced by ICE or DHS;

    3. Individuals who fail to leave the United States after receiving a final order of removal, deportation, or exclusion, or who fail to report to ICE for removal after receiving notice to do so (fugitive aliens);

    4. Individuals who are granted parole into the United States under section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (parolees);

    5. Other individuals whose information may be collected or obtained during the course of an immigration enforcement or criminal matter, such as witnesses, associates, and relatives;

    6. Attorneys or representatives who represent individuals listed in categories (1)-(4) above;

    7. Persons who post or arrange bond for the release of an individual from ICE detention, or receive custodial property of a detained alien;

    8. Personnel of other agencies who assisted or participated in the arrest or investigation of an alien, or who are maintaining custody of an alien; and

    9. Prisoners of the U.S. Marshals Service held in ICE detention facilities.

    Categories of records in the system:

    Categories of records in this system include:

    1. Biographic, descriptive, historical and other identifying data, including but not limited to: Names; aliases; fingerprint identification number (FIN); date and place of birth; passport and other travel document information; nationality; aliases; Alien Registration Number (A-Number); Social Security number; contact or location information (e.g., known or possible addresses, phone numbers); visa information; employment, educational, immigration, and criminal history; height, weight, eye color, hair color, and other unique physical characteristics (e.g., scars and tattoos).

    2. Biometric data: Fingerprints and photographs. DNA samples required by Department of Justice regulation (see 28 CFR part 28) to be collected and sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). DNA samples are not retained or analyzed by DHS.

    3. Information pertaining to ICE's collection of DNA samples, limited to the date and time of a successful collection and confirmation from the FBI that the sample was able to be sequenced. ICE does not receive or maintain the results of the FBI's DNA analysis (i.e., DNA sequences).

    4. Case-related data, including: Case number, record number, and other data describing an event involving alleged violations of criminal or immigration law (location, date, time, event category, types of criminal or immigration law violations alleged, types of property involved, use of violence, weapons, or assault against DHS personnel or third parties, attempted escape and other related information; event categories describe broad categories of criminal law enforcement, such as immigration worksite enforcement, contraband smuggling, and human trafficking). ICE case management information, including: Case category, case agent, date initiated, and date completed.

    5. Birth, marriage, education, employment, travel, and other information derived from affidavits, certificates, manifests, and other documents presented to or collected by ICE during immigration and law enforcement proceedings or activities. This data typically pertains to subjects, relatives, and witnesses.

    6. Detention data on aliens, including immigration detainers issued; transportation information; detention-related identification numbers; custodial property; information about an alien's release from custody on bond, recognizance, or supervision; detention facility; security classification; book-in/book-out date and time; mandatory detention and criminal flags; aggravated felon status; and other alerts.

    7. Detention data for U.S. Marshals Service prisoners, including: Prisoner's name, date of birth, country of birth, detainee identification number, FBI identification number, state identification number, book-in date, book-out date, and security classification;

    8. Limited health information relevant to an individual's placement in an ICE detention facility or transportation requirements (e.g., general information on physical disabilities or other special needs to ensure that an individual is placed in a facility or bed that can accommodate his or her requirements). Medical records about individuals in ICE custody (i.e., records relating to the diagnosis or treatment of individuals) are maintained in DHS/ICE—013 Alien Medical Records System of Records;

    9. Progress, status, and final result of removal, prosecution, and other DHS processes and relating appeals, including: Information relating to criminal convictions, incarceration, travel documents, and other information pertaining to the actual removal of aliens from the United States.

    10. Contact, biographical, and identifying data of relatives, attorneys or representatives, associates, or witnesses of an alien in proceedings initiated and/or conducted by DHS including, but not limited to: Name, date of birth, place of birth, telephone number, and business or agency name.

    11. Data concerning personnel of other agencies that arrested, or assisted or participated in the arrest or investigation of, or are maintaining custody of an individual whose arrest record is contained in this system of records. This can include: Name, title, agency name, address, telephone number, and other information.

    12. Data about persons who post or arrange an immigration bond for the release of an individual from ICE custody, or receive custodial property of an individual in ICE custody. This data may include: Name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, and other information.

    Authority for maintenance of the system:

    8 U.S.C. 1103, 1225, 1226, 1324, 1357, 1360, and 1365(a)(b); Justice for All Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-405); DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-162); Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-248); and 28 CFR part 28, “DNA-Sample Collection and Biological Evidence Preservation in the Federal Jurisdiction.”

    Purpose(s):

    The purposes of this system are:

    1. To support the identification, apprehension, and removal of individuals unlawfully entering or present in the United States in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act, including fugitive aliens.

    2. To support the identification and arrest of individuals (both citizens and non-citizens) who commit violations of federal criminal laws enforced by DHS.

    3. To track the process and results of administrative and criminal proceedings against individuals who are alleged to have violated the Immigration and Nationality Act or other laws enforced by DHS.

    4. To support the grant, denial, and tracking of individuals who seek or receive parole into the United States.

    5. To provide criminal and immigration history information during DHS enforcement encounters, and background checks on applicants for DHS immigration benefits (e.g., employment authorization and petitions).

    6. To identify potential criminal activity, immigration violations, and threats to homeland security; to uphold and enforce the law; and to ensure public safety.

    Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

    In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, all or a portion of the records or information contained in this system may be disclosed outside DHS as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

    A. To the Department of Justice (DOJ) or other federal agency conducting litigation or in proceedings before any court, adjudicative, or administrative body, or to a court, magistrate, administrative tribunal, opposing counsel, parties, and witnesses, in the course of a civil or criminal proceeding before a court or adjudicative body when it is necessary to the litigation and one of the following is a party to the litigation or has an interest in such litigation:

    1. DHS or any component thereof;

    2. any employee of DHS in his/her official capacity;

    3. any employee of DHS in his/her individual capacity when DOJ or DHS has agreed to represent the employee; or

    4. the U.S. or any agency thereof, is a party to the litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and DHS determines that the records are both relevant and necessary to the litigation and the use of such records is compatible with the purpose for which DHS collected the records.

    B. To a congressional office from the record of an individual in response to an inquiry from that congressional office made at the request of the individual to whom the record pertains.

    C. To the National Archives and Records Administration or other federal government agencies pursuant to records management inspections being conducted under the authority of 44 U.S.C. 2904 and 2906.

    D. To an agency, organization, or individual for the purpose of performing audit or oversight operations as authorized by law, but only such information as is necessary and relevant to such audit or oversight function.

    E. To appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when:

    1. DHS suspects or has confirmed that the security or confidentiality of information in the system of records has been compromised;

    2. DHS has determined that as a result of the suspected or confirmed compromise there is a risk of harm to economic or property interests, identity theft or fraud, or harm to the security or integrity of this system or other systems or programs (whether maintained by DHS or another agency or entity) or harm to the individual who relies upon the compromised information; and

    3. The disclosure made to such agencies, entities, and persons is reasonably necessary to assist in connection with DHS's efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed compromise and prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm.

    F. To contractors and their agents, grantees, experts, consultants, and others performing or working on a contract, service, grant, cooperative agreement, or other assignment for DHS, when necessary to accomplish an agency function related to this system of records. Individuals provided information under this routine use are subject to the same Privacy Act requirements and limitations on disclosure as are applicable to DHS officers and employees.

    G. To an appropriate federal, state, tribal, local, international, or foreign law enforcement agency or other appropriate authority charged with investigating or prosecuting a violation or enforcing or implementing a law, rule, regulation, or order, when a record, either on its face or in conjunction with other information, indicates a violation or potential violation of law, which includes criminal, civil, or regulatory violations and such disclosure is proper and consistent with the official duties of the person making the disclosure.

    H. To a court, magistrate, or administrative tribunal in the course of presenting evidence, including disclosures to opposing counsel or witnesses in the course of civil discovery, litigation, or settlement negotiations, including to an actual or potential party or his or her attorney, or in connection with criminal law proceedings.

    I. To other federal, state, local, or foreign government agencies, individuals, and organizations during the course of an investigation, proceeding, or activity within the purview of immigration and nationality laws to elicit information required by DHS/ICE to carry out its functions and statutory mandates.

    J. To the appropriate foreign government agency charged with enforcing or implementing laws when there is an indication of a violation or potential violation of the law of another nation (whether civil or criminal), and to international organizations engaged in the collection and dissemination of intelligence concerning criminal activity.

    K. To other federal agencies for the purpose of conducting national intelligence and security investigations.

    L. To any federal agency, when appropriate, to enable such agency to make determinations regarding the payment of federal benefits to the record subject in accordance with that agency's statutory responsibilities.

    M. To foreign governments for the purpose of coordinating and conducting the removal of aliens to other nations; and to international, foreign, and intergovernmental agencies, authorities, and organizations in accordance with law and formal or informal international arrangements.

    N. To family members and attorneys or other agents acting on behalf of an alien, to assist those individuals in determining whether: (1) The alien has been arrested by DHS for immigration violations; (2) the location of the alien if in DHS custody; or (3) the alien has been removed from the United States, provided however, that the requesting individuals are able to verify the alien's date of birth or Alien Registration Number (A-Number), or can otherwise present adequate verification of a familial or agency relationship with the alien.

    O. To the DOJ Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) or their contractors, consultants, or others performing or working on a contract for EOIR, for the purpose of providing information about aliens who are or may be placed in removal proceedings so that EOIR may arrange for the provision of educational services to those aliens under EOIR's Legal Orientation Program.

    P. To attorneys or legal representatives for the purpose of facilitating group presentations to aliens in detention that will provide the aliens with information about their rights under U.S. immigration law and procedures.

    Q. To a federal, state, tribal, or local government agency to assist such agencies in collecting the repayment of recovery of loans, benefits, grants, fines, bonds, civil penalties, judgments or other debts owed to them or to the U.S. Government, and/or to obtain information that may assist DHS in collecting debts owed to the U.S. Government.

    R. To the State Department in the processing of petitions or applications for immigration benefits and non-immigrant visas under the Immigration and Nationality Act, and all other immigration and nationality laws including treaties and reciprocal agreements; or when the State Department requires information to consider and/or provide an informed response to a request for information from a foreign, international, or intergovernmental agency, authority, or organization about an alien or an enforcement operation with transnational implications.

    S. To the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in connection with the review of private relief legislation as set forth in OMB Circular No. A-19 at any stage of the legislative coordination and clearance process as set forth in the Circular.

    T. To the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary or the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary when necessary to inform members of Congress about an alien who is being considered for private immigration relief.

    U. To a criminal, civil, or regulatory law enforcement authority (whether federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, international, or foreign) when the information is necessary for collaboration, coordination, and de-confliction of investigative matters, to avoid duplicative or disruptive efforts, and for the safety of law enforcement officers who may be working on related investigations.

    V. To the U.S. Marshals Service concerning Marshals Service prisoners that are or will be held in detention facilities operated by or on behalf of ICE in order to coordinate the transportation, custody, and care of these individuals.

    W. To third parties to facilitate placement or release of an alien (e.g., at a group home, homeless shelter) who has been or is about to be released from ICE custody but only such information that is relevant and necessary to arrange housing or continuing medical care for the alien.

    X. To an appropriate domestic government agency or other appropriate authority for the purpose of providing information about an alien who has been or is about to be released from ICE custody who, due to a condition such as mental illness, may pose a health or safety risk to himself/herself or to the community. ICE will only disclose information about the individual that is relevant to the health or safety risk they may pose and/or the means to mitigate that risk (e.g., the alien's need to remain on certain medication for a serious mental health condition).

    Y. To the DOJ Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and other federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, and foreign law enforcement or custodial agencies for the purpose of placing an immigration detainer on an individual in that agency's custody, or to facilitate the transfer of custody of an individual from ICE to the other agency. This will include the transfer of information about unaccompanied minor children to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to facilitate the custodial transfer of such children from ICE to HHS.

    Z. To DOJ, disclosure of DNA samples and related information as required by 28 CFR part 28.

    AA. To DOJ, disclosure of arrest and removal information for inclusion in relevant DOJ law enforcement databases and for use in the enforcement federal firearms laws (e.g., Brady Act).

    BB. To federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, or foreign governmental or quasi-governmental agencies or courts to confirm the location, custodial status, removal, or voluntary departure of an alien from the United States, in order to facilitate the recipient agencies' exercise of responsibilities pertaining to the custody, care, or legal rights (including issuance of a U.S. passport) of the removed individual's minor children, or the adjudication or collection of child support payments or other debts owed by the removed individual.

    CC. Disclosure to victims regarding custodial information, such as release on bond, order of supervision, removal from the United States, or death in custody, about an individual who is the subject of a criminal or immigration investigation, proceeding, or prosecution.

    DD. To any person or entity to the extent necessary to prevent immediate loss of life or serious bodily injury, (e.g., disclosure of custodial release information to witnesses who have received threats from individuals in custody.)

    EE. To an individual or entity seeking to post or arrange, or who has already posted or arranged, an immigration bond for an alien to aid the individual or entity in (1) identifying the location of the alien, or (2) posting the bond, obtaining payments related to the bond, or conducting other administrative or financial management activities related to the bond.

    FF. To appropriate federal, state, local, tribal, or foreign governmental agencies or multilateral governmental organizations when DHS is aware of a need to utilize relevant data for purposes of testing new technology and systems designed to enhance national security or identify other violations of law.

    GG. To members of the public, disclosure of limited detainee biographical information for the purpose of (1) identifying whether the detainee is in ICE custody and the custodial location, and (2) facilitating the deposit of monies into detainees' accounts for telephone or commissary services in a detention facility.

    HH. To a domestic law enforcement agency or other agency operating a sex offender registry for the purpose of providing notice of an individual's release from DHS custody or removal from the United States, when the individual is required to register as a sex offender, in order to assist those agencies in updating sex offender registries and otherwise carrying out the sex offender registration requirements within their jurisdictions.

    II. To a domestic law enforcement agency for the purpose of providing notice of an individual's release from DHS custody or removal from the United States, when the individual has a conviction(s) for a violent or serious crime(s) and the agency receiving the notification has an interest in the individual due to: (1) A pending investigation or prosecution, (2) parole or other forms of supervision, or (3) the individual's intended residence or location of release falling within the agency's jurisdiction.

    JJ. To federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, or foreign governmental agencies; multilateral governmental organizations; or other public health entities, for the purposes of protecting the vital interests of a data subject or other persons, including to assist such agencies or organizations during an epidemiological investigation, in facilitating continuity of care, preventing exposure to or transmission of a communicable or quarantinable disease of public health significance, or to combat other significant public health threats.

    KK. To the news media and the public, with the approval of the Chief Privacy Officer in consultation with counsel, when there exists a legitimate public interest in the disclosure of the information or when disclosure is necessary to preserve confidence in the integrity of DHS or is necessary to demonstrate the accountability of DHS's officers, employees, or individuals covered by the system, except to the extent it is determined that release of the specific information in the context of a particular case would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Disclosure to consumer reporting agencies:

    None.

    Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system: Storage:

    Information can be stored in case file folders, cabinets, safes, or a variety of electronic or computer databases and storage media.

    Retrievability:

    Records may be retrieved by name, identification numbers including, but not limited to, A-Number, fingerprint identification number, Social Security number, case or record number if applicable, case related data, and/or combination of other personal identifiers including, but not limited to, date of birth and nationality.

    Safeguards:

    Records in this system are safeguarded in accordance with applicable rules and policies, including all applicable DHS automated systems security and access policies. Strict controls have been imposed to minimize the risk of compromising the information that is being stored. Access to the computer system containing the records in this system is limited to those individuals who have a need to know the information for the performance of their official duties and who have appropriate clearances or permissions.

    Retention and disposal:

    ICE is in the process of drafting a proposed record retention schedule for the information maintained in the Enforcement Integrated Database (EID). ICE anticipates retaining records of arrests, detentions, and removals in EID for one-hundred (100) years; records concerning U.S. Marshals Service prisoners for ten (10) years; fingerprints and photographs collected using Mobile IDENT for up to seven (7) days in the cache of an encrypted government laptop; Enforcement Integrated Database Data Mart (EID-DM), ENFORCE Alien Removal Module Data Mart (EARM-DM), and ICE Integrated Decision Support (IIDS) records for seventy-five (75) years; user account management records (UAM) for ten (10) years following an individual's separation of employment from federal service; statistical records for ten (10) years; audit files for fifteen (15) years; and backup files for up to one (1) month.

    ICE anticipates retaining records from the Fugitive Case Management System (FCMS) for ten (10) years after a fugitive alien has been arrested and removed from the United States; 75 years from the creation of the record for a criminal fugitive alien that has not been arrested and removed; ten (10) years after a fugitive alien reaches 70 years of age, provided the alien has not been arrested and removed and does not have a criminal history in the United States; ten (10) years after a fugitive alien has obtained legal status; ten (10) years after arrest and/or removal from the United States for a non-fugitive alien's information, whichever is later; audit files for 90 days; backup files for 30 days; and reports for ten (10) years or when no longer needed for administrative, legal, audit, or other operations purposes.

    System Manager and address:

    Unit Chief, Law Enforcement Systems/Data Management, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Investigations Law Enforcement Support and Information Management Division, Potomac Center North, 500 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20536.

    Notification procedure:

    The Secretary of Homeland Security has exempted this system from the notification, access, and amendment procedures of the Privacy Act because it is a law enforcement system. However, ICE will consider individual requests to determine whether or not information may be released. Thus, individuals seeking notification of and access to any record contained in this system of records, or seeking to contest its content, may submit a request in writing to ICE's FOIA Officer, whose contact information can be found at www.dhs.gov/foia under “contacts.”

    When seeking records about yourself from this system of records or any other Departmental system of records your request must conform with the Privacy Act regulations set forth in 6 CFR part 5. You must first verify your identity, meaning that you must provide your full name, current address, and date and place of birth. You must sign your request, and your signature must either be notarized or submitted under 28 U.S.C. 1746, a law that permits statements to be made under penalty of perjury as a substitute for notarization. While no specific form is required, you may obtain forms for this purpose from the Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer, http://www.dhs.gov or 1-866-431-0486. In addition you should provide the following:

    • An explanation of why you believe the Department would have information on you;

    • Identify which component(s) of the Department you believe may have the information about you;

    • Specify when you believe the records would have been created;

    • Provide any other information that will help the FOIA staff determine which DHS component agency may have responsive records; and

    • If your request is seeking records pertaining to another living individual, you must include a statement from that individual certifying his/her agreement for you to access his/her records.

    Without this bulleted information the component(s) may not be able to conduct an effective search, and your request may be denied due to lack of specificity or lack of compliance with applicable regulations.

    Record access procedures:

    See “Notification procedure” above.

    Contesting record procedures:

    See “Notification procedure” above.

    Record source categories:

    Records in the system are supplied by several sources. In general, information is obtained from individuals covered by this system, and other federal, state, local, tribal, or foreign governments. More specifically, DHS/ICE-011 records derive from the following sources:

    (a) Individuals covered by the system and other individuals (e.g., witnesses, family members);

    (b) Other federal, state, local, tribal, or foreign governments and government information systems;

    (c) Business records;

    (d) Evidence, contraband, and other seized material; and

    (e) Public and commercial sources.

    Exemptions claimed for the system:

    The Secretary of Homeland Security has exempted portions of this system of records from subsections (c)(3) and (4); (d); (e)(1), (e)(2), (e)(3), (e)(4)(G), (e)(4)(H), (e)(5), and (e)(8); and (g) of the Privacy Act pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2). In addition, the Secretary of Homeland Security has exempted portions of this system of records from subsections (c)(3); (d); (e)(1), (e)(4)(G), and (e)(4)(H) of the Privacy Act pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2). These exemptions apply only to the extent that records in the system are subject to exemption pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2) and (k)(2).

    In addition, to the extent a record contains information from other exempt systems of records, DHS will rely on the exemptions claimed for those systems.

    Dated: April 17, 2015. Karen L. Neuman, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security.
    [FR Doc. 2015-09615 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-28-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS-R1-ES-2015-N078; FXES11130100000-156-FF01E00000] Endangered Species; Recovery Permit Applications AGENCY:

    Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of availability; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications for recovery permits to conduct activities with the purpose of enhancing the survival of an endangered species. The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), prohibits certain activities with endangered species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act also requires that we invite public comment before issuing such permits.

    DATES:

    To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Program Manager, Restoration and Endangered Species Classification, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Regional Office, 911 NE. 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4181. Please refer to the permit number for the application when submitting comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Colleen Henson, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, at the above address, or by telephone (503-231-6131) or fax (503-231-6243).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    The Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) prohibits certain activities with respect to endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. Along with our implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR part 17, the Act provides for certain permits, and requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits for endangered species.

    A permit granted by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act authorizes the permittee to conduct activities (including take or interstate commerce) with respect to U.S. endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes or enhancement of propagation or survival. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species.

    Applications Available for Review and Comment

    We invite local, State, and Federal agencies and the public to comment on the following applications. Please refer to the permit number for the application when submitting comments.

    Documents and other information submitted with these applications are available for review by request from the Program Manager for Restoration and Endangered Species Classification at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

    Permit Number: TE-050644 Applicant: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ephrata, Washington

    The permittee requests a permit amendment to take (harass through captive propagation at two additional enclosure sites) the Columbia Basin distinct population segment of the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) in Oregon and Washington, in conjunction with scientific research and recovery actions, for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

    Permit Number: TE-63598B Applicant: American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

    The applicant requests a new permit to take (survey, capture, handle, measure, mark, tag, weigh, collect biological samples, attach transmitters and accelerometers, photograph, release, monitor nests, inventory nests, excavate nests, and salvage) the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), in conjunction with scientific research to characterize and monitor sea turtle nesting on Palmyra Atoll, for the purpose of enhancing the species' survival.

    Public Availability of Comments

    All comments and materials we receive in response to this request will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section.

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Authority:

    We provide this notice under section 10 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: April 22, 2015. Richard R. Hannan, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10077 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-55-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [156A2100DD/AAKC001030/A0A501010.999900 253G] Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Data Elements for Student Enrollment in Bureau-funded Schools AGENCY:

    Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is seeking comments on the renewal of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the collection of information for Data Elements for Student Enrollment in Bureau-funded Schools, authorized by OMB Control Number 1076-0122. This information collection expires August 31, 2015.

    DATES:

    Submit comments on or before June 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments on the information collection to: Ms. Jacquelyn Cheek, Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education, 1849 C Street NW., Mailstop 4657-MIB, Washington, DC 20240; facsimile: (202) 208-3312; or email to: [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Jacquelyn Cheek, phone: (202) 208-6983.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    The BIE is requesting renewal of OMB approval for the admission forms for the Student Enrollment Application in Bureau-funded Schools. School registrars collect information on this form to determine the student's eligibility for enrollment in a Bureau-funded school, and if eligible, is shared with appropriate school officials to identify the student's base and supplemental educational and/or residential program needs. The BIE compiles the information into a national database to facilitate budget requests and the allocation of congressionally appropriated funds.

    II. Request for Comments

    The BIE requests your comments on this collection concerning: (a) The necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways we could enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways we could minimize the burden of the collection of the information on the respondents.

    Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB Control Number.

    It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1076-0122.

    Title: Data Elements for Student Enrollment in Bureau-funded Schools.

    Brief Description of Collection: This annual collection provides Bureau-funded schools with data about students that impacts placement, special needs assessments, and funding for individuals and assists schools in developing a plan for the school year. The information is collected on a Student Enrollment Application form.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved collection.

    Respondents: Contract and Grant schools; Bureau-operated schools.

    Number of Respondents: 48,000 per year, on average.

    Frequency of Response: Once per year.

    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes.

    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 12,000 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Dollar Cost: $0.

    Elizabeth K. Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action—Indian Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10095 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4437-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVC02000 L16200000.HP0000 241A MO# 4500074361 TAS: 15X] Notice of Temporary Closure of Public Land in Storey County, NV AGENCY:

    Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    As authorized under the provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District Office will temporarily close certain public land surrounding and including the abandoned man-made structures and features, known as the American Flat Mill, in Storey County, Nevada, to all public use. This action would provide for public safety during demolition and reclamation activities occurring at the site.

    DATES:

    The temporary closure will go into effect upon publication in the Federal Register, not to exceed a period of 24 months.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Leon Thomas, 775-885-6000, email: [email protected] Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The American Flat Mill is an abandoned mining feature located within the Virginia City National Historic Landmark. At the time of its completion in 1922, it was the largest concrete mill structure in the world utilizing cyanide extraction to process silver ore. Following a substantial decrease in silver prices in 1924, the operation never recovered and the mill was dismantled in 1927. Only the deteriorated concrete skeleton of the mill remains today. The BLM plans on abating the substantial physical safety hazard posed by the American Flat Mill by demolishing the remaining buildings. Public land surrounding and including the American Flat Mill will be closed to public entry for the duration of demolition and reclamation activities. The public land affected by this closure is described as follows:

    Mount Diablo Meridian T. 16 N., R. 21 E., Sec. 6, E1/2SE1/4SE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4SE1/4; Sec. 7, NE1/4.

    The area described contains 190 acres, more or less, in Storey County, Nevada.

    The closure notice, communications plan and map of the closure area will be posted at the BLM Carson City District Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada and on the BLM Web site: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field.html. Roads leading into the public lands under the closure will be posted to notify the public of the closure. Under the authority of Section 303(a) of the FLPMA (43 U.S.C. 1733(a)), 43 CFR 8360.0-7 and 43 CFR 8364.1, the BLM will enforce the following rules in the area described above: All public use, whether motorized, on foot, or otherwise, is prohibited.

