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We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are proposing to revise our regulations, based on, among other things, advances in science, to improve the balance between environmental protection and the Nation's need for coal as a source of energy. This proposed rule would better protect streams, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations and provide mine operators with a regulatory framework to avoid water pollution and the long-term costs associated with water treatment. We propose to revise our regulations to clearly define ``material damage to the hydrologic balance outside the permit area'' and require that each permit specify the point at which adverse mining-related impacts on groundwater and surface water would reach that level of damage; collect adequate premining data about the site of the proposed mining operation and adjacent areas to establish an adequate baseline for evaluation of the impacts of mining and the effectiveness of reclamation; adjust monitoring requirements to enable timely detection and correction of any adverse trends in the quality or quantity of surface water and groundwater or the biological condition of streams; ensure protection or restoration of perennial and intermittent streams and related resources; ensure that permittees and regulatory authorities make use of advances in science and technology; ensure that land disturbed by mining operations is restored to a condition capable of supporting the uses that it was capable of supporting before mining; and update and codify the requirements and procedures for protection of threatened or endangered species and designated critical habitat. The proposed changes would apply to both surface mines and the surface effects of underground mines. The majority of the proposed revisions update our regulations to incorporate or reflect the best available science and experience gained over the last 30 years. Approximately thirty percent of the proposed rule consists of editorial revisions and organizational changes intended to improve consistency, clarity, accuracy, and ease of use.
We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing that the draft regulatory impact analysis (RIA) of the potential economic and social impacts of the proposed stream protection rule and alternatives to that rule is available for public review and comment.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry and Standards of Performance for Portland Cement Plants
This action finalizes amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry and Standards of Performance for Portland Cement Plants. On February 12, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to the NESHAP and the new source performance standards (NSPS) for the Portland cement industry. Subsequently, the EPA became aware of certain minor technical errors in those amendments, and thus issued a proposal to correct these errors on November 19, 2014 (79 FR 68821). The EPA received 3 comments on the proposal. In response to the comments received and to complete technical corrections, the EPA is now issuing final amendments. In addition, consistent with the U.S. Court of Appeals to the DC Circuit's vacatur of the affirmative defense provisions in the final rule, this action removes those provisions. These amendments do not affect the pollution reduction or costs associated with these standards.
This final rule makes non-substantive technical, organizational, and conforming amendments to existing regulations throughout Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These changes provide the public with more accurate and current regulatory information, but they do not change the impact on the public of any Coast Guard regulation.
Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities Under Section 135 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), as amended by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015
2013 Integrated Mortgage Disclosures Rule Under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z) and Amendments; Delay of Effective Date
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is delaying until October 3, 2015, the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Final Rule and the related TILA-RESPA Amendments. In light of certain procedural requirements under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the TILA-RESPA Final Rule and the TILA-RESPA Amendments cannot take effect on August 1, 2015, as originally provided by those rules. To comply with the CRA and to help ensure the smooth implementation of the TILA-RESPA Final Rule, the Bureau is extending the effective date of both the TILA-RESPA Final Rule and the TILA-RESPA Amendments beyond the additional minimum period required by the CRA to October 3, 2015, as proposed. The Bureau is also making certain technical amendments to the Official Interpretations of Regulation Z to reflect the new effective date and technical corrections to two provisions of Regulation Z adopted by the TILA-RESPA Final Rule.
Notice of Open Meetings To Prepare the 2015 Annual Report to Congress; Advisory Committee: U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission; Correction
The U.S.-China Commission published a document in the Federal Register on June 15, 2015, concerning notice of open meetings to be held in Washington, DC to review and edit drafts of the 2015 Annual Report to Congress. The document contained a meeting date that has changed.
This action extends the existing Boulder Canyon Project (BCP) rate-setting formula through September 30, 2020, and approves the base charge and rates for FY 2016. The existing Electric Service Rate Schedule, BCP-F8, is set to expire on September 30, 2015. The Electric Service Rate Schedule contains a rate-setting formula that is recalculated annually based on updated financial and sales data.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a temporary exemption from certain NRC financial assurance requirements to Lost Creek ISR, LLC (Lost Creek), in response to its annual financial assurance update for its Lost Creek In-Situ Recovery (ISR) project. Issuance of this temporary exemption will not remove the requirement for Lost Creek to provide adequate financial assurance through an approved mechanism, but will allow the NRC staff to further evaluate whether the State of Wyoming's separate account provision for financial assurance instruments it holds is consistent with the NRC's requirement for a standby trust agreement.
