Organization and Functions of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, 46822-46824 [2015-18318]

Download as PDF 46822 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 151 / Thursday, August 6, 2015 / Rules and Regulations The Codex Alimentarius is a joint United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization food standards program, and it is recognized as an international food safety standards-setting organization in trade agreements to which the United States is a party. EPA may establish a tolerance that is different from a Codex MRL; however, FFDCA section 408(b)(4) requires that EPA explain the reasons for departing from the Codex level. The Codex has not established a MRL for fluazifop-P-butyl. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES V. Conclusion Therefore, the tolerance is amended for residues of fluazifop-P-butyl in or on sweet potato, roots from 0.05 ppm to 1.5 ppm. VI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews This action amends a tolerance under FFDCA section 408(d) in response to a petition submitted to the Agency. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has exempted these types of actions from review under Executive Order 12866, entitled ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review’’ (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993). Because this action has been exempted from review under Executive Order 12866, this action is not subject to Executive Order 13211, entitled ‘‘Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use’’ (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001) or Executive Order 13045, entitled ‘‘Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks’’ (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997). This action does not contain any information collections subject to OMB approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), nor does it require any special considerations under Executive Order 12898, entitled ‘‘Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations’’ (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994). Since tolerances and exemptions that are established on the basis of a petition under FFDCA section 408(d), such as the tolerance in this final rule, do not require the issuance of a proposed rule, the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), do not apply. This action directly regulates growers, food processors, food handlers, and food retailers, not States or tribes, nor does this action alter the relationships or distribution of power and responsibilities established by Congress VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Aug 05, 2015 Jkt 235001 in the preemption provisions of FFDCA section 408(n)(4). As such, the Agency has determined that this action will not have a substantial direct effect on States or tribal governments, on the relationship between the national government and the States or tribal governments, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government or between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. Thus, the Agency has determined that Executive Order 13132, entitled ‘‘Federalism’’ (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999) and Executive Order 13175, entitled ‘‘Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments’’ (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000) do not apply to this action. In addition, this action does not impose any enforceable duty or contain any unfunded mandate as described under Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) (2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.). This action does not involve any technical standards that would require Agency consideration of voluntary consensus standards pursuant to section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15 U.S.C. 272 note). VII. Congressional Review Act Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), EPA will submit a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. This action is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180 Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Agricultural commodities, Pesticides and pests, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Dated: July 23, 2015. Susan Lewis, Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. Therefore, 40 CFR chapter I is amended as follows: PART 180—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for part 180 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321(q), 346a and 371. 2. In § 180.411, revise the commodity ‘‘Sweet potato, roots’’ in the table in paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 § 180.411 Fluazifop-P-butyl; tolerances for residues. (a) * * * Commodity Parts per million * * * * Sweet potato, roots ........................ * 1.5 * * * * * [FR Doc. 2015–18825 Filed 8–5–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P CHEMICAL SAFETY AND HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD 40 CFR Part 1600 Organization and Functions of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This rule amends the quorum and voting regulations of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). The amendments add a requirement for the Chairperson to place notation votes that have been calendared for discussion at a Board Meeting to the agenda of a public meeting within 90 days of the calendared notation vote. The rule also adds a requirement for the Chairperson to conduct a minimum of four public meetings per year in Washington, DC. DATES: Effective August 6, 2015. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This final rule will promote increased transparency and accountability for Board activities. It aligns with the Open Government principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration, as outlined in the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government (74 FFR 4685, Jan. 26, 2009). The Board conducts most votes through a process of notation voting. In notation voting, Board Members may vote to approve, disapprove, or calendar a notation item for discussion at a public meeting. In recent years, notation items have been calendared but then not placed on the agenda for discussion at a public meeting of the Board. The addition of language to 40 CFR 1600.5(b) will ensure that calendaring is used in the way it was intended. It will require the consideration of calendared notation votes at a public meeting within 90 days of the calendaring action. Prior to the adoption of this amendment to the rule, calendaring SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06AUR1.SGM 06AUR1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 151 / Thursday, August 6, 2015 / Rules and Regulations could amount to a veto by a single Member even when other Members wished to vote on the item. This added language will prevent that action and preserve only the original intent of calendaring. 