Claims for Compensation Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, 19518-19519 [2016-07488]

Download as PDF 19518 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 65 / Tuesday, April 5, 2016 / Proposed Rules V2525–D5, V2527–A5, V2527E–A5, V2527M–A5, V2528–D5, V2530–A5, and V2533–A5, engines with either of the following installed: (1) High-pressure turbine (HPT) stage 1 hub, part number (P/N) 2A5001, with a serial number (S/N) listed in Table 1, Appendix A, of IAE Non-Modification Service Bulletin (NMSB) No. V2500–ENG–72–0661, Revision 1, dated February 5, 2016; or (2) HPT stage 2 hub, P/N 2A4802, with an S/N listed in Table 2, Appendix A, of IAE NMSB No. V2500–ENG–72–0661, Revision 1, dated February 5, 2016. (d) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by the fracture of the HPT stage 2 hub during flight, which resulted in an in-flight shutdown, undercowl fire, and smoke in the cabin. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HPT stage 1 or HPT stage 2 hubs, which could result in uncontained HPT blade release, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (e) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (1) Inspect the HPT stage 1 hub, P/N 2A5001, and HPT stage 2 hub, P/N 2A4802, at the next shop visit or as follows, whichever comes first: (i) For hubs with 0 to 7,000 CSN, before accumulating 13,000 CSN; (ii) For hubs with 7,001 to 11,000 CSN, within 6,000 cycles from the effective date of this AD or before accumulating 15,000 CSN, whichever occurs first; (iii) For hubs with 11,001 to 15,500 CSN, within 4,000 cycles from the effective date of this AD or before accumulating 17,000 CSN, whichever occurs first; (iv) For hubs with 15,501 CSN or greater, within 1,500 cycles from the effective date of this AD. (2) Use Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 2.A., 2.C., and 2.D., of IAE NMSB No. V2500–ENG–72–0661, Revision 1, dated February 5, 2016, to inspect the HPT stage 1 hub, P/N 2A5001. (3) Use Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 2.E., 2.G., and 2H., of IAE NMSB No. V2500–ENG–72–0661, to inspect the HPT stage 2 hub, P/N 2A4802. (4) Remove from service any HPT stage 1 hub, P/N 2A5001, or HPT stage 2 hub, P/N 2A4802, that fail the inspections required by paragraphs (e)(2) and (e)(3) of this AD, and replace with a part that is eligible for installation. (f) Definition For the purpose of this AD, a ‘‘shop visit’’ is the induction of an engine into the shop for maintenance involving the separation of pairs of major mating engine flanges, except that the separation of engine flanges solely for the purposes of transportation without subsequent engine maintenance does not constitute an engine shop visit. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) The Manager, Engine Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:17 Apr 04, 2016 Jkt 238001 make your request. You may email your request to: ANE-AD-AMOC@faa.gov. (h) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Brian Kierstead, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238– 7772; fax: 781–238–7199; email: brian.kierstead@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact International Aero Engines AG, 400 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06118; phone: 860–368–3700; fax: 860– 368–4600; email: iaeinfo@iaev2500.com; Internet: https://www.iaeworld.com. (3) You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7125. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on March 24, 2016. Colleen M. D’Alessandro, Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–07579 Filed 4–4–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs 20 CFR Part 30 RIN 1240–AA08 Claims for Compensation Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; reopening of comment period. AGENCY: The Department of Labor is reopening and extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking it published on November 18, 2015 (80 FR 72296). The Department originally allowed a 60-day comment period that was scheduled to close on January 19, 2016, but on that date extended the comment period another 30 days through February 18, 2016 (81 FR 2787). This notice indicates that the comment period is being reopened as of April 5, 2016 and extended for an additional period. The comment period for the information collection requirements in the proposed rule ended on December 18, 2015, and that period is not being reopened. DATES: The comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking published on November 18, 2015 (80 FR SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 72296) and extended at 81 FR 2787 (January 19, 2016) is reopened. The Department will accept written comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking from interested parties that are submitted from April 5, 2016 through May 9, 2016. ADDRESSES: Parties may submit comments on the regulations in the proposed rule, identified by Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 1240–AA08, by any ONE of the following methods: Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: The Internet address to submit comments on the regulations in the proposed rule is www.regulations.gov. Follow the Web site instructions for submitting comments. Comments will also be available for public inspection on the Web site. Mail or Hand Delivery: Submit written comments by mail to Rachel P. Leiton, Director, Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Room C–3321, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. The Department will only consider mailed comments that have been postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or other delivery service on or before the deadline for comments. Instructions: All comments must cite RIN 1240–AA08 that has been assigned to this rulemaking. Receipt of any comments, whether by Internet, mail or hand delivery, will not be acknowledged. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel P. Leiton, Director, Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Room C–3321, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, Telephone: 202–693–0081 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access this telephone number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1– 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In response to requests from members of the public, the Department has decided to reopen the public comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking it published on November 18, 2015 (80 FR 72296). The Department originally allowed a 60-day comment period that was scheduled to close on January 19, 2016, but on that date extended the comment period another 30 days through February 18, 2016 (81 FR 2787). The comment period is being reopened as of April 5, 2016 and extended through May 9, 2016. The comment E:\FR\FM\05APP1.SGM 05APP1 Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 65 / Tuesday, April 5, 2016 / Proposed Rules period for the information collection requirements in the proposed rule ended on December 18, 2015, and that period is not being reopened. The notice of proposed rulemaking contains changes to update the regulations governing the administration of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended (EEOICPA or Act), 42 U.S.C. 7384 et seq., which was originally enacted on October 30, 2000. The initial version of EEOICPA established a compensation program (known as Part B of the Act) to provide a uniform lump-sum payment of $150,000 and medical benefits as compensation to covered employees who had sustained designated illnesses due to their exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica while in the performance of duty for DOE and certain of its vendors, contractors and subcontractors. Part B of the Act also provides for payment of compensation to certain survivors of these covered employees, and for payment of a smaller uniform lump-sum ($50,000) to individuals (who would also receive medical benefits), or their survivors, who were determined to be eligible for compensation under section 5 of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), 42 U.S.C. 2210 note, by the Department of Justice. Primary responsibility for the administration of Part B of the Act was assigned to DOL by Executive Order 13179 (‘‘Providing Compensation to America’s Nuclear Weapons Workers’’) of December 7, 2000 (65 FR 77487). The initial version of EEOICPA also created a second program (known as Part D of the Act) that required DOE to establish a system by which DOE contractor employees (and their eligible survivors) could seek assistance from DOE in obtaining state workers’ compensation benefits if a Physicians Panel determined that the employee in question had sustained a covered illness as a result of work-related exposure to a toxic substance at a DOE facility. A positive panel finding that was accepted by DOE required DOE, to the extent permitted by law, to order its contractor not to contest the claim for state workers’ compensation benefits. However, Congress amended EEOICPA in Subtitle E of Title XXXI of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005, Public Law 108–375, 118 Stat. 1811, 2178 (October 28, 2004), by abolishing Part D of the Act and creating a new Part E (codified at 42 U.S.C. 7385s through 7385s-15) that it assigned to DOL for administration. Part E established a new system of variable federal payments for VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:17 Apr 04, 2016 Jkt 238001 DOE contractor employees, uranium workers covered by section 5 of RECA, and eligible survivors of such employees. The Department’s proposed rule would amend certain of the existing regulations governing its administration of Parts B and E of EEOICPA to conform them to current administrative practice, based on its experience administering the Act since 2001, to bring further clarity to the regulatory description of the claims adjudication process, and to improve the administration of the Act. Signed at Washington, DC, this 29th day of March, 2016. Leonard J. Howie III, Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. [FR Doc. 2016–07488 Filed 4–4–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–CR–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R04–OAR–2015–0518; FRL–9944–50Region 4] Air Plan Approval; North Carolina; Regional Haze Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to North Carolina’s regional haze State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) on October 31, 2014, that relies on an alternative to Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) to satisfy BART requirements for electric generating units (EGUs) formerly subject to the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). EPA also proposes to find that final approval of this SIP revision would correct the deficiencies that led to EPA’s limited disapproval of the State’s regional haze SIP on June 7, 2012, and proposes to convert EPA’s June 27, 2012, limited approval to a full approval. This submittal addresses the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA’s rules that require states to prevent any future, and remedy any existing, manmade impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I areas caused by emissions of air pollutants from numerous sources located over a wide geographic area (also referred to as the regional haze program). States are required to assure reasonable progress SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 19519 toward the national goal of achieving natural visibility conditions in Class I areas. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before April 26, 2016. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–R04– OAR–2015–0518 at http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/ commenting-epa-dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Notarianni, Air Regulatory Management Section, Air Planning and Implementation Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303–8960. Ms. Notarianni can be reached by telephone at (404) 562–9031 or via electronic mail at Notarianni.Michele@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Background for EPA’s Proposed Action A. Overview of the Regional Haze Rule Regional haze is visibility impairment that is produced by a multitude of sources and activities which are located across a broad geographic area and emit fine particles (e.g., sulfates, nitrates, organic carbon, elemental carbon, and soil dust) and their precursors (e.g., sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX), and in some cases, ammonia and volatile organic compounds). Fine particle precursors react in the atmosphere to form fine particulate matter (PM2.5) which impairs visibility by scattering and absorbing light. Visibility impairment reduces the E:\FR\FM\05APP1.SGM 05APP1

