Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo), 2921-2922 [2010-832]

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 6872] [FR Doc. 2010–884 Filed 1–15–10; 8:45 am] jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES In the Matter of the Designation of Said Ali al-Shihri, Also Known as AbuSayyaf, Also Known as Abu-Sufyan alAzidi, Also Known as Abu-Sayyaf alShihri, Also Known as Abu Sufian Kadhdhaab Matrook, Also Known as Sa’id Ali Jabir al-Khathim al-Shihri, Also Known as Salad, Also Known as Abu Salah Abu Sufyan, Also Known as Salah al-Din, Also Known as Abu Osama, Also Known as Abu Sulaiman, Also Known as Nur al-Din Afghani Azibk, Also Known as Alakhaddm (variant: Akhdam), as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Pursuant to Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as Amended Acting under the authority of and in accordance with section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, as amended by Executive Order 13268 of July 2, 2002, and Executive Order 13284 of January 23, 2003, I hereby determine that the individual known as Said Ali al-Shihri, and also known as Abu-Sayyaf, also known as Abu-Sufyan al-Azidi, also known as Abu-Sayyaf al-Shihri, also known as Abu Sufian Kadhdhaab Matrook, Also known as Sa’id Ali Jabir al-Khathim alShihri, also known as Salad, also known as Abu Salah Abu Sufyan, also known as Salah al-Din, also known as Abu Osama, also known as Abu Sulaiman, also known as Nur al-Din Afghani Azibk, also known as Alakhaddm (variant: Akhdam) committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. Consistent with the determination in section 10 of Executive Order 13224 that ‘‘prior notice to persons determined to be subject to the Order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States would render ineffectual the blocking and other measures authorized in the Order because of the ability to transfer funds instantaneously,’’ I determine that no prior notice needs to be provided to any person subject to this determination who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, because to do so would render ineffectual the measures authorized in the Order. This notice shall be published in the Federal Register. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:28 Jan 15, 2010 Jkt 220001 BILLING CODE 4710–10–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2006–25756] Commercial Driver’s License Standards: Application for Exemption; Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo) AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments. SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo) has applied for an exemption from the Federal requirement for a driver of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Volvo requests that the exemption cover two Swedish field test engineers who will test-drive CMVs for Volvo within the United States. These two Volvo employees both hold a valid Swedish CDL. Volvo states the exemption is needed to support a Volvo field test to meet future clean air standards, to test-drive Volvo prototype vehicles to verify results in ‘‘real world’’ environments, and to deliver the vehicles if necessary in the United States. Volvo believes the knowledge and skills tests and training program that Swedish drivers undergo to obtain a Swedish CDL ensures the exemption would provide a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety obtained by complying with the U.S. requirements for a CDL. DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 18, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA– 2006–25756 by any of the following methods: • Web site: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the Federal electronic docket site. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. • Hand Delivery: Ground Floor, Room W12–140, DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2921 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and docket number. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the exemption process, see the Public Participation heading below. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or to the ground floor, Room W12–140, DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Privacy Act: Anyone is able to 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.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19476) or you may visit www.regulations.gov. Public Participation: The www.regulations.gov Web site is generally available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You can get electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the ‘‘help’’ section of the www.regulations.gov Web site and also at the DOT’s http:// docketsinfo.dot.gov Web site. If you want us to notify you that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments online. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robert Schultz, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations; Telephone: 202–366–4325. E-mail: MCPSD@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (Pub. L. 105–178, 112 Stat. 107, June 9, 1998) amended 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e) to provide authority to grant exemptions from motor carrier safety regulations. Under its regulations, FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide E:\FR\FM\19JAN1.SGM 19JAN1 2922 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 11 / Tuesday, January 19, 2010 / Notices the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including the conducting of any safety analyses. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the application. The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments, and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(b)) with the reason for denying or, in the alternative, the specific person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision or provisions from which exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up to 2 years), and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)). jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Request for Exemption Volvo has applied for an exemption from the commercial driver’s license (CDL) rules, specifically 49 CFR 383.23 that prescribes licensing requirements for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate or intrastate commerce. Volvo requests the exemption because its driver-employees are citizens and residents of Sweden, and therefore cannot apply for a CDL in any of the United States. A copy of the application is in Docket No. FMCSA– 2006–25756. The exemption would allow two drivers to operate CMVs in interstate commerce as part of a team of drivers who will support a Volvo field test to meet future air quality standards. The drivers will test-drive Volvo prototype vehicles at its test site and in the vicinity around Phoenix, Arizona, verify results in ‘‘real world’’ environments, and, if necessary, deliver the vehicles in the U.S. The drivers are: Magnus Ericsson and Conny Harlin, and Volvo requests that the exemption cover a twoyear period beginning February 1, 2010. These drivers each hold a valid Swedish CDL, and as explained by Volvo in previous exemption requests, drivers applying for a Swedish-issued CDL must undergo a training program and pass knowledge and skills tests. Volvo also stated in prior exemption requests that the knowledge and skills tests and training program that Swedish drivers undergo to obtain a Swedish CDL ensure the exemption provides a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety obtained VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:28 Jan 15, 2010 Jkt 220001 by complying with the U.S. requirement for a CDL. FMCSA has previously determined the process for obtaining a Swedishissued CDL is comparable to, or as effective as the Federal requirements of Part 383, and adequately assesses the driver’s ability to operate CMVs in the U.S. In the past 2 years, FMCSA has published several notices of similar Volvo requests. An FMCSA notice of final disposition of a similar request from Volvo was published on January 5, 2009, granting this exemption to Volvo for a Swedish CDL driver permitting operation of CMVs in the U.S. (74 FR 333). Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(4) and 31136(e), FMCSA requests public comment on Volvo’s application for an exemption from the CDL requirements of 49 CFR 383.23. The Agency will consider all comments received by close of business on February 18, 2010. Comments will be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The Agency will consider to the extent practicable comments received in the public docket after the closing date of the comment period. Issued on: January 8, 2010. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development. [FR Doc. 2010–832 Filed 1–15–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment and Request for Public Scoping Comments for the Air Tour Management Plan Program at Death Valley National Park AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment and to request Public Scoping comments. SUMMARY: The FAA, with NPS as a cooperating agency, has initiated development of an Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) for Death Valley National Park (DEVA), pursuant to the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000 (Public Law 106–181) and its implementing regulations (14 CFR Part 136, Subpart B, National Parks Air Tour Management). The objective of the ATMIP is to PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 develop acceptable and effective measures to mitigate or prevent the significant adverse impacts, if any, of commercial air tour operations upon the natural resources, cultural resources, and visitor experiences of a national park unit and any tribal lands within or abutting the park. It should be noted that the ATMP has no authorization over other non-air-tour operations such as military and general aviation operations. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and FAA Order 1050.1E, an Environmental Assessment is being prepared. The ATMP will be prepared using an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) process, as authorized under 49 U.S.C. 106. The purpose of using the ARC process is to provide early advice, information, and recommendations from interested stakeholders to the FAA and NPS, regarding environmental and other issues to consider in the development of an ATMP. The DEVA ARC is composed of various representatives including air tour operators, federal, local and regional agencies, environmental organizations, local businesses, and the Timbisha Shoshone tribe. It is chaired by the Superintendent of Death Valley National Park. In June 2009, the ARC held a two-day kickoff meeting at DEVA; minutes may be found at: http://www.faa.gov/about/ office_org/headquarters_offices/arc/ programs/air_tourmanagement_plan/ park_specific_plans/Death_Valley.cfm. The purpose of the kickoff meeting was for stakeholders to have the opportunity to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the FAA and NPS regarding environmental and other issues to consider in the development of an ATMP. Materials presented at the meeting included information on: Park resources; the acoustical environment at DEVA; military operations over DEVA and the surrounding areas; current and historical air tour operations; and, a map of current air tour flight paths. Comments were received from members of the ARC regarding sensitive park resources, tribal concerns, changes in tourism patterns, and air tour operations. After a generalized map of current air tour flight paths was presented, ARC members made suggestions regarding options for an air tour flight track that would consolidate flight paths and modify elevations and flight locations. ARC members’ recommendations attempted to address the concerns raised at the meeting. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2006-25756]


Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; 
Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo)

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo) has 
applied for an exemption from the Federal requirement for a driver of 
commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to hold a commercial driver's license 
(CDL). Volvo requests that the exemption cover two Swedish field test 
engineers who will test-drive CMVs for Volvo within the United States. 
These two Volvo employees both hold a valid Swedish CDL. Volvo states 
the exemption is needed to support a Volvo field test to meet future 
clean air standards, to test-drive Volvo prototype vehicles to verify 
results in ``real world'' environments, and to deliver the vehicles if 
necessary in the United States. Volvo believes the knowledge and skills 
tests and training program that Swedish drivers undergo to obtain a 
Swedish CDL ensures the exemption would provide a level of safety that 
is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety obtained by 
complying with the U.S. requirements for a CDL.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 18, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket 
Management System Number FMCSA-2006-25756 by any of the following 
methods:
     Web site: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for 
submitting comments on the Federal electronic docket site.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, 
DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: Ground Floor, Room W12-140, DOT Building, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and 
docket number. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and 
additional information on the exemption process, see the Public 
Participation heading below. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or to the 
ground floor, Room W12-140, DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.
    Privacy Act: Anyone is able to 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.). You may review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19476) or you may visit www.regulations.gov.
    Public Participation: The www.regulations.gov Web site is generally 
available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You can get electronic 
submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the ``help'' section 
of the www.regulations.gov Web site and also at the DOT's http://docketsinfo.dot.gov Web site. If you want us to notify you that we 
received your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped 
envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears 
after submitting comments online.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robert Schultz, FMCSA Driver and 
Carrier Operations Division; Office of Bus and Truck Standards and 
Operations; Telephone: 202-366-4325. E-mail: MCPSD@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 
(Pub. L. 105-178, 112 Stat. 107, June 9, 1998) amended 49 U.S.C. 31315 
and 31136(e) to provide authority to grant exemptions from motor 
carrier safety regulations. Under its regulations, FMCSA must publish a 
notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 
381.315(a)). The Agency must provide

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the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the 
application, including the conducting of any safety analyses. The 
Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the 
application.
    The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments, and 
determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level 
of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be 
achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of 
the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 
381.315(b)) with the reason for denying or, in the alternative, the 
specific person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the 
regulatory provision or provisions from which exemption is granted. The 
notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up to 2 
years), and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The 
exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)).

Request for Exemption

    Volvo has applied for an exemption from the commercial driver's 
license (CDL) rules, specifically 49 CFR 383.23 that prescribes 
licensing requirements for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles 
(CMVs) in interstate or intrastate commerce. Volvo requests the 
exemption because its driver-employees are citizens and residents of 
Sweden, and therefore cannot apply for a CDL in any of the United 
States. A copy of the application is in Docket No. FMCSA-2006-25756.
    The exemption would allow two drivers to operate CMVs in interstate 
commerce as part of a team of drivers who will support a Volvo field 
test to meet future air quality standards. The drivers will test-drive 
Volvo prototype vehicles at its test site and in the vicinity around 
Phoenix, Arizona, verify results in ``real world'' environments, and, 
if necessary, deliver the vehicles in the U.S. The drivers are: Magnus 
Ericsson and Conny Harlin, and Volvo requests that the exemption cover 
a two-year period beginning February 1, 2010.
    These drivers each hold a valid Swedish CDL, and as explained by 
Volvo in previous exemption requests, drivers applying for a Swedish-
issued CDL must undergo a training program and pass knowledge and 
skills tests. Volvo also stated in prior exemption requests that the 
knowledge and skills tests and training program that Swedish drivers 
undergo to obtain a Swedish CDL ensure the exemption provides a level 
of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety 
obtained by complying with the U.S. requirement for a CDL.
    FMCSA has previously determined the process for obtaining a 
Swedish-issued CDL is comparable to, or as effective as the Federal 
requirements of Part 383, and adequately assesses the driver's ability 
to operate CMVs in the U.S. In the past 2 years, FMCSA has published 
several notices of similar Volvo requests. An FMCSA notice of final 
disposition of a similar request from Volvo was published on January 5, 
2009, granting this exemption to Volvo for a Swedish CDL driver 
permitting operation of CMVs in the U.S. (74 FR 333).

Request for Comments

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(4) and 31136(e), FMCSA 
requests public comment on Volvo's application for an exemption from 
the CDL requirements of 49 CFR 383.23. The Agency will consider all 
comments received by close of business on February 18, 2010. Comments 
will be available for examination in the docket at the location listed 
under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The Agency will consider to 
the extent practicable comments received in the public docket after the 
closing date of the comment period.

    Issued on: January 8, 2010.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2010-832 Filed 1-15-10; 8:45 am]
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