Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Uniform Language for Testimony and Reports, 48462-48464 [2016-17551]

Download as PDF 48462 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—OpenDaylight Project, Inc. Notice is hereby given that, on June 27, 2016 pursuant to section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (‘‘the Act’’), OpenDaylight Project, Inc. (‘‘OpenDaylight’’) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act’s provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, Serro, LLC, Santa Clara, CA, has been added as a party to this venture. No other changes have been made in either the membership or planned activity of the group research project. Membership in this group research project remains open, and OpenDaylight intends to file additional written notifications disclosing all changes in membership. On May 23, 2013, OpenDaylight filed its original notification pursuant to section 6(a) of the Act. The Department of Justice published a notice in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on July 1, 2013 (78 FR 39326). The last notification was filed with the Department on April 4, 2016. A notice was published in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on May 3, 2016 (81 FR 26582). Patricia A. Brink, Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division. [FR Doc. 2016–17433 Filed 7–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act On July 20, 2016, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan in the lawsuit entitled United States v. Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, et al., Civil Action No. 1:16–cv–914. The Complaint in this action asserts claims against Enbridge Energy, Limited VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Jul 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 Partnership and eight related Enbridge entities (‘‘Enbridge’’) arising from two separate oil transmission pipeline failures that resulted in discharges of oil to waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines. One of these pipeline failures occurred on July 25, 2010, near Marshall, Michigan on a pipeline known as Line 6B, and resulted in discharges of oil to Talmadge Creek, a large stretch the Kalamazoo River, and their adjoining shorelines. The other pipeline failure occurred on or about September 9, 2010, in Romeoville, Illinois on a pipeline known as Line 6A, and resulted in discharges of oil primarily to an unnamed tributary to the Des Plaines River, a retention pond, and their adjoining shorelines. The Complaint seeks injunctive relief and civil penalties under Sections 309 and 311 of the Clean Water Act, as amended, 33 U.S.C. 1319 and 1321, for both the Marshall, Michigan and the Romeoville, Illinois oil spills. In addition, under Section 1002 of the Oil Pollution Act, as amended, 33 U.S.C. 2702, the Complaint seeks to recover from Enbridge all unreimbursed removal costs incurred and to be incurred by the United States in connection with the Marshall, Michigan oil spill. Under the proposed Consent Decree, Enbridge will pay a civil penalty of $61 million for the Marshall, Michigan oil spill, and an additional $1 million for the Romeoville, Illinois oil spill. In addition, Enbridge will pay over $5.4 million in unreimbursed federal removal costs that the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (‘‘Fund’’) paid in connection with the Marshall, Michigan oil spill through October 1, 2015, and Enbridge will pay all additional removal costs consistent with the National Contingency Plan that are paid by the Fund after October 1, 2015, in connection with the Marshall, Michigan oil spill. Prior to the Consent Decree, the United States billed Enbridge for additional federal removal costs incurred in connection with both the Marshall, Michigan oil spill and the Romeoville, Illinois oil spill, and Enbridge paid all such amounts billed. Finally, the proposed Consent Decree includes an extensive program of injunctive relief, including a series of measures designed to (1) reduce the potential for future pipeline failures that could result in unlawful discharges from Enbridge’s Lakehead System pipelines, (2) improve leak detection capabilities and Enbridge’s response to situations that could indicate potential pipeline failures, and (3) improve Enbridge’s emergency response and preparedness capabilities to better PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 address any future spills that might occur. The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the proposed Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and should refer to United States v. Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, et al., D.J. Ref. No. 90–5–1–1–10099. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after the publication date of this notice. Comments may be submitted either by email or by mail: To submit comments: Send them to: By email ....... pubcomment-ees.enrd@ usdoj.gov. Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. By mail ......... During the public comment period, the proposed Consent Decree may be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department Web site: https:// www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decrees. We will provide a paper copy of the proposed Consent Decree upon written request and payment of reproduction costs. Please mail your request and payment to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. You may request a paper copy of the Consent Decree with or without Appendices. If requesting a copy of the proposed Consent Decree with Appendices, please enclose a check or money order for $52.25 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. If requesting a copy of the proposed Consent Decree without Appendices, please enclose a check or money order for $42.25 payable to the United States Treasury. Randall M. Stone, Acting Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2016–17492 Filed 7–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [Docket No. OLP 159] Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Uniform Language for Testimony and Reports Department of Justice. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices This notice announces the opening of the public comment period on the Proposed Uniform Language for Testimony and Reports (Proposed Uniform Language) documents for the forensic disciplines of anthropology, explosive chemistry, explosive devices, geology, hair, handwriting analysis, metallurgy, mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome typing, and paints and polymers. DATES: Written public comment regarding the Proposed Uniform Language should be submitted through www.regulations.gov before August 26, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Office of Legal Policy, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530, by phone at 202–514–4601 or via email at ULTR.OLP@usdoj.