Guidelines for Preparation of Environmental Assessments: Notice of Withdrawal of Circular, 3667-3668 [E9-1013]

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Due Date for Answers, Conforming Applications, or Motion To Modify Scope: January 13, 2009. Description: Amendment No. 1 of Travel Service, a.s. to its application for an exemption and foreign air carrier permit requesting to include scheduled Guidelines for Preparation of Environmental Assessments: Notice of Withdrawal of Circular PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Withdrawal of Circular. SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing notice that it is withdrawing circular C5620.1, ‘‘Guidelines for Preparing Environmental Assessments.’’ The circular, which was issued in 1979, is outdated and should no longer be relied upon for guidance or cited in documents prepared for federally funded transit projects. FTA plans to develop new guidance at some point in the future. DATES: The effective date of the withdrawal of the circular is January 21, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carl Bausch, Office of Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1 3668 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 12 / Wednesday, January 21, 2009 / Notices SE., East Building, Washington, DC 20590, phone: (202) 366–1626; or Christopher S. Van Wyk, Office of Chief Counsel, same address, phone: (202) 366–1733. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By this notice, FTA is withdrawing circular C5620.1, ‘‘Guidelines for Preparing Environmental Assessments.’’ The circular was intended to provide guidance on the preparation of environmental assessments pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Since the time of the circular’s issuance in 1979, there have been numerous substantive legal decisions and changes in applicable law that significantly affect the way in which environmental assessments are prepared pursuant to NEPA. These changes, including a major revision of FTA’s regulations for implementing NEPA at 23 CFR Part 771 issued in 1987, have rendered the circular too inaccurate and deficient to continue to provide guidance on the preparation of environmental assessments pursuant to NEPA. Thus, FTA is providing this notice that the circular is withdrawn, should no longer be used as guidance, and should no longer be cited in documents prepared for federally funded transit projects. The circular will be moved to the ‘‘archive’’ section of its public Web site on the date of publication of this notice. FTA plans to develop new guidance at some point in the future. Issued on: January 12, 2009. Sherry E. Little, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. E9–1013 Filed 1–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2008–0074; Notice 2] mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Goodyear), has determined that certain passenger car tires manufactured during the week of January 7, 2008 failed to comply with the labeling requirements of paragraph S5.5.1(a) of 49 CFR 571.139, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 139 New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. FMVSS No. 139 requires that radial tires manufactured before September 1, 2009 for use on motor vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:54 Jan 16, 2009 Jkt 217001 (GVWR) rating of 10,000 pounds or less must be labeled with the Tire Identification Number (TIN) on one side of the tire and a full TIN or partial TIN on the opposite side. Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 573, Goodyear filed a noncompliance report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notifying NHTSA of the noncompliance. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h), and 49 CFR part 556, on March 28, 2008, Goodyear submitted a petition for an exemption from the notification and remedy requirements of 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120 on the basis that this noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. NHTSA published notice of receipt of the petition, with a 30-day public comment period, on June 12, 2008 in the Federal Register. 73 FR 33486. In response to the petition, NHTSA did not receive any comments. To view the petition and all supporting documents, log onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web site at: http://www.regulations.gov/. Then follow the online search instructions to locate docket number ‘‘NHTSA–2008– 0074.’’ For further information on this decision, contact Mr. George Gillespie, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA, telephone (202) 366–5299, facsimile (202) 366–7002. Summary of Goodyear’s Petition Goodyear petitioned NHTSA for a determination that a noncompliance in approximately 18 Goodyear Eagle RS–A P235/55R18 99V passenger car tires manufactured in its Lawton, Oklahoma plant during the week of January 7, 2008 is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. Paragraph S5.5.1(a) of FMVSS No. 139 requires that radial tires manufactured before September 1, 2009 for motor vehicles less than 10,000 GVWR be permanently labeled with (1) a full TIN required by 49 CFR Part 574 on one sidewall of the tire, and (2) except for retreaded tires, either the full or a partial TIN containing all characters in the TIN, except for the date code, and at the discretion of the manufacturer, any optional code, must be labeled on the other sidewall of the tire.1 In its petition, Goodyear stated that the 18 Goodyear Eagle RS–A P235/ 1 Tires manufactured after September 1, 2009 must be labeled with the TIN on the intended outboard sidewall of a tire and either the TIN or partial TIN on the other sidewall. 49 CFR 571.139 S5.5.1(b). If a tire manufactured after September 1, 2009 does not have an intended outboard sidewall, one sidewall must be labeled with the TIN and the other sidewall must have either a TIN or partial TIN. Id. PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55R18 99V passenger car tires were mismarked. Goodyear described the noncompliance as a failure to mark the tires with a complete or partial TIN on the sidewall opposite the sidewall with the full TIN. Thus, Goodyear describes the noncompliance as follows: Actual stamping is ‘‘NOT FOR SALE’’ (on one sidewall) Correct stamping should be: ‘‘M60Y LNER.’’ (on that sidewall). Goodyear makes the argument that this noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety because the tires meet or exceed all other applicable FMVSS performance standards, and that the tires were designed, manufactured and tested to the standards and regulations as applicable and they meet all regulatory performance test requirements. Goodyear also explains its belief that the Tire Identification Number (TIN) and the partial TIN are used to properly identify tires that are involved in a safety campaign. Goodyear stated its belief that the full TIN is molded on the intended outboard sidewall of these tires and consumers could be directed to have both sidewalls inspected for the TIN if any safety campaign would be required for these tires in the future. Goodyear compared this situation to that of any tire involved in a safety campaign that required the 4-digit week and year code to determine if it were involved. Goodyear also stated that it has corrected the problem that caused these errors so that they will not be repeated in future production. In summation, Goodyear states that it believes that because the noncompliances are inconsequential to motor vehicle safety that no corrective action is warranted. NHTSA’s Decision NHTSA does not agree that Goodyear’s noncompliance with FMVSS No. 139 is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. As discussed below, the tire markings required by paragraph S5.5.1(a) of FMVSS No. 139 provide valuable information to assist consumers in determining if their tires are the subject of a safety recall. The Firestone tire recalls in year 2000 highlighted the difficulty that consumers experienced when attempting to determine whether a tire is subject to a recall if the tire is mounted so that the sidewall bearing the TIN faces inward, i.e., underneath the vehicle. After a series of congressional hearings about the safety of and experiences regarding the Firestone tires involved in those recalls, E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 12 (Wednesday, January 21, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3667-3668]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Guidelines for Preparation of Environmental Assessments: Notice 
of Withdrawal of Circular

