Federal Register Vol. 83, No.46,

Federal Register Volume 83, Issue 46 (March 8, 2018)

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83 FR 10355 - National Consumer Protection Week, 2018PDF
83 FR 9889 - 2018 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United StatesPDF
83 FR 9868 - Sunshine Act MeetingPDF
83 FR 9879 - Sunshine Act Meeting NoticePDF
83 FR 9852 - Notice of Charter RenewalPDF
83 FR 9872 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
83 FR 9880 - Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under OMB ReviewPDF
83 FR 9825 - Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA); Cotton Ginning Cost-Share Program (CGCS) Payments to Cotton ProducersPDF
83 FR 9846 - Arbitration Panel Decisions Under the Randolph-Sheppard ActPDF
83 FR 9883 - Notice of Request To Release Airport PropertyPDF
83 FR 9882 - Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at the Arapahoe County Public Airport, Englewood, COPDF
83 FR 9867 - Notice of Open Public Meetings for the National Park Service Alaska Region Subsistence Resource Commission ProgramPDF
83 FR 9882 - Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia From Ghana” ExhibitionPDF
83 FR 9882 - Notice of a Shipping Coordination Committee MeetingPDF
83 FR 9868 - Acrylonitrile Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) RequirementsPDF
83 FR 9869 - Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation; Proposed Renewal of Existing Collection; Comment RequestPDF
83 FR 9844 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
83 FR 9843 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Seafood Inspection and Certification RequirementsPDF
83 FR 9845 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application and Reports for Scientific Research and Enhancement Permits Under the Endangered Species ActPDF
83 FR 9833 - Certain Softwood Lumber Products From Canada: Initiation of Expedited Review of the Countervailing Duty OrderPDF
83 FR 9855 - Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding CompanyPDF
83 FR 9854 - Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding CompaniesPDF
83 FR 9855 - Submission for Public Comment RequestPDF
83 FR 9876 - Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station, Unit 1, 2, and 3, and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation; Consideration of Approval of Transfer of LicensePDF
83 FR 9874 - Rio Algom, LLC; Ambrosia Lake Facility, McKinley County, New Mexico Source Materials License SUA-1473PDF
83 FR 9851 - Call for 2025 Resource Pool ApplicationsPDF
83 FR 9850 - Proposed Agency Information CollectionPDF
83 FR 9847 - Interim Management of Nuclear Materials; Spent Nuclear Fuel Management at Savannah River SitePDF
83 FR 9873 - Notice of Public Comment Period and Public Meetings on the Parks and Open Space Element of the Comprehensive Plan for the National CapitalPDF
83 FR 9835 - Silicon Metal From Brazil: Affirmative Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair ValuePDF
83 FR 9834 - Silicon Metal From Australia: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty DeterminationPDF
83 FR 9829 - Silicon Metal From Norway: Affirmative Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Final Determination of No Sales, and Final Negative Determination of Critical CircumstancesPDF
83 FR 9831 - Silicon Metal from the Republic of Kazakhstan: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty DeterminationPDF
83 FR 9879 - Submission for OMB Review; Comments RequestPDF
83 FR 9880 - Submission for OMB Review; Comments RequestPDF
83 FR 9838 - Silicon Metal From Brazil: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty DeterminationPDF
83 FR 9853 - Federal Advisory Committee, Diversity and Digital EmpowermentPDF
83 FR 9842 - Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin From India: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty DeterminationPDF
83 FR 9839 - Silicon Metal From Australia: Affirmative Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances in PartPDF
83 FR 9828 - Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 38-Charleston, South Carolina; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (Hybrid Passenger Vehicles); Spartanburg, South CarolinaPDF
83 FR 9865 - U.S. Endangered Species; Recovery Permit ApplicationsPDF
83 FR 9862 - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Incidental Take Permit Application; Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher and Associated Documents; Santee, CaliforniaPDF
83 FR 9866 - Notice of Filing of Plat Survey; Eastern StatesPDF
83 FR 9861 - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Availability of Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Orange County, FLPDF
83 FR 9818 - Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada HelicoptersPDF
83 FR 9820 - Airworthiness Directives; Quest Aircraft Design, LLC AirplanesPDF
83 FR 9870 - Notice of Information CollectionPDF
83 FR 9863 - U.S. Endangered Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit ApplicationsPDF
83 FR 9801 - Airworthiness Directives; Airbus AirplanesPDF
83 FR 9824 - Statutory Cable, Satellite, and DART License Reporting PracticesPDF
83 FR 9860 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection: Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM)PDF
83 FR 9817 - Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Grassy Sound Channel, Middle Township NJ and Townsend Inlet, Avalon, NJPDF
83 FR 9825 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
83 FR 9845 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Pell Grant Reporting Under the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) SystemPDF
83 FR 9853 - Federal Advisory Committee Act; Technological Advisory CouncilPDF
83 FR 9873 - Proposal Review; Notice of MeetingsPDF
83 FR 9874 - Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences; Notice of MeetingPDF
83 FR 9854 - Notice to All Interested Parties of Intent To Terminate ReceivershipsPDF
83 FR 9854 - Notice of Termination of ReceivershipsPDF
83 FR 9871 - Records Schedules; Availability and Request for CommentsPDF
83 FR 9884 - Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Voluntary Information-Sharing System Working GroupPDF
83 FR 9881 - Privacy Act of 1974; Matching ProgramPDF
83 FR 9856 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Record Retention Requirements for the Soy Protein and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Health ClaimPDF
83 FR 9857 - Study Design Considerations for Devices Including Digital Health Technologies for Sleep Disordered Breathing in Adults; Public Workshop; Request for CommentsPDF
83 FR 9797 - Airworthiness Directives; Honeywell International Inc. Turbofan EnginesPDF
83 FR 9828 - Meeting of Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory CommitteePDF
83 FR 9813 - Revocation of Class E Airspace; Centerville, MDPDF
83 FR 9816 - Amendment of Class E Airspace; Moundsville, WVPDF
83 FR 9822 - [Docket No. FAA-2017-1238; Airspace Docket No. 17-ASO-25] HEADProposed Amendment of Class E Airspace, Kenansville, NCPDF
83 FR 9814 - Amendment of Class E Airspace; Berlin, NHPDF
83 FR 9859 - Health Information Technology Advisory Committee 2018 SchedulePDF
83 FR 9811 - Airworthiness Directives; GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd AirplanesPDF
83 FR 9795 - Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus Aircraft Limited AirplanesPDF
83 FR 9793 - Airworthiness Directives; Pacific Aerospace Limited AirplanesPDF

Issue

83 46 Thursday, March 8, 2018 Contents Agriculture Agriculture Department See

Commodity Credit Corporation

See

Farm Service Agency

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 9825 2018-04640
Children Children and Families Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Child Care Development Fund—Reporting Improper Payments—Instructions for States, 9855-9856 2018-04675 Coast Guard Coast Guard RULES Drawbridge Operations: Grassy Sound Channel, Middle Township NJ and Townsend Inlet, Avalon, NJ, 9817 2018-04642 Commerce Commerce Department See

Economic Analysis Bureau

See

Foreign-Trade Zones Board

See

International Trade Administration

See

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Commodity Credit Commodity Credit Corporation NOTICES Funds Availability: Cotton Ginning Cost-Share Program Payments to Cotton Producers, 9825-9828 2018-04693 Copyright Office Copyright Office, Library of Congress PROPOSED RULES Statutory Cable, Satellite, and DART License Reporting Practices, 9824 2018-04644 Economic Analysis Bureau Economic Analysis Bureau NOTICES Meetings: Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee, 9828 2018-04587 Education Department Education Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Pell Grant Reporting under Common Origination and Disbursement System, 9845-9846 2018-04639 Arbitration Panel Decisions under Randolph-Sheppard Act, 9846-9847 2018-04692 Energy Department Energy Department See

Western Area Power Administration

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 9850-9851 2018-04671 Records of Decisions: Interim Management of Nuclear Materials; Spent Nuclear Fuel Management at Savannah River Site, 9847-9850 2018-04670
Environmental Protection Environmental Protection Agency NOTICES Charter Renewals: Environmental Financial Advisory Board, 9852-9853 2018-04699 Farm Service Farm Service Agency NOTICES Funds Availability: Cotton Ginning Cost-Share Program Payments to Cotton Producers, 9825-9828 2018-04693 Federal Aviation Federal Aviation Administration RULES Airworthiness Directives: Airbus Airplanes, 9801-9811 2018-04645 GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Airplanes, 9811-9813 2018-04405 Honeywell International Inc. Turbofan Engines, 9797-9801 2018-04614 Pacific Aerospace Limited Airplanes, 9793-9795 2018-04266 Pilatus Aircraft Limited Airplanes, 9795-9796 2018-04267 Class E Airspace; Amendments: Berlin, NH, 9814-9816 2018-04569 Moundsville, WV, 9816-9817 2018-04575 Class E Airspace; Revocations: Centerville, MD, 9813-9814 2018-04577 PROPOSED RULES Airworthiness Directives: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters, 9818-9819 2018-04651 Quest Aircraft Design, LLC Airplanes, 9820-9822 2018-04650 Class E Airspace; Amendments: Kenansville, NC, 9822-9824 2018-04574 NOTICES Airport Property Releases: Arapahoe County Public Airport, Englewood, CO, 9882-9883 2018-04689 Iowa City Municipal Airport, Iowa City, IA, 9883-9884 2018-04690 Federal Communications Federal Communications Commission NOTICES Meetings: Diversity and Digital Empowerment, 9853-9854 2018-04660 Technological Advisory Council, 9853 2018-04638 Federal Deposit Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation NOTICES Terminations of Receiverships: 10028, National Bank of Commerce, IL; 10065, Cooperative Bank, NC, 9854 2018-04634 Great Basin Bank of Nevada; BankFirst, et al., 9854 2018-04635 Federal Reserve Federal Reserve System NOTICES Changes in Bank Control: Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company, 9855 2018-04677 Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies, 9854-9855 2018-04676 Fish Fish and Wildlife Service NOTICES Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Availability of Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for Sand Skink, Orange County, FL, 9861 2018-04652 Endangered Species Recovery Permit; Applications, 9863-9865 2018-04648 Permit Applications: Endangered Species; Recovery, 9865-9866 2018-04655 Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for Coastal California Gnatcatcher and Associated Documents; Santee, CA, 9862-9863 2018-04654 Food and Drug Food and Drug Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Record Retention Requirements for the Soy Protein and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Health Claim, 9856-9857 2018-04630 Meetings: Study Design Considerations for Devices Including Digital Health Technologies for Sleep Disordered Breathing in Adults, 9857-9859 2018-04629 Foreign Claims Foreign Claims Settlement Commission NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 9868 2018-04747 Foreign Trade Foreign-Trade Zones Board NOTICES Production Activities: BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC; Foreign-Trade Zone 38; Charleston, SC, 9828-9829 2018-04656 Health and Human Health and Human Services Department See

Children and Families Administration

See

Food and Drug Administration

NOTICES Meetings: Health Information Technology Advisory Committee; 2018 Schedule, 9859-9860 2018-04543
Homeland Homeland Security Department See

Coast Guard

See

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Interior Interior Department See

Fish and Wildlife Service

See

Land Management Bureau

See

National Park Service

International Trade Adm International Trade Administration NOTICES Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders, or Reviews: Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada, 9833-9834 2018-04678 Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from India, 9842-9843 2018-04658 Silicon Metal from Australia, 9834-9835 2018-04667 Silicon Metal from Brazil, 9838-9839 2018-04661 Silicon Metal from Republic of Kazakhstan, 9831-9833 2018-04664 Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Silicon Metal from Australia, 9839-9842 2018-04657 Silicon Metal from Brazil, 9835-9838 2018-04668 Silicon Metal from Norway, 9829-9831 2018-04666 Justice Department Justice Department See

Foreign Claims Settlement Commission

Labor Department Labor Department See

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

See

Workers Compensation Programs Office

Land Land Management Bureau NOTICES Plats of Surveys: Eastern States, 9866 2018-04653 Library Library of Congress See

Copyright Office, Library of Congress

NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 9870-9871 2018-04649 National Archives National Archives and Records Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 9872-9873 2018-04695 Records Schedules, 9871-9872 2018-04633 National Capital National Capital Planning Commission NOTICES Meetings: Parks and Open Space Element of Comprehensive Plan for National Capital; Public Comment Period, 9873 2018-04669 National Oceanic National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 9844 2018-04682 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Application and Reports for Scientific Research and Enhancement Permits, 9845 2018-04680 Seafood Inspection and Certification Requirements, 9843-9844 2018-04681 National Park National Park Service NOTICES Meetings: Alaska Region Subsistence Resource Commission Program, 9867-9868 2018-04688 National Science National Science Foundation NOTICES Meetings: Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences, 9874 2018-04636 Proposal Review, 9873-9874 2018-04637 Nuclear Regulatory Nuclear Regulatory Commission NOTICES License Applications; Amendments: Rio Algom, LLC; Ambrosia Lake Facility, McKinley County, NM; Source Materials License SUA-1473, 9874-9876 2018-04673 License Transfers; Applications: Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station, Unit 1, 2, and 3, and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation, 9876-9879 2018-04674 Meetings; Sunshine Act, 9879 2018-04722 Occupational Safety Health Adm Occupational Safety and Health Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Acrylonitrile Standard, 9868-9869 2018-04685 Overseas Overseas Private Investment Corporation NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 9879-9880 2018-04662 2018-04663 Pipeline Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration NOTICES Meetings: Pipeline Safety: Voluntary Information-Sharing System Working Group, 9884-9885 2018-04632 Presidential Documents Presidential Documents PROCLAMATIONS Special Observances: National Consumer Protection Week (Proc. 9703), 10355-10356 2018-04887 EXECUTIVE ORDERS Courts-Martial Manual, United States; 2018 Amendments (EO 13825), 9887-10353 2018-04860 Small Business Small Business Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 9880-9881 2018-04694 Social Social Security Administration NOTICES Privacy Act; Matching Programs, 9881-9882 2018-04631 State Department State Department NOTICES Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition: The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana, 9882 2018-04687 Meetings: Shipping Coordination Committee, 9882 2018-04686 Transportation Department Transportation Department See

Federal Aviation Administration

See

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

U.S. Citizenship U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Identity, Credential, and Access Management, 9860-9861 2018-04643 Western Western Area Power Administration NOTICES Requests for Applications: 2025 Resource Pool, 9851-9852 2018-04672 Workers' Workers Compensation Programs Office NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation, 9869-9870 2018-04684 Separate Parts In This Issue Part II Presidential Documents, 9887-10353, 10355-10356 2018-04887 2018-04860 Reader Aids

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83 46 Thursday, March 8, 2018 Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2017-1184; Product Identifier 2017-CE-029-AD; Amendment 39-19205; AD 2018-04-09] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Pacific Aerospace Limited Airplanes AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pacific Aerospace Limited Model 750XL airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as incorrectly marked and annunciated low oil pressure indication warnings. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES:

This AD is effective April 12, 2018.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of April 12, 2018.

ADDRESSES:

You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-1184; or in person at Docket Operations, U.S. Department of Transportation, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

For service information identified in this AD, contact Pacific Aerospace Limited, Airport Road, Hamilton, Private Bag 3027, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand; telephone: +64 7 843 6144; facsimile: +64 7 843 6134; email: [email protected]; internet: www.aerospace.co.nz. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket No. FAA-2017-1184.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mike Kiesov, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Standards Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4144; fax: (816) 329-4090; 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 Pacific Aerospace Limited Model 750XL airplanes. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2017 (82 FR 59555). The NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products and was based on mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country. The MCAI states:

The low oil pressure warnings are incorrectly marked and annunciated on certain Pacific Aerospace 750XL aircraft. This [CAA] AD introduces the requirements in Pacific Aerospace Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) PACSB/XL/088, dated 11 August 2017, to correct low oil pressure indication warnings.

The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the internet at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2017-184-002. Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM 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 the 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 for correcting the unsafe condition; and

• Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

We reviewed Pacific Aerospace Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) PACSB/XL/088, dated August 11, 2017; and Pacific Aerospace Temporary Revision Instruction Letter, dated August 2017, which includes Pacific Aerospace temporary revisions XL/POH/00/001, XUPOH/02/001, XUPOH/03/001, and XUPOH/03/002. The service bulletin describes procedures for adjustment or replacement of the low oil pressure light, pressure switch, and indicator. The temporary revision instruction letter contains revisions that correct the reference to the incorrect instrument markings in the Pilots Operating Handbook (POH). This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of the AD.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD will affect 22 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 2 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $500 per product.

Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $14,740, or $670 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.

This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable to small airplanes, gliders, balloons, airships, domestic business jet transport airplanes, and associated appliances to the Director of the Policy and Innovation Division.

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 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 by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-1184; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

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 AD: 2018-04-09 Pacific Aerospace Limited: Amendment 39-19205; Docket No. FAA-2017-1184; Product Identifier 2017-CE-029-AD. (a) Effective Date

This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective April 12, 2018.

(b) Affected ADs

None.

(c) Applicability

This AD applies to Pacific Aerospace Limited Model 750XL airplanes, all serial numbers up to XL217, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 79: Engine Oil.

(e) Reason

This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as incorrectly marked and annunciated low oil pressure indication warnings. We are issuing this AD to prevent engine oil pressure from dropping below safe limits, which could cause possible engine damage or failure.

(f) Actions and Compliance

Unless already done, do the following actions in paragraphs (f)(1) through (4) of this AD, as applicable:

(1) For airplanes with Pilots Operating Handbook (POH) AIR 2825: Within the next 30 days after April 12, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), insert Pacific Aerospace temporary revisions XL/POH/00/001, XL/POH/02/001, and XUPOH/03/001, into the Pacific Aerospace Limited (PAL) 750XL POH AIR 2825 as specified in Pacific Aerospace Temporary Revision Instruction Letter, dated August 2017.

(2) For airplanes with Pilots Operating Handbook (POH) AIR 3237: Within the next 30 days after April 12, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), insert Pacific Aerospace temporary revisions XL/POH/00/001, XUPOH/02/001, XUPOH/03/001, and XUPOH/03/002, into the PAL 750XL POH AIR 3237 as specified in Pacific Aerospace Temporary Revision Instruction Letter, dated August 2017.

(3) For Pacific Aerospace 750XL airplanes up to serial number XL217: Within the next 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) after April 12, 2018 (the effective date of this AD) or within the next 12 months after April 12, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs first, replace the pressure switch for the low oil pressure light per the instructions in Part A of Pacific Aerospace Limited Mandatory Service Bulletin (PALMSB) PACSB/XL/088, dated August 11, 2017.

(4) For Pacific Aerospace 750XL airplanes up to serial number XL217 fitted with PIN INS 60-8 oil pressure/temperature indicator: Within the next 100 hours TIS after April 12, 2018 (the effective date of this AD) or within the next 12 months after April 12, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs first, replace the oil pressure/temperature indicator per the instructions in Part B of PALMSB PACSB/XL/088, dated August 11, 2017.

(g) Other FAA AD Provisions

The following provisions also apply to this AD:

(1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Small Airplane Standards Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Mike Kiesov, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Standards Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4144; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: [email protected]. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.

(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, Small Airplane Standards Branch, FAA; or The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is the aviation authority for New Zealand.

(h) Related Information

Refer to CAA MCAI AD No. DCA/750XL/19, dated September 7, 2017, for related information. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the internet at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2017-1184-0002.

(i) 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) Pacific Aerospace Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) PACSB/XL/088, dated August 11, 2017.

(ii) Pacific Aerospace Temporary Revision Instruction Letter, dated August 2017, which includes Pacific Aerospace temporary revisions XL/POH/00/001, XUPOH/02/001, XUPOH/03/001, and XUPOH/03/002.

(3) For Pacific Aerospace service information identified in this AD, contact Pacific Aerospace Limited, Airport Road, Hamilton, Private Bag 3027, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand; telephone: +64 7 843 6144; facsimile: +64 7 843 6134; email: [email protected]; internet: www.aerospace.co.nz.

(4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. In addition, you can access this service information on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-1184.

(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 Kansas City, Missouri, on February 16, 2018. Pat Mullen, Acting Deputy Director, Policy & Innovation Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-04266 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2017-1079; Product Identifier 2017-CE-039-AD; Amendment 39-19206; AD 2018-04-10] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus Aircraft Limited Airplanes AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pilatus Aircraft Limited Model PC-7 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as the brakes remaining activated after release of the brake pedal. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES:

This AD is effective April 12, 2018.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of April 12, 2018.

ADDRESSES:

You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-1079; or in person at Docket Operations, U.S. Department of Transportation, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

For service information identified in this AD, contact PILATUS Aircraft Ltd., Customer Technical Support (MCC), P.O. Box 992, CH-6371 Stans, Switzerland; phone: +41 (0)41 619 67 74; fax: +41 (0)41 619 67 73; email: [email protected]; internet: http://www.pilatus-aircraft.com. You may review this referenced service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket No. FAA-2017-1079.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Standards Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; 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 Pilatus Aircraft Limited Model PC-7 airplanes. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on November 21, 2017 (82 FR 55332). The NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products and was based on mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country. The MCAI states:

This [FOCA] Airworthiness Directive (AD) is prompted due to a report where the brakes have remained activated after release of the brake pedals before taxing.

Such a condition, if left uncorrected, could lead to an asymmetric braking and subsequent loss of directional control.

In order to correct and control the situation, this [FOCA] AD requires the modification of the brake-pedal interconnecting tie-rod by removing the bonding straps and attachment hardware currently installed on the left and right brake-pedal interconnecting tie-rods.

The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the internet at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2017-1079-0002. Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM 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 the 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 for correcting the unsafe condition; and

• Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

We reviewed Pilatus Service Bulletin No. 32-028, dated September 20, 2017. The service bulletin describes procedures for removing the left and right brake pedal interconnecting tie rods. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of the AD.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD will affect 18 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 2.5 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 the AD on U.S. operators to be $3,825, or $212.50 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.

This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable to small airplanes, gliders, balloons, airships, domestic business jet transport airplanes, and associated appliances to the Director of the Policy and Innovation Division.

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 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 by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-1079; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

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 AD: 2018-04-10 Pilatus Aircraft Limited: Amendment 39-19206; Docket No. FAA-2017-1079; Product Identifier 2017-CE-039-AD. (a) Effective Date

This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective April 12, 2018.

(b) Affected ADs

None.

(c) Applicability

This AD applies to Pilatus Aircraft Limited Model PC-7 airplanes, manufacturer serial numbers 101 through 618, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

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

(e) Reason

This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as the brakes remaining activated after release of the brake pedal. We are issuing this AD to prevent the brakes from remaining activated after the brake pedal has been released, which could lead to asymmetric braking and subsequent loss of control.

(f) Actions and Compliance

Unless already done, within the next 90 days after the effective date of this AD, modify the brake pedal interconnecting tie rods by removing the bonding straps and attachment hardware following sections A, B, and C of the Accomplishment Instructions in Pilatus Service Bulletin 32-028, dated September 20, 2017.

(g) Other FAA AD Provisions

The following provisions also apply to this AD:

(1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Small Airplane Standards Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Standards Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: [email protected] Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.

(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, Small Airplane Standards Branch, FAA; or the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), which is the aviation authority for Switzerland.

(h) Related Information

Refer to MCAI FOCA AD HB-2017-002, dated October 20, 2017, for related information. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the internet at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2017-1079-0002.

(i) 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) Pilatus Service Bulletin 32-028, dated September 20, 2017.

(ii) Reserved.

(3) For service information identified in this AD, contact PILATUS Aircraft Ltd., Customer Technical Support (MCC), P.O. Box 992, CH-6371 Stans, Switzerland; phone: +41 (0)41 619 67 74; fax: +41 (0)41 619 67 73; email: [email protected]; internet: http://www.pilatus-aircraft.com.

(4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. In addition, you can access this service information on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-1079.

(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 Kansas City, Missouri, on February 16, 2018. Pat Mullen, Acting Deputy Director, Policy & Innovation Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-04267 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2017-0020; Product Identifier 2016-NE-33-AD; Amendment 39-19209; AD 2018-04-13] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Honeywell International Inc. Turbofan Engines AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Honeywell International Inc. AS907 series turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by seven loss-of-thrust-control events attributed to water intrusion of the engine electronic control unit (ECU). This AD requires applying sealant to identified areas of the ECU and requires inserting a copy of certain airplane operating procedures into the applicable flight manuals. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES:

This AD is effective April 12, 2018.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of April 12, 2018.

ADDRESSES:

For service information identified in this final rule, contact Honeywell International Inc., 111 S 34th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034-2802; phone: 800-601-3099; internet: https://myaerospace.honeywell.com/wps/portal/!ut/. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7759. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-0020.

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-2017-0020; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket Operations (phone: 800-647-5527) is Document Operations, 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:

Joseph Costa, Aerospace Engineer, Los Angeles ACO Branch, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; phone: 562-627-5246; fax: 562-627-5210; 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 Honeywell International Inc. AS907 series turbofan engines. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 2, 2017 (82 FR 35914). The NPRM was prompted by seven loss-of-thrust-control events attributed to water intrusion of the engine ECU with one event having two in-flight shutdowns (IFSDs) during the same flight. All loss-of-thrust-control events occurred with engines within three years in service. The NPRM proposed to require applying sealant to identified areas of the ECU and to require inserting a copy of certain airplane operating procedures into the applicable flight manuals. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and the FAA's response to each comment.

Request To Change Differences Between This Proposed AD and the Service Information

Honeywell requested changing the recommended compliance time stated in the “Differences Between This Proposed AD and the Service Information” paragraph. Honeywell stated the compliance time started with the issuance of its initial Service Bulletin (SB) AS907-76-9021, Revision 0, dated May 13, 2016.

We partially agree. We agree it would have been appropriate to reference the correct compliance time in this discussion within the NPRM. We do not agree to revise this final rule because this discussion does not exist in the final rule. Further explanation in this final rule is not necessary. We did not change this AD.

Request To Remove Interim Action

Honeywell requested that we remove interim action from this AD. Honeywell reasoned that the redesigned ECU, which is equivalent to an ECU sealed with external sealant, is outside the scope of this AD.

We agree since Honeywell does not plan to retrofit or repair older ECUs. The older ECUs will be sealed with external sealant for the life of the ECU. We removed the Interim Action paragraph from this AD.

Request To Revise Number of Affected Engines

Honeywell requested that the number of engines affected be changed. Honeywell stated the current number of affected engines worldwide is 680 engines installed in airplanes.

We partially agree. We agree with Honeywell's current accounting of 680 affected engines worldwide. We disagree with changing the number of affected engines in this AD because our requirement is to estimate the number of engines installed on U.S. airplanes. Therefore, we are maintaining the estimate made in the NPRM that 477 engines are installed on airplanes in the U.S. Registry.

Request To Clarify Applicability

Honeywell requested that we remove references to ECU Mod Record numbers from this AD. Honeywell reasoned that the affected ECUs Mod Record numbers are only advanced for production sealed ECUs; therefore, ECU Mod Record numbers are not a consistent indication of ECU sealing service bulletin compliance.

We agree. Mod Record numbers are not a good indicator of ECU sealing. We revised the applicability of this AD to refer to the engine model, serial numbers, and listed ECU part numbers (P/Ns) that are not sealed in the areas identified in Figures 1 through 13 of Honeywell SB AS907-76-9021, Revision 1, dated April 20, 2017. This change revises the method for operators to determine applicability but does not expand the scope of this AD since the affected populations of ECUs are the same in this final rule as in the NPRM.

Request To Change the Unsafe Condition

Honeywell requested we revise the unsafe condition statement with updated field event information.

We agree because the unsafe condition in paragraph (e) of the NPRM did not include four prior similar loss-of-thrust-control field events noted in the Discussion section. We changed the unsafe condition paragraph to refer to seven low-time loss-of-thrust control events attributed to water intrusion of the engine ECU.

Request To Add Inspection for Application of Sealant

Honeywell requested that we revise the compliance section of this AD by requiring that applicable ECU P/Ns be inspected for application of sealant. The requested change would clarify the method of determining whether ECU sealing had been complied with.

We partially agree. As noted in our response, we have clarified the Applicability section of this AD to refer only to affected ECUs that are not sealed in the areas identified in Figures 1 through 13 of Honeywell SB AS907-76-9021, Revision 1, dated April 20, 2017. We therefore, do not need to add an inspection for the application of sealant to the compliance section of this AD.

Request To Eliminate Re-Application of ECU Sealant

Honeywell requested that we remove references to re-application of ECU sealant from this final rule. Honeywell commented that this step will be accomplished through its continued airworthiness documents.

We agree that normal maintenance instructions make it unnecessary to re-apply the ECU sealant. We revised this final rule by removing the references to re-application of the ECU sealant.

Request To Change Compliance

NetJets questioned whether paragraphs (g)(4), (g)(5), and (g)(6) were intended to be subparagraphs of paragraph (g)(3). They justified the request by saying that the crew should only be alerted to Cyan warning per the AFM (Airplane Flight Manual) Emergency Procedures.

We agree. We redesignated paragraphs (g)(4), (g)(5), and (g)(6) in the NPRM as paragraphs (g)(2)(i), (g)(2)(ii), and (g)(2)(iii) in this AD to clarify the intent of the Cyan warning.

Request To Change Credit for Previous Actions

NetJets requested that Honeywell SB AS907-76-9021, Revision 1, dated April 20, 2017, be added to the Credit for Previous Actions paragraph. They indicated that an AMOC (alternative method of compliance) might be needed to take credit for this previous action if Revision 1 of the SB was complied with prior to the effective date of the AD.

We disagree because paragraph (f) already states that compliance is necessary unless already done. We did not change this AD.

Revision to Installation Prohibition

We revised the Installation Prohibition, paragraph (h) of this AD, to reflect changes to the applicability and to paragraph designations discussed previously.

Miscellaneous Comments

An individual commenter asked who is responsible for the enforcement of this final rule.

The FAA, Flight Standards Division, is responsible for enforcing regulatory violations arising from noncompliance with ADs. We did not change this AD.

An individual commenter suggested that the FAA is not taking into account the costs associated with improving the standards of the turbofan engines.

We have taken into account the costs associated with this rulemaking as indicated within the Costs of Compliance section of the NPRM. We did not change this AD.

Conclusion

We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule 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 for correcting the unsafe condition; and

• Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM.

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

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

We reviewed Honeywell SB AS907-76-9021, Revision 1, dated April 20, 2017. The SB describes procedures for applying sealant to identified areas of the ECU to prevent water from entering the ECU on AS907 series engines. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

Other Related Information

We also reviewed Honeywell Operating Information Letter (OIL) OIAS907-0001R00, dated March 14, 2017. The OIL provides instructions for interrogating the onboard Maintenance Data Computer to clear engine electronic fault conditions.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this ECU sealing affects 477 engines installed on 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
  • Inserting copy of Figure 1, into the AFM 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 $0 $170 $81,090 Application of sealant for ECUs in airplane 5.5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $467.50 50 517.50 246,847.50

    We estimate the following costs to do a visual inspection of the ECUs. We estimate that 20 engines will need this inspection.

    On-Condition Costs Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per
  • product
  • Fault Check of Maintenance Data Computer 5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $425 $0 $425

    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.

    This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable to engines, propellers, and associated appliances to the Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Policy and Innovation Division.

    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): 2018-04-13 Honeywell International Inc.: Amendment 39-19209; Docket No. FAA-2017-0020; Product Identifier 2016-NE-33-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective April 12, 2018.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Honeywell International Inc. AS907-1-1A model turbofan engines with engine electronic control unit (ECU), part numbers (P/Ns) 2119576-1001 through -1011, installed; AS907-2-1A model turbofan engines with ECU, P/N 2119576-1102, installed; AS907-2-1G model turbofan engines with ECU, P/Ns 2119576-3002 and -3102, installed; and AS907-3-1E model turbofan engines with ECU, P/Ns 2119576-4102 and -4103, installed with applicable engine serial numbers (S/Ns) in Table 3 of Honeywell Service Bulletin (SB) AS907-76-9021, Revision 1, dated April 20, 2017 that are not sealed in the areas identified in Figures 1 through 13 of Honeywell SB AS907-76-9021, Revision 1, dated April 20, 2017.

    (d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 7600, Engine Controls Section.

    (e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by seven low-time loss-of-thrust-control events attributed to water intrusion of the engine ECU. We are issuing this AD to prevent a dual engine power loss. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in loss of thrust control, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane.

    (f) Compliance

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

    (g) Required Actions

    (1) For applicable engines and ECUs, within 200 hours time in service, or 9 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, do the following:

    (i) If no sealant has been applied to the ECU in the areas identified in Figures 1 through 13 of Honeywell SB AS907-76-9021, Revision 1, dated April 20, 2017, apply sealant to the ECU using the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 3.C., of Honeywell SB AS907-76-9021, Revision 1, dated April 20, 2017.

    (ii) Reserved.

    (2) Within 60 days after the effective date of this AD, for all airplanes that have an affected engine installed with an affected ECU not in compliance with paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, insert a copy of Figure 1, 2, or 3 to paragraph (g) of this AD, as applicable to your airplane, into the Emergency Procedures Section of the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) and perform the following steps as necessary:

    (i) If a cyan warning is announced, before next flight, check the current fault messages in the Maintenance Data Computer (MDC)/Onboard Messaging System (OMS) for any of the following:

    (A) FADEC ECU A

    (B) FADEC ECU B

    (C) THROTTLE LEVER 1A

    (D) THROTTLE LEVER 1B

    (E) THROTTLE RIGGING 1A

    (F) THROTTLE RIGGING 1B

    (ii) Replace the ECU if any of the fault messages listed in paragraph (g)(2)(i) of this AD are in the MDC OMS. Refer to Honeywell Operating Information Letter OIAS907-0001R00, dated March 14, 2017, for guidance on returning and replacing the ECU.

    (iii) Continued flight is permitted if none of the fault messages listed in paragraph (g)(2)(i) of this AD are in the MDC OMS, or if paragraph (g)(2)(ii) of this AD was accomplished.

    BILLING CODE 4910-13-P ER08MR18.000 ER08MR18.001 ER08MR18.002 BILLING CODE 4910-13-C (h) Installation Prohibition

    (i) Do not install an ECU if any of the fault messages listed in paragraph (g)(2)(i) of this AD are in the MDC OMS.

    (ii) Do not install an ECU that has a P/N listed in paragraph (c) of this AD unless it was sealed as specified in paragraph (g)(1)(i) of this AD.

    (i) Terminating Action

    Remove from the AFM, Figure 1, 2, or 3 to paragraph (g) of this AD, after paragraph (g)(1)(i) of this AD is accomplished.

    (j) Credit for Previous Actions

    You may take credit for the actions required by paragraph (g)(1)(i) of this AD, if you performed those actions before the effective date of this AD using Honeywell SB AS907-76-9021, Revision 0, dated May 13, 2016.

    (k) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Los Angeles ACO Branch, 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 certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (l) of this AD.

    (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.

    (l) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Joseph Costa, Aerospace Engineer, Los Angeles ACO Branch, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; phone: 562-627-5246; fax: 562-627-5210; 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) Honeywell Service Bulletin AS907-76-9021, Revision 1, dated April 20, 2017.

    (ii) Reserved.

    (3) For Honeywell service information identified in this AD, contact Honeywell International Inc., 111 S. 34th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034-2802; phone: 800-601-3099; internet: https://myaerospace.honeywell.com/wps/portal/!ut/.

    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7759.

    (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 Burlington, Massachusetts, on February 23, 2018. Karen M. Grant, Acting Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04614 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2017-0713; Product Identifier 2016-NM-199-AD; Amendment 39-19170; AD 2018-02-17] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Final rule; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    The FAA is correcting an airworthiness directive (AD) that published in the Federal Register. That AD applies to certain Airbus Model A330-200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes, and all Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. As published, six paragraph references located in three tables of that AD are incorrect. This document corrects the errors. In all other respects, the original document remains the same.

    DATES:

    This correction is effective March 16, 2018.

    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 16, 2018 (83 FR 5689, February 9, 2018).

    ADDRESSES:

    For service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email: [email protected]; internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 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-2017-0713.

    Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov; 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:

    Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1138; fax 425-227-1149.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    As published, Airworthiness Directive 2018-02-17, Amendment 39-19170 (83 FR 5689, February 9, 2018) (“AD 2018-02-17”), requires repetitive inspections of certain cargo doors, and repair if necessary, a one-time inspection and adjustment of certain hook gaps, reinforcement of the door frame structure, related investigative and corrective actions if necessary, and a modification. That AD applies to certain Airbus Model A330-200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes, and all Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes.

    Need for the Correction

    As published, six paragraph references located in three tables of AD 2018-02-17 are incorrect.

    Table 1 to paragraph (h)(1) of AD 2018-02-17 refers to paragraphs (r)(1) and (r)(2) of that AD. Table 2 and table 3 to paragraph (l)(1) of AD 2018-02-17 refer to paragraphs (r)(3) and (r)(4) of that AD. In the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) (82 FR 37360, August 10, 2017), these references were correct. However, during the development of the final rule for AD 2018-02-17, paragraph (r) was redesignated as paragraph (s) but the references to paragraph (r) were not updated accordingly. Where the tables in AD 2018-02-17 refer to paragraphs (r)(1), (r)(2), (r)(3), and (r)(4), the correct references are paragraphs (s)(1), (s)(2), (s)(3), and (s)(4) of this AD.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus has issued the following service information.

    The following service information describes procedures for inspecting and repairing the frame fork area at beam 4 and frame head area at beam 1 from frame 20B to frame 25 of the forward cargo door, and adjusting the hook gaps “U” and “V.” This service information is distinct since it applies to different airplane models.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3087, Revision 02, including Appendix 01, dated February 18, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4095, Revision 02, including Appendix 01, dated November 29, 2015.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-5020, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 27, 2015.

    The following service information describes procedures for modifying the frame fork area at beam 4 and frame head area at beam 1 from frame 20B to frame 25 of the forward cargo door frame. This service information is distinct since it applies to different airplane models and configurations.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3105, dated February 24, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3110, dated February 15, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3111, dated February 15, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4108, dated February 15, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4113, dated February 15, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4114, dated February 15, 2016.

    The following service information describes procedures for modifying the fastener holes in the forward cargo door frame structure by cold working and changing the fastener type and size. This service information is distinct since it applies to different airplane models and configurations.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3116, dated April 20, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3117, dated April 20, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3118, dated April 20, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4119, dated April 20, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4120, dated April 20, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4121, dated April 20, 2016.

    The following service information describes procedures for inspecting the frame fork area at beam 4 and frame head area at beam 1 of the aft cargo door from frame 60 to frame 64A, adjusting the hook gaps “U” and “V,” and doing corrective actions. This service information is distinct since it applies to different airplane models and configurations.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3095, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated February 19, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4101, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 27, 2015.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-5023, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 27, 2015.

    The following service information describes procedures for modifying the frame fork and head of the aft cargo door frame from frame 59A to frame 65. This service information is distinct since it applies to different airplane models and configurations.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3106, dated February 24, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3112, dated February 24, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3113, dated February 15, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3114, dated February 15, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4109, dated February 25, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4115, dated February 19, 2016.

