Electric Program: Definition of Rural Area, 56569 [E9-26206]

Download as PDF 56569 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 210 Monday, November 2, 2009 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service 7 CFR Part 1710 RIN 0572–AC15 Electric Program: Definition of Rural Area Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Proposed rule. AGENCY: ACTION: jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is amending its regulations to administer the Electric Program. This action implements the provision in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 hereinafter called the ‘‘2008 Farm Bill,’’ amending the definition of ‘‘rural area.’’ The 2008 Farm Bill revises the definition of rural to include any area other than a city, town, or unincorporated area that has a population of greater than 20,000 inhabitants. The 2008 Farm Bill also includes in the revised rural definition those service areas of borrowers having an outstanding loan under Title I through V of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936. The intended effect is to update agency regulations to reflect current statutory authority. No adverse comments are expected. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:33 Oct 30, 2009 Jkt 220001 In the final rule section of the Federal Register, the Agency is publishing this action as a direct final rule without prior proposal because RUS views this as a non-controversial action and expects no adverse comments. If no adverse comments are received in response to the direct final rule, no further action will be taken on this proposed rule, and the action will become effective at the time specified in the direct final rule. If the Agency receives adverse comments, a timely document will be published withdrawing the direct final rule, and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this action. DATES: Comments on this proposed action must be received by RUS or carry a postmark or equivalent no later than December 2, 2009. ADDRESSES: Submit adverse comments or notice of intent to submit adverse comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. In the ‘‘Search Documents’’ box, enter RUS– 09–Electric–0002, check the box under the Search box labeled ‘‘Select to find documents accepting comments or submissions,’’ and click on the GO>> key. To submit a comment, choose ‘‘Send a comment or submission,’’ under the Docket Title. In order to submit your comment, the information requested on the ‘‘Public Comment and Submission Form,’’ must be completed. (If you click on the hyperlink of the docket when the search returns it, you will see the docket details. Click on the yellow balloon to receive the ‘‘Public PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Comment and Submission Form.’’) Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site’s ‘‘How to Use this Site’’ link. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send your comment addressed to Michele Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, USDA Rural Development, STOP 1522, Room, 5159, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250– 1522. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. RUS–09–Electric– 0002. Other Information: Additional information about RUS and its programs is available at: https:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Tuttle, Economist, Electric Programs, Rural Utilities Service, USDA Rural Development, 1400 Independence Avenue, STOP 1570, Room 5038 South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1570. Telephone: (202) 205–3655; FAX: (202) 690–0717; e-mail: chris.tuttle@wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION provided in the direct final rule located in the Rules and Regulations direct final rule section of the Federal Register for the applicable SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION on this action. Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. E9–26206 Filed 10–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P E:\FR\FM\02NOP1.SGM 02NOP1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 210 (Monday, November 2, 2009)]
[Proposed Rules]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-26206]


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Proposed Rules
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 210 / Monday, November 2, 2009 / 
Proposed Rules

[[Page 56569]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service

7 CFR Part 1710

RIN 0572-AC15


Electric Program: Definition of Rural Area

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is amending its regulations 
to administer the Electric Program. This action implements the 
provision in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 hereinafter 
called the ``2008 Farm Bill,'' amending the definition of ``rural 
area.'' The 2008 Farm Bill revises the definition of rural to include 
any area other than a city, town, or unincorporated area that has a 
population of greater than 20,000 inhabitants. The 2008 Farm Bill also 
includes in the revised rural definition those service areas of 
borrowers having an outstanding loan under Title I through V of the 
Rural Electrification Act of 1936. The intended effect is to update 
agency regulations to reflect current statutory authority. No adverse 
comments are expected.
    In the final rule section of the Federal Register, the Agency is 
publishing this action as a direct final rule without prior proposal 
because RUS views this as a non-controversial action and expects no 
adverse comments. If no adverse comments are received in response to 
the direct final rule, no further action will be taken on this proposed 
rule, and the action will become effective at the time specified in the 
direct final rule. If the Agency receives adverse comments, a timely 
document will be published withdrawing the direct final rule, and all 
public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule 
based on this action.

DATES: Comments on this proposed action must be received by RUS or 
carry a postmark or equivalent no later than December 2, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Submit adverse comments or notice of intent to submit 
adverse comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. In the ``Search Documents'' box, enter RUS-09-
Electric-0002, check the box under the Search box labeled ``Select to 
find documents accepting comments or submissions,'' and click on the 
GO>> key. To submit a comment, choose ``Send a comment or submission,'' 
under the Docket Title. In order to submit your comment, the 
information requested on the ``Public Comment and Submission Form,'' 
must be completed. (If you click on the hyperlink of the docket when 
the search returns it, you will see the docket details. Click on the 
yellow balloon to receive the ``Public Comment and Submission Form.'') 
Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for 
accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after 
the close of the comment period, is available through the site's ``How 
to Use this Site'' link.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send your comment 
addressed to Michele Brooks, Director, Program Development and 
Regulatory Analysis, USDA Rural Development, STOP 1522, Room, 5159, 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1522. Please state 
that your comment refers to Docket No. RUS-09-Electric-0002.

Other Information: Additional information about RUS and its programs is 
available at: https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Tuttle, Economist, Electric 
Programs, Rural Utilities Service, USDA Rural Development, 1400 
Independence Avenue, STOP 1570, Room 5038 South Building, Washington, 
DC 20250-1570. Telephone: (202) 205-3655; FAX: (202) 690-0717; e-mail: 
chris.tuttle@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION provided 
in the direct final rule located in the Rules and Regulations direct 
final rule section of the Federal Register for the applicable 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION on this action.

Jonathan Adelstein,
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. E9-26206 Filed 10-30-09; 8:45 am]
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