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Withdrawal of Circular.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing notice 
that it is withdrawing circular C5620.1, ``Guidelines for Preparing 
Environmental Assessments.'' The circular, which was issued in 1979, is 
outdated and should no longer be relied upon for guidance or cited in 
documents prepared for federally funded transit projects. FTA plans to 
develop new guidance at some point in the future.

DATES: The effective date of the withdrawal of the circular is January 
21, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carl Bausch, Office of Planning and 
Environment, Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave

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SE., East Building, Washington, DC 20590, phone: (202) 366-1626; or 
Christopher S. Van Wyk, Office of Chief Counsel, same address, phone: 
(202) 366-1733.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By this notice, FTA is withdrawing circular 
C5620.1, ``Guidelines for Preparing Environmental Assessments.'' The 
circular was intended to provide guidance on the preparation of 
environmental assessments pursuant to the National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969 (NEPA). Since the time of the circular's issuance in 1979, 
there have been numerous substantive legal decisions and changes in 
applicable law that significantly affect the way in which environmental 
assessments are prepared pursuant to NEPA. These changes, including a 
major revision of FTA's regulations for implementing NEPA at 23 CFR 
Part 771 issued in 1987, have rendered the circular too inaccurate and 
deficient to continue to provide guidance on the preparation of 
environmental assessments pursuant to NEPA. Thus, FTA is providing this 
notice that the circular is withdrawn, should no longer be used as 
guidance, and should no longer be cited in documents prepared for 
federally funded transit projects.
    The circular will be moved to the ``archive'' section of its public 
Web site on the date of publication of this notice. FTA plans to 
develop new guidance at some point in the future.

    Issued on: January 12, 2009.
Sherry E. Little,
Acting Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E9-1013 Filed 1-16-09; 8:45 am]
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