    The following service information describes procedures for modifying the fastener holes in the aft cargo door frame structure by cold working and changing the fastener type and size. This service information is distinct since it applies to different airplane models.

    • Service Bulletin A330-52-3115, dated April 20, 2016.

    • Service Bulletin A340-52-4118, dated April 20, 2016.

    This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

    Correction of Publication

    This document corrects several errors and correctly adds the AD as an amendment to 14 CFR 39.13. Although no other part of the preamble or regulatory information has been corrected, we are publishing the entire rule in the Federal Register.

    The effective date of this AD remains March 16, 2018.

    Since this action only corrects paragraph references, it has no adverse economic impact and imposes no additional burden on any person. Therefore, we have determined that notice and public procedures are unnecessary.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

    Adoption of the Correction

    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the Federal Aviation Administration amends part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (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 [Corrected]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): 2018-02-17 Airbus: Amendment 39-19170; Docket No. FAA-2017-0713; Product Identifier 2016-NM-199-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective March 16, 2018.

    (b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2012-12-12, Amendment 39-17092 (77 FR 37797, June 25, 2012); and AD 2013-16-26, Amendment 39-17564 (78 FR 53640, August 30, 2013).

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers, except those on which Airbus Modification 202702 and Modification 202790 have been embodied in production; and the Airbus airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(3) through (c)(5) of this AD, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers.

    (1) Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -223F, -243, and -243F airplanes.

    (2) Model A330-301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes.

    (3) Model A340-211, -212, and -213 airplanes.

    (4) Model A340-311, -312, and -313 airplanes.

    (5) Model A340-541 and -642 airplanes.

    (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 52, Doors.

    (e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of cracked forward and aft cargo door frames, and loose, missing, or sheared rivets. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracked or ruptured cargo door frames, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the forward or aft cargo door.

    (f) Compliance

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

    (g) Affected Cargo Doors

    For the purpose of this AD, the affected cargo doors are pre-modification 202702 (forward cargo door) and pre-modification 202790 (aft cargo door), and are listed by part number (P/N) in the applicable service information identified in paragraph (h)(1) or (l)(1) of this AD. For post-modification doors, which are not affected by this AD, the part numbers are identified as F52370900XXX (forward cargo door) and F52372315XXX (aft cargo door), where “XXX” can be a combination of any three numerical digits.

    (h) Forward Cargo Door Repetitive Inspections

    (1) Before exceeding 5,300 total flight cycles since first installation of the forward cargo door on an airplane, or within the applicable compliance time specified in table 1 to paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, whichever occurs later, except as specified in paragraph (q) of this AD: Do all applicable detailed and high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections of all frame fork areas, frame head areas, and outer skin areas of each affected forward cargo door, as applicable; in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (h)(1)(i), (h)(1)(ii), or (h)(1)(iii) of this AD. Do all applicable related investigative actions and corrective actions before further flight in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (h)(1)(i), (h)(1)(ii), or (h)(1)(iii) of this AD, except as required by paragraph (p) of this AD. Repeat the applicable inspections of the frame fork areas, frame head areas, and outer skin areas of each affected forward cargo door thereafter at intervals not to exceed 1,400 flight cycles.

    BILLING CODE 4910-13-P ER08MR18.003 ER08MR18.004 BILLING CODE 4910-13-C

    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3087, Revision 02, including Appendix 01, dated February 18, 2016 (“SB A330-52-3087, R02”).

    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4095, Revision 02, including Appendix 01, dated November 29, 2015 (“SB A340-52-4095, R02”).

    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-5020, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 27, 2015 (“SB A340-52-5020, R02”).

    (2) Concurrently with the first inspection required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD: Do a one-time detailed inspection of the hook gaps “U” and “V” of each affected forward cargo door for proper adjustment, and, depending on findings, adjust the hook(s), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (h)(2)(i), (h)(2)(ii), or (h)(2)(iii) of this AD. Do all the required hook gap adjustments before further flight.

    (i) SB A330-52-3087, R02.

    (ii) SB A340-52-4095, R02.

    (iii) SB A340-52-5020, R02.

    (i) Forward Cargo Door Modification

    (1) Except as specified in paragraph (i)(2) of this AD, before exceeding 18,500 total flight cycles since first installation of the forward cargo door on an airplane, or within 12 months after March 16, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later: Do reinforcement modifications on the frame structure of each affected forward cargo door, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraphs (i)(1)(i) through (i)(1)(vi) of this AD, except as required by paragraph (p) of this AD.

    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3105, dated February 24, 2016 (for certain Model A330-202, -223, and -243 airplanes; and Model A330-301, -321, -322, -341, and -342 airplanes).

    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3110, dated February 15, 2016 (for certain Model A330-202, -203, -223, and -243 airplanes; and Model A330-303, -323, and -343 airplanes).

    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3111, dated February 15, 2016 (for certain Model A330-202, -203, -223, -223F, -243, and -243F airplanes; and Model A330-302, -303, -323, -342, and -343 airplanes).

    (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4108, dated February 15, 2016 (for certain Model A340-211, -212, and -213 airplanes; and Model A340-311, -312, and -313 airplanes).

    (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4113, dated February 15, 2016 (for certain Model A340-312 and -313 airplanes).

    (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4114, dated February 15, 2016 (for certain Model A340-313 airplanes).

    (2) Accomplishment of the reinforcement modifications required by paragraph (i)(1) of this AD may be deferred, provided that, before exceeding 18,500 total flight cycles since first installation of the forward cargo door on an airplane, or within 12 months after March 16, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later, but not earlier than 14,500 total flight cycles for Model A330 airplanes, or 12,500 total flight cycles for Model A340 airplanes, cold working is accomplished on the frame structure of each affected forward cargo door, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraphs (i)(2)(i) through (i)(2)(vi) of this AD, except as required by paragraph (p) of this AD. Modification of an airplane by accomplishment of the cold working specified in this paragraph does not constitute terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD.

    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3116, dated April 20, 2016 (for certain Model A330-202, -223, and -243 airplanes; and Model A330-301, -321, -322, -341, and -342 airplanes).

    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3117, dated April 20, 2016 (for certain Model A330-202, -203, -223, and -243 airplanes; and Model A330-303, -323, and -343 airplanes).

    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3118, dated April 20, 2016 (for certain Model A330-202, -203, -223, -223F, -243, and -243F airplanes; and Model A330-302, -303, -323, -342, and -343 airplanes).

    (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4119, dated April 20, 2016 (for certain Model A340-211, -212, and -213 airplanes; and Model A340-311, -312, and -313 airplanes).

    (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4120, dated April 20, 2016 (for certain Model A340-312 and -313 airplanes).

    (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4121, dated April 20, 2016 (for certain Model A340-313 airplanes).

    (3) Within 18,500 flight cycles after cold working is accomplished on the frame structure of each affected forward cargo door as specified in paragraph (i)(2) of this AD: Do the reinforcement modifications on the frame structure of each affected forward cargo door, using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus's EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

    (j) Forward Cargo Door Terminating Action

    Modification of an airplane by reinforcement of the forward cargo door frame structure required by paragraph (i)(1) or (i)(3) of this AD constitutes terminating action for the inspections required by paragraph (h)(1) and (h)(2) of this AD for that airplane.

    (k) Definitions of Pre-Modified and Post-Modified Airplanes of Aft Cargo Door

    (1) For the purpose of this AD, pre-modified Model A330-200 series airplanes, Model A330-200 Freighter series airplanes, Model A330-300 series airplanes, Model A340-200 series airplanes, and Model A340-300 series airplanes are defined as those not having Airbus Modification 44852, or Modification 44854 applied in production, or being in pre-Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3044 or pre-Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4054 configuration, as applicable.

    (2) For the purpose of this AD, post-modification Model A330-200 series airplanes, Model A330-200 Freighter series airplanes, Model A330-300 series airplanes, Model A340-200 series airplanes, and Model A340-300 series airplanes are defined as those having Airbus Modification 44852 or Modification 44854 applied in production, or modified in service as specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3044 or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4054, as applicable.

    (l) Aft Cargo Door Repetitive Inspections

    (1) Before exceeding 4,000 total flight cycles for pre-modified airplanes, or 12,000 total flight cycles for post-modified airplanes, since first installation of the aft cargo door on an airplane, as applicable, or within the compliance time specified in table 2 to paragraph (l)(1) of this AD or table 3 to paragraph (l)(1) of this AD, as applicable, whichever occurs later, except as specified in paragraph (q) of this AD: Do all applicable inspections of all frame fork areas, frame head areas, and outer skin area of each affected aft cargo door, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (l)(1)(i), (l)(1)(ii), or (l)(1)(iii) of this AD. Do all applicable related investigative actions and corrective actions before further flight in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (l)(1)(i), (l)(1)(ii), or (l)(1)(iii) of this AD, except as required by paragraph (p) of this AD. Repeat the applicable inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed 1,400 flight cycles.

    BILLING CODE 4910-13-P ER08MR18.005 ER08MR18.006 ER08MR18.007 BILLING CODE 4910-13-C

    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3095, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated February 19, 2016 (“SB A330-52-3095, R02”).

    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4101, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 27, 2015 (“SB A340-52-4101, R02”).

    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-5023, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 27, 2015 (“SB A340-52-5023, R02”).

    (2) Concurrently with the first inspection required by paragraph (l)(1) of this AD: Do a one-time detailed inspection of the hook gaps “U” and “V” of each affected aft cargo door for proper adjustment and, depending on findings, adjust the hook(s) in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (l)(2)(i), (l)(2)(ii), or (l)(2)(iii) of this AD. Do all the required hook gap adjustments before further flight.

    (i) SB A330-52-3095, R02.

    (ii) SB A340-52-4101, R02.

    (iii) SB A340-52-5023, R02.

    (m) Modification for Pre-Modified Airplanes

    (1) For pre-modified airplanes, except as specified in paragraph (m)(2) of this AD: Before exceeding 18,500 total flight cycles since first installation of the aft cargo door on an airplane, or within 12 months after March 16, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later, do reinforcement modifications, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraphs (m)(1)(i) through (m)(1)(vi) of this AD, except as required by paragraph (p) of this AD.

    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3106, dated February 24, 2016 (for certain Model A330-301, -321, -322, -341, and -342 airplanes).

    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3112, dated February 24, 2016 (for certain Model A330-202 and -223 airplanes; and Model A330-301, -322, -341, and -342 airplanes).

    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3113, dated February 15, 2016 (for certain Model A330-223 and -243 airplanes; and Model A330-322 and -342 airplanes).

    (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3114, dated February 15, 2016 (for certain Model A330-202, -203, -223, -223F, -243, and -243F airplanes; and Model A330-302, -303, -323, -342, and -343 airplanes).

    (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4109, dated February 25, 2016 (for certain Model A340-211, -212, and -213 airplanes; and Model A340-311, -312, and -313 airplanes).

    (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4115, dated February 19, 2016 (for certain Model A340-212, -213, and -313 airplanes).

    (2) Accomplishment of the reinforcement modifications required by paragraph (m)(1) of this AD may be deferred provided that before exceeding 18,500 total flight cycles since first installation of the aft cargo door on an airplane, or within 12 months after March 16, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later, but not earlier than 14,500 total flight cycles, cold working is accomplished on the frame structure of each affected aft cargo door, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3115, dated April 20, 2016; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4118, dated April 20, 2016; as applicable. Modification of an airplane by accomplishment of the cold working specified in this paragraph does not constitute terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (l)(1) of this AD.

    (3) For an airplane on which the cold working on the cargo door frame structure is accomplished, as specified in paragraph (m)(2) of this AD: Within 18,500 flight cycles after the application of cold working, do reinforcement modifications, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the service information specified in paragraphs (m)(1)(i) through (m)(1)(vi) of this AD, as applicable, or using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus's EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

    (n) Terminating Action Aft Cargo Doors for Pre-Modified Airplanes

    Modification of an airplane by reinforcement of the aft cargo door frame structure required by paragraph (m)(1) or (m)(3) of this AD constitutes terminating action for the inspections required by paragraph (l)(1) and (l)(2) of this AD for that airplane.

    (o) Optional Terminating Action Modification for Post-Modified Airplanes

    For post-modified airplanes, modification of an airplane by reinforcement of the aft cargo door frame structure, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraphs (m)(1)(i) through (m)(1)(vi) of this AD, or using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus's EASA DOA, constitutes terminating action for the inspections required by paragraph (l)(1) and (l)(2) of this AD for that airplane. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

    (p) Exceptions to Service Information

    Where the service information specified in paragraphs (h)(1), (i)(1), (i)(2), (l)(1), and (m) of this AD specifies to contact Airbus for instructions or repair, before further flight, accomplish corrective actions in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (t)(2) of this AD.

    (q) Exception to Initial Inspection Compliance Time

    For the purposes of table 1 to paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, table 2 to paragraph (l)(1) of this AD, and table 3 to paragraph (l)(1) of this AD: As soon as a cargo door is inspected using any applicable service information specified in this AD, the previous inspections accomplished in accordance with any alert operator transmission can be disregarded for the determination of the compliance time for the initial inspection required by this AD.

    (r) Exception To Reporting in the Service Information

    Although the Airbus service bulletins specified in paragraphs (r)(1) through (r)(6) of this AD specify to submit certain information to the manufacturer, and specify that action as “RC” (Required for Compliance), this AD does not include that requirement.

    (1) SB A330-52-3087, R02.

    (2) SB A330-52-3095, R02.

    (3) SB A340-52-4095, R02.

    (4) SB A340-52-4101, R02.

    (5) SB A340-52-5020, R02.

    (6) SB A340-52-5023, R02.

    (s) Credit for Previous Actions

    (1) This paragraph provides credit for the initial inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, if that inspection was performed before March 16, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), using Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3087, dated August 29, 2013; Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4095, dated August 29, 2013; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-5020, dated August 29, 2013; as applicable; provided that the actions identified as “additional work” in the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3087, Revision 01, dated July 9, 2014; Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4095, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-5020, Revision 01, dated July 9, 2014; as applicable; are accomplished within 1,100 flight cycles after that inspection; and provided the next inspection of all frame fork areas, frame head areas, and outer skin area of each affected forward cargo door is accomplished within 1,100 flight cycles after that inspection, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of SB A330-52-3087, R02; SB A340-52-4095, R02; or SB A340-52-5020, R02, as applicable.

    (2) This paragraph provides credit for the initial inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, if that inspection was performed before March 16, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), using Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3087, Revision 01, dated July 9, 2014; Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4095, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-5020, Revision 01, dated July 9, 2014; as applicable; provided that the next inspection of all frame fork areas, frame head areas, and outer skin area of each affected forward cargo door, is accomplished within 1,100 flight cycles after that inspection in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of SB A330-52-3087, R02; SB A340-52-4095, R02; or SB A340-52-5020, R02, as applicable.

    (3) This paragraph provides credit for the initial inspection required by paragraph (l) of this AD, if that inspection was performed before March 16, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), using Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3095, dated August 29, 2013; Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4101, dated August 29, 2013; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-5023, dated August 29, 2013; provided that the actions identified as “additional work” in the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3095, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4101, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-5023, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; as applicable; are accomplished within 550 flight cycles after that inspection, and provided the next inspection of all frame fork areas, frame head areas, and outer skin area of each affected aft cargo door is accomplished within 550 flight cycles after that inspection in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of SB A330-52-3095, R02; SB A340-52-4101, R02; or SB A340-52-5023, R02, as applicable.

    (4) This paragraph provides credit for the initial inspection required by paragraph (l) of this AD, if that inspection was performed before March 16, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), using Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3095, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4101, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-5023, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; as applicable; provided that the next inspection of all frame fork areas, frame head areas, and outer skin area of each affected aft cargo door is accomplished within 550 flight cycles after that inspection in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of SB A330-52-3095, R02; SB A340-52-4101, R02; or SB A340-52-5023, R02, as applicable.

    (5) Where Airbus Service Bulletins A330-52-3095, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; A340-52-4101, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; A340-52-5020, Revision 01, dated July 9, 2014; and A340-52-5023, Revision 01, dated July 28, 2014; refer to using fasteners having P/N ASNA2657, this AD also allows the use of alternative HST11 series fasteners.

    (t) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:

    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, 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 certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (u)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: [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.

    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: As of March 16, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), 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 Section, Transport Standards Branch, 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 (RC): Except as required by paragraphs (p) and (r) 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 an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC.

    (u) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2016-0188, dated September 21, 2016; corrected September 22, 2016; for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-0713.

    (2) For more information about this AD, contact Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1138; fax 425-227-1149.

    (3) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (v)(4) and (v)(5) of this AD.

    (v) 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.

    (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on March 16, 2018 (83 FR 5689, February 9, 2018).

    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3087, Revision 02, including Appendix 01, dated February 18, 2016.

    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3095, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated February 19, 2016.

    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3105, dated February 24, 2016.

    (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3106, dated February 24, 2016.

    (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3110, dated February 15, 2016.

    (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3111, dated February 15, 2016.

    (vii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3112, dated February 24, 2016.

    (viii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3113, dated February 15, 2016.

    (ix) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3114, dated February 15, 2016.

    (x) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3115, dated April 20, 2016.

    (xi) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3116, dated April 20, 2016.

    (xii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3117, dated April 20, 2016.

    (xiii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-52-3118, dated April 20, 2016.

    (xiv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4095, Revision 02, including Appendix 01, dated November 29, 2015.

    (xv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4101, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 27, 2015.

    (xvi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4108, dated February 15, 2016.

    (xvii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4109, dated February 25, 2016.

    (xviii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4113, dated February 15, 2016.

    (xix) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4114, dated February 15, 2016.

    (xx) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4115, dated February 19, 2016.

    (xxi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4118, dated April 20, 2016.

    (xxii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4119, dated April 20, 2016.

    (xxiii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4120, dated April 20, 2016.

    (xxiv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-4121, dated April 20, 2016.

    (xxv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-5020, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 27, 2015.

    (xxvi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-52-5023, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 27, 2015.

    (4) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone: +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax: +33 5 61 93 45 80; email: [email protected]; internet: http://www.airbus.com.

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

    (6) 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 1, 2018. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04645 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2017-1166; Product Identifier 2017-CE-042-AD; Amendment 39-19217; AD 2018-05-08] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Airplanes AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013-19-12 for GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Models GA8 and GA8-TC320 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and address an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as the fuel system integral sump tank not meeting FAA regulations. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.

    DATES:

    This AD is effective April 12, 2018.

    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of April 12, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-1166; or in person at Docket Operations, U.S. Department of Transportation, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

    For service information identified in this AD, contact GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd, c/o GippsAero Pty Ltd, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: +61 03 5172 1200; fax: +61 03 5172 1201; email: [email protected] You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket No. FAA-2017-1166.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Standards Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; 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 GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Models GA8 and GA8-TC320 airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2017 (82 FR 60128), and proposed to supersede AD 2013-19-12, Amendment 39-17594 (78 FR 58872, September 25, 2013) (“AD 2013-19-12”).

    Since we issued AD 2013-19-12, the related service information has been amended to incorporate a modification to ventilate the area around the integral sump tank.

    The NPRM proposed to address an unsafe condition for the specified products and was based on mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country. The MCAI states that:

    The GippsAero GA8 and GA8-TC 320 aircraft Mk II fuel system features an integral sump tank located in the floor structure forward of the co-pilot seat. The current configuration of the compartments adjacent to the Mk II sump tank does not meet the requirements of regulation 23.967(b) of the Federal Aviation Regulations of the United States of America in that they are not suitably ventilated and drained to prevent the accumulation of flammable fluids or vapours.

    Amendment 1 of this [CASA] directive mandates ventilation of the area around the integral sump tank as presented in SB-GA8-2012-96 Issue 6 to meet the requirements of regulation 23.967(b) of the Federal Aviation Regulations of the United States of America.

    The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2017-1166-0002. Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM 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 for addressing the unsafe condition; and

    • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM.

    Related Service Information

    We reviewed GippsAero Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 6, dated July 21, 2016. This service information describes procedures for modifying the fuel ventilation and drainage system. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this AD.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 47 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 3 work-hours per product to do fuel system ventilation and drainage modification requirement of this AD (this action is retained from AD 2013-19-12). The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.

    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this portion of this AD on U.S. operators to be $11,985, or $255 per product.

    We also estimate that it will take about 4 work-hours per product to do the supplementary fuel ventilation modification requirement of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $932 per product.

    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this portion of this AD on U.S. operators to be $59,784, or $1,272 per product.

    In addition, we estimate that it will take about 4 work-hours per product to do the cargo pod modification requirement of this AD (this action is retained from AD 2013-19-12). The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $1,000 per product, for a cost of $1,340 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need this action.

    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.

    This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable to small airplanes, gliders, balloons, airships, domestic business jet transport airplanes, and associated appliances to the Director of the Policy and Innovation Division.

    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 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 by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-1166; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

    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 removing Amendment 39-17594 (78 FR 58872, September 25, 2013), and adding the following new AD: 2018-05-08 GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd: Amendment 39-19217; Docket No. FAA-2017-1166; Product Identifier 2017-CE-042-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective April 12, 2018.

    (b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2013-19-12, Amendment 39-17594 (78 FR 58872, September 25, 2013) (“AD 2013-19-12”).

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the following GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd airplane models and serial numbers (S/Ns) presented in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) that are certificated in any category:

    (1) Group 1 Airplanes:

    (i) Model GA8: S/N GA8-02-012 and S/Ns 128 through 205; and

    (ii) Model GA8-TC320: S/Ns GA8-TC 320-02-016, GA8-TC 320-03-025, GA8-TC 320-09-120, and S/Ns 129 through 205.

    (2) Group 2 Airplanes:

    (i) Model GA8: S/N GA8-02-012 and S/Ns 128 through 246; and

    (ii) Model GA8-TC320: S/Ns GA8-TC 320-02-016, GA8-TC 320-03-025, GA8-TC 320-09-120, and S/Ns 129 through 246.

    Note 1 to paragraph (c) of this AD:

    The last three digits (third tier designation) of the affected airplane model S/Ns are sequential regardless of the model designation (first tier designation) or the year produced (second tier designation).

    (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 28: Fuel System.

    (e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and address an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as the fuel system integral sump tank not meeting FAA regulations. We are issuing this AD to prevent the accumulation of flammable fluids or vapors, which could lead to a flammability issue.

    (f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, do the following actions:

    (1) For all affected Group 1 airplanes: Within the next 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) after April 12, 2018 (the effective date of this AD) or within the next 3 months after April 12, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs first, modify the airplane following Part 1 of GippsAero Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 6, dated July 21, 2016. If the airplane was previously affected under AD 2013-19-12 and compliance with that AD has already been done, this AD allows credit for doing this modification following Part 1 of GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 4, dated August 12, 2013.

    (2) For affected Group 1 airplanes that are equipped with a cargo pod part number GA8-255004-017 or GA8-255004-019: Before further flight after the modification required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, modify the cargo pod following Part 2 of GippsAero Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 6, dated July 21, 2016. If the airplane was previously affected under AD 2013-19-12 and compliance with that AD has already been done, this AD allows credit for doing this modification following Part 2 of GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 4, dated August 12, 2013.

    (3) For all affected Group 2 airplanes: Within the next 100 hours TIS after April 12, 2018 (the effective date of this AD) or within 3 months after April 12, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs first, modify the airplane following Part 3 of GippsAero Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 6, dated July 21, 2016.

    (g) Credit for Actions Done Following Previous Service Information

    This AD allows credit for airplanes that were previously affected by AD 2013-19-12 and the actions required in paragraphs (f)(1) and (f)(2) of this AD were previously done following Part 1 and Part 2 of GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 4, dated August 12, 2013.

    (h) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:

    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Standards Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: [email protected] Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.

    (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, Standards Office, FAA; or the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

    (i) Related Information

    Refer to MCAI Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) AD No. AD/GA8/7, Amendment 1, dated November 13, 2017; and GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 4, dated August 12, 2013. You may examine the MCAI on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2017-1166-0002.

    (j) 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) GippsAero Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 6, dated July 21, 2016.

    (ii) Reserved.

    (3) For GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd service information identified in this AD, contact GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd, c/o GippsAero Pty Ltd, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: +61 03 5172 1200; fax: +61 03 5172 1201; email: [email protected]

    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 816-329-4148. In addition, you can access this service information on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-1166.

    (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 Kansas City, Missouri, on February 26, 2018. Melvin J. Johnson, Deputy Director, Policy & Innovation Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04405 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2017-0822; Airspace Docket No. 17-AEA-10] Revocation of Class E Airspace; Centerville, MD AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    This action removes Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Centerville, MD. Because the Maryland State Police Trooper 6 Heliport has moved, controlled airspace is no longer required at this location. Another rulemaking will be forthcoming establishing controlled airspace at the heliport's new location.

    DATES:

    Effective 0901 UTC, May 24, 2018. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments.

    ADDRESSES:

    FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11B at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 1701 Columbia Ave., College Park, GA 30337; telephone (404) 305-6364.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. 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. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it supports the removal of Class E airspace at Centerville, MD, due to the closing of the Maryland State Police Trooper 6 Heliport.

    History

    The FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (82 FR 45747, October 2, 2017) for Docket No. FAA-2017-0822 proposing to remove Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Maryland State Police Trooper 6 Heliport, Centerville, MD, due to the closing of the heliport.

    Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received.

    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.11B dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 2017, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document amends FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016. FAA Order 7400.11B is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11B lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

    The Rule

    This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 removes Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Maryland State Police Trooper 6 Heliport, Centerville, MD, due to the closing of the heliport. The heliport has moved to a new location. Therefore, the airspace is no longer necessary at this site.

    Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore: (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) and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, does not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,” paragraph 5-6.5a. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

    Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

    Adoption of the Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

    PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

    § 71.1 [Amended]
    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, effective September 15, 2017, is amended as follows: Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. AEA MD E5 Centerville, MD [Removed] Issued in College Park, Georgia, on February 28, 2018. Ryan W. Almasy, Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04577 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2017-0848; Airspace Docket No. 13-ANE-2] Amendment of Class E Airspace; Berlin, NH AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    This action amends Class E airspace at Berlin, NH, due to the addition of a localizer performance with vertical guidance function (LPV) to runway 18 being created for Berlin Regional Airport (formerly Berlin Municipal Airport). This action also updates the geographic coordinates of the airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.

    DATES:

    Effective 0901 UTC, May 24, 2018. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments.

    ADDRESSES:

    FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed on line at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11B at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 1701 Columbia Av, College Park, GA 30337; telephone (404) 305-6364.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. 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. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it amends Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Berlin Regional Airport, Berlin, NH, to support IFR operations at the airport.

    History

    The FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register for Docket No. FAA-2017-0848 (82 FR 50593, November 1, 2017) proposing to amend Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 10.5-mile radius at Berlin Regional Airport, Berlin, NH.

    Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received.

    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.11B dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 2017, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document amends FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 2017. FAA Order 7400.11B is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11B lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

    The Rule

    This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 amends Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 10.5-mile radius (increased from a 8.2-mile radius) of Berlin Regional Airport, Berlin, NH, due to the addition of LPV capabilities to runway 18 at the airport The extension north of the airport is removed as the Berlin VOR/DME navigation aid is no longer needed to define the airspace.

    This action also adjusts the geographic coordinates of the airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database, and the airport name is updated to Berlin Regional Airport (formerly Berlin Municipal Airport).

    Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore: (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); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, does not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,” paragraph 5-6.5a. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

    Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

    Adoption of the Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

    PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120, E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

    § 71.1 [Amended]
    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, effective September 15, 2017, is amended as follows: Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth ANE NH E5 Berlin, NH [Amended] Berlin Regional Airport, NH

    (Lat. 44°34′31″ N, long. 71°10′33″ W)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 10.5-mile radius of Berlin Regional Airport.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on February 27, 2018. Ryan W. Almasy, Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04569 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2017-0878; Airspace Docket No. 17-AEA-14] Amendment of Class E Airspace; Moundsville, WV AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    This action amends Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface at Marshall County Airport, Moundsville, WV, due to the FAA's reevaluation of the airspace. This amendment results in an increase from a 6.2-mile radius to a 7.3-mile radius of the airport. Controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at this airport. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of this airport.

    DATES:

    Effective 0901 UTC, May 24, 2018. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments.

    ADDRESSES:

    FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11A at NARA, call (202)-741-6030, or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 1701 Columbia Ave., College Park, GA 30337; telephone (404) 305-6364.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. 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. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it amends Class E airspace at Marshall County Airport, Moundsville, WV, to support IFR operations at the airport.

    History

    The FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register for Docket No. FAA-2017-0878 (82 FR 55061, November 20, 2017) proposing to amend Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface at Marshall County Airport, Moundsville, WV.

    Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received.

    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005, of FAA Order 7400.11B dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 2017, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document amends FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 2017. FAA Order 7400.11B is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11B lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

    The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by amending Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface within the 7.3-mile (increased from a 6.2-mile) radius of Marshall County Airport, Moundsville, WV. This action also amends the 12-mile segment northeast of the airport extending from the 7.3-mile radius (increased from a 6.2-mile radius). This action is for continued safety and management of IFR operations.

    The geographic coordinates of the airport are adjusted to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.

    Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this regulation: (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) and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, does not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,” paragraph 5-6.5a. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

    Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

    Adoption of the Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

    PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

    § 71.1 [Amended]
    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, effective September 15, 2017, is amended as follows: Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. AEA WV E5 Moundsville, WV [Amended] Marshall County Airport, WV

    (Lat. 39°52′51″ N, long. 80°44′09″ W)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.3-mile radius of Marshall County Airport, and within 2 miles each side of a 051° bearing from the airport, extending from the 7.3-mile radius to 12 miles northeast of the airport.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on February 28, 2018. Ryan W. Almasy, Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04575 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG-2018-0167] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Grassy Sound Channel, Middle Township NJ and Townsend Inlet, Avalon, NJ AGENCY:

    Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation.

    SUMMARY:

    The Coast Guard has issued temporary deviations from the operating schedules that govern the Grassy Sound Channel (Ocean Drive) Bridge across Grassy Sound Channel, mile 1.0, in Middle Township, NJ and the Townsend Inlet Bridge across Townsend Inlet, mile 0.6, at Avalon, NJ. These deviations are necessary to accommodate the annual Ocean Drive Marathon event. These deviations allows these bridges to remain in the closed-to-navigation position.

    DATES:

    These deviations is effective from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 22, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    The docket for these deviations, [USCG-2018-0167], is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH”. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    If you have questions on these temporary deviations, call or email Ms. Kashanda Booker, Bridge Administration Branch Fifth District, Coast Guard; telephone (757) 398-6227, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Cape May County Department of Public Works, owner of these drawbridges, has requested temporary deviations from the current operating schedules to accommodate the Ocean Drive Marathon event. The Grassy Sound Channel (Ocean Drive) Bridge across Grassy Sound Channel, mile 1.0, in Middle Township, NJ, is a bascule drawbridge with a vertical clearance in the closed position of 15 feet above mean high water. The Townsend Inlet Bridge across Townsend Inlet, mile 0.6, in Avalon, NJ, is a bascule drawbridge with a vertical clearance in the closed position of 23 feet above mean high water.

    The Grassy Sound Channel (Ocean Drive) Bridge operating regulations are set out in 33 CFR 117.721 and the Townsend Inlet Bridge operating regulations are set out in 33 CFR 117.757. Under these temporary deviations, these drawbridges will be allowed to remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018, to accommodate the Ocean City Marathon event. Grassy Sound Channel and Townsend Inlet are used by a variety of vessels including recreational vessels, and small commercial vessels. The Coast Guard has carefully considered the nature and volume of vessel traffic on the waterway in publishing these temporary deviations.

    Vessels able to pass through these bridges in the closed position may do so at any time. These bridges will be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through these bridges in the closed position. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notice to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for these bridges so that vessels can arrange their transits to minimize any impacts caused by this temporary deviation.

    In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), these drawbridges must return to the regular operating schedules immediately at the end of the effective period of these temporary deviations. These deviations from the operating regulations are authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.

    Dated: March 1, 2018. Hal R. Pitts, Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04642 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
    83 46 Thursday, March 8, 2018 Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2017-0433; Product Identifier 2016-SW-078-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 429 helicopters. This proposed AD would require inspecting each main rotor pitch link rod end bearing assembly (bearing) for wear and play. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of worn bearings. The actions of this proposed AD are intended to prevent an unsafe condition on these products.

    DATES:

    We must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 7, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may send comments by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

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

    Hand Delivery: Deliver to the “Mail” address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    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-2017-0433; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the Transport Canada AD, the economic evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (telephone 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

    For service information identified in this proposed rule, contact Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4; telephone (450) 437-2862 or (800) 363-8023; fax (450) 433-0272; or at http://www.bellcustomer.com/files/. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited

    We invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that might result from adopting the proposals in this document. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters should send only one copy of written comments, or if comments are filed electronically, commenters should submit only one time.

    We will file in the docket all comments that we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposed rulemaking. Before acting on this proposal, we will consider all comments we receive on or before the closing date for comments. We will consider comments filed after the comment period has closed if it is possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. We may change this proposal in light of the comments we receive.

    Discussion

    Transport Canada, which is the aviation authority for Canada, has issued Canadian AD No. CF-2016-39, dated December 12, 2016, to correct an unsafe condition for BHTC Model 429 helicopters, serial numbers 57001 and subsequent. Transport Canada advises of reports of worn bearings adversely affecting the helicopters' handling qualities. Transport Canada states the scheduled inspection interval of 12 months or 800 hours is not sufficient to detect and correct a worn bearing under the current wear rate. Additionally, according to Transport Canada, the combination of the blade weight, positioning of the swashplate, and the preload of elastomers can make bearing play difficult to detect during a preflight exterior check. Transport Canada determined it necessary to implement an inspection frequent enough to detect a worn bearing in order to prevent a bearing from failing, adversely affecting handling qualities, and damaging adjacent components. These conditions could lead to loss of control of the helicopter. Transport Canada AD CF-2016-39 therefore requires inspecting bearing part number (P/N) 429-010-433-101/-103 for play and potential wear and replacing it if necessary, within 30 days from the effective date of its AD and at subsequent intervals not to exceed 50 hours air time.

    FAA's Determination

    These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of Canada and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with Canada, Transport Canada, its technical representative, has notified us of the unsafe condition described its AD. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all known relevant information and determined that an unsafe condition is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 429-11-03, Revision A, dated January 13, 2015 (ASB), which specifies inspecting bearing P/N 429-010-433-101 and P/N 429-010-433-103 within 10 flight hours and every 50 hours for play and potential wear.

    This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

    Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require, within 20 hours time-in-service (TIS) and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 50 hours TIS, visually inspecting each bearing for wear and play. This proposed AD also would require replacing parts that exceed allowable limits before further flight.

    Differences Between This Proposed AD and the Transport Canada AD

    This proposed AD would require initially inspecting the bearing within 20 hours TIS, while the Transport Canada AD requires the initial inspection within 30 days.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 64 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs average $85 per work-hour. Based on these estimates, we expect the following costs:

    • Inspecting the bearing would require 2 work-hours and no parts for a cost of $170 per helicopter and $10,880 for the U.S. fleet per inspection cycle.

    • Replacing a -101 bearing would require 1 work-hour and $3,560 for parts for a cost of $3,645 per bearing. Replacing a -103 bearing would require 1 work-hour and $3,365 for parts for a cost of $3,450 per bearing.

    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 proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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, I certify this proposed regulation:

    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 to the extent that it justifies making a regulatory distinction; 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.

    We prepared an economic evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

    The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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): Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited: Docket No. FAA-2017-0433; Product Identifier 2016-SW-078-AD. (a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited Model 429 helicopters, serial numbers 57001 and larger, with a main rotor pitch link rod end bearing assembly (bearing) part number (P/N) 429-010-433-101 or 429-010-433-103 installed, certificated in any category.

    (b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as a worn bearing. This condition could result in failure of a bearing, which could lead to reduced helicopter handling, damage to other components, and subsequent loss of helicopter control.

    (c) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by May 7, 2018.

    (d) Compliance

    You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time.

    (e) Required Actions

    Within 20 hours time-in-service (TIS) and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 50 hours TIS:

    (1) Inspect the upper and lower pitch link rod ends for axial and radial bearing play by rolling the bearings through all angles, paying particular attention to the areas depicted in Figure 1 of Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 429-11-03, Revision A, dated January 13, 2015.

    (2) If there is any play in a bearing, remove the pitch link assembly and perform a dimensional inspection of the axial and radial bearing play. Measure the play at the angle that results in the maximum amount of play. Replace the rod end assembly before further flight if bearing play exceeds 0.010 inch for axial direction or 0.005 inch for radial direction.

    (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; email [email protected]

    (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, we suggest that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC.

    (g) Additional Information

    The subject of this AD is addressed in Transport Canada AD No. CF-2016-39, dated December 12, 2016. You may view the Transport Canada AD on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov in the AD Docket.

    (h) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6200, Main Rotor System.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 21, 2018. Scott A. Horn, Deputy Director for Regulatory Operations, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04651 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2018-0180; Product Identifier 2017-CE-043-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Quest Aircraft Design, LLC Airplanes AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Quest Aircraft Design, LLC Model KODIAK 100 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracks found in certain nose landing gear forks. This proposed AD would require a one-time inspection to determine if the affected nose landing gear fork is installed, repetitive inspections of the affected nose landing gear fork for cracks, repetitive inspections of the shimmy damper bracket for looseness if the affected nose landing gear fork is installed, and rework/replacement of parts as necessary. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

    DATES:

    We must receive comments on this proposed AD by April 23, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

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

    Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Quest Aircraft Company LLC, 1200 Turbine Drive, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864; phone: (208) 263-1111 or 1 (866) 263-1112; email: [email protected]; internet: http://customercare.questaircraft.com/. You may view this service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

    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-2018-0180; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Wade Sullivan, Aerospace Engineer, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, WA 98057; phone: 425-917-6430; fax: 425-917-6590; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include “Docket No. FAA-2018-0180; Product Identifier 2017-CE-043-AD” at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this NPRM because of those comments.

    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this NPRM.

    Discussion

    We received reports from the manufacturer of fatigue cracks on the nose landing gear (NLG) fork on Quest Aircraft Design, LLC Model KODIAK 100 airplanes. In one report, the NLG fork failed during landing. On unimproved surfaces, the NLG shimmy damper system can wear and loosen, reducing the resistance of the nose gear to shimmy. Shimmying puts side loads on the NLG fork that it was not designed for, which could cause fatigue cracks. This condition, if not corrected, could result in separation of the fork with consequent reduced control on landing. If the fork separates on an unimproved surface, the risk of the NLG digging in and the airplane overturning on the ground increases.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Quest Aircraft Field Service Instruction FSI-147, Revision 00 (not dated), which provides instructions for inspection and, if necessary, replacement of the NLG fork. We reviewed pages 32_110 and 32_111, section 3252, Shimmy Damper, found in Chapter 32, Landing Gear, of Quest Aircraft Company Kodiak 100 Maintenance Manual, Revision No. 21, dated February 15, 2017, which describes procedures for inspecting the shimmy damper system. We also reviewed Quest Aircraft Field Service Instruction FSI-146, Revision 00 (not dated), which provides instructions for modifying the shimmy damper attach bracket. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

    FAA's Determination

    We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

    Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 116 airplanes of U.S. registry.