40 CFR 1600.5(b) of this rule was amended to state that a ‘‘notation vote to schedule a public meeting may not be calendared.’’ This change is intended to require a straight vote when one or more members may be reluctant to schedule a public meeting. The result is intended to provide an opportunity for important substantive business of the Board to be discussed publicly. New paragraph (c) adds provisions to ensure that the Board meets at least quarterly to review important CSB mission work and reaffirms the authority of all Board Members to add items for discussion to the agendas of such CSB public meetings. This provision reinforces the policy of the Board (in Board Order 1, Section 9.b.2) that permits members to request public meeting agenda additions or changes. The amended rule also requires that the Board’s quarterly meetings consider, at a minimum, calendared notation votes, important mission-related activities, and quarterly agency action plan progress. This portion of the rule is also intended to increase the transparency of Board actions, to promote the Board’s accountability to the public, and to ensure regular, relevant feedback is received from the public related to the agency’s mission work. Although not required for this action, the Board published the proposed amendments in the Federal Register and provided thirty days for public comment. The CSB received two written comments during the written comment period and several oral public comments at a meeting on June 18, 2015. The written comments have been posted to the CSB Web site at http:// www.csb.gov/about-the-csb/publiccomments/, and the oral comments concerning the rule are in the transcript of the discussion which took place on June 18, 2015. One written comment and each of the oral comments were favorable. The written comment from the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW), supported the rule because it will increase the transparency of the Board’s actions and facilitate stakeholder involvement and CSB accountability. The USW fully supports the decision to hold regular quarterly business meetings, but noted that a method for participation by phone VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Aug 05, 2015 Jkt 235001 for those not in the Washington area is important. The comment also supported the rule’s new requirements that calendared notation items be discussed in public within 90 days and that all Board Members may add items to public meeting agendas. The USW also noted that Board Members should not cancel any investigation without sufficient notification to stakeholders. Earlier this year, the CSB voted to terminate three investigations at a meeting on January 28, 2015, even though the Federal Register notice (80 FR 2392 (Jan. 16, 2015)) did not provide specific notice that the Board might take such an action. The Board received criticism for providing inadequate notice. New section (ii) of this rule provides in pertinent part that each quarterly meeting shall include as an agenda item a ‘‘review by the Board of the schedule for completion of all open investigations, studies, and other important work of the Board.’’ If the Board were considering the cancellation of a particular investigation, such a discussion should occur at a quarterly meeting under this general agenda item. Without specifically stating such a possibility, interested members of the public might not be aware that the Board could vote to cancel a specific investigation at a quarterly public meeting. An oral public comment from the American Chemistry Council was supportive of the amended rule. The CSB also received a negative comment from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER commented that the thirty day comment period was insufficient. However, as noted above, this rule could have been published as a final rule without any public comment period, and the Board also scheduled a public meeting to discuss the proposed changes and to provide an additional opportunity for public input. PEER also noted that the rule could force the Board to hold a public meeting every single workday to accommodate this requirement to consider calendared notation items within ninety days. The Board does not share this concern. Because the Board will hold quarterly and other public meetings, the Board would rarely need to convene a special meeting solely to consider a calendared notation item. PEER expressed concern that the Washington, DC, location for business meetings was not convenient to all stakeholders. With respect to this concern, the CSB has provided and plans to continue to provide an opportunity for teleconference or PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 46823 webcast participation in the four meetings in Washington, DC. The CSB will also continue to conduct public meetings, as appropriate, throughout the United States. PEER recommended undertaking a cost benefit analysis of the rule before finalizing it due to a concern that the proposed rule could negatively impact public meetings held in communities in which an accident has occurred. PEER noted that the CSB appears to lack the personnel and resources to hold both Washington, DC and community-based meetings effectively. The Board shares this important concern. However, the Board has determined that this concern is a basis for caution, not a reason to delay adoption of the rule. The Board contemplates that the cost of regular business meetings in Washington, DC, will be minimal as such meetings will be conducted at CSB headquarters, limited in scope, and should not involve excessive staff time to prepare and to conduct. The Board will evaluate per meeting costs over the next year to ensure that these costs are reasonable in relation to the anticipated benefits, and consider the need to seek additional resources to ensure that the new rule does not negatively impact community based public meetings. Having considered these comments, the Board has determined that the rule should be finalized without additional changes at this time. The Board plans to review the rule a year from its adoption to ensure the revisions have succeeded in accomplishing the primary objectives of improving transparency and accountability to stakeholders. Statutory Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, 552(a)(1); 42 U.S.C. 7412(r)(6)(N). Regulatory Impact Administrative Procedure Act: 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A), provides that when regulations involve matters of agency organization, procedure, or practice, the agency may publish regulations in final form without notice and comment. Because this rule is intended to promote public participation and transparency for Board activities, however, the Board provided thirty days for public comment and an opportunity for public comments on June 18, 2015, when Board Members met in Washington, DC (80 FR 32339 (June 8, 2015)). Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act: This regulation is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. Because this regulation involves internal agency procedures and quarterly business meetings, this regulation: a. Does not have an annual E:\FR\FM\06AUR1.SGM 06AUR1 46824 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 151 / Thursday, August 6, 2015 / Rules and Regulations effect on the economy of $100 million or more. b. Will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, local government agencies or geographic regions. c. Does not have a significant adverse effect on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises. Regulatory Flexibility Act: The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) requires that a rule that has a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, small businesses, or small organizations must include an initial regulatory flexibility analysis describing the regulation’s impact on such small entities. This analysis need not be undertaken if the agency has certified that the regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 5 U.S.C. 605(b). The CSB has considered the impact of this rule under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and certifies that a final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Paperwork Reduction Act: The CSB reviewed this rule to determine whether it involves issues that would subject it to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The CSB has determined that that the rule does not require a ‘‘collection of information’’ under the PRA. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995: The rule does not require the preparation of an assessment statement in accordance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1531. This rule does not include a federal mandate that may result in the annual expenditure by state, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of more than the annual threshold established by the Act ($128 million in 2006, adjusted annually for inflation). List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 1600 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Administrative practice and procedure. Dated: July 22, 2015. Rick Engler, Board Member. Accordingly, for the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board amends 40 CFR part 1600 as follows: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Aug 05, 2015 Jkt 235001 PART 1600—ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTIONS OF THE CHEMICAL SAFETY AND HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD 1. The authority citation continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, 552(a)(1); 42 U.S.C. 7412(r)(6)(N). 2. Amend § 1600.5 by revising paragraph (b) and adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows: ■ § 1600.5 Quorum and voting requirements. * * * * * (b) Voting. The Board votes on items of business in meetings conducted pursuant to the Government in the Sunshine Act. Alternatively, whenever a Member of the Board is of the opinion that joint deliberation among the members of the Board upon any matter at a meeting is unnecessary in light of the nature of the matter, impracticable, or would impede the orderly disposition of agency business, such matter may be disposed of by employing notation voting procedures. A written notation of the vote of each participating Board member shall be recorded by the General Counsel who shall retain it in the records of the Board. If a Board member votes to calendar a notation item, the Board must consider the calendared notation item at a public meeting of the Board within 90 days of the date on which the item is calendared. A notation vote to schedule a public meeting may not be calendared. The Chairperson shall add any calendared notation item to the agenda for the next CSB public meeting if one is to occur within 90 days or to schedule a special meeting to consider any calendared notation item no later than 90 days from the calendar action. (c) Public Meetings and Agendas. The Chairperson, or in the absence of a chairperson, a member designated by the Board, shall schedule a minimum of four public meetings per year in Washington, DC, to take place during the months of October, January, April, and July. (1) Agenda. The Chairperson, or in the absence of a chairperson, a member designated by the Board, shall be responsible for preparation of a final meeting agenda. The final agenda may not differ in substance from the items published in the Sunshine Act notice for that meeting. Any member may submit agenda items related to CSB business for consideration at any public meeting, and the Chairperson shall include such items on the agenda. At a minimum, each quarterly meeting shall include the following agenda items: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (i) Consideration and vote on any notation items calendared since the date of the last public meeting; (ii) A review by the Board of the schedule for completion of all open investigations, studies, and other important work of the Board; and (iii) A review and discussion by the Board of the progress in meeting the CSB’s Annual Action Plan. (2) Publication of agenda information. The Chairperson shall be responsible for posting information related to any agenda item that is appropriate for public release on the CSB Web site no less than two days prior to a public meeting. [FR Doc. 2015–18318 Filed 8–5–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 73 [GN Docket No. 12–268; FCC 15–69] Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum through Incentive Auctions Federal Communications Commission. 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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 151 (Thursday, August 6, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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[FR Doc No: 2015-18318]