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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-07488]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

20 CFR Part 30

RIN 1240-AA08


Claims for Compensation Under the Energy Employees Occupational 
Illness Compensation Program Act

AGENCY: Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor is reopening and extending the comment 
period for the notice of proposed rulemaking it published on November 
18, 2015 (80 FR 72296). The Department originally allowed a 60-day 
comment period that was scheduled to close on January 19, 2016, but on 
that date extended the comment period another 30 days through February 
18, 2016 (81 FR 2787). This notice indicates that the comment period is 
being reopened as of April 5, 2016 and extended for an additional 
period. The comment period for the information collection requirements 
in the proposed rule ended on December 18, 2015, and that period is not 
being reopened.

DATES: The comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking 
published on November 18, 2015 (80 FR 72296) and extended at 81 FR 2787 
(January 19, 2016) is reopened. The Department will accept written 
comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking from interested parties 
that are submitted from April 5, 2016 through May 9, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Parties may submit comments on the regulations in the 
proposed rule, identified by Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 1240-
AA08, by any ONE of the following methods:
    Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: The Internet address to submit 
comments on the regulations in the proposed rule is 
www.regulations.gov. Follow the Web site instructions for submitting 
comments. Comments will also be available for public inspection on the 
Web site.
    Mail or Hand Delivery: Submit written comments by mail to Rachel P. 
Leiton, Director, Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness 
Compensation, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, U.S. Department 
of Labor, Room C-3321, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20210. The Department will only consider mailed comments that have been 
postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or other delivery service on or 
before the deadline for comments.
    Instructions: All comments must cite RIN 1240-AA08 that has been 
assigned to this rulemaking. Receipt of any comments, whether by 
Internet, mail or hand delivery, will not be acknowledged.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel P. Leiton, Director, Division 
of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation, Office of 
Workers' Compensation Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Room C-3321, 
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, Telephone: 202-693-
0081 (this is not a toll-free number).
    Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access this 
telephone number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information 
Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In response to requests from members of the 
public, the Department has decided to reopen the public comment period 
for the notice of proposed rulemaking it published on November 18, 2015 
(80 FR 72296). The Department originally allowed a 60-day comment 
period that was scheduled to close on January 19, 2016, but on that 
date extended the comment period another 30 days through February 18, 
2016 (81 FR 2787). The comment period is being reopened as of April 5, 
2016 and extended through May 9, 2016. The comment

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period for the information collection requirements in the proposed rule 
ended on December 18, 2015, and that period is not being reopened.
    The notice of proposed rulemaking contains changes to update the 
regulations governing the administration of the Energy Employees 
Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended 
(EEOICPA or Act), 42 U.S.C. 7384 et seq., which was originally enacted 
on October 30, 2000. The initial version of EEOICPA established a 
compensation program (known as Part B of the Act) to provide a uniform 
lump-sum payment of $150,000 and medical benefits as compensation to 
covered employees who had sustained designated illnesses due to their 
exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica while in the performance of 
duty for DOE and certain of its vendors, contractors and 
subcontractors. Part B of the Act also provides for payment of 
compensation to certain survivors of these covered employees, and for 
payment of a smaller uniform lump-sum ($50,000) to individuals (who 
would also receive medical benefits), or their survivors, who were 
determined to be eligible for compensation under section 5 of the 
Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), 42 U.S.C. 2210 note, by the 
Department of Justice. Primary responsibility for the administration of 
Part B of the Act was assigned to DOL by Executive Order 13179 
(``Providing Compensation to America's Nuclear Weapons Workers'') of 
December 7, 2000 (65 FR 77487).
    The initial version of EEOICPA also created a second program (known 
as Part D of the Act) that required DOE to establish a system by which 
DOE contractor employees (and their eligible survivors) could seek 
assistance from DOE in obtaining state workers' compensation benefits 
if a Physicians Panel determined that the employee in question had 
sustained a covered illness as a result of work-related exposure to a 
toxic substance at a DOE facility. A positive panel finding that was 
accepted by DOE required DOE, to the extent permitted by law, to order 
its contractor not to contest the claim for state workers' compensation 
benefits. However, Congress amended EEOICPA in Subtitle E of Title XXXI 
of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2005, Public Law 108-375, 118 Stat. 1811, 2178 (October 28, 2004), 
by abolishing Part D of the Act and creating a new Part E (codified at 
42 U.S.C. 7385s through 7385s-15) that it assigned to DOL for 
administration. Part E established a new system of variable federal 
payments for DOE contractor employees, uranium workers covered by 
section 5 of RECA, and eligible survivors of such employees.
    The Department's proposed rule would amend certain of the existing 
regulations governing its administration of Parts B and E of EEOICPA to 
conform them to current administrative practice, based on its 
experience administering the Act since 2001, to bring further clarity 
to the regulatory description of the claims adjudication process, and 
to improve the administration of the Act.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 29th day of March, 2016.
Leonard J. Howie III,
Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.
[FR Doc. 2016-07488 Filed 4-4-16; 8:45 am]
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