    Exceptions: Closure restrictions do not apply to demolition activities conducted under contract with the BLM; agency personnel monitoring the demolition; or mining activities conducted under an approved plan of operation. Authorized users must have in their possession, a written permit or contract from BLM signed by the authorized officer.

    Penalties: Any person who fails to comply with the closure orders is subject to arrest and, upon conviction, may be fined not more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than 12 months under 43 CFR 8360.0-7. Violations may also be subject to the provisions of Title 18, U.S.C. 3571 and 3581.

    Leon Thomas, Field Manager, Sierra Front Field Office. (Authority: 43 CFR 8360.0-7 and 8364.1)
    [FR Doc. 2015-09821 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-HC-P
    INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337-TA-955] Certain Protective Cases for Electronic Devices and Components Thereof; Institution of Investigation AGENCY:

    U.S. International Trade Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on March 11, 2015, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Otter Products, LLC of Fort Collins, Colorado. An amended complaint was filed on March 25, 2015. The complaint, as amended, alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain protective cases for electronic devices and components thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,792,232 (“the ’232 patent”) and U.S. Patent No. 8,976,512 (“the ’512 patent”). The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists or is in the process of being established as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337.

    The complainant requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.

    ADDRESSES:

    The complaint, except for any confidential information contained therein, is available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Room 112, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. Hearing impaired individuals are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on (202) 205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at http://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    The Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone (202) 205-2560.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority: The authority for institution of this investigation is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and in section 210.10 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.10 (2015).

    Scope of Investigation: Having considered the complaint, the U.S. International Trade Commission, on April 23, 2015, ORDERED THAT—

    (1) Pursuant to subsection (b) of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, an investigation be instituted to determine whether there is a violation of subsection (a)(1)(B) of section 337 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain protective cases for electronic devices and components thereof by reason of infringement of one or more of claims 9, 12, and 13 of the ’232 patent and claims 17 and 28 of the ’512 patent, and whether an industry in the United States exists or is in the process of being established as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337;

    (2) For the purpose of the investigation so instituted, the following are hereby named as parties upon which this notice of investigation shall be served:

    (a) The complainant is:

    Otter Products, LLC, 209 S. Meldrum Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521.

    (b) The respondents are the following entities alleged to be in violation of section 337, and are the parties upon which the complaint is to be served:

    Speculative Product Design, LLC, 177 Bovet Road, Suite 200, San Mateo, CA 94402. Tech21 UK Limited, Syd's Quay, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, TWI 3DY, United Kingdom.

    (3) For the investigation so instituted, the Chief Administrative Law Judge, U.S. International Trade Commission, shall designate the presiding Administrative Law Judge.

    The Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in this investigation.

    Responses to the complaint and the notice of investigation must be submitted by the named respondents in accordance with section 210.13 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.13. Pursuant to 19 CFR 201.16(e) and 210.13(a), such responses will be considered by the Commission if received not later than 20 days after the date of service by the Commission of the complaint and the notice of investigation. Extensions of time for submitting responses to the complaint and the notice of investigation will not be granted unless good cause therefor is shown.

    Failure of a respondent to file a timely response to each allegation in the complaint and in this notice may be deemed to constitute a waiver of the right to appear and contest the allegations of the complaint and this notice, and to authorize the administrative law judge and the Commission, without further notice to the respondent, to find the facts to be as alleged in the complaint and this notice and to enter an initial determination and a final determination containing such findings, and may result in the issuance of an exclusion order or a cease and desist order or both directed against the respondent.

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: April 24, 2015. Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10002 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020-02-P
    INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701-TA-531-533 and 731-TA-1270-1273 (Preliminary)] Certain Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin From Canada, China, India, and Oman Determinations

    On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (“Commission”) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of certain polyethylene terephthalate resin from Canada, China, India, and Oman, provided for in subheading 3907.60.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (“LTFV”), and that are allegedly subsidized by the governments of China, India, and Oman.2

    1 The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)).

    2 Commissioner F. Scott Kieff did not participate in these investigations.

    Commencement of Final Phase Investigations

    Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission's rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in section 207.21 of the Commission's rules, upon notice from the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under sections 703(b) or 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under sections 705(a) or 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations.

    Background

    On March 10, 2015, DAK Americas, LLC, Charlotte, NC; M&G Chemicals, Houston, TX; and Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America, Lake City, SC, filed a petition with the Commission and Commerce, alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of LTFV and subsidized imports of certain polyethylene terephthalate resin from China, India, and Oman and LTFV imports of certain polyethylene terephthalate resin from Canada. Accordingly, effective March 10, 2015, the Commission, pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)), instituted countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701-TA-531-533 and antidumping duty investigation Nos. 731-TA-1270-1273 (Preliminary).

    Notice of the institution of the Commission's investigations and of a public conference to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of March 17, 2015 (80 FR 13889). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2015, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel.

    The Commission made these determinations pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)). It completed and filed its determinations in these investigations on April 24, 2015. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 4531 (May 2015), entitled Certain Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin from Canada, China, India, and Oman: Investigation Nos. 701-TA-531-533 and 731-TA-1270-1273 (Preliminary).

    By order of the Commission.

    Dated: April 24, 2015. Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10045 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020-02-P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—Sematech, Inc. D/B/A International Sematech

    Notice is hereby given that, on March 31, 2015, pursuant to section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (“the Act”), Sematech, Inc. d/b/a International Sematech (“SEMATECH”) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act's provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, Qorvo Inc., Hillsboro, OR; Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH, Dresden, GERMANY; Jusung Engineering Co., Ltd., Seoul, REPUBLIC OF KOREA; Texas Instruments, Inc., Dallas, TX; and Winbond Electronics Corporation, Taichung City, TAIWAN, have been added as parties to this venture.

    Also, Matheson Tri-Gas, Basking Ridge, NJ; Centrotherm Photovoltaics, Blaubeuren, GERMANY; Fujifilm Electronic Materials, Shizuoka, JAPAN; Solid State Equipment LLC (SSEC), Horsham, PA; Intermolecular, San Jose, CA; Morgan Advance Materials, Southampton, UNITED KINGDOM; TriQuint Semiconductors Inc., Richardson, TX; Disco, Tokyo, JAPAN; Cimetrix, Hingham, MA; SUSS, Microtec Photomask Equipment GmbH & Co. kg., Garching, GERMANY; and University College of London, London, UNITED KINGDOM, have withdrawn as parties to this venture.

    No other changes have been made in either the membership or planned activity of the group research project. Membership in this group research project remains open, and SEMATECH intends to file additional written notifications disclosing all changes in membership.

    On April 22, 1988, SEMATECH filed its original notification pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act. The Department of Justice published a notice in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on May 19, 1988 (53 FR 17987).

    The last notification was filed with the Department on January 6, 2015. A notice was published in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on February 10, 2015 (80 FR 7499).

    Patricia A. Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10032 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—Cooperative Research Group on Advanced Combustion Catalyst and Aftertreatment Technologies

    Notice is hereby given that, on March 20, 2015, pursuant to section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (“the Act”), Southwest Research Institute—Cooperative Research Group on Advanced Combustion Catalyst and Aftertreatment Technologies (“AC2AT”) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing (1) the identities of the parties to the venture and (2) the nature and objectives of the venture. The notifications were filed for the purpose of invoking the Act's provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances.

    Pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act, the identities of the parties to the venture are: Cummins, Inc., Columbus, IN; Denso Corporation, Aichi-ken, JAPAN; John Deere, Waterloo, IA; Komatsu Ltd., Tochigi-ken, JAPAN; and Tenneco Automotive Operating Co., Inc., Grass Lake, MI. The general area of AC2AT's planned activity is to develop the most cost effective solutions for future engine systems by identifying and addressing the opportunities and challenges for integration of catalysts and aftertreatment systems to engines with advanced combustion technologies. The focus of the program will be to develop the tools and technologies necessary for the synergistic application of catalysts to advance engine technologies. The proposed program incorporates projects focused in four distinct areas: (1) Detailed characterization of emissions for advanced SI and CI engines; (2) alternative catalysts for use outside of the exhaust system; (3) development of simulation tools for streamlined aftertreatment analysis; and (4) evaluation of alternative emission control technologies.

    Patricia A. Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10030 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—PXI Systems Alliance, Inc.

    Notice is hereby given that, on April 7, 2015, pursuant to section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (“the Act”), PXI Systems Alliance, Inc. has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act's provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, STAR-Dundee Ltd., Dundee, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM, has been added as a party to this venture.

    Also, Beijing HWA-Tech Information System Co., Beijing, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA; and MagiQ Technologies, Somerville, MA, has withdrawn as a party to this venture.

    In addition, Aeroflex, Inc. has changed its name to Cobham, Wireless, Wichita, KS.

    No other changes have been made in either the membership or planned activity of the group research project. Membership in this group research project remains open, and PXI Systems Alliance, Inc. intends to file additional written notifications disclosing all changes in membership.

    On November 22, 2000, PXI Systems Alliance, Inc. filed its original notification pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act. The Department of Justice published a notice in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on March 8, 2001 (66 FR 13971).

    The last notification was filed with the Department on January 16, 2015. A notice was published in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on February 17, 2015 (80 FR 8348).

    Patricia A. Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10021 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—Heterogeneous System Architecture Foundation

    Notice is hereby given that, on March 11, 2015, pursuant to section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (“the Act”), Heterogeneous System Architecture Foundation (“HSA Foundation”) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act's provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, University of West of England, Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM, has been added as a party to this venture.

    No other changes have been made in either the membership or planned activity of the group research project. Membership in this group research project remains open, and HSA Foundation intends to file additional written notifications disclosing all changes in membership.

    On August 31, 2012, HSA Foundation filed its original notification pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act. The Department of Justice published a notice in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on October 11, 2012 (77 FR 61786).

    The last notification was filed with the Department on December 19, 2014. A notice was published in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on February 6, 2015 (80 FR 6768).

    Patricia A. Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10033 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—Halon Alternatives Research Corporation, Inc.

    Notice is hereby given that, on March 2, 2015, pursuant to section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (“the Act”), Halon Alternatives Research Corporation, Inc. (“HARC”) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act's provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, A-Gas RemTec, Bowling Green, OH; American Pacific Corporation, Las Vegas, NV; BP Exploration Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK; ConocoPhillips Co., Anchorage, AK; Chemours Company LLC, Wilmington, DE; Fire Suppression System Association, Baltimore, MD; Haven Fire and Safety LLC, Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES; Meggitt PLC, Dorset, UNITED KINGDOM; Orient Corporation, Cranford, NJ; SEVO Systems, Lenexa, KS; Tyco Fire Protection Products, Marinette, WI; UTC Aerospace Systems, Arlington, VA; Waysmos USA Inc., Austin, TX; and Wesco, Metuchen, NJ, have been added as parties to this venture.

    Also, British Airways, Harmondsworth, UNITED KINGDOM; Chemtura Corporation, Middlebury, CT; DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts, Wilmington, DE; Eurotunnel PLC, London, UNITED KINGDOM; Fire Protection Systems, Inc., Washington Crossing, PA; Gielli di Luigi Galantucci, Altarnura, ITALY; Global Safety Labs, Tulsa, OK; Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, West Lafayette, IN; Halon Banking System, St. Paul, MN; Heien-Larssen AS, Spikkestad, NORWAY; Honeywell, Buffalo, NY; Hughes Aircraft Company, Los Angeles, CA; Metalcraft, Inc., Baltimore, MD; Minimax USA, Inc., Mesa, AZ; Modular Protection Group, Lenexa, KS; NAFED, Chicago, IL; Powsus, Inc., Fort Pierce, FL; and Superior Safety Inc., Ontario, CANADA, have withdrawn as parties to this venture.

    No other changes have been made in either the membership or planned activity of the group research project. Membership in this group research project remains open, and HARC intends to file additional written notifications disclosing all changes in membership.

    On February 7, 1990, HARC filed its original notification pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act. The Department of Justice published a notice in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on March 7, 1990 (55 FR 8204).

    The last notification was filed with the Department on January 18, 2011. A notice was published in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on February 22, 2011 (76 FR 9812).

    Patricia A. Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10031 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410-11-P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—Cooperative Research Group on Automotive Consortium for Embedded SecurityTM

    Notice is hereby given that, on March 20, 2015, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (“the Act”), Southwest Research Institute—Cooperative Research Group on Automotive Consortium for Embedded SecurityTM,(“ACES”) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing (1) the identities of the parties to the venture and (2) the nature and objectives of the venture. The notifications were filed for the purpose of invoking the Act's provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances.

    Pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act, the identities of the parties to the venture are: Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC, Kokomo, IN; Denso International America, Inc., Southfield, MI; Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI; GM Global Technology Operations LLC, Detroit, MI; Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Raymond, OH; and Robert Bosch LLC, Farmington Hills, MI. The general area of ACES's planned activity is to provide pre-competitive and non-competitive research in automotive embedded systems security to protect the safety, reliability, brand image, trade secrets, and to provide privacy of members' future products. The objectives of ACES are to perform high-risk/high-reward pre-competitive and non-competitive research and development; serve as an independent verification and validation entity; develop understanding of industry problems and associated risk; monitor and share threats and industry research; keep abreast of and provide input for emerging safety and security regulations and standards; and provide members with relevant solutions and actionable results.

    Patricia A. Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10028 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—Open Platform for NFV Project, Inc.

    Notice is hereby given that, on April 2, 2015, pursuant to section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (“the Act”), Open Platform for NFV Project, Inc. (“Open Platform for NFV Project”) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act's provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, ADVA Optical Networking SE., Martinsried, GERMANY; Canonical Group Limited, London, UNITED KINGDOM; Dialogic Corporation, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Hangzhou H3C Technologies, Co., Ltd., Hangzhou, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA; Qosmos, Paris, FRANCE; SK Telecom, Seoul, REPUBLIC OF KOREA; Spirent Communications, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA; and Stratus Technologies, Inc., Maynard, MA, have been added as parties to this venture.

    No other changes have been made in either the membership or planned activity of the group research project. Membership in this group research project remains open, and Open Platform for NFV Project intends to file additional written notifications disclosing all changes in membership.

    On October 17, 2014, Open Platform for NFV Project filed its original notification pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act. The Department of Justice published a notice in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on November 14, 2014 (79 FR 68301).

    The last notification was filed with the Department on January 12, 2015. A notice was published in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on February 6, 2015 (80 FR 6767).

    Patricia A. Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10027 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [CPCLO Order No. 007-2015] Privacy Act of 1974; Systems of Records; Correction AGENCY:

    Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice.

    ACTION:

    Notice; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    The United States Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, published a notice document in the Federal Register on January 23, 2015, terminating the systems of records entitled “Office of Legal Counsel Attorney Assignment Reports, JUSTICE/OLC-001” and “Office of Legal Counsel Central File, JUSTICE/OLC-003.” The system notice title for the “Office of Legal Counsel Central File” system should read JUSTICE/OLC-002.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Robin Moss, 202-514-8568.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register January 23, 2015, in FR Doc. 2015-01211, on page 3624, first column, correct the “SUMMARY” caption to read:

    Pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the United States Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, is terminating the systems of records entitled “Office of Legal Counsel Attorney Assignment Reports, JUSTICE/OLC-001” and “Office of Legal Counsel Central File, JUSTICE/OLC-002.”

    Dated: April 2, 2015. Kristi Lane Scott, Deputy Director, Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, United States Department of Justice.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10109 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410-23-P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [CPCLO Order No. 006-2015] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records AGENCY:

    Department of Justice.

    ACTION:

    Notice; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Justice (the Department or DOJ) published a system of records notice in the Federal Register on March 26, 2015 (80 FR 16025), which added a new system of records. The notice text did not reference the correct number to the accompanying proposed rule in the preamble portion of the notice. This document corrects the notice by revising the citation in the preamble to remove reference to 28 CFR 16.135.

    DATES:

    This correction is effective on April 30, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Robin Moss, Privacy Analyst, 202-514-8568.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of March 26, 2015, in FR Doc. 2015-06934, on page 16025, in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section, second column, line 16, and third column, line one, correct the reference to the Code of Federal Regulation to read:

    28 CFR 16.136 Dated: April 2, 2015. Kristi Lane Scott, Deputy Director, Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, United States Department of Justice.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10107 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410-FB-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Public Availability of Department of Labor FY 2014 Service Contract Inventory AGENCY:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, Labor.

    ACTION:

    Notice of public availability of FY 2014 Service Contract Inventories.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), the Department of Labor (DOL) is publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of its FY 2014 Service Contract Inventory. This inventory provides information on service contract actions over $25,000 made in FY 2014. The information is organized by function to show how contracted resources are distributed throughout the agency. The inventory has been developed in accordance with guidance issued on November 5, 2010, by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP's guidance is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/procurement/memo/service-contract-inventories-guidance-11052010.pdf. The Department of Labor has posted its inventory and a summary of the inventory on the agency's Web site at the following link: http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/main.htm#inventory.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Questions regarding the service contract inventory should be directed to Ngozi Ofili in the DOL/Office of Acquisition Management Services at (202) 693-7247 or [email protected]

    Dated: April 17, 2015. Edward C. Hugler, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10054 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-23-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards AGENCY:

    Mine Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations, 30 CFR part 44, govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below.

    DATES:

    All comments on the petitions must be received by the Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances on or before June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit your comments, identified by “docket number” on the subject line, by any of the following methods:

    1. Electronic Mail: [email protected] Include the docket number of the petition in the subject line of the message.

    2. Facsimile: 202-693-9441.

    3. Regular Mail or Hand Delivery: MSHA, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2350, Arlington, Virginia 22209-3939, Attention: Sheila McConnell, Acting Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances. Persons delivering documents are required to check in at the receptionist's desk on the 21st floor. Individuals may inspect copies of the petitions and comments during normal business hours at the address listed above.

    MSHA will consider only comments postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or proof of delivery from another delivery service such as UPS or Federal Express on or before the deadline for comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Barbara Barron, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances at 202-693-9447 (Voice), [email protected] (Email), or 202-693-9441 (Facsimile). [These are not toll-free numbers.]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) allows the mine operator or representative of miners to file a petition to modify the application of any mandatory safety standard to a coal or other mine if the Secretary of Labor determines that:

    1. An alternative method of achieving the result of such standard exists which will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure of protection afforded the miners of such mine by such standard; or

    2. That the application of such standard to such mine will result in a diminution of safety to the miners in such mine.

    In addition, the regulations at 30 CFR 44.10 and 44.11 establish the requirements and procedures for filing petitions for modification.

    II. Petitions for Modification

    Docket Number: M-2015-007-C.

    Petitioner: White Oak Resources, LLC, P.O. Box 339, McLeansboro, Illinois 62859.

    Mine: White Oak Mine No. 1, MSHA I.D. No. 11-03203, located in Hamilton County, Illinois.

    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.1700 (Oil and gas wells).

    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit mining within a 300 foot diameter of abandoned oil and gas wells, and to allow mining through abandoned oil and gas wells.

    1. A safety barrier of 300 feet diameter (150 feet between any mined area and a well) will be maintained around all oil and gas wells, to include all active, inactive, abandoned, shut-in, and previously plugged wells and including water injection wells until approval to proceed has been obtained from the District Manager (DM).

    2. The petitioner proposes, prior to mining through any oil or gas well at its White Oak Mine No. 1, to provide the DM a sworn affidavit or declaration stating that all mandatory procedures for cleaning out, preparing, and plugging each gas or oil well have been completed. The declaration will be accompanied by down-hole logs and any other information that the DM may request.

    (a) The petitioner proposes to use the following procedures when cleaning out and preparing oil and gas wells prior to plugging or replugging:

    (1) Clean out the well from the surface to at least 200 feet below the base of the lowest mineable coal seam. The DM will be provided with all information it possesses concerning the geological nature of the strata and the pressure of the well. All material will be removed from the entire diameter of the well, wall to wall.

    (2) Prepare down-hole logs for each well. The logs will consist of a caliper survey and be suitable for determining the top, bottom, and thickness of all coal seams and potential hydrocarbon-producing strata and the location for the bridge plug. In addition a journal will be maintained describing the depth and nature of each material encountered; bit size and type used to drill each portion of the hole; length and type of each material used to plug the well; length of casing(s) removed, perforated, or ripped, or left in place, any sections where casing was cut or milled; and other pertinent information concerning cleaning and sealing the well. Invoices, work-orders, and other records relating to all work on the well will be maintained as part of this journal and provided to MSHA on request.

    (3) When cleaning out the well, a diligent effort will be made to remove all of the casing in the well or, if it is not possible to remove all of the casing, fill the annulus between the casings and the well walls with expanding cement (minimum 0.5 percent expansion on setting) and ensure that these areas contain no voids. If the casing cannot be removed it will be cut or milled at all mineable coal seam levels. Any remaining casings will be perforated or ripped at least every 50 feet from at least 200 feet below the base of the lowest mineable coal seam up to 100 feet above the uppermost mineable coal seam. When multiple casing and tubing strings are present in the coal horizon(s), perforate or rip any casing that remains and fill with expanding cement. Keep an acceptable casing bond log for each casing and tubing string used in lieu of ripping or perforating multiple strings.

    (4) Place a mechanical bridge plug in the well, if a cleaned-out well emits excessive amounts of gas. Place the mechanical bridge plug in a competent stratum at least 200 feet below the base of the lowest mineable coal seam, but above the top of the uppermost hydrocarbon-producing stratum.

    (5) If the uppermost hydrocarbon-producing stratum is within 300 feet of the base of the lowest mineable coal seam, properly place mechanical bridge plugs to isolate the hydrocarbon-producing stratum from the expanding cement plug. Place a minimum of 200 feet of expanding cement below the lowest mineable coal seam.

    (b) The petitioner proposes to use the following procedures for plugging or replugging oil or gas wells to the surface:

    (1) Pump expanding cement slurry down the well to form a plug that runs from at least 200 feet below the base of the lowest mineable coal seam to the surface. Place the expanding cement in the well under a pressure of at least 200 pounds per square inch. Portland cement or a lightweight cement mixture may be used to fill the area from 100 feet above the top of the uppermost mineable coal seam.

    (2) Embed steel turnings or other small magnetic particles in the top of the cement near the surface to serve as a permanent magnetic monument of the well. In the alternative, extend a 41/2-inch or larger casing, set in cement, at least 36 inches above the ground level with the American Petroleum Institute (API) well number either engraved or welded on the casing. When the hole cannot be marked with a physical monument (i.e., prime farmland), use high-resolution GPS coordinates (one-half meter resolution) to locate the hole.

    c. The petitioner proposes to use the following procedures for plugging or replugging oil and gas wells for subsequent use as degasification boreholes:

    (1) Set a cement plug in the well by pumping expanding cement slurry down the tubing to provide at least 200 feet of expanding cement below the lowest mineable coal seam. Place the expanding cement in the well under a pressure of at least 200 pounds per square inch. Extend the top of the expanding cement at least 30 feet above the top of the coal seam being mined.

    (2) Securely grout a suitable casing into the bedrock of the upper portion of the degasification well to protect it. The remainder of this well may be cased or uncased.

    (3) Fit the top of the degasification casing with a wellhead, equipped as required by the DM in the approved ventilation plan. Such equipment may include check valves, shut-in valves, sampling ports, flame arrestor equipment, and security fencing.

    (4) Operation of the degasification well will be addressed in the approved ventilation plan. This may include periodic tests of methane levels and limits on the minimum concentrations that may be extracted.

    (5) After the area of the coal mine that is degassed by a well is sealed or the coal mine is abandoned, seal the degas holes using the following procedures:

    (i) Insert a tube to the bottom of the drill hole or, if not possible, to at least 100 feet above the Herrin No. 6 coal seam. Remove any blockage to ensure that the tube is inserted to this depth.

    (ii) Set a cement plug in the well by pumping Portland cement or a lightweight cement mixture down the tubing until the well is filled to the surface.

    (iii) Embed steel turnings or other small magnetic particles in the top of the cement near the surface to serve as a permanent magnetic monument of the well. In the alternative, extend a 41/2-inch or larger casing, set in cement, at least 36 inches above the ground level with the API well number engraved or welded on the casing.

    d. The petitioner proposes to use the following mandatory alternative procedures for preparing and plugging or replugging oil or gas wells that cannot be cleaned out:

    (1) Drill a hole adjacent and parallel to the well to a depth of at least 200 feet below the lowest mineable coal seam.

    (2) Locate any casing that may remain in the well using a geophysical sensing device.

    (3) If the well contains casings, drill into the well from the parallel hole and perforate or rip all casings at intervals of at least 5 feet from 10 feet below the coal seam to 10 feet above the coal seam. Beyond that distance, perforate or rip all casings at least every 50 feet from at least 200 feet below the base of the lowest mineable coal seam up to 100 feet above the seam being mined. Fill the annulus between the casings and between the casings and the well wall with expanding cement (minimum of 0.5 percent expansion on setting), and ensure that these areas contain no voids. When multiple casing and tubing strings are present in the coal horizons, rip or perforate any casing that remains and fill with expanding cement. Provide an acceptable casing bond log for each casing and tubing used in lieu of ripping or perforating multiple strings.

    (4) Use a horizontal hydraulic fracturing technique to intercept the original well. Fracture the original well in at least six places from at least 200 feet below the base of the lowest mineable coal seam to a point at least 50 feet above the seam being mined, at intervals to be agreed on by the petitioner and the DM after considering the geological strata and the pressure within the well. Pump expanding cement into the fractured well in sufficient quantities and in a manner that fills all intercepted voids.