    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

    Estimated Costs Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per
  • product
  • Cost on U.S.
  • operators
  • Determine if type A or type B NLG fork is installed 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 Not applicable $85 $9,860

    We estimate the following costs to do any necessary additional inspections, replacements, and modifications that would be required based on the results of the proposed NLG fork type determination. We have no way of determining the number of airplanes that might need these inspections, replacements, and modifications:

    On-Condition Costs Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per
  • product
  • Inspection of the NLG fork for cracks 4 work-hours × $85 per hour = $340 Not applicable $340 Replacement of the NLG fork 4 work-hours × $85 per hour = $340 $7,002.36 7,342.36 Inspection of the shimmy damper bracket 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 Not applicable 85 Rework of the shimmy damper bracket 4 work-hours × $85 per hour = $340 $127.33 467.33
    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.

    This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable to small airplanes, gliders, balloons, airships, domestic business jet transport airplanes, and associated appliances to the Director of the Policy and Innovation Division.

    Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed regulation:

    (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.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

    The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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): Quest Aircraft Design, LLC: Docket No. FAA-2018-0180; Product Identifier 2017-CE-043-AD. (a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by April 23, 2018.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Quest Aircraft Design, LLC Model KODIAK 100 airplanes; all serial numbers, certificated in any category.

    (d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 32, Landing Gear.

    (e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports from the manufacturer of fatigue cracks on the nose landing gear (NLG) fork. We are issuing this AD to detect and prevent fatigue cracking of the NLG fork. The unsafe condition, if not corrected, could result in separation of the fork with consequent reduced control on landing. If the fork separates on an unimproved surface, the risk of the NLG digging in and the airplane overturning on the ground increases.

    (f) Compliance

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

    (g) Inspection for Type of NLG Fork

    Within 25 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective date of this AD, inspect the airplane to determine if a NLG fork part number (P/N) 100-410-7001 (type A) or a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7013 (type B) is installed. If you determine that a NLG P/N 100-410-7013 (type B) is installed during the inspection, no further action is required by this AD. If a review of the maintenance records can positively identify the P/N NLG fork that is installed, you may use a maintenance records review in lieu of inspecting the airplane to determine if a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7001 (type A) or a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7013 (type B) is installed.

    (h) Inspection of the NLG Fork for Cracks

    (1) If you determine that a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7001 (type A) is installed during the inspection required in paragraph (g) of this AD, within 25 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 100 hours TIS, do a fluorescent penetrant, dye penetrant, or open-hole eddy current inspection of the NLG fork for cracks following section 5. Instructions in Quest Aircraft Field Service Instruction FSI-147, Revision 00 (not dated).

    (2) If you find any cracks of the NLG fork during any inspection required in paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace the NLG fork with a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7013 (type B) following section 5. Instructions in Quest Aircraft Field Service Instruction FSI-147, Revision 00 (not dated). Replacement of the NLG fork with a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7013 (type B) terminates the repetitive inspections required in paragraphs (h)(1) and (i)(1) of this AD.

    (i) Inspection of the Shimmy Damper Bracket

    (1) If you have not replaced a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7001 (type A) per the initial inspection and replacement requirements in paragraph (h) of this AD, then within 25 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 100 hours TIS (until the NLG fork is replaced with a P/N 100-410-7013 (type B fork)), inspect the shimmy damper bracket for looseness following pages 32_110 and 32_111, section 3252, Shimmy Damper, found in Chapter 32, Landing Gear, of Quest Aircraft Company Kodiak 100 Maintenance Manual, Revision No. 21, dated February 15, 2017.

    (2) If a loose shimmy damper bracket is found during any inspection required in paragraph (i)(1) of this AD, rework the shimmy damper bracket with interference-fit bolts following Quest Aircraft Field Service Instruction FSI-146, Revision 00 (not dated). Reworking the shimmy damper bracket with the interference-fit bolts terminates the repetitive inspections required in paragraph (i)(1) of this AD.

    (3) If any other damaged (loose, leaking, corrosion, worn, etc.) components are found in the shimmy damper system during any inspection required in paragraph (i)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace damaged components as necessary following pages 32_110 and 32_111, section 3252, Shimmy Damper, found in Chapter 32, Landing Gear, of Quest Aircraft Company Kodiak 100 Maintenance Manual, Revision No. 21, dated February 15, 2017.

    (j) Optional Terminating Action

    In lieu of the NLG fork and shimmy damper bracket inspections required in paragraphs (h)(1) and (i)(1) of this AD, you may replace the NLG fork P/N 100-410-7001 (type A) with a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7013 (type B) following section 5. Instructions in Quest Aircraft Field Service Instruction FSI-147, Revision 00 (not dated). This replacement terminates the inspection requirements of this AD and no further actions are required.

    (k) Restriction of NLG Fork P/N 100-410-7001 (Type A) Installation

    Once a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7013 (type B) is installed on an airplane, do not install a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7001 (type A). If a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7013 (type B) is removed from the airplane for any reason (for example, to install floats), you must reinstall a NLG fork P/N 100-410-7013 (type B) when operating with wheels.

    (l) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Seattle ACO Branch, 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 certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (m)(1) of this AD. Information may also 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.

    (m) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Wade Sullivan, Aerospace Engineer, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, WA 98057; phone: 425-917-6430; fax: 425-917-6590; email: [email protected].

    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Quest Aircraft Company LLC, 1200 Turbine Drive, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864; phone: (208) 263-1111 or 1 (866) 263-1112; email: [email protected]; internet: http://customercare.questaircraft.com/. You may view this service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 1, 2018. Pat Mullen, Acting Deputy Director, Policy & Innovation Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04650 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2017-1238; Airspace Docket No. 17-ASO-25] Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace, Kenansville, NC AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Duplin County Airport, Kenansville, NC, to accommodate airspace reconfiguration due to the decommissioning of the Kenan non-directional radio beacon (NDB), and cancellation of the NDB approach. Controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at this airport. This action also would update the geographic coordinates of this airport.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before April 23, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments on this proposal to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (800) 647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify the Docket No. FAA-2017-1238; Airspace Docket No. 17-ASO-25, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

    FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed on line at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11B at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 1701 Columbia Ave., College Park, Georgia 30337; telephone (404) 305-6364.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. 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. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would amend Class E airspace at Duplin County Airport, Kenansville, NC, to support IFR operations at the airport.

    Comments Invited

    Interested persons are invited to comment on this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal.

    Communications should identify both docket numbers (Docket No. FAA-2017-1238 and Airspace Docket No. 17-ASO-25) and be submitted in triplicate to DOT Docket Operations (see ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number.) You may also submit comments through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Persons wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to FAA Docket No. FAA-2017-1238; Airspace Docket No. 17-ASO-25.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

    All communications received on or before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this document may be changed in light of the comments received. All comments submitted will be available for examination in the public docket both before and after the comment closing date. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket.

    Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments/.

    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays at the office of the Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, Room 350, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337.

    Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 2017. FAA Order 7400.11B is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11B lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

    The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing to amend Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by revising the legal description for Class E airspace at Duplin County Airport, Kenansville, NC. The FAA proposes to revise the legal description to include only the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface at Duplin County Airport within a 6.8-mile (from a 6.4-mile) radius of the airport. Airspace reconfiguration is necessary due to the decommissioning of the Kenan NDB, and cancellation of the NDB approach. These changes would enhance the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport. The FAA also proposes to update the geographic coordinates of the airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.

    Class E airspace designations are published in Paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.11B, dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 2017, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore: (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); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a Regulatory Evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this proposed rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Environmental Review

    This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures” prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

    Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

    The Proposed Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

    PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

    § 71.1 [Amended]
    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 2017, is amended as follows: Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. ASO NC E5 Kenansville, NC [Amended] Duplin County Airport, NC (Lat. 35°00′00″ N, long. 77°58′54″ W)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.8-mile radius of Duplin County Airport.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on February 27, 2018. Ryan W. Almasy, Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04574 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    LIBRARY OF CONGRESS U.S. Copyright Office 37 CFR Part 201 [Docket No. 2005-6] Statutory Cable, Satellite, and DART License Reporting Practices AGENCY:

    U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.

    SUMMARY:

    The United States Copyright Office is extending the deadlines for the submission of written comments in response to its December 1, 2017 notice of proposed rulemaking concerning the royalty reporting practices of cable operators under section 111 and proposed revisions to the Statement of Account forms, and on proposed amendments to the Statement of Account filing requirements.

    DATES:

    The comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking, published on December 1, 2017 (82 FR 56926), was extended on December 27, 2017 (82 FR 61200), and this document re-extends the comment period. Initial written comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 14, 2018. Written reply comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 6, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    For reasons of government efficiency, the Copyright Office is using the regulations.gov system for the submission and posting of public comments in this proceeding. All comments are therefore to be submitted electronically through regulations.gov. Specific instructions for submitting comments are available on the Copyright Office website at https://copyright.gov/rulemaking/section111. If electronic submission of comments is not feasible due to lack of access to a computer and/or the internet, please contact the Office using the contact information below for special instructions.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Sarang V. Damle, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, by email at [email protected], Regan A. Smith, Deputy General Counsel, by email at [email protected], or Anna Chauvet, Assistant General Counsel, by email at [email protected], or any of them by telephone at 202-707-8350.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On December 1, 2017, the Office issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) on proposed rules governing the royalty reporting practices of cable operators under section 111 and proposed revisions to the Statement of Account forms, and on proposed amendments to the Statement of Account filing requirements.1 After determining that meetings with interested parties might be beneficial and that reply comments would be appropriate for this rulemaking, on December 11, 2017, the Office issued a notice of ex-parte communication and request for reply comments.2

    1 82 FR 56926 (Dec. 1, 2017).

    2 82 FR 58153 (Dec. 11, 2017).

    On December 27, 2017, the Office extended the period for public comments in response to a motion filed by NCTA—The Internet & Television Association (“NCTA”) to extend the initial comment period until March 16, 2018, with written comments due by April 2, 2018.3

    3 82 FR 61200 (Dec. 27, 2017); COLC-2017-0013-0003.

    On March 1, 2018, NCTA submitted a motion seeking to extend the initial comment period until June 14, 2018, with written reply comments due by July 6, 2018.4

    4 COLC-2017-0013-0005.

    To ensure that commenters have sufficient time to respond to the NPRM, the Office is extending the deadline for the submission of initial written comments to 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 14, 2018. Written reply comments must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 6, 2018.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Sarang V. Damle, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04644 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1410-30-P
    83 46 Thursday, March 8, 2018 Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request March 5, 2018.

    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments are requested regarding (1) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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 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.

    Comments regarding this information collection received by April 9, 2018 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), [email protected] or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8958.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Title: SNAP-Ed Toolkit Submission Form (FNS-886) and Scoring Tool (FNS-885).

    OMB Control Number: 0584—NEW.

    Summary of Collection: The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (The Act) § 28(c)(3)(A) states that State agencies “may use funds provided under this section for any evidence-based allowable use of funds” including “(i) individual and group-based nutrition education, health promotion, and intervention strategies”. 7 CFR 272.2(2)(d) also states “SNAP-Ed activities must include evidence-based activities using one or more of these approaches: Individual or group-based nutrition education, health promotion, and intervention strategies; comprehensive, multi-level interventions at multiple complementary organizational and institutional levels; community and public health approaches to improve nutrition”. The Intervention Submission Form (FNS 886) and Scoring Tool (FNS 885) allows for interventions to be assessed to determine if they are both evidence-based and use one of the approaches described.

    Need and Use of the Information: The Intervention Submission Form will be used by intervention developers (submitters) to provide information about the intervention they are submitting for inclusion in the Toolkit. Information requested includes intervention materials, how they have been and will be used, and the evidence base which illustrates their effectiveness.

    Description of Respondents: (33) Business-for-profit; (11) Not-for-profit institutions; (83) State, Local or Tribal Government.

    Number of Respondents: 127.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Once, On occasion.

    Total Burden Hours: 668.

    Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04640 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-30-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Farm Service Agency Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA); Cotton Ginning Cost-Share Program (CGCS) Payments to Cotton Producers AGENCY:

    Commodity Credit Corporation and Farm Service Agency, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This NOFA announces the availability of cost-share funds to certain cotton producers of the United States, specifically for the 2016 cotton crop. Eligible CGCS participants will receive a one-time payment, calculated based on a cost-share not to exceed 20 percent of calculated ginning costs by region, the number of cotton acres that were planted, including failed acreage, for the 2016 crop year, and the percentage of share the participant had in such cotton. Similar to other Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) programs, certain eligibility requirements apply, such as a $40,000 per individual or entity payment limit and a requirement that each participant's 3-year average adjusted gross income (AGI) be $900,000 or less. CGCS payments will be made to help the domestic cotton industry find new and improved ways to market cotton.

    DATES:

    Application period: March 12, 2018, through May 11, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kelly Hereth, (202) 720-0448.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    U.S. upland and extra-long staple (ELS) cotton producers are required to gin and bale cotton before either of the components of cotton (lint or seed) can be marketed, as there is no commerce in un-ginned bales. Approximately 17 million bales of cotton in the United States were ginned for the 2016 cotton crop year. There exists, however, 2016 cotton production carryover (ginned cotton inventory that has not yet been sold) of 2.75 million bales at the end of the 2016 marketing year (July 31, 2017). Additionally, the 2017 cotton crop production is projected to exceed 21 million bales (a production increase of 23 percent over crop year 2016), the majority of which has not been marketed. While the payments under CGCS are based on ginning costs, the intended effect of CGCS is to aid the broader marketing chain associated with cotton. For example, there is a direct cost to cotton producers associated with ginning for improved bale packing and storage to meet the ever increasing quality demands of the fiber industry, and there is a large domestic market for the cotton seed extracted during the ginning process.

    The state of the market has limited the ability of U.S. cotton producers to expand domestic markets, develop new and additional markets, maintain existing markets and marketing facilities, and increase the uses for cotton. The CCC Charter Act (15 U.S.C. 714c(e)) includes authority for CCC to use its general powers to increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities (other than tobacco) by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic markets or by developing or aiding in the development of new and additional markets, marketing facilities, and uses for such commodities.

    The ginning of cotton is necessary prior to marketing the lint for fiber or the seed for oil or feed; therefore CCC is using its general authority to aid in the expansion and maintenance of domestic markets for cotton. Increased domestic consumption and uses for cotton as a result of the CGCS payments to cotton producers, based on cotton ginning costs, will aid more than just the farmers; as the cotton gins, cooperatives, marketers, cottonseed crushers, and other marketing facilities will indirectly benefit also.

    CGCS is being done as a NOFA, as opposed to a regulation, because it is a one-time payment based on the 2016 cotton crop to aid expansion and creation of new markets for cotton. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has designed CGCS to have a simplified, streamlined application process in order to provide assistance as quickly as possible to cotton producers by using 2016 cotton crop acres, which are already known to FSA through previously submitted acreage reports. CGCS does not affect the ability to submit, or allow a producer or owner to submit, additional or revised acreage reports for 2016. Accordingly, there is no benefit for public comment on CGCS.

    FSA will administer CGCS on behalf of CCC, using CCC funds.

    CGCS Description

    CGCS is a one-time payment to cotton producers based on the 2016 cotton crop already on file with the agency. CGCS will be available to producers of upland and ELS cotton. CGCS payments will be available to those cotton producers who had a share in the 2016 cotton acres that were planted, including failed cotton acreage, and reported to FSA. Landowners who had a share interest, share in the cotton crop, and incurred ginning costs for the 2016 cotton crop are considered eligible for the 2016 CGCS, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.

    Based on 2016 acreage reports and the CGCS payment rates established by this NOFA, FSA will make approximately $220 million in CGCS payments to eligible cotton producers. The maximum aggregate payment amount a person or legal entity is eligible for under CGCS is $40,000. The funds announced in this NOFA are not subject to sequestration.

    All 2016 cotton crop producers have already submitted the required form FSA-578, “Report of Acreage,” to FSA, as part of their participation in various FSA and CCC programs. The regulation in 7 CFR part 718 requires producers to report to FSA their acreage for various commodities, including the number of cotton acres that were planted, including failed acres, but not prevented planted acres, in the United States for their 2016 cotton crop and their percentage share of the reported 2016 cotton crop acreage. Accordingly, FSA has already acquired this information relevant to the operation of CGCS as previously reported to FSA on a FSA-578 or a crop acreage report to their crop insurance agent (both reports are referred to in this NOFA as the acreage report). If there were any errors in the previously submitted acreage report, the producer may go through the established FSA process to correct the reported information. Any such requests for correction are subject to review and require approval by FSA through the established process before they are accepted. Because FSA already possesses 2016 cotton acreage report and producer share data, FSA knows who is potentially eligible to apply for CGCS, and FSA will mail pre-filled applications to such applicants. Applicants may also apply through a FSA county office.

    Payment Limits, Eligible Persons, and Legal Entities

    CGCS payments are limited to $40,000 per person or legal entity.

    A person or legal entity is ineligible for payments if the person's or legal entity's AGI for the applicable compliance program year is more than $900,000. If a person with an indirect interest in a legal entity has AGI of more than $900,000, the CGCS payments subject to AGI compliance provisions to the legal entity will be reduced as calculated based on the percent interest of the person in the legal entity receiving the payment. The relevant years used to calculate AGI for 2016 CGCS are the 2012, 2013, and 2014 tax years. As with other FSA and CCC programs, AGI will be calculated based on the average income for the 3 taxable years preceding the most immediately preceding complete taxable year for which benefits are requested.

    In addition to having a share in cotton planted in 2016, to be eligible for a CGCS payment, each applicant is required to be a person or legal entity who was actively engaged in farming in 2016 and otherwise eligible for payment, as specified in 7 CFR part 1400, and who complies with requirements including, but not limited to, those pertaining to highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation provisions (commonly referred to as the conservation compliance provisions) specified in 7 CFR part 12.

    Foreign persons are not eligible for payments. Federal, State, and local governments are not eligible for CGCS payments.

    Appeal regulations specified in 7 CFR parts 11 and 780 apply. FSA program requirements and determinations that are not in response to, or result from, an individual disputable set of facts in an individual participant's application for assistance are not matters that can be appealed.

    Payment Calculation

    The CGCS payment will be calculated as follows:

    Acres × share × CGCS payment rate

    Acres are the number of 2016 cotton crop acres (both upland and ELS) in which the applicant had an interest, as reported on their acreage report as planted (including failed acres, but not prevented planted acres).

    Share is the producer's or landowner's share of such acres.

    As shown in Table 1, the CGCS payment rate is 20 percent times the ginning cost. The ginning cost is the calculated average cost of ginning per acre in the production region. The applicable production region includes several States in which the 2016 cotton crop (upland and ELS cotton) was planted (not where the farm operation is located). There are four production regions, consistent with the U.S. cotton industry's longstanding designation. The per-acre regional rates are defined in Table 1. Cotton acreage planted in 2016 in any state not listed in Table 1, will receive the regional rate based on where the 2016 cotton acres are located, as determined by the Deputy Administrator.

    Table 1—Cotton Production Regions Region States Costs of
  • ginning
  • per acre
  • CGCS
  • Payment
  • rate 1
  • Southeast Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia $116.05 $23.21 Mid-South Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee 151.97 30.39 Southwest Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas 98.26 19.65 West Arizona, California, New Mexico 240.11 48.02 1 The CGCS payment rate is 20 percent times the regional rate.

    To develop the costs in Table 1, FSA used the USDA Economic Research Service's calculation of cotton ginning costs, which is based on the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The data is based on a large survey of cotton producers in 2007 and 2015 and was updated through 2016 using several indices that reflect annual changes in ginning costs. The per planted acre ginning costs were converted to regional averages weighted by each State's share of regional plantings during the most recent 5 years (2012-2016). In the ARMS data, no distinction is made between ginning costs for upland and ELS cotton, therefore the same rate will be applied to both varieties of cotton.

    For example, an applicant has 1,000 acres of upland cotton located in Texas and 1,000 acres of ELS cotton in New Mexico, and the applicant has 100 percent interest in all of the cotton reported for 2016 for the farm. Even though the farm operation is located in Texas, the applicable CGCS payment rate is based on where the cotton is planted. Therefore, for the acres located in Texas the CGCS payment rate is $19.65, and for the cotton acreage located in New Mexico, the CGCS payment rate is $48.02 (as shown in Table 1). Therefore, the result of the CGCS calculation would be $67,670 ((1,000 cotton acres in Texas × $19.65 per acre × 100 percent share) + (1,000 acres in New Mexico × $48.02 × 100 percent share)), but the CGCS payment to this applicant would be reduced to $40,000 because the CGCS payment limit is $40,000 per person or legal entity.

    Application and Eligible Applicants

    To apply for CGCS, each applicant must submit a complete valid CGCS application (CCC-882 form) to their recording FSA county office either in person, by mail, or by electronic means, including email and facsimile. The application period is from March 12, 2018, through May 11, 2018. CGCS applications must be received by FSA by May 11, 2018, in order to be eligible for a CGCS payment. Applicants may revise their application and re-submit it to FSA during the application period; however, the revised CGCS application must be received by FSA by May 11, 2018. Any application received by FSA after May 11, 2018, will neither be processed nor considered and will be ineligible for any CGCS payment. FSA will pre-fill the application, which will include, but is not limited to, the number of 2016 planted acres, including failed acres, of cotton (upland and ELS cotton) on the farm as previously reported by the producer on form FSA-578, the farm serial number, and tract number of the farm where the cotton acreage was reported as of March 8, 2018. The applicant will be required to sign and date the pre-filled form. If FSA decides it is necessary to confirm the applicant's share interest in the 2016 cotton crop, the applicant will be required to submit evidence upon request, such as seed receipts, custom harvesting receipts, or bale gin lists, to substantiate either the claimed share interest in the cotton or the number of cotton acres reported for the 2016 crop year.

    In order to be eligible for CGCS, applicants are required to have reported their 2016 crop year planted cotton, including failed acreage, to FSA using the FSA-578 acreage report. Only the number of cotton acres reported on the FSA-578 acreage report and the producer's share in the planted, including failed, cotton acreage for the 2016 crop year will be eligible for consideration for a CGCS payment. In the event that there are determined acres of planted, including failed, cotton (upland and ELS cotton) crop acreage for 2016, as verified by FSA in carrying out acreage reporting compliance activities, then determined acres will be used in place of the reported acres from the acreage report. (Standard FSA acreage report compliance activities include verifying the number of reported acres; the results are referred to as “determined acres.”)

    The applicant's share interest in cotton acres on a CGCS application cannot be greater than the share interest in cotton acres as reported on the acreage report. FSA will verify and confirm the applicant's share interest in cotton acres reported on the CGCS application by comparing it to the applicant's share interest in the cotton as reported on that farm's acreage report for the 2016 crop year. For example, if a farm has 50 acres of cotton and the acreage was reported with two producers each having an equal 50 percent share interest in those reported acres of cotton, each producer can file a CGCS application for 50 acres of cotton with a 50 percent share.

    As noted above, if there are any corrections required for acreage reports, they may be made, however corrections related to upland or ELS cotton acres or shares must be received by FSA by May 11, 2018, the CGCS application deadline, in order for any corrected acreage to be used to calculate the CGCS payment. Any correction to 2016 cotton crop acres made to the acreage report after May 11, 2018, is not eligible to be considered for CGCS.

    Process for Evaluation of CGCS Applications and Approval of Payments

    FSA will review each CCC-882 application to determine eligibility by verifying that the application is complete and the number of cotton acres the applicant certified on the application for the 2016 crop year is the same as reported on the FSA-578 acreage report.

    When there are multiple eligible applicants for a farm, FSA will approve each application that is filed for the CGCS when all the following, as applicable, occur or have been determined to have occurred:

    (1) The landlord, tenant, and sharecropper have signed and submitted their own CGCS application not to exceed their reported share interest in cotton acres on the farm;

    (2) CCC confirms the shares are consistent with the acreage report to protect the interests of tenants and sharecroppers and at no time will payments be issued for total shares exceeding 100 percent of the total cotton acres reported on the farm, and where lease agreements exist under which terms are determined to be a share lease, according to 7 CFR part 1412, for cotton, neither the landlord, tenant, nor sharecropper will receive 100 percent of CGCS payment for the farm;

    (3) If determined necessary and requested by the FSA county office committee, the applicant provided a copy of the lease agreement; and

    (4) CCC determines that the payment shares do not circumvent either the provisions of this NOFA or the provisions of 7 CFR part 1400.

    The result of an approved application will be a CGCS payment, consistent with the terms specified in this NOFA and the payment application. All applications are subject to the approval by FSA on behalf of CCC, and FSA will not approve ineligible applications.

    Provisions Requiring Refund to FSA

    In the event that any application for a CGCS payment resulted from erroneous information or a miscalculation, the payment will be recalculated and the participant must refund any excess payment to FSA with interest to be calculated from the date of the disbursement to the participant. If, for whatever reason, FSA determines that the applicant misrepresented either the acreage or share of cotton acreage or both, or if the CGCS payment would exceed the participant's payment based upon correct acreage and share, the application will be disapproved and the full CGCS payment for that crop and participant will be required to be refunded to FSA with interest from the date of disbursement. If any corrections to the 2016 cotton crop acres or shares are made to the acreage report and would have resulted in a lower CGCS payment, the applicant will be required to refund the difference with interest from date of disbursement.

    The liability of anyone for any penalty or sanction resulting from a CGCS application, or for any refund to FSA or related charge is in addition to any other liability of such person under any civil or criminal fraud statute or any other provision of law including, but not limited to: 18 U.S.C. 286, 287, 371, 641, 651, 1001, and 1014; 15 U.S.C. 714; and 31 U.S.C. 3729.

    Paperwork Reduction Act Requirements

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), OMB approved an emergency information collection request on CGCS for 6 months under OMB control number of 0560-0287 so FSA can begin the application period upon publication of this NOFA.

    Environmental Review

    Because this is a one-time payment for commodities that is not connected to the management of existing operations (consistent with 7 CFR 799.31(b)(6)(iii)), there are no measurable individual or cumulative impacts to the human environment, as defined by the National Environmental Policy Act and, as such, no Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared. Consistent with the nature and anticipated impacts of this action, this NOFA serves as documentation of the programmatic environmental compliance decision for this federal action.

    Federal Assistance Programs

    The title and number of the Federal assistance programs, as found in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, to which this NOFA applies is:

    10.118 Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program. Steven J. Peterson, Administrator, Farm Service Agency, and Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04693 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-05-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Economic Analysis Meeting of Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    Bureau of Economic Analysis, Economics and Statistics Administration, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, we are announcing a meeting of the Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee. The meeting will address proposed improvements to BEA's economic accounts and provide an update on recent statistical developments.

    DATES:

    Friday, May 18, 2018. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and adjourn at 3:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will take place at the Suitland Federal Center, which is located at 4600 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Gianna Marrone, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Suitland, MD 20746; telephone number: (301) 278-9798.

    Public Participation: This meeting is open to the public. Because of security procedures, anyone planning to attend the meeting must contact Gianna Marrone of BEA at (301) 278-9798 in advance. The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for foreign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Gianna Marrone at (301) 278-9798.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Committee was established September 2, 1999. The Committee advises the Director of BEA on matters related to the development and improvement of BEA's national, regional, industry, and international economic accounts, especially in areas of new and rapidly growing economic activities arising from innovative and advancing technologies, and provides recommendations from the perspectives of the economics profession, business, and government.

    Date: February 20, 2018. Brian C. Moyer, Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04587 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B-15-2018] Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 38—Charleston, South Carolina; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (Hybrid Passenger Vehicles); Spartanburg, South Carolina

    BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (BMW MC) submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board for its facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on February 27, 2018.

    BMW MC already has authority to produce gasoline and diesel-powered motor vehicles, motor vehicle bodies, stamped body parts, and lithium ion batteries within FTZ38A. The current request would add hybrid passenger vehicles and foreign-status materials/components to the scope of authority. Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), additional FTZ authority would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials/components and finished products described in the submitted notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board.

    Production under FTZ procedures could exempt BMW MC from customs duty payments on the foreign-status materials/components used in export production. On its domestic sales, for the foreign-status materials/components noted below and in the existing scope of authority, BMW MC would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to previously authorized finished products and hybrid passenger vehicles (duty rate 2.5%). BMW MC would be able to avoid duty on foreign-status components which become scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment.

    The materials/components sourced from abroad include: Lubricating grease; touch-up paint; polyester band; rubber window guides; rubber seals; weather and damping strips of non-cellular rubber; tool bags of man-made fibers; acrylic coated cloth tape; warp knit fabric; seat protectors; mica seals; fiberglass heat shields; steel insertion brackets (similar to staples); aluminum alloy tube connectors; aluminum threaded fasteners (such as bolts, screws, nuts, washers); cylinder coils; gearbox oil coolers; cupholder warmers; parts of heat exchange units (multi-flow adaptors/connectors used to connect pipes or hoses to the battery cooler assembly); fire extinguishers; car jack cranks; card readers for common interface (CI) plus card to receive special television (TV) channels in the vehicle; housed ball bearings; inductors; actuators; Bluetooth antennas; speakers; audio frequency amplifiers; radar sensors; radios; acoustic warning signals; LED lighting; integrated lighting circuits; lens TV contour illumination; range-finding sensors; checking/locking fixtures; temperature sensors; weather sensors; oxygen sensors; voltage power testers; and, battery sensors (duty rate ranges from duty-free to 17.6%).

    The request indicates polyester band, acrylic coated cloth tape, warp knit fabric, and seat protectors will be admitted to the zone in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41), thereby precluding inverted tariff benefits on such items.

    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 April 17, 2018.

    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 website, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz.

    For further information, contact Juanita Chen at [email protected] or 202-482-1378.

    Dated: March 1, 2018. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04656 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-403-805] Silicon Metal From Norway: Affirmative Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Final Determination of No Sales, and Final Negative Determination of Critical Circumstances AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that imports of silicon metal from Norway are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). In addition, we determine that critical circumstances do not exist with respect to imports of the subject merchandise. The period of investigation (POI) is January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. The final dumping margins of sales at LTFV are listed below in the “Final Determination” section of this notice.

    DATES:

    Applicable March 8, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Brittany Bauer, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3860.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    On October 12, 2017, Commerce published the Preliminary Determination of sales at LTFV of silicon metal from Norway.1 Commerce exercised its discretion to toll deadlines affected by the closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through 22, 2018. If the new deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce's practice, the deadline will become the next business day. The revised deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now February 27, 2018.2 A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, which is adopted by this notice.3

    1See Silicon Metal From Norway: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Preliminary Negative Determination of Critical Circumstances, Preliminary Determination of No Shipments, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures, 82 FR 47475 (October 12, 2016) (Preliminary Determination) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

    2See Memorandum for The Record from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, “Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the Federal Government,” dated January 23, 2018. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by 3 days.

    3See Memorandum, “Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Affirmative Determination in the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation of Silicon Metal From Norway,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum).

    Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is silicon metal from Norway. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the “Scope of the Investigation” in Appendix I of this notice.

    Scope Comments

    During the course of this investigation, Commerce received numerous scope comments from interested parties. Prior to the Preliminary Determination, Commerce issued a Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum 4 to address these comments. Since the Preliminary Determination, Globe Specialty Metals, Inc., (the petitioner) submitted a case brief and interested parties submitted rebuttal briefs concerning the limits to silicon content as specified in the scope.5

    4See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,” dated June 29, 2017 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum).

    5 These parties include Wacker Chemicals Norway A.S., Elkem AS, and the petitioner.

    Commerce reviewed these briefs, considered the arguments therein, and is not making any additional changes to the scope of the investigation. For further discussion, see Commerce's Final Scope Decision Memorandum.6 The scope in Appendix I reflects the final scope language.

    6See Memorandum “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Final Scope Comments Decision Memorandum,” dated February 27, 2018 (Final Scope Decision Memorandum).

    Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are addressed in either the Final Scope Decision Memorandum or the Issues and Decision Memorandum accompanying this notice. A list of the issues addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum is attached to this notice as Appendix II. The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov, and it is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B-8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. The signed and electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

    Verification

    As provided in section 782(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, (the Act) in October and November 2017, we conducted verification of the sales and cost information submitted by Elkem AS (Elkem) for use in our final determination. We used standard verification procedures, including an examination of relevant accounting and production records, and original source documents provided by Elkem.7 In addition, as provided in section 782(i) of the Act, in October 2017, we also verified the no sales claim submitted by Wacker Chemicals Norway A.S. (Wacker), using standard verification procedures.

    7 For discussion of our verification findings, see the following memoranda: Memorandum, “Verification of the No Shipment Claim of Wacker Chemicals Norway A.S. in the Antidumping Duty Investigations of Silicon Metal from Norway,” dated November 6, 2017; Memorandum, “Verification of the Sales Response of Elkem AS in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Silicon Metal from Norway,” dated December 1, 2017; Memorandum, “Verification of the Sales Response of Elkem Materials Inc. in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Silicon Metal from Norway,” dated December 1, 2017; and Memorandum, “Verification of the Cost Response of Elkem AS in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Silicon Metal from Norway,” dated December 7, 2017.

    Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    Based on our analysis of the comments received and our findings at verification, we made certain changes to the margin calculations for Elkem. For a discussion of these changes, see the “Margin Calculations” section of the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    Final Determination of No Sales

    As noted in the Preliminary Determination, we preliminarily determined that Wacker had no sales of subject merchandise during the POI.8 In October 2017, we verified the no sales claim submitted by Wacker.9 After issuing the Preliminary Determination, Commerce received no comments from interested parties regarding this issue, and has not received any information that would cause it to alter its Preliminary Determination. Therefore, because the record indicates that Wacker did not sell subject merchandise to the United States, Commerce continues to find that Wacker had no sales of subject merchandise during the POI.

    8See Preliminary Determination, at 47476.

    9See Memorandum, “Verification of the No Shipment Claim of Wacker Chemicals Norway A.S. in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Silicon Metal from Norway,” dated November 6, 2017.

    Final Negative Determination of Critical Circumstances

    For the Preliminary Determination, Commerce found that critical circumstances do not exist with respect to imports of silicon metal from Elkem, as well as “all other” producers and exporters of subject merchandise.10 In this final determination, Commerce continues to find that, in accordance with 735(a)(3) of the Act, critical circumstances do not exist for Elkem or “all other” producers and exporters (including Wacker) in this investigation. A discussion of the determination can be found in the “Negative Determination of Critical Circumstances” section of the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    10See Preliminary Determination, and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum, at 15-18.

    All-Others Rate

    Section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that the estimated weighted-average dumping margin for all other producers and exporters shall be equal to the weighted average of the estimated weighted-average dumping margins established for exporters and producers individually investigated excluding rates that are zero, de minimis margins or determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. Elkem is the only respondent for which Commerce calculated an estimated weighted-average dumping margin that is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available. Therefore, for purposes of determining the “all-others” rate and pursuant to section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act, we are using the estimated weighted-average dumping margin calculated for Elkem, as referenced in the “Final Determination” section below.

    Final Determination

    The final estimated weighted-average dumping margins are as follows:

    Exporter or producer Weighted-
  • average
  • dumping
  • margin
  • (percent)
  • Elkem AS 3.22 All Others 3.22
    Disclosure

    We will disclose the calculations performed within five days of the date of publication of this notice to parties in this proceeding in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

    Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 735(c)(1)(B) of the Act, for this final determination, we will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to suspend liquidation of all entries of silicon metal from Norway, as described in Appendix I of this notice, which are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after October 12, 2017, the date of publication in the Federal Register of the affirmative Preliminary Determination. Further, we will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the estimated weighted-average dumping margins indicated in the chart above.11 These suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice.

    11See Modification of Regulations Regarding the Practice of Accepting Bonds During the Provisional Measures Period in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 61042 (October 3, 2011).

    International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 735(d) of the Act, we will notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the final affirmative determination of sales at LTFV. Because Commerce's final determination is affirmative, in accordance with section 735(b)(2) of the Act, the ITC will make its final determination as to whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports, or sales (or the likelihood of sales) for importation of silicon metal from Norway no later than 45 days after this final determination. If the ITC determines that such injury does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all cash deposits will be refunded or canceled. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order directing CBP to assess, upon further instruction by Commerce, antidumping duties on all imports of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of liquidation, as discussed above in the “Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation” section.

    Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    This notice serves as a reminder to parties subject to an administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of return or destruction of APO materials, or conversion to judicial protective order, is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.

    Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination and this notice are issued and published pursuant to sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

    Dated: February 27, 2018. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I—Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of this investigation covers all forms and sizes of silicon metal, including silicon metal powder. Silicon metal contains at least 85.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent silicon, and less than 4.00 percent iron, by actual weight. Semiconductor grade silicon (merchandise containing at least 99.99 percent silicon by actual weight and classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 2804.61.0000) is excluded from the scope of this investigation.

    Silicon metal is currently classifiable under subheadings 2804.69.1000 and 2804.69.5000 of the HTSUS. While HTSUS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope remains dispositive.

    Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Critical Circumstances IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Margin Calculations VI. Discussion of the Issues 1. Offset Cost of Manufacture for Miscellaneous Income Items 2. Commerce Should Adjust G&A Expenses to Reflect Total Miscellaneous Income 3. Whether to Calculate the G&A Expense Rate On a Company- or Division-Specific Basis 4. Elkem High Purity Silicon Grades 5. Constructed Export Price Offset 6. Weight Basis for International Freight Expenses 7. Pre-POI Merchandise Storage Costs 8. Marine Insurance Ministerial Error 9. Corrections Found at Verification VII. Recommendation
    [FR Doc. 2018-04666 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C-834-808] Silicon Metal from the Republic of Kazakhstan: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of silicon metal from the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan) during the period of investigation (POI) January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016.

    DATES:

    Applicable March 8, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rebecca M. Janz or Maria Tatarska, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2972 or (202) 482-1562, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    The petitioner in this investigation is Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. In addition to the Government of Kazakhstan, the mandatory respondent in this investigation is Tau-Ken Temir LLP (Tau-Ken Temir).

    A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination1 on August 14, 2017, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum, which is hereby adopted by this notice.2 The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and the electronic version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

    1See Silicon Metal from the Republic of Kazakhstan: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 82 FR 37847 (August 14, 2017) (Preliminary Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

    2See Memorandum, “Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Silicon Metal from Kazakhstan,” dated concurrently with this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum).

    Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through January 22, 2018. If the new deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce's practice, the deadline will become the next business day. The revised deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now February 27, 2018.3

    3See Memorandum, “Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the Federal Government,” dated January 23, 2018. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by three days.

    Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is silicon metal from Kazakhstan. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I.

    Scope Comments

    During the course of this investigation, Commerce received numerous scope comments from interested parties. Prior to the Preliminary Determination, Commerce issued a Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum 4 to address these comments. Since the Preliminary Determination, Globe Specialty Metals, Inc., (the petitioner) submitted a case brief and interested parties submitted rebuttal briefs concerning the limits to silicon content as specified in the scope.

    4See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,” dated June 29, 2017 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum).

    Commerce reviewed these briefs, considered the arguments therein, and is not making any additional changes to the scope of the investigation. For further discussion, see Commerce's Final Scope Decision Memorandum.5 The scope in Appendix I reflects the final scope language.