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CHEMICAL SAFETY AND HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD

40 CFR Part 1600


Organization and Functions of the Chemical Safety and Hazard 
Investigation Board

AGENCY: Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This rule amends the quorum and voting regulations of the 
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). The amendments 
add a requirement for the Chairperson to place notation votes that have 
been calendared for discussion at a Board Meeting to the agenda of a 
public meeting within 90 days of the calendared notation vote. The rule 
also adds a requirement for the Chairperson to conduct a minimum of 
four public meetings per year in Washington, DC.

DATES: Effective August 6, 2015.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This final rule will promote increased 
transparency and accountability for Board activities. It aligns with 
the Open Government principles of transparency, participation, and 
collaboration, as outlined in the Memorandum on Transparency and Open 
Government (74 FFR 4685, Jan. 26, 2009).
    The Board conducts most votes through a process of notation voting. 
In notation voting, Board Members may vote to approve, disapprove, or 
calendar a notation item for discussion at a public meeting. In recent 
years, notation items have been calendared but then not placed on the 
agenda for discussion at a public meeting of the Board. The addition of 
language to 40 CFR 1600.5(b) will ensure that calendaring is used in 
the way it was intended. It will require the consideration of 
calendared notation votes at a public meeting within 90 days of the 
calendaring action. Prior to the adoption of this amendment to the 
rule, calendaring