    (5) Prepare down-hole logs for each well. The logs will consist of a caliper survey and be suitable for determining the top, bottom, and thickness of all coal seams and potential hydrocarbon-producing strata and the location for the bridge plug. The operator may obtain the logs from the adjacent hole rather than the well if the condition of the well makes it impractical to insert the equipment necessary to obtain the log. Maintain a journal describing the depth of each material encountered; the nature of each material encountered; bit size and type used to drill each portion of the hole; length and type of each material used to plug the well; length of casing(s) removed, perforated, ripped, or left in place; and other pertinent information concerning sealing the well. Invoices, work orders, and other records relating to all work on the well will be maintained as part of the journal and provided to MSHA on request.

    (6) After plugging the well, plug the open portions of both holes from the bottom to the surface with Portland cement or a lightweight cement mixture.

    (7) Embed steel turnings or other small magnetic particles in the top of the cement near the surface to serve as a permanent magnetic monument of the well. In the alternative, extend a 41/2-inch or larger casing, set in cement, at least 36 inches above the ground level.

    (8) A combination of the methods outlined in subparagraphs (d)(3) and (d)(4) may have to be used in a single well depending on the conditions of the hole and the presence of casings. The petitioner and DM would discuss the nature of each hole. The DM may require that more than one method be used.

    e. The petitioner proposes to use the following procedures after approval has been granted by the DM to mine through a plugged or replugged well:

    (1) Prior to cutting-through a plugged well, notify the DM or designee, representative of the miners, and the appropriate State agency in sufficient time for them to have a representative present.

    (2) When using continuous mining machines, install drivage sites at the last open crosscut near the place to be mined to ensure intersection of the well. The drivage sites will not be more than 50 feet from the well. When using longwall mining methods, install drivage sites on 10-foot centers for a distance of 50 feet in advance of the well. The drivage sites will be installed in the headgate and tailgate.

    (3) Firefighting equipment, including fire extinguishers, rock dust, and sufficient fire hose to reach the working face area of the mine-through (when either the conventional or continuous mining method is used), will be available and operable during each well mine-through. Locate the fire hose in the last open crosscut of the entry or room. Maintain the water line to the belt conveyor tailpiece along with a sufficient amount of fire hose to reach the farthest point of penetration on the section. When the longwall mining method is used, a hose to the longwall water supply is sufficient. All fire hoses will be connected and ready for use, but do not have to be charged with water during the cut-through.

    (4) Keep available at the last open crosscut a supply of roof support and ventilation materials sufficient to ventilate and support around the well on cut-through. In addition, keep emergency plugs and suitable sealing materials available in the immediate area of the well intersection.

    (5) Maintain minimum air quantities in the working face during the period from when mining within 50 feet of the well location until the post cut-through inspection, or mining progresses at least 50 feet past the well location will be specified in the approved ventilation plan.

    (6) On the shift prior to mining through the well, service all equipment and check for permissibility.

    (7) Calibrate the methane monitors on the longwall, continuous mining machine, or cutting machine and loading machine on the shift prior to mining through the well.

    (8) When mining is in progress, test methane levels with a hand-held methane detector at least every 10 minutes from the time that mining with the continuous mining machine is within 30 feet of the well until the well is intersected and immediately prior to mining through it. No individual is allowed on the return side during the actual cutting process until the mine-through has been completed and the area examined and declared safe. All workplace examinations will be conducted on the return side of the shearer while the shearer is idle.

    (9) Keep the working place free from accumulations of coal dust and coal spillages, and place rock dust on the roof, rib, and floor to within 20 feet of the face when mining through the well when using continuous or conventional mining methods. Conduct rock dusting on longwall sections on the roof, rib, and floor up to both the headgate and tailgate gob.

    (10) Deenergize all equipment when the wellbore is intersected and thoroughly examine the place and determine it safe before resuming mining. After a well has been intersected and the working place determined safe, mining will continue inby the well a sufficient distance to permit adequate ventilation around the area of the well.

    (11) In rare instances, torches may be used for inadequately or inaccurately cut or milled casings at the coal seam level. No open flame is permitted in the area until adequate ventilation has been established around the wellbore and methane levels are less than 1.0 percent in all areas that will be exposed to flames and sparks from the torch. Apply a thick layer of rock dust to the roof, face, floor, ribs, and any exposed coal within 20 feet of the casing prior to any use of torches.

    (12) Non-sparkling (brass) tools will be located on the working section and will be used to expose and examine cased wells.

    (13) No person will be permitted in the area of the cut-through operation except those actually engaged in the mining operation, including mine management, representatives of miners, personnel from MSHA, and personnel from the appropriate State agency.

    (14) A certified official will directly supervise the cut-through operation and only the certified official in charge will issue instructions concerning the cut-through operation.

    (15) Within 60 days after this petition becomes final, the petitioner will submit proposed revisions for its approved part 48 training plan to the DM. These proposed revisions will include initial and refresher training regarding compliance with the terms and conditions stated in the Order. The operator will provide all miners involved in the mine-through of a well with training regarding the requirements of this Order prior to mining within 150 feet of the next well intended to be mined through.

    (16) The responsible person required in 30 CFR 75.1501 will be responsible for well intersection emergencies. The responsible person will review the well intersection procedures prior to any planned intersection.

    (17) Within 60 days after this petition becomes final, the petitioner will submit proposed revisions for its approved mine emergency evacuation and firefighting plan required in 30 CFR 75.1501. The plan will include the hazards and evacuation procedures to be used for well intersections. All underground miners will be trained in this revised plan within 60 days of submittal of the revised evacuation plan.

    The petitioner asserts that the proposed alternative method will at all times guarantee no less than the same measure or protection afforded by the existing standard.

    Docket Number: M-2015-008-C.

    Petitioner: Consolidation Coal Company, RD #1 Box 62A, Dallas, West Virginia 26036.

    Mine: Shoemaker Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 46-01436, located in Marshall County, West Virginia.

    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.311(b)(2) and (3) (Main mine fan operation).

    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to allow the refuse belt to continue to operate during a fan outage other than the Dupont Fan. Management will monitor and prohibit the entrance of any miners or personnel underground at any time during the fan outages. The mine will follow the re-entry requirements in 30 CFR for examinations and re-entry by mine personnel once all fans are operational. The petitioner states that:

    (1) The Shoemaker Mine operates in the Pittsburgh #8 coal seam. The seam thickness averages 84 inches. The overburden averages 850 feet. The continuous miner and longwall sections are used to mine this coal seam. The mine currently has 730 employees.

    (2) Coal extraction from the mine is transported via conveyor belt to the coal processing plant located on the surface. Rock and other impurities are separated from the coal at this location. The separated rock and impurities are termed “refuse or refuse material”.

    (3) The refuse material which has been separated from the coal is then loaded onto another conveyor belt, hereinafter known as the refuse belt, which carries the refuse material back into and through a small portion of the mine, before exiting to the surface again. The refuse is then trans-loaded onto rubber tired vehicles which distribute the refuse throughout the approved refuse disposal site.

    (4) The belt consists of a 30-inch flame resistant material required in 30 CFR part 14. The belt travels from the preparation plant to the refuse site. The distance underground is approximately 4,000 feet.

    (5) Removing the refuse belt from service due to a fan outage also prevents the coal processing plant from operating.

    (6) The mine is ventilated with multiple main ventilation fans and the primary source of ventilation of the “refuse” belt is the Dupont main blowing fan. In the event of an outage of any or all ventilation fans, the Dupont fan will remain in operation to provide adequate ventilation to the petitioned area.

    (7) The procedures below will be used to monitor the belt on the surface at manned locations.

    (a) The following procedures will be used for operating the refuse belt during a fan outage:

    (1) The refuse belt is ventilated by the Dupont main blowing fan. The air enters the mine and splits on the belt and exits the mine at the River Portal and top of the Refuse Slope at Browns Run. The blowing system provides positive pressure on the beltline and surrounding areas. Air measurements recorded at the two belt openings where air exits the mine will be monitored with a velometer. If at any time the Dupont main blowing fan becomes inoperative then the refuse belt will be deenergized by a remote system from a surface location.

    (2) The beltline will be monitored on the surface at manned locations where audible and visual signals can be heard or seen. An intrinsically safe monitoring system capable of detection and monitoring of carbon monoxide, oxygen, methane and velocity will be installed and maintained along the refuse belt as indicated below:

    (i) Carbon monoxide sensors will be installed near the center in the upper third of the entry, in a location that does not expose personnel working on the system to unsafe conditions. Sensors will not be located in abnormally high areas or in other locations where airflow patterns do not permit products of combustion to be carried to the sensors.

    (ii) The carbon monoxide sensor location intervals will not exceed 1,000 feet along the belt entry and not more than 100 feet downwind of the belt tailpiece transfer.

    (iii) Oxygen and methane sensors will be installed near the center of the entry, at least 12 inches from the roof, ribs, and floor, in a location that would not expose personnel working on the system to unsafe conditions. The sensor will be located where the ventilating current enters the refuse belt entry at Survey Station 12+50.

    (iv) Velometers will be installed at the two locations where air used to ventilate the Refuse Belt exits the mine.

    (v) The sensors will automatically provide visual and audible signals at the surface locations for any interruption of circuit continuity and any electrical malfunction of the system. These signals must be of sufficient magnitude to be seen or heard by the designated person at the surface locations.

    (vi) The sensors will automatically provide visual and audible signals at the designated surface locations when carbon monoxide concentration levels reach alarm (10 PPM), (the Ambient CO Level for the entry will be zero); methane concentration levels reach alarm at 1.0 percent at any sensor; oxygen concentration levels drop below and reach alarm at 19.5 percent; or velocities drop under 50 FPM and reach alarm.

    (vii) If at any time any segment of the monitoring system reaches alarm status the belt will be deenergized.

    (8) The sensors will be installed and maintained by personnel trained in the installation and maintenance of the system. The system will be maintained in proper operating condition.

    (9) Sensors used to monitor for carbon monoxide and methane will be of a type listed and installed in accordance with the recommendations of a nationally recognized testing laboratory approved by the Secretary, or will be of a type, and installed in a manner approved by the Secretary.

    (10) At least once each shift when belts are operated as part of a production shift, sensors used to detect carbon monoxide will be visually examined.

    (11) At least once every seven days alarms for the installed monitoring system will be functionally tested for proper operation.

    (12) At intervals not to exceed 31 days, each carbon monoxide sensor will be calibrated in accordance with the manufacturer's calibration specifications. Calibration will be done with a known concentration of carbon monoxide in air sufficient to activate the alarm.

    (13) Each methane sensor installed will be calibrated in accordance with the manufacturer's calibration specifications. Calibration will be done with a known concentration of methane in air sufficient to activate an alarm.

    (14) If the alarm signals are activated during calibration of sensors, the designated person will be notified prior to and upon completion of calibration.

    (15) Gases used for the testing and calibration of sensors will be traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology reference standard for the specific gas. When these reference standards are not available for a specific gas, calibration gases will be traceable to an analytical standard which is prepared using a method traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Calibration gases must be within ±2.0 percent of the indicated gas concentration.

    (16) A record of the date, time, location and type of sensor, and the cause for the activation will be recorded if an alarm occurs.

    (17) If a sensor malfunctions, the date, the extent and cause of the malfunction, and the corrective action taken to return the system to proper operation will be recorded.

    (18) A record of the seven-day tests of alert and alarm signals, calibrations, and maintenance of the sensors will be made by the person(s) performing these tests.

    (19) The person(s) entering the recordings will include their name, date, and signature in the record.

    (20) The records required by this section will be kept either in a secure book that is not susceptible to alteration, or electronically in a computer system that is secure and not susceptible to alteration. These records will be maintained separately from other records and identifiable by a title, such as the “Sensor Log”.

    (21) Records will be retained for at least one year at a surface location at the mine and made available for inspection by miners and authorized representatives of the Secretary.

    (22) The Intrinsically Safe Fire Sensor and Warning System will be comprised of components from Conspec Controls, Inc., or equivalent parts or manufacture.

    (23) The system will consist of intrinsically safe components. The following components will be the only electrical components present underground on the refuse belt:

    (a) Belt Conveyor On/Off switches every 1,000 feet with an intrinsically safe system. A total of 6 switches are present along the beltline.

    (b) The belt controls including belt switches and chute plug switch will be controlled by SMC C1570 IS Relays with diodes. The sequence switch will go through an IS barrier (BWI EAGLE 10-7072 IS Zenner Barrier) to an IS proximity switch (BWI EAGLE 10-7039 IS Prox Sensor).

    (c) The refuse and slope belt drives and associated electrical components are located outside on the surface at Browns Run and the River Portal.

    Within 60 days after this Petition is granted, the petitioner will submit proposed revisions for its approved part 48 training plan to the District Manager. The proposed revisions will specify initial and refresher training regarding the alternative method outlined in this petition and the terms and conditions stated in the Proposed Decision and Order.

    Docket Number: M-2015-009-C.

    Petitioner: Consolidation Coal Company, RD #1 Box 62A, Dallas, West Virginia 26036.

    Mine: Shoemaker Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 46-01436, located in Marshall County, West Virginia.

    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.313(c)(2) and (3) (Main mine fan stoppage with persons underground).

    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to allow the refuse belt to continue to operate during a fan outage, other than the Dupont Fan. Management will monitor and prohibit the entrance of any miners or personnel underground at any time during the fan outages. The mine will follow the re-entry requirements in 30 CFR for examinations and re-entry by mine personnel once all fans are operational. The petitioner states that:

    (1) The Shoemaker Mine operates in the Pittsburgh #8 coal seam. The seam thickness averages 84 inches. The overburden averages 850 feet. The continuous miner and longwall sections are used to mine this coal seam. The mine currently has 730 employees.

    (2) Coal extraction from the mine is transported via conveyor belt to the coal processing plant located on the surface. Rock and other impurities are separated from the coal at this location. The separated rock and impurities and termed “refuse or refuse material”.

    (3) The refuse material which has been separated from the coal is them loaded onto another conveyor belt, hereinafter known as the refuse belt, which carries the refuse material back into and through a small portion of the mine, before exiting to the surface again. The refuse is then trans-loaded onto rubber tired vehicles which distribute the refuse throughout the approved refuse disposal site.

    (4) The belt consists of a 30-inch flame resistant material required in 30 CFR part 14. The belt travels from the preparation plant to the refuse site. The distance underground is approximately 4,000 feet.

    (5) Removing the refuse belt from service due to a fan outage also prevents the coal processing plant from operating.

    (6) The mine is ventilated with multiple main ventilation fans and the primary source of ventilation of the “refuse” belt is the Dupont main blowing fan. In the event of an outage of any or all ventilation fans, the Dupont fan will remain in operation to provide adequate ventilation to the petitioned area.

    (7) The procedures below will be used to monitor the belt on the surface at manned locations.

    (a) The following procedures will be used for operating the refuse belt during a fan outage:

    (1) The refuse belt is ventilated by the Dupont main blowing fan. The air enters the mine and splits on the belt and exits the mine at the River Portal and top of the refuse slope at Browns Run. The blowing system provides positive pressure on the beltline and surrounding areas. Air measurements recorded at the two belt openings where air exits the mine will be monitored with a velometer. If at any time the Dupont main blowing fan becomes inoperative then the refuse belt will be deenergized by a remote system from a surface location.

    (2) The beltline will be monitored on the surface at manned locations where audible and visual signals can be heard or seen. An intrinsically safe monitoring system capable of detection and monitoring of carbon monoxide, oxygen, methane and velocity will be installed and maintained along the refuse belt as indicated below:

    (i) Carbon monoxide sensors will be installed near the center in the upper third of the entry, in a location that does not expose personnel working on the system to unsafe conditions. Sensors will not be located in abnormally high areas or in other locations where airflow patterns do not permit products of combustion to be carried to the sensors.

    (ii) The carbon monoxide sensor location intervals will not exceed 1,000 feet along the belt entry and not more than 100 feet downwind of the belt tailpiece transfer.

    (iii) Oxygen and methane sensors will be installed near the center of the entry, at least 12 inches from the roof, ribs, and floor, in a location that would not expose personnel working on the system to unsafe conditions. The sensor will be located where the ventilating current enters the refuse belt entry at Survey Station 12+50.

    (iv) Velometers will be installed at the two locations where air used to ventilate the refuse belt exits the mine.

    (v) The sensors will automatically provide visual and audible signals at the surface locations for any interruption of circuit continuity and any electrical malfunction of the system. These signals must be of sufficient magnitude to be seen or heard by the designated person at the surface locations.

    (vi) The sensors will automatically provide visual and audible signals at the designated surface locations when carbon monoxide concentration levels reach alarm (10 PPM), (the Ambient CO Level for the entry will be zero); methane concentration levels reach alarm at 1.0 percent at any sensor; oxygen concentration levels drop below and reach alarm at 19.5 percent; or velocities drop under 50 FPM and reach alarm.

    (vii) If at any time any segment of the monitoring system reaches alarm status the belt will be deenergized.

    (8) The sensors will be installed and maintained by personnel trained in the installation and maintenance of the system. The system will be maintained in proper operating condition.

    (9) Sensors used to monitor for carbon monoxide and methane will be of a type listed and installed in accordance with the recommendations of a nationally recognized testing laboratory approved by the Secretary, or will be of a type, and installed in a manner approved by the Secretary.

    (10) At least once each shift when belts are operated as part of a production shift, sensors used to detect carbon monoxide must be visually examined.

    (11) At least once every seven days alarms for the installed monitoring system will be functionally tested for proper operation.

    (12) At intervals not to exceed 31 days, each carbon monoxide sensor will be calibrated in accordance with the manufacturer's calibration specifications. Calibration will be done with a known concentration of carbon monoxide in air sufficient to activate the alarm.

    (13) Each methane sensor installed will be calibrated in accordance with the manufacturer's calibration specifications. Calibration will be done with a known concentration of methane in air sufficient to activate an alarm.

    (14) If the alarm signals are activated during calibration of sensors, the designated person will be notified prior to and upon completion of calibration.

    (15) Gases used for the testing and calibration of sensors will be traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology reference standard for the specific gas. When these reference standards are not available for a specific gas, calibration gases will be traceable to an analytical standard which is prepared using a method traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Calibration gases must be within ±2.0 percent of the indicated gas concentration.

    (16) A record of the date, time, location and type of sensor, and the cause for the activation will be recorded if an alarm occurs.

    (17) If a sensor malfunctions, the date, the extent and cause of the malfunction, and the corrective action taken to return the system to proper operation will be recorded.

    (18) A record of the seven-day tests of alert and alarm signals, calibrations, and maintenance of the sensors will be made by the person(s) performing these actions.

    (19) The person(s) entering the record must include their name, date, and signature in the record.

    (20) The records required by this section will be kept either in a secure book that is not susceptible to alteration, or electronically in a computer system that is secure and not susceptible to alteration. These records will be maintained separately from other records and identifiable by a title, such as the “Sensor Log”.

    (21) Records will be retained for at least one year at a surface location at the mine and made available for inspection by miners and authorized representatives of the Secretary.

    (22) The Intrinsically Safe Fire Sensor and Warning System will be comprised of components from Conspec Controls, Inc., or equivalent parts or manufacture.

    (23) The system will consist of intrinsically safe components. The following components will be the only electrical components present underground on the refuse belt:

    (a) Belt conveyor on/off switches every 1,000 feet with an intrinsically safe system. A total of 6 switches are present along the beltline.

    (b) The belt controls including belt switches and chute plug switch will be controlled by SMC C1570 IS Relays with diodes. The sequence switch will go through an IS barrier (BWI EAGLE 10-7072 IS Zenner Barrier) to an IS proximity switch (BWI EAGLE 10-7039 IS Prox Sensor).

    (c) The refuse and slope belt drives and associated electrical components are located outside on the surface at Browns Run and the River Portal.

    Within 60 days after this Petition is granted, the petitioner will submit proposed revisions for its approved part 48 training plan to the District Manager. The proposed revisions will specify initial and refresher training regarding the alternative method outlined in this petition and the terms and conditions stated in the Proposed Decision and Order.

    Docket Number: M-2015-010-C.

    Petitioner: Coyote Creek Mining Company, LLC, 6502 17th Street SW., Zap, North Dakota 58580.

    Mine: Coyote Creek Mine, MSHA I.D. No. 32-01028, located in Mercer County, North Dakota.

    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.803 (Fail safe ground check circuits on high-voltage resistance grounded systems).

    Modification Request: The petitioner requests a modification of the existing standard to permit an alternative method of compliance when the boom/mast is raised or lowered during necessary repairs. The petitioner states that:

    (1) Some stages of assembly/disassembly of draglines require special consideration when the boom/mast is raised/lowered into position.

    (2) The boom is raised/lowered utilizing the on-board VFD hoist drive and AC drive motors. This process is critical because power to the machine must not be interrupted. Power loss conditions may result in the boom becoming uncontrolled, falling, and possible injuries to workers. To address this condition, the petitioner proposes to use the following guidelines to help prevent loss of power to the machine. This procedure only addresses raising/lowering the boom on draglines utilizing the machine's electrical onboard VFD hoist drive and AC drive motors. It does not replace other mechanical precautions or the requirements of 30 CFR 77.405(b) that are necessary to safely secure booms/masts during construction or maintenance procedures.

    The petitioner proposes to use the following procedure for “boom raising” or “boom lowering” at the Coyote Creek Mine. During this period of construction and maintenance the machine will not be performing mining operations. This procedure will also be applicable in instances of disassembly or major maintenance that require the boom to be raised/lowered. The following guidelines will be used to minimize the potential for electrical power loss during this critical boom procedure:

    (1) The petitioner proposes to initially use the procedure to raise the boom on the Marion 8400 dragline, which is currently being reconstructed, and would most likely only use this procedure during disassembly or major maintenance in the future.

    (2) Major maintenance requiring the raising/lowering of the boom/mast would only be performed on an as needed basis, which could span long periods of time. Therefore, training and review of the procedure would only be conducted prior to this need. At such time, all persons involved in the process would be trained and retrained.

    The petitioner states that:

    (1) Coyote Creek employees, its contractors, and affected persons will be trained on the requirements of the procedure at the mine.

    (2) The procedure will be coordinated by a Coyote Creek Mine maintenance supervisor and, if present, the contractor's representative will assist. At least two MSHA qualified electricians will be present at all times during the procedure.

    (3) The number of persons required on board the machine will be limited. An MSHA qualified electrician, dragline operator, and the dragline oiler will be permitted on the machine. The Coyote Creek maintenance supervisor and contractor's representative may either be on board or at a location on the ground to assist in the coordination.

    (4) The affected area under the boom will be secured to prevent persons from entering and/or contacting the frame of the machine during the “boom raising/lowering”. The area will be secured and only those persons identified in Item #3 will be permitted inside the secured area. At no time will anyone be permitted under the boom or close to the boom.

    (5) Communication between the dragline operator, the MSHA qualified electrician at the dragline, the MSHA qualified electrician at the substation, the Coyote Creek maintenance supervisor, and the contractor's representative, if present, will be a dedicated channel on the company's two-way radio.

    (6) An MSHA qualified electrician will complete an examination of all electrical components that will be energized. The examination will be done within two hours prior to the boom raising/lowering process. A record of this examination will be made available to interested parties. The machine will be deenergized to perform this examination.

    (7) After the examination is completed, the electrical components necessary to complete the boom raising/lowering process will be energized to assure they are operating properly as determined by an MSHA qualified electrician. When completed, the machine will be deenergized and locked out.

    (8) The ground fault and ground check circuits will be disabled provided:

    (a) The internal grounding conductor of the trailing cable has been tested and is continuous from the frame of the dragline to the grounding resistor located at the substation. Utilizing the ground check circuit and disconnecting the pilot circuit at the machine frame, and verifying the circuit breaker cannot be closed, will be an acceptable test. Resistance measurements will also be used to assure the ground conductor is continuous. The grounding resistor will be tested to assure it is properly connected, is not open, or is not shorted.

    (b) Normal short circuit protection will be provided at all times. The over current relay setting may be increased up to 100 percent above its normal setting.

    (9) During the boom raising/lowering procedure an MSHA qualified electrician will be positioned at the substation dedicated to monitor the grounding circuit. The MSHA qualified electrician will be able to detect a grounded phase condition or an open ground wire condition. The MSHA qualified electrician at the substation will at all times maintain communications with an MSHA qualified electrician at the dragline. If a grounded phase condition or an open ground wire should occur during the process, the MSHA qualified electrician at the substation will notify the MSHA qualified electrician at the dragline. All persons on board the machine must be aware of the condition and must remain on board the machine. The boom must be lowered to the ground or controlled and electrical circuit deenergized, locked and tagged out. The circuit must remain deenergized until the condition is corrected. The ground fault and ground check circuits will be reinstalled prior to reenergizing and testing the machine. Once circuits have been tested and no adverse conditions are present, the boom raising/lowering procedure, as outlined above, will be resumed.

    (10) During the construction/maintenance procedure, persons cannot get on or off the dragline while the ground check ground fault circuits are disabled unless the circuit is deenergized, locked and tagged out as verified by the MSHA qualified electrician at the substation.

    (11) After the boom raising/lowering is completed, the MSHA qualified electrician at the substation will restore all the protective devices to their normal state. When this has been completed, the MSHA qualified electrician at the substation will notify the dragline that all circuits are in their normal state. At this time normal work procedures can begin.