    5See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Final Scope Comments Decision Memorandum,” dated February 27, 2018 (Final Scope Decision Memorandum).

    Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received

    The subsidy programs under investigation and the issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues that parties raised, and to which we responded in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, is attached to this notice as Appendix II.

    Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    Based on our review and analysis of the comments received from parties, we made certain changes to the subsidy rate calculated for Tau-Ken Temir since the Preliminary Determination. As a result of these changes, Commerce has also revised the “all-others rate.” For a discussion of these changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    Use of Facts Otherwise Available Including Adverse Inferences

    For purposes of this final determination, we have continued to determine that the Government of Kazakhstan and Tau-Ken Temir failed to act to the best of their abilities in responding to Commerce's requests for information. Accordingly, we continue to rely on facts available with adverse inferences, in accordance with sections 776(a)-(d) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), to calculate the subsidy rate for the mandatory respondent. A full discussion of our decision to rely on adverse facts available is presented in the “Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences” section of the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    Final Determination

    In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(B)(i)(I) of the Act, we determined a rate for Tau-Ken Temir (the only individually investigated exporter/producer of subject merchandise). Section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act states that, for companies not individually investigated, we will determine an “all others” rate equal to the weighted-average countervailable subsidy rates established for exporters and producers individually investigated, excluding any zero and de minimis countervailable subsidy rates, and any rates determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. Where the rates for investigated companies are zero or de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available, section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act instructs Commerce to establish an “all others” rate using “any reasonable method.”

    In this investigation, Commerce assigned a rate based entirely on facts available to Tau-Ken Temir. Accordingly, we are using “any reasonable method” to establish the all-others rate. We find that it is reasonable to rely on the rate established for Tau-Ken Temir as the all-others rate, particularly because there is no other information on the record that can be used to determine an all-others rate. We determine the total estimated net countervailable subsidy rates to be:

    6 As discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, Commerce continues to find that the following companies are cross-owned with TauKen Temir LLP: JSC NMC Tau-Ken Samruk and LLP Silicon Mining.

    Company Subsidy rate
  • (percent)
  • Tau-Ken Temir LLP 6 100 All Others 100
    Suspension of Liquidation

    As a result of our affirmative Preliminary Determination, pursuant to section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise from Kazakhstan which were entered or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after August 14, 2017, the date of the publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register.7

    7See Preliminary Determination, 82 FR at 37848.

    In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we later issued instructions to CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for CVD purposes for subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after December 12, 2017, but to continue the suspension of liquidation of all entries from August 14, 2017, through December 11, 2017, as appropriate.

    We will issue a countervailing duty (CVD) order and reinstate the suspension of liquidation in accordance with our final determination and under section 706(a) of the Act if the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final affirmative injury determination, and we will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such entries of merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all estimated duties deposited as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded.

    ITC Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of our determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all non-privileged and non-proprietary information related to this investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative protective order (APO), without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

    Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to the APO of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction.

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

    Dated: February 27, 2018. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of this investigation covers all forms and sizes of silicon metal, including silicon metal powder. Silicon metal contains at least 85.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent silicon, and less than 4.00 percent iron, by actual weight. Semiconductor grade silicon (merchandise containing at least 99.99 percent silicon by actual weight and classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 2804.61.0000) is excluded from the scope of this investigation.

    Silicon metal is currently classifiable under subheadings 2804.69.1000 and 2804.69.5000 of the HTSUS. While HTSUS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope remains dispositive.

    Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: Whether Commerce Should Apply Adverse Facts Available (AFA) to the Government of Kazakhstan (GOK) Comment 2: Whether Tau-Ken Temir Is Cross-Owned with JSC NME Tau-Ken Samruk (Tau-Ken Samruk) and LLP Silicon Mining (Silicon Mining) Comment 3: Whether Commerce Should Apply AFA to Tau-Ken Temir Comment 4: Whether Commerce's Rejection of New Factual Information was Unlawful Comment 5: Whether Commerce Selected an Appropriate AFA Rate Comment 6: Whether the Sale of Assets to Tau-Ken Temir's Parent Company is a Countervailable Subsidy VI. Recommendation
    [FR Doc. 2018-04664 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C-122-858] Certain Softwood Lumber Products From Canada: Initiation of Expedited Review of the Countervailing Duty Order AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is initiating an expedited review of the countervailing duty order on certain softwood lumber products (softwood lumber) from Canada.

    DATES:

    Applicable March 8, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kristen Johnson or Emily Halle, 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) 482-4793 or (202) 482-0176, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    On January 3, 2018, Commerce published the countervailing duty order on softwood lumber from Canada.1 Between January 10, 2018, and February 5, 2018, Commerce received requests for an expedited review from 34 companies.2 These companies, which were not selected for individual examination during the investigation, made these requests pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(k).

    1See Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Countervailing Duty Order, 83 FR 347 (January 3, 2018).

    2See Attachment for a list of the companies that requested an expedited review.

    Initiation of Expedited Review

    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(k)(1)(i)-(iii), each company that requested a review certified that it exported the subject merchandise to the United States during the period of investigation; that it was not affiliated with an exporter or producer that Commerce individually examined in the investigation; and that it informed the Government of Canada, as the government of the exporting country, that the government will be required to provide a full response to Commerce's questionnaire.

    Therefore, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(k), we are initiating an expedited review of the countervailing duty order on softwood lumber from Canada. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(i)(1) and (k)(3), we intend to issue the preliminary results of this expedited review not later than 180 days from the date of initiation of this review.3 As specified by 19 CFR 351.214(k)(3)(i), the period of review will be the same as the original period of investigation, i.e., January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015.

    3 Under 19 CFR 351.214(k)(i)(2), this period may be extended to 300 days.

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(k)(3)(iii), the final results of this expedited review will not be the basis for the assessment of countervailing duties. Instead, this expedited review is intended to establish individual cash deposit rates for those companies that requested an expedited review, or to exclude from the countervailing duty order a company for which the final results of expedited review are zero or de minimis, as provided in 19 CFR 351.214(k)(3)(iv).

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(f), we will rescind the expedited review for any company that withdraws its request for expedited review within 60 days after the date of publication of this notice of initiation.

    Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under administrative protective orders in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 and 351.306.

    This initiation and notice are issued and published in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(k)(2)(i) and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(i).

    Dated: March 1, 2018. Gary Taverman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Attachment

    Below is the list of companies that requested an expedited review of the countervailing duty order on softwood lumber from Canada.

    (1) 752615 B.C. Ltd., Fraserview Remanufacturing Inc., Gillwood Lumber, dba Fraserview Cedar Products (2) Antrim Cedar Corporation (3) Aquila Cedar Products Ltd. (4) Canadian Bavarian Millwork and Lumber (5) Canyon Lumber Company Ltd. (6) Cedarline Industries Ltd. (7) Central Cedar Ltd. (8) Chaleur Sawmills LP (9) Deep Cove Forest Products Inc. (10) Delco Forest Products Ltd. (11) Devon Lumber Co. Ltd. (12) Fontaine Inc. (13) Haida Forest Products Ltd. (14) Hainesville Sawmill Ltd. (15) H.J. Crabbe & Sons Ltd. (16) Ivor Forest Products Ltd. (17) Leslie Forest Products Ltd. (18) Les Produits Forestiers D&G Ltée (19) Maibec Inc (20) Marcel Lauzon Inc (21) Marwood Ltd. (22) Matériaux Blanchet Inc. (23) Mobilier Rustique (Beauce) Inc. (24) MP Atlantic Wood Ltd. (25) North American Forest Products Ltd. (26) North Enderby Timber Ltd. (27) Olympic Industries, Inc. (28) Pacific Lumber Remanufacturing Inc. (29) Power Wood Corp. (30) Produits Matra Inc. (31) Rielly Lumber Inc. (32) Roland Boulanger & Cie Itée (33) Sechoirs de Beauce Inc. (34) Scierie Alexandre Lemay & Fils Inc.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04678 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C-602-811] Silicon Metal From Australia: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to Simcoa Operations Pty. Ltd. (Simcoa), a producer/exporter of silicon metal from Australia. The period of investigation is January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016.

    DATES:

    Applicable March 8, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kate Johnson or John Anwesen, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4929 or (202) 482-0131, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    Commerce published the Preliminary Determination on August 14, 2017.1 Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through 22, 2018. If the new deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce's practice, the deadline will become the next business day. The revised deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now February 27, 2018.2 A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum issued concurrently with this notice.3 The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

    1See Silicon Metal from Australia: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 82 FR 37843 (August 14, 2017) (Preliminary Determination).

    2See Memorandum, “Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the Federal Government” (Tolling Memorandum), dated January 23, 2018. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by 3 days.

    3See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia: Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation,” dated concurrently with this determination (Issues and Decision Memorandum) and hereby adopted by this notice.

    Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is silicon metal from Australia. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the “Scope of the Investigation” in Appendix I of this notice.

    Scope Comments

    During the course of this investigation, Commerce received numerous scope comments from interested parties. Prior to the Preliminary Determination, Commerce issued a Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum 4 to address these comments. Since the Preliminary Determination, Globe Specialty Metals, Inc., (the petitioner) submitted a case brief and interested parties submitted rebuttal briefs concerning the limits to silicon content as specified in the scope.

    4See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,” dated June 29, 2017 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum).

    Commerce reviewed these briefs, considered the arguments therein, and is not making any additional changes to the scope of the investigation. For further discussion, see Commerce's Final Scope Decision Memorandum.5 The scope in Appendix I reflects the final scope language.

    5See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Final Scope Comments Decision Memorandum,” dated February 27, 2018 (Final Scope Decision Memorandum).

    Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received

    The subsidy programs under investigation and the issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues that parties raised, and to which we responded in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, is attached to this notice at Appendix II.

    Methodology

    Commerce conducted this investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, Commerce determines that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an “authority” that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.6 For a full description of the methodology underlying our final determination, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    6See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.

    Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    Based on our review and analysis of the comments received from parties, and the minor corrections presented at verification, we made certain changes to the respondent's subsidy rate calculations. For a discussion of these changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    Final Determination

    In accordance with section 705(c)(l)(B)(i) of the Act, we calculated a rate for Simcoa, the producer/exporter of subject merchandise selected for individual examination in this investigation.

    Section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that in the final determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-others rate for companies not individually examined. This rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated subsidy rates established for those companies individually examined, excluding any zero and de minimis rates and any rates based entirely under section 776 of the Act.

    In this investigation, Commerce preliminarily calculated an individual estimated countervailable subsidy rate for Simcoa, the only individually examined producer/exporter in this investigation. Because the only individually calculated rate is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available, the estimated weighted-average rate calculated for Simcoa is the rate assigned to all-other producers and exporters, pursuant to section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act.

    Commerce determines that the following estimated countervailable subsidy rate exists:

    Company Subsidy rate Simcoa Operations Pty. Ltd.7 14.78 percent. All-Others 14.78 percent. Disclosure

    We intend to disclose to parties in this proceeding the calculations performed for this final determination within five days of the date of publication of our final determination, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

    7 As discussed in the Preliminary Determination, Commerce has found the following companies to be cross-owned with Simcoa: Silicon Metal Company of Australia Pty Ltd.; Microsilica Pty Ltd.; and Simcoa International Pty Ltd.

    Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    As a result of our Preliminary Determination and pursuant to section 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, Commerce instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise as described in the scope of the investigation section entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we issued instructions to CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for countervailing duty (CVD) purposes for subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after December 12, 2017, but to continue the suspension of liquidation of all entries from August 14, 2017, through December 11, 2017.

    If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final affirmative injury determination, we will issue a CVD order, will reinstate the suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act, and will require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such entries of subject merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all estimated duties deposited or securities posted as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded or canceled.

    International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, Commerce will notify the ITC of its determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all non-privileged and non-proprietary information related to this investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative protective order (APO), without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

    Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to an APO of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction.

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

    Dated: February 27, 2018. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of this investigation covers all forms and sizes of silicon metal, including silicon metal powder. Silicon metal contains at least 85.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent silicon, and less than 4.00 percent iron, by actual weight. Semiconductor grade silicon (merchandise containing at least 99.99 percent silicon by actual weight and classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 2804.61.0000) is excluded from the scope of these investigations.

    Silicon metal is currently classifiable under subheadings 2804.69.1000 and 2804.69.5000 of the HTSUS. While HTSUS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope remains dispositive.

    Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Subsidies Valuation IV. Analysis of Programs V. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: Provision of Electricity for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (LTAR) Comment 2: Payments Under the Demand Side Management (DSM) Scheme and Ancillary Service (Spinning Reserve) Scheme Comment 3: Renewable Energy Target (RET) Program Comment 4: Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive Comment 5: Provision of Quartz for LTAR Comment 6: State Agreement Loan and Grant Comment 7: Calculation Errors in the Preliminary Determination VI. Recommendation
    [FR Doc. 2018-04667 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-351-850] Silicon Metal From Brazil: Affirmative Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that imports of silicon metal from Brazil are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. The final margins of sales at LTFV are listed below in the “Final Determination” section of this notice.

    DATES:

    Applicable March 8, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Brian Smith or Jesus Saenz, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1766 and (202) 482-8184, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    On October 12, 2017, Commerce published the Preliminary Determination of sales at LTFV of silicon metal from Brazil.1 Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through 22, 2018. If the new deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce's practice, the deadline will become the next business day. The revised deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now February 27, 2018.2

    1See Silicon Metal From Brazil: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures, 82 FR 47466 (October 12, 2017) (Preliminary Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

    2See Memorandum for The Record from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, “Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the Federal Government” (Tolling Memorandum), dated January 23, 2018. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by three days.

    A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.3

    3See Memorandum, “Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Affirmative Determination in the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation of Silicon Metal from Brazil,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum).

    Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is silicon metal from Brazil. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the “Scope of the Investigation” in Appendix I of this notice.

    Scope Comments

    During the course of this investigation, Commerce received numerous scope comments from interested parties. Prior to the Preliminary Determination, Commerce issued a Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum 4 to address these comments. Since the Preliminary Determination, Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (the petitioner), submitted a case brief and interested parties submitted rebuttal briefs concerning the limits to silicon content as specified in the scope.5

    4See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,” dated June 29, 2017 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum).

    5 These parties include Wacker Chemicals Norway A.S., Elkem AS, and the petitioner.

    Commerce reviewed these briefs, considered the arguments therein, and is making no additional changes to the scope of the investigation. For further discussion, see Commerce's Final Scope Decision Memorandum.6 The scope in Appendix I reflects the final scope language.

    6See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Final Scope Comments Decision Memorandum,” dated February 27, 2018 (Final Scope Decision Memorandum).

    Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs that were submitted by parties in the investigation are addressed in either the Final Scope Decision Memorandum or the Issues and Decision Memorandum accompanying this notice. A list of the issues addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum is attached to this notice at Appendix II. The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and it is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B-8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. The signed and electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

    Verification

    As provided in section 782(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), from October 2017 through January 2018, we conducted verification of the sales and cost information submitted by respondent Palmyra do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Silício Metálico e Recursos Naturais Ltda. (Palmyra) for use in our final determination. We used standard verification procedures, including an examination of relevant accounting and production records, and original source documents provided by Palmyra.7

    7 For discussion of our verification findings, see the following memoranda: Memorandum to the File, “Verification of the Sales Response of Palmyra do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Silício Metálico e Recursos Naturais Ltda. in the Antidumping Investigation of Silicon Metal from Brazil,” dated January 19, 2018); Memorandum to the File, “Verification of the Sales Response of Dow Corning Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductors Operations LLC in the Antidumping Investigation of Silicon Metal from Brazil,” dated January 17, 2018; Memorandum to the File, “Verification of the Cost Response of Palmyra do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Silício Metálico e Recursos Naturais Ltda. in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Silicon Metal from Brazil,” dated January 17, 2018; and Memorandum to the File, “Verification of the Cost Response of Dow Corning in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Silicon Metal from Brazil,” dated January 17, 2018.

    Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    We made certain changes to the Preliminary Determination for Palmyra based on the additional questionnaire responses received after our Preliminary Determination, verification findings, and our review and analysis of interested party comments. For further discussion, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    Use of Adverse Facts Available

    The respondent Ligas de Aluminio S.A.—LIASA (LIASA) failed to participate in this investigation. Therefore, in the Preliminary Determination, pursuant to sections 776(a)(1), 776(a)(2)(A)-(C), and 776(b) of the Act, Commerce assigned LIASA a rate based on adverse facts available (AFA). No party filed comments on our Preliminary Determination with respect to LIASA and there is no new information on the record that would cause us to revisit it. Accordingly, we continue to find that the application of AFA pursuant to section 776(a) and (b) of the Act is warranted with respect to LIASA. In applying total AFA, Commerce assigned to LIASA's exports of the subject merchandise the rate of 134.92 percent, which is the highest rate calculated in the petition 8 and which has been corroborated to the extent practicable within the meaning of section 776(c) of the Act.

    8See Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway, dated March 8, 2017 (the Petition), Volume IV at 8-9.

    All-Others Rate

    Section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that, in the final determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated weighted-average dumping margin for all-other exporters and producers not individually examined. This rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted-average of the estimated weighted-average dumping margins established for exporters or producers individually examined, excluding rates that are zero, de minimis or determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. As Commerce determined an estimated weighted-average dumping margin based entirely under section 776 of the Act for LIASA, we have determined the estimated weighted-average dumping margin for all other producers and exporters equal to the rate calculated for Palmyra.

    Final Determination

    The final estimated weighted-average dumping margins are as follows:

    Exporter or producer Estimated weighted-average dumping margin
  • (percent)
  • Cash deposit rate (adjusted for subsidy
  • offset(s))
  • (percent)
  • Palmyra do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Silício Metálico e Recursos Naturais Ltda. (formerly known as Dow Corning Silício do Brasil Indústria e Comércio Ltda.) 68.97 9 68.87 Ligas de Aluminio S.A.—LIASA 134.92 10 133.49 All-Others 68.97 11 68.87
    Disclosure

    Commerce intends to disclose to interested parties its calculations and analysis performed in this final determination within five days of any public announcement in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

    9See Memorandum to the File, “Final Cash Deposit Rates” dated February 27, 2018.

    10Id.

    11Id.

    Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 735(c)(1)(B) of the Act, for this final determination, we will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to suspend liquidation of all entries of silicon metal from Brazil, as described in Appendix I of this notice, which are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after October 12, 2017, the date of publication in the Federal Register of the affirmative Preliminary Determination.

    Further, the Department will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the estimated amount by which the normal value exceeds the U.S. price as shown above, adjusted where appropriate, for export subsidies found in the final determination of the companion countervailing duty investigation. Consistent with our longstanding practice, where the product under investigation is also subject to a concurrent countervailing duty investigation, we instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the amount by which the normal value exceeds the U.S. price, less the amount of the countervailing duty determined to constitute any export subsidies.12

    12See, e.g., Welded Line Pipe From the Republic of Turkey: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 80 FR 61362 (October 13, 2015), and Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Negative Critical Circumstances Determination: Bottom Mount Combination Refrigerator-Freezers From the Republic of Korea, 77 FR 17413 (March 26, 2012).

    Therefore, in the event that a countervailing duty order is issued and suspension of liquidation is resumed in the companion countervailing duty investigation on silicon metal from Brazil, the Department will instruct CBP to require cash deposits adjusted by the amount of export subsidies, as appropriate. These adjustments are reflected in the final column of the rate chart, above. Until such suspension of liquidation is resumed in the companion countervailing duty investigation, and so long as suspension of liquidation continues under this antidumping duty investigation, the cash deposit rates for this antidumping duty investigation will be the rates identified in the estimated weighted-average dumping margin column in the rate chart, above.

    International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 735(d) of the Act, we will notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the final affirmative determination of sales at LTFV. Because Commerce's final determination is affirmative, in accordance with section 735(b)(2) of the Act, the ITC will make its final determination as to whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports, or sales (or the likelihood of sales) for importation of silicon metal from Brazil no later than 45 days after this final determination. If the ITC determines that such injury does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all cash deposits posted will be refunded. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order directing CBP to assess, upon further instruction by Commerce, antidumping duties on all imports of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of liquidation, as discussed above in the “Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation” section.

    Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    This notice will serve as a reminder to parties subject to an administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of propriety information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of return or destruction of APO materials, or conversion to judicial protective order, is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.

    Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

    Dated: February 27, 2018. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of this investigation covers all forms and sizes of silicon metal, including silicon metal powder. Silicon metal contains at least 85.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent silicon, and less than 4.00 percent iron, by actual weight. Semiconductor grade silicon (merchandise containing at least 99.99 percent silicon by actual weight and classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 2804.61.0000) is excluded from the scope of this investigation.

    Silicon metal is currently classifiable under subheadings 2804.69.1000 and 2804.69.5000 of the HTSUS. While HTSUS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope remains dispositive.

    Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Changes Made Since the Preliminary Determination IV. Discussion of Methodology V. Date of Sale VI. Product Comparisons VII. Constructed Export Price VIII. Normal Value IX. Currency Conversion X. Adjustment for Countervailable Export Subsidies XI. Discussion of the Issues: Comment 1: Proper Basis for U.S. Price Comment 2: Treatment of Non-Brazilian Silicon Metal in Calculating Further- Manufacturing Costs Comment 3: Adjustments to Dow Corning's Further-Manufacturing Costs Comment 4: Differential Pricing Comment 5: Treatment of Certain Sales to an Unaffiliated Toller Comment 6: Treatment of Downstream Sales to Affiliated Customers Comment 8: Minor Corrections XII. Recommendation
    [FR Doc. 2018-04668 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C-351-851] Silicon Metal From Brazil: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of silicon metal from Brazil. The period of investigation is January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016.

    DATES:

    Applicable March 8, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Robert Palmer or George Ayache, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-9068 or (202) 482-2623, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    Commerce published the Preliminary Determination on August 14, 2017.1 Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through 22, 2018. If the new deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce's practice, the deadline will become the next business day. The revised deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now February 27, 2018.2 A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum issued concurrently with this notice.3 The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

    1See Silicon Metal from Brazil: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, and Alignment of Final Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 82 FR 37841 (August 14, 2017) (Preliminary Determination).

    2See Memorandum for The Record from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, “Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the Federal Government” (Tolling Memorandum), dated January 23, 2018. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by 3 days.

    3See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Brazil: Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation,” dated concurrently with this determination (Issues and Decision Memorandum) and hereby adopted by this notice.

    Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is silicon metal from Brazil. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the “Scope of the Investigation” in Appendix I of this notice.

    Scope Comments

    During the course of this investigation, Commerce received numerous scope comments from interested parties. Prior to the Preliminary Determination, Commerce issued a Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum 4 to address these comments. Since the Preliminary Determination, Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (the petitioner) submitted a case brief and interested parties submitted rebuttal briefs concerning the limits to silicon content as specified in the scope.

    4See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,” dated June 29, 2017 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum).

    Commerce reviewed these briefs, considered the arguments therein, and is not making any additional changes to the scope of the investigation. For further discussion, see Commerce's Final Scope Decision Memorandum.5 The scope in Appendix I reflects the final scope language.

    5See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Final Scope Comments Decision Memorandum,” dated February 27, 2018 (Final Scope Decision Memorandum).

    Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received

    The subsidy programs under investigation and the issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues that parties raised, and to which we responded in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, is attached to this notice at Appendix II.

    Methodology

    Commerce conducted this investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, Commerce determines that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an “authority” that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.6 For a full description of the methodology underlying our final determination, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    6See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.

    In making these findings, Commerce relied, in part, on facts otherwise available and, because it finds that one or more respondents did not act to the best of their ability to respond to Commerce's requests for information, it drew an adverse inference where appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise available.7 For further information, see “Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences” in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    7See sections 776(a), (b), and 782(d) of the Act.

    Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    Based on our review and analysis of the comments received from parties, verification, and the minor corrections presented at verification, we made certain changes to the respondents' subsidy rate calculations. For a discussion of these changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    Final Determination

    In accordance with section 705(c)(l)(B)(i) of the Act, we calculated a rate for Palmyra do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Silicio Metálico e Recursos Naturais Ltda. (Palmyra do Brasil), a producer/exporter of subject merchandise selected for individual examination in this investigation.8

    8 Palmyra do Brasil reported that it changed its name from Dow Corning Silicio do Brasil Indústria e Comércio Ltda. (DC Silicio) on June 30, 2017. Commerce verified this name change. See Issues and Decision Memorandum at 2.

    Commerce assigned a rate based entirely on facts otherwise available with an adverse inference pursuant to section 776 of the Act to Ligas de Aluminio S.A.—LIASA (LIASA).

    Section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that in the final determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-others rate for companies not individually examined. This rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated subsidy rates established for those companies individually examined, excluding any zero and de minimis rates and any rates based entirely under section 776 of the Act.

    The only rate for an individually-examined respondent that is not zero, de minimis or based entirely on adverse facts otherwise available is the rate calculated for Palmyra do Brasil. Consequently, the rate calculated for Palmyra do Brasil is also assigned as the rate for all-other producers and exporters, pursuant to section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act.

    Commerce determines that the following estimated countervailable subsidy rates exist:

    9 As discussed in the Preliminary Determination, Commerce has found the following companies to be cross-owned with Palmyra do Brasil, previously known as Dow Corning Silicio do Brasil Indústria e Comércio Ltda. (DC Silicio): Palmyra Recursos Naturais Exploração e Comércio Ltda. and Dow Corning Metais do Pará IND.

    Company Subsidy
  • rate
  • (percent)
  • Palmyra do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Silicio Metálico e Recursos Naturais Ltda.9 2.44 Ligas de Aluminio S.A.—LIASA 52.51 All-Others 2.44
    Disclosure

    We intend to disclose to parties in this proceeding the calculations performed for this final determination within five days of the date of publication of our final determination, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

    Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    As a result of our Preliminary Determination and pursuant to section 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, Commerce instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise as described in the scope of the investigation section entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we issued instructions to CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for countervailing duty (CVD) purposes for subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after December 12, 2017, but to continue the suspension of liquidation of all entries from August 14, 2017, through December 11, 2017.

    If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final affirmative injury determination, we will issue a CVD order, will reinstate the suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act, and will require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such entries of subject merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all estimated duties deposited or securities posted as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded or canceled.

    International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, Commerce will notify the ITC of its determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all non-privileged and non-proprietary information related to this investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative protective order (APO), without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

    Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to an APO of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction.

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

    Dated: February 27, 2018. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I—Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of this investigation covers all forms and sizes of silicon metal, including silicon metal powder. Silicon metal contains at least 85.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent silicon, and less than 4.00 percent iron, by actual weight. Semiconductor grade silicon (merchandise containing at least 99.99 percent silicon by actual weight and classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 2804.61.0000) is excluded from the scope of these investigations.

    Silicon metal is currently classifiable under subheadings 2804.69.1000 and 2804.69.5000 of the HTSUS. While HTSUS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope remains dispositive.

    Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences IV. Subsidies Valuation V. Analysis of Programs VI. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: Whether the Tax Incentives in the State of Pará (ICMS) Program Is Countervailable Comment 2: Whether the Predominantly Exporting Companies (PEC) Program Is Countervailable Comment 3: Whether Palmyra do Brasil Received Reintegra Benefits During the Period of Investigation (POI) Comment 4: Whether the Forest Fee Reduction Program Is Countervailable VII. Recommendation
    [FR Doc. 2018-04661 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-602-810] Silicon Metal From Australia: Affirmative Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances in Part AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that imports of silicon metal from Australia are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). In addition, we determine that critical circumstances exist with respect to certain imports of the subject merchandise. The period of investigation (POI) is January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. The final dumping margins of sales at LTFV are listed below in the “Final Determination” section of this notice.

    DATES:

    Applicable March 8, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Brian Smith or Denisa Ursu, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1766 and (202) 482-2285, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    On October 12, 2017, Commerce published the Preliminary Determination of sales at LTFV of silicon metal from Australia.1 Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through 22, 2018. If the new deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce's practice, the deadline will become the next business day. The revised deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now February 27, 2018.2

    1See Silicon Metal from Australia: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures, 82 FR 47471 (October 12, 2017) (Preliminary Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

    2See Memorandum for The Record from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, “Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the Federal Government” (Tolling Memorandum), dated January 23, 2018. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by 3 days.

    A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, which is adopted by this notice.3

    3See Memorandum, “Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Affirmative Determination in the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation of Silicon Metal from Australia,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum).

    Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is silicon metal from Australia. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the “Scope of the Investigation” in Appendix I of this notice.

    Scope Comments

    During the course of this investigation, Commerce received numerous scope comments from interested parties. Prior to the Preliminary Determination, Commerce issued a Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum 4 to address these comments. Since the Preliminary Determination, Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (the petitioner), submitted a case brief and interested parties submitted rebuttal briefs concerning the limits to silicon content as specified in the scope.5

    4See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,” dated June 29, 2017 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum).

    5 These parties include Wacker Chemicals Norway A.S., Elkem AS, and the petitioner.

    Commerce reviewed these briefs, considered the arguments therein, and is not making any additional changes to the scope of the investigation. For further discussion, see Commerce's Final Scope Decision Memorandum.6 The scope in Appendix I reflects the final scope language.

    6See Memorandum, “Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway: Final Scope Comments Decision Memorandum,” dated February 27, 2018 (Final Scope Decision Memorandum).

    Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the petitioner's case briefs 7 are addressed in either the Final Scope Decision Memorandum or the Issues and Decision Memorandum accompanying this notice, which is hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the issues addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum is attached to this notice at Appendix II. The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and it is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B-8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. The signed and electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

    7 Only the petitioner submitted case briefs in this investigation.

    Verification

    As provided in section 782(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), we informed Simcoa Operations Pty Ltd. (Simcoa),8 that we intended to verify its submitted sales and cost information.9 However, on October 12, 2017, Simcoa notified Commerce that it will no longer participate in this investigation.10 As a result, Commerce was unable to verify Simcoa's information as required under section 782(i)(1) of the Act.

    8 Simcoa is the sole mandatory respondent in this case.

    9See Preliminary Determination, 82 FR at 47472.

    10See Letter from Simcoa to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, “Silicon Metal from Australia: Withdrawal from Participation as a Respondent,” dated October 12, 2017.

    Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    Based on Simcoa's decision to no longer participate in this investigation and our analysis of the comments received, we find that Simcoa has been uncooperative in this investigation and that facts available with an adverse inference with respect to Simcoa is warranted in the final determination in accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.308. For further discussion, see “Use of Adverse Facts Available” section below and the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

    Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances in Part

    In accordance with section 733(e)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.206, we preliminarily found that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of silicon metal from Simcoa, and do not exist with respect to companies covered by the “all others” rate.11 Commerce received no comments regarding this issue after the Preliminary Determination. Therefore, for the final determination, we continue to find that, in accordance with section 735(a)(3) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.206, critical circumstances exist with respect to subject merchandise produced or exported by Simcoa, but do not exist with respect to companies covered by the “all others” rate.

    11See Preliminary Decision Memorandum, at 14-16. Note: the Preliminary Determination, at 82 FR 47472, incorrectly stated that critical circumstances exist for imports of the subject merchandise produced or exported by Simcoa and all others. It should have stated that critical circumstances exist for imports of the subject merchandise produced or exported by Simcoa only, consistent with the analysis in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, at 14-16.

    Use of Adverse Facts Available

    The mandatory respondent Simcoa failed to allow its sales and cost data to be verified by Commerce. Therefore, we find that the application of facts available with an adverse inference with respect to Simcoa is warranted in the final determination. In applying total adverse facts available, Commerce has assigned to Simcoa's exports of the subject merchandise the rate of 51.28 percent, which is the highest rate calculated in the Petition.12 For further discussion, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comments 1 and 2.

    12See Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway, dated March 8, 2017 (the Petition), Volume II at 5.

    All-Others Rate

    Section 735(c)(5)(B) of the Act provides where, as here, the estimated weighted-average dumping margins established for all exporters and producers individually investigated are zero or de minimis margins, or based entirely on facts available pursuant to section 776 of the Act, Commerce may use any reasonable method to establish the all others rate for exporters and producers not individually investigated. Where the sole individually investigated respondent's margin is based on total AFA under section 776 of the Act, our practice under these circumstances has been to assign as the all others rate the simple average of the margins in the Petition,13 which we have done for this final determination.14

    13See, e.g., Certain Uncoated Paper from Australia: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Affirmative Final Determination of Critical Circumstances, In Part, 81 FR 3108 (January 20, 2016), and Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from Turkey, 73 FR 5508 (January 30, 2008) (unchanged in Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from Turkey, 73 FR 19814 (April 11, 2008)).

    14See the Petition, Volume II, at Exhibit AU-AD 1.

    Final Determination

    The final weighted-average dumping margins are as follows:

    Exporter Dumping
  • margin
  • (percent)
  • Simcoa Operations Pty Ltd. 51.28 All Others 41.73
    Disclosure

    The weighted-average dumping margin assigned to Simcoa in the final determination of this investigation is the highest rate calculated in the Petition and the all others rate is the simple average of the margins in the Petition. Neither the dumping margin assigned to Simcoa nor the margins used to calculate the all others rate are proprietary in nature and they are considered to be public information (in both the Petition and in the Australia AD Initiation Checklist).15 As the rate assigned to Simcoa and the all others rate are based on margins in the Petition, no disclosure of calculations is necessary for this final determination.

    15See the Petition, Volume II at 5 and 48; see also Initiation Notice and accompanying Antidumping Duty Investigation Initiation Checklist: Silicon Metal from Australia (Australia AD Initiation Checklist), at pages 5-9.

    Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 735(c)(1)(B) of the Act, for this final determination, we will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to suspend liquidation of all entries of silicon metal from Australia, as described in Appendix I of this notice, which are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after October 12, 2017, the date of publication in the Federal Register of the affirmative Preliminary Determination.

    For entries made by Simcoa, in accordance with section 735(c)(4)(A) of the Act, because we continue to find that critical circumstances exist, we will instruct CBP to continue to suspend liquidation of all appropriate entries of silicon metal from Australia which were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after July 14, 2017, which is 90 days prior to the date of publication of the Preliminary Determination. Additionally, for entries made by companies covered by the “all others” rate, in accordance with section 735(c)(4)(B) of the Act, because we continue to find that critical circumstances do not exist with regard to imports from all other producers and exporters of silicon metal from Australia, we will instruct CBP to continue to suspend liquidation of all appropriate entries of silicon metal from Australia which were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after October 12, 2017, which is the date of publication of the Preliminary Determination. Pursuant to section 735(c)(1) of the Act, we will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the margins indicated in the chart above.16 These suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice.

    16See Modification of Regulations Regarding the Practice of Accepting Bonds During the Provisional Measures Period in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 61042 (October 3, 2011).

    International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 735(d) of the Act, we will notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the final affirmative determination of sales at LTFV. Because Commerce's final determination is affirmative, in accordance with section 735(b)(2) of the Act, the ITC will make its final determination as to whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports, or sales (or the likelihood of sales) for importation of silicon metal from Australia no later than 45 days after this final determination. If the ITC determines that such injury does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all cash deposits posted will be refunded or canceled. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order directing CBP to assess, upon further instruction by Commerce, antidumping duties on all imports of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of liquidation, as discussed above in the “Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation” section.

    Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    This notice will serve as a reminder to parties subject to an administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of propriety information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of return or destruction of APO materials, or conversion to judicial protective order, is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.

    Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

    Dated: February 27, 2018. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I—Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of this investigation covers all forms and sizes of silicon metal, including silicon metal powder. Silicon metal contains at least 85.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent silicon, and less than 4.00 percent iron, by actual weight. Semiconductor grade silicon (merchandise containing at least 99.99 percent silicon by actual weight and classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 2804.61.0000) is excluded from the scope of this investigation.

    Silicon metal is currently classifiable under subheadings 2804.69.1000 and 2804.69.5000 of the HTSUS. While HTSUS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope remains dispositive.

    Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Discussion of the Issues: Comment 1: Application of Facts Available for Simcoa Comment 2: Appropriate Rate for Use as Adverse Facts Available IV. Recommendation
    [FR Doc. 2018-04657 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C-533-880] Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin From India: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of polytetrafluoroethylene resin (PTFE resin) from India. The period of investigation is April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017.

    DATES:

    Effective March 8, 2018.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Toby Vandall, Emily Halle, or Aimee Phelan, AD/CVD Operations, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1664, (202) 482-0176, or (202) 482-0697, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on October 26, 2017.1 On December 7, 2017, Commerce postponed the preliminary determination of this investigation to February 26, 2018.2 Commerce exercised its discretion to toll deadlines for the duration of the closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through 22, 2018. As a result, the deadline for this preliminary determination became February 28, 2018.3 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.4 A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

    1See Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from India: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 82 FR 49592 (October 26, 2017) (Initiation Notice).

    2See Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from India: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation, 82 FR 57727 (December 7, 2017). The postponement of the preliminary determination to the 130th day after initiation of the investigation resulted in the deadline falling on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Consistent with Commerce's practice, the deadline became the next business day, Monday, February 26. Id. at footnote 6.

    3See Memorandum, “Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the Federal Government,” dated January 23, 2018. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by three days.

    4See Memorandum, “Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from India,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).

    Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is PTFE resin from India. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I.

    Scope Comments

    In accordance with the preamble to Commerce's regulations,5 the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage, (i.e., scope).6 Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. For a summary of the product coverage comments and rebuttal responses submitted to the record for this preliminary determination, and accompanying discussion and analysis of all comments timely received, see the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum.7 Commerce is preliminarily adopting the scope language as it appeared in the Initiation Notice.

    5See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).

    6See Initiation Notice.

    7See Memorandum, “Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from India and the People's Republic of China: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,” dated concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum).

    Methodology

    Commerce is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, Commerce preliminarily determines that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an “authority” that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.8

    8See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.

    Commerce notes that, in making these findings, it relied, in part, on facts available and, because it finds that the government of India did not act to the best of its ability to respond to Commerce's requests for information, Commerce drew an adverse inference where appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise available.9 For further information, see “Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences” in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

    9See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act.

    All-Others Rate

    Sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provide that in the preliminary determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-others rate for companies not individually examined. This rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated subsidy rates established for those companies individually examined, excluding any zero and de minimis rates and any rates based entirely under section 776 of the Act.

    Commerce calculated an individual estimated countervailable subsidy rate for Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited (GFL),10 the only individually examined exporter/producer in this investigation. Because the only individually calculated rate is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available, the countervailable subsidy rate calculated for GFL is the rate assigned to all-other producers and exporters, pursuant to section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act.

    10 As discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, Commerce has found Inox Leasing and Finance Limited to be cross-owned with GFL.

    Preliminary Determination

    Commerce preliminarily determines that the following estimated countervailable subsidy rates exist:

    Company Subsidy rate
  • (percent)
  • Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited (GFL) 3.90 All-Others 3.90
    Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, Commerce will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise as described in the scope of the investigation section entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Further, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.205(d), Commerce will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the rates indicated above.

    Disclosure

    Commerce intends to disclose its calculations and analysis performed to interested parties in this preliminary determination within five days of its public announcement, or if there is no public announcement, within five days of the date of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

    Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, Commerce intends to verify the information relied upon in making its final determination.

