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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Iyon Rosario, Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: 202–366–2010 or email: Iyon.Rosario@ dot.gov). SUMMARY: On January 1, 1995, FTA required large transit employers to begin drug and alcohol testing employees performing safety-sensitive functions and submit annual reports by March 15 of each year beginning in 1996. The annual report includes the number of employees who had a verified positive for the use of prohibited drugs, and the number of employees who tested positive for the misuse of alcohol during the reported year. Small employers commenced their FTA-required testing on January 1, 1996, and began reporting the same information as the large employers beginning March 15, 1997. The testing rules were updated on August 1, 2001, and established a random testing rate for prohibited drugs and the misuse of alcohol. The rules require employers conduct random drug tests at a rate equivalent to at least 50 percent of their total number of safety-sensitive employees for prohibited drug use and at least 25 percent for the misuse of alcohol. However, the rules provide the drug random testing rate may be lowered to 25 percent if the ‘‘positive rate’’ for the entire transit industry is less than one percent for two preceding consecutive years. Once lowered, the random rates may be raised to 50 percent if the positive rate equals or exceeds one percent for any one year (‘‘positive rate’’ means the number of positive results for random drug tests conducted under 49 CFR 655.45 plus the number of refusals of random tests required by 49 CFR 655.49, divided by the total number of random drug tests, plus the number of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00170 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14239 refusals of random tests required by 49 CFR part 655). The alcohol provisions provide the random rate may be lowered to 10 percent if the ‘‘violation rate’’ for the entire transit industry is less than 0.5 percent for two consecutive years. It will remain at 25 percent if the ‘‘violation rate’’ is equal to or greater than 0.5 percent but less than one percent, and it will be raised to 50 percent if the ‘‘violation rate’’ is one percent or greater for any one year (‘‘violation rate’’ means the number of covered employees found during random tests administered under 49 CFR 655.45 to have an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater, plus the number of employees who refuse a random test required by 49 CFR 655.49, divided by the total reported number of random alcohol tests plus the total number of refusals of random tests required by 49 CFR part 655). Pursuant to 49 CFR 655.45(b), the Acting Administrator’s decision to increase or decrease the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug and alcohol testing is based, in part, on the reported positive drug and alcohol violation rates for the entire industry. The information used for this determination is drawn from the drug and alcohol Management Information System (MIS) reports required by 49 CFR part 655. In determining the reliability of the data, the Acting Administrator considers the quality and completeness of the reported data, or may obtain additional information or reports from employers, and make appropriate modifications in calculating the industry’s verified positive results and violation rates. The Acting Administrator has determined that the random drug testing rate will remain at 25 percent for 2015 due to a ‘‘positive rate’’ lower than 1.0 percent for random drug test data for the two preceding calendar years. The random drug rates for the two preceding years are 0.74 percent for 2013 and 0.87 percent for 2014. The Acting Administrator also has determined that the random alcohol testing rate for 2015 will remain at 10 percent because the random alcohol violation rate was again lower than 0.5 percent for the two preceding consecutive years due. The random alcohol rates for the two preceding years are 0.12 percent for 2013 and 0.14 percent for 2014. Detailed reports on the FTA drug and alcohol testing data collected from transit employers may be obtained from the FTA, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366–2010 E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1 14240 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 52 / Wednesday, March 18, 2015 / Notices or at http://transit-safety.fta.dot.gov/ publications/Default.aspx Issued in Washington, DC, pursuant to authority under 49 CFR 1.91. Therese McMillan, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–06225 Filed 3–17–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Request To Release Airport Property Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Intent to Rule on Request to Release Airport Property at the Ottumwa Regional Airport (OTM), Ottumwa, Iowa. AGENCY: The FAA proposes to rule and invites public comment on the release of land, Lot #7, 14550 Terminal Ave., at the Ottumwa Regional Airport, Ottumwa, Iowa, under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47107(h)(2). DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2015. ADDRESSES: Comments on this application may be mailed or delivered to the FAA at the following address: Lynn D. Martin, Airports Compliance Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, Airports Division, ACE–610C, 901 Locust Room 364, Kansas City, MO 64106. In addition, one copy of any comments submitted to the FAA must be mailed or delivered to: Tom Francis, Airport Manager, C/O Ottumwa Regional Airport 14802 Terminal St. Ottumwa, IA 50501, 641–683–0619. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynn D. Martin, Airports Compliance Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, Airports Division, ACE–610C, 901 Locust Room 364, Kansas City, MO 64106, (816) 329–2644, lynn.martin@faa.gov. The request to release property may be reviewed, by appointment, in person at this same location. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA invites public comment on the request to release approximately 2.80 acres of airport property,14550 Terminal Ave., Lot #7, at the Ottumwa Regional Airport (OTM) under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47107(h)(2). On March 4, 2015, the Airport Manager at the Ottumwa Regional Airport requested from the FAA that approximately 2.80 acres of property, Lot #7, be released for sale to Friends of NAS Ottumwa for use as a mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:00 Mar 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 museum for the Ottumwa Naval Air Station history. On March 12, 2015, the FAA determined that the request to release property at the Ottumwa Regional Airport (OTM) submitted by the Sponsor meets the procedural requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration and the release of the property does not and will not impact future aviation needs at the airport. The FAA may approve the request, in whole or in part, no sooner than thirty days after the publication of this Notice. The following is a brief overview of the request: Ottumwa Regional Airport (OTM) is proposing the release of one parcel, Lot #7, containing 2.80 acres, more or less. The release of land is necessary to comply with Federal Aviation Administration Grant Assurances that do not allow federally acquired airport property to be used for non-aviation purposes. The sale of the subject property will result in the land at the Ottumwa Regional Airport (OTM) being changed from aeronautical to nonaeronautical use and release the lands from the conditions of the Airport Improvement Program Grant Agreement Grant Assurances. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 47107(c)(2)(B)(i) and (iii), the airport will receive fair market value for the property, which will be subsequently reinvested in another eligible airport improvement project for general aviation facilities at the Ottumwa Regional Airport. Any person may inspect, by appointment, the request in person at the FAA office listed above under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. In addition, any person may, upon appointment and request, inspect the application, notice and other documents determined by the FAA to be related to the application in person at the Ottumwa Regional Airport. Issued in Kansas City, MO on March 12, 2015. Jim Johnson, Division Manager, Airports Division. [FR Doc. 2015–06259 Filed 3–17–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2014–0303] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00171 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notice of applications for exemptions, request for comments. ACTION: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 21 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2015. All comments will be investigated by FMCSA. The exemptions will be issued the day after the comment period closes. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 2014–0303 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket numbers for this notice. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below for further information. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 52 (Wednesday, March 18, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14239-14240]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-06225]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Prevention of Alcohol Misuse and Prohibited Drug Use in Transit 
Operations