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could amount to a veto by a single Member even when other Members 
wished to vote on the item. This added language will prevent that 
action and preserve only the original intent of calendaring. 40 CFR 
1600.5(b) of this rule was amended to state that a ``notation vote to 
schedule a public meeting may not be calendared.'' This change is 
intended to require a straight vote when one or more members may be 
reluctant to schedule a public meeting. The result is intended to 
provide an opportunity for important substantive business of the Board 
to be discussed publicly.
    New paragraph (c) adds provisions to ensure that the Board meets at 
least quarterly to review important CSB mission work and reaffirms the 
authority of all Board Members to add items for discussion to the 
agendas of such CSB public meetings. This provision reinforces the 
policy of the Board (in Board Order 1, Section 9.b.2) that permits 
members to request public meeting agenda additions or changes. The 
amended rule also requires that the Board's quarterly meetings 
consider, at a minimum, calendared notation votes, important mission-
related activities, and quarterly agency action plan progress. This 
portion of the rule is also intended to increase the transparency of 
Board actions, to promote the Board's accountability to the public, and 
to ensure regular, relevant feedback is received from the public 
related to the agency's mission work.
    Although not required for this action, the Board published the 
proposed amendments in the Federal Register and provided thirty days 
for public comment.
    The CSB received two written comments during the written comment 
period and several oral public comments at a meeting on June 18, 2015. 
The written comments have been posted to the CSB Web site at http://www.csb.gov/about-the-csb/public-comments/, and the oral comments 
concerning the rule are in the transcript of the discussion which took 
place on June 18, 2015.
    One written comment and each of the oral comments were favorable. 
The written comment from the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, 
Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers 
International Union (USW), supported the rule because it will increase 
the transparency of the Board's actions and facilitate stakeholder 
involvement and CSB accountability. The USW fully supports the decision 
to hold regular quarterly business meetings, but noted that a method 
for participation by phone for those not in the Washington area is 
important. The comment also supported the rule's new requirements that 
calendared notation items be discussed in public within 90 days and 
that all Board Members may add items to public meeting agendas.
    The USW also noted that Board Members should not cancel any 
investigation without sufficient notification to stakeholders. Earlier 
this year, the CSB voted to terminate three investigations at a meeting 
on January 28, 2015, even though the Federal Register notice (80 FR 
2392 (Jan. 16, 2015)) did not provide specific notice that the Board 
might take such an action. The Board received criticism for providing 
inadequate notice. New section (ii) of this rule provides in pertinent 
part that each quarterly meeting shall include as an agenda item a 
``review by the Board of the schedule for completion of all open 
investigations, studies, and other important work of the Board.'' If 
the Board were considering the cancellation of a particular 
investigation, such a discussion should occur at a quarterly meeting 
under this general agenda item. Without specifically stating such a 
possibility, interested members of the public might not be aware that 
the Board could vote to cancel a specific investigation at a quarterly 
public meeting.
    An oral public comment from the American Chemistry Council was 
supportive of the amended rule.
    The CSB also received a negative comment from Public Employees for 
Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER commented that the thirty day 
comment period was insufficient. However, as noted above, this rule 
could have been published as a final rule without any public comment 
period, and the Board also scheduled a public meeting to discuss the 
proposed changes and to provide an additional opportunity for public 
input.
    PEER also noted that the rule could force the Board to hold a 
public meeting every single workday to accommodate this requirement to 
consider calendared notation items within ninety days. The Board does 
not share this concern. Because the Board will hold quarterly and other 
public meetings, the Board would rarely need to convene a special 
meeting solely to consider a calendared notation item.
    PEER expressed concern that the Washington, DC, location for 
business meetings was not convenient to all stakeholders. With respect 
to this concern, the CSB has provided and plans to continue to provide 
an opportunity for teleconference or webcast participation in the four 
meetings in Washington, DC. The CSB will also continue to conduct 
public meetings, as appropriate, throughout the United States.
    PEER recommended undertaking a cost benefit analysis of the rule 
before finalizing it due to a concern that the proposed rule could 
negatively impact public meetings held in communities in which an 
accident has occurred. PEER noted that the CSB appears to lack the 
personnel and resources to hold both Washington, DC and community-based 
meetings effectively. The Board shares this important concern. However, 
the Board has determined that this concern is a basis for caution, not 
a reason to delay adoption of the rule.
    The Board contemplates that the cost of regular business meetings 
in Washington, DC, will be minimal as such meetings will be conducted 
at CSB headquarters, limited in scope, and should not involve excessive 
staff time to prepare and to conduct. The Board will evaluate per 
meeting costs over the next year to ensure that these costs are 
reasonable in relation to the anticipated benefits, and consider the 
need to seek additional resources to ensure that the new rule does not 
negatively impact community based public meetings.
    Having considered these comments, the Board has determined that the 
rule should be finalized without additional changes at this time. The 
Board plans to review the rule a year from its adoption to ensure the 
revisions have succeeded in accomplishing the primary objectives of 
improving transparency and accountability to stakeholders.

    Statutory Authority:  5 U.S.C. 301, 552(a)(1); 42 U.S.C. 
7412(r)(6)(N).