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As part of the Department’s continued efforts to advance the practice of forensic science by ensuring Department forensic examiners are testifying and reporting consistent with applicable scientific standards and across Department components including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department is developing Proposed Uniform Language that would apply to all Department forensic laboratory personnel. The Proposed Uniform Language documents are based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Approved Scientific Standards for Testimony and Reports (ASSTRs) but differ substantially. As a primary matter, the ASSTRs are currently in effect for FBI personnel, while the Proposed Uniform Language documents are merely proposed and have not been adopted. After adjudication of public comment and the incorporation of appropriate edits, it is anticipated that each Proposed Uniform Language document will be forwarded to the Deputy Attorney General. If one or more are adopted by the Deputy Attorney General, they would become effective for Department forensic laboratory personnel. Process: On June 10, 2016, the Department posted Proposed Uniform Language documents for fiber, footwear and tire treads, general chemistry, glass, latent prints, serology, and toxicology. At that time, the Department stated its intention to publish all remaining Proposed Uniform Language documents in July 2016. Documents for two disciplines (nuclear DNA and firearms and toolmarks) are not ready to be posted at this time but rather than mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Jul 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 delaying the process, those documents will be posted for public comment separately. Ongoing Review of Previously Received Comments: The Department received 127 comments on the Proposed Uniform Language documents for fiber, footwear and tire treads, general chemistry, glass, latent prints, serology, and toxicology. Comment was open through July 8, 2016. Due to the substantive nature of the comments and the recency of the closing of the comment period, the Department’s adjudication process is ongoing. While several comments suggested changes to the format and content of the Proposed Uniform Language documents, the Department has not decided whether, or to what extent, to make changes in light of those comments, nor have changes been incorporated into Proposed Uniform Language documents for anthropology, explosive chemistry, explosive devices, geology, hair, handwriting, metallurgy, mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome typing, and paints and polymers. Previously received comments are being reviewed and, if adopted, will be reflected in all relevant Uniform Language documents. As a result, commenters do not need to submit identical or substantially identical comments on this group of Proposed Uniform Language documents; commenters may wish to make their comments more discipline-specific for this group. Proposed Uniform Language: The Department is posting the Proposed Uniform Language document for each of the following forensic science disciplines on www.regulations.gov and seeking public comment: anthropology, explosive chemistry, explosive devices, geology, hair, handwriting, metallurgy, mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome typing, and paints and polymers. Each Proposed Uniform Language document contains two primary sections: statements approved for use in examination testimony and/or laboratory reports and statements not approved for use in examination testimony and/or laboratory reports. We ask that you review and provide comment on each Proposed Uniform Language document separately. Review Sheet: In order to assist commenters in evaluating each Proposed Uniform Language document, the Department has provided a review sheet that identifies certain criteria. Commenters may find it helpful to use a format similar to that provided by the review sheet to frame their responses. Use of the review sheet is optional but would be helpful to provide consistency in commentary. PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48463 Supporting Documentation: Each Proposed Uniform Language document is accompanied by supporting documentation (posted separately) that provides additional scientific background and policy considerations to support the statements approved for use and statements not approved in examination testimony and/or laboratory reports. The Department is not seeking public comment on the supporting documentation, however, commenters are welcome to provide thoughts and suggestions on these documents but notes that only each Proposed Uniform Language document will be forwarded to the Deputy Attorney General for review and potential adoption by Department personnel. Posting of Public Comments: To ensure proper handling of comments, please reference ‘‘Docket No. OLP 159’’ on all electronic and written correspondence. The Department encourages all comments on this framework be submitted electronically through www.regulations.gov. Paper comments that duplicate the electronic submission are not necessary as all comments submitted to www.regulations.gov will be posted for public review and are part of the official docket record. In accordance with the Federal Records Act, please note that all comments received are considered part of the public record, and shall be made available for public inspection online at www.regulations.gov. The comments to be posted may include personally identifiable information (such as your name, address, etc.) and confidential business information voluntarily submitted by the commenter. The Department will post all comments received on www.regulations.gov without making any changes to the comments or redacting any information, including any personally identifiable information provided. It is the responsibility of the commenter to safeguard personally identifiable information. You are not required to submit personally identifying information in order to comment on the Proposed Uniform Language and the Department recommends that commenters not include personally identifiable information such as Social Security Numbers, personal addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses that they do not want made public in their comments as such submitted information will be available to the public via www.regulations.gov. Comments submitted through www.regulations.gov will not include E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 48464 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices the email address of the commenter unless the commenter chooses to include that information as part of his or her comment. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Dated: July 20, 2016. Kira Antell, Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Policy. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 142 (Monday, July 25, 2016)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