    The petitioner asserts that this proposed alternative method of the existing standard will not result in a diminution of safety to the miners affected.

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Sheila McConnell, Acting Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10093 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-43-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration Affirmative Decisions on Petitions for Modification Granted in Whole or in Part AGENCY:

    Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Labor.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This Federal Register Notice notifies the public that MSHA has investigated and issued a final decision on certain mine operator petitions to modify a safety standard.

    ADDRESSES:

    Copies of the final decisions are posted on MSHA's Web site at http://www.msha.gov/indexes/petition.htm. The public may inspect the petitions and final decisions during normal business hours in MSHA's Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, Arlington, Virginia 22209. All visitors must first stop at the receptionist desk on the 21st Floor to sign-in.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Roslyn B. Fontaine, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances at 202-693-9475 (Voice), [email protected] (Email), or 202-693-9441 (Telefax), or Barbara Barron at 202-693-9447 (Voice), [email protected] (Email), or 202-693-9441 (Telefax). [These are not toll-free numbers].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Introduction

    Under section 101 of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, a mine operator may petition and the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) may modify the application of a mandatory safety standard to that mine if the Secretary determines that: (1) An alternative method exists that will guarantee no less protection for the miners affected than that provided by the standard; or (2) that the application of the standard will result in a diminution of safety to the affected miners.

    MSHA bases the final decision on the petitioner's statements, any comments and information submitted by interested persons, and a field investigation of the conditions at the mine. In some instances, MSHA may approve a petition for modification on the condition that the mine operator complies with other requirements noted in the decision.

    II. Granted Petitions for Modification

    On the basis of the findings of MSHA's investigation, and as designee of the Secretary, MSHA has granted or partially granted the following petitions for modification:

    Docket Number: M-2014-026-C.

    FR Notice: 79 FR 48256 (8/15/2014).

    Petitioner: Covol Fuels No. 3, LLC, 10156 US Hwy 25 E, Pineville, Kentucky 40977.

    Mine: Crockett, MSHA I.D. No. 15-12682, located in Bell County, Kentucky; Coarse Coal Refuse Fill #5, Site I.D. No. KY07-12682-05.

    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 77.214(a) (Refuse piles; general).

    Docket Number: M-2014-031-C.

    FR Notice: 79 FR 64623 (10/30/2014).

    Petitioner: Sunrise Coal LLC, 12661 Agricare Road, Oaktown, Indiana 47561.

    Mine: Oaktown Fuels Mine No. 1, MSHA I.D. No. 12-02394, located in Knox County, Indiana.

    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.1700 (Oil and gas wells).

    Docket Number: M-2014-032-C.

    FR Notice: 79 FR 64623 (10/30/2014).

    Petitioner: Sunrise Coal LLC, 12661 Agricare Road, Oaktown, Indiana 47561.

    Mine: Oaktown Fuels Mine No. 2, MSHA I.D. No. 12-02418, located in Knox County, Indiana.

    Regulation Affected: 30 CFR 75.1700 (Oil and gas wells).

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Sheila McConnell, Acting Director, Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10092 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-43-P
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    Title of Collection: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), State Coordinator (SC) Survey.

    OMB Number: 3145—NEW.

    Expiration Date of Approval: Not Applicable.

    Type of request: NEW.

    Abstract: The PAEMST is a White House program established by Congress in 1983 authorizing the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year to teachers of mathematics and science at the elementary and secondary levels. The NSF is the designated federal agency for administration of this Presidential program. Awards are given to mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. The jurisdictions are Washington DC; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Education Activity schools; and the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Since the program's inception, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science (including computer science) education.

    The State Coordinator (SC) manages the PAEMST program within his or her state or jurisdiction. SCs recruit eligible nominees, select and assign mentors to nominees, coordinate the selection committee, and plan local recognition events within their State. They also carry out the responsibilities as noted in the “Operational Handbook for State-Level Science and Mathematics Coordinators.”

    The purpose of this survey is to seek feedback from the 120 SCs regarding PAEMST management within their state or jurisdiction. The NSF, PAEMST support team will ask directed questions using the survey to gather information that may specifically address the methods and recruitment efforts that SCs use to support the attracting of prospective award nominees. Additional survey areas may also include:

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    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 80 hours (120 Coordinators at 40 minutes per survey = 80 hours).

    Frequency of Response: One per application cycle.

    Comments: Comments are invited on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the PAEMST functions, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the NSF's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10074 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Proj-0803; NRC-2013-0235] Northwest Medical Isotopes, LLC AGENCY:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    Construction permit application; receipt.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has received and is making available the first part of the application for a construction permit, submitted by Northwest Medical Isotopes, LLC (NWMI). NWMI proposes to build a medical radioisotope production facility located in Columbia, Missouri.

    DATES:

    April 30, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2013-0235 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this document using any of the following methods:

    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0235. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-3463; email: [email protected] For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

    NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select “ADAMS Public Documents” and then select “Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.” For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by email to [email protected] The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced.

    NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Michael Balazik, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-2856; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On November 7, 2014, NWMI filed with the NRC, pursuant to Section 103 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and part 50 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), a portion of an application for a construction permit for a medical radioisotope production facility in Columbia, Missouri. By letter dated February 5, 2015 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15086A262), NWMI withdrew and resubmitted this portion of their construction permit application (ADAMS Accession No. ML15086A261) to include a discussion of connected actions in their environmental report in response to a letter from the NRC (ADAMS Accession No. ML14349A501).

    An exemption from certain requirements of 10 CFR 2.101(a)(5) granted by the Commission on October 7, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13238A333), in response to a letter from NWMI dated August 9, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13227A295), allowed for NWMI to submit its construction permit application in two parts. Specifically, the exemption allowed NWMI to submit a portion of its application for a construction permit up to 6 months prior to the remainder of the application regardless of whether or not an environmental impact statement or a supplement to an environmental impact statement is prepared during the review of its application. On February 5, 2015, in accordance with 10 CFR 2.101(a)(5), NWMI submitted the following in part one of the construction permit application:

    • the description and safety assessment of the site required by 10 CFR 50.34(a)(1),

    • the environmental report required by 10 CFR 50.30(f),

    • the filing fee information required by 10 CFR 50.30(e) and 10 CFR 170.21,

    • the general information required by 10 CFR 50.33, and

    • the agreement limiting access to classified information required by 10 CFR 50.37.

    As stated in NWMI's February 5, 2015, letter, part two of NWMI's application for a construction permit will contain the remainder of the preliminary safety analysis report required by 10 CFR 50.34(a) and will be submitted in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR 2.101(a)(5).

    Subsequent Federal Register notices will address the acceptability of this part of the tendered construction permit application for docketing and provisions for public participation in the construction permit application review process.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 13th day of April, 2015.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Alexander Adams, Jr., Chief, Research and Test Reactors Licensing Branch, Division of Policy and Rulemaking, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10127 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC-2015-0059] Refining and Characterizing Heat Release Rates From Electrical Enclosures During Fire (RACHELLE-FIRE) AGENCY:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    Draft NUREG; request for comment.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment a draft NUREG, NUREG-2178 (EPRI 3002005578), “Refining and Characterizing Heat Release Rates from Electrical Enclosures During Fire (RACHELLE-FIRE), Volume 1: Peak Heat Release Rates and Effect of Obstructed Plume.”

    DATES:

    Submit comments by June 15, 2015. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received before this date.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by any of the following methods (unless this document describes a different method for submitting comments on a specific subject):

    • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2015-0059. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-3463; email: [email protected] For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

    • Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: OWFN-12-H08, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

    For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting comments, see “Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments” in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    David Stroup, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research; telephone: 301-251-7609; email: [email protected]; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2015-0059 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this action by any of the following methods:

    • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2015-0059.

    • NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select “ADAMS Public Documents” and then select “Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.” For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by email to [email protected] The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that it is mentioned in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Draft NUREG—2178, “Refining and Characterizing Heat Release Rates from Electrical Enclosures During Fire (RACHELLE-FIRE), is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML15056A144.

    • NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2015-0059 in the subject line of your comment submission.

    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact information that you do not want to be publically disclosed in your comment submission. The NRC will post all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as enter the comment submissions into ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove identifying or contact information.

    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment into ADAMS.

    II. Discussion

    The Refining and Characterizing Heat Release Rates From Electrical Enclosures During Fire (RACHELLE-FIRE) program involves a working group of experienced fire protection and fire probabilistic risk assessment researchers and practitioners focused on enhancing the methodology used to model electrical enclosure fires in nuclear power plants. This report documents the results from the working group's efforts to develop technical information in three areas: (1) Classification of electrical enclosures in terms of function, size, contents, and ventilation; (2) determination of peak heat release rate (HRR) probability distributions considering specific electrical enclosure characteristics;, and (3) development of a method to account for the impact of the enclosure on the vertical thermal zone of influence above the enclosure during fire. Electrical enclosures have been classified in groups based on their electrical function, contents, and size. Peak HRR distributions for the different classification groups have been developed. These distributions are based on the results of different experimental programs intended to measure the HRR associated with fires in electrical enclosures. In order to provide a comprehensive characterization of electrical enclosure fires, the working group evaluated the temperature characteristics of fire plumes associated with these events using the Fire Dynamics Simulator program. Computer simulations of various enclosure configurations were developed for evaluating the fire burning inside electrical enclosures and the fire plume temperature characteristics that would be generated. Based on this research, new fire plume temperature profiles reflecting the obstructed nature of fire plumes generated from fires inside electrical enclosures are provided. Finally, examples, consolidating the information described in this report, are provided to illustrate how to incorporate the information documented in this report into existing approaches for modeling fires in electrical enclosures.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 21st day of April, 2015.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Mark Henry Salley, Chief, Fire Research Branch, Division of Risk Analysis, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10130 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 50-271; NRC-2015-0111] Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station AGENCY:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    Draft environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact; request for comment.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of exemptions in response to a request from Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (Entergy or the licensee) that would permit the licensee to reduce its emergency planning (EP) activities at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (VY). The licensee is seeking exemptions that would eliminate the requirements for the licensee to maintain offsite radiological emergency plans and reduce some of the onsite EP activities based on the reduced risks at VY, which is permanently shutdown and defueled. However, requirements for certain onsite capabilities to communicate and coordinate with offsite response authorities would be retained. In addition, offsite EP provisions would still exist through State and local government use of a comprehensive emergency management plan process in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101, “Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.” The NRC staff is issuing, for public comment, this draft environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) associated with the proposed exemptions.

    DATES:

    Submit comments by June 1, 2015. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received before this date.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by any of the following methods (unless this document describes a different method for submitting comments on a specific subject):

    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2015-0111. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-3463; email: [email protected] For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

    Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: OWFN-12-H08, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

    For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting comments, see “Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments” in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    James Kim, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-4125; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2015-0111 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this this draft EA and FONSI. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this this draft EA and FONSI using any of the following methods:

    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2015-0111.

    NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select “ADAMS Public Documents” and then select “Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.” For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by email to [email protected] For the convenience of the reader, the ADAMS accession numbers are provided in a table in the “Availability of Documents” section of this document.

    • NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2015-0111 in your comment submission.

    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your comment submission. The NRC will post all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as enter the comment submissions into ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove identifying or contact information.

    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment into ADAMS.

    II. Introduction

    VY is a permanently shutdown and defueled nuclear power plant that is in the process of decommissioning. VY is located in Windham County, Vermont, 5 miles south of Brattleboro, Vermont. Entergy is the holder of the Renewed Facility Operating License No. DPR-28 for VY. VY has been shut down since December 29, 2014, and the final removal of fuel from the VY reactor vessel was completed on January 12, 2015. By letter dated January 12, 2015, Entergy submitted to the NRC a certification of the permanent cessation of power operations at VY and the permanent removal of fuel from the VY reactor vessel. As a permanently shutdown and defueled facility, and pursuant to section 50.82(a)(2) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), VY is no longer authorized to be operated or to have fuel placed into its reactor vessel, but the licensee is still authorized to possess and store irradiated nuclear fuel. Irradiated nuclear fuel is currently stored onsite at VY in a spent fuel pool (SFP) and in an independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI).

    The licensee has requested exemptions for VY from certain EP requirements in 10 CFR part 50, “Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities.” The NRC regulations concerning EP do not recognize the reduced risks after a reactor is permanently shut down and defueled. As such, a permanently shutdown and defueled reactor, such as VY, must continue to maintain the same EP requirements as an operating power reactor under the existing regulatory requirements. To establish a level of EP commensurate with the reduced risks of a permanently shutdown and defueled reactor, Entergy requires exemptions from certain EP regulatory requirements before it can change its emergency plans.

    The NRC is considering issuing to Entergy exemptions from portions of 10 CFR 50.47, “Emergency plans,” and 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, “Emergency Planning and Preparedness for Production and Utilization Facilities,” which would eliminate the requirements for Entergy to maintain offsite radiological emergency plans and reduce some of the onsite EP activities based on the reduced risks at VY, due to its permanently shutdown and defueled status. Based on the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Brodsky v. NRC associated with a fire protection exemption for Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit No. 3, and demonstrated public interest in this exemption request, particularly the State of Vermont, the NRC is issuing for public comment, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.33, this draft EA and FONSI associated with the exemption request. The NRC has concluded that the proposed action will have no significant environmental impact.

    III. Draft Environmental Assessment Description of the Proposed Action

    The proposed action would exempt Entergy from meeting certain requirements set forth in 10 CFR 50.47 and appendix E to 10 CFR part 50. More specifically, Entergy requested exemptions from: (1) Certain requirements in 10 CFR 50.47(b) regarding onsite and offsite emergency response plans for nuclear power reactors; (2) certain requirements in 10 CFR 50.47(c)(2) to establish plume exposure and ingestion pathway EP zones for nuclear power reactors; and (3) certain requirements in 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, section IV, which establishes the elements that make up the content of emergency plans. The proposed action of granting these exemptions would eliminate the requirements for Entergy to maintain offsite radiological emergency plans and reduce some of the onsite EP activities at VY, based on the reduced risks at the permanently shutdown and defueled reactor. However, requirements for certain onsite capabilities to communicate and coordinate with offsite response authorities would be retained. Additionally, if necessary, offsite protective actions could still be implemented using a comprehensive emergency management plan (CEMP) process. A CEMP in this context, also referred to as an emergency operations plan (EOP), is addressed in Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101. The CPG 101 is the foundation for State, territorial, tribal, and local EP in the United States. It promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of risk-informed planning and decision making, and helps planners at all levels of government in their efforts to develop and maintain viable, all-hazards, all-threats emergency plans. An EOP is flexible enough for use in all emergencies. It describes how people and property will be protected; details who is responsible for carrying out specific actions; identifies the personnel, equipment, facilities, supplies, and other resources available; and outlines how all actions will be coordinated. A CEMP is often referred to as a synonym for “all-hazards” planning.

    The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee's application dated March 14, 2014, as supplemented by letters dated August 29, 2014, and October 21, 2014. In its letters dated August 29, 2014, and October 21, 2014, Entergy provided responses to the NRC staff's requests for additional information concerning the proposed exemptions.

    Need for the Proposed Action

    The proposed action is needed for Entergy to revise the VY emergency plan to reflect the permanently shutdown and defueled status of the facility. The EP requirements currently applicable to VY are for an operating power reactor. There are no explicit regulatory provisions distinguishing EP requirements for a power reactor that has been permanently shut down from those for an operating power reactor. Therefore, since the 10 CFR part 50 license for VY no longer authorizes operation of the reactor or emplacement or retention of fuel into the reactor vessel, as specified in 10 CFR 50.82(a)(2), the occurrence of postulated accidents associated with reactor operation is no longer credible.

    In its exemption request, the licensee identified four possible radiological accidents at VY in its permanently shutdown and defueled condition. These are: (1) A fuel-handling accident; (2) a radioactive waste-handling accident; (3) a loss of SFP normal cooling (i.e., boil off); and (4) an adiabatic heat up of the hottest fuel assembly. The NRC staff evaluated these possible radiological accidents in the Commission Paper (SECY) 14-0125, “Request by Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., for Exemptions from Certain Emergency Planning Requirements,” dated November 14, 2014. In SECY-14-0125, the NRC staff verified that Entergy's analyses and calculations provided reasonable assurance that if the requested exemptions were granted, then: (1) For a design-basis accident (DBA), an offsite radiological release will not exceed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Protective Action Guides (PAGs) at the site boundary, as detailed in the EPA “PAG Manual, Protective Action Guides and Planning Guidance for Radiological Incidents,” dated March 2013, which was issued as Draft for Interim Use and Public Comment; and (2) in the unlikely event of a beyond DBA resulting in a loss of all SFP cooling, there is sufficient time to initiate appropriate mitigating actions, and if a release is projected to occur, there is sufficient time for offsite agencies to take protective actions using a CEMP to protect the health and safety of the public. The Commission approved the NRC staff's recommendation to grant the exemptions based on this evaluation in its Staff Requirements Memorandum to SECY-14-0125, dated March 2, 2015.

    Based on these analyses, the licensee states that complete application of the EP rule to VY, in its particular circumstances as a permanently shutdown and defueled reactor would not serve the underlying purpose of the rule or is not necessary to achieve the underlying purpose of the rule. Entergy also states that it would incur undue costs in the application of operating plant EP requirements for the maintenance of an emergency response organization in excess of that actually needed to respond to the diminished scope of credible accidents for a permanently shutdown and defueled reactor.

    Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    The NRC staff concluded that the exemptions, if granted, would not significantly increase the probability or consequences of accidents at VY in its permanently shutdown and defueled condition. There would be no significant change in the types of any effluents that may be released offsite. There would be no significant increase in the amounts of any effluents that may be released offsite. There would be no significant increase in individual or cumulative occupational or public radiation exposure. Therefore, there are no significant radiological environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.

    With regard to potential non-radiological impacts, the proposed action does not have any foreseeable impacts to land, air, or water resources, including impacts to biota. In addition, there are also no known socioeconomic or environmental justice impacts associated with the proposed action. Therefore, there are no significant non-radiological environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.

    Accordingly, the NRC concludes that there are no significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.

    Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC staff considered the denial of the proposed action (i.e., the “no-action” alternative). The denial of the application would result in no change in current environmental impacts. Therefore, the environmental impacts of the proposed action and the alternative action are similar.

    Alternative Use of Resources

    The proposed action does not involve the use of any different resources than those previously considered in the Final Environmental Statement for VY, dated July 1972, as supplemented by NUREG-1437, Supplement 30, “Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station,” Volumes 1 and 2, published in August 2007.

    Agencies or Persons Consulted

    The NRC staff did not enter into consultation with any other Federal agency or with the State of Vermont regarding the environmental impact of the proposed action. On April 24, 2015, the Vermont State representative was notified of this draft EA and FONSI.

    IV. Finding of No Significant Impact

    The licensee has proposed exemptions from: (1) Certain requirements in 10 CFR 50.47(b) regarding onsite and offsite emergency response plans for nuclear power reactors; (2) certain requirements in 10 CFR 50.47(c)(2) to establish plume exposure and ingestion pathway EP zones for nuclear power reactors; and (3) certain requirements in 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, section IV, which establishes the elements that make up the content of emergency plans. The proposed action of granting these exemptions would eliminate the requirements for the licensee to maintain offsite radiological emergency plans and reduce some of the onsite EP activities at VY, based on the reduced risks at the permanently shutdown and defueled reactor. However, requirements for certain onsite capabilities to communicate and coordinate with offsite response authorities will be retained and offsite EP provisions will still exist through State and local government use of a CEMP.

    Consistent with 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC conducted the EA for the proposed action included in Section III of this document, and incorporated by reference in this finding. On the basis of this EA, the NRC concludes that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. Accordingly, the NRC has decided not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed action.

    V. Availability of Documents

    The documents identified in the following table are available to interested persons through one or more of the following methods, as indicated.

    Document ADAMS Accession
  • No./Web link/
  • Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans, Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101, Version 2.0, November 2010. http://www.fema.gov. Docket No. 50-271, Request for Exemptions from Portions of 10 CFR 50.47 and 10 CFR 50, Appendix E, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, March 14, 2014. ADAMS Accession No. ML14080A141. Docket No. 50-271, Request for Exemptions from Portions of 10 CFR 50.47 and 10 CFR 50, Appendix E—Supplement 1, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, August 29, 2014. ADAMS Accession No. ML14246A176. Docket No. 50-271, Request for Exemptions from Portions of 10 CFR 50.47 and 10 CFR 50, Appendix E—Supplement 2, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, October 21, 2014. ADAMS Accession No. ML14297A159. Protective Action Guides and Planning Guidance for Radiological Incidents, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Draft for Interim Use and Public Comment, March 2013. http://www.epa.gov. SECY-14-0125, “Request by Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. for Exemptions from Certain Emergency Planning Requirements,” November 14, 2014. ADAMS Accession No. ML14227A711. Staff Requirements Memorandum to SECY-14-0125, “Request by Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., for Exemptions from Certain Emergency Planning Requirements,” March 2, 2015. ADAMS Accession No. ML15061A516. NUREG-1437, Supplement 30, “Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station,” August 2007. ADAMS Accession No. ML071840398.
    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 24th day of April, 2015.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Meena K. Khanna, Chief, Plant Licensing IV-2 and Decommissioning Transition Branch, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10126 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC-2015-0107] Net Positive Suction Head for Emergency Core Cooling and Containment Heat Removal System Pumps AGENCY:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    Regulatory guide; withdrawal.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing regulatory guide (RG), RG 1.1 “Net Positive Suction Head for Emergency Core Cooling and Containment Heat Removal System Pumps.” The guide is being withdrawn because the same guidance is provided with more detail by RG 1.82, “Water Sources for Long-Term Recirculation Cooling Following a Loss-of-Coolant Accident.”

    DATES:

    Effective April 30, 2015, the NRC withdraws RG 1.1.

    ADDRESSES:

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2015-0107 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this document using any of the following methods:

    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2015-0107. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-3463; email: [email protected] For technical questions, contact the individual(s) listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

    NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select “ADAMS Public Documents” and then select “Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.” For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by email to [email protected] The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced.

    NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ahsan Sallman, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, telephone: 310-415-2380 email: [email protected], and Richard Jervey, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, telephone: 301-251-7404, email: [email protected] Both are staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Introduction

    The NRC is withdrawing RG 1.1 because its guidance has been incorporated into RG 1.82, “Water Sources for Long-Term Recirculation Cooling Following a Loss-of-Coolant Accident.”

    II. Further Information

    The withdrawal of RG 1.1 does not alter any prior or existing licensing commitments based on its use. Although a regulatory guide is withdrawn, its use in existing licenses is still valid, and changes to the licenses can be accomplished using other regulatory products. Withdrawal of an RG means that the guide no longer provides useful information or has been superseded by other guidance, technological innovations, congressional actions, or other events. A withdrawn guide should not be used for future NRC licensing activities.

    This RG 1.1 provides guidance on meeting the requirements in part 50, appendix A of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), General Design Criteria (GDC), GDC 35, “Emergency Core Cooling,” and GDC 38, “Containment Heat Removal.” The GDC 35 and 38 require that the emergency cooling and containment heat removal systems be capable of accomplishing their required safety functions assuming loss of offsite power and single failure. The ability to accomplish these safety functions reliably depends in part on the proper performance of system pumps which, in turn, depends on the conditions under which the pumps must operate. One of these conditions is suction pressure and the closely related characteristic net positive suction head. The information in RG 1.82 has been updated from extensive reviews of the emergency core cooling system recirculation systems which have reduced the uncertainties contained in modeling studies of these systems. The NRC staff has determined that the RG 1.82 guidance is more thorough and provides the needed detail to allow consideration of nuances in design which were not contemplated when RG 1.1 was written in 1970.

    The guidance from RG 1.1 pertaining to suction pressure and net positive suction head has been incorporated into RG 1.82, “Water Sources for Long-Term Recirculation Cooling Following a Loss-of-Coolant Accident,” which includes detailed guidance related to emergency cooling systems. The RG 1.1 is superseded by RG 1.82.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 23rd day of April, 2015.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Thomas H. Boyce, Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10076 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 40-8907, NRC-2013-0036] United Nuclear Corporation; Church Rock Facility AGENCY:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    License amendment application; opportunity to request a hearing and to petition for leave to intervene.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received an application from United Nuclear Corporation for an amendment of Materials License No. SUA-1475. The amendment would change License Condition 30.A by adding two new monitoring wells that are already in service, and License Condition 30.C by removing requirements for work that has been completed. These changes are administrative in nature.

    DATES:

    A request for a hearing or petition for leave to intervene must be filed by June 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2013-0036 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this document using any of the following methods:

    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0036. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-3463; email: [email protected] For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

    NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select “ADAMS Public Documents” and then select “Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.” For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by email to [email protected] The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced in this document (if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced.

    NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Thomas McLaughlin, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-5869, email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Introduction

    The NRC has received, by letter dated January 22, 2015 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15033A453), an application from United Nuclear Corporation to amend Materials License No. SUA-1475. The application was amended by email dated January 29, 2015 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15041A475), after a phone call from NRC staff requesting a clarification. The amendment would change License Conditions 30.A and 30.C. These changes are administrative in nature. The change to License Condition 30.A would add two monitoring wells that are currently being used to sample ground water. The change to License Condition 30.C would update the language and remove tasks that have already been accomplished and will not need to be repeated in the future. No safety evaluation report or environmental assessment will be completed for these changes.