    Public Comment

    Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven days after the date on which the last verification report is issued in this investigation. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline date for case briefs.11 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this investigation are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.

    11See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements).

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain the party's name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, whether any participant is a foreign national, and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, Commerce intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a time and date to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date.

    International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, Commerce will notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of its determination. If the final determination is affirmative, the ITC will determine before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 days after the final determination.

    Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: February 28, 2018. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin, including but not limited to granular, dispersion, or coagulated dispersion (also known as fine powder). PTFE is covered by the scope of this investigation whether filled or unfilled, whether or not modified, and whether or not containing co-polymer additives, pigments, or other materials. Also included is PTFE wet raw polymer. The chemical formula for PTFE is C2F4, and the Chemical Abstracts Service Registry number is 9002-84-0.

    PTFE further processed into micropowder, having particle size typically ranging from 1 to 25 microns, and a melt-flow rate no less than 0.1 gram/10 minutes, is excluded from the scope of this investigation.

    PTFE is classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 3904.61.0010 and 3904.61.0090. Subject merchandise may also be classified under HTSUS subheading 3904.69.5000. Although the HTSUS subheadings and CAS Number are provided for convenience and Customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.

    Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope Comments IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Injury Test VI. Subsidies Valuation VII. Benchmarks and Discount Rates VIII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences IX. Analysis of Programs X. Calculation of the All-Others Rate XI. ITC Notification XII. Disclosure and Public Comment XIII. Verification XIV. Conclusion
    [FR Doc. 2018-04658 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Seafood Inspection and Certification Requirements AGENCY:

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be submitted on or before May 7, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the internet at [email protected]).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Jeff Weir, (301) 427-8377 or [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection.

    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) operates a voluntary fee-for- service seafood inspection program (Program) under the authorities of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, and the Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970. The regulations for the Program are contained in 50 CFR part 260. The program offers inspection grading and certification services, including the use of official quality grade marks which indicate that specific products have been Federally inspected. Those wishing to participate in the program must request the services and submit specific compliance information. In July 1992, NMFS announced new inspection services, which were fully based on guidelines recommended by the National Academy of Sciences, known as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP). The information collection requirements fall under § 260.15 of the regulations. These guidelines required that a facility's quality control system have a written plan of the operation, identification of control points with acceptance criteria and a corrective action plan, as well as identified personnel responsible for oversight of the system.

    II. Method of Collection

    Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. Methods of submittal include email of electronic forms, and mail and facsimile transmission of paper forms.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0266.

    Form Numbers: 89-800, 89-814, 89-819.

    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection).

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local, or Tribal government.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,260.

    Estimated Time per Response: Contract Request, 15 minutes; label approval, 15 minutes; Inspection Request, 30 minutes.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 10,679.

    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $106,790 in recordkeeping/reporting costs.

    IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 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 estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04681 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Title: Alaska Rockfish Program: Permits and Reports.

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0548.

    Form Number(s): None.

    Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved information collection).

    Number of Respondents: 9.

    Average Hours per Response: Application for rockfish cooperative fishing quota, 2 hours; application for intercooperative transfer of cooperative fishing quota, 10 minutes; Rockfish Program Vessel Check-In/Check-Out and Termination of Fishing Report, 10 minutes.

    Burden Hours: 50.

    Needs and Uses: The Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program (RP) was designed to enhance resource conservation and improve economic efficiency in the rockfish fisheries conducted in the Central Gulf of Alaska by establishing cooperatives that receive exclusive harvest privileges. Through the RP, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (1) assigns rockfish quota share (QS) and cooperative quota to participants for rockfish primary and secondary species; (2) allows a participant holding a License Limitation Program (LLP) license with rockfish QS to form a rockfish cooperative with other persons; (3) allows holders of catcher/processor LLP licenses to opt-out of rockfish cooperatives each year; (4) includes an entry level longline fishery; (5) establishes sideboard limits, which are limits designed to prevent participants in the RP from increasing their historical effort in other Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries; and (6) includes monitoring and enforcement provisions. The Rockfish Program is authorized for until December 31, 2021.

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

    Frequency: On occasion.

    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.

    This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.

    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to [email protected] or fax to (202) 395-5806.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04682 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application and Reports for Scientific Research and Enhancement Permits Under the Endangered Species Act AGENCY:

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be submitted on or before May 7, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the internet at [email protected]).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Gary Rule, NOAA Fisheries, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, (503) 230-5424 or [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection.

    The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) imposed prohibitions against the taking of endangered species. Section 10 of the ESA allows permits authorizing the taking of endangered species for research/enhancement purposes. The corresponding regulations established procedures for persons to apply for such permits. In addition, the regulations set forth specific reporting requirements for such permit holders. The regulations contain two sets of information collections: (1) Applications for research/enhancement permits, and (2) reporting requirements for permits issued.

    The required information is used to evaluate the impacts of the proposed activity on endangered species, to make the determinations required by the ESA prior to issuing a permit, and to establish appropriate permit conditions. To issue permits under ESA Section 10(a)(1)(A), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) must determine that (1) such exceptions were applied for in good faith, (2) if granted and exercised, will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species, and (3) will be consistent with the purposes and policy set forth in Section 2 of the ESA.

    The currently approved application and reporting requirements apply to Pacific marine and anadromous fish species, as requirements regarding other species are being addressed in a separate information collection.

    II. Method of Collection

    Submissions may be electronically or on paper.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0402.

    Form Number(s): None.

    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Federal government; State, local, or tribal government; business or other for-profit organizations.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 160.

    Estimated Time per Response: Permit applications, 12 hours; permit modification requests 6 hours; annual or final reports, 2 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 835.

    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $500 in recordkeeping/reporting costs.

    IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 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 estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04680 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED-2018-ICCD-0023] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Pell Grant Reporting Under the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System AGENCY:

    Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.

    DATES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 7, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2018-ICCD-0023. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. 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, Room 216-34, Washington, DC 20202-4537.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Beth Grebeldinger, 202-377-4018.

    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: Pell Grant Reporting under the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System.

    OMB Control Number: 1845-0039.

    Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection.

    Respondents/Affected Public: Private Sector; State, Local, and Tribal Governments.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 7,114,249.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 497,997.

    Abstract: The Federal Pell Grant program is a student financial assistance program authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The program provides grant assistance to an eligible student attending an institution of higher education. The institution determines the student's award and disburses program funds on behalf of the Department of Education (ED).

    Institutions are required to report student Pell Grant payment information to ED electronically. Electronic reporting is conducted through the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) system. The COD system is used by institutions to request, report and reconcile grant funds received from the Pell Grant program.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Kate Mullan, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04639 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Arbitration Panel Decisions Under the Randolph-Sheppard Act AGENCY:

    Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice lists arbitration panel decisions under the Randolph-Sheppard Act issued in July, August, and September 2017. The full text of all decisions is available on the Department's website and by request.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Donald Brinson, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5045, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2800. Telephone: (202) 245-7310.

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service, toll-free, at 1-800-877-8339.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    For the purpose of providing individuals who are blind with remunerative employment, enlarging their economic opportunities, and stimulating greater efforts to make themselves self-supporting, the Randolph-Sheppard Act, 20 U.S.C. 107 et seq. (Act), authorizes individuals who are blind to operate vending facilities on Federal property and provides them with a priority for doing so. The vending facilities include, among other things, cafeterias, snack bars, and automatic vending machines. The Department administers the Act and designates an agency in each State—the State Licensing Agency (SLA)—to license individuals who are blind to operate vending facilities on Federal and other property in the State.

    The Act requires arbitration of disputes between SLAs and vendors who are blind and between SLAs and Federal agencies before three-person panels convened by the Department whose decisions constitute final agency action. 20 U.S.C. 107d-1. The Act also makes these decisions matters of public record and requires their publication in the Federal Register. 20 U.S.C. 107d-2(c).

    On September 5, 2017, the Department announced that it would publish quarterly lists of Randolph-Sheppard arbitration panel decisions in the Federal Register and that the full text of the decisions listed would be available on the Department's website or by request (see 82 FR 41941).

    In the third quarter of 2017, Randolph-Sheppard arbitration panels issued the following decisions.

    Case name Docket No. Date State Hooks v North Carolina R-S/15-16 9/26/2017 North Carolina. Burt, Carmadelle, et al v Louisiana R-S/11-07, R-S/11-08 consolidated 8/18/2017 Louisiana. Cyrus v Ohio R-S/15-12 8/8/2017 Ohio. Hawaii v Schofield Barracks R-S/16-07 7/31/2017 Hawaii.

    The decisions, which are searchable by key terms and accessible under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, are available for download in Portable Document Format (PDF) at www.ed.gov/programs/rsarsp/arbitration-decisions.html or by request to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations via the Federal Digital System at: www.thefederalregister.org/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or PDF. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site.

    You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department.

    Dated: March 1, 2018. Johnny W. Collett, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04692 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Interim Management of Nuclear Materials; Spent Nuclear Fuel Management at Savannah River Site AGENCY:

    Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Amended record of decision.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its record of decision (ROD) (published in the Federal Register on December 19, 1995) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement: Interim Management of Nuclear Materials at the Savannah River Site (IMNM EIS) (DOE/EIS-0220) and its ROD (published in the Federal Register on; August 7, 2000) for the Savannah River Site Spent Nuclear Fuel Management Environmental Impact Statement (SRS SNF EIS) (DOE/EIS-0279) with respect to management of 65 Mark-18A targets. The IMNM EIS evaluated the potential environmental consequences of alternatives for the disposition of a large number and variety of nuclear materials, including 65 Mark-18A targets. These targets were irradiated in a nuclear reactor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) to produce valued isotopes. The SRS SNF EIS evaluated the potential environmental consequences from alternatives for managing spent nuclear fuel at SRS, as well as other irradiated materials including the 65 Mark-18A targets. In both the IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS RODs, DOE decided to continue to store the 65 Mark-18A targets at SRS. DOE has now decided to process the 65 Mark-18A targets at SRS to recover valued isotopes in the form of solid oxides and to issue this amended ROD.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For further information on this Amended ROD, or to receive related NEPA documents, please contact: Ms. Tracy L. Williams, NEPA Compliance Officer, Savannah River Operations Office, U.S. Department of Energy, P.O. Box B, Aiken, South Carolina 29802; (803) 952-8278; or [email protected] For information on DOE's NEPA process, please contact: Mr. Brian Costner, Acting Director, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance (GC-54), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20505; (202) 586-4600; or leave a message at (800) 472-2756. This Amended ROD and related NEPA documents are available on the DOE NEPA website at www.energy.gov/nepa.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background A. Mark-18A Targets and Action

    DOE has decided to process the 65 Mark-18A targets at SRS to recover the 244Pu and other valued isotopes in the form of solid oxides. Processing activities at SRS will occur at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) Shielded Cells Facility (SCF) in A-Area. These oxides will be transported to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee for further processing and material recovery. Processing activities at ORNL will take place in accordance with its continuing research and development (R&D) mission.

    DOE manages materials containing long-lived isotopes produced from irradiating targets in nuclear reactors. A target is an object, typically a closed cylinder containing radioactive or nonradioactive material, placed within a nuclear reactor so that the material within the target may be bombarded by neutrons to produce desired isotopes.

    One reactor at SRS was configured to generate a high concentration of neutrons in order to produce isotopes for defense purposes, other DOE programmatic applications, and scientific research. Eighty-six Mark-18A targets were irradiated in this reactor, producing 244Pu and other isotopes including 252Cf and heavy curium. Twenty-one of the 86 targets were processed at ORNL from 1971 through 1973 to recover these isotopes. The 244Pu was apportioned to scientists for basic research and safeguards programs while the heavy curium was processed into targets for production of 252Cf and other isotopes for medical and industrial uses. The remaining 65 targets were originally stored at SRS in the Receiving Basin for Offsite Fuels in H-Area, but are now stored in the L-Basin.

    Since the 1970s the 21 irradiated and processed Mark-18A targets have provided the world's supplies of 244Pu and heavy curium, and the 65 remaining targets represent the only practical source of additional supply.244Pu is a critical component of certified standards for high-precision laboratory analyses supporting nuclear forensics and nuclear non-proliferation, while heavy curium is needed as production feed for other isotopes such as 252Cf. Current international supplies of both 244Pu and heavy curium are nearly depleted.

    To ensure the availability of 244Pu and other valued isotopes, DOE will retrieve the 65 Mark-18A targets from storage in the L-Basin and process them in the SRNL SCF. The targets will be transported to the SRNL SCF (in the SRS A-Area) in a shipping cask modified to provide enhanced shielding against neutron radiation and to accommodate the radiation spectrum of the targets (e.g., shielding using lighter elements). Each cask will contain one Mark-18A target consistent with the cask's physical and safety analysis constraints. No modifications are needed at the L-Basin to retrieve the targets.

    At the SRNL SCF, the targets will be taken into shielded cells where the aluminum cladding will be chemically removed. The target material will be dissolved and the plutonium in the resulting solution separated from curium, americium, and fission products. The plutonium solution will be converted to oxide as will the solution containing the curium, americium, and fission products. Both oxides will be transported to ORNL using packaging that has been certified in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations.

    These operations are similar to activities performed at the SRNL SCF from the 1960s through the 1980s to process and recover actinides, and will be performed consistent with this facility's safety analysis constraints. Minor modifications, such as installation of special handling tools and temporary shielding, will be made at the SRNL SCF to configure it to facilitate safe receipt of the modified shipping cask and transfer of the targets to the shielded cells.

    Additional processing and material recovery will occur at ORNL. Processing activities will be performed in existing facilities as part of ORNL's continuing R&D mission. These ORNL mission activities are covered under an existing NEPA Categorical Exclusion determination, 3059X (June 9, 2005).

    B. NEPA Reviews and Decisions

    In the IMNM EIS, DOE evaluated the potential impacts of alternatives for interim management of a variety of nuclear materials stored at SRS. The major categories of nuclear material considered in the IMNM EIS were Stable Materials, Programmatic Materials, and Candidate Materials for Stabilization (60 FR 65315; December 19, 1995):

    Stable Materials. Materials that were unlikely to present a safety concern over the next 10 years and were stable and suitable for continued storage. These materials included 65 Mark-18A targets containing about 1.1 kilograms of nuclear material, as well as about 380,000 discrete items including other types of irradiated targets, spent nuclear fuel, R&D material, and reactor materials such as control rods, plus about 700,000 liters (78,000 gallons) of depleted uranium solutions.

    Programmatic Materials. Materials that DOE needed to meet current or future program missions, mostly in a liquid form. These materials included 33,100 liters (8,900 gallons) of plutonium, americium, curium, and neptunium solutions, and 248 discrete solid items such as irradiated fuel assemblies, targets, and slugs. The 65 Mark-18A targets were also evaluated in this category.

    Candidate Materials for Stabilization. Materials determined to be in a physical form or storage configuration that could present a safety concern within the next 10 years. These materials included a variety of irradiated targets and nuclear fuels, and other materials including 16,000 Mark-31 targets containing 147 metric tons (160 tons) of nuclear material (primarily uranium-238 and plutonium-239 [239Pu]) and 3,450 Mark-16 and Mark-22 irradiated nuclear fuels. The total included about 22,600 discrete solid items as well as 34,000 liters (9,000 gallons) of 239Pu solutions and 228,000 liters (60,000 gallons) of enriched uranium solutions. The alternatives differed depending on the category of nuclear material. For Stable Materials, DOE evaluated a No Action (continued storage) Alternative. For Programmatic Materials, including 65 Mark-18A targets, and Candidate Materials for Stabilization, DOE evaluated a range of action alternatives. One of the action alternatives evaluated was a Processing to Oxide Alternative under which the materials would be processed to an oxide using the separations capabilities in F- and H-Canyons.

    In the IMNM EIS ROD, DOE decided to implement the No Action Alternative for Stable Materials, including the 65 Mark-18A targets. However, DOE recognized the targets as Programmatic Materials. DOE indicated that storage would continue until “DOE makes decisions relative to their future use or disposition” (60 FR 65301; December 19, 1995), and that the Processing to Oxide Alternative as applied to americium and curium solutions could be used for “targets and slugs containing americium and curium isotopes” (60 FR 65306; December 19, 1995), a group of materials that includes the 65 Mark-18A targets.

    In the SRS SNF EIS, DOE evaluated technologies and five broad categories of alternatives (including processing in H-Area at SRS) for the management of about 68 metric tons of heavy metal (MTHM) of aluminum-clad spent nuclear fuel, about 20 MTHM of stainless-steel or zirconium-clad spent nuclear fuel, and other nuclear materials. With respect to the 65 Mark-18A targets, the SRS SNF EIS evaluated the impacts from continued storage at SRS, repackaging and shipping to another DOE site, and processing in H-Canyon at SRS with discharge to the liquid waste system and verification at DWPF. In the SRS SNF EIS ROD, DOE decided to continue to store the 65 Mark-18A targets at SRS.

    Supplement Analysis and Summary of Impacts

    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and DOE's implementing NEPA regulations, DOE prepared the Supplement Analysis of the Mark-18A Target Material Recovery Program at the Savannah River Site (Mark-18A SA, DOE/EIS-0220-SA-02 and DOE/EIS-0279-SA-06, dated December 9, 2016) to evaluate whether the proposed action requires supplementing the existing IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS, or preparing a new EIS. The Mark-18A SA updates the evaluations from the IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS to reflect the changes in SRS facilities where the 65 Mark-18A targets will be managed, along with associated onsite transportation. The Mark-18A SA also evaluates the potential impacts of transporting the oxide resulting from processing the 65 Mark-18A targets to ORNL.

    The Mark-18A SA concluded that the environmental consequences of the proposed action would be very small and would not constitute substantial changes relative to the analyses and conclusions in the IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS, and that there are not significant new circumstances or information relevant to environmental concerns and bearing on the action or its impacts. Therefore, no further NEPA analysis is required.

    A. IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS

    In the IMNM EIS, DOE determined that any of the alternatives where the materials would be processed at the large separations facilities at SRS (i.e., F- or H-Canyon) would have larger environmental impacts than alternatives involving continued interim storage, but the potential health effects of processing alternatives would be low and well within regulatory limits. No latent cancer fatalities (LCFs) were expected for members of the public and 1 LCF was projected for workers. The potential for accidents involving the processed and stabilized materials would be reduced, and some types of accidents would no longer be possible.

    The IMNM EIS also evaluated risks from onsite transportation of nuclear materials between SRS facilities. No radiation exposures were projected to members of the public from incident-free transport of the materials and no LCFs from radiation exposure were projected to workers. No LCFs to onsite or offsite populations or an offsite maximally exposed individual (MEI) were projected from potential transportation accidents considering a range of accidents from the very minor to the very severe.

    The IMNM EIS determined that implementing any of the alternatives would result in little or no impacts on geologic resources, ecological resources, cultural resources, aesthetic and scenic resources, noise, or land use. Emissions of hazardous air pollutants and releases of hazardous effluents would be well within regulatory standards and existing permitting limits for the SRS facilities. None of the alternatives would result in emissions of radioactive or nonradioactive constituents resulting in disproportionate impacts on minority or low-income communities in the vicinity of SRS. Management of high-level liquid, transuranic (TRU), low-level radioactive waste (LLW), mixed low-level radioactive waste (MLLW), and hazardous waste would be within the capacities of existing SRS waste management facilities.

    The action addressed in this amended ROD will revise previously evaluated operations for the 65 Mark-18A targets evaluated in the IMNM EIS under the alternatives requiring processing operations at the SRS separations facilities. It will entail processing operations similar to those evaluated for tens of thousands of gallons of liquid nuclear solutions and tens of thousands of discrete solid items including the Mark-18A and Mark-31 targets and the Mark-16 and Mark-22 irradiated nuclear fuels. For example, the 1.1 kilograms of plutonium, americium, curium, and californium in the 65 Mark-18A targets represents about 7 × 10 −4 percent (about 1/140,000) of the mass of the nuclear material contained in 16,000 Mark-31 targets evaluated in the IMNM EIS and subsequently processed in F-Canyon.

    The very small quantity of material addressed by the proposed action indicates that the proposed action will have only negligible impacts and represent a negligible change to the potential environmental consequences evaluated in the IMNM EIS. This conclusion is supported by the SRS SNF EIS which evaluated the impacts from processing the 65 Mark-18A targets at H-Canyon. DOE determined that processing all 65 Mark-18A targets at H-Canyon would result in a total radiation dose to an offsite MEI of 0.0035 millirem. Byproducts of the action addressed in this amended ROD will be similar in type to the byproducts of other nuclear material processed at SRS (e.g., Mark-31 targets) and evaluated in the SRS SNF EIS. In the SRS SNF EIS ROD, DOE decided to continue to store the 65 Mark-18A targets at the L-Basin.

    The Mark-18A SA updates the evaluations from the IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS to reflect the changes in SRS facilities where the 65 Mark-18A targets will be managed: (1) Targets are now stored at the L-Basin (rather than the Receiving Basin for Offsite Fuels); (2) processing will occur at the SRNL SCF (rather than F- or H-Canyons); and (3) the 65 Mark-18A targets will be transported onsite from the L-Basin to the SRNL SCF. In addition, the Mark-18A SA evaluates the potential impacts of transporting the oxide from processing the 65 Mark-18A targets from SRS to ORNL, an activity not specifically evaluated in the IMNM EIS or the SRS SNF EIS.

    B. Modifications to Previously Evaluated Activities

    Considering the operational changes that will be required for implementing the Conversion to Oxide Alternative for the Mark-18A targets (minor modifications to the SRNL SCF cells, temporary shielding, equipment removal at the end of processing), DOE re-evaluated the potential environmental consequences that could result, focusing on potential human health impacts; geologic, ecological, cultural, aesthetic, and scenic resources; noise; land use; waste generation and management; and cumulative impacts.

    L-Basin Retrieval and Onsite Transportation to the SRNL SCF. Removal of the 65 Mark-18A targets from the L-Basin will involve the same routine operations as those for other targets and spent nuclear fuel assemblies. Incident-free retrieval of targets from the L-Basin and transport to the SRNL SCF would not be expected to result in radiation doses and risks to members of the public in addition to those currently experienced. In addition, it is not expected that the proposed action would introduce additional accident risks. Potential radiation exposures to transport workers are expected to be within DOE regulations and be maintained at levels as low as reasonably achievable. Risks to workers from potential accidents will be comparable to or smaller than the risks evaluated in the SRS SNF EIS for onsite transfer of spent nuclear fuel. The action will not introduce additional accident risks to those evaluated in the SRS SNF EIS.

    SRNL SCF Processing. Processing activities at SRS will occur at the SRNL SCF in A-Area rather than at F- and/or H-Canyons as evaluated in the IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS. Whereas F- and H-Canyons are designed to process large quantities of materials, there are only about 21 grams of 244Pu in the 65 Mark-18A targets. The SRNL SCF is a more appropriate facility for performing the separations and recovery of the comparatively small quantities of materials involved.

    Processing the targets will involve activities similar to those previously and currently conducted at the SRNL SCF. Operations will be performed within the SRNL safety and environmental basis, and will comply with DOE regulations, directives, and best management practices to minimize radiation exposures to workers and risks from industrial accidents or hazardous materials. Processing the 65 Mark-18A targets at the SRNL SCF will be within the scope of routine operations under its R&D mission. Although operations will vent nonradioactive volatile gases (nitrogen oxides, nitric acid, hydrogen) and fission products (krypton, xenon, iodine) through SRNL's E-wing ventilation system and the 791-A Sand filter stack, less than 100 liters of volatile compounds will be vented per target (6,500 liters total over a period of nine years).

    Releases of both nonradioactive volatile gases and fission products will be well below levels of potential regulatory or procedural impact. Releases of fission products will be within the facility operating basis of 0.1 millirem per year (a procedural guideline to monitor SRNL activities) and no additional sampling or approval from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will be required. Therefore, minimal impacts to members of the public or to noninvolved workers are expected from processing the 65 Mark-18A targets. Including Mark-18A target processing, operations at the SRNL SCF will be conducted so radioactive and nonradioactive emissions from all activities will be within its existing basis of operations and the requirements for protection of the public under the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.

    Offsite Transportation. Oxides recovered at the SRNL SCF will be prepared for transport to ORNL using packaging that has been certified in accordance with DOT and NRC regulations. All activities will be compliant with Federal regulations and DOE directives. DOE anticipates making approximately 65 shipments using Type A packaging (e.g., Type S300 special form configuration) for the americium/curium/fission product oxides and approximately 8 shipments using Type B packaging (e.g., Type 9975 or Type 9977) for the plutonium oxides. These Type A and Type B packages are approved for much larger quantities of radioactive materials than those projected for each shipment.

    DOE evaluated the potential impacts to transport crews and members of the public by scaling the analysis in the SRS SNF EIS for 1,400 shipments of spent nuclear fuel from SRS to a geologic repository, considering the smaller number of expected shipments to ORNL (nominally 65 shipments of americium/curium/fission products and nominally 8 shipments of plutonium oxide), and risk factors appropriate for the populations along the evaluated transport route to ORNL. No LCFs (0.0015 calculated) are expected among transport crews or the general population (0.004 calculated) during incident-free transport. The risk of an LCF to the general population considering the range of potential accidents, from minor to severe, was determined to be about 6 × 10 7 (one chance of a fatal cancer in about 1.7 million) from all transport of the oxides, while the risk of a non-radiological accident fatality was determined to be 0.007 (1 chance in 140 of a fatality).

    Other Resource Areas. Under this decision, only minor modifications will occur within the existing SRNL SCF building (modifications to the SRNL SCF cells, temporary shielding, and equipment removal at the end of processing) in an industrialized portion of SRS, and operations will entail activities at existing facilities that are similar to those previously and currently conducted at SRS. Thus, there will be no change in land use and no impacts on soil and geology, or on visual, ecological, or cultural resources. There will be no discernible increase in noise above current levels. There will be no need for additional personnel, resulting in minimal socioeconomic impacts, and no change in impacts on infrastructure (e.g., utilities), surface water resources, or groundwater resources from operation of the L-Basin and the SRNL SCF.

    Wastes will be generated primarily during operations at the SRNL SCF and will include laboratory samples, scrap, and contaminated equipment such as pipettes or gloves. These wastes will primarily consist of solid or liquid LLW, MLLW, and TRU waste that will be managed within the capacities of existing SRS waste management operations. Solid LLW will be disposed of onsite in E-Area, while MLLW will be shipped offsite for treatment and disposal in accordance with the Final Programmatic EIS for Managing Treatment, Storage, and Disposal of Radioactive and Hazardous Waste (DOE/EIS-0200) and amended ROD (65 FR 10061; February 25, 2000). Liquid waste will be discarded to the SRNL liquid radioactive waste system, or combined with an absorbent for disposal as LLW or management as MLLW. TRU waste will be stored on-site in the SRS E-Area Solid Waste Facility until shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for disposal.

    Cumulative Impacts. The action addressed in this amended ROD will require activities at existing SRS facilities that are the same as or comparable to past and present operations at these facilities. Therefore, the action addressed in this amended ROD is not expected to result in increases to the ranges of cumulative impacts evaluated in the IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS.

    C. Supplement Analysis Conclusion

    The action addressed in this amended ROD will revise the management approach for a very small fraction of the materials evaluated in the IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS. The operational changes at SRS that will be required for implementing the action are expected to have only minor environmental consequences.

    Environmentally Preferable Alternative

    In the IMNM EIS and IMNM EIS RODs, DOE determined that any of the alternatives involving continued interim storage would have smaller environmental impacts than alternatives involving processing at the large separations facilities at SRS (e.g., F- or H-Canyon) while the processing operations were underway. Of the evaluated processing alternatives, the environmentally preferable alternative identified in the IMNM EIS ROD for targets containing americium and curium was Processing and Storage for Nitrification. This remains the environmentally preferred alternative.

    The action addressed in this amended ROD does not involve processing operations at large separations facilities at SRS. The action addressed in this amended ROD will result in increased but small levels of short-term environmental impacts from target recovery, onsite transfer, and processing to recover desired isotopes, and transport of the recovered isotopes to ORNL.

    Amended Decision

    To enable recovery of 244Pu and other valued isotopes, DOE has decided to process the 65 Mark-18A targets stored in the L-Basin. The 65 Mark-18A targets will be removed from the L-Basin and transferred to the SRNL SCF within a modified spent nuclear fuel cask. At the SRNL SCF, the targets will be processed to recover desired isotopes in two solid streams: A plutonium oxide stream and an oxide stream containing americium, heavy curium, and fission products. Minor modifications will be made within the SRNL SCF to enable efficient receipt and processing of the targets. The two oxide streams will be packaged and transported to ORNL for further processing and material recovery.

    DOE expects that processing activities at SRNL could begin as early as fiscal year 2020 and would continue through fiscal year 2029 depending on how many targets can be processed per year.

    Mitigation Measures

    No mitigation measures were identified in the IMNM EIS ROD, SRS SNF EIS ROD, or the subsequent supplemental and amended RODs. No environmental impacts resulting from operations under this amended decision will require specific mitigation measures. DOE will continue its current practices and policies to use all practicable means to avoid or minimize environmental harm and impacts to workers and the public when implementing the actions described in this amended ROD.

    Basis for Decision

    This amended decision ensures the availability of 244Pu, which is a critical component of certified standards for high-precision laboratory analyses supporting nuclear forensics and nuclear nonproliferation. In addition, this amended decision ensures the availability of heavy curium for use as feedstock for production of high-demand isotopes such as 252Cf, which is used in many industrial and medical research and health care applications, such as cancer treatment. Implementing this action also provides a disposition pathway for all remaining Mark-18A targets in storage at SRS.

    The action addressed in this amended ROD will involve a very small fraction of the nuclear materials evaluated in the IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS and will entail use of an existing DOE facility performing activities similar to those previously conducted at SRS and within the scope of the facility's R&D mission. The action addressed in this amended ROD will not result in potential health or environmental consequences that will be significantly different from the small consequences that were determined in the IMNM EIS and SRS SNF EIS.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 27, 2018. James M. Owendoff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04670 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Proposed Agency Information Collection AGENCY:

    U.S. Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on a proposed collection of information that DOE is developing for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 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 estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES:

    Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before May 7, 2018. If you anticipate difficulty in submitting comments within that period, contact the person listed in ADDRESSES as soon as possible.

    ADDRESSES:

    Written comments may be sent to Claudia Cantoni or by fax at (301) 903-5488, or by email at [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Claudia Cantoni or by fax at (301) 903-5488, or by email at [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No. 1910-5166; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Commercialization Survey; (3) Type of Request: Three-year extension; (4) Purpose: The DOE needs this information to satisfy the program requirements of the Small Business Act, including requirements established in the SBIR program reauthorization legislation, Public Law 106-554 and Public Law 107-50. This data will be collected by the DOE and provided to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to maintain information about SBIR/STTR awards issued through the two programs. This data will be provided by DOE based on information collected from SBIR/STTR awardees. This data will be used by DOE, SBA, and Congress to assess the commercial impact of these two programs; (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,500; (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 2,500; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 2,500; (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: $120,000.

    Statutory Authority: Section 9 of the Small Business Act, as amended, codified at 15 U.S.C. 638(g)

    Issued in Washington, DC on January 30, 2018. Manny Oliver, SBIR/STTR Programs Director, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04671 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Call for 2025 Resource Pool Applications AGENCY:

    Western Area Power Administration, DOE.

    ACTION:

    Notice of the Sierra Nevada Region's call for 2025 Resource Pool applications.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration. (WAPA), a Federal power marketing administration of DOE, published its 2025 Power Marketing Plan (Marketing Plan) for the Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region (SNR) in the Federal Register on August 15, 2017. The Marketing Plan specifies the terms and conditions under which WAPA will market power from the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the Washoe Project beginning January 1, 2025, and continuing through December 31, 2054. As required by the Marketing Plan, WAPA is issuing a call for applications for SNR's 2025 Resource Pool. Preference entities who wish to apply for a new allocation of power from WAPA's SNR must submit a formal application using the Applicant Profile Data (APD) form and must meet the Eligibility and Allocation Criteria described in the Marketing Plan. In addition, if a customer that currently has an allocation of power wishes to apply for an additional power allocation, it also must submit an application using the APD form and meet the Eligibility and Allocation Criteria. The General Criteria, and Contract Principles as defined in the Marketing Plan will apply to new allottees and existing customers.

    DATES:

    Applications must be received by 4 p.m., PDT, on May 7, 2018. WAPA will accept applications through its on-line APD form, electronically, or by certified mail (or its equivalent). Applications sent by regular mail will be accepted if postmarked at least 3 days before May 7, 2018, and received no later than May 10, 2018. WAPA will not consider applications that are not received by the prescribed dates.

    ADDRESSES:

    Entities interested in applying for an allocation of WAPA power may submit an application on-line at https://www.wapa.gov/regions/SN/PowerMarketing/Pages/2025-Program.aspx, or may complete the APD form also available at https://www.wapa.gov/regions/SN/PowerMarketing/Pages/2025-Program.aspx and mail it to Ms. Sandee Peebles, Public Utilities Specialist, Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630. APD forms with an e-signature may be emailed to [email protected] The e-signature must be received by WAPA within the time required in the DATES section. If an entity submits an APD form via the web page or email and an e-signature is not available, the applicant must mail the signed APD form signature page to the physical address above, or scan the signed page and send it via email to [email protected] WAPA will publish a notice of Proposed Allocations in the Federal Register after evaluating all applications.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Sandee Peebles, Public Utilities Specialist, Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630, telephone (916) 353-4454, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    The Marketing Plan describes how SNR will market its power resources beginning January 1, 2025, through December 31, 2054. As part of the Marketing Plan, WAPA will create the 2025 Resource Pool, which offers no less than 2 percent of SNR's marketable power resources. The Resource Pool percentage may be increased as discussed in the Marketing Plan. WAPA, at its discretion, will allocate a percentage of the 2025 Resource Pool to selected applicants that meet the Eligibility Criteria defined in the Marketing Plan. This allocation percentage will be multiplied by the 2025 Resource Pool percentage to determine the applicant's percentage of the Base Resource as described in the Marketing Plan. WAPA will publish a notice of Proposed Allocations in the Federal Register once those allocations have been determined. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the Proposed Allocations. After reviewing the comments, WAPA will publish a notice of Final Allocations in the Federal Register. Once the final 2025 Resource Pool allocations have been published, WAPA will work with the new allottees to develop a customized product to meet their needs as requested by such allottees and as more fully described in the Marketing Plan.

    Call for 2025 Resource Pool Applications Applications for Power

    Through this Federal Register notice, WAPA formally requests applications from qualified preference entities wishing to purchase power from SNR from January 1, 2025, through December 31, 2054. Existing customers do not need to submit an application unless they are seeking to increase their allocation. All applicants must submit applications using the APD form, so that WAPA has a uniform basis upon which to evaluate the applications. To be considered, applicants must meet the Eligibility Criteria contained in the Marketing Plan and must submit a completed APD application form by the deadline specified in the DATES section. To ensure full consideration is given to all applicants, WAPA will not consider requests for power or applications submitted before publication of this Federal Register notice or after the deadlines specified in the DATES section.

    Applicant Profile Data

    The APD has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under Control No. 1910-5136. Applications may be completed on-line on WAPA's web page at https://www.wapa.gov/regions/SN/PowerMarketing/Pages/2025-Program.aspx or submitted by mail, as described in the ADDRESSES section. APD forms are available on WAPA's web page or by request to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure it submits its application in a timely manner so WAPA receives the applications before the date and time stated in the DATES section.

    Applicants must provide all information requested on the APD form, if available and applicable. Please indicate if the requested information is not applicable or not available. WAPA may request, in writing, additional information from any applicant whose application is deficient. The applicant will have 10 business days from the postmark date on WAPA's request to provide the information. In the event an applicant fails to provide all information to WAPA, the application will not be considered.

    The information in the APD form should be answered as if prepared by the entity/organization seeking the allocation of Federal power.

    The information collected under this process will not be part of a system of records covered by the Privacy Act and may be available under the Freedom of Information Act. If you are submitting any confidential or business sensitive information, please mark such information before submitting your application.

    Recordkeeping Requirement

    If WAPA accepts an application and the applicant receives an allocation of Federal power, the applicant must keep all information related to the APD for a period of 3 years after signing a contract for Federal power. There is no recordkeeping requirement for unsuccessful applicants who do not receive an allocation of Federal power.

    WAPA has obtained Office of Management and Budget Clearance Number 1910-5136 for collection of the above information. The APD is collected to enable WAPA to properly perform its function of marketing limited amounts of Federal hydropower. The data supplied will be used by WAPA to evaluate who will receive an allocation of Federal power.

    Contracting Process

    After WAPA has evaluated the applications, WAPA will publish a notice of Proposed Allocations in the Federal Register. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the Proposed Allocations. After reviewing the comments, WAPA will publish a notice of Final Allocations in the Federal Register. WAPA will begin the contracting process with the new allottees after publishing the final allocations in the Federal Register, tentatively scheduled for early 2019. WAPA will offer a pro-forma contract for power allocated under the Final 2025 Resource Pool Allocations. Allottees will be required to execute a contract within 6 months of the contract offer. Electric service contracts will be effective upon WAPA's signature, and service will begin on January 1, 2025 and continue through December 31, 2054.

    Authorities

    SNR's 2025 Power Marketing Plan, published in the Federal Register (82 FR 38675) on August 15, 2017, was established pursuant to the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101-7352); the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902 (ch. 1093, 32 Stat. 388) as amended and supplemented by subsequent enactments, particularly section 9(c) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485(c)); and other acts specifically applicable to the projects involved. This action falls within the Marketing Plan and, thus, is covered by the same authority.

    Regulatory Procedure Requirements Environmental Compliance

    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370), Council on Environmental Quality NEPA implementing regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and DOE NEPA implementing regulations (10 CFR part 1021), WAPA completed a Categorical Exclusion (CX). This NEPA review identified and analyzed environmental effects related to the Marketing Plan. This action falls within the Marketing Plan and, thus, is covered by the CX.

    Review Under the Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.), WAPA has received approval from the Office of Management and Budget for the collection of customer information in this rule, under control number 1910-5136.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to a Federal collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number.

    Determination Under Executive Order 12866

    WAPA has an exemption from centralized regulatory review under Executive Order 12866; accordingly, no clearance of this Federal Register notice by the Office of Management and Budget is required.

    Dated: February 20, 2018. Mark A. Gabriel, Administrator.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04672 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL-9975-18-OW] Notice of Charter Renewal AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Charter for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) will be renewed for an additional two-year period, as a necessary committee which is in the public interest, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2. The purpose of EFAB is to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on issues associated with environmental financing. It is determined that EFAB is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Agency by law. Inquiries may be directed to James Gebhardt, Director, Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, U.S. EPA, William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460 (Mail Code: 4201T), Telephone (202) 564-0323, or [email protected]

    Dated: January 12, 2018. Andrew D. Sawyers, Director, Office of Wastewater Management, Office of Water.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04699 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Federal Advisory Committee Act; Technological Advisory Council AGENCY:

    Federal Communications Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice advises interested persons of a change in date for a previously announced meeting of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Technological Advisory Council.