[Docket No. OLP 159]


Notice of Public Comment Period on Proposed Uniform Language for 
Testimony and Reports

AGENCY: Department of Justice.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the opening of the public comment period 
on the Proposed Uniform Language for Testimony and Reports (Proposed 
Uniform Language) documents for the forensic disciplines of 
anthropology, explosive chemistry, explosive devices, geology, hair, 
handwriting analysis, metallurgy, mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome 
typing, and paints and polymers.

DATES: Written public comment regarding the Proposed Uniform Language 
should be submitted through www.regulations.gov before August 26, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Office of Legal Policy, 950 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530, by phone at 202-514-4601 
or via email at ULTR.OLP@usdoj.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As part of the Department's continued 
efforts to advance the practice of forensic science by ensuring 
Department forensic examiners are testifying and reporting consistent 
with applicable scientific standards and across Department components 
including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 
(ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department is developing Proposed 
Uniform Language that would apply to all Department forensic laboratory 
personnel. The Proposed Uniform Language documents are based on the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Approved Scientific Standards 
for Testimony and Reports (ASSTRs) but differ substantially. As a 
primary matter, the ASSTRs are currently in effect for FBI personnel, 
while the Proposed Uniform Language documents are merely proposed and 
have not been adopted. After adjudication of public comment and the 
incorporation of appropriate edits, it is anticipated that each 
Proposed Uniform Language document will be forwarded to the Deputy 
Attorney General. If one or more are adopted by the Deputy Attorney 
General, they would become effective for Department forensic laboratory 
personnel.
    Process: On June 10, 2016, the Department posted Proposed Uniform 
Language documents for fiber, footwear and tire treads, general 
chemistry, glass, latent prints, serology, and toxicology. At that 
time, the Department stated its intention to publish all remaining 
Proposed Uniform Language documents in July 2016. Documents for two 
disciplines (nuclear DNA and firearms and toolmarks) are not ready to 
be posted at this time but rather than delaying the process, those 
documents will be posted for public comment separately.
    Ongoing Review of Previously Received Comments: The Department 
received 127 comments on the Proposed Uniform Language documents for 
fiber, footwear and tire treads, general chemistry, glass, latent 
prints, serology, and toxicology. Comment was open through July 8, 
2016. Due to the substantive nature of the comments and the recency of 
the closing of the comment period, the Department's adjudication 
process is ongoing. While several comments suggested changes to the 
format and content of the Proposed Uniform Language documents, the 
Department has not decided whether, or to what extent, to make changes 
in light of those comments, nor have changes been incorporated into 
Proposed Uniform Language documents for anthropology, explosive 
chemistry, explosive devices, geology, hair, handwriting, metallurgy, 
mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome typing, and paints and polymers. 
Previously received comments are being reviewed and, if adopted, will 
be reflected in all relevant Uniform Language documents. As a result, 
commenters do not need to submit identical or substantially identical 
comments on this group of Proposed Uniform Language documents; 
commenters may wish to make their comments more discipline-specific for 
this group.
    Proposed Uniform Language: The Department is posting the Proposed 
Uniform Language document for each of the following forensic science 
disciplines on www.regulations.gov and seeking public comment: 
anthropology, explosive chemistry, explosive devices, geology, hair, 
handwriting, metallurgy, mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome typing, and 
paints and polymers. Each Proposed Uniform Language document contains 
two primary sections: statements approved for use in examination 
testimony and/or laboratory reports and statements not approved for use 
in examination testimony and/or laboratory reports. We ask that you 
review and provide comment on each Proposed Uniform Language document 
separately.
    Review Sheet: In order to assist commenters in evaluating each 
Proposed Uniform Language document, the Department has provided a 
review sheet that identifies certain criteria. Commenters may find it 
helpful to use a format similar to that provided by the review sheet to 
frame their responses. Use of the review sheet is optional but would be 
helpful to provide consistency in commentary.
    Supporting Documentation: Each Proposed Uniform Language document 
is accompanied by supporting documentation (posted separately) that 
provides additional scientific background and policy considerations to 
support the statements approved for use and statements not approved in 
examination testimony and/or laboratory reports. The Department is not 
seeking public comment on the supporting documentation, however, 
commenters are welcome to provide thoughts and suggestions on these 
documents but notes that only each Proposed Uniform Language document 
will be forwarded to the Deputy Attorney General for review and 
potential adoption by Department personnel.
    Posting of Public Comments: To ensure proper handling of comments, 
please reference ``Docket No. OLP 159'' on all electronic and written 
correspondence. The Department encourages all comments on this 
framework be submitted electronically through www.regulations.gov. 
Paper comments that duplicate the electronic submission are not 
necessary as all comments submitted to www.regulations.gov will be 
posted for public review and are part of the official docket record.
    In accordance with the Federal Records Act, please note that all 
comments received are considered part of the public record, and shall 
be made available for public inspection online at www.regulations.gov. 
The comments to be posted may include personally identifiable 
information (such as your name, address, etc.) and confidential 
business information voluntarily submitted by the commenter.
    The Department will post all comments received on 
www.regulations.gov without making any changes to the comments or 
redacting any information, including any personally identifiable 
information provided. It is the responsibility of the commenter to 
safeguard personally identifiable information. You are not required to 
submit personally identifying information in order to comment on the 
Proposed Uniform Language and the Department recommends that commenters 
not include personally identifiable information such as Social Security 
Numbers, personal addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses 
that they do not want made public in their comments as such submitted 
information will be available to the public via www.regulations.gov. 
Comments submitted through www.regulations.gov will not include

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the email address of the commenter unless the commenter chooses to 
include that information as part of his or her comment.

    Dated: July 20, 2016.
Kira Antell,
Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Policy.
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