Revisions to Forms, Statements, and Reporting Requirements for Natural Gas Pipelines
In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) proposes to amend its financial forms, statements, and reports for natural gas companies, contained in FERC Form Nos. 2, 2-A and 3-Q. The proposed revisions reflect the fact that in the present regulatory environment, where interstate natural gas pipelines are no longer required to file a triennial restatement of rates, and the number of filed rate cases has declined sharply, FERC Form Nos. 2, 2-A, and 3-Q need to be expanded and otherwise revised in order for the Commission and the public to have sufficient information to assess the justness and reasonableness of pipeline rates. The proposed changes will enhance the forms' usefulness by updating them to reflect current market and cost information relevant to interstate natural gas pipelines and their customers. In addition, the Commission proposes to eliminate FERC Form No. 11.
Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine a claimant's who stood in relation of parents to a deceased veteran eligibility for death benefits.
Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine the status of VA-guaranteed loans being foreclosed.
Guidance on Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) Purging Elections
This document contains final regulations that provide certain elections for taxpayers that continue to be subject to the PFIC excess distribution regime of section 1291 of the Internal Revenue Code even though the foreign corporation in which they own stock is no longer treated as a PFIC under section 1297(a) or (e) of the Code. The regulations are necessary to provide guidance about purging the PFIC taint for such foreign corporations. The regulations will affect U.S. persons that hold stock in a PFIC.
Special Regulations; Areas of the National Park System, National Capital Region
The National Park Service (NPS) is adding a regulation governing parking violations. The addition is needed to address situations in which the vehicle's operator is absent when the vehicle is illegally parked. The amendment provides that a parking citation is subject to fine, allows the citation to name the registered owner if the operator is not present, and creates a rebuttable prima facie presumption that the registered owner of the illegally parked vehicle was the person who committed the violation. This rule is similar to provisions in the parking laws of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland.
Regattas and Marine Parades; Great Lake Annual Marine Events.
The Coast Guard is amending special local regulations for annual regattas and marine parades in the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan zone. This rule is intended to ensure safety of life on the navigable waters immediately prior to, during, and immediately after regattas or marine parades. This rule will establish restrictions upon, and control the movement of, vessels in a specified area immediately prior to, during, and immediately after regattas or marine parades.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Hulett, WY
This action will establish Class E airspace at Hulett, WY. Additional Class E airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) at Hulett Municipal Airport. This will improve the safety of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft executing the new RNAV GPS IAP at Hulett Municipal Airport, Hulett, WY. Also, this action makes a minor correction to the airport description.
Revisions to the Blanket Certificate Regulations and Clarification Regarding Rates
On June 22, 2007, the Commission issued an Order on Rehearing and Clarification in response to motions seeking rehearing and clarification of an October 19, 2006 Final Rule. The Final Rule expanded the scope and scale of activities that may be undertaken pursuant to blanket certificate authority and clarified Commission rate policy. The revised regulations allow interstate natural gas pipelines to employ the streamlined blanket certificate procedures for larger projects and for a wider variety of projects, thereby increasing efficiencies, and decreasing the time and cost associated with the construction and maintenance of the nation's natural gas infrastructure. This order grants a request for rehearing of the June 22, 2007 Order.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio
EPA is proposing to approve a request from Ohio to amend its State Implementation Plan (SIP) emission statement reporting regulation. Ohio submitted the SIP revision requests to EPA on May 1, 2006, and supplemented on May 22, 2007. Ohio held a public hearing on the submittal on September 8, 2005. The SIP revision concurrently rescinds and revises portions of Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3745- 24 to be consistent with the Clean Air Act emission statement program reporting requirements for stationary sources. The revision makes the rule more general to apply to all counties designated nonattainment for ozone, and not to a specific list of counties.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio
EPA is approving a request from Ohio to amend its State Implementation Plan (SIP) emission statement reporting regulation. The request to revise Ohio's SIP was submitted by the Division of Air Pollution Control on May 1, 2006, and supplemented on May 22, 2007. Ohio held a public hearing on these revisions on September 8, 2005. The SIP revision concurrently rescinds and revises portions of Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3745-24 to be consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA) emission statement program reporting requirements for stationary sources. The revision makes the rule more general to apply to all counties designated nonattainment for ozone, and not to a specific list of counties. The rationale for approval and other information are provided in this rulemaking action.
Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band, et al.
The Federal Communications Commission published in the Federal Register of July 20, 2007 (72 FR 39756), a summary of the Commission's Second Memorandum Opinion and Order resolving various petitions for reconsideration in the 800 MHz rebanding proceeding, WT Docket 02-55. The summary contained inconsistent language concerning the deadline for the submission of the proposed Puerto Rico band plan that the 800 MHz Transition Administrator must file with the Commission. This document corrects that inconsistency.
Reminder to Video Programming Distributors and the Public of the January 1, 2008, Requirements for the Closed Captioning of English “Pre-rule” Nonexempt Video Programming
In this document, the Commission reminds video programming distributorsincluding broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite television servicesand the public of the upcoming closed captioning benchmark for ``pre-rule'' English language nonexempt video programming.
Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is amending 16 CFR part 1211, Safety Standard for Automatic Residential Garage Door Operators, to reflect changes made by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. in its standard UL 325.
Virgin River Habitat Conservation and Recovery Program, Clark County, NV
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), advises the public that we intend to gather information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding the proposed Virgin River Habitat Conservation and Recovery Program (VRHCRP) and issuance of an incidental take permit (Permit) for endangered and threatened species in accordance with section 10(a) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The intent of the VRHCRP is to provide a recovery strategy for five species in the Lower Virgin River Basin. The VRHRCP would be used as a tool when conducting future section 7 consultations, implementing recovery actions and preparing habitat conservation plans for new and existing development. We provide this notice to: (1) Describe the proposed action and possible alternatives; (2) advise other Federal and State agencies, affected tribes, and the public of our intent to prepare an EIS; (3) announce the initiation of a 30-day public scoping period; and (4) obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to be included in the EIS.