    II. Opportunity To Request a Hearing and Petition for Leave To Intervene

    Within 60 days after the date of publication of this notice, any person(s) whose interest may be affected by this action may file a request for a hearing and a petition to intervene with respect to issuance of the amendment to the subject facility operating license or combined license. Requests for a hearing and a petition for leave to intervene shall be filed in accordance with the Commission's “Agency Rules of Practice and Procedure” in 10 CFR part 2. Interested person(s) should consult a current copy of 10 CFR 2.309, which is available at the NRC's PDR, located in One White Flint North, Room O1-F21 (first floor), 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The NRC's regulations are accessible electronically from the NRC Library on the NRC's Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/. If a request for a hearing or petition for leave to intervene is filed within 60 days, the Commission or a presiding officer designated by the Commission or by the Chief Administrative Judge of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel will rule on the request and/or petition. The Secretary or the Chief Administrative Judge of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will issue a notice of hearing or an appropriate order.

    As required by 10 CFR 2.309, a petition for leave to intervene shall set forth, with particularity, the interest of the petitioner in the proceeding and how that interest may be affected by the results of the proceeding. The petition should specifically explain the reasons why intervention should be permitted, with particular reference to the following general requirements: (1) The name, address, and telephone number of the requestor or petitioner; (2) the nature of the requestor's/petitioner's right under the Act to be made a party to the proceeding; (3) the nature and extent of the requestor's/petitioner's property, financial, or other interest in the proceeding; and (4) the possible effect of any decision or order which may be entered in the proceeding on the requestor's/petitioner's interest. The petition must also set forth the specific contentions which the requestor/petitioner seeks to have litigated at the proceeding.

    Each contention must consist of a specific statement of the issue of law or fact to be raised or controverted. In addition, the requestor/petitioner shall provide a brief explanation of the bases for the contention and a concise statement of the alleged facts or expert opinion that support the contention and on which the requestor/petitioner intends to rely in proving the contention at the hearing. The requestor/petitioner must also provide references to those specific sources and documents of which the petitioner is aware and on which the requestor/petitioner intends to rely to establish those facts or expert opinion. The petition must include sufficient information to show that a genuine dispute exists with the applicant on a material issue of law or fact. Contentions shall be limited to matters within the scope of the amendment under consideration. The contention must be one which, if proven, would entitle the requestor/petitioner to relief. A requestor/petitioner who fails to satisfy these requirements with respect to at least one contention will not be permitted to participate as a party.

    Those permitted to intervene become parties to the proceeding, subject to any limitations in the order granting leave to intervene, and have the opportunity to participate fully in the conduct of the hearing with respect to resolution of that person's admitted contentions, including the opportunity to present evidence and to submit a cross-examination plan for cross-examination of witnesses, consistent with NRC regulations, policies, and procedures. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will set the time and place for any prehearing conferences and evidentiary hearings, and the appropriate notices will be provided.

    Petitions for leave to intervene must be filed no later than 60 days from the date of publication of this notice. Requests for hearing, petitions for leave to intervene, and motions for leave to file new or amended contentions that are filed after the 60-day deadline will not be entertained absent a determination by the presiding officer that the filing demonstrates good cause by satisfying the three factors in 10 CFR 2.309(c)(1)(i)-(iii).

    A State, local governmental body, Federally-recognized Indian tribe, or agency thereof, may submit a petition to the Commission to participate as a party under 10 CFR 2.309(h)(1). The petition should state the nature and extent of the petitioner's interest in the proceeding. The petition should be submitted to the Commission by June 29, 2015. The petition must be filed in accordance with the filing instructions in the “Electronic Submissions (E-Filing)” section of this document, and should meet the requirements for petitions for leave to intervene set forth in this section, except that under § 2.309(h)(2) a State, local governmental body, or Federally-recognized Indian tribe, or agency thereof does not need to address the standing requirements in 10 CFR 2.309(d) if the facility is located within its boundaries. A State, local governmental body, Federally-recognized Indian tribe, or agency thereof may also have the opportunity to participate under 10 CFR 2.315(c).

    If a hearing is granted, any person who does not wish, or is not qualified, to become a party to the proceeding may, in the discretion of the presiding officer, be permitted to make a limited appearance pursuant to the provisions of 10 CFR 2.315(a). A person making a limited appearance may make an oral or written statement of position on the issues, but may not otherwise participate in the proceeding. A limited appearance may be made at any session of the hearing or at any prehearing conference, subject to the limits and conditions as may be imposed by the presiding officer. Persons desiring to make a limited appearance are requested to inform the Secretary of the Commission by June 29, 2015.

    III. Electronic Submissions (E-Filing)

    All documents filed in NRC adjudicatory proceedings, including a request for hearing, a petition for leave to intervene, any motion or other document filed in the proceeding prior to the submission of a request for hearing or petition to intervene, and documents filed by interested governmental entities participating under 10 CFR 2.315(c), must be filed in accordance with the NRC's E-Filing rule (72 FR 49139; August 28, 2007). The E-Filing process requires participants to submit and serve all adjudicatory documents over the internet, or in some cases to mail copies on electronic storage media. Participants may not submit paper copies of their filings unless they seek an exemption in accordance with the procedures described below.

    To comply with the procedural requirements of E-Filing, at least ten 10 days prior to the filing deadline, the participant should contact the Office of the Secretary by email at [email protected], or by telephone at 301-415-1677, to request (1) a digital identification (ID) certificate, which allows the participant (or its counsel or representative) to digitally sign documents and access the E-Submittal server for any proceeding in which it is participating; and (2) advise the Secretary that the participant will be submitting a request or petition for hearing (even in instances in which the participant, or its counsel or representative, already holds an NRC-issued digital ID certificate). Based upon this information, the Secretary will establish an electronic docket for the hearing in this proceeding if the Secretary has not already established an electronic docket.

    Information about applying for a digital ID certificate is available on the NRC's public Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals/getting-started.html. System requirements for accessing the E-Submittal server are detailed in the NRC's “Guidance for Electronic Submission,” which is available on the agency's public Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html. Participants may attempt to use other software not listed on the Web site, but should note that the NRC's E-Filing system does not support unlisted software, and the NRC Meta System Help Desk will not be able to offer assistance in using unlisted software.

    If a participant is electronically submitting a document to the NRC in accordance with the E-Filing rule, the participant must file the document using the NRC's online, Web-based submission form. In order to serve documents through the Electronic Information Exchange System, users will be required to install a Web browser plug-in from the NRC's Web site. Further information on the Web-based submission form, including the installation of the Web browser plug-in, is available on the NRC's public Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html.

    Once a participant has obtained a digital ID certificate and a docket has been created, the participant can then submit a request for hearing or petition for leave to intervene. Submissions should be in Portable Document Format (PDF) in accordance with NRC guidance available on the NRC's public Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html. A filing is considered complete at the time the documents are submitted through the NRC's E-Filing system. To be timely, an electronic filing must be submitted to the E-Filing system no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date. Upon receipt of a transmission, the E-Filing system time-stamps the document and sends the submitter an email notice confirming receipt of the document. The E-Filing system also distributes an email notice that provides access to the document to the NRC's Office of the General Counsel and any others who have advised the Office of the Secretary that they wish to participate in the proceeding, so that the filer need not serve the documents on those participants separately. Therefore, applicants and other participants (or their counsel or representative) must apply for and receive a digital ID certificate before a hearing request/petition to intervene is filed so that they can obtain access to the document via the E-Filing system.

    A person filing electronically using the NRC's adjudicatory E-Filing system may seek assistance by contacting the NRC Meta System Help Desk through the “Contact Us” link located on the NRC's public Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html, by email to [email protected], or by a toll-free call at 1-866-672-7640. The NRC Meta System Help Desk is available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, excluding government holidays.

    Participants who believe that they have a good cause for not submitting documents electronically must file an exemption request, in accordance with 10 CFR 2.302(g), with their initial paper filing requesting authorization to continue to submit documents in paper format. Such filings must be submitted by: (1) First class mail addressed to the Office of the Secretary of the Commission, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Attention: Rulemaking and Adjudications Staff; or (2) courier, express mail, or expedited delivery service to the Office of the Secretary, Sixteenth Floor, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852, Attention: Rulemaking and Adjudications Staff. Participants filing a document in this manner are responsible for serving the document on all other participants. Filing is considered complete by first-class mail as of the time of deposit in the mail, or by courier, express mail, or expedited delivery service upon depositing the document with the provider of the service. A presiding officer, having granted an exemption request from using E-Filing, may require a participant or party to use E-Filing if the presiding officer subsequently determines that the reason for granting the exemption from use of E-Filing no longer exists.

    Documents submitted in adjudicatory proceedings will appear in the NRC's electronic hearing docket which is available to the public at http://ehd1.nrc.gov/ehd/, unless excluded pursuant to an order of the Commission, or the presiding officer. Participants are requested not to include personal privacy information, such as social security numbers, home addresses, or home phone numbers in their filings, unless an NRC regulation or other law requires submission of such information. However, a request to intervene will require including information on local residence in order to demonstrate a proximity assertion of interest in the proceeding. With respect to copyrighted works, except for limited excerpts that serve the purpose of the adjudicatory filings and would constitute a Fair Use application, participants are requested not to include copyrighted materials in their submission.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 14th day of April, 2015.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Andrew Persinko, Deputy Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety, and Safeguards.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10129 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY National Science and Technology Council; National Space Weather Strategy ACTION:

    Notice for public comment.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability; Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction requests public comments on the draft 2015 National Space Weather Strategy: http://www.dhs.gov/national-space-weather-strategy.

    DATES:

    Responses must be received by May 29, 2015 to be considered.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

    Email: [email protected] Include [National Space Weather Strategy] in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 456-6071, Attn: William Murtagh.

    Mail: Attn: William Murtagh, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20504.

    Instructions: Response to this request for public comment is voluntary. Responses exceeding 500 words will not be considered; please reference page and line numbers in your response, as appropriate. Please be aware that your comments may be posted online. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) therefore requests that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, confidential, or personally identifiable information be submitted in response to this request. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    William Murtagh, 202-456-4444, [email protected], OSTP.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Space weather refers to the dynamic conditions of the space environment that arise from interactions with emissions from the sun, including solar flares, solar energetic particles, and coronal mass ejections. These emissions can affect Earth and its surrounding space, potentially causing disruption to electric power transmission; satellite, aircraft, and spacecraft operations; telecommunications; position, navigation, timing services; and other technology and infrastructure. Given the growing importance and reliance of the Nation on these services and infrastructures, it is critical that the Nation prepare for the effects of space weather events.

    In November 2014, the Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation (SWORM) Task Force was established by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC); Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability; Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction (SDR). The SWORM Charter directed the Task Force to develop a National Space Weather Strategy (NSWS) that will articulate high-level strategic goals for enhancing National preparedness to space weather events. This notice solicits public input to inform the development of this strategy.

    Ted Wackler, Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Director.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10113 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3270-F5-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34-74809; File No. SR-MIAX-2015-19] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Miami International Securities Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Exchange Rule 515 April 24, 2015.

    Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”),1 and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on April 13, 2015, Miami International Securities Exchange LLC (“MIAX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

    1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).

    2 17 CFR 240.19b-4.

    I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 515.

    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site at http://www.miaxoptions.com/filter/wotitle/rule_filing, at MIAX's principal office, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

    II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

    A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose

    The Exchange has identified several additional enhancements to the functionality of two order types—Customer Cross Order 3 and Qualified Contingent Cross Order 4 —that the Exchange believes should be included in the Rules prior to deployment of the Qualified Contingent Cross Order functionality. The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 515 accordingly. The Exchange notes that both order types were included in the original MIAX Rules that were approved as part of its registration as a national securities exchange. The Customer Cross Order was deployed when the Exchange deployed PRIME functionality.5 The proposed changes would codify existing functionality for Customer Cross Orders that is not currently detailed in the Exchange's Rules. The Qualified Contingent Cross Order is currently not deployed, however, will be available after approval of this filing.

    3See MIAX Rules 515(h)(1), 516(i).

    4See MIAX Rules 515(h)(2), 516(j). See also MIAX Rule 516, Interpretations and Policies .01.

    5See MIAX Options Regulatory Circulars, RC-2014-64 and RC-2015-05.

    Rule 515(h)(1) provides that Customer Cross Orders are automatically executed upon entry provided that the execution (i) is at or between the best bid and offer on the Exchange; (ii) is not at the same price as a Priority Customer Order on the Exchange's Book; and (iii) will not trade at a price inferior to the NBBO. Customer Cross Orders will be automatically canceled if they cannot be executed. Customer Cross Orders may only be entered in the minimum trading increments applicable to the options class under Rule 510.6 Rule 515(h)(2) provides that Qualified Contingent Cross Orders are automatically executed upon entry provided that the execution (i) is not at the same price as a Priority Customer Order on the Exchange's Book; and (ii) is at or between the NBBO. Qualified Contingent Cross Orders will be automatically canceled if they cannot be executed. Qualified Contingent Cross Orders may only be entered in the minimum trading increments applicable to the options class under Rule 510.7

    6See MIAX Rule 515(h)(1).

    7See MIAX Rule 515(h)(2).

    Although neither the Customer Cross Order nor the Qualified Contingent Cross Order may be executed at a price inferior to the NBBO, the Exchange notes that there are situations at the Exchange during which trading interest may exist in the Exchange's System that could be executable at prices up to the NBBO but is not automatically executed because the Exchange is either attempting to obtain additional price improvement for the order or additional liquidity to trade against the order on the Exchange. The Exchange employs a variety of timers and auctions to provide market participants with opportunity to obtain additional price improvement for their order or access additional liquidity to trade against the order on the Exchange. Specifically, during the liquidity refresh pause or managed interest process pursuant to Rule 515(c),8 or a route timer pursuant to Rule 529, 9 the Exchange has trading interest that exists that may be executable up to the NBBO but is displayed at a price one minimum price increment away. In addition, during the price improvement mechanisms such as PRIME Auction or PRIME Solicitation Auction pursuant to Rule 515A,10 the Exchange has trading interest that exists that may be executable up to the NBBO but is not displayed. The Exchange believes that the execution of a Customer Cross Order or Qualified Contingent Cross Order that arrives during a timer or auction at a potentially better price than the interest subject to the timer or auction, has the potential to cause confusion and perceived disruption to market participants that are subject to the pre-existing timers or auctions that may see executions occurring at better prices than their trading interest. In addition, the Exchange believes that the timers and auctions provide a valuable service to market participants and that the use of these mechanisms, that provide market participants with opportunities to obtain additional price improvement for their orders or access additional liquidity to trade against the orders, should be promoted on the Exchange. Therefore, the Exchange proposes to modify its Rules in order to maintain the priority of trading interest subject to timers and auctions that are initiated prior to the arrival of these specified order types.

    8 The “liquidity refresh pause” is a process during which the System will pause the market for a time period not to exceed one second to allow additional orders or quotes refreshing the liquidity at the MBBO to be received when at the time of receipt or reevaluation of the initiating order by the System: (A) either the initiating order is a limit order whose limit price crosses the NBBO or the initiating order is a market order, and the limit order or market order could only be partially executed; (B) a Market Maker quote was all or part of the MBBO when the MBBO is alone at the NBBO; and (C) and the Market Maker quote was exhausted. See MIAX Rule 515(c)(2). The “managed interest process” is a process for non-routable orders during which, if the limit price locks or crosses the current opposite side NBBO, the System will display the order one MPV away from the current opposite side NBBO, and book the order at a price that will lock the current opposite side NBBO. Should the NBBO price change to an inferior price level, the order's Book price will continuously re-price to lock the new NBBO and the managed order's displayed price will continuously re-price one MPV away from the new NBBO until (i) the order has traded to and including its limit price, (ii) the order has traded to and including its price protection limit at which any remaining contracts are cancelled, (iii) the order is fully executed or (iv) the order is cancelled. See MIAX Rule 515(c)(1)(ii).

    9See MIAX Rule 529. The “route timer” is a process for those initiating Public Customer orders that are routable, but do not meet the additional criteria for Immediate Routing, during which the System will implement a route timer not to exceed one second, in order to allow Market Makers and other participants an opportunity to interact with the initiating order.

    10 The “PRIME Auction” is a process by which a Member may electronically submit for execution (“auction”) an order it represents as agent (“agency order”) against principal interest, and/or an agency order against solicited interest. See MIAX Rule 515A(a). The “PRIME Solicitation Mechanism” is a process by which a Member that represents agency orders of a size of 500 contracts or more may electronically execute against solicited orders provided it submits both the agency order and solicited orders for electronic execution into the PRIME Solicitation Mechanism pursuant to Rule 515A. See MIAX Rule 515A(b).

    The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 515(h)(1) and Rule 515(h)(2) to provide that the Customer Cross Order and Qualified Contingent Cross Order will be rejected if there is a timer or price improvement auction in progress when either of these orders are received. Specifically, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 515(h)(1) to provide that if trading interest exists on the MIAX Book that is subject to the liquidity refresh pause or managed interest process pursuant to Rule 515(c), or a route timer pursuant to Rule 529 when the Exchange receives a Customer Cross Order, the System will reject the Customer Cross Order. If trading interest exists that is subject to a PRIME Auction or PRIME Solicitation Auction pursuant to Rule 515A when the Exchange receives a Customer Cross Order, the System will reject the Customer Cross Order. In addition, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 515(h)(2) to provide that if trading interest exists on the MIAX Book that is subject to the liquidity refresh pause or managed interest process pursuant to Rule 515(c), or a route timer pursuant to Rule 529 when the Exchange receives a Qualified Contingent Cross Order, the System will reject the Qualified Contingent Cross Order. If trading interest exists that is subject to a PRIME Auction or PRIME Solicitation Auction pursuant to Rule 515A when the Exchange receives a Qualified Contingent Cross Order, the System will reject the Qualified Contingent Cross Order. The Exchange notes that the Exchange proposes no changes to the Customer Cross Order and the Qualified Contingent Cross Order order types themselves; both order types will continue to be subject to the same requirements as before.11

    11See supra notes 3 and 4.

    The Exchange proposes to make these enhancements to ensure that both the Customer Cross Order and the Qualified Contingent Cross Order will work seamlessly with the Exchange's timers and auctions in a manner that would ensure a fair and orderly market by maintaining priority of orders and quotes that initiated a timer or auction prior to the receipt of a Customer Cross Order or Qualified Contingent Cross Order on the Exchange. The Exchange believes that by using such additional reasons for rejecting these two order types during a timer or auction will improve the interaction between the timers and auctions and the Exchange's Book and the national market system. Without such proposed changes, the Exchange believes that the deployment of the Customer Cross Order and Qualified Contingent Cross Order functionality would reduce the benefits of its timer and auction functionality that currently provides market participants with opportunities to obtain additional price improvement for their orders or access additional liquidity to trade against the order on the Exchange. While rejecting Customer Cross Orders and Qualified Contingent Cross Orders received during timers and auctions may cause a disruption to market participants sending such orders in such situations, the Exchange believes the benefits to market participants participating in timers and auctions and to the national market system, as a whole, outweigh the temporary opportunity costs of a Customer Cross Orders and Qualified Contingent Cross Orders rejection. The Exchange notes Customer Cross Orders and Qualified Contingent Cross Orders are readily available on other competing exchanges; 12 if rejected by the Exchange's System, market participants can either choose to route their Customer Cross Orders and Qualified Contingent Cross Orders to those competing venues or simply just resubmit their orders to the Exchange. The Exchange believes that the proposed changes to its Rules will provide clear notice to market participants that their Customer Cross Orders and Qualified Contingent Cross Orders may be rejected during auctions and timers.

    12See e.g., ISE Rule 715(i), (j); NYSE Arca Options Rules 6.47(e) and 6.62(bb).

    The Exchange notes that the proposed changes detailed above will likely result in fewer executions of Customer Cross Orders and Qualified Contingent Cross Orders on the Exchange. However, the Exchange notes that rejecting these orders may likely result in better opportunities for market participants with orders subject to timers and auctions for price improvement on the Exchange as more liquidity may be available to trade against trading interest in the timers and auctions. The Exchange believes that the proposed changes will reduce the potential of confusion and perceived disruption to market participants when a Customer Cross Order or Qualified Contingent Cross Order arrives during a timer or auction, potentially executing at a better price than their trading interest that subject to the timer or auction. The Exchange believes that the benefits to market participants (including those participating in timers/auctions and outside of timers/auctions) as a result of the new proposed enhancements to make both the Customer Cross Order and Qualified Contingent Cross Order more integrated with the Exchange's Book and the national market system, exceed any potential loss of opportunity for executions caused by the proposed changes.

    2. Statutory Basis

    MIAX believes that its proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act 13 in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act 14 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.

    13 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).

    14 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).

    The proposal to reject the Customer Cross Order and Qualified Contingent Cross Order if there is a timer or price improvement auction at the time of receipt of these order types is designed to facilitate transactions, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market to the benefit of market participants by promoting the use of timer and auction functionality on the Exchange which provide market participants with opportunities to obtain additional price improvement for their orders or access additional liquidity to trade against the orders. The proposed enhancements to the Rules are designed to further ensure that the Customer Cross Order and Qualified Contingent Cross Order types will work seamlessly with the auctions and timers on the Exchange in a manner that would ensure a fair and orderly market by maintaining priority of orders and quotes subject to timers and auctions on the Exchange.

    The Exchange believes that the proposed changes to its Rules will provide clear notice to market participants that their Customer Cross Orders and Qualified Contingent Cross Orders may be rejected during auctions and timers in a manner that is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system.

    B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The proposed enhancements to reject Customer Cross Orders and Qualified Contingent Cross Orders during timers and price improvement auctions are designed to increase competition for order flow on the Exchange by promoting the use of timer and auction functionality on the Exchange which provide market participants with opportunities to obtain additional price improvement for their orders or access additional liquidity to trade against the orders in a manner intended to be beneficial to investors seeking to effect option orders with an opportunity to access additional liquidity and receive price improvement. The Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to competing venues who offer similar functionality. The Exchange believes that the proposed changes to the order types are pro-competitive by providing market participants with functionality that would ensure a fair and orderly market by maintaining priority of orders and quotes that initiated a timer or auction prior to the receipt of a Customer Cross Order or Qualified Contingent Cross Order on the Exchange.

    C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

    III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission shall: (a) by order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (b) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.

    IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Comments

    • Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or

    • Send an email to [email protected]. Please include File Number SR-MIAX-2015-19 on the subject line.

    Paper Comments

    • Send paper comments in triplicate to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-MIAX-2015-19. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-MIAX-2015-19 and should be submitted on or before May 21, 2015.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15

    15 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10040 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34-74804; File No. SR-ISE-2015-15] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Schedule of Fees April 24, 2015.

    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”),1 and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on April 10, 2015, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (the “Exchange” or the “ISE”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the proposed rule change, as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

    1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).

    2 17 CFR 240.19b-4.

    I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    The ISE proposes to amend the Schedule of Fees as described in more detail below. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.ise.com), at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

    II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

    A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose

    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend the Schedule of Fees as described in more detail below.

    1. Market Maker Fees & Tier Discounts

    The Exchange charges a taker fee for regular orders in Select Symbols 3 that is $0.42 per contract for Market Maker 4 orders, including Market Maker Plus 5 orders, $0.45 per contract for Non-ISE Market Maker,6 Firm Proprietary 7 /Broker-Dealer,8 and Professional Customer 9 orders, and $0.30 per contract for Priority Customer 10 orders. The Exchange now proposes to increase this taker fee to $0.44 per contract for Market Maker orders, including Market Maker Plus orders.

    3 “Select Symbols” are options overlying all symbols listed on the ISE that are in the Penny Pilot Program.

    4 The term “Market Makers” refers to “Competitive Market Makers” and “Primary Market Makers” collectively. See ISE Rule 100(a)(25).

    5 A Market Maker Plus is a Market Maker who is on the National Best Bid or National Best Offer at least 80% of the time for series trading between $0.03 and $3.00 (for options whose underlying stock's previous trading day's last sale price was less than or equal to $100) and between $0.10 and $3.00 (for options whose underlying stock's previous trading day's last sale price was greater than $100) in premium in each of the front two expiration months. A Market Maker's single best and single worst quoting days each month based on the front two expiration months, on a per symbol basis, will be excluded in calculating whether a Market Maker qualifies for this rebate, if doing so will qualify a Market Maker for the rebate.

    6 A “Non-ISE Market Maker” is a market maker as defined in Section 3(a)(38) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, registered in the same options class on another options exchange.

    7 A “Firm Proprietary” order is an order submitted by a member for its own proprietary account.

    8 A “Broker-Dealer” order is an order submitted by a member for a broker-dealer account that is not its own proprietary account.

    9 A “Professional Customer” is a person or entity that is not a broker/dealer and is not a Priority Customer.

    10 A “Priority Customer” is a person or entity that is not a broker/dealer in securities, and does not place more than 390 orders in listed options per day on average during a calendar month for its own beneficial account(s), as defined in ISE Rule 100(a)(37A).

    The Exchange also charges Market Makers a maker/taker fee and a fee for Crossing Orders 11 that is $0.22 per contract for regular orders in Non-Select Symbols 12 as well as regular and complex orders in Foreign Currency (“FX”) Option Symbols.13 In addition, Market Makers that execute a monthly volume of 250,000 contracts or more are entitled to a discounted rate of $0.15 per contract (together, “Market Maker Discount Tiers”). The Exchange now proposes to increase these fees. In particular, applicable Market Maker orders will now be charged a fee of $0.25 per contract, subject to a discounted rate of $0.20 per contract for Market Makers that meet the volume threshold described above.