    DATES:

    Thursday, April 12th, 2018 in Commission Meeting Room, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Walter Johnston, Chief, Electromagnetic Compatibility Division, (202) 418-0807; [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Due to scheduling conflicts, the first meeting for 2018 of the FCC's Technological Advisory Council which had been previously announced in the Federal Register to take place on March 7th, 2018 will now be held on April 12, 2018. At its prior meeting on December 6th, 2017, the Council had discussed possible work initiatives for 2018. These initiatives have been discussed in the interim within the FCC, with the TAC chairman, as well as with individual TAC members. At the April meeting, the FCC Technological Advisory Council will discuss its proposed work program for 2018. The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many people as possible. However, admittance will be limited to seating availability. Meetings are also broadcast live with open captioning over the internet from the FCC Live web page at http://www.fcc.gov/live/. The public may submit written comments before the meeting to: Walter Johnston, the FCC's Designated Federal Officer for Technological Advisory Council by email: [email protected] or U.S. Postal Service Mail (Walter Johnston, Federal Communications Commission, Room 2-A665, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554). Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.

    Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via email to [email protected] or by calling the Office of Engineering and Technology at (202) 418-2470 (voice), (202) 418-1944 (fax). Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed. In addition, please include your contact information. Please allow at least five days advance notice; last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. This notice is being published in the Federal Register and due to the unexpected circumstances that required the agency to cancel the originally scheduled meeting of March 7th and substitute a new date, convenient to the committee membership and as close to the original data as possible, may appear less than 15 calendar days before the new meeting date. This new date will allow the committee to conduct its business in a timely manner, but may not afford the usual 15 day notice. However, the agency has posted on the committee's website on February 23rd, 2018 notice of the new meeting date, and has also issued a public notice to that effect.

    Federal Communications Commission. Julius P. Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04638 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Federal Advisory Committee, Diversity and Digital Empowerment AGENCY:

    Federal Communications Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) announces the March 27, 2018, meeting and agenda of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE).

    DATES:

    March 27, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jamila Bess Johnson, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, (202) 418-2608, [email protected]; or Brenda Villanueva, Deputy Designated Federal Officer (DFO), (202) 418-7005, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This meeting is open to members of the public. The FCC will accommodate as many attendees as possible; however, admittance will be limited to seating availability. The Commission will also provide audio and video coverage of the meeting over the internet at www.fcc.gov/live. Oral statements at the meeting by parties or entities not represented on the ACDDE will be permitted to the extent time permits and at the discretion of the ACDDE Chair and the DFO. Members of the public may submit comments to the ACDDE in the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System, ECFS, at www.fcc.gov/ecfs. Comments to the ACDDE should be filed in Docket No. 17-208.

    Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via email to [email protected] or by calling the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed. In addition, please include a way for the FCC to contact the requester if more information is needed to fulfill the request. Please allow at least five days' notice; last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to accommodate.

    Proposed Agenda: The agenda at this meeting will feature a report from each of the ACDDE Working Groups. The Broadcast Diversity and Development Working Group will present a report on its examination of issues pertaining to increasing broadcast ownership opportunities for small businesses and new entrants, including those owned by women and minorities. The Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group will report on its assessment of access, adoption, and use of broadband and new technologies by under-resourced communities. The Diversity in Tech Working Group will report on its progress in examining issues pertaining to hiring, promotion, and retention of women and minorities in tech industries.

    The Committee's mission is to provide recommendations to the FCC on how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities, into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries, including as owners, suppliers, and employees. The Committee will provide recommendations on how to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not denied the wide range of opportunities made possible by next-generation networks and develop best practices regarding training and hiring opportunities for women and minorities to encourage diversity in the tech industry.

    This agenda may be modified at the discretion of the ACDDE Chair and the DFO.

    Federal Communications Commission. Thomas Horan, Chief of Staff, Media Bureau.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04660 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
    FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION Notice of Termination of Receiverships

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC or Receiver), as Receiver for each of the following insured depository institutions, was charged with the duty of winding up the affairs of the former institutions and liquidating all related assets. The Receiver has fulfilled its obligations and made all dividend distributions required by law.

    Notice of Termination of Receiverships Fund Receivership name City State Termination date 10028 National Bank of Commerce Berkeley IL 3/1/2018 10065 Cooperative Bank Wilmington NC 3/1/2018

    The Receiver has further irrevocably authorized and appointed FDIC-Corporate as its attorney-in-fact to execute and file any and all documents that may be required to be executed by the Receiver which FDIC-Corporate, in its sole discretion, deems necessary, including but not limited to releases, discharges, satisfactions, endorsements, assignments, and deeds. Effective on the termination dates listed above, the Receiverships have been terminated, the Receiver has been discharged, and the Receiverships have ceased to exist as legal entities.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04634 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6714-01-P
    FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION Notice to All Interested Parties of Intent To Terminate Receiverships

    Notice is hereby given that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC or Receiver), as Receiver for the institutions listed below, intends to terminate its receivership for said institutions.

    Fund Receivership name City State Date of
  • appointment
  • of receiver
  • 10051 Great Basin Bank of Nevada Elko NV 4/17/2009 10081 BankFirst Sioux Falls SD 7/17/2009 10083 Vineyard Bank, National Association Rancho Cucamonga CA 7/17/2009 10127 American United Bank Lawrenceville GA 10/23/2009 10432 Fidelity Bank Dearborn MI 3/30/2012 10516 The Bank of Georgia Peachtree City GA 10/2/2015 10519 Trust Company Bank Memphis TN 4/29/2016

    The liquidation of the assets for each receivership has been completed. To the extent permitted by available funds and in accordance with law, the Receiver will be making a final dividend payment to proven creditors.

    Based upon the foregoing, the Receiver has determined that the continued existence of the receiverships will serve no useful purpose. Consequently, notice is given that the receiverships shall be terminated, to be effective no sooner than thirty days after the date of this notice. If any person wishes to comment concerning the termination of any of the receiverships, such comment must be made in writing, identify the receivership to which the comment pertains, and be sent within thirty days of the date of this notice to: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Division of Resolutions and Receiverships, Attention: Receivership Oversight Department 34.6, 1601 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

    No comments concerning the termination of the above-mentioned receiverships will be considered which are not sent within this time frame.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04635 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6714-01-P
    FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies

    The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below.

    The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States.

    Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than April 5, 2018.

    A. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (David L. Hubbard, Senior Manager) P.O. Box 442, St. Louis, Missouri 63166-2034. Comments can also be sent electronically to [email protected]:

    1. CNB Bank Shares, Inc., Carlinville, Illinois; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of Jacksonville Bancorp, Inc., Jacksonville, Illinois, and thereby indirectly acquire Jacksonville Savings Bank, Jacksonville, Illinois.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, March 5, 2018. Ann E. Misback, Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04676 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company

    The notificants listed below have applied under the Change in Bank Control Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)) and 225.41 of the Board's Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.41) to acquire shares of a bank or bank holding company. The factors that are considered in acting on the notices are set forth in paragraph 7 of the Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)(7)).

    The notices are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notices also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing to the Reserve Bank indicated for that notice or to the offices of the Board of Governors. Comments must be received not later than March 23, 2018.

    A. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Gerald C. Tsai, Director, Applications and Enforcement) 101 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105-1579:

    1. Thomas P. Moran, Walla Walla, Washington; James R. Moran, Buckeye, Arizona; and the W&A Moran Exempt Family Trust, Ketchikan, Alaska, Thomas P. Moran and Todd MacManus, Ketchikan, Alaska, Trustees; to retain voting shares of Community Bancshares, Inc., and thereby retain control of Community Bank, both of Joseph, Oregon.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, March 5, 2018. Ann E. Misback, Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04677 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for Public Comment Request

    Title: Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)—Reporting Improper Payments—Instructions for States.

    OMB No.: 0970-0323.

    Description: Section 2 of the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (IPIA) provides for estimates and reports of improper payments by Federal agencies. Subpart K of 45 CFR, Part 98 of the Child Care and Development Fund requires States to prepare and submit a report of errors occurring in the administration of CCDF grant funds once every three years.

    The Office of Child Care (OCC) is completing the fourth 3-year cycle of case record reviews to meet the requirements for reporting under IPIA. The current data collection forms and instructions expire August 31, 2018. As part of the renewal process, OCC has revised the document with minor changes that do not change the methodology, but which provide respondents with additional guidance, clarification, and support to facilitate the completeness and accuracy of the required data submissions. In addition, questions regarding State processes that previously existed in section III Creating the Sampling Decisions, Assurances, and Fieldwork Preparation Plan on page 5, have been reformatted into a template to facilitate and ease the submission of this information. Two questions added are a description of the process for determining the annual amount of payments and the projected start date for conducting the case record reviews.

    OCC is particularly interested in feedback regarding the ease and accuracy with which respondents that pool or combine funds can provide data regarding the pooled funds. Items addressing pooled funds are located primarily in Section VII Completing and Submitting the State Improper Payments Report on pages 43-45 and in the State Improper Payments Report template (Attachment 3) beginning on page 65.

    Respondents: State grantees, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

    Annual Burden Estimates Instrument Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Average
  • burden hours
  • per response
  • Total burden
  • hours
  • Sampling Decisions, Assurances, and Fieldwork Preparation Plan 17 1 106 1,802 Record Review Worksheet 17 276 6.33 29,700.36 State Improper Payment Report 17 1 639 10,863 Corrective Action Plan 8 1 156 1,248

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 43,613.36.

    In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chap 35), the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201. Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: [email protected] All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection.

    The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed 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 estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

    Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04675 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184-43-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0781] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Record Retention Requirements for the Soy Protein and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Health Claim AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. 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 of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the record retention requirement of the soy protein/coronary heart disease health claim.

    DATES:

    Submit either electronic or written comments on the collection of information by May 7, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments as follows: Please note that late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before May 7, 2018. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept comments until midnight Eastern Time at the end of May 7, 2018. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.

    Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to https://www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such as medical information, your or anyone else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in the body of your comments, that information will be posted on https://www.regulations.gov.

    • If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see “Written/Paper Submissions” and “Instructions”).

    Written/Paper Submissions

    Submit written/paper submissions as follows:

    Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for written/paper submissions): Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    • For written/paper comments submitted to the Dockets Management Staff, FDA will post your comment, as well as any attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, as confidential, if submitted as detailed in “Instructions.”

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0781 for “Record Retention Requirements for the Soy Protein and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Health Claim.” Received comments, those filed in a timely manner (see ADDRESSES), will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Dockets Management Staff between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    • Confidential Submissions—To submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made publicly available, submit your comments only as a written/paper submission. You should submit two copies total. One copy will include the information you claim to be confidential with a heading or cover note that states “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.” The Agency will review this copy, including the claimed confidential information, in its consideration of comments. The second copy, which will have the claimed confidential information redacted/blacked out, will be available for public viewing and posted on https://www.regulations.gov. Submit both copies to the Dockets Management Staff. If you do not wish your name and contact information to be made publicly available, you can provide this information on the cover sheet and not in the body of your comments and you must identify this information as “confidential.” Any information marked as “confidential” will not be disclosed except in accordance with 21 CFR 10.20 and other applicable disclosure law. For more information about FDA's posting of comments to public dockets, see 80 FR 56469, September 18, 2015, or access the information at: https://www.thefederalregister.org/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-18/pdf/2015-23389.pdf.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to https://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the “Search” box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Dockets Management Staff, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Domini Bean, Office of Operations, Food and Drug Administration, Three White Flint North, 10A-12M, 11601 Landsdown St., North Bethesda, MD 20852, 301-796-5733, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the 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. “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 provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.

    With respect to the following collection of information, FDA invites comments on these topics: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.

    Record Retention Requirements for the Soy Protein and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Health Claim—21 CFR 101.82 OMB Control Number 0910-0428—Extension

    Section 403(r)(3)(A) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 343(r)(3)(A)) provides for the use of food label statements characterizing a relationship of any nutrient of the type required to be in the label or labeling of the food to a disease or a health related condition only where that statement meets the requirements of the regulations issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to authorize the use of such a health claim. Section 101.82 (21 CFR 101.82) of our regulations authorizes a health claim for food labels about soy protein and the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Accordingly, FDA established the previously referenced information collection in support of the regulation. In the Federal Register of October 31, 2017 (82 FR 50324), we published a proposed rule to revoke the underlying regulation found at 21 CFR 101.82. We are taking this action based on our review of the totality of publicly available scientific evidence currently available and our tentative conclusion that such evidence does not support our previous determination that there is significant scientific agreement (SSA) among qualified experts for a health claim regarding the relationship between soy protein and reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Upon finalization of the proposed rule the associated information collection requirements under this OMB Control Number will be revoked. Until such time and in accordance with the PRA we retain our currently approved burden estimate for the information collection as follows:

    Table 1—Estimated Annual Recordkeeping Burden 1 21 CFR section Number of
  • recordkeepers
  • Number of
  • records per
  • recordkeeping
  • Total annual
  • records
  • Average
  • burden per
  • recordkeeping
  • Total hours
    101.82(c)(2)(ii)(B) 25 1 25 1 25 1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

    Based upon our current experience with the use of health claims, we estimate 25 firms market products bearing a soy protein/coronary heart disease health claim and that perhaps one of each firm's products might contain non-soy sources of protein along with soy protein. The records currently required to be retained under § 101.82(c)(2)(ii)(B) are the records, e.g., the formulation or recipe, that a manufacturer has and maintains as a normal course of its doing business. Thus, the burden to the food manufacturer is limited to assembling and retaining the records, which we estimate will take 1 hour annually.

    Dated: February 28, 2018. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04630 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2018-N-0756] Study Design Considerations for Devices Including Digital Health Technologies for Sleep Disordered Breathing in Adults; Public Workshop; Request for Comments AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of public workshop; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, the Agency, or we) is announcing the following public workshop entitled “Study Design Considerations for Devices including Digital Health Technologies for Sleep Disordered Breathing in Adults.” The topic to be discussed is the appropriate design of clinical studies to evaluate devices including digital health technologies intended for the diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment of sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in adults. Study design considerations to be discussed include definitions for SDB conditions, inclusion/exclusion criteria for studies of these conditions, use of SDB assessment technologies, controls, and study endpoints.

    DATES:

    The public workshop will be held on April 16, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Submit either electronic or written comments on this public workshop by April 30, 2018. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for registration date and information.

    ADDRESSES:

    The public workshop will be held at FDA's White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31 Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993. Entrance for the public workshop participants (non-FDA employees) is through Building 1 where routine security check procedures will be performed. For parking and security information, please refer to https://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/BuildingsandFacilities/WhiteOakCampusInformation/ucm241740.htm.

    You may submit comments as follows. Please note that late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before April 30, 2018. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept comments until midnight Eastern Time at the end April 30, 2018. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.

    Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to https://www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such as medical information, your or anyone else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in the body of your comments, that information will be posted on https://www.regulations.gov.

    • If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see “Written/Paper Submissions” and “Instructions”).

    Written/Paper Submissions

    Submit written/paper submissions as follows:

    Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for written/paper submissions): Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    • For written/paper comments submitted to the Dockets Management Staff, FDA will post your comment, as well as any attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, as confidential, if submitted as detailed in “Instructions.”

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2018-N-0756 for “Study Design Considerations for Devices including Digital Health Technologies for Sleep Disordered Breathing in Adults; Public Workshop; Request for Comments.” Received comments, those filed in a timely manner (see ADDRESSES), will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Dockets Management Staff between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    • Confidential Submissions—To submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made publicly available, submit your comments only as a written/paper submission. You should submit two copies total. One copy will include the information you claim to be confidential with a heading or cover note that states “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.” The Agency will review this copy, including the claimed confidential information, in its consideration of comments. The second copy, which will have the claimed confidential information redacted/blacked out, will be available for public viewing and posted on https://www.regulations.gov. Submit both copies to the Dockets Management Staff. If you do not wish your name and contact information to be made publicly available, you can provide this information on the cover sheet and not in the body of your comments and you must identify this information as “confidential.” Any information marked as “confidential” will not be disclosed except in accordance with 21 CFR 10.20 and other applicable disclosure law. For more information about FDA's posting of comments to public dockets, see 80 FR 56469, September 18, 2015, or access the information at: https://www.thefederalregister.org/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-18/pdf/2015-23389.pdf.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to https://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the “Search” box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Dockets Management Staff, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Sageev George, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 2443, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-6468, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    Over the past several years, FDA has seen a marked increase in premarket submissions for devices intended for both the diagnosis and treatment of SDB. These include novel technologies for in-home assessment, intra-oral appliances, externally worn devices that generate increased upper airway pressures, passive implants, active implantable devices that stimulate the upper airway neuromusculature, and mobile apps for assessing and monitoring sleep. The large variety of technologies often poses different and challenging questions of safety and effectiveness and differing benefit-risk profiles for these devices. We have planned this workshop to bring together device regulators, clinical experts in sleep medicine, patients, and other stakeholders to discuss these challenges and potential solutions. The goal is to expedite innovation in SDB devices including digital health technologies and make sure that patients have timely access to reasonably safe and effective devices. To this end, we are actively seeking input and participation from several professional societies and patient advocacy groups with interests in the field of SDB.

    II. Topics for Discussion at the Public Workshop

    The topics to be discussed are the appropriate design of clinical studies to evaluate devices and digital health technologies intended for the diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment of SDB in adults. Study design considerations to be discussed include definitions for SDB conditions, inclusion/exclusion criteria for studies of these conditions, use of SDB assessment technologies (e.g., polysomnography, home sleep studies), controls, and study endpoints.

    III. Participating in the Public Workshop

    Registration: To register for the public workshop, please visit FDA's Medical Devices News & Events—Workshops & Conferences calendar at https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/NewsEvents/WorkshopsConferences/default.htm. (Select this public workshop from the posted events list.) Please provide complete contact information for each attendee, including name, title, affiliation, address, email, and telephone.

    Registration is free and based on space availability, with priority given to early registrants. Persons interested in attending this public workshop must register by April 9, 2018, by 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited; therefore, FDA may limit the number of participants from each organization. Registrants will receive confirmation when they have been accepted. If time and space permit, onsite registration on the day of the public workshop will be provided beginning at 7:30 a.m. We will let registrants know if registration closes before the day of the public workshop.

    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Susan Monahan, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 5231, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-5661, email: [email protected], no later than April 9, 2018.

    Streaming Webcast of the Public Workshop: This public workshop will also be webcast. The webcast link will be available on the registration web page after April 9, 2018. Organizations are requested to register all participants, but to view using one connection per location.

    If you have never attended a Connect Pro event before, test your connection at https://collaboration.fda.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. To get a quick overview of the Connect Pro program, visit https://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview. FDA has verified the website addresses in this document, as of the date this document publishes in the Federal Register, but websites are subject to change over time.

    Transcripts: Please be advised that as soon as a transcript of the public workshop is available, it will be accessible at https://www.regulations.gov. It may be viewed at the Dockets Management Staff (see ADDRESSES). A link to the transcript will also be available approximately 45 days after the public workshop on the internet at https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/NewsEvents/WorkshopsConferences/default.htm. (Select this public workshop from the posted events list.)

    Dated: March 2, 2018. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04629 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Information Technology Advisory Committee 2018 Schedule AGENCY:

    Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee 2018 schedule.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice fulfills obligations under section 3002 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as amended by the 21st Century Cures Act. Section 3002(b) (5) of the PHSA, as amended, mandates that the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee shall develop a schedule for the assessment of policy recommendations and the Secretary shall publish such schedule in the Federal Register.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lauren Richie Designated Federal Officer, at [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Section 3002 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as amended by the 21st Century Cures Act (Pub. L. 114-255), establishes the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC). The HITAC will be governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of federal advisory committees. The HITAC, among other things, shall identify priorities for standards adoption and make recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (National Coordinator) on a policy framework to advance an interoperable health information technology infrastructure.

    Health Information Technology Advisory Committee Schedule

    Section 3002(b)(5) of the PHSA, as amended, provides that the HITAC shall develop a schedule for the assessment of policy recommendations developed by the HITAC and publish the schedule in the Federal Register. This schedule addresses the assessment of recommendations outlined in the policy framework recommended by the HITAC to the National Coordinator.

    Accordingly, the schedule for the HITAC's assessment of policy recommendations is as follows:

    1. Within 90 days of a charge by the National Coordinator for recommendations on a matter, identify the best mechanism to organize itself to develop recommendations, and at a minimum, will:

    a. Develop an assessment of what policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria are currently available to be considered as part of the request;

    b. Consider where gaps exist and identify potential organizations that have the capability to address those gaps (i.e., no policy or standard is available or harmonization is required because more than one standard exists) related to the request; and

    c. Create a timeline, which may also account for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) testing, where appropriate, and include dates when the HITAC is expected to issue the recommendation to the National Coordinator.

    d. Include an opportunity for public comment during the consideration by the HITAC of the request by the National Coordinator for recommendations on a matter.

    2. In responding to the National Coordinator:

    a. Approve a timeline to deliver recommendations to the National Coordinator; and

    b. Establish a task force to conduct analysis and solicit input, where appropriate, and develop draft recommendations to be considered by the full committee in a timely manner.

    3. In collaboration with NIST, annually and through the use of public input, review and publish priorities for the use of health information technology, standards, and implementation specifications to support those priorities.

    4. Recommend to the National Coordinator for purposes of adoption under section 3004, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria and an order of priority for the development, harmonization, and recognition of such standards, specifications, and certification criteria. Such recommendations shall include recommended standards, architectures, and software schemes for access to electronic individually identifiable health information across disparate systems including user vetting, authentication, privilege management, and access control.

    The topics in which the HITAC is expected to address in FY2018 include, but may not be limited to the target areas as defined in section 3002 of the PHSA, as amended by the 21st Century Cures Act (Pub. L. 114-255), and they include:

    1. Achieving a health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic access, exchange, and use of health information ;

    2. The promotion and protection of privacy and security of health information in health information technology;

    3. The facilitation of secure access by an individual to such individual's protected health information; and

    4. Any other target area that the HITAC identifies as an appropriate target area to be considered. [42USC § 300jj (b)(2)(B)]

    Notice of this meeting is given under section 3002(b)(5) of the PHSA, as amended.

    Dated: March 1, 2018. Lauren Richie, Branch Chief, Office of Policy, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04543 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4150-45-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [OMB Control Number 1615-0122] Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection: Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) AGENCY:

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.

    ACTION:

    60-Day notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment upon this proposed revision of a currently approved collection of information or new collection of information. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the information collection notice is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments regarding the nature of the information collection, the categories of respondents, the estimated burden (i.e. the time, effort, and resources used by the respondents to respond), the estimated cost to the respondent, and the actual information collection instruments.

    DATES:

    Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until May 7, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    All submissions received must include the OMB Control Number 1615-0122 in the body of the letter, the agency name and Docket ID USCIS-2011-0015. To avoid duplicate submissions, please use only one of the following methods to submit comments:

    (1) Online. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal website at http://www.regulations.gov under e-Docket ID number USCIS-2011-0015;

    (2) Mail. Submit written comments to DHS, USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, Samantha Deshommes, Chief, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140, telephone number 202-272-8377 (This is not a toll-free number. Comments are not accepted via telephone message). Please note contact information provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. It is not for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases can check Case Status Online, available at the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments

    You may access the information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information by visiting the Federal eRulemaking Portal site at: http://www.regulations.gov and enter USCIS-2011-0015 in the search box. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to consider limiting the amount of personal information that you provide in any voluntary submission you make to DHS. DHS may withhold information provided in comments from public viewing that it determines may impact the privacy of an individual or is offensive. For additional information, please read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of http://www.regulations.gov.

    Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points:

    (1) Evaluate 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;

    (2) Evaluate 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;

    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    (4) 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, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

    Overview of This Information Collection

    (1) Type of Information Collection: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection.

    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM).

    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the DHS sponsoring the collection: ICAM; USCIS.

    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. In order to interact with USCIS electronic systems accessible through the USCIS ICAM portal, a first time user must establish an account. The account creation process requires the user to submit a valid email address; create a password; select their preference for receiving a one-time password (via email address, mobile phone, or two-factor authentication application on a mobile device); select five password reset questions and responses; and indicate the account type they want to set up (customer or legal representative). The account creation and the account login processes both require the user to receive and submit a one-time password. The one-time password can be provided either as an email to an email address or to a mobile phone via text message. The customer also has the option of receiving a one-time password readable by a two-factor authentication application on a mobile device. If the authentication application option is selected, the customer can either scan a QR code or enter a text code.

    USCIS ICAM currently grants access to myUSCIS and the USCIS information collections available for e-filing.

    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated total number of respondents for the information collection ICAM is 1,772,600 and the estimated hour burden per response is 0.167 hours.

    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection is 296,024 hours.

    (7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated with this collection of information is $0.

    Dated: March 1, 2018. Samantha Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04643 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-97-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS-R4-ES-2017-N175; FXES11130400000EA-123-FF04EF1000] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Availability of Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Orange County, FL AGENCY:

    Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of availability; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. DR Horton, Inc. (applicant), is requesting a 5-year ITP for take of the federally listed sand skink. We request public comments on the permit application and accompanying proposed habitat conservation plan as well as on our preliminary determination that the plan qualifies as low effect under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, we used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, which are also available for review.

    DATES:

    To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by April 9, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit written comments and request copies of the application, HCP, environmental action statement, or low-effect screening form by any one of the following methods:

    Email: [email protected] Use “Attn: Permit number TE59070C-0” as your subject line.

    Fax: Field Supervisor, (904) 731-3191, “Attn: Permit number TE59070C-0.”

    U.S. mail: Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Ecological Services Field Office, Attn: Permit number TE59070C-0, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

    In-person: You may deliver comments during regular business hours at the office address listed above under U.S. mail. You may inspect the application, HCP, environmental action statement, or low-effect screening form by appointment during normal business hours at the same address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Erin M. Gawera, telephone: (904) 731-3121; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA) and our implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR part 17 prohibit the “take” of fish or wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened. Take of listed fish or wildlife is defined under the ESA as “to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct” (16 U.S.C. 1532(19)). However, under limited circumstances, we issue permits to authorize incidental take—i.e., take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, the carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity.

    Regulations governing incidental take permits for endangered and threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32, respectively. The ESA's take prohibitions do not apply to federally listed plants on private lands unless such take would violate State law. In addition to meeting other criteria, the take authorized by an incidental take permit must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plants.

    Applicant's Proposal

    DR Horton, Inc., is requesting an incidental take permit (ITP) to take sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) through the permanent destruction of approximately 2.8 acres (ac) of occupied foraging and sheltering habitat incidental to the widening of Avalon Road (CR 545) in Orange County, Florida. The 60.4-ac habitat conservation plan (HCP) project site is located on Avalon Road, starting at the intersection of Schofield Road and Avalon Road and ending approximately 4.0 miles north of U.S. 192, within sections 5, 8, 17, and 32, Townships 23 and 24 South, Range 27 East in Orange County. The project activities include the clearing, infrastructure building, and landscaping associated with road widening. The sand skink will likely be subjected to take in the form of injury, mortality, and/or loss of habitat. Applicant proposes to mitigate for the take of the species by purchasing 5.6 mitigation credits within the Lake Wales Ridge Conservation Bank or another Service-approved sand skink conservation bank.

    Our Preliminary Determination

    We have determined that the applicant's proposed plan, including the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, would have minor or negligible effects on the covered species and the environment so as to be “low effect” and qualify for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as provided by 43 CFR 46.205 and 46.210. A low-effect HCP is one involving (1) minor or negligible effects on federally listed or candidate species and their habitats, and (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources.

    Next Steps

    We will evaluate the HCP and comments we receive to determine whether the ITP application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA. We will also conduct an intra-Service consultation to evaluate take of the sand skink in accordance with section 7 of the ESA. We will use the results of the consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our analysis of whether or not to issue the ITP. If the requirements are met, we will issue ITP number TE59070C-0 to the applicant.

    Public Comments

    If you wish to comment on the permit application, HCP, or associated documents, you may submit comments by any one of the methods listed in ADDRESSES.

    Public Availability of Comments

    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 ESA and NEPA regulation 40 CFR 1506.6.

    Jay B. Herrington, Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office, Southeast Region.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04652 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS-R8-ES-2018-N002; FXES11140800000-178-FF08ECAR00] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Incidental Take Permit Application; Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Coastal California Gnatcatcher and Associated Documents; Santee, California AGENCY:

    Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of availability; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application from Calvary Church Santee for a 3-year incidental take permit for the threatened coastal California gnatcatcher pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, as amended. We are requesting comments on the permit application and on our preliminary determination that the applicant's accompanying proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP) qualifies as low effect, eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act. The basis for this determination is discussed in our environmental action statement (EAS) and associated low-effect screening form, which are also available for public review.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be received on or before April 9, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

    U.S. Mail: Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Service, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250, Carlsbad, CA 92008.

    Fax: Field Supervisor, 760-431-9624.

    Email: [email protected]; please include “Calvary Chapel Santee HCP” in the subject line.

    Obtaining Documents: You may obtain copies of the proposed HCP and EAS on the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife's website at https://www.fws.gov/carlsbad/HCPs/HCP_Docs.html. To request copies of the application, proposed HCP, and EAS, contact the Service by telephone at 760-431-9440 or by letter to the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office (see above). Copies of the proposed HCP and EAS also are available for public inspection during regular business hours at the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Karen Goebel, Assistant Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office (see ADDRESSES); telephone: 760-431-9440. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 800-877-8339.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have received an application from Calvary Church Santee (applicant) for a 3-year incidental take permit for one covered species pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA). The application addresses the potential “take” of the threatened coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica; gnatcatcher) in the course of activities associated with expansion of the existing facilities at the Calvary Chapel Santee, in the City of Santee, San Diego County, California. A conservation program to avoid, minimize, and mitigate for project activities would be implemented as described in the applicant's proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP).

    We are requesting comments on the permit application and on our preliminary determination that the proposed HCP qualifies as a low-effect HCP, eligible for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; NEPA). The basis for this determination is discussed in our EAS and associated low-effect screening form, which are also available for public review.

    Background

    Section 9 of the ESA and its implementing Federal regulations prohibit the take of animal species listed as endangered or threatened. “Take” is defined under the ESA as to “harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect [listed animal species], or to attempt to engage in such conduct” (16 U.S.C. 1538). “Harm” includes significant habitat modification or degradation that actually kills or injures listed wildlife by significantly impairing essential behavioral patterns such as breeding, feeding, or sheltering (50 CFR 17.3). However, under section 10(a) of the ESA, the Service may issue permits to authorize incidental take of listed species. “Incidental taking” is defined by the ESA implementing regulations as taking that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out an otherwise lawful activity (50 CFR 17.3). Regulations governing incidental take permits for endangered and threatened species, respectively, are found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 50 CFR 17.22 and 50 CFR 17.32.

    Applicant's Proposed Project

    The project is located on a 3.38-acre property in the City of Santee in San Diego County, California. The applicant requests a 3-year permit under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. If we approve the permit, the applicant anticipates taking gnatcatcher as a result of permanent impacts to 1.16 acres (ac) of coastal sage scrub habitat that the species uses for breeding, feeding, and sheltering. The take would be incidental to the applicant's activities associated with removal of a modular building and construction of an assembly building in the City of Santee, California, and includes conservation and in-perpetuity management of 1.76 ac of gnatcatcher habitat off site.

    To minimize take of coastal California gnatcatcher by the Calvary Chapel Santee project and to offset impacts to its habitat, the applicant proposes to mitigate for permanent impacts to 1.16 ac of occupied gnatcatcher coastal sage scrub habitat through the conservation and in-perpetuity management of 1.76 ac of coastal sage scrub occupied by the gnatcatcher. The applicant's proposed HCP also contains the following proposed measures to minimize the effects of construction activities on the gnatcatcher:

    • Prior to the initiation of work activities on the project sites, grading limits will be clearly delineated with flagging and/or temporary fencing and silt fencing, as necessary, to help guide work activities and avoid impacts to areas beyond the project boundaries.

    • Prior to the initiation of work activities on the project sites, a Service-approved biologist will conduct a brief training session for all project personnel regarding the conservation measures and regulations described herein, as well as general information and methods that will help avoid and minimize disturbance to the gnatcatcher in the vicinity of project activities.

    • Vegetation clearing will take place outside of the bird nesting season (February 15 through August 31) to the fullest extent practicable. Clearing may only occur during this period once a biologist has conducted surveys of the impact areas for nesting birds within 3 days of work activities. The qualified biologist will document compliance with applicable State regulations that protect nesting birds. If an active bird nest is observed, a 300-foot buffer must be established, within which no project activities will occur until the nest is no longer active. A reduced buffer may be established with concurrence from the Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife if it is deemed appropriate and will not result in the alteration of nesting behaviors.

    • Project-related landscaping will not include potentially invasive non-native plants.

    • Lighting from the project site will not spill over into adjacent undisturbed native habitat.

    Proposed Action and Alternatives

    The Proposed Action consists of the issuance of an incidental take permit and implementation of the proposed HCP, which includes measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to the gnatcatcher. If we approve the permit, take of gnatcatcher would be authorized for the applicant's activities associated with the construction of the Calvary Chapel Santee project. In the proposed HCP, the applicant considers the No Action Alternative. Under the No Action Alternative, no incidental take of coastal California gnatcatcher resulting from habitat modification would occur, and no long-term protection and management would be afforded to the species. The No Action Alternative would not meet the primary goal of the proposed Project, which is to accommodate the existing church members and alleviate current overcrowded conditions. The parcel size is too small to accommodate alternate development configurations that would avoid incidental take.

    Our Preliminary Determination

    The Service has made a preliminary determination that approval of the HCP and issuance of an incidental take permit qualify for categorical exclusion under NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), as provided by the Department of the Interior implementing regulations in part 46 of title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR 46.205, 46.210, and 46.215), and that the HCP qualifies as a low-effect plan as defined by the Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook (December 2016).

    We base our determination that a HCP qualifies as a low-effect plan on the following three criteria:

    (1) Implementation of the HCP would result in minor or negligible effects on federally listed, proposed, and candidate species and their habitats;

    (2) Implementation of the HCP would result in minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources; and

    (3) Impacts of the HCP, considered together with the impacts of other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable similarly situated projects, would not result, over time, in cumulative effects to environmental values or resources that would be considered significant.

    Based upon this preliminary determination, we do not intend to prepare further NEPA documentation. We will consider public comments in making the final determination on whether to prepare such additional documentation.

    Next Steps

    We will evaluate the proposed HCP and comments we receive to determine whether the permit application meets the requirements and issuance criteria under section 10(a) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). We will also evaluate whether issuance of a section 10(a)(1)(B) incidental take permit would comply with section 7 of the ESA by conducting an intra-Service consultation. We will use the results of this consultation, in combination with the above findings, in our final analysis to determine whether or not to issue a permit. If the requirements and issuance criteria under section 10(a) are met, we will issue the permit to the applicant for incidental take of gnatcatcher.

    Public Comments

    If you wish to comment on the permit application, proposed HCP, and associated documents, you may submit comments by any of the methods noted in the ADDRESSES section.

    Public Availability of Comments

    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 may 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 ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

    G. Mendel Stewart, Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, Carlsbad, California.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04654 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS-R6-ES-2017-N174; FXES11130600000-189-FF06E00000] U.S. Endangered Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications AGENCY:

    Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), prohibits activities that constitute take of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows such activity. The ESA also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.

    DATES:

    We must receive your written comments by April 9, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Document availability: Documents and other information submitted with the applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552), by any party who submits a written request for a copy of such documents to the following office within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice (see DATES): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office, Ecological Services, [INSERT REGION-SPECIFIC ADDRESS], (Attn: [INSERT COORDINATOR'S NAME], Permit Coordinator).

    Submitting comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods. Please specify applicant name(s) and application number(s) to which your comments pertain (e.g., TE-XXXXXX).

    Email: [email protected] Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Application No. TE-XXXXXX) in the subject line of your email message.

    U.S. Mail: Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486-DFC, Denver, CO 80225.

    Hand-delivery, Pickup, or Viewing: Call 303-236-4224 to make an appointment during regular business hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, at 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kathy Konishi, Recovery Permits Coordinator, Ecological Services, 303-236-4224 (phone); [email protected] (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    The Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA) prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened species unless authorized by a Federal permit. The ESA and our implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of such permits and require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities involving endangered species.

    A recovery permit issued under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) 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.

    Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment

    We invite local, State and Federal agencies, Tribes, and the public to comment on the following applications.

    Application
  • No.
  • Applicant, city, state Species Location Activity Type of take Permit
  • action
  • TE106182-2 Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO Eriogonum pelinophilum (Clay-loving wild buckwheat), Phacelia submutica
  • (Mancos milk-vetch), Phacelia formosula (North Park phacelia), Astragalus osterhoutii (Osterhout milkvetch)
  • Ipomopsis polyantha (Pagosa skyrocket)
  • Penstemon penlandii (Penland beardtongue), Pediocactus despainii (San Rafael cactus)
  • Colorado, New Mexico, Utah Seed, fruit collection, bio samples, collect voucher specimens, propagation Remove and reduce to possession Renew.
    TE064680-2 Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, UT Hesperidanthus barnebyi (Barneby reed-mustard), Sclerocactus wrightiae (Wright's fishhook cactus) Utah Seed, fruit collection, bio samples, collect voucher specimens Remove and reduce to possession Renew. TE067486-2 University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) Nebraska Implant radio telemetry tags to track spawning migration in the Missouri River basin Capture, handle, and radio tag Renew. TE66511C-0 Milu S. Velardi, Denver, CO New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius luteus) Colorado, New Mexico Survey and monitor to determine baseline population numbers Capture and handle New. TE68706C-0 Christopher Guy, Bozeman, MT Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) Montana Survey, monitor, collect bio samples to analyze pallid sturgeon reproduction in the Missouri River above Fort Peck Reservoir, Montana Capture and handle New. TE98708A-2 State of South Dakota Environmental Agency, Pierre, SD Topeka shiner (Notropis topeka) South Dakota Survey and monitor to determine baseline population numbers Capture and handle Renew. TE64613B-2 Andrew Phillips, Colorado Springs, CO Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, California, Nevada Survey and monitor to determine baseline population numbers Disturbance Amend. TE72607C-0 New Century Environmental, LLC, Columbus, NE Interior least tern (Sternula antillarum athalassos) Nebraska Survey and monitor to determine baseline population numbers Disturbance New.
    Public Availability of Comments

    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. If you submit a hardcopy comment that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top of your document that we withhold this information from public review; however, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Contents of Public Comments

    Please make your comments as specific as possible. Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include sufficient information with your comments to allow us to authenticate any scientific or commercial data you include.

    The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by quantitative information or studies; and (2) Those that include citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations.

    Next Steps

    If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.

    Authority

    We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.,)

    Michael Thabault, Assistant Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04648 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS-R2-ES-2017-N163; FXES11130200000-178-FF02ENEH00] U.S. Endangered Species; Recovery Permit Applications AGENCY:

    Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications for a permit to conduct activities intended to recover and enhance endangered species survival. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), prohibits certain activities that may impact endangered species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The ESA also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.