Notice of Availability for the Final Air Quality General Conformity Determination (Final GCD) for Proposed Operations of Lynx Aviation, Inc. at Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
Pursuant to Section 176 (c) of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the FAA announces the availability of the Final General Conformity Determination for Proposed Operations of Lynx Aviation, Inc. (Lynx), at Denver International Airport (DEN). FAA has determined that emissions from Lynx's operations at DEN conform to the applicable Colorado State Implementation Plans (SIPs). In accordance with the requirements of 40 CFR Sec. 93.156(b), FAA made the Draft Air Quality General Conformity Determination (Draft GCD) for Proposed Operations of Lynx Aviation, Inc., at Denver International Airport, Denver, CO available for public review beginning on July 20, 2007. FAA published notice of the draft determination in the ``Rocky Mountain News,'' Denver, Colorado on July 20 and 21, 2007 and DEN made copies of the draft determination available at the airport. FAA published the Notice of Availability and Public Comment Period for the Draft General Conformity Determination in the Federal Register on July 20, 2007 (72 FR 39877). FAA received one comment during the public comment period, which ended on August 20, 2007. The commenter stated that jet aviation activity results in excessive pollution and that there should be less aviation activity in general in the United States. The commenter did not provide comments specific to the Draft General Conformity Determination; therefore, a response to the comment is not necessary. Consequently, the Final General Conformity Determination consists of the Draft General Conformity Determination, with two typographical corrections. 1. Page 1, first sentence in the first paragraph under Introduction was revised to read: ``Lynx Aviation, Inc. (Lynx Aviation) has announced its interest in initiating scheduled service at Denver International Airport (DEN), now commencing in October 2007.'' 2. Page 3, first sentence in the second paragraph under Aircraft and Supportng Equipment Emissions was revised to read: ``Under the Proposed Action alternative, Lynx Aviation intends to introduce service at DEN on October 1, 2007.''
RTCA Government/Industry Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Government/Industry Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee.
Meeting of the Historical Advisory Committee
In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee. The committee will discuss the Department of the Navy Historical Advisory Subcommittee's report and recommendations. The meeting will be open to the public.
Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB)
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Sunshine in the Government Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.150, the Department of Defense announces the following Federal advisory committee meeting: Name of Committee: Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB). Dates: October 30-31, 2007. Time: (30th) 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; (31st) 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Location: Meeting address (30th) Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202; (31st) Pentagon Room 3E733, Arlington, VA. Mailing address is Reserve Forces Policy Board, 7300 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-7300. Purpose of the Meeting: An open quarterly meeting of the Reserve Forces Policy Board and annual meeting of the Reserve Forces Policy Board Alumnae. Agenda: Discussion of homeland security and other issues relevant to the Reserve Components. Meeting Accessibility: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended, and 41 CFR 102-3.140 through 102-3.165, and the availability of space this meeting is open to the public. To request a seat, contact the DFO in advance at (703) 697-4486, or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. Written Statements: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.105(j) and 102-3.140, the public or interested organizations may submit written statements to the membership of the Reserve Forces Policy Board at any time or in response to the stated agenda of a planned meeting. Written statements should be submitted to the Reserve Forces Policy Board's Designated Federal Officer. The Designated Federal Officer's contact information can be obtained from the GSA's FACA Databasehttps://www.fido.gov/ facadatabase/public.asp. Written statements that do not pertain to a scheduled meeting of the Reserve Forces Policy Board may be submitted at any time. However, if individual comments pertain to a specific topic being discussed at a planned meeting then these statements must be submitted no later than five business days prior to the meeting in question. The Designated Federal Officer will review all submitted written statements and provide copies to all the committee members.
Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting
The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) was established by the Secretary of Commerce to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, its amendments, and such other appropriate matters that the Under Secretary refers to the Panel for review and advice. The purpose of the conference call is to allow Panel members to deliberate and vote on recommendations conceptualized during a meeting in Seattle, Washington, on September 14, 2007. Written public comments should be submitted to Captain Steven Barnum, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), by October 11, 2007. Date and Time: The conference call will covene at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, October 15, 2007, and end at or about 3:30 p.m.
Green Mountain National Forest; Vermont; Deerfield Wind Project
The Forest Service is processing an application for a special use authorization from Deerfield Wind, LLC for the installation and operation of wind turbines on National Forest System (NFS) lands managed by the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF). This notice revises the ``responsible official'', updates the expected dates for the release of the EIS, makes minor modifications to certain parts of the proposed action, and asks for comments on those modifications.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Ceanothus ophiochilus
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are designating critical habitat for Ceanothus ophiochilus (Vail Lake ceanothus) and Fremontodendron mexicanum (Mexican flannelbush) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 431 acres (ac) (175 hectares (ha)) of federally-owned land fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation for these two species. Approximately 203 ac (82 ha) of land in Riverside County, California, are being designated as critical habitat for C. ophiochilus, and approximately 228 ac (93 ha) of land in San Diego County, California, are being designated as critical habitat for F. mexicanum. Of the approximately 283 ac (115 ha) proposed for designation for C. ophiochilus, approximately 80 ac (33 ha) of privately-owned land covered by the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) have been excluded from critical habitat for C. ophiochilus under section 4(b)(2) of the Act. Of the approximately 361 ac (147 ha) proposed for designation for F. mexicanum, approximately 133 ac (54 ha) of privately-owned land covered by the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Plan (MSCP) have been excluded from critical habitat for F. mexicanum under section 4(b)(2) of the Act.