    11 The fee for Crossing Orders applies to Crossing Orders other than PIM orders of 100 or fewer contracts, which are billed separately.

    12 “Non-Select Symbols” are options overlying all symbols excluding Select Symbols.

    13 Fees in FX options do not apply to Early Adopter Market Makers. Market Maker orders sent by an Electronic Access Member (“EAM”) are charged separately.

    2. Fees for Firm Proprietary/Broker-Dealer, Non-ISE Market Maker, & Professional Customer Orders

    The Exchange also charges a maker/taker fee for regular orders in Non-Select Symbols as well as regular and complex orders in FX Option Symbols that is $0.30 per contract for Firm Proprietary/Broker-Dealer, and Professional Customer orders, and $0.45 per contract for Non-ISE Market Maker orders. The Exchange now proposes to increase fees for each of these market participants to $0.50 per contract.

    3. Complex Order Maker Fees

    The Exchange charges a maker fee for complex orders in Non-Select Symbols that is $0.10 per contract for Market Maker, Firm Proprietary/Broker-Dealer, and Professional Customer orders, and $0.20 per contract for Non-ISE Market Maker orders, in each case when trading against other non-Priority Customer orders. The Exchange now proposes to increase this maker fee to $0.20 per contract for Market Maker, Firm Proprietary/Broker-Dealer, and Professional Customer orders, in line with the current fees charged for Non-ISE Market Maker orders.

    The Exchange also charges a uniform maker fee of $0.43 per contract for non-Priority Customer orders that trade against Priority Customer orders in Complex Quoting Symbols,14 i.e., symbols in which Market Makers can enter quotes in the complex order book. In addition, Market Makers receive a discount of $0.02 per contract in Complex Quoting Symbols when trading against Priority Customer orders preferenced to them in the complex order book. The Exchange now proposes to eliminate these special fees applicable to Complex Quoting Symbols. As such, Non-Priority Customer orders in Complex Quoting Symbols will now be charged applicable maker fee for Select Symbols when trading against Priority Customer orders. This fee is $0.44 per contract for Non-ISE Market Maker, Firm Proprietary/Broker-Dealer and Professional Customer orders, and $0.43 per contract (subject to a preference discount) for Market Maker orders.

    14 The Complex Quoting Symbols are AA, ABX, EFA, GLD, MSFT, MU, NVDA, VXX, VZ, WFC, XLB and XOP.

    4. Fee for Responses to Crossing Orders

    The Exchange charges all market participants a fee for responses to Crossing Orders that is $0.45 per contract for regular and complex orders in Select Symbols and FX Option Symbols,15 as well as regular orders in Non-Select Symbols. The Exchange now proposes to increase this response fee to $0.47 per contract. The Exchange is not proposing any changes to the response fees for complex orders in Non-Select Symbols, which will continue to be charged at a rate of $0.90 per contract for Market Maker orders, and $0.95 per contract for all other market participants.

    15 The Exchange notes that Early Adopter Market Makers in FX option classes are not charged a fee for responses to Crossing Orders. The Exchange is not proposing any changes to response fees for Early Adopter Market Makers.

    2. Statutory Basis

    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,16 in general, and Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,17 in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities.

    16 15 U.S.C. 78f.

    17 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).

    1. Market Maker Fees & Tier Discounts

    The Exchange believes that it is reasonable and equitable to increase Market Maker fees (including applicable Market Maker Discount Tiers) as the proposed fees are designed to continue to be attractive to Market Makers that trade on ISE, and are within the range of fees charged by other options exchanges. Furthermore, the Exchange notes that while it is increasing Market Maker fees, Market Makers will continue to be charged fees that are generally lower than the fees applicable to other market participants, except for Priority Customers. The Exchange does not believe that it is unfairly discriminatory to provide lower fees to Market Maker orders as Market Makers are subject to additional requirements and obligations (such as quoting requirements) that other market participants are not.

    2. Fees for Firm Proprietary/Broker-Dealer, Non-ISE Market Maker, & Professional Customer Orders

    The Exchange believes that it is reasonable and equitable to increase the fees charged to Firm Proprietary/Broker-Dealer, Non-ISE Market Maker, and Professional Customer orders as the proposed fees are designed to be attractive to market participants that choose to bring order flow to the ISE, and remain well within the range of fees charged by some of the Exchange's competitors. Furthermore, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed fees are unfairly discriminatory as the fees would apply to equally to Non-ISE Market Maker, Firm Proprietary/Broker-Dealer, and Professional Customer orders. In connection with this proposed change, the Exchange notes that fees charged to Market Maker orders are also increasing (see above) but will remain lower than the fees described here for Firm Proprietary/Broker-Dealer, Non-ISE Market Maker, and Professional Customer orders. The Exchange does not believe that this is unfairly discriminatory for the reasons already discussed.

    3. Complex Order Maker Fees

    The Exchange believes that the proposed change to increase complex order maker fees is reasonable and equitable as the proposed fees are set at levels that the Exchange believes will continue be attractive to market participants that provide liquidity in complex orders, and are within the range of fees charged by other options exchanges. Moreover, with the proposed change, Market Maker, Firm Proprietary/Broker-Dealer, and Professional Customer complex orders in Non-Select Symbols will now be charged the same maker fee as is currently applicable to Non-ISE Market Maker complex orders. As the proposed fees will be applied equally to all market participants that trade complex orders in these symbols, the Exchange further believes that this proposed change is not unfairly discriminatory. In addition, the Exchange believes that it is reasonable, equitable, and not unfairly discriminatory to eliminate special fees for Complex Quoting Symbols, as the Exchange believes that these fee discounts are no longer needed to attract liquidity in these symbols. Furthermore, the Exchange believes that it is not unfairly discriminatory to eliminate this distinction for Complex Quoting Symbols, as members will now be charged the standard maker fee for all complex orders in Select Symbols, including the Complex Quoting Symbols.

    4. Fee for Responses to Crossing Orders

    The Exchange believes that the proposed fees for responses to Crossing Orders, which are being increased slightly, are appropriate to attract price improvement for Crossing Orders submitted to ISE, and therefore qualify as reasonable and equitable. In this regard, the Exchange notes that other options exchanges charge various fees for responses to Crossing Orders, and the fees proposed here are within the range of fees charged by these competitor markets. Additionally, the Exchange believes that the proposed response fees are not unfairly discriminatory as the Exchange will continue to charge a uniform response fee that is applicable to all market participants that respond to Crossing Orders in affected symbols. As is the case today, responses to Crossing Orders will be charged a higher fee than contra-side orders submitted as part of a crossing transaction. The Exchange continues to believe that this is reasonable, equitable, and not unfairly discriminatory as contra-side orders guarantee the agency order, and are subject to market risk during the time period that the agency order is exposed to other market participants for potential price improvement. Finally, the Exchange notes that it will continue to charge a higher fee for responses to complex Crossing Orders in Non-Select symbols, which reflects the higher fees and rebates generally applicable to complex orders in these symbols.

    B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    In accordance with Section 6(b)(8) of the Act,18 the Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on intermarket or intramarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that the proposed fees and rebates are competitive with fees and rebates offered to orders executed on other options exchanges. The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct their order flow to competing venues. In such an environment, the Exchange must continually review, and consider adjusting, its fees and rebates to remain competitive with other exchanges. For the reasons described above, the Exchange believes that the proposed fee changes reflect this competitive environment.

    18 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(8).

    C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties.

    III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 19 and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder,20 because it establishes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by ISE.

    19 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

    20 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).

    At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.

    IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposal is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Comments

    • Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or

    • Send an email to [email protected] Please include File No. SR-ISE-2015-15 on the subject line.

    Paper Comments

    • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549.

    All submissions should refer to File No. SR-ISE-2015-15. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule changes between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the ISE. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-ISE-2015-15 and should be submitted on or before May 21, 2015.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.21

    21 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10038 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34-74807; File No. SR-FINRA-2015-008] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Delay the Implementation Date of Trade Reporting Amendments Approved Pursuant to SR-FINRA-2013-050 April 24, 2015.

    Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) 1 and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on April 21, 2015, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by FINRA. FINRA has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a “non-controversial” rule change under paragraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 under the Act,3 which renders the proposal effective upon receipt of this filing by the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

    1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).

    2 17 CFR 240.19b-4.

    3 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).

    I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    FINRA is proposing to delay the implementation date of amendments to the trade reporting rules relating to the Alternative Display Facility (“ADF”) and the Trade Reporting Facilities (“TRFs”) approved pursuant to SR-FINRA-2013-050. The proposed rule change would not make any changes to FINRA rules.

    The text of the proposed rule change is available on FINRA's Web site at http://www.finra.org, at the principal office of FINRA and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

    II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, FINRA included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. FINRA has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

    A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose

    On November 12, 2013, FINRA filed proposed rule change SR-FINRA-2013-050 to On November 12, 2013, FINRA filed proposed rule change SR-FINRA-2013-050, which among other things, proposed to amend FINRA rules governing the reporting of over-the-counter (“OTC”) transactions in NMS stocks to the ADF and TRFs. The proposed rule change was approved by the Commission on February 27, 2014.4 The amendments to the ADF and TRF rules relating to millisecond reporting that were approved pursuant to SR-FINRA-2013-050 became effective on November 10, 2014.5

    4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71623 (February 27, 2014), 79 FR 12558 (March 5, 2014) (Order Approving File No. SR-FINRA-2013-050).

    5 The amendments to other rule sets approved pursuant to SR-FINRA-2013-050 are also effective. Specifically, the amendments to the Order Audit Trail System rules became effective on April 7, 2014, and the amendments to the OTC Reporting Facility rules became effective on November 17, 2014.

    Pursuant to proposed rule change SR-FINRA-2014-039,6 FINRA proposed to implement the remaining amendments to the ADF and TRF trade reporting rules no later than April 30, 2015, and announced an effective date of April 20, 2015.7 Specifically, the amendments to the ADF and TRF rules (i) require firms to report an additional time field for Stop Stock transactions 8 and transactions that reflect an execution price that is based on a prior reference point in time,9 and when reporting block transactions using the exception for Intermarket Sweep Orders (ISOs) (outbound) under SEC Rule 611 of Regulation NMS, if the time the firm routed the ISOs is different from the execution time; 10 (ii) require firms to identify the original trade when reporting a reversal by including the control number and report date for the original trade report; 11 (iii) require firms to report trades executed on non-business days and trades reported more than 365 days after trade date (T+365) to the ADF or a TRF (and not on “Form T” through FINRA's Firm Gateway) and further to report non-business day trades on an “as/of” basis by 8:15 a.m. the next business day with the unique trade report modifier to denote their execution outside normal market hours; 12 (iv) provide that where both sides are submitting a clearing-only report to effectuate a step-out, the member transferring out of the position must report a step-out and the member receiving the position must report a “step-in”; 13 and (v) address the processing of trades that are submitted for clearing.14 In addition, SR-FINRA-2013-050 made a number of non-substantive technical and conforming changes to the ADF and TRF rules that were otherwise being amended.

    6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 73289 (October 2, 2014), 79 FR 60874 (October 8, 2014) (Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of File No. SR-FINRA-2014-039).

    7 See Regulatory Notice 14-21 (May 2014).

    8 See paragraph (F) of Rules 6282(a)(4), 6380A(a)(5) and 6380B(a)(5). “Stop stock transaction” means a transaction resulting from an order in which a firm and another party agree that the order will be executed at a stop stock price or better, which price is based upon the prices at which the security is trading at the time the firm receives the order. See Rules 6220, 6320A and 6320B.

    9 See paragraph (G) of Rules 6282(a)(4), 6380A(a)(5) and 6380B(a)(5).

    10 See Rules 6282.03, 6380A.03 and 6380B.03.

    11 See Rules 6282(g), 6380A(g) and 6380B(f).

    12 See Rules 6282(a)(2), 6380A(a)(2) and 6380B(a)(2).

    13 See Rules 7130(g), 7230A(i) and 7230B(h).

    14 See Rules 7140, 7240A and 7240B.

    Firms have requested additional time to make the systems changes necessary to comply with the new reporting requirements, and in particular, have indicated they need additional time to test the systems changes.15 Given the scope of the changes, FINRA believes that it is appropriate to extend the implementation date and is proposing to implement the changes to the ADF and TRF rules approved pursuant to SR-FINRA-2013-050 on July 13, 2015. FINRA believes that this will provide firms ample time to implement and test the changes, as it will afford firms approximately seven months from the date of updated technical specifications (technical specifications for the FINRA/NYSE TRF were published on December 17, 2014 and for the FINRA/NASDAQ TRF on December 23, 2014) 16 and more than three months of testing (testing became available on March 16, 2015 for the FINRA/NYSE TRF and April 1, 2015 for the FINRA/NASDAQ TRF).17

    15 See, e.g., email dated February 12, 2015 from Manisha Kimmel, Managing Director, Financial Information Forum (“FIF”), requesting a delay of implementation of the amendments to the ADF and TRF rules approved pursuant to SR-FINRA-2013-050.

    16 Updated technical specifications have not yet been published for the ADF; however, we note that currently no member firms use the ADF for trade reporting to FINRA. FINRA anticipates publishing updated technical specifications for the ADF shortly.

    17 FINRA notes that this implementation schedule is consistent with FIF's recommendation in its comment letter on SR-FINRA-2013-050 that FINRA release TRF technical specifications within seven months, and make available a robust test environment within three months, of the implementation date. See Letter from Manisha Kimmel, Executive Director, Financial Information Forum, to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, SEC, dated December 20, 2013.

    Some firms also have requested that they be permitted to report in accordance with the amendments to the ADF and TRF rules prior to the implementation date. The TRFs and the ADF are unable to make the necessary systems changes available in production prior to July 13, 2015 to accommodate voluntary reporting in accordance with the new reporting requirements by some firms, while other firms continue to report under the current reporting requirements. Therefore, all firms must begin reporting in accordance with the amendments on July 13, 2015. As noted above, however, firms will have ample opportunity to test their systems changes and new reporting processes prior to July 13, 2015.

    FINRA has filed the proposed rule change for immediate effectiveness and has requested that the Commission waive the requirement that the proposed rule change not become operative for 30 days after the date of the filing. The operative date will be the date of filing of the proposed rule change.

    2. Statutory Basis

    FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,18 which requires, among other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. FINRA believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act in that it provides firms additional time to complete the systems changes necessary to comply with SR-FINRA-2013-050, which amendments will, among other things, ensure a more accurate and complete audit trail, enable FINRA to recreate more accurately members' market activity and enhance FINRA's ability to surveil on an automated basis for compliance with FINRA trade reporting and other rules.

    18 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(6).

    B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    FINRA does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. FINRA believes that providing adequate time for firms to make and test the systems changes necessary to comply with SR-FINRA-2013-050 will benefit all interested parties.

    C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    A copy of the request for a delay from FIF is attached to the filing submitted by the Exchange but not attached to the published notice of this filing. In response to FIF's request, as discussed above, FINRA is proposing to delay implementation of the amendments to the ADF and TRF rules approved under SR-FINRA-2013-050 to July 13, 2015. FINRA believes that the revised implementation date will provide members additional time to make the necessary system changes while balancing the need to implement the amendments without undue delay.

    III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 19 and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.20

    19 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).

    20 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement.

    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of filing.21 However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest.22 FINRA has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that FINRA can immediately delay the implementation dates, as provided in this proposal.

    21 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).

    22Id.

    The Commission believes that the waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest as it will allow FINRA to extend the implementation dates of certain changes approved pursuant to SR-FINRA-2013-050 in a timely manner. Therefore, the Commission designates the proposal operative upon filing.23

    23 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is: (i) Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.24 If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved.25

    24 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

    25Id.

    IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Comments

    • Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or

    • Send an email to [email protected] Please include File Number SR-FINRA-2015-008 on the subject line.

    Paper Comments

    • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-FINRA-2015-008. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FINRA. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-FINRA-2015-008, and should be submitted on or before May 21, 2015.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.26

    26 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10039 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [File No. 500-1] In the Matter of Jet Neko, Inc., Order of Suspension of Trading April 28, 2015.

    It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of Jet Neko, Inc. (CIK No. 1541371), a void Delaware corporation with its principal place of business listed as Miyazaki, Japan with stock quoted on OTC Link (previously, “Pink Sheets”) operated by OTC Markets Group, Inc. (“OTC Link”) under the ticker symbol NEKO, because it has not filed any periodic reports since it filed a Form 10 registration statement on February 9, 2012. On February 5, 2015, a delinquency letter was sent by the Division of Corporation Finance to Jet Neko, Inc. requesting compliance with their periodic filing obligations, but Jet Neko, Inc. did not receive the delinquency letter due to its failure to maintain a valid address on file with the Commission as required by Commission rules (Rule 301 of Regulation S-T, 17 CFR 232.301 and Section 5.4 of EDGAR Filer Manual).

    The Commission is of the opinion that the public interest and the protection of investors require a suspension of trading in the securities of Jet Neko, Inc.

    Therefore, it is ordered, pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that trading in the securities of Jet Neko, Inc. is suspended for the period from 9:30 a.m. EDT on April 28, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 11, 2015.

    By the Commission.

    Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10187 Filed 4-28-15; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Securities Act of 1933 Release No. 9760/April 24, 2015; Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Release No. 74810/April 24, 2015] Order Regarding Review of FASB Accounting Support Fee For 2015 Under Section 109 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

    The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Act”) provides that the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) may recognize, as generally accepted for purposes of the securities laws, any accounting principles established by a standard setting body that meets certain criteria. Consequently, Section 109 of the Act provides that all of the budget of such a standard setting body shall be payable from an annual accounting support fee assessed and collected against each issuer, as may be necessary or appropriate to pay for the budget and provide for the expenses of the standard setting body, and to provide for an independent, stable source of funding, subject to review by the Commission. Under Section 109(f) of the Act, the amount of fees collected for a fiscal year shall not exceed the “recoverable budget expenses” of the standard setting body. Section 109(h) amends Section 13(b)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require issuers to pay the allocable share of a reasonable annual accounting support fee or fees, determined in accordance with Section 109 of the Act.

    On April 25, 2003, the Commission issued a policy statement concluding that the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and its parent organization, the Financial Accounting Foundation (“FAF”), satisfied the criteria for an accounting standard-setting body under the Act, and recognizing the FASB's financial accounting and reporting standards as “generally accepted” under Section 108 of the Act.1 As a consequence of that recognition, the Commission undertook a review of the FASB's accounting support fee for calendar year 2015. In connection with its review, the Commission also reviewed the budget for the FAF and the FASB for calendar year 2015.

    1 Financial Reporting Release No. 70.

    Section 109 of the Act also provides that the standard setting body can have additional sources of revenue for its activities, such as earnings from sales of publications, provided that each additional source of revenue shall not jeopardize, in the judgment of the Commission, the actual or perceived independence of the standard setter. In this regard, the Commission also considered the interrelation of the operating budgets of the FAF, the FASB, and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”), the FASB's sister organization, which sets accounting standards used by state and local government entities. The Commission has been advised by the FAF that neither the FAF, the FASB, nor the GASB accept contributions from the accounting profession.

    The Commission understands that the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) has determined the FASB's spending of the 2015 accounting support fee is sequestrable under the Budget Control Act of 2011.2 So long as sequestration is applicable, we anticipate that the FAF will work with the Commission and Commission staff as appropriate regarding its implementation of sequestration.

    2 See “OMB Report Pursuant to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012” (P.L. 112-155), page 222 of 224 at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/legislative_reports/stareport.pdf.

    After its review, the Commission determined that the 2015 annual accounting support fee for the FASB is consistent with Section 109 of the Act. Accordingly,

    It is ordered, pursuant to Section 109 of the Act, that the FASB may act in accordance with this determination of the Commission.

    By the Commission.

    Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10034 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. IC-31578] Notice of Applications for Deregistration Under Section 8(f) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 April 24, 2015.

    The following is a notice of applications for deregistration under section 8(f) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 for the month of April 2015. A copy of each application may be obtained via the Commission's Web site by searching for the file number, or for an applicant using the Company name box, at http://www.sec.gov/search/search.htm or by calling (202) 551-8090. An order granting each application will be issued unless the SEC orders a hearing. Interested persons may request a hearing on any application by writing to the SEC's Secretary at the address below and serving the relevant applicant with a copy of the request, personally or by mail. Hearing requests should be received by the SEC by 5:30 p.m. on May 19, 2015, and should be accompanied by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a certificate of service. Pursuant to Rule 0-5 under the Act, hearing requests should state the nature of the writer's interest, any facts bearing upon the desirability of a hearing on the matter, the reason for the request, and the issues contested. Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request notification by writing to the Commission's Secretary.

    ADDRESSES:

    The Commission: Brent J. Fields, Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Diane L. Titus at (202) 551-6810, SEC, Division of Investment Management, Chief Counsel's Office, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-8010.

    UBS Cashfund Inc. [File No. 811-2802]

    Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. On June 19, 2014, applicant made a liquidating distribution to its shareholders, based on net asset value. Applicant has retained $4,093 in cash to pay outstanding liabilities. Expenses of $66,724 incurred in connection with the liquidation were paid by UBS Global Asset Management (Americas) Inc., applicant's investment adviser.

    Filing Date: The application was filed on March 12, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: c/o UBS Global Asset Management (Americas) Inc., Attn: Keith A. Weller, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10019-6028.

    Ambassador Funds [File No. 811-9941]

    Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. On October 15, 2012, applicant made a liquidating distribution to its shareholders, based on net asset value. Expenses incurred in connection with the liquidation were paid by applicant's investment adviser.

    Filing Date: The application was filed on May 7, 2013.

    Applicant's Address: 500 Griswold St., Suite 2800, Detroit, MI 48226.

    ISI Strategy Fund, Inc. [File No. 811-8291] Total Return U.S. Treasury Fund, Inc. [File No. 811-5040] North American Government Bond Fund, Inc. [File No. 811-7292] Managed Municipal Fund, Inc. [File No. 811-6023]

    Summary: Each applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicants transferred their assets to corresponding series of Centre Funds, and on March 17, 2015, made a distribution to their shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of $64,178 incurred in connection with the reorganizations were paid by International Strategy & Investment Inc., the investment adviser of the acquiring trust.

    Filing Date: The applications were filed on April 7, 2015.

    Applicants' Address: ALPS Fund Services, Inc., 1290 Broadway, Ste. 1100, Denver, CO 80203.

    Exchange Listed Funds Trust [File No. 811-23026]

    Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant has never made a public offering of its securities and does not propose to make a public offering or engage in business of any kind.

    Filing Date: The application was filed on March 13, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: 2545 S. Kelly Ave. Ste. C, Edmond, OK 73013.

    Sound Point Floating Rate Income Fund [File No. 811-22768]

    Summary: Applicant, a closed-end investment company, seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant transferred its assets to Trust for Advised Portfolios, and on May 30, 2014, made distributions to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of approximately $85,103 incurred in connection with the reorganization were paid by Sound Point Capital Management, L.P., applicant's investment adviser.

    Filing Dates: The application was filed on February 18, 2015, and amended on April 7, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: 375 Park Ave., 25th Floor, New York, NY 10152.

    Wexford Trust [File No. 811-5469]

    Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant transferred its assets to Managed Portfolio Series, and on September 5, 2014, made a distribution to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of $147,793 incurred in connection with the reorganization were paid by Muhlenkamp & Company, Inc., applicant's investment adviser.

    Filing Date: The application was filed on April 7, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: 5000 Stonewood Dr., Ste. 300, Wexford, PA 15090-8388.

    Global Equity Long/Short Master Fund [File No. 811-22459]

    Summary: Applicant, a closed-end investment company, seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant transferred its asset to Morgan Creek Global Equity Long/Short Institutional Fund in a despoking transaction, and on July 1, 2014, made distributions to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of $31,920 incurred in connection with the liquidation were ultimately paid by applicant's shareholders.

    Filing Dates: The application was filed on December 10, 2014, and amended on April 2, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: 301 West Barbee Chapel Rd., Suite 200, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

    American Strategic Income Portfolio Inc. [File No. 811-6404] American Strategic Income Portfolio Inc. II [File No. 811-6640]

    Summary: Each applicant, a closed-end investment company, seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicants transferred their assets to Diversified Real Asset Income Fund, and on September 8, 2014 made distributions to their shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of $233,545 and $752,809, respectively, incurred in connection with the reorganizations were paid by applicants and the investment advisers of the applicants and the acquiring fund, or their affiliates.

    Filing Dates: The applications were filed on December 22, 2014, and amended on March 20, 2015.

    Applicants' Address: 800 Nicollet Mall, BC-MN-H04N, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

    Hatteras GPEP Fund II, LLC [File No. 811-22594]

    Summary: Applicant, a closed-end investment company, seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant has never made a public offering of its securities and does not propose to make a public offering. Applicant currently has fewer than 100 holders of its securities and intends to continue operation as a private fund in reliance on section 3(c)(1) of the Act. Applicant has notified its beneficial owners that certain legal protections afforded to shareholders of an investment company registered under the Act will no longer apply.

    Filing Dates: The application was filed on January 9, 2015, and amended on April 9, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: 6601 Six Forks Rd., Suite 340, Raleigh, NC 27615.

    Eaton Vance Structured Emerging Markets Premium Income Trust [File No. 811-22536] Eaton Vance Inflation-Linked Income Credit Trust [File No. 811-22567]

    Summary: Each applicant, a closed-end investment company, seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicants have never made a public offering of their securities and do not propose to make a public offering or engage in business of any kind.