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of random drug and alcohol testing rates for 2015.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the 2015 random testing rates for 
employers subject to the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) drug 
and alcohol rules.

DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Iyon Rosario, Drug and Alcohol Program 
Manager for the Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: 202-366-2010 or email: 
Iyon.Rosario@dot.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 1, 1995, FTA required large 
transit employers to begin drug and alcohol testing employees 
performing safety-sensitive functions and submit annual reports by 
March 15 of each year beginning in 1996. The annual report includes the 
number of employees who had a verified positive for the use of 
prohibited drugs, and the number of employees who tested positive for 
the misuse of alcohol during the reported year. Small employers 
commenced their FTA-required testing on January 1, 1996, and began 
reporting the same information as the large employers beginning March 
15, 1997. The testing rules were updated on August 1, 2001, and 
established a random testing rate for prohibited drugs and the misuse 
of alcohol.
    The rules require employers conduct random drug tests at a rate 
equivalent to at least 50 percent of their total number of safety-
sensitive employees for prohibited drug use and at least 25 percent for 
the misuse of alcohol. However, the rules provide the drug random 
testing rate may be lowered to 25 percent if the ``positive rate'' for 
the entire transit industry is less than one percent for two preceding 
consecutive years. Once lowered, the random rates may be raised to 50 
percent if the positive rate equals or exceeds one percent for any one 
year (``positive rate'' means the number of positive results for random 
drug tests conducted under 49 CFR 655.45 plus the number of refusals of 
random tests required by 49 CFR 655.49, divided by the total number of 
random drug tests, plus the number of refusals of random tests required 
by 49 CFR part 655).
    The alcohol provisions provide the random rate may be lowered to 10 
percent if the ``violation rate'' for the entire transit industry is 
less than 0.5 percent for two consecutive years. It will remain at 25 
percent if the ``violation rate'' is equal to or greater than 0.5 
percent but less than one percent, and it will be raised to 50 percent 
if the ``violation rate'' is one percent or greater for any one year 
(``violation rate'' means the number of covered employees found during 
random tests administered under 49 CFR 655.45 to have an alcohol 
concentration of 0.04 or greater, plus the number of employees who 
refuse a random test required by 49 CFR 655.49, divided by the total 
reported number of random alcohol tests plus the total number of 
refusals of random tests required by 49 CFR part 655).
    Pursuant to 49 CFR 655.45(b), the Acting Administrator's decision 
to increase or decrease the minimum annual percentage rate for random 
drug and alcohol testing is based, in part, on the reported positive 
drug and alcohol violation rates for the entire industry. The 
information used for this determination is drawn from the drug and 
alcohol Management Information System (MIS) reports required by 49 CFR 
part 655. In determining the reliability of the data, the Acting 
Administrator considers the quality and completeness of the reported 
data, or may obtain additional information or reports from employers, 
and make appropriate modifications in calculating the industry's 
verified positive results and violation rates.
    The Acting Administrator has determined that the random drug 
testing rate will remain at 25 percent for 2015 due to a ``positive 
rate'' lower than 1.0 percent for random drug test data for the two 
preceding calendar years. The random drug rates for the two preceding 
years are 0.74 percent for 2013 and 0.87 percent for 2014.
    The Acting Administrator also has determined that the random 
alcohol testing rate for 2015 will remain at 10 percent because the 
random alcohol violation rate was again lower than 0.5 percent for the 
two preceding consecutive years due. The random alcohol rates for the 
two preceding years are 0.12 percent for 2013 and 0.14 percent for 
2014.
    Detailed reports on the FTA drug and alcohol testing data collected 
from transit employers may be obtained from the FTA, Office of Transit 
Safety and Oversight, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, 
(202) 366-2010

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or at http://transit-safety.fta.dot.gov/publications/Default.aspx

    Issued in Washington, DC, pursuant to authority under 49 CFR 
1.91.
Therese McMillan,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2015-06225 Filed 3-17-15; 8:45 am]
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