December 20, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2016-30536
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
Sulfanilic Acid From China and India; Scheduling of Expedited Five-Year Reviews
Document Number: 2016-30534
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: International Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of expedited reviews pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (``the Act'') to determine whether revocation of the countervailing duty order on sulfanilic acid from India and antidumping orders on sulfanilic acid from China and India would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
Suspension of Community Eligibility
Document Number: 2016-30533
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
This rule identifies communities where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within this rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) receives documentation that the community has adopted the required floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in this rule, the suspension will not occur and a notice of this will be provided by publication in the Federal Register on a subsequent date. Also, information identifying the current participation status of a community can be obtained from FEMA's Community Status Book (CSB). The CSB is available at https:// www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program-community-statu s-book.
Authorization of Emergency Use of an In Vitro Diagnostic Device for Detection of Zika Virus; Availability
Document Number: 2016-30532
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the issuance of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) (the Authorization) for an in vitro diagnostic device for detection of the Zika virus in response to the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas. FDA issued this Authorization under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), as requested by Abbott Molecular, Inc. The Authorization contains, among other things, conditions on the emergency use of the authorized in vitro diagnostic device. The Authorization follows the February 26, 2016, determination by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) that there is a significant potential for a public health emergency that has a significant potential to affect national security or the health and security of U.S. citizens living abroad and that involves Zika virus. On the basis of such determination, the Secretary of HHS declared on February 26, 2016, that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostic tests for detection of Zika virus and/or diagnosis of Zika virus infection, subject to the terms of any authorization issued under the FD&C Act. The Authorization, which includes an explanation of the reasons for issuance, is reprinted in this document.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2016-30531
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Notice of Relocation: Consolidation and Change of Address for Oklahoma Field Office-Tulsa and Moore Field Station
Document Number: 2016-30530
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management, Oklahoma Field Office, located at 7906 East 33rd Street, Suite 101, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145, and the Moore Field Station, located at 200 Northwest 4th Street, Room 2401, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102, will combine and relocate to 201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 1200, Norman, Oklahoma 73072.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2016-30529
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Determination of Regulatory Review Period for Purposes of Patent Extension; COSENTYX
Document Number: 2016-30528
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined the regulatory review period for COSENTYX and is publishing this notice of that determination as required by law. FDA has made the determination because of the submission of an application to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, for the extension of a patent which claims that human biological product.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Electronic Visa Update System
Document Number: 2016-30527
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act: Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS). CBP is proposing that this information collection be extended with no change to the burden hours or to the information collected. This document is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2016-30526
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee: Notice of Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2016-30525
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Attestation by Employers Using Alien Crewmembers for Longshore Activities in U.S. Ports
Document Number: 2016-30524
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Attestation by Employers Using Alien Crewmembers for Longshore Activities in U.S. Ports,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)
Document Number: 2016-30523
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Document Number: 2016-30522
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH or the Advisory Board), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Document Number: 2016-30519
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel (SEP): Initial Review
Document Number: 2016-30518
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
This publication corrects a notice that was published in the Federal Register on December 6, 2016, 2016 Volume 81, Number 234, pages 87938-87939. The dates should read as follows:
Product Change-Priority Mail and First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2016-30517
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health: Working Group on Presumptions
Document Number: 2016-30516
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The working group will meet via teleconference on January 10, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Coal Mine Rescue Teams: Arrangements for Emergency Medical Assistance and Transportation for Injured Persons-Agreements, Reporting Requirements, and Posting Requirements
Document Number: 2016-30515
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Coal Mine Rescue Teams: Arrangements for Emergency Medical Assistance and Transportation for Injured Persons- Agreements, Reporting Requirements, and Posting Requirements,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for Permit
Document Number: 2016-30514
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibit activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.
Notice of Surrender of License of Small Business Investment Company
Document Number: 2016-30513
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Small Business Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Forty Sixth RTCA SC-224 Plenary
Document Number: 2016-30511
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of Forty Sixth RTCA SC-224 Plenary.
Reimbursement for Caskets and Urns for Burial of Unclaimed Remains in a National Cemetery
Document Number: 2016-30510
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is updating the monetary reimbursement rates for caskets and urns purchased for the interment in a VA national cemetery of Veterans who die with no known next of kin and where there are insufficient resources for furnishing a burial container. The purpose of this notice is to notify interested parties of the rates that will apply to reimbursement claims that occur during calendar year (CY) 2017.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Secrecy and License To Export
Document Number: 2016-30506
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Notice of Surrender of License of Small Business Investment Company
Document Number: 2016-30503
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Small Business Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Intent to Grant Partially Exclusive License
Document Number: 2016-30501
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice is issued in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209(e) and 37 CFR 404.7(a)(1)(i). NASA hereby gives notice of its intent to grant a partially exclusive, license in the United States to practice the