    Filing Date: The applications were filed on March 26, 2015.

    Applicants' Address: Two International Place, Boston, MA 02110.

    Helios High Income Fund, Inc. [File No. 811-21332] Helios Strategic Income Fund, Inc. [File No. 811-21487] Helios Advantage Income Fund, Inc. [File No. 811-21631] Helios Multi-Sector High Income Fund, Inc. [File No. 811-21833]

    Summary: Each applicant, each a closed-end investment company, seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Each applicant transferred its assets to Brookfield High Income Fund Inc., and on August 13, 2014, made distributions to their shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of $64,949, $62,360, $92.044 and $73,813, respectively, incurred in connection with the reorganizations were paid by each applicant and the acquiring fund.

    Filing Dates: The applications were filed on December 24, 2014, and amended on March 17, 2015.

    Applicants' Address: Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10281-1023.

    Putnam Capital Appreciation Fund [File No. 811-7061]

    Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant transferred its assets to Putnam Investors Fund, and on December 29, 2008, made a distribution to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of approximately $66,568 incurred in connection with the reorganization were paid by applicant.

    Filing Date: The application was filed on April 15, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: One Post Office Sq., Boston, MA 02109.

    Putnam Classic Equity Fund [File No. 811-7223]

    Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant transferred its assets to The Putnam Fund for Growth and Income, and on December 29, 2008, made distributions to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of approximately $66,568 incurred in connection with the reorganization were paid by applicant.

    Filing Date: The application was filed on April 15, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: One Post Office Sq., Boston, MA 02109.

    Putnam Discovery Growth Fund [File No. 811-6203]

    Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant transferred its assets to Putnam New Opportunities Fund (now known as Putnam Multi-Cap Growth Fund), and on December 29, 2008, made a distribution to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of approximately $66,568 incurred in connection with the reorganization were paid by applicant.

    Filing Date: The application was filed on April 15, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: One Post Office Sq., Boston, MA 02109.

    Putnam OTC & Emerging Growth Fund [File No. 811-3512]

    Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant transferred its assets to Putnam Vista Fund, and on December 29, 2008, made distributions to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of approximately $66,568 incurred in connection with the reorganization were paid by applicant.

    Filing Date: The application was filed on April 15, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: One Post Office Sq., Boston, MA 02109.

    Putnam Tax-Free Health Care Fund [File No. 811-6659]

    Summary: Applicant, a closed-end investment company, seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant transferred its assets to Putnam Tax Exempt Income Fund, and on September 17, 2007, made a distribution to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of approximately $335,299 incurred in connection with the reorganization were paid by applicant.

    Filing Date: The application was filed on April 13, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: One Post Office Sq., Boston, MA 02109.

    Martin Currie Business Trust [File No. 811-8612]

    Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. On January 30, 2015, applicant made a liquidating distribution to its shareholders, based on net asset value. Expenses of $87,460 incurred in connection with the liquidation were paid by Martin Currie, Inc., applicant's investment adviser.

    Filing Dates: The application was filed on March 24, 2015, and amended on April 23, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2ES.

    Security Equity Fund [File No. 811-22932]

    Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that i0t has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant transferred its assets to a corresponding shell series of Guggenheim Funds Trust, and on January 27, 2014 and September 23, 2014, made distributions to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of $523,662 incurred in connection with the reorganization were paid by applicant and Security Investors, LLC, applicant's investment adviser.

    Filing Dates: The application was filed on February 19, 2015, and amended on April 23, 2015.

    Applicant's Address: 805 King Farm Blvd., Ste. 600, Rockville, MD 20850.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, pursuant to delegated authority.

    Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10094 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION [Docket No: SSA-2015-0027] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of information collection packages requiring clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with Public Law 104-13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. This notice includes revisions and an extension of OMB-approved information collections, and one new information collection.

    SSA is soliciting comments on the accuracy of the agency's burden estimate; the need for the information; its practical utility; ways to enhance its quality, utility, and clarity; and ways to minimize burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Mail, email, or fax your comments and recommendations on the information collection(s) to the OMB Desk Officer and SSA Reports Clearance Officer at the following addresses or fax numbers.

    (OMB), Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, Fax: 202-395-6974, Email address: [email protected] (SSA), Social Security Administration, OLCA, Attn: Reports Clearance Director, 3100 West High Rise, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410-966-2830, Email address: [email protected]

    Or you may submit your comments online through www.regulations.gov, referencing Docket ID Number [SSA-2015-0015].

    I. The information collections below are pending at SSA. SSA will submit them to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than June 29, 2015. Individuals can obtain copies of the collection instruments by writing to the above email address.

    1. Application for a Social Security Number Card, the Social Security Number Application Process (SSNAP), and Internet SSN Replacement Card (iSSNRC) Application—20 CFR 422.103-422.110—0960-0066. SSA collects information on the SS-5 (used in the United States) and SS-5-FS (used outside the United States) to issue original or replacement Social Security cards. SSA also enters the application data into the Social Security Number Application Process (SSNAP) when applicants request a new or replacement card via telephone or in person. In addition, hospitals collect the same information on SSA's behalf for newborn children through the Enumeration-at-Birth process. In this process, parents of newborns provide hospital birth registration clerks with information required to register these newborns. Hospitals send this information to State Bureaus of Vital Statistics (BVS), and they send the information to SSA's National Computer Center. SSA then uploads the data to the SSA mainframe along with all other enumeration data, and we assign the newborn a Social Security number (SSN) and issue a Social Security card. Respondents can also use these modalities to request a change in their SSN records. Additionally, the iSSNRC application will collect information similar to the paper SS-5 for no-change replacement SSN cards for adult U.S. citizens.

    A new iSSNRC modality included in the current clearance will allow certain applicants for an SSN replacement card to apply by completing an internet application and submitting the required evidence online rather than completing a paper Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card.

    The respondents for this collection are applicants for original and replacement Social Security cards, or individuals who wish to change information in their SSN records, who use any of the modalities described above.

    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information collection.

    Application scenario Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency of response Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (minutes)
  • Estimated total annual burden (hours)
    Respondents who do not have to provide parents' SSNs 10,500,000 1 8.5 1,487,500 * Adult U.S. Citizens requesting a replacement card with no changes through new iSSNRC modality 1,500,000 1 5 125,000 Respondents whom we ask to provide parents' SSNs (when applying for original SSN cards for children under age 18) 400,000 1 9 60,000 Applicants age 12 or older who need to answer additional questions so SSA can determine whether we previously assigned an SSN 1,500,000 1 9.5 237,500 Applicants asking for a replacement SSN card beyond the new allowable limits (i.e., who must provide additional documentation to accompany the application) 900 1 60 900 Authorization to SSA to obtain personal information cover letter 500 1 15 125 Authorization to SSA to obtain personal information follow-up cover letter 500 1 15 125 Totals 13,901,900 1,911,150 * The total timeline for complete national coverage of the iSSNRC application is two years from the date of initial implementation and is dependent on the contractor enrolling each State into the network. By FY 2018, we would expect to issue about 1.5 million replacement cards annually via the iSSNRC application. However, the estimated volume could vary based on the date of implementation, when the contractor acquires States, and our marketing efforts to the public.

    Cost Burden: The state BVSs incur costs of approximately $11 million for transmitting data to SSA's mainframe. However, SSA reimburses the states for these costs.

    2. Third Party Liability Information Statement—42 CFR 433.136-433.139—0960-0323. To reduce Medicaid costs, Medicaid state agencies must identify third party insurers liable for medical care or services for Medicaid beneficiaries. Regulations at 42 CFR 433.136-433.139 require Medicaid state agencies to obtain this information on Medicaid applications and redeterminations as a condition of Medicaid eligibility. States may enter into agreements with the Commissioner of Social Security to make Medicaid eligibility determinations for aged, blind, and disabled beneficiaries in those states. Applications for and redeterminations of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility in jurisdictions with such agreements are applications and redeterminations of Medicaid eligibility. Under these agreements, SSA obtains third party liability information using Form SSA-8019, and provides that information to the Medicaid state agencies. The Medicaid state agencies use the information to bill third parties liable for medical care, support, or services for a beneficiary to guarantee that Medicaid remains the payer of last resort. The respondents are SSI claimants and recipients.

    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information collection.

    Modality of completion Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency of response Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (minutes)
  • Estimated total annual burden (hours)
    SSA-8012 Paper form 200 1 5 17 Modernized SSI Claims System (MSSICS) 51,381 1 5 4,282 Totals 51,581 4,299

    3. Request for Deceased Individual's Social Security Record—20 CFR 402.130—0960-0665. When a member of the public requests an individual's Social Security record, SSA needs the name and address of the requestor as well as a description of the requested record to process the request. SSA uses the information the respondent provides on Form SSA-711, or via an Internet request through SSA's electronic Freedom of Information Act (eFOIA) Web site, to (1) verify the wage earner is deceased and (2) access the correct Social Security record. Respondents are members of the public requesting deceased individuals' Social Security records.

    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information collection.

    Modality of completion Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency of response Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (minutes)
  • Estimated total annual burden (hours)
    Internet Request through eFOIA 49,800 1 7 5,810 SSA-711 (paper) 200 1 7 23 Total 50,000 5,833

    Cost Burden *: In addition, SSA charges fees to the respondent for this information. The following chart shows the fees per transaction based on the information the respondent provides on the SSA-711 (or in eFOIA):

    Modality of completion Information provided (or not provided) Cost per
  • transaction
  • SSA-711 (paper) SSN of decedent is not provided $29 SSA-711 (paper) SSN of decedent is provided $27 eFOIA (Internet) SSN of decedent is not provided $18

    * As these costs are dependent on the respondent's provided information, we charge them on an as needed basis, and cannot provide a total annual estimate of the cost burden. We do not know whether the respondent provided the decedent's SSN until we manually review and process each SSA-711.

    4. Function Report Adult—20 CFR 404.1512 & 416.912—0960-0681. Individuals receiving or applying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) or SSI must provide medical evidence and other proof SSA requires to prove their disability. SSA, and State disability determinations services on our behalf, collect the information using Form SSA-3373. We use the information to document how claimants' disabilities affect their ability to function, and to determine eligibility for SSI and SSDI claims. The respondents are Title II and Title XVI applicants (or current recipients undergoing redeterminations) for disability payments.

    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information collection.

    Modality of completion Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency of response Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (minutes)
  • Estimated total annual burden (hours)
    SSA-3373 2,085,721 1 61 2,120,483

    II. SSA submitted the information collections below to OMB for clearance. Your comments regarding the information collections would be most useful if OMB and SSA receive them 30 days from the date of this publication. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than June 1, 2015. Individuals can obtain copies of the OMB clearance packages by writing to [email protected]

    1. Data Exchange Request Form—20 CFR 401.100—0960-NEW. SSA maintains approximately 3,000 data exchange agreements and regularly receives new requests from Federal, State, local, and foreign governments, as well as private organizations, to share data electronically. SSA engages in various forms of data exchanges from Social Security number verifications to computer matches for benefit eligibility, depending on the requestor's business needs. Section 1106 of the Social Security Act requires we consider the requestor's legal authority to receive the data, our disclosure policies, systems' feasibility, systems' security, and costs before entering into a data exchange agreement. We will use Form SSA-157, Data Exchange Request Form, for this purpose. Requesting agencies, governments, or private organizations will use the form when voluntarily initiating a request for data exchange from SSA. Respondents are Federal, State, local, and foreign governments, as well as private organizations seeking to share data electronically with SSA.

    This is a correction notice: SSA published the incorrect burden information for this collection at 80 FR 9499, on February 23, 2015. We are correcting this error here.

    Type of Request: This is a new information collection request.

    Modality of completion Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency of response Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (minutes)
  • Estimated total annual burden (hours)
    SSA-157 121 1 30 61

    2. Statement of Self-Employment Income—20 CFR 404.101, 404.110, 404.1096(a)-(d)—0960-0046. To qualify for insured status and thus collect Social Security benefits, self-employed individuals must demonstrate they have earned the minimum amount of self-employment income (SEI) in a current year. SSA uses Form SSA-766, Statement of Self-Employment Income, to collect the information we need to determine if the individual will have at least the minimum amount of SEI needed for one or more quarters of coverage in the current year. Based on the information we obtain, we may credit additional quarters of coverage to give the individual insured status thus expediting benefit payments.

    Respondents are self-employed individuals who may be eligible for Social Security benefits.

    Type of Request: Revision of an OMB-approved information collection.

    Modality of completion Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency of response Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (minutes)
  • Estimated total annual burden (hours)
    SSA-766 2,500 1 5 208

    3. Request for Workers' Compensation/Public Disability Benefit Information—20 CFR 404.408(e)—0960-0098. Claimants for Social Security disability payments who are also receiving Worker's Compensation/Public Disability Benefits (WC/PDB) must notify SSA about their WC/PDB, so the agency can reduce claimants' Social Security disability payments accordingly. If claimants provide necessary evidence, such as a copy of their award notice, benefit check, etc., that is sufficient verification. In cases where claimants cannot provide such evidence, SSA uses Form SSA-1709. The entity paying the WC/PDB benefits, its agent (such as an insurance carrier), or an administering public agency complete this form. The respondents are Federal, State, and local agencies, insurance carriers, and public or private self-insured companies administering WC/PDB benefits to disability claimants.

    This is a correction notice. SSA published this information collection as a revision on February 23, 2015 at 80 FR 9500. Since we are not revising the Privacy Act Statement, this is now an extension of an OMB-approved information collection.

    Type of Request: Extension of an OMB-approved information collection.

    Modality of completion Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency of response Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (minutes)
  • Estimated total annual burden (hours)
    SSA-1709 120,000 1 15 30,000
    Dated: April 27, 2015. Faye I. Lipsky, Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10057 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191-02-P
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 9119] Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life” SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, and Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition “American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life,” imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, from on or about May 16, 2015, until on or about September 14, 2015, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, from on or about September 26, 2015, until on or about January 31, 2016, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For further information, including a list of the imported objects, contact the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, SA-5, L/PD, Fifth Floor (Suite 5H03), Washington, DC 20522-0505, telephone (202-632-6471), or email at [email protected]

    Dated: April 20, 2015. Kelly Keiderling, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10147 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710-05-P
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 9116] Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life” Exhibition SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given of the following Determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition “FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life,” imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York, from on or about May 16, 2015, until on or about November 1, 2015, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For further information, including a list of the exhibit objects, contact the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202-632-6471; email: [email protected]). The mailing address is U.S. Department of State, L/PD, SA-5, Suite 5H03, Washington, DC 20522-0505.

    Dated: April 20, 2015. Kelly Keiderling, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10139 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710-05-P
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 9114] Shipping Coordinating Committee; Notice of Committee Meeting

    The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC) will conduct an open meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Room 8, 9, 10 of the United States Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the ninety fifth Session of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee to be held at the IMO Headquarters, United Kingdom, from June 3 to June 12, 2015.

    The agenda items to be considered include:

    —Adoption of the agenda; report on credentials

    —Decisions of other IMO bodies

    —Consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments

    —Measures to enhance maritime security

    —Goal-based new ship construction standards

    —Passenger ship safety

    —Performance review and audit of LRIT Data Centres

    —Carriage of cargoes and containers (report of the first session of the Sub-Committee)

    —Human element, training and watch keeping (report of the second session of the Sub-Committee)

    —Ship design and construction (report of the second session of the Sub-Committee)

    —Navigation, communications and search and rescue (report of the second session of the Sub-Committee)

    —Ship systems and equipment (urgent matters emanating from the second session of the Sub-Committee)

    —Capacity building for the implementation of new measures

    —Formal safety assessment, including general cargo ship safety

    —Piracy and armed robbery against ships

    —Implementation of instruments and related matters

    —Relations with other organizations

    —Application of the Committee's Guidelines

    —Work programme

    —Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2016

    —Any other business

    —Consideration of the report of the Committee on its ninety-fifth session

    Members of the public may attend this meeting up to the seating capacity of the room. To facilitate the building security process, and to request reasonable accommodation, those who plan to attend should contact the meeting coordinator, LCDR Tiffany Duffy, by email at [email protected], by phone at (202) 372-1403, by fax at (202) 372-1925, or in writing at Commandant (CG-5PS), U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 2nd Street SW., Stop 7126, Washington, DC 20593-7126 not later than May 19, 2015, 7 days prior to the meeting. Requests made after May 19, 2015 might not be able to be accommodated. Please note that due to security considerations, two valid, government issued photo identifications must be presented to gain entrance to the building. The Department of Transportation building is accessible by taxi and privately owned conveyance and public transportation. However, parking in the vicinity of the building is limited. Additional information regarding this and other IMO SHC public meetings may be found at: www.uscg.mil/imo.

    Dated: April 22, 2015. Marc Zlomek, Executive Secretary, Shipping Coordinating Committee, Department of State.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10148 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710-09-P
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 9115] Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Frances Stark: Intimism” Exhibition SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition “Frances Stark: Intimism,” imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, from on or about May 21, 2015, until on or about August 30, 2015, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For further information, including a list of the exhibit objects, contact the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202-632-6471; email: [email protected]). The mailing address is U.S. Department of State, L/PD, SA-5, Suite 5H03, Washington, DC 20522-0505.

    Dated: April 20, 2015. Kelly Keiderling, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10138 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710-05-P
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 9118] Culturally Significant Object Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “North Cape” SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given of the following Determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), E. O. 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the object to be included in the exhibition “North Cape” imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, is of cultural significance. The object is imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owner or custodian. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit object at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, from on or about May 15, 2015, until on or about May 15, 2017, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For further information, including a description of the imported object, contact the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202-632-6471; email: [email protected]). The mailing address is U.S. Department of State, L/PD, SA-5, Suite 5H03, Washington, DC 20522-0505.

    Dated: April 20, 2015. Kelly Keiderling, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10145 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710-05-P
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 9117] Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends” Exhibition SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given of the following Determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends,” imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, from on or about June 30, 2015, until on or about October 4, 2015, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For further information, including a list of the exhibit objects, contact the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202-632-6471; email: [email protected]). The mailing address is U.S. Department of State, L/PD, SA-5, Suite 5H03, Washington, DC 20522-0505.

    Dated: April 20, 2015. Kelly Keiderling, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10141 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710-05-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of a Land Release Affecting the Federal Grant Assurance Obligations at Ryan Field Airport, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of a Land Release.

    SUMMARY:

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to rule and invites public comment on the application for a land release of approximately 5.12 acres of airport property, along with an easement over 2.09 acres, at Ryan Field Airport, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona from the airport use provisions of the Grant Agreement Assurances since the land is not needed for airport purposes. The property will be used by the Arizona Department of Transportation to widen State Route 86 that is located along the southern edge of the airport. The airport will be compensated for the fair market value of the released property. The use of the land for a roadway represents a compatible land use that will not interfere with the airport or its operation, thereby protecting the interests of civil aviation.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before June 1, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Comments on the request may be mailed or delivered to the FAA at the following address: Mike N. Williams, Manager, Airports District Office, Federal Register Comment, Federal Aviation Administration, Phoenix Airports District Office, 3800 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1025, Phoenix, Arizona 85012. In addition, one copy of the comment submitted to the FAA must be mailed or delivered to Tom Coyle, Director of Planning, Tucson Airport Authority, 7005 South Plumer Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85756.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    In accordance with the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21), Public Law 106-181 (Apr. 5, 2000; 114 Stat. 61), this notice must be published in the Federal Register 30 days before the DOT Secretary may waive any condition imposed on a federally obligated airport by surplus property conveyance deeds or grant agreements.

    The following is a brief overview of the request:

    The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) requested a release from the provisions of the Grant Agreement Assurances to permit the disposal of approximately 5.12 acres of land at Ryan Field Airport, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona to permit the construction of highway improvements to State Route 86 by the Arizona Department of Transportation. The highway that traverses the southern boundary of the airport from east to west will be widened to accommodate four lanes, thereby providing two lanes in each direction. The release will allow 5.12 acres of land to be conveyed to the State of Arizona, along with an easement for 2.09 acres over land not being conveyed in fee simple. In return, TAA will be compensated for the fair market value of the property subject to the release. Continued use of the land as an improved highway represents a compatible land use that will not interfere with or impede the operations and development of the airport. Based on the benefits of fair compensation in exchange for the land, the interests of civil aviation will be properly served.

    Issued in Hawthorne, California, on April 23, 2015. Brian Q. Armstrong, Manager, Safety and Standards Branch, Airports Division, Western-Pacific Region.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10097 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [FMCSA Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0313] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus AGENCY:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of final disposition.

    SUMMARY:

    FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt 78 individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

    DATES:

    The exemptions were effective on March 24, 2015. The exemptions expire on March 24, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Charles A. Horan, III, Director, Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards, (202) 366-4001, [email protected], FMCSA, Room W64-224, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Electronic Access

    You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document Management System (FDMS) at: http://www.regulations.gov.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov and/or Room W12-140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy.

    II. Background

    On February 19, 2015, FMCSA published a notice of receipt of Federal diabetes exemption applications from 78 individuals and requested comments from the public (80 FR 8629). The public comment period closed on March 23, 2015, and two comments were received.

    FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of the 78 applicants and determined that granting the exemptions to these individuals would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved by complying with the current regulation 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3).

    Diabetes Mellitus and Driving Experience of the Applicants

    The Agency established the current requirement for diabetes in 1970 because several risk studies indicated that drivers with diabetes had a higher rate of crash involvement than the general population. The diabetes rule provides that “A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control” (49 CFR 391.41(b)(3)).

    FMCSA established its diabetes exemption program, based on the Agency's July 2000 study entitled “A Report to Congress on the Feasibility of a Program to Qualify Individuals with Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus to Operate in Interstate Commerce as Directed by the Transportation Act for the 21st Century.” The report concluded that a safe and practicable protocol to allow some drivers with ITDM to operate CMVs is feasible. The September 3, 2003 (68 FR 52441), Federal Register notice in conjunction with the November 8, 2005 (70 FR 67777), Federal Register notice provides the current protocol for allowing such drivers to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

    These 78 applicants have had ITDM over a range of one to 45 years. These applicants report no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness or seizure, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning symptoms, in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the past 5 years. In each case, an endocrinologist verified that the driver has demonstrated a willingness to properly monitor and manage his/her diabetes mellitus, received education related to diabetes management, and is on a stable insulin regimen. These drivers report no other disqualifying conditions, including diabetes-related complications. Each meets the vision requirement at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10).

    The qualifications and medical condition of each applicant were stated and discussed in detail in the February 19, 2015, Federal Register notice and they will not be repeated in this notice.

    III. Discussion of Comments

    FMCSA received two comments in this proceeding. The comments are discussed below.

    An anonymous commenter stated he or she believes that it is discriminatory for truck driving schools and employers to disqualify applicants due to insulin-dependent diabetes and other medications they may take.

    Gabriel Villa stated she believes all of the drivers listed in this notices should be granted an exemption since they have received their endocrinologist's approval.

    IV. Basis for Exemption Determination

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the diabetes requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3) if the exemption is likely to achieve an equivalent or greater level of safety than would be achieved without the exemption. The exemption allows the applicants to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

    To evaluate the effect of these exemptions on safety, FMCSA considered medical reports about the applicants' ITDM and vision, and reviewed the treating endocrinologists' medical opinion related to the ability of the driver to safely operate a CMV while using insulin.

    Consequently, FMCSA finds that in each case exempting these applicants from the diabetes requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3) is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption.

    V. Conditions and Requirements

    The terms and conditions of the exemption will be provided to the applicants in the exemption document and they include the following: (1) That each individual submit a quarterly monitoring checklist completed by the treating endocrinologist as well as an annual checklist with a comprehensive medical evaluation; (2) that each individual reports within 2 business days of occurrence, all episodes of severe hypoglycemia, significant complications, or inability to manage diabetes; also, any involvement in an accident or any other adverse event in a CMV or personal vehicle, whether or not it is related to an episode of hypoglycemia; (3) that each individual provide a copy of the ophthalmologist's or optometrist's report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (4) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver's qualification file, or keep a copy in his/her driver's qualification file if he/she is self-employed. The driver must also have a copy of the certification when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official.