    DATES:

    To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by April 9, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Request documents or submit comments to Susan Jacobsen, Chief, Classification and Restoration Division, by U.S. mail at Classification and Recovery Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103. Please specify the permit you are interested in by number (e.g., Permit No. TE-123456).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Susan Jacobsen, Chief, Classification and Restoration Division, by U.S. mail at P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103; or by telephone at 505-248-6641.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications for a permit to conduct activities intended to recover and enhance endangered species survival. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA), prohibits certain activities that may impact endangered species, unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The ESA also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.

    Background

    The ESA prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit authorizes them. The ESA and our implementing regulations in Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) title 50, part 17, provide for issuing such permits and require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities involving endangered species.

    A recovery permit we issue under the ESA, section 10(a)(1)(A), authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or enhance the species' propagation or survival. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) 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.

    In accordance with the ESA, section 10(c), we invite public comment on these permit applications before we take final action.

    Applications Available for Review and Comment

    We invite local, State, Tribal, 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 any party who submits a written request to the Program Manager for Restoration and Endangered Species Classification at the address in the ADDRESSES section. Requests must be submitted within 30 days of this notice's publication date. Releasing documents is subject to Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) requirements.

    Permit Applications

    Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the species' recovery and survival enhancement.

    Application
  • No.
  • Applicant Species Location Activity Type of take Permit
  • action
  • TE-58221C Jorge A. DaSilva, Weslaco, Texas Manihot walkerae (Walker's manioc) Texas Collection of seed and propagation Harm New. TE-55633C Jacob D. Owen, Austin, Texas Golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia), Black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla), Georgetown salamander (Eurycea naufragia), Jollyville Plateau salamander (Eurycea tonkawae), Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis), San Marcos salamander (Eurycea nana), Texas blind salamander (Typhlomolge rathbuni), Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum), and Austin blind salamander (Eurycea waterlooensis) Texas Presence/absence surveys; nest monitoring; bird banding Harm and Harass New. TE-099278 Fred Phillips Consulting, Flagstaff, Arizona Huachuca water umbel (Lilaeopsis schaffneriana var. recurva) Arizona, New Mexico Presence/absence surveys Harm Amend. TE-33177C Newgord, Gary, Austin, Texas Golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia), Black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla), Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis), Interior least tern (Sterna antillarum), Northern aplomado falcon (Falco femoralis septentrionalis), and Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) Texas, Oklahoma Presence/absence surveys Harm New. TE-009926 Gulf South Research Corporation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Reticulated flatwoods salamander (Ambystoma bishopi) Florida Presence/absence surveys Capture and harass; harm Amend. TE-799103 Hicks and Company, Austin, Texas Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis) Texas Live capture and handling Capture and harass; harm Amend. TE-037155 Bio-West, Inc., Round Rock, Texas Sharpnose shiner (Notropis oxyrhynchus), smalleye shiner (Notropis buccula) Texas Presence/absence surveys Capture and harass; harm Amend. TE-59231C Laurel L. Moulton, Austin, Texas Golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) Texas DNA; blood sampling Capture, harm, and harass New. TE-63022C Nancy Karraker, Kingston, Rhode Island Jemez Mountains salamander (Plethodon neomexicanus) New Mexico Presence/absence surveys Capture, harm, and harass New. TE-48900C Keith Geluso, Kearney, Nebraska Lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris curasoae yerbabuenae), Mexican long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis), northern Mexican gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops), narrow-headed gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus) Arizona Presence/absence surveys Capture, harm, and harass New. TE-87818B Melanie L. Gregory,
  • Austin, Texas
  • Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (Myotis grisescens) Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia Presence/absence surveys Capture, harm, and harass Amend.
    TE-037155 Bio-West, Inc. Round Rock, Texas Smalleye shiner, sharpnose shiner Texas Presence/absence surveys Capture, harm, and harass Amend.
    Public Availability of Comments

    All comments and materials we receive in response to these requests will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed in ADDRESSES.

    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 ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: November 30, 2017. Amy Lueders, Regional Director, Southwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04655 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLES962000 L14400000 BJ0000 18X] Notice of Filing of Plat Survey; Eastern States AGENCY:

    Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of filing of plat of survey; Wisconsin, stayed.

    SUMMARY:

    On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, there was published in the Federal Register, Volume 83, Number 10, on page 2185 a notice entitled “Eastern States: Filing of Plats of Survey”. In said notice was a plat depicting the dependent resurvey of a portion of the north boundary, a portion of the subdivisional lines, the east and west center line of section 2; and the survey of subdivision of section 2, the division of accretion in section 2, a portion of the present day meanders of section 2, and an informational traverse of the adjusted 1852 connecting traverse line, of Township 48 North, Range 3 West, of the Fourth Principal Meridian, in the State of Wisconsin. These were accepted December 6, 2017.

    The official filing of the plat is hereby stayed, pending consideration of all protests.

    Dated: February 22, 2018. Leon Chmura, Acting Chief Cadastral Surveyor.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04653 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-GJ-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS-AKRO-ANIA-WRST-LACL-GAAR-CAKR-KOVA-25100; PPAKAKROR4] [PPMPRLE1Y.LS0000] Notice of Open Public Meetings for the National Park Service Alaska Region Subsistence Resource Commission Program AGENCY:

    National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Meeting notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Park Service (NPS) is hereby giving notice that the Aniakchak National Monument Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC), the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC, the Lake Clark National Park SRC, the Gates of the Arctic National Park SRC, the Cape Krusenstern National Monument SRC, and the Kobuk Valley National Park SRC, will hold public meetings to develop and continue work on NPS subsistence program recommendations, and other related regulatory proposals.

    DATES:

    The Aniakchak National Monument SRC will meet at the Alaska Peninsula/Becharof National Wildlife Refuge Office, 4 Bear Road, King Salmon, AK 99613. The SRC meeting will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or until business is completed on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Should inclement weather or exceptional circumstances prevent travel the meeting will occur via teleconference. Teleconference participants must call the NPS office at (907) 246-2154, prior to the meeting to receive teleconference passcode information. For more detailed information regarding this meeting or if you are interested in applying for SRC membership, contact Designated Federal Official Mark Sturm, Superintendent, at (907) 246-2120, or via email at [email protected] or Linda Chisholm, Subsistence Coordinator, at (907) 246-2154, or via email at [email protected] or Clarence Summers, Federal Advisory Committee Group Federal Officer, at (907) 644-3603, or via email at [email protected]

    The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until business is completed on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the NPS office in the Copper Center Visitor Center Complex, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway, Copper Center, AK 99573. Teleconference participants must call the NPS office at (907) 822-7236, prior to the meeting to receive teleconference passcode information. For more detailed information regarding these meetings, or if you are interested in applying for SRC membership, contact Designated Federal Official Ben Bobowski, Superintendent, at (907) 822-7202, or via email at [email protected] or Barbara Cellarius, Subsistence Coordinator, at (907) 822-7236 or via email at [email protected] or Clarence Summers, Federal Advisory Committee Group Federal Officer, at (907) 644-3603 or via email at [email protected]

    The Lake Clark National Park SRC will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until business is completed on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Newhalen School Library, 900 School Rd., Newhalen, AK 99606. For more detailed information regarding this meeting or if you are interested in applying for SRC membership, contact Designated Federal Official Susanne Green, Superintendent, at (907) 644-3627, or via email at [email protected] or Liza Rupp, Subsistence Manager, at (907) 644-3648, or via at email [email protected] or Clarence Summers, Federal Advisory Committee Group Federal Officer, at (907) 644-3603 or via email at [email protected]

    The Gates of the Arctic National Park SRC will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until business is completed on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, and Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Allakaket Community Hall, Main Street, Allakaket, AK 99720. For more detailed information regarding this meeting or if you are interested in applying for SRC membership, contact Designated Federal Official Greg Dudgeon, Superintendent, at (907) 457-5752, or via email at [email protected] or Marcy Okada, Subsistence Coordinator, at (907) 455-0639 or via email at [email protected] or Clarence Summers, Federal Advisory Committee Group Federal Officer, at (907) 644-3603, or via email at [email protected]

    The Cape Krusenstern National Monument SRC will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until business is completed on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in the conference room at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center, 171 3rd Avenue, Kotzebue, AK 99752. For more detailed information regarding this meeting or if you are interested in applying for SRC membership, contact Designated Federal Official Maija Lukin, Superintendent, at (907) 442-8301, or via email at [email protected] or Hannah Atkinson, Cultural Resource Specialist, at (907) 442-8342, or via email at [email protected] or Clarence Summers, Federal Advisory Committee Group Federal Officer, at (907) 644-3603 or via email at [email protected]

    The Kobuk Valley National Park SRC will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until business is completed on Thursday, April 26, 2018, and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018, in the conference room at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center, 171 3rd Avenue, Kotzebue, AK 99752. For more detailed information regarding this meeting or if you are interested in applying for SRC membership, contact Designated Federal Official Maija Lukin, Superintendent, at (907) 442-8301, or via email at [email protected] or Hannah Atkinson, Cultural Resource Specialist, at (907) 442-8342, or via email at [email protected] or Clarence Summers, Federal Advisory Committee Group Federal Officer, at (907) 644-3603 or via email at [email protected]

    ADDRESSES:

    The Aniakchak National Monument SRC will meet at the Alaska Peninsula/Becharof National Wildlife Refuge Office, 4 Bear Road, King Salmon, AK 99613. The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC will meet at the NPS office in the Copper Center Visitor Center Complex, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway, Copper Center, AK 99573. The Lake Clark National Park SRC will meet at the Newhalen School Library, 900 School Rd., Newhalen, AK 99606. The Gates of the Arctic National Park SRC will meet at the Allakaket Community Hall, Main Street, Allakaket, AK 99720. The Cape Krusenstern National Monument SRC and the Kobuk Valley National Park SRC will meet at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center, 171 3rd Avenue, Kotzebue, AK 99752.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The NPS is holding the meeting pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. Appendix 1-16). The NPS SRC program is authorized under section 808 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3118), title VIII. SRC meetings are open to the public and will have time allocated for public testimony. The public is welcome to present written or oral comments to the SRC. SRC meetings will be recorded and meeting minutes will be available upon request from the Superintendent for public inspection approximately six weeks after the meeting. 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.

    Proposed Meeting Agenda: The agenda may change to accommodate SRC business. The proposed meeting agenda for each meeting includes the following:

    1. Call to Order—Confirm Quorum 2. Welcome and Introduction 3. Review and Adoption of Agenda 4. Approval of Minutes 5. Superintendent's Welcome and Review of the SRC Purpose 6. SRC Membership Status 7. SRC Chair and Members' Reports 8. Superintendent's Report 9. Old Business 10. New Business 11. Federal Subsistence Board Update 12. Alaska Boards of Fish and Game Update 13. National Park Service Reports a. Ranger Update b. Resource Manager's Report c. Subsistence Manager's Report 14. Public and Other Agency Comments 15. Work Session 16. Set Tentative Date and Location for Next SRC Meeting 17. Adjourn Meeting

    SRC meeting location and date may change based on inclement weather or exceptional circumstances. If the meeting date and location are changed, the Superintendent will issue a press release and use local newspapers and radio stations to announce the rescheduled meeting.

    Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 3118; 5 U.S.C. Appendix 1-16.

    Alma Ripps, Chief, Office of Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04688 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312-52-P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Foreign Claims Settlement Commission [F.C.S.C. Meeting and Hearing Notice No. 3-18] Sunshine Act Meeting

    The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, pursuant to its regulations (45 CFR part 503.25) and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of open meetings as follows:

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018:

    10:00 a.m.—Issuance of Proposed Decisions in claims against Iraq.

    Status:

    Open.

    All meetings are held at the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, 600 E Street NW, Washington, DC. Requests for information, or advance notices of intention to observe an open meeting, may be directed to: Patricia M. Hall, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, 600 E Street NW, Suite 6002, Washington, DC 20579. Telephone: (202) 616-6975.

    Brian M. Simkin, Chief Counsel.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04747 Filed 3-6-18; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 4410-BA-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA-2011-0195] Acrylonitrile Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements AGENCY:

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

    ACTION:

    Request for public comments.

    SUMMARY:

    OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified by the Acrylonitrile Standard.

    DATES:

    Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by May 7, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments.

    Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.

    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: When using this method, you must submit a copy of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2011-0195, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3653, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are accepted during the Docket Office's normal business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET.

    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA docket number (OSHA-2011-0195) for the Information Collection Request (ICR). All comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change, and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting comments, see the “Public Participation” heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

    Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download through the website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You may also contact Theda Kenney at the address below to obtain a copy of the ICR.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Charles McCormick or Theda Kenney, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, telephone (202) 693-2222.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information collection requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that information is in the desired format, reporting burden (time and costs) is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA's estimate of the information collection burden is accurate. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or appropriate for enforcement of the OSH Act or for developing information regarding the causes and prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also requires that OSHA obtain such information with minimum burden upon employers, especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce to the maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of effort in obtaining information (29 U.S.C. 657).

    The information collection requirements specified in the Acrylonitrile (AN) Standard protect workers from the adverse health effects that may result from their exposure to AN. The major information collection requirements of the AN Standard include notifying workers of their AN exposures, implementing a written compliance program, providing examining physicians with specific information, ensuring that workers receive a copy of their medical examination results, maintaining workers' exposure monitoring and medical records for specific periods, and providing access to these records by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSHA), the affected workers, and designated representatives.

    II. Special Issues for Comment

    OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:

    • Whether the proposed information collection requirements are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions to protect workers, including whether the information is useful;

    • The accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and costs) of the information collection requirements, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    • The quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and

    • Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply, for example, by using automated or other technological information collection, and transmission techniques,

    III. Proposed Actions

    The Agency is requesting an adjustment increase in the burden hour total from 1,999 to 2,754 hours, a total increase of 755 hours. The increase is due to an adjustment of establishments and workers that were identified for this ICR.

    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

    Title: Acrylonitrile Standard (29 CFR 1910.1045).

    OMB Control Number: 1218-0126.

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profits.

    Number of Respondents: 20.

    Number of Responses: 6,792.

    Frequency of Responses: On occasion.

    Average Time per Response: Various.

    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,754.

    Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $185,686.

    IV. Public Participation—Submission of Comments on This Notice and Internet Access to Comments and Submissions

    You may submit comments in response to this document as follows: (1) Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (fax) at (202) 693-1648 or (3) by hard copy. All comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (Docket No. OSHA-2011-0195). You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference to an electronic or a facsimile submission, you must submit them to the OSHA Docket Office (see the section of this notice titled ADDRESSES). The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic comments by your name, date, and the docket number so that the Agency can attach them to your comments.

    Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand, express delivery, messenger, or courier service, please contact the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350, (TTY (877) 889-5627).

    Comments and submissions are posted without change at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about submitting personal information such as social security numbers and dates of birth. Although all submissions are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download through this website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on using the http://www.regulations.gov website to submit comments and access the docket is available at the website's “User Tips” link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not available from the website, and for assistance in using the internet to locate docket submissions.

    V. Authority and Signature

    Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice. The authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506 et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912).

    Signed at Washington, DC, on March 1, 2018. Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04685 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-26-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Workers' Compensation Programs Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation; Proposed Renewal of Existing Collection; Comment Request ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Office of Workers' Compensation (OWCP) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Notice of Controversion of Right to Compensation (LS-207). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the address section of this Notice.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before May 7, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by mail, delivery service, or by hand to Ms. Yoon Ferguson, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room S-3323, Washington, DC 20210; by fax to (202)354-9647; or by Email [email protected] Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail/delivery, fax, or Email). Please note that comments submitted after the comment period will not be considered.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) administers the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). The Act provides benefits to workers' injured in maritime employment on the navigable waters of the United States or in an adjoining area customarily used by an employer in loading, unloading, repairing, or building a vessel. In addition, several acts extend the Longshore Act's coverage to certain other employees. Pursuant to section 914(d) of the Longshore Act, and 20CFR702.251, if an employer controverts the right to compensation, he/she shall file with the district director in the affected compensation district on or before the fourteenth day after he/she has knowledge of the alleged injury or death, a notice, in accordance with a form prescribed by the Secretary, stating that the right to compensation is controverted. Form LS-207 has been designated for this purpose. Form LS-207 is used by insurance carriers and self-insured employers to controvert claims under the Longshore Act and extensions. The information is used by OWCP district offices to determine the basis for not paying benefits in a case. This information collection is currently approved for use through May 31, 2018.

    II. Review Focus: The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which:

    * evaluate 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;

    * evaluate 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;

    * enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    * 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, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

    III. Current Actions:

    The Department of Labor seeks the extension of approval of this information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to meet the statutory requirements to provide compensation or death benefits under the Act to workers covered by the Act.

    Agency: Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.

    Type of Review: Extension.

    Title: Notice of Controversion of Right to Compensation.

    OMB Number: 1240-0042.

    Agency Number: LS-207.

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

    Total Respondents: 600.

    Total Annual Responses: 18,000.

    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 4,500.

    Estimated Time Per Response: 15 minutes.

    Frequency: On occasion.

    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.

    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $8,299.80.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record.

    Dated: February 27, 2018. Yoon Ferguson, Agency Clearance Officer, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, U.S. Department of Labor.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04684 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-CF-P
    NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Notice: (18-019)] Notice of Information Collection AGENCY:

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of information collection.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES:

    All comments should be submitted within 30 calendar days from the date of this publication.

    ADDRESSES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20543. Attention: Desk Officer for NASA.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Lori Parker, NASA Clearance Officer, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, JF0000, Washington, DC 20546 or email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    NASA's founding legislation, the Space Act of 1958, as amended, directs the agency to expand human knowledge of Earth and space phenomena and to preserve the role of the United States as a leader in aeronautics, space science, and technology. The NASA Office of Education administers the agency's national education activities in support of the Space Act, including the performance measurement and evaluation of educational projects and programs. This generic clearance will allow the NASA Office of Education to continue to test and pilot with subject matter experts, secondary students, higher education students, educators, and interested parties new and existing information collection forms and assessment instruments for the purposes of improvement and establishing validity and reliability characteristics of the forms and instruments. Existing information collections include Undergraduate Internship Impact Surveys (Baseline and Follow-up Instruments), Undergraduate Internship Impact Surveys (Retrospective and Traditional Developed Instruments), STEM Challenges Impact Surveys (Student Baseline and Follow-up Instruments), STEM Challenges Impact Surveys (Educator Retrospective Instruments), One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) Student-level data application, and Office of Education Performance Measurement (OEPM) Program-level data system. Forms and instruments to be tested include program application forms, customer satisfaction questionnaires, focus group protocols, and project activity survey instruments. Methodological testing will include focus group discussions, pilot surveys to test new individual question items as well as the complete form and instrument. In addition, test-retest and similar protocols will be used to determine reliability characteristics of the forms and instruments. Methodological testing will assure that forms and instruments accurately and consistently collect and measure what they are intended to measure and that data collection items are interpreted precisely and consistently, all towards the goal of accurate Agency reporting while improving the execution of NASA Education project activities.

    II. Method of Collection

    Electronic, paper, and focus group interviews.

    III. Data

    Title: Generic Clearance for the NASA Office of Education Performance Measurement and Evaluation (Testing).

    OMB Number: 2700-0159.

    Type of review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

    Affected Public: Individuals and Households.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,756.

    Estimated Time per Response: Variable.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,487 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $50,913.23.

    IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of NASA, including whether the information collected has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of NASA's estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) 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 automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection. They will also become a matter of public record.

    Lori Parker, NASA PRA Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04649 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7510-13-P
    NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION [NARA-2018-023] Records Schedules; Availability and Request for Comments AGENCY:

    National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of availability of proposed records schedules; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publishes notice at least once monthly of certain Federal agency requests for records disposition authority (records schedules). Once approved by NARA, records schedules provide mandatory instructions on what happens to records when agencies no longer need them for current Government business. The records schedules authorize agencies to preserve records of continuing value in the National Archives of the United States and to destroy, after a specified period, records lacking administrative, legal, research, or other value. NARA publishes notice in the Federal Register for records schedules in which agencies propose to destroy records they no longer need to conduct agency business. NARA invites public comments on such records schedules.

    DATES:

    NARA must receive requests for copies in writing by April 9, 2018. Once NARA finishes appraising the records, we will send you a copy of the schedule you requested. We usually prepare appraisal memoranda that contain additional information concerning the records covered by a proposed schedule. You may also request these. If you do, we will also provide them once we have completed the appraisal. You have 30 days after we send to you these requested documents in which to submit comments.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may request a copy of any records schedule identified in this notice by contacting Records Appraisal and Agency Assistance (ACRA) using one of the following means:

    Mail: NARA (ACRA); 8601 Adelphi Road; College Park, MD 20740-6001.

    Email: [email protected]

    Fax: 301-837-3698.

    You must cite the control number, which appears in parentheses after the name of the agency that submitted the schedule, and a mailing address. If you would like an appraisal report, please include that in your request.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Margaret Hawkins, Director, by mail at Records Appraisal and Agency Assistance (ACRA); National Archives and Records Administration; 8601 Adelphi Road; College Park, MD 20740-6001, by phone at 301-837-1799, or by email at [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    NARA publishes notice in the Federal Register for records schedules they no longer need to conduct agency business. NARA invites public comments on such records schedules, as required by 44 U.S.C. 3303a(a).

    Each year, Federal agencies create billions of records on paper, film, magnetic tape, and other media. To control this accumulation, agency records managers prepare schedules proposing records retention periods and submit these schedules for NARA's approval. These schedules provide for timely transfer into the National Archives of historically valuable records and authorize the agency to dispose of all other records after the agency no longer needs them to conduct its business. Some schedules are comprehensive and cover all the records of an agency or one of its major subdivisions. Most schedules, however, cover records of only one office or program or a few series of records. Many of these update previously approved schedules, and some include records proposed as permanent.

    The schedules listed in this notice are media neutral unless otherwise specified. An item in a schedule is media neutral when an agency may apply the disposition instructions to records regardless of the medium in which it creates or maintains the records. Items included in schedules submitted to NARA on or after December 17, 2007, are media neutral unless the item is expressly limited to a specific medium. (See 36 CFR 1225.12(e).)

    Agencies may not destroy Federal records without Archivist of the United States' approval. The Archivist approves destruction only after thoroughly considering the records' administrative use by the agency of origin, the rights of the Government and of private people directly affected by the Government's activities, and whether or not the records have historical or other value.

    In addition to identifying the Federal agencies and any subdivisions requesting disposition authority, this notice lists the organizational unit(s) accumulating the records (or notes that the schedule has agency-wide applicability when schedules cover records that may be accumulated throughout an agency); provides the control number assigned to each schedule, the total number of schedule items, and the number of temporary items (the records proposed for destruction); and includes a brief description of the temporary records. The records schedule itself contains a full description of the records at the file unit level as well as their disposition. If NARA staff has prepared an appraisal memorandum for the schedule, it also includes information about the records. You may request additional information about the disposition process at the addresses above.

    Schedules Pending

    1. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service (DAA-0166-2018-0036, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Records include domestic and international commodity price information, commodity worksheets, reports, price surveys, and related information that document subsidy payments to exporters.

    2. Department of the Army, Agency-wide (DAA-AU-2011-0001, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Master files of an electronic information system used to maintain the location of rolling stock assets.

    3. Department of Commerce, Office of the Inspector General (DAA-0040-2018-0001, 3 items, 2 temporary items). Master files of an electronic information system that contains investigative case data for minor cases of whistleblower reprisals, requests for assistance from other law enforcement agencies, internal complaint cases, as well as cases that are not investigated or are closed with no action. Proposed for permanent retention are significant cases that result in national media attention, Congressional hearings, or substantive changes in agency policy or procedures.

    4. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (DAA-0560-2017-0019, 2 items, 2 temporary items). Agency-wide records related to financial management, to include state and local tax exemption, and trip reports.

    5. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Housing and Home Finance Agency (DAA-0207-2017-0003, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Plat plans of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, created for the sale of properties under the Atomic Energy Community Act of 1955. Duplicate set of plans maintained by National Archives at Atlanta within the Records of the Atomic Energy Commission, RG 326.

    6. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (DAA-0058-2017-0002, 1 item, 1 temporary item). Master file of an electronic information system used to track, monitor, and resolve irregularities in excise tax filings.

    Laurence Brewer, Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04633 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7515-01-P
    NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION [NARA-2018-024] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request AGENCY:

    National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of a request for comments regarding a new information collection.

    SUMMARY:

    We are proposing a new generic information collection request (generic ICR) entitled Generic Clearance for NARA Public and Education Program Registration. This notice announces that we have submitted this generic ICR plan to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act and solicits comments on specific aspects of the collection plan. We will use this to collect information from individuals registering for an education or other programs at NARA.

    DATES:

    We must receive written comments on or before April 9, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Written comments may be submitted to Mr. Nicholas A. Fraser, Desk Officer for NARA, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax 202-395-5167; or electronically mailed to [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    To request additional information, please contact Tamee Fechhelm by telephone at 301-837-1694 or fax at 301-837-0319.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), we invite comments on: (a) Whether collecting this information is necessary for proper performance of the agency's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of our estimate of the information collection's burden on respondents; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information we propose to collect; (d) ways to minimize the burden on respondents of collecting the information, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources people need to provide the information, including time to review instructions, process and maintain the information, search data sources, and respond.

    Explanation of Generic ICRs

    A generic ICR is a request for OMB to approve a plan for conducting more than one information collection using very similar methods when (1) we can evaluate the need for and the overall practical utility of the data in advance, as part of the review of the proposed plan, but (2) we cannot determine the details of the specific individual collections until a later time. Most generic clearances cover collections that are voluntary, low-burden (based on a consideration of total burden, total respondents, or burden per respondent), and uncontroversial. This notice, for example, describes a general plan to gather registration information from members of the public who wish to participate in programs at NARA, through a series of registration forms used for a variety of current and future education programs at different facilities. As part of this plan, we construct, distribute, and use the registration forms in a similar manner, but customize each one for the type and location of the program involved.

    Because we seek public comment on the plan, we do not need to seek public comment on each specific information collection that falls within the plan when we later develop the individual information collection. This saves the Government time and burden, and it streamlines our ability to gather registration information so we can provide more responsive programs. However, we still submit each specific information collection (e.g., each form) to OMB for review, in accordance with the terms of clearance set upon approval of the plan. OMB assesses the individual forms for PRA requirements, ensures that they fit within the scope of this generic ICR plan, and includes the specific forms in the PRA public docket prior to our use of them.

    The Agency received one comment in response to the 60-day notice published in the Federal Register of December 29, 2017 (82 FR 61798).

    Specifics on This Information Collection

    Title: Generic Clearance for NARA Public and Education Program Registration

    Description: This generic information collection request allows us to gather information from those members of the public who wish to register for public events, education programs, tours, and training sponsored by NARA. We will not use these forms for quantitative information collections designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance.

    Purpose: Collecting this information allows us to register participants for NARA's public, education, and training programs throughout the agency's locations, and to collect and process credit card payments. The information is also used to develop mailing lists for distribution of education-related information and special NARA training events, based on the request or expressed interest of the person registering. Advance registration allows NARA offices to schedule the tours, training, and events to maximize the participants' time and to accommodate the participants in the space. The information collected from registrants will help ensure that users have an effective, efficient, and satisfying experience with our programs, in compliance with E.O. 12862. Without the ability to collect this information, NARA would not be able to effectively organize events, resulting in possibly turning away members of the public from events that might be overbooked.

    Conditions: We will submit a specific information collection for approval under this generic clearance only if it meets the following conditions:

    • The collection is voluntary;

    • The collection is low-burden for respondents (based on considerations of total burden hours, total number of respondents, or burden-hours per respondent) and is low-cost for both the respondents and the Federal Government;

    • The collection is non-controversial and does not raise issues of concern to other Federal agencies;

    • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected only to the extent necessary and is retained only for the period of time required by NARA records schedules;

    • Information gathered will be used only internally for program management purposes and is not intended for release outside of the agency;

    • Information gathered will not be used for the purpose of substantially informing influential policy decisions; and

    • Information gathered will yield qualitative information; the collections will not be designed or expected to yield statistically reliable results or used as though the results are generalizable to the population of study.

    As a general matter, information collections under this generic collection request will not result in any new system of records containing privacy information and will not ask questions of a sensitive nature, such as sexual behavior and attitudes, religious beliefs, and other matters that are commonly considered private. In this notice, NARA solicits comments concerning the following information collection:

    Title: Generic Clearance for NARA Public and Education Program Registration.

    OMB number: 3095-00XX.

    Agency form numbers: N/A.

    Type of review: Regular.

    Projected affected public: Individuals or households, business or other for-profit, not-for-profit institutions, schools, Federal, state, local, or tribal government organizations.

    Projected average estimates for the next three years:

    Average expected annual number of forms: 6.

    Average projected number of respondents per form: 1.

    Estimated number of respondents in total: 1,500.

    Estimated time per response: 10 minutes.

    Frequency of response: On occasion.

    Estimated total annual burden hours: 250 hours.

    Abstract: We offer a variety of education programs, public programs, tours, training, and events throughout the country. In order to register participants, we use various online and paper registration forms. Advance registration allows NARA offices to schedule the tours, training, and events to maximize the participants' time and to accommodate the participants in the space.

    Swarnali Haldar, Executive for Information Services/CIO.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04695 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7515-01-P
    NATIONAL CAPITAL PLANNING COMMISSION Notice of Public Comment Period and Public Meetings on the Parks and Open Space Element of the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital AGENCY:

    National Capital Planning Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice of 60-day public comment period and public meetings.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) has released a draft of the Parks and Open Space Element (Element) of the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital: Federal Elements for public review. The Element articulates policies that protect and enhance the National Capital Region's parks and open space system while providing recreational, ecological, social, and educational benefits for visitors, residents, workers, and future generations. The draft is available online for review at https://www.ncpc.gov/initiatives/openspace/.

    Dates and Time: The public comment period closes May 7, 2018.

    Public Meetings: NCPC will host two open house events for the public to learn more about the Element. The first open house will be on March 21, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The second open house will be April 12, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The meetings will be held at NCPC (same address as that to which written comments may be addressed below).

    ADDRESSES:

    Written public comments on the draft may be submitted by either method:

    1. U.S. mail, courier, or hand deliver: Parks & Open Space Public Comment, National Capital Planning Commission, 401 9th Street NW, Suite 500N, Washington, DC 20004.

    2. Electronically: https://www.ncpc.gov/initiatives/openspace/comment/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Surina Singh at (202) 482-7233 or [email protected]

    Authority:

    40 U.S.C. 8721(e)(2).

    Dated: March 2, 2018. Anne R. Schuyler, General Counsel.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04669 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Proposal Review; Notice of Meetings

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces its intent to hold proposal review meetings throughout the year. The purpose of these meetings is to provide advice and recommendations concerning proposals submitted to the NSF for financial support. The agenda for each of these meetings is to review and evaluate proposals as part of the selection process for awards. The review and evaluation may also include assessment of the progress of awarded proposals. These meetings will primarily take place at NSF's headquarters, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314.

    These meetings will be closed to the public. The proposals being reviewed include information of a proprietary or confidential nature, including technical information; financial data, such as salaries; and personal information concerning individuals associated with the proposals. These matters are exempt under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), (4) and (6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act. NSF will continue to review the agenda and merits of each meeting for overall compliance of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

    These closed proposal review meetings will not be announced on an individual basis in the Federal Register. NSF intends to publish a notice similar to this on a quarterly basis. For an advance listing of the closed proposal review meetings that include the names of the proposal review panel and the time, date, place, and any information on changes, corrections, or cancellations, please visit the NSF website: https://www.nsf.gov/events/advisory.jsp. This information may also be requested by telephoning, 703/292-8687.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Crystal Robinson, Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04637 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555-01-P
    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the following meeting:

    Name and Committee Code: Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences (#1110).

    Date and Time: April 2, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., April 3, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, Room 2030.

    Please contact Rachel Evans at [email protected] to obtain a visitor badge. All visitors to the NSF will be required to show photo ID to obtain a badge.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Brent Miller, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Room E 2030, Alexandria, VA 22314; Tel No.: (703) 292-8400.

    Purpose of Meeting: The Advisory Committee for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up BIO.

    Agenda: Agenda items will include Directorate updates, review of the AC's function and responsibilities, discussion of potential future AC activities, discussion of partnership opportunities, and other matters relevant to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Crystal Robinson, Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04636 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 40-8905; NRC-2018-0042] Rio Algom, LLC; Ambrosia Lake Facility, McKinley County, New Mexico Source Materials License SUA-1473 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 Rio Algom, LLC, Ambrosia Lake facility for amendment of Materials License SUA-1473, which authorizes the burial of contaminated waste materials resulting from previous onsite milling operations into designated onsite disposal areas. The amendment would allow the release of the Section 4, Ponds at the Ambrosia Lake facility for unconditional use and update the license accordingly.

    DATES:

    A request for a hearing or petition for leave to intervene must be filed by May 7, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2018-0042 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 website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2018-0042. Address questions about NRC dockets to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301-287-9127; 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 is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that it is mentioned in this document. In addition, 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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Varughese Kurian, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-7426, email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction

    The NRC has received, by letter dated November 8, 2017, an application from Rio Algom, LLC, to amend its license (ADAMS Accession No. ML17340A482). Rio Algom, LLC, is requesting approval to release the Section 4 Ponds at the Ambrosia Lake facility for unconditional use and to amend the license amendment 61 accordingly. Included with the request is the report, “Final Radiological Condition and Dose Assessment for the Section 4 Ponds.” This report includes an evaluation of potential doses to a resident rancher and an industrial worker from residual radioactive material in the Section 4 Pond area and whether this dose is below the radium benchmark dose contained in the most recently approved Soil Decommissioning Plan (ADAMS Accession No. ML061320449; 2006). An updated Soil Decommissioning Plan (ADAMS Accession No. ML17340A486; 2017), that incorporates all of the changes proposed is also included with the request.

    An NRC acceptance review found the application provides sufficient information to begin the detailed technical review (ADAMS Accession No. ML18004B560). Prior to approving license amendment request and the updated Soil Decommissioning Plan, the NRC will need to make the findings required by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the NRC's regulations. The NRC's findings will be documented in a safety evaluation report and an environmental assessment. The environmental assessment will be the subject of a subsequent notice in the Federal Register.

    II. Opportunity To Request a Hearing and Petition for Leave To Intervene

    Within 60 days after the date of publication of this notice, any persons (petitioner) whose interest may be affected by this action may file a request for a hearing and petition for leave to intervene (petition) with respect to the action. Petitions shall be filed in accordance with the Commission's “Agency Rules of Practice and Procedure” in 10 CFR part 2. Interested persons should consult a current copy of 10 CFR 2.309. The NRC's regulations are accessible electronically from the NRC Library on the NRC's website at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/. Alternatively, a copy of the regulations is available at the NRC's Public Document Room, located at One White Flint North, Room O1-F21, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland 20852. If a petition is filed, the Commission or a presiding officer will rule on the petition and, if appropriate, a notice of a hearing will be issued.

    As required by 10 CFR 2.309(d) the petition should specifically explain the reasons why intervention should be permitted with particular reference to the following general requirements for standing: (1) The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner; (2) the nature of the petitioner's right under the Act to be made a party to the proceeding; (3) the nature and extent of the 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 petitioner's interest.

    In accordance with 10 CFR 2.309(f), the petition must also set forth the specific contentions which the petitioner seeks to have litigated in 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 petitioner must provide a brief explanation of the bases for the contention and a concise statement of the alleged facts or expert opinion which support the contention and on which the petitioner intends to rely in proving the contention at the hearing. The petitioner must also provide references to the specific sources and documents on which the petitioner intends to rely to support its position on the issue. The petition must include sufficient information to show that a genuine dispute exists with the applicant or licensee on a material issue of law or fact. Contentions must be limited to matters within the scope of the proceeding. The contention must be one which, if proven, would entitle the petitioner to relief. A petitioner who fails to satisfy the requirements at 10 CFR 2.309(f) 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. Parties have the opportunity to participate fully in the conduct of the hearing with respect to resolution of that party's admitted contentions, including the opportunity to present evidence, consistent with the NRC's regulations, policies, and procedures.

    Petitions must be filed no later than 60 days from the date of publication of this notice. Petitions and motions for leave to file new or amended contentions that are filed after the 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) through (iii). The petition must be filed in accordance with the filing instructions in the “Electronic Submissions (E-Filing)” section of this document.

    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 no later than 60 days from the date of publication of this notice. 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 set forth in this section. Alternatively, a State, local governmental body, Federally-recognized Indian Tribe, or agency thereof may participate as a non-party under 10 CFR 2.315(c).

    If a hearing is granted, any person who is not a party to the proceeding and is not affiliated with or represented by a party may, at 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 his or her 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. Details regarding the opportunity to make a limited appearance will be provided by the presiding officer if such sessions are scheduled.

    III. Electronic Submissions (E-Filing)

    All documents filed in NRC adjudicatory proceedings, including a request for hearing and petition for leave to intervene (petition), 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 that request to participate under 10 CFR 2.315(c), must be filed in accordance with the NRC's E-Filing rule (72 FR 49139; August 28, 2007, as amended at 77 FR 46562, August 3, 2012). 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. Detailed guidance on making electronic submissions may be found in the Guidance for Electronic Submissions to the NRC and on the NRC website at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html. 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 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 (1) request a digital identification (ID) certificate, which allows the participant (or its counsel or representative) to digitally sign submissions and access the E-Filing system for any proceeding in which it is participating; and (2) advise the Secretary that the participant will be submitting a petition or other adjudicatory document (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 website at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals/getting-started.html. Once a participant has obtained a digital ID certificate and a docket has been created, the participant can then submit adjudicatory documents. Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (PDF). Additional guidance on PDF submissions is available on the NRC's public website at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/electronic-sub-ref-mat.html. A filing is considered complete at the time the document is 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 document on those participants separately. Therefore, applicants and other participants (or their counsel or representative) must apply for and receive a digital ID certificate before adjudicatory documents are filed so that they can obtain access to the documents via the E-Filing system.

    A person filing electronically using the NRC's adjudicatory E-Filing system may seek assistance by contacting the NRC's Electronic Filing Help Desk through the “Contact Us” link located on the NRC's public website 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 Electronic Filing Help Desk is available between 9 a.m. and 6 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 stating why there is good cause for not filing electronically and 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, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852, Attention: Rulemaking and Adjudications Staff. Participants filing adjudicatory documents 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 https://adams.nrc.gov/ehd, unless excluded pursuant to an order of the Commission or the presiding officer. If you do not have an NRC-issued digital ID certificate as described above, click cancel when the link requests certificates and you will be automatically directed to the NRC's electronic hearing dockets where you will be able to access any publicly available documents in a particular hearing docket. Participants are requested not to include personal privacy information, such as social security numbers, home addresses, or personal phone numbers in their filings, unless an NRC regulation or other law requires submission of such information. For example, in some instances, individuals provide home addresses in order to demonstrate proximity to a facility or site. 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.

    IV. Availability of Documents List of Publicly Available Documents Cited in Notice ADAMS Accession No. Title of cited document Currently
  • publicly
  • available?
  • ML17340A482 License X ML061320449 Soil Decommissioning Plan X ML17340A486 Updated Soil Decommissioning Plan X ML18004B560 Administrative Completeness Review X
    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 1st day of March 2018.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Stephen Koenick, Chief, Materials Decommissioning Branch, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04673 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 50-395; 52-027, 52-028, 72-1038; NRC-2018-0043] Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station, Unit 1, 2, and 3, and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation; Consideration of Approval of Transfer of License AGENCY:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    Application for indirect transfer of license; opportunity to comment, request a hearing, and petition for leave to intervene.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received and is considering approval of an indirect license transfer application filed by the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G) and Dominion Energy, Inc. (Dominion Energy) on January 25, 2018. The application seeks NRC approval of the indirect transfer of Operating License No. NPF-12 and Combined License Nos. NPF-93 and NPF-94 for Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station (Summer), Units 1, 2, and 3, and the general license for the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI), currently held by SCE&G. The indirect license transfer would result from the proposed merger transaction involving Dominion Energy and SCANA Corporation (SCANA), the parent company of SCE&G.

    DATES:

    Comments must be filed by April 9, 2018. A request for a hearing must be filed by March 28, 2018.

    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 Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2018-0043. Address questions about NRC dockets to Jennifer Borges, 301-287-9127; email: [email protected] For technical questions contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

    Email comments to: [email protected] If you do not receive an automatic email reply confirming receipt, then contact us at 301-415-1677.

    Fax comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at 301-415-1101.

    Mail comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, ATTN: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff.

    Hand deliver comments to: 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) Federal workdays; telephone: 301-415-1677.

    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:

    Shawn A. Williams, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, telephone: 301-415-1009, 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-2018-0043 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 Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2018-0043.

    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 application for indirect transfer of the license dated January 25, 2018, is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML18025C035.

    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-2018-0043 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 submissions into ADAMS.

    II. Introduction

    The NRC is considering the issuance of an order under § 50.80 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), approving the indirect transfer of Operating License No. NPF-12 and Combined License Nos. NPF-93 and NPF-94 for Summer, Units 1, 2, 3, and the general license for the ISFSI, currently held by SCE&G. The transfer would be to Dominion Energy.

    According to the application filed by SCE&G and Dominion Energy, the indirect license transfer would result from the proposed merger transaction involving Dominion Energy and SCANA, the parent company of SCE&G. SCE&G will continue to operate Summer, Unit 1 and the ISFSI. Summer Unit 2 and 3 are non-operating partially constructed facilities with all construction activities ceased.

    No physical changes or operational changes are being proposed in the application.

    The NRC's regulations at 10 CFR 50.80 state that no license, or any right thereunder, shall be transferred, directly or indirectly, through transfer of control of the license, unless the Commission gives its consent in writing. The Commission will approve an application for the indirect transfer of a license if the Commission determines that the proposed merger will not affect the qualifications of the licensee to hold the license and that the transfer is otherwise consistent with applicable provisions of law, regulations, and orders issued by the Commission.

    III. Opportunity To Comment

    Within 30 days from the date of publication of this notice, persons may submit written comments regarding the license transfer application, as provided for in 10 CFR 2.1305. The Commission will consider and respond, if appropriate, to these comments, but such comments will not otherwise constitute part of the decisional record. Comments should be submitted as described in the ADDRESSES section of this document.

    IV. Opportunity To Request a Hearing and Petition for Leave To Intervene

    Within 20 days after the date of publication of this notice, any persons (petitioner) whose interest may be affected by this action may file a request for a hearing and petition for leave to intervene (petition) with respect to the action. Petitions shall be filed in accordance with the Commission's “Agency Rules of Practice and Procedure” in 10 CFR part 2. Interested persons should consult a current copy of 10 CFR 2.309. The NRC's regulations are accessible electronically from the NRC Library on the NRC's website at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/. Alternatively, a copy of the regulations is available at the NRC's Public Document Room, located at One White Flint North, Room O1-F21, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland 20852. If a petition is filed, the Commission or a presiding officer will rule on the petition, and, if appropriate, a notice of a hearing will be issued.

    As required by 10 CFR 2.309(d), the petition should specifically explain the reasons why intervention should be permitted with particular reference to the following general requirements for standing: (1) The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner; (2) the nature of the petitioner's right under the Act to be made a party to the proceeding; (3) the nature and extent of the 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 petitioner's interest.

    In accordance with 10 CFR 2.309(f), the petition must also set forth the specific contentions which the petitioner seeks to have litigated in 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 petitioner must provide a brief explanation of the bases for the contention and a concise statement of the alleged facts or expert opinion which support the contention and on which the petitioner intends to rely in proving the contention at the hearing. The petitioner must also provide references to those specific sources and documents of which the petitioner intends to rely to support its position on the issue. 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 must be limited to matters within the scope of the proceeding. The contention must be one which, if proven, would entitle the petitioner to relief. A petitioner who fails to satisfy the requirements at 10 CFR 2.309(f) 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. Parties have the opportunity to participate fully in the conduct of the hearing with respect to resolution of that party's admitted contentions, including the opportunity to present evidence, consistent with the NRC's regulations, policies, and procedures.

    Petitions must be filed no later than 20 days from the date of publication of this notice. Petitions and motions for leave to file new or amended contentions that are filed after the 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) through (iii). The petition must be filed in accordance with the filing instructions in the “Electronic Submissions (E-Filing)” section of this document.

    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 no later than 20 days from the date of publication of this notice. 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 set forth in this section, except that under 10 CFR 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. Alternatively, a State, local governmental body, Federally-recognized Indian Tribe, or agency thereof may participate as a non-party under 10 CFR 2.315(c).

    If a hearing is granted, any person who is not a party to the proceeding and is not affiliated with or represented by a party may, at 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 his or her 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. Details regarding the opportunity to make a limited appearance will be provided by the presiding officer if such sessions are scheduled.

    V. Electronic Submissions (E-Filing)

    All documents filed in NRC adjudicatory proceedings, including a request for hearing and petition for leave to intervene (petition), any motion or other document filed in the proceeding prior to the submission of a request for hearing or petition, and documents filed by interested governmental entities that request to participate under 10 CFR 2.315(c), must be filed in accordance with the NRC's E-Filing rule (72 FR 49139; August 28, 2007, as amended at 77 FR 46562, August 3, 2012). 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. Detailed guidance on making electronic submissions may be found in the Guidance for Electronic Submissions to the NRC and on the NRC website at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html. 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 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 (1) request a digital identification (ID) certificate, which allows the participant (or its counsel or representative) to digitally sign submissions and access the E-Filing system for any proceeding in which it is participating; and (2) advise the Secretary that the participant will be submitting a petition or other adjudicatory document (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 website at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals/getting-started.html. Once a participant has obtained a digital ID certificate and a docket has been created, the participant can then submit adjudicatory documents. Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (PDF). Additional guidance on PDF submissions is available on the NRC's public website at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/electronic-sub-ref-mat.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 document on those participants separately. Therefore, applicants and other participants (or their counsel or representative) must apply for and receive a digital ID certificate before adjudicatory documents are filed so that they can obtain access to the documents via the E-Filing system.

    A person filing electronically using the NRC's adjudicatory E-Filing system may seek assistance by contacting the NRC Electronic Filing Help Desk through the “Contact Us” link located on the NRC's public website 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 Electronic Filing Help Desk is available between 9 a.m. and 7 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 stating why there is good cause for not filing electronically and 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, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852, Attention: Rulemaking and Adjudications Staff. Participants filing adjudicatory documents 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 https://adams.nrc.gov/ehd, unless excluded pursuant to an order of the Commission or the presiding officer. If you do not have an NRC-issued digital ID certificate as described above, click cancel when the link requests certificates and you will be automatically directed to the NRC's electronic hearing dockets where you will be able to access any publicly available documents in a particular hearing docket. Participants are requested not to include personal privacy information, such as social security numbers, home addresses, or personal phone numbers in their filings, unless an NRC regulation or other law requires submission of such information. For example, in some instances, individuals provide home addresses in order to demonstrate proximity to a facility or site. 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.

    The Commission will issue a notice or order granting or denying a hearing request or intervention petition, designating the issues for any hearing that will be held and designating the Presiding Officer. A notice granting a hearing will be published in the Federal Register and served on the parties to the hearing.

    For further details with respect to this application, see the application dated January 25, 2018 (ADAMS Accession No. ML18025C035).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 5th day of March 2018.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Shawn A. Williams, Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch II-1, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04674 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC-2018-0001] Sunshine Act Meeting Notice DATES:

    Weeks of February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018.

    PLACE:

    Commissioners' Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.

    STATUS:

    Public and Closed.

    Week of February 19, 2018

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of February 19, 2018.

    Week of February 26, 2018—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of February 26, 2018.

    Week of March 5, 2018—Tentative Thursday, March 8, 2018 10:00 a.m.—Meeting with the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (Public Meeting) (Contact: Sophie Holiday: 301-415-7865)

    This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov/.

    Week of March 12, 2018—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of March 12, 2018.

    Week of March 19, 2018—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of March 19, 2018.

    Week of March 26, 2018—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of March 26, 2018.

    The schedule for Commission meetings is subject to change on short notice. For more information or to verify the status of meetings, contact Denise McGovern at 301-415-0681 or via email at [email protected]

    The NRC Commission Meeting Schedule can be found on the internet at: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/schedule.html.

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these public meetings, or need this meeting notice or the transcript or other information from the public meetings in another format (e.g., braille, large print), please notify Kimberly Meyer-Chambers, NRC Disability Program Manager, at 301-287-0739, by videophone at 240-428-3217, or by email at [email protected] Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Members of the public may request to receive this information electronically. If you would like to be added to the distribution, please contact the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20555 (301-415-1969), or email [email protected]

    Dated: February 14, 2018. Denise L. McGovern, Policy Coordinator, Office of the Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04722 Filed 3-6-18; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION Submission for OMB Review; Comments Request AGENCY:

    Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, agencies are required to publish a Notice in the Federal Register notifying the public that the agency is renewing an existing information collection for OMB review and approval and requests public review and comment on the submission. Comments are being solicited on the need for the information; the accuracy of OPIC's burden estimate; the quality, practical utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize reporting the burden, including automated collected techniques and uses of other forms of technology.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received within sixty (60) calendar days of publication of this Notice.

    ADDRESSES:

    Mail all comments and requests for copies of the subject form to OPIC's Agency Submitting Officer: James Bobbitt, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, 1100 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20527. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for other information about filing.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    OPIC Agency Submitting Officer: James Bobbitt, (202) 336-8558.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    All mailed comments and requests for copies of the subject form should include form number OPIC-52 on both the envelope and in the subject line of the letter. Electronic comments and requests for copies of the subject form may be sent to [email protected], subject line OPIC-52.

    Summary Form Under Review

    Type of Request: Extension without change of a currently approved information collection.

    Title: Application for Political Risk Insurance.

    Form Number: OPIC-52.

    Frequency of Use: One per investor per project.

    Type of Respondents: Business or other institution (except farms); individuals.

    Standard Industrial Classification Codes: All.

    Description of Affected Public: U.S. companies or citizens investing overseas.

    Reporting Hours: 135 (3 hours per form * 45 forms per year).

    Number of Responses: 45 per year.

    Federal Cost: $4,941.9 (2 hours per form * 45 forms per year * $54.91 (GS-14/1 DCB)).

    Authority for Information Collection: Sections 231, 234(a), 239(d), 240A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.

    Abstract (Needs and Uses): The application is the principal document used by OPIC to determine investor and project eligibility for political risk insurance and to collect information for underwriting analysis.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Nichole Skoyles, Administrative Counsel, Department of Legal Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04663 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3210-01-P
    OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION Submission for OMB Review; Comments Request AGENCY:

    Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, agencies are required to publish a Notice in the Federal Register notifying the public that the agency is renewing an existing information collection for OMB review and approval and requests public review and comment on the submission. Comments are being solicited on the need for the information; the accuracy of OPIC's burden estimate; the quality, practical utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize reporting the burden, including automated collected techniques and uses of other forms of technology.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received within sixty (60) calendar days of publication of this Notice.

    ADDRESSES:

    Mail all comments and requests for copies of the subject form to OPIC's Agency Submitting Officer: James Bobbitt, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, 1100 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20527. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for other information about filing.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    OPIC Agency Submitting Officer: James Bobbitt, (202)336-8558.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    All mailed comments and requests for copies of the subject form should include form number OPIC-50 on both the envelope and in the subject line of the letter. Electronic comments and requests for copies of the subject form may be sent to [email protected], subject line OPIC-50.

    Summary Form Under Review

    Type of Request: Extension without change of a currently approved information collection.

    Title: Request for Registration for Political Risk Insurance.

    Form Number: OPIC-50.

    Frequency of Use: One per investor per project.

    Type of Respondents: Business or other institution (except farms); individuals.

    Standard Industrial Classification Codes: All.

    Description of Affected Public: U.S. companies or citizens investing overseas.

    Reporting Hours: 87.5 (0.5 hours per form * 175 forms per year).

    Number of Responses: 175 per year.

    Federal Cost: $4,804.62 (0.5 hours per form * 175 forms per year * $54.91 (GS-14/1 DCB)).

    Authority for Information Collection: Sections 231, 234(a), 239(d), 240A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.

    Abstract (Needs and Uses): The Request for Registration for Political Risk Insurance is the screening document used by OPIC to review investor and project eligibility for political risk insurance.

    Dated: March 5, 2018. Nichole Skoyles, Administrative Counsel, Department of Legal Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04662 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3210-01-P
    SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under OMB Review AGENCY:

    Small Business Administration.

    ACTION:

    30-Day notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) is publishing this notice to comply with requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), which requires agencies to submit proposed reporting and recordkeeping requirements to OMB for review and approval, and to publish a notice in the Federal Register notifying the public that the agency has made such a submission. This notice also allows an additional 30 days for public comments.

    DATES:

    Submit comments on or before April 9, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments should refer to the information collection by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Agency Clearance Officer, Curtis Rich, Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20416; and SBA Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Curtis Rich, Agency Clearance Officer, (202) 205-7030 [email protected]

    Copies: A copy of the Form OMB 83-1, supporting statement, and other documents submitted to OMB for review may be obtained from the Agency Clearance Officer.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Applicants for SBA-guaranteed commitment must complete these forms as part of the application process. SBA uses the information to make informed and proper credit decisions and to establish the SBIC's eligibility for leverage and need for funds.

    Solicitation of Public Comments: Comments may be submitted on (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the agency to properly perform its functions; (b) whether the burden estimates are accurate; (c) whether there are ways to minimize the burden, including through the use of automated techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) whether there are ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information.

    Summary of Information Collections:

    Title: 25-Model Corp. Resol. Or GP Certif., 33-Model Letter to Selling Agent, 34-Bank ID, 1065-Appl. Lic. Assure. of Compliance, SBA Forms 25PCGP, SBA Form 25 PIGP, SBA Form 33, SBA Form 34.

    Description of Respondents: Eligible SBIC's.

    Form Numbers: SBA Forms 25, PC, PCGP, PIGP, 33, 34, 1065.

    Estimated Annual Respondents: 70.

    Estimated Annual Responses: 70.

    Estimated Annual Hour Burden: 47.

    Curtis B. Rich, Management Analyst.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04694 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025-01-P
    SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program AGENCY:

    Social Security Administration (SSA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of a new matching program.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Under this matching program, IRS will provide SSA certain return information for administration of Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

    DATES:

    The deadline to submit comments on the proposed matching program is 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. The matching program will be applicable on July 1, 2018 and will expire on December 31, 2019, or once a minimum of 30 days after publication of this notice has elapsed, whichever is later. The matching program will be in effect for a period of 18 months.

    ADDRESSES:

    Interested parties may comment on this notice by either telefaxing to (410) 966-0869, writing to Mary Ann Zimmerman, Acting Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, Social Security Administration, 617 Altmeyer Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, or emailing at [email protected] All comments received will be available for public inspection by contacting Ms. Zimmerman at this address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Interested parties may submit general questions about the matching program to Mary Ann Zimmerman, Acting Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, by any of the means shown above.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    None.

    Mary Ann Zimmerman, Acting Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel. Participating Agencies:

    SSA and IRS.

    Authority for Conducting the Matching Program:

    The legal authority for this matching agreement between IRS and SSA is executed pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, and otherwise; and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Final Guidance interpreting those Acts.

    Public Law 98-369, Deficit Reduction Act of 1984, requires agencies administering certain federally-assisted benefit programs to use certain information to ensure proper distribution of benefit payments (98 Stat. 494).

    6103(l)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) (26 U.S.C. 6103(l)(7)) authorizes IRS to disclose return information with respect to unearned income to Federal, State and local agencies administering certain federally-assisted benefit programs under the Act.

    1631(e)(1)(B) of the Act (42 U.S.C. 1383(e)(1)(B)) requires verification of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility and benefit amounts with independent or collateral sources. This section of the Act provides that the “Commissioner of Social Security shall, as may be necessary, request and utilize information available pursuant to 6103(l)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986” for purposes of federally-administered supplementary payments of the type described in 1616(a) of the Act (including payments pursuant to an agreement entered into under 212(a) of Pub. L. 93-66).

    The legal authority for the disclosure of SSA data under this agreement is 1106 of the Act (42 U.S.C. 1306), (b)(3) of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3)), and the regulations and guidance promulgated under these provisions.

    Purpose(s):

    The purpose of this matching program is to set forth the conditions under which IRS agrees under the authority of 26 U.S.C 6103(1)(7) to disclose to SSA certain return information for use in verifying eligibility for, and the correct amount of, benefits provided under Title XVI of the Act to qualified aged, blind, and disabled individuals; and federally-administered supplementary payments as described in 1616(a) of the Act (including payments pursuant to an agreement entered into under 212(a) of Public Law (Pub. L.) 93-66 (87 Stat. 152)). 42 U.S.C. 1382 note.

    Categories of Individuals:

    The individuals whose information is involved in this matching program are defined specifically as the aged, blind, or disabled individuals who are applicants for, or recipients of, SSI benefits of Federally-administered State supplementary payments, or both.

    Categories of Records:

    SSA will furnish IRS with the Social Security number (SSN) and Name Control (first four characters of the surname) for each individual for whom unearned income information is being requested in accordance with the current IRS Publication 3373, DIFSLA Handbook: Disclosure of Information to Federal, State and Local Agencies.

    When there is a match of an individual identifier, IRS will disclose to SSA the following:

    Payee Account Number,

    Payee Name and Mailing Address,

    Payee Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN),

    Payer Name and Address,

    Payer TIN, and

    Income Type and Amount.

    System(s) of Records:

    SSA will provide IRS with identifying information (described above) with respect to applicants for and recipients of Title XVI benefits from the Supplemental Security Income Record and Special Veterans Benefit (SSR), 60-0103, last fully published at 71 FR 1830 (January 11, 2006) and amended at 72 FR 69723 (December 10, 2007).

    SSA will disclose certain information to IRS for aged, blind, or disabled individuals who are applicants for, or recipients of, SSI benefits or federally-administered State supplementary payments, or both. IRS will match SSA's information with its Information Return Master File (IRMF) and disclose to SSA return information with respect to unearned income of applicants or recipients identified by SSA. The information IRS discloses to SSA is limited to unearned income reported on information returns.

    IRS will extract return information with respect to unearned income from the IRMF, [Treasury/IRS 22.061], as published at 80 FR 54081-082 (September 8, 2015), through the DIFSLA program.

    [FR Doc. 2018-04631 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191-02-P
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10348] Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia From Ghana” Exhibition SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that certain objects to be included in the exhibition “The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana,” imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owner or custodian. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, from on or about April 15, 2018, until on or about August 12, 2018, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Elliot Chiu 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.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The foregoing determinations were made 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. 257-1 of December 11, 2015). I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register.

    Alyson Grunder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04687 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710-05-P
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 10347] Notice of a Shipping Coordination Committee Meeting

    The Department of State will conduct an open meeting at 9 a.m. on April 2, 2018, in room 6i10-01-b of the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building at St. Elizabeth's, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20593-7509. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the 72nd session of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee to be held at the IMO Headquarters, United Kingdom, April 9-13, 2018.

    The agenda items to be considered include:

    —Adoption of the agenda —Decisions of other bodies —Consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments —Harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water —Air pollution and energy efficiency —Further technical and operational measures for enhancing the energy efficiency of international shipping —Reduction of GHG emissions from ships —Identification and protection of Special Areas, ECAs and PSSAs —Pollution prevention and response (Urgent matters emanating from the fifth session of the Sub-Committee) —Reports of other sub-committees —Development of measures to reduce risks of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters —Technical cooperation activities for the protection of the marine environment —Capacity building for the implementation of new measures —Application of the Committees' method of work —Work program of the Committee and subsidiary bodies —Any other business —Consideration of the report of the Committee

    Members of the public may attend this meeting up to the seating capacity of the room. Upon request to the meeting coordinator, members of the public may also participate via teleconference, up to the capacity of the teleconference phone line. To access the teleconference line, participants should call (202) 475-4000 and use Participant Code: 887 809 72. To facilitate the building security process, and to request reasonable accommodation, those who plan to attend should contact the meeting coordinator, LCDR Staci Weist, by email at [email protected], by phone at (202) 372-1372, or in writing at 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Stop 7509, Washington, DC 20593-7509, not later than March 27, 2018, 7 days prior to the meeting. Requests made after March 27, 2018 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 Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building. The Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building is accessible by taxi, public transportation, and privately owned conveyance (upon request).

    Joel C. Coito, Executive Secretary, Shipping Coordinating Committee, Coast Guard Liaison Officer, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, Department of State.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04686 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710-09-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at the Arapahoe County Public Airport, Englewood, CO AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of request to release airport property.

    SUMMARY:

    The FAA proposes to rule and invite public comment on the release of land at the Arapahoe County Public Airport, Englewood, CO.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before April 9, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments on this application may be mailed or delivered to the FAA at the following address: Mr. John P. Bauer, Manager, Federal Aviation Administration, Northwest Mountain Region, Airports Division, Denver Airports District Office, 26805 E 68th Avenue, Suite 224, Denver, CO 80249-6361.

    In addition, one copy of any comments submitted to the FAA must be mailed or delivered to Mr. Robert Olislagers, Arapahoe County Public Airport, Englewood, CO, at the following address:

    Mr. Robert Olislagers, Chief Executive Officer, Arapahoe County Public Airport, 7800 South Peoria Street, Unit G1, Englewood, CO 80112

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Marc Miller, Colorado Engineer/Compliance Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, Northwest Mountain Region, Denver Airports District Office, 26805 E 68th Avenue, Suite 224, Denver, CO 80249-6361.

    The request to release property may be reviewed, by appointment, in person at this same location.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The FAA invites public comment on the request to release property at the Arapahoe County Public Airport under the provisions of the AIR 21 (49 U.S.C. 47107(h)(2)).

    On February 27, 2018, the FAA determined that the request to release property at the Arapahoe County Public Airport submitted by the Arapahoe County Public Airport meets the procedural requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration.

    The following is a brief overview of the request:

    The Arapahoe County Public Airport is proposing the release from the terms, conditions, reservations, and restrictions on approximately 27.766 acres of federally obligated land at the Arapahoe County Public Airport. This land was originally purchased in 2007 as part of a larger deal to obtain a restrictive covenant over several tracts of developable land near the airport that were slated for residential use. The 27.766 acres being proposed for release was never intended for aeronautical development and has been advertised for lease since the original purchase without any success. However, several buyers have approached the airport with interest in purchasing the land for compatible uses. The property will be sold at fair market value and the sponsor will reinvest the revenue into the airport. The property release conveyance will include appropriate continuing right of flight and continuing restriction clauses that will prohibit any activity on the land that would interfere with or be a hazard to the flight of aircraft over the land or to and from the airport, or that interferes with air navigation and communications facilities serving the airport.

    Any person may inspect, by appointment, the request in person at the FAA office listed above under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    In addition, any person may, upon appointment and request, inspect the application, notice and other documents germane to the application in person at the Arapahoe County Public Airport.

    Issued in Denver, CO, on February 27, 2018. John P. Bauer, Manager, Denver Airports District Office.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04689 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Request To Release Airport Property AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of intent to rule on request to release airport property at Iowa City Municipal Airport, Iowa City, Iowa.

    SUMMARY:

    The FAA proposes to rule and invites public comment on the release of land at Iowa City Municipal Airport, Iowa City, Iowa.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before April 9, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments on this application may be mailed or delivered to the FAA at the following address: Lynn D. Martin, Airports Compliance Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, Airports Division, ACE-610C, 901 Locust Room 364, Kansas City, MO 64106.

    In addition, one copy of any comments submitted to the FAA must be mailed or delivered to: Michael Tharp C.M., Airport Operations Specialist, 1801 S. Riverside Dr., Iowa City, IA 52246, (319) 356-5045, Ext 5.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lynn D. Martin, Airports Compliance Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, Airports Division, ACE-610C, 901 Locust Room 364, Kansas City, MO 64106, (816) 329-2644, [email protected] The request to release property may be reviewed, by appointment, in person at this same location.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The FAA invites public comment on the request to release approximately 0.42+ acres of airport property at Iowa City Municipal Airport (IOW) under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47107(h)(2). On June 30, 2017, the Airport Operations Specialist at Iowa City Municipal Airport requested from the FAA that approximately 0.42+ acres of property be released for sale to Harry Hinckley for use as a parking lot for his employees or other purposes consistent with the zoning ordinances of the City. On March 1, 2018, the FAA determined that the request to release property at Iowa City Municipal Airport (IOW) submitted by the Sponsor meets the procedural requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration and the release of the property does not and will not impact future aviation needs at the airport. The FAA may approve the request, in whole or in part, no sooner than thirty days after the publication of this notice.

    The following is a brief overview of the request:

    Iowa City Municipal Airport (IOW) is proposing the release of airport property totaling 0.42 acres, more or less. This land is to be used for a parking lot for business employees. The release of land is necessary to comply with Federal Aviation Administration Grant Assurances that do not allow federally acquired airport property to be used for non-aviation purposes. The sale of the subject property will result in the land at Iowa City Municipal Airport (IOW) being changed from aeronautical to non-aeronautical use and release the lands from the conditions of the Airport Improvement Program Grant Agreement Grant Assurances. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 47107(c)(2)(B)(i) and (iii), the airport will receive fair market value for the property, which will be subsequently reinvested in another eligible airport improvement project for general aviation facilities at Iowa City Municipal Airport.

    Any person may inspect, by appointment, the request in person at the FAA office listed above under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. In addition, any person may, upon appointment and request, inspect the application, notice and other documents determined by the FAA to be related to the application in person at Iowa City Municipal Airport.

    Issued in Kansas City, MO, on March 1, 2018. Jim A. Johnson, Director, Airports Division.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04690 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0128] Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Voluntary Information-Sharing System Working Group AGENCY:

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces a public meeting of the Voluntary Information-sharing System (VIS) Working Group. The VIS Working Group will convene to discuss and identify recommendations to establish a voluntary information-sharing system.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held on April 5, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. Members of the public who wish to attend in person should register no later than March 30, 2018. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, may notify PHMSA by March 30, 2018. For additional information, see the ADDRESSES section.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at a location yet to be determined in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The meeting location, agenda and any additional information will be published on the following VIS Working Group and registration page at: https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/MtgHome.mtg?mtg=133.

    The meetings will not be webcast; however, presentations will be available on the meeting website and posted on the E-Gov website, https://www.regulations.gov/, under docket number PHMSA-2016-0128 within 30 days following the meeting.

    Public Participation: This meeting will be open to the public. Members of the public who attend in person will also be provided an opportunity to make a statement during the meetings.

    Written Comments: Persons who wish to submit written comments on the meetings may submit them to the docket in the following ways:

    E-Gov Website: https://www.regulations.gov. This site allows the public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any agency.

    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.

    Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery: Room W12-140 on the ground level of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

    Instructions: Identify the docket number PHMSA-2016-0128 at the beginning of your comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    Anyone can search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). Therefore, consider reviewing DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477), or view the Privacy Notice at https://www.regulations.gov before submitting comments.

    Docket: For docket access or to read background documents or comments, go to https://www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12-140 on the ground level of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your written comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with the following statement: “Comments on PHMSA-2016-0128.” The docket clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to you via the U.S. mail.

    Privacy Act Statement

    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), the DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. The 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.

    Services for Individuals With Disabilities: The public meeting will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify Cheryl Whetsel at [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For information about the meeting, contact Cheryl Whetsel by phone at 202-366-4431 or by email at [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    The VIS Working Group is an advisory committee established in accordance with Section 10 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (Pub. L. 114-183), the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., App. 2, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.50(a).

    II. Meeting Details and Agenda

    The VIS Working Group agenda will include briefings on topics such as mandate requirements, integrity management, data types and tools, in-line inspection repair and other direct assessment methods, geographic information system implementation, subcommittee considerations, lessons learned, examples of existing information-sharing systems, safety management systems, and more. As part of its work, the committee will ultimately provide recommendations to the Secretary, as required and specifically outlined in Section 10 of Public Law 114-183, addressing:

    (a) The need for, and the identification of, a system to ensure that dig verification data are shared with in-line inspection operators to the extent consistent with the need to maintain proprietary and security-sensitive data in a confidential manner to improve pipeline safety and inspection technology;

    (b) Ways to encourage the exchange of pipeline inspection information and the development of advanced pipeline inspection technologies and enhanced risk analysis;

    (c) Opportunities to share data, including dig verification data between operators of pipeline facilities and in-line inspector vendors to expand knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of in-line inspection technology and methodologies;

    (d) Options to create a secure system that protects proprietary data while encouraging the exchange of pipeline inspection information and the development of advanced pipeline inspection technologies and enhanced risk analysis;

    (e) Means and best practices for the protection of safety and security-sensitive information and proprietary information; and

    (f) Regulatory, funding, and legal barriers to sharing the information described in paragraphs (a) through (d).

    The Secretary will publish the VIS Working Group's recommendations on a publicly available DOT website and in the docket. The VIS Working Group will fulfill its purpose once its recommendations are published online.

    PHMSA will publish the agenda on the PHMSA meeting page https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/MtgHome.mtg?mtg=133, once it is finalized.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2018, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.97. Alan K. Mayberry, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
    [FR Doc. 2018-04632 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-60-P
    83 46 Thursday, March 8, 2018 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9703 of March 2, 2018 National Consumer Protection Week, 2018 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation A vibrant economy, fueled by consumer confidence, is at the heart of American prosperity. Fraudulent and deceptive practices erode the marketplace, cost consumers billions of dollars each year, and undermine the well-being of Americans and their families. During National Consumer Protection Week, we focus on the importance of safeguarding and strengthening our economic health through consumer education and fraud prevention. American consumers must be alert for a broad range of scams and schemes, including identity theft, cybersecurity breaches, and charity fraud, all of which can destroy credit, diminish lifelong savings, and erode financial security and confidence. All consumers are vulnerable to financial exploitation, but depraved scammers often target the elderly. Such fraud can rob victims of their dignity and confidence, in addition to their resources. For this reason, I signed into law the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act, which increases penalties for criminals who target older Americans. Imposter fraud is one of the fastest-growing scams today. It takes many forms and affects Americans of all ages, but the goal is always the same: to steal money after gaining the trust of an unsuspecting consumer. Imposters pose as bank representatives, government organizations, State lottery officials, first responders, Internal Revenue Service agents, technical support personnel, and shamelessly and cruelly, loved ones in distress. A growing number of imposter fraudsters claim affiliation with the military in an effort to trick service members or veterans into sharing sensitive personal or financial information. These con artists often convince people to send money or to provide access to their computers, which can turn out to be financially and personally devastating. National Consumer Protection Week is an opportunity for Americans to learn about their consumer rights so they can make better-informed financial decisions, avoid predatory practices, and protect their families from fraud and abuse. The Federal Government, in conjunction with a network of national organizations and State and local partners, provides information and resources that help Americans avoid, report, or recover from fraud and identity theft. I encourage all Americans to take this week to learn about how they can protect themselves and their families and defend their personal information from the growing number of online threats. The best weapon against fraud and extortion is a well-informed consumer. Together, we can work toward preserving economic prosperity and protecting personal financial security. NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 4 through March 10, 2018, as National Consumer Protection Week. I encourage individuals, businesses, organizations, government agencies, and community groups to take advantage of the broad array of online resources offered by the Federal Trade Commission, and to share this information through consumer education activities in communities across the country. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second. Trump.EPS [FR Doc. 2018-04887 3-7-18; 11:15 am] Billing code 3295-F8-P 83 46 Thursday, March 8, 2018 Presidential Documents Part II The President Executive Order 13825—2018 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States Proclamation 9703—National Consumer Protection Week, 2018 Title 3— The President Executive Order 13825 of March 1, 2018 2018 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), 10 U.S.C. 801-946), and in order to prescribe amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States, prescribed by Executive Order 12473 of April 13, 1984, as amended, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Part II, Part III, and Part IV of the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States, are amended as described in Annex 1, which is attached to and made a part of this order. Sec. 2. The amendments in Annex 1 shall take effect on the date of this order, subject to the following:

    (a) Nothing in Annex 1 shall be construed to make punishable any act done or omitted prior to the date of this order that was not punishable when done or omitted.

    (b) Nothing in Annex 1 shall be construed to invalidate the prosecution of any offense committed before the date of this order. The maximum punishment for an offense committed before the date of this order shall not exceed the maximum punishment in effect at the time of the commission of such offense.

    (c) Nothing in Annex 1 shall be construed to invalidate any nonjudicial punishment proceeding, restraint, investigation, referral of charges, trial in which arraignment occurred, or other action begun prior to the date of this order, and any such nonjudicial punishment proceeding, restraint, investigation, referral of charges, trial in which arraignment occurred, or other action shall proceed in the same manner and with the same effect as if the amendments in Annex 1 had not been prescribed.

    Sec. 3. (a) Pursuant to section 5542 of the Military Justice Act of 2016 (MJA), division E of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, Public Law 114-328, 130 Stat. 2000, 2967 (2016), except as otherwise provided by the MJA or this order, the MJA shall take effect on January 1, 2019.

    (b) Nothing in the MJA shall be construed to make punishable any act done or omitted prior to January 1, 2019, that was not punishable when done or omitted.

    (c) Nothing in title LX of the MJA shall be construed to invalidate the prosecution of any offense committed before January 1, 2019. The maximum punishment for an offense committed before January 1, 2019, shall not exceed the maximum punishment in effect at the time of the commission of such offense.

    (d) Nothing in the MJA shall be construed to invalidate any nonjudicial punishment proceeding, restraint, investigation, referral of charges, trial in which arraignment occurred, or other action begun prior to January 1, 2019. Except as otherwise provided in this order, the MJA shall not apply in any case in which charges are referred to trial by court-martial before January 1, 2019. Except as otherwise provided in this order, proceedings in any such case shall be held in the same manner and with the same effect as if the MJA had not been enacted.

    Sec. 4. The Manual for Courts-Martial, United States, as amended by section 1 of this order, is amended as described in Annex 2, which is attached to and made a part of this order. Sec. 5. The amendments in Annex 2, including Appendix 12A, shall take effect on January 1, 2019, subject to the following:

    (a) Nothing in Annex 2 shall be construed to make punishable any act done or omitted prior to January 1, 2019, that was not punishable when done or omitted.

    (b) Nothing in section 4 of Annex 2 shall be construed to invalidate the prosecution of any offense committed before January 1, 2019. The maximum punishment for an offense committed before January 1, 2019, shall not exceed the maximum punishment in effect at the time of the commission of such offense.

    (c) Nothing in Annex 2 shall be construed to invalidate any nonjudicial punishment proceeding, restraint, investigation, referral of charges, trial in which arraignment occurred, or other action begun prior to January 1, 2019. Except as otherwise provided in this order, the amendments in Annex 2 shall not apply in any case in which charges are referred to trial by court-martial before January 1, 2019. Except as otherwise provided in this order, proceedings in any such case shall be held in the same manner and with the same effect as if such amendments had not been prescribed.

    Sec. 6. (a) The amendments to Articles 2, 56(d), 58a, and 63 of the UCMJ enacted by sections 5102, 5301, 5303, and 5327 of the MJA apply only to cases in which all specifications allege offenses committed on or after January 1, 2019.

    (b) If the accused is found guilty of a specification alleging the commission of one or more offenses before January 1, 2019, Article 60 of the UCMJ, as in effect on the date of the earliest offense of which the accused was found guilty, shall apply to the convening authority, in addition to the suspending authority in Article 60a(c) as enacted by the MJA, to the extent that Article 60:

    (1) requires action by the convening authority on the sentence; (2) permits action by the convening authority on findings; (3) authorizes the convening authority to modify the findings and sentence of a court-martial, dismiss any charge or specification by setting aside a finding of guilty thereto, or change a finding of guilty to a charge or specification to a finding of guilty to an offense that is a lesser included offense of the offense stated in the charge or specification; (4) authorizes the convening authority to order a proceeding in revision or a rehearing; or (5) authorizes the convening authority to approve, disapprove, commute, or suspend a sentence in whole or in part. Sec. 7. The amendment to Article 15 of the UCMJ enacted by section 5141 of the MJA shall apply to any nonjudicial punishment imposed on or after January 1, 2019. Sec. 8. The amendments to Articles 32 and 34 of the UCMJ enacted by sections 5203 and 5205 of the MJA apply with respect to preliminary hearings conducted and advice given on or after January 1, 2019. Sec. 9. The amendments to Article 79 of the UCMJ enacted by section 5402 of the MJA and the amendments to Appendix 12A to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States, made by this order apply only to offenses committed on or after January 1, 2019. Sec. 10. Except as provided by Rule for Courts-Martial 902A, as promulgated by Annex 2, any change to sentencing procedures:

    (a) made by Articles 16(c)(2), 19(b), 25(d)(2) and (3), 39(a)(4), 53, 53a, or 56(c) of the UCMJ, as enacted by sections 5161, 5163, 5182, 5222, 5236, 5237, and 5301 of the MJA; or

    (b) included in Annex 2 in rules implementing those articles, applies only to cases in which all specifications allege offenses committed on or after January 1, 2019.

    Sec. 11. The amendments to Article 146 of the UCMJ enacted by section 5521 of the MJA and the new Article 146a enacted by section 5522 of the MJA shall take effect on the day after the report for fiscal year 2017 required by Article 146(c) of the UCMJ (as in effect before the MJA's amendments) is submitted in accordance with Article 146(c)(1), but in no event later than December 1, 2018. Sec. 12. In accordance with Article 33 of the UCMJ, as amended by section 5204 of the MJA, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, will issue nonbinding guidance regarding factors that commanders, convening authorities, staff judge advocates, and judge advocates should take into account when exercising their duties with respect to the disposition of charges and specifications in the interest of justice and discipline under Articles 30 and 34 of the UCMJ. That guidance will take into account, with appropriate consideration of military requirements, the principles contained in official guidance of the Attorney General to attorneys for the Federal Government with respect to the disposition of Federal criminal cases in accordance with the principle of fair and evenhanded administration of Federal criminal law. Trump.EPS THE WHITE HOUSE, March 1, 2018. 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