Regulatory Impact

    Administrative Procedure Act: 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A), provides that 
when regulations involve matters of agency organization, procedure, or 
practice, the agency may publish regulations in final form without 
notice and comment. Because this rule is intended to promote public 
participation and transparency for Board activities, however, the Board 
provided thirty days for public comment and an opportunity for public 
comments on June 18, 2015, when Board Members met in Washington, DC (80 
FR 32339 (June 8, 2015)).
    Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act: This regulation 
is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. Because this regulation involves 
internal agency procedures and quarterly business meetings, this 
regulation: a. Does not have an annual

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effect on the economy of $100 million or more. b. Will not cause a 
major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, 
Federal, State, local government agencies or geographic regions. c. 
Does not have a significant adverse effect on competition, employment, 
investment, productivity, innovation or the ability of U.S.-based 
enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.
    Regulatory Flexibility Act: The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 
U.S.C. 601 et seq.) requires that a rule that has a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, small 
businesses, or small organizations must include an initial regulatory 
flexibility analysis describing the regulation's impact on such small 
entities. This analysis need not be undertaken if the agency has 
certified that the regulation will not have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities. 5 U.S.C. 605(b). The 
CSB has considered the impact of this rule under the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, and certifies that a final rule will not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.
    Paperwork Reduction Act: The CSB reviewed this rule to determine 
whether it involves issues that would subject it to the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (PRA). The CSB has determined that that the rule does not 
require a ``collection of information'' under the PRA.
    Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995: The rule does not require the 
preparation of an assessment statement in accordance with the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1531. This rule does not include 
a federal mandate that may result in the annual expenditure by state, 
local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private 
sector, of more than the annual threshold established by the Act ($128 
million in 2006, adjusted annually for inflation).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 1600

    Administrative practice and procedure.

    Dated: July 22, 2015.
Rick Engler,
Board Member.

    Accordingly, for the reasons set forth in the preamble, the 
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board amends 40 CFR part 1600 
as follows:

PART 1600--ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTIONS OF THE CHEMICAL SAFETY AND 
HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD

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1. The authority citation continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 301, 552(a)(1); 42 U.S.C. 7412(r)(6)(N).


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2. Amend Sec.  1600.5 by revising paragraph (b) and adding a new 
paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  1600.5  Quorum and voting requirements.

* * * * *
    (b) Voting. The Board votes on items of business in meetings 
conducted pursuant to the Government in the Sunshine Act. 
Alternatively, whenever a Member of the Board is of the opinion that 
joint deliberation among the members of the Board upon any matter at a 
meeting is unnecessary in light of the nature of the matter, 
impracticable, or would impede the orderly disposition of agency 
business, such matter may be disposed of by employing notation voting 
procedures. A written notation of the vote of each participating Board 
member shall be recorded by the General Counsel who shall retain it in 
the records of the Board. If a Board member votes to calendar a 
notation item, the Board must consider the calendared notation item at 
a public meeting of the Board within 90 days of the date on which the 
item is calendared. A notation vote to schedule a public meeting may 
not be calendared. The Chairperson shall add any calendared notation 
item to the agenda for the next CSB public meeting if one is to occur 
within 90 days or to schedule a special meeting to consider any 
calendared notation item no later than 90 days from the calendar 
action.
    (c) Public Meetings and Agendas. The Chairperson, or in the absence 
of a chairperson, a member designated by the Board, shall schedule a 
minimum of four public meetings per year in Washington, DC, to take 
place during the months of October, January, April, and July.
    (1) Agenda. The Chairperson, or in the absence of a chairperson, a 
member designated by the Board, shall be responsible for preparation of 
a final meeting agenda. The final agenda may not differ in substance 
from the items published in the Sunshine Act notice for that meeting. 
Any member may submit agenda items related to CSB business for 
consideration at any public meeting, and the Chairperson shall include 
such items on the agenda. At a minimum, each quarterly meeting shall 
include the following agenda items:
    (i) Consideration and vote on any notation items calendared since 
the date of the last public meeting;
    (ii) A review by the Board of the schedule for completion of all 
open investigations, studies, and other important work of the Board; 
and
    (iii) A review and discussion by the Board of the progress in 
meeting the CSB's Annual Action Plan.
    (2) Publication of agenda information. The Chairperson shall be 
responsible for posting information related to any agenda item that is 
appropriate for public release on the CSB Web site no less than two 
days prior to a public meeting.

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