    VI. Conclusion

    Based upon its evaluation of the 78 exemption applications, FMCSA exempts the following drivers from the diabetes requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), subject to the requirements cited above 949 CFR 391.64(b)):

    Timothy R. Adkins (KY) John Angelesco, III (MA) Matthew D. Anthony (MN) Daniel S. Arke (HI) Raul Arlequin, Jr. (NJ) Dale A. Bahr (WI) Darren E. Barrett (TX) Chad W. Beeman (NY) William W. Bell III (VT) Jeffrey S. Bohle (IA) Bradley T. Boyd (IA) Bradley M. Brauer (NE) Gary W. Brendel (NY) Thomas Browning (PA) Kell D. Busby, Jr. (MI) Norman W. Camp (TN) Rafael B. Castillo (NJ) Camille M. Converse-Smith (WI) Zachary D. Craig (ND) Terry R. Darnall (IL) Raymond W. Dropps (MN) Curtis W. Fox (IN) William H. Geiselhart, Jr. (PA) Darrel G. Goetz (MO) Chris S. Hammack (CO) James P. Hancock, Jr. (PA) Donald S. Hanson (MN) Michael Hasley (AR) Gene A. Heibult (SD) Ronald R. Herrington (WV) Jay H. Hess (PA) Kevin L. Holmes (IL) Claude E. Hoskins (WA) Brian L. Hughes (PA) Ulysses Jones, II (IN) Sean M. Jordan (PA) Steven N. Kemp (TX) Tracy A. Knake (IA) Cory D. Knowles (TN) Eric J. Kuster (IA) Daniel J. Lacroix (MA) Robert E. Lane (IN) James D. Langer (WI) Jason C. Lewis (MD) Corey A. Maas (KS) James P. MacDonald (MA) Michael T. Markowitz (IL) Timothy D. Maxson (NY) Roger McDonald (UT) Cuy D. McGuire (MD) Roy A. Montalvan (PA) William M. Nafus (PA) Harold L. Overholtzer (PA) Pandy T. Perry (VA) Justin M. Powell (NC) Jackie Riley (NC) Rudy A. Rodriguez (OR) R.N. Schoonmaker (NY) Philip M. Schopp (MO) Andrew T. Segetti (CT) Roger L. Shones (MN) William L. Sirabella (RI) Ronald D. Strobo (FL) Rodney H. Swartz John S. Tingley (VT) David A. Tipps (IL) Keith J. Tschetter (ND) Sean E. Twohig (NY) Robert A. Wais (NY) Ashley D. Waite (VT) Jimmie W. Ward (NC) Michael R. Waskow (WI) Brent J. Weber (CO) James B. Westphal (WI) Nathan L. Wilkerson (UT) John A. Winquist (SD) Robert J. Wyand (NY) Michael E. Zincone (RI)

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 each exemption is valid for two years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. If the exemption is still effective at the end of the 2-year period, the person may apply to FMCSA for a renewal under procedures in effect at that time.

    Issued on: April 20, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10070 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA-xxxx-xxxx] Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements AGENCY:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal Agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on an information collection supporting Driver Distraction Measurement Research.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before June 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments using any of the following methods:

    Electronic submissions: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.

    Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Fax: (202) 493-2251.

    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the Docket number for this Notice. Note that all comments received will be posted without changes to http://www.regulations.gov including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Elizabeth Mazzae, Applied Crash Avoidance Research Division, Vehicle Research and Test Center, NHTSA, 10820 State Route 347—Bldg. 60, East Liberty, Ohio 43319; Telephone (937) 666-4511; Facsimile: (937) 666-3590; email address: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB for approval, it must first publish a document in the Federal Register providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulation (at 5 CFR 1320.8(d), an agency must ask for public comment on the following:

    (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

    (ii) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    (iii) how to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;

    (iv) how to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g. permitting electronic submission of responses. In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks for public comments on the following proposed collection of information:

    Title: Driver Distraction Measurement Research.

    Type of Request: New collection.

    OMB Clearance Number: None.

    Form Number: NHTSA Form 1157.

    Requested Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from date of approval.

    Summary of the Collection of Information: NHTSA proposes to collect information from the public as part of a multi-study research effort that supports the development of measurement techniques for auditory-vocal interactions involving in-vehicle and portable devices. Questions will be asked in conjunction with driving experiments involving both driving simulator and visual occlusion apparatus research tools. The research will involve driving simulator-based experiments in which participants perform specific secondary tasks while driving. The questions will be used to assess individuals' suitability for study participation, to obtain ratings of task difficulty that can be compared to driving performance data, and to assess the incidence and severity of any discomfort stemming from driving the simulator.

    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the Information: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce healthcare and other economic costs associated with motor vehicle crashes. An April 2010 program plan document titled “Overview of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Driver Distraction Program” announced multiple efforts to reduce the dangers associated with distracted driving. This research aims to inform the development of test procedures and criteria that could be used for voice systems.

    Respondents: We estimate that 1,650 persons will complete at least a portion of the information collection. Respondents will be licensed drivers aged 18-70 years who drive at least 3,000 miles annually, are in good health, and do not require to assistive devices to safely operate a vehicle.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: In support of this research, it is estimated that 1,650 individuals will complete the first set of screening questions and 1,400 will complete the second set of screening questions. Of the 1,400, it is estimated that 1,000 individuals will meet criteria for participation. From those 1,000, approximately 425 individuals will be chosen to produce a sample providing a balance of age and genders and will be scheduled for study participation.

    Estimated Time per Response: Completion of the screening questions is estimated to take approximately 5 minutes for the first set and 10 minutes for the second set. The Rating Scale for Mental Effort (RSME) is estimated to take 2.5 minutes per participant and the simulator sickness questionnaire is estimated to take 2 minutes per participant.

    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 176 hours.

    Frequency of Collection: The data collection described will be performed once to obtain the target number of valid test participants.

    Authority:

    44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A).

    Nathaniel Beuse, Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10009 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-59-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request AGENCY:

    Department of the Treasury.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of the Treasury will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, on or after the date of publication of this notice.

    DATES:

    Comments should be received on or before June 1, 2015 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments regarding the burden estimate, or any other aspect of the information collection, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to (1) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for Treasury, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, or email at [email protected] and (2) Treasury PRA Clearance Officer, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 8140, Washington, DC 20220, or email at [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Copies of the submission may be obtained by emailing [email protected], calling (202) 927-5331, or viewing the entire information collection request at www.reginfo.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

    OMB Number: 1513-0007.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Brewer's Report of Operations and Quarterly Brewer's Report of Operations.

    Form: TTB F 5130.9, 5130.26.

    Abstract: The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) requires brewers to file periodic reports of their brewing and associated operations. Brewers that anticipate an annual Federal excise tax liability of $50,000 or more with respect to beer must use TTB F 5130.9 to file monthly operational reports. Brewers that were liable for not more than $50,000 in Federal excise taxes with respect to beer in the preceding calendar year and that reasonably expect to be liable for not more than $50,000 in such taxes during the current calendar year may use either TTB F 5130.9 or the simplified TTB F 5130.26 to file quarterly operational reports. TTB uses these reports to determine whether the brewer's operations are in compliance with the requirements of Federal law and regulations. We also use this information to assist us in determining whether the brewer pays the proper Federal excise taxes in a timely and accurate manner.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 18,036.

    OMB Number: 1513-0008.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Application and Permit to Ship Liquors and Articles of Puerto Rican Manufacture Taxpaid to the United States.

    Form: TTB F 5170.7.

    Abstract: Industry members use TTB F 5170.7 to document the shipment of taxpaid (or tax deferred) Puerto Rican distilled spirits and other alcohol products to the United States. Puerto Rican and U.S. Treasury Department officials review the form to certify that the products are either taxpaid or tax deferred under appropriate bond. This serves as a method of protecting the revenue.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 100.

    OMB Number: 1513-0037.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Withdrawal of Spirits, Specially Denatured Spirits, or Wines for Exportation.

    Form: TTB F 5100.11.

    Abstract: Exporters complete TTB F 5100.11 to report the withdrawal of spirits, denatured spirits, and wines from internal revenue bonded premises, without payment of tax, for direct exportation, for transfer to a foreign trade zone, Customs manufacturer's bonded warehouse or Customs bonded warehouse, or for use as supplies on vessels or aircraft.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 1,500.

    OMB Number: 1513-0040.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Application for Operating Permit Under 26 U.S.C. 5171(d).

    Form: TTB F 5110.25.

    Abstract: Applicants that wish to engage in the production, warehousing, or bottling of alcohol for industrial use, or that wish to warehouse bulk distilled spirits for non-industrial use without bottling, use TTB F 5110.25 to apply for an operation permit, as required by the Internal Revenue Code at 26 U.S.C. 5171(d). TTB National Revenue Center personnel use the information provided on this form to identify the applicant, the location of the business, the types of activities to be conducted, and the qualifications of the applicant.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 25.

    OMB Number: 1513-0042.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Drawback on Distilled Spirits Exported.

    Form: TTB F 5110.30.

    Abstract: Persons who export tax-paid distilled spirits use TTB F 5110.30 to claim drawback of the Federal alcohol excise taxes paid. The form requests information regarding the claimant, the tax-paid spirits exported, the amount of tax to be refunded, and a certification by a U.S. government agent attesting to the exportation.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 1,200.

    OMB Number: 1513-0043.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Application and Permit to Ship Puerto Rican Spirits to the United States Without Payment of Tax.

    Form: TTB F 5110.31.

    Abstract: TTB F 5110.31 is used by industry members to ship Puerto Rican distilled spirits in bulk into the United States without payment of tax. The form identifies the person in Puerto Rico shipping the spirits, from where shipments are to be made, the person in the U.S. receiving the spirits, and the amount of spirits to be shipped.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 750.

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Dawn D. Wolfgang, Treasury PRA Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10091 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810-31P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Financial Research Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    Office of Financial Research, Treasury.

    ACTION:

    Financial Research Advisory Committee—Solicitation of Applications for Committee Membership.

    SUMMARY:

    The Office of Financial Research is soliciting applications for membership on its Financial Research Advisory Committee.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Andrea B. Ianniello, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury, (202) 622-3002.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 § 1-16, as amended), the Treasury Department established a Financial Research Advisory Committee (FRAC, or Committee) to provide advice and recommendations to the Office of Financial Research (OFR) and to assist the OFR in carrying out its duties and authorities.

    (I) Authorities of the OFR Background

    The OFR was established under Title I of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub. L. 111-203, July 21, 2010). The purpose of the OFR is to support the Financial Stability Oversight Council (Council) in fulfilling the purposes and duties of the Council and to support the Council's member agencies by:

    —Collecting data on behalf of the Council, and providing such data to the Council and member agencies; —Standardizing the types and formats of data reported and collected; —Performing applied research and essential long-term research; —Developing tools for risk measurement and monitoring; —Performing other related services; —Making the results of the activities of the OFR available to financial regulatory agencies; and —Assisting such member agencies in determining the types and formats of data authorized by the Dodd-Frank Act to be collected by such member agencies. (II) Scope and Membership of the FRAC

    The FRAC was established to advise the OFR on issues related to the responsibilities of the office. It may provide its advice, recommendations, analysis, and information directly to the OFR and the OFR may share the Committee's advice and recommendations with the Secretary of the Treasury or other Treasury officials. The OFR will share information with the Committee as the Director determines will be helpful in allowing the FRAC to carry out its role.

    The FRAC is an advisory committee that was established on April 6, 2012 and renewed on April 4, 2014. The OFR is currently soliciting applications for membership in order to provide for rotation of membership, as provided in its original and renewed charter, as well as to provide for a diverse and balanced body with a variety of interests, backgrounds, and viewpoints represented. Providing for such diversity enhances the views and advice offered by the FRAC.

    (II) Application for Advisory Committee Appointment

    Treasury seeks applications from individuals representative of a constituency within the fields of economics, financial institutions and markets, statistical analysis, financial markets analysis, econometrics, applied sciences, risk management, data management, information standards, technology, or other areas related to OFR's duties and authorities. The terms of members chosen to serve may vary from one to three years. No person who is a Federally-registered lobbyist may serve on the Committee. Membership on the Committee is limited to the individuals appointed and is non-transferrable. Regular attendance is essential to the effective operation of the Committee. Some members of the Committee may be required to adhere to the conflict of interest rules applicable to Special Government Employees, as such employees are defined in 18 U.S.C. 202(a). These rules include relevant provisions in 18 U.S.C. related to criminal activity, Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 CFR part 2635), and Executive Order 12674 (as modified by Executive Order 12731).

    To apply, an applicant must submit an appropriately-detailed resume and a cover letter describing their interest, reasons for application, and qualifications. In accordance with Department of Treasury Directive 21-03, a clearance process includes fingerprints, tax checks, and a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal check. Applicants must state in their application that they agree to submit to these pre-appointment checks.

    The application period for interested candidates will extend to May 11, 2015. Applications should be submitted in sufficient time to be received by the close of business on the closing date and should be sent to [email protected] or by mail to: Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury, Attention: Andrea B. Ianniello, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., MT-1330, Washington, DC 20220.

    Dated: April 20, 2015. William Ruberry, Associate Director, Communications.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10087 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810-25-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request AGENCY:

    Department of the Treasury.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of the Treasury will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, on or after the date of publication of this notice.

    DATES:

    Comments should be received on or before June 1, 2015 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments regarding the burden estimate, or any other aspect of the information collection, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to (1) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for Treasury, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, or email at [email protected] and (2) Treasury PRA Clearance Officer, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 8140, Washington, DC 20220, or email at [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 927-5331, email at [email protected], or the entire information collection request may be found at www.reginfo.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

    OMB Number: 1545-0143.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return.

    Form: 2290, 2290-SP, 2290-V, 2290-V(SP).

    Abstract: Form 2290 is used to compute and report the tax imposed by section 4481 on the highway use of certain motor vehicles. The information is used to determine whether the taxpayer has paid the correct amount of tax.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 27,120,040.

    OMB Number: 1545-0240.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Claim for Refund of Income Tax Return Preparer Penalties.

    Form: 6118.

    Abstract: Form 6118 is used by preparers to file for a refund of penalties incorrectly charged. The information enables the IRS to process the claim and have the refund issued to the tax return preparer.

    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 11,400.

    OMB Number: 1545-0429.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Request for Copy of Tax Return.

    Form: 4506.

    Abstract: 26 U.S.C. 7513 allows for taxpayers to request a copy of a tax return. Form 4506 is used by a taxpayer to request a copy of a Federal tax form. The information provided will be used for research to locate the tax form and to ensure that the requester is the taxpayer or someone authorized by the taxpayer.

    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 260,000.

    OMB Number: 1545-0499.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Simplified Employee Pension-Individual Retirement Accounts Contribution Agreement.

    Form: 5305-SEP.

    Abstract: This form is used by an employer to make an agreement to provide benefits to all employees under a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) described in section 408(k). This form is not to be filed with the IRS but to be retained in the employer's records as proof of establishing a SEP and justifying a deduction for contributions to the SEP. The data is used to verify the deduction.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 495,000.

    OMB Number: 1545-0768.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: TD 7898—Employers Qualified Educational Assistance Programs.

    Abstract: Section 127(a) of the Internal Revenue Code provides that the gross income of any employee does not include amounts paid or expenses incurred by an employer if furnished to the employee pursuant to a qualified educational assistance program. Section 127(b) sets forth the requirements which must be met in order for a program to be a qualified educational assistance program. Among these requirements, section 127(b)(1) requires that a program be a separate written plan of the employer. No advance approval of the plan is required. Employees must be notified of the availability and terms of the program. Pursuant to sec. 6001, substantiation may be required to verify that employees are entitled to exclude the value of such benefits from their gross incomes.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 615.

    OMB Number: 1545-0949.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Application for Special Enrollment Examination.

    Form: 2587.

    Abstract: This information relates to the determination of the eligibility of individuals seeking enrollment status to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.

    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 11,000.

    OMB Number: 1545-1029.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Low-Income Housing Credit Disposition Bond or Treasury Direct Account Application.

    Form: 8693.

    Abstract: Form 8693 is needed per IRC section 42(j)(6) to post bond or establish a Treasury Direct Account and waive the recapture requirements under section 42(j) for certain disposition of a building on which the low-income housing credit was claimed. Internal Revenue regulations § 301.7101-1 requires that the posting of a bond must be done on the appropriate form as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 3,589.

    OMB Number: 1545-1221.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: TD 8376 (EE-147-87) Qualified Separate Lines of Business.

    Abstract: The affected public includes employers who maintain qualified employee retirement plans. Where applicable, the employer must furnish notice to the IRS that the employer treats itself as operating qualified separate lines of business and some may request an IRS determination that such lines satisfy administrative scrutiny.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 444.

    OMB Number: 1545-1237.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: REG-209831-96 (TD 8823) Consolidated Returns—Limitation on the Use of Certain Losses and Deductions.

    Abstract: TD 8823 contains final regulations regarding certain deductions and losses, including built-in deductions and losses, of members who join a consolidated group. The regulations provide rules for computing the limitation with respect to separate return limitation year (SRLY) losses, and the carryover or carryback of losses to consolidated and separate return years. The regulations also eliminate the application of the SRLY rules in certain circumstances in which the rules of section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code also apply. The collection of information in this regulation is in § 1.1502-21(b)(3). This information is required to ensure that an election to relinquish a carryback period is properly documented, and will be used for that purpose. The collection of information is required to obtain a benefit (relating to the carryover of losses which would otherwise be carried back).

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 2,000.

    OMB Number: 1545-1414.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Credit for Employer Social Security and Medicare Taxes Paid on Certain Employee Tips.

    Form: 8846.

    Abstract: Employers in food or beverage establishments where tipping is customary can claim an income tax credit for the amount of social security and Medicare taxes paid (employer's share) on tips, other than tips used to meet the minimum wage requirement.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 143,592.

    OMB Number: 1545-1487.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Failure To File Gain Recognition Agreements or Satisfy Other Reporting Obligations (TD 9704).

    Abstract: Sections 367(e)(1) and 367(e)(2) provide for gain recognition on certain transfers to foreign persons under sections 355 and 332. Section 6038B(a) requires U.S. persons transferring property to foreign persons in exchanges described in sections 332 and 355 to furnish information regarding such transfers.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 2,471.

    OMB Number: 1545-1500.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity and Welfare-to-Work Credits.

    Form: 8850.

    Abstract: A job applicant completes and signs, under penalties of perjury, the top portion of the form to indicate that he or she is a member of a targeted group. If the employer has a belief that the applicant is a member of a targeted group, the employer signs the other portion of the form under penalties of perjury and submits it to their state workforce agency (SWA) as part of a written request for certification.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 3,242,800.

    OMB Number: 1545-1517.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Distributions From an Archer MSA or Medicare+Choice MSA.

    Form: 1099-SA.

    Abstract: This form is used to report distributions from a medical savings account as set forth in section 220(h).

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 3,618.

    OMB Number: 1545-1657.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Revenue Procedure 99-32—Conforming Adjustments Subsequent to Section 482 Allocations.

    Abstract: This revenue procedure prescribes the applicable procedures for the repatriation of cash by a United States taxpayer via an interest-bearing account receivable or payable in an amount corresponding to the amount allocated under section 482 from, or to a related person with respect to a controlled transaction.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 1,620.

    OMB Number: 1545-1660.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Notice 99-43 Nonrecognition Exchanges under Section 897.

    Abstract: Notice 99-43 This notice announces a modification of the current rules under Temporary Regulation Sec. 1.897-6T(a)(1) regarding transfers, exchanges, and other dispositions of U.S. real property interests in nonrecognition transactions occurring after June 18, 1980. The new rule will be included in regulations finalizing the temporary regulations.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 200.

    OMB Number: 1545-1799.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Notice 2002-69, Interest Rates and Appropriate Foreign Loss Payment Patterns For Determining the Qualified Insurance Income of Certain Controlled Corporations under Section 954(f).

    Abstract: This notice provide guidance on how to determine the foreign loss payment patterns of a foreign insurance company owned by U.S. shareholder for purposes of determining the amount of investment income earned by the insurance company that is not treated as Subpart F income under section 954(i).

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 300.

    OMB Number: 1545-1817.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Application for United States Residency Certification.

    Form: 8802.

    Abstract: All requests for U.S. residency certification must be received on Form 8802, Application for United States Residency Certification. This application must be sent to the Philadelphia Service Center. As proof of residency in the United States and of entitlement to the benefits of a tax treaty, U.S. treaty partner countries require a U.S. Government certification that you are a U.S. citizen, U.S. corporation, U.S. partnership, or resident of the United States for purposes of taxation.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 472,380.

    OMB Number: 1545-1856.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Consent To Disclosure of Return Information.

    Form: 13362.

    Abstract: The Consent Form is provided to external applicant that will allow the Service the ability to conduct tax checks to determine if an applicant is suitability for employment once they are determined qualified and within reach to receive an employment offer.

    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 7,664.

    OMB Number: 1545-1913.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Payment of Gift/GST Tax and/or Application for Extension of Time To File Form 709.

    Form: 8892.

    Abstract: Form 8892 was created to serve a dual purpose. First, the form enables taxpayers to request an extension of time to File 709, when they are not filing an individual income tax extension. Second, it serves as a payment voucher for taxpayers, who are filing an individual income tax extension (by Form 4868) and will have a gift tax balance due on Form 709.

    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 7,200.

    OMB Number: 1545-1942.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Notice 2005-44, Charitable Contributions of Certain Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes.

    Abstract: The notice provides guidance under new Subsection 170(f)(12) and 6720 regarding how to determine the amount of a charitable contribution for certain vehicles and the related substantiation and information reporting requirements.

    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 3,041.

    OMB Number: 1545-1950.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Return by a Shareholder Making Certain Late Elections To End Treatment as a Passive Foreign Investment Company.

    Abstract: Form 8621-A is used by certain taxpayer/investors to request ending of their treatment as investing in a Passive Foreign Investment Company. New regulations are being written in support of the new products. The underlying law is in IRC sections 1297 and 1298.

    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 785.

    OMB Number: 1545-2215.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Application for Voluntary Classification Settlement Program.

    Form: 8952.

    Abstract: Form 8952 was created by the IRS in conjunction with a new program developed to permit taxpayers to voluntarily reclassify workers as employees for federal employment tax purposes and obtain similar relief to that obtained in the current Classification Settlement Program. To participate in the program, taxpayers must meet certain eligibility requirements, apply to participate in VCSP, and enter into closing agreements with the IRS.

    Affected Public: Private Sector: Businesses or other for-profits.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 16,745.

    Dated: April 27, 2015. Dawn D. Wolfgang, Treasury PRA Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10078 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900-0791] Proposed Information Collection (Notice of Disagreement) Activity: Comment Request AGENCY:

    Veterans Benefits Administration, VA.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.

    VA Form 21-0958, will be used by the Veteran to initiate an appeal by indicating disagreement with a decision issued by a Regional Office (RO).

    DATES:

    Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before June 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit written comments on the collection of information through Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at www.Regulations.gov or to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M33), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420 or email to [email protected] Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0791” in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through the FDMS.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 632-8924 or FAX (202) 632-8925.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the PRA of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13; 44 U.S.C. 3501-21), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. This request for comment is being made pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA.

    With respect to the following collection of information, VBA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of VBA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of VBA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology.

    Title: Notice of Disagreement (VA Form 21-0958).

    OMB Control Number: 2900-0791.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Abstract: VA Form 21-0958, will be used by the Veteran to initiate an appeal by indicating disagreement with a decision issued by a Regional Office (RO). Historically, VBA commenced a pilot program on March 1, 2012 and provided the NOD in all decision and notification letters at the pilot location. VA Form 21-0958, is the first step in the appeal process. The respondent may or may not continue with an appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). If the Veteran opts to continue to BVA for an appeal, this form will be included in the claim folder as evidence. VA will provide VA Form 21-0958 to claimants with the notification letter of the decision in paper form, via hyperlink to VA's Web site, or through its electronic claims processing system. The use of VA Form 21-0958 is mandatory when claimants want to initiate an appeal from a decision on disability compensation claims dated on or after March 24, 2015.

    Affected Public: Individuals or households.

    Estimated Annual Burden: 72,000.

    Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 30 minutes.

    Frequency of Response: One time.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 144,000.

    By direction of the Secretary:

    Crystal Rennie, VA Clearance Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10104 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900-0321] Agency Information Collection (Appointment of Veterans Service Organization as Claimant's Representative and Appointment of Individual as Claimant's Representative) Activity Under OMB Review AGENCY:

    Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-21), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden and it includes the actual data collection instrument.

    DATES:

    Comments must be submitted on or before June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit written comments on the collection of information through www.Regulations.gov, or to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attn: VA Desk Officer; 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503 or sent through electronic mail to [email protected] Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0321” in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through the FDMS.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Crystal Rennie, Enterprise Records Service (005R1B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 632-7492 or email [email protected] Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0321” in any correspondence.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Appointment of Veterans Service Organization as Claimant's Representative and Appointment of Individual as Claimant's Representative (VA Forms 21-22 and 21-22a).

    OMB Control Number: 2900-0321.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Abstract: VA Forms 21-22 and 21-22a are used to collect the information needed to determine whom claimants have appointed to represent them in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for VA benefits. The information is also used to determine the extent of representatives' access to claimants' records.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published at 80 FR 8763 on February 18, 2015.

    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Estimated Annual Burden: 27,616.

    Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 5 minutes.

    Frequency of Response: One time.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 331,400.

    By direction of the Secretary.

    Crystal Rennie, VA Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2015-10100 Filed 4-29-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900-0682] Agency Information Collection (Advertising, Sales, and Enrollment Materials, and Candidate Handbooks) Activity Under OMB Review AGENCY:

    Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.

    DATES:

    Comments must be submitted on or before June 1, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit written comments on the collection of information through www.Regulations.gov, or to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attn: VA Desk Officer; 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503 or sent through electronic mail to [email protected] Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0682” in any correspondence.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Crystal Rennie, Enterprise Records Service (005R1B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 632-7492 or email [email protected] Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0682.”

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Advertising, Sales, and Enrollment Materials, and Candidate Handbooks; 38 CFR 21.4252(h).

    OMB Control Number: 2900-0682.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Abstract: The statute prohibits approval of the enrollment of a Veteran in a course if the educational institution uses advertising, sales, or enrollment practices that are erroneous, deceptive, or misleading either by actual statement, omission, or intimation. The advertising, sales and enrollment materials are reviewed to determine if the institution is in compliance with guidelines for approval.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on 80 FR 2782 on January 20, 2015.

    Affected Public: Small entities.

    Estimated Annual Burden: 3,484 hours.

    Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 15 minutes.

    Frequency of Response: Annually.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 13,936.

    By direction of the Secretary.

    Crystal Rennie, Department Clearance Officer, Dep