The Western Area Power Administration (Western), a power marketing administration within the Department of Energy (DOE), is proposing an adjustment to the Central Arizona Project (CAP) transmission rates for firm point-to-point transmission service, non- firm point-to-point transmission service, and Network Integration Transmission Service (NITS) on the CAP 115/230-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines. Current rates, under Rate Schedules CAP-FT2, CAP- NFT2 and CAP-NITS2, expire December 31, 2015. Western is not proposing any changes to the existing rate-setting formula through December 31, 2020, but is proposing to adjust the existing rates to provide sufficient revenue to cover all annual costs, including interest expenses, and to repay required investment within the allowable period. Western is also proposing to begin charging for short-term transmission service on the Navajo (500-kV) portion of the CAP under Rate Schedule CAP-NFT3. Western currently markets excess transmission service from the Navajo (500-kV) portion of the CAP on a short-term (less than 12 months) basis at current CAP 115/230-kV rates under Western's Administrator's authority to set rates for short-term sales (Department of Energy Delegation Order No. 00-037.00A, ]1.5). Western will prepare and provide a brochure detailing information on the proposed rates. Proposed rates, under Rate Schedules CAP-FT3, CAP-NFT3, and CAP-NITS3, are scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2016, and remain in effect through December 31, 2020. Publication of this Federal Register notice begins the formal process for the proposed rates.
EPA is announcing its receipt of test data submitted pursuant to a test rule issued by EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As required by TSCA, this document identifies each chemical substance and/or mixture for which test data have been received; the uses or intended uses of such chemical substance and/or mixture; and describes the nature of the test data received. Each chemical substance and/or mixture related to this announcement is identified in Unit I. under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for Public Assistance Only for the Commonwealth of Kentucky (FEMA-4218-DR), dated 05/12/2015. Incident: Severe winter storm, snowstorm, flooding, landslides, and mudslides. Incident Period: 03/03/2015 through 03/09/2015. Effective Date: 07/09/2015. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 07/13/2015. Economic Injury (Eidl) Loan Application Deadline Date: 02/12/2016.
Extension of Comment Periods for the Draft Series 810-Product Performance Test Guidelines and the Proposed Antimicrobial Pesticide Use Site Index
EPA is hereby extending the comment periods for the following two notices: the notice that issued in the Federal Register of June 17, 2015, entitled ``Draft Test Guidelines; Series 810Product Performance Test Guidelines; Notice of Availability and Request for Comments'' (``Draft Test Guidelines'') and the notice that issued in the Federal Register of July 1, 2015, entitled ``Proposed Antimicrobial Pesticide Use Site Index; Notice of Availability and Request for Comment'' (``Proposed Use Site Index''). This document extends the comment periods for those two notices in response to requests from stakeholders for additional time to review and provide comments.
This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of Texas (FEMA-4223-DR), dated 05/29/2015. Incident: Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-Line Winds and Flooding. Incident Period: 05/04/2015 through 06/19/2015. Effective Date: 07/09/2015. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 07/28/2015. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 02/29/2016.
This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for Public Assistance Only for the State of Oklahoma (FEMA-4222-DR), dated 06/04/2015. Incident: Severe storms, tornadoes, straight line winds, and flooding. Incident Period: 05/05/2015 through 06/04/2015.
This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of Texas (FEMA-4223-DR), dated 05/29/2015. Incident: Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-Line Winds and Flooding. Incident Period: 05/04/2015 through 06/19/2015. Effective Date: 07/10/2015. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 08/27/2015. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 02/29/2016.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Certification and Funding of State and Local Fair Housing Enforcement Agencies
HUD has submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days of public comment.
G2 LNG LLC; Application for Long-Term, Multi-Contract Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of receipt of an application (Application), filed on March 19, 2015, by G2 LNG LLC (G2 LNG), requesting long-term, multi- contract authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) in a volume equivalent to approximately 672 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/yr) of natural gas (1.84 Bcf/day). G2 LNG seeks to export the LNG from a proposed natural gas liquefaction project to be located along the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Cameron Parish, Louisiana (G2 LNG Project). G2 LNG requests authorization to export this LNG to any country with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries).\1\ G2 LNG requests this authorization for a 30-year term commencing on the earlier of the date of first export or ten years from the date the authorization is granted. G2 LNG seeks to export this LNG on its own behalf and as agent for other entities who hold title to the LNG at the time of export. The Application was filed under section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Additional details can be found in G2 LNG's Application, posted on the DOE/FE Web site at: http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/03/f20/ 15_45_lng_nfta.pdf. Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments are invited.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final web-based, ``Report on the Environment (ROE)'' (EPA/600/R-15/142). The ROE was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development, working in collaboration with EPA Program and Regional offices. The ROE is a comprehensive source of scientific indicators that describe the status and trends in the nation's environment and human health condition. The indicators help to answer important questions for EPA about the current status and historical trends in U.S. air, water, land, human health, and ecological condition at the national and regional levels. These indicators are based on data collected by EPA, other federal and state agencies, and non- governmental organizations and meet high standards for data quality, objectivity, and utility. The ROE reports status and trends; it does not analyze or diagnose the reasons for, and relationships between, trends in stressors and environmental and health outcomes. The final ROE can be accessed at the following Web site: http:// www.epa.gov/roe.
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda for a meeting of the MHCC. The meeting is open to the public and the site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. The agenda provides an opportunity for citizens to comment on the business before the MHCC.
Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals With Disabilities; Notice of Meeting
Proposed Waiver and Extension of the Project Period for the Literacy Information and Communication System Regional Professional Development Centers
The Secretary proposes to waive the requirements that generally prohibit project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds, and to extend the project period of the four currently-funded Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDC) program grants for one year. The proposed waiver and extension would enable these grantees to receive funding for FY 2015 (through September 30, 2016), using FY 2014 funds. The Secretary proposes this action because we do not believe that it would be in the public interest to hold a LINCS RPDC competition during a period of significant change for State grantees transitioning to new program requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Notice of Final Waiver and Extension of the Project Period for the Literacy Information and Communication System Regional Professional Development Centers
On June 2, 2014, the Department of Education published in the Federal Register (79 FR 31315) a final waiver and extension of the project period for the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs) (Final Waiver and Extension). This notice corrects errors that appeared on pages 31315 and 31316 of the Final Waiver and Extension in the identification of the year of the extension and the fiscal year (FY) funds that would be used for continuation awards during the extension of the project period.
Proposed Primary Category Airworthiness Design Standards; AutoGyro USA, LLC (AutoGyro) Model Calidus Gyroplanes
This notice announces the existence of and requests comments on the proposed airworthiness design standards for acceptance of the AutoGyro Model Calidus gyroplane under the regulations for primary category aircraft.
The Commission is required to report annually to Congress on the status of competition in markets for the delivery of video programming. This document solicits data, information, and comment on the status of competition in the market for the delivery of video programming for the Commission's Seventeenth Report (17th Report). The 17th Report will provide updated information and metrics regarding the video marketplace in 2014. Comments and data submitted in response to this document in conjunction with publicly available information and filings submitted in relevant Commission proceedings will be used for the report to Congress.
Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With the Final Determination and Amended Final Determination of the Antidumping Duty Investigation
On July 6, 2015, the United States Court of International Trade (``CIT'') issued Changzhou Hawd Flooring Co. v. United States, Ct. No. 12-20, Slip Op. 15-71 (CIT July 6, 2015), affirming the Department of Commerce's (the ``Department'') amended final determination of sales at less than fair value in the antidumping duty investigation on multilayered wood flooring from the People's Republic of China (``Amended Final Determination''),\1\ as modified by the Department's fourth remand redetermination pursuant to court order.
Notice of Receipt of Upland Pipeline, LLC's Application for a Presidential Permit To Construct, Connect, Operate, and Maintain Pipeline Facilities on the Border of the United States and Canada
Notice is hereby given that the Department of State (DOS) has received an application from Upland Pipeline, LLC (``Upland'') for a Presidential Permit authorizing the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of pipeline facilities for the export of crude oil. If the application is approved, the proposed facilities will transport crude oil from the Williston Basin region in North Dakota across the U.S.-Canadian border near Burke County, North Dakota, for onward transportation to refineries in Canada and the eastern United States. Upland is a limited liability corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware. The ultimate parent corporation of Upland is TransCanada Corporation (``TransCanada''). TransCanada is a major energy infrastructure firm whose assets include approximately 35,500 miles of natural gas pipelines and a 2,600-mile petroleum pipeline. Upland plans to enter into a development, management, and operations agreement with TransCanada Oil Pipeline Operations, Inc., a subsidiary of TransCanada, to provide operating services for the project. Under E.O. 13337, the Secretary of State is designated and empowered to receive all applications for Presidential Permits for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance, at the borders of the United States, of facilities for the exportation or importation of liquid petroleum, petroleum products, or other non-gaseous fuels to or from a foreign country. The Department of State has the responsibility to determine whether issuance of a new Presidential Permit for construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the proposed Upland pipeline border facilities would serve the U.S. national interest. The Department will conduct an environmental review consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The Department will provide more information on the review process in a future Federal Register notice. Upland's application is available at: http://www.state.gov/e/enr/ applicant/applicants/index.htm
Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request Under the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement
On June 11, 2015, the Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Chile to modify the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement's (FTA) rules of origin for woven fabrics of artificial filament yarn in subheadings 5408.22-5408.23 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) to allow the use of non-U.S. or Chilean filament yarn of viscose rayon classified in subheadings 5403.10, 5403.31, 5403.32, and 5403.41 of the HTSUS. As provided in Article 3.20.3-3.20.5 of the U.S.-Chile FTA, the Parties shall consult to consider whether the rules of origin applicable to particular textile and apparel goods should be revised to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns or fabrics in the territory of the Parties. The United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act provides the President with the authority to proclaim a modification to the U.S.-Chile FTA rules of origin necessary to implement an agreement with Chile on the modification. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether filament yarn of viscose rayon classified in subheadings 5403.10, 5403.31, 5403.32, and 5403.41 can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be submitted by August 24, 2015 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 30003, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230.
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on Lake Erie, North Coast Harbor, Cleveland, OH. This safety zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the North Coast Harbor during the Cleveland Triathlon. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect mariners and vessels from the navigational hazards associated with a large scale swimming event.
The Coast Guard proposes a safety zone around the Titan SPAR system, located in Mississippi Canyon Block 941 on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of the safety zone is to protect the facility from all vessels operating outside the normal shipping channels and fairways that are not providing services to or working with the facility. Placing a safety zone around the facility will significantly reduce the threat of allisions, collisions, security breaches, oil spills, releases of natural gas, and thereby protect the safety of life, property, and the environment.
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Detroit River in the vicinity of Detroit, MI. This zone is intended to restrict and control the movement of vessels in a portion of the Detroit River. This zone is necessary to protect spectators and vessels from the hazards associated with an air show.
This action adds products to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities.
The Committee is proposing to delete products previously furnished by a nonprofit agency employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; the accuracy of the estimated burden; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.
The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zones for annual firework displays in the Captain of the Port, Puget Sound Zone during the dates and times noted below. This action is necessary to prevent injury and to protect life and property of the maritime public from the hazards associated with the firework displays. During the enforcement periods, entry into, transit through, mooring, or anchoring within these zones is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Puget Sound or Designated Representative.
Proposed Collection of Information: Claims Against the United States for Amounts Due in the Case of a Deceased Creditor
The Department of the Treasury, 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 a proposed and/or continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). Currently the Bureau of the Fiscal Service within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning ``Claims Against the United States for Amounts Due in the Case of a Deceased Creditor.''
Proposed Collection of Information: “Notice of Reclamation-Electronic Funds Transfer, Federal Recurring Payments”
The Department of the Treasury, 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 a proposed and/or continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently the Bureau of the Fiscal Service within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning Notice of ReclamationElectronic Funds Transfer, Federal Recurring Payments.
The Copyright Office is extending the period to submit public reply comments regarding its April 24, 2015 Notice of Inquiry requesting comments on how certain visual works, particularly photographs, graphic artworks, and illustrations, are monetized, enforced, and registered under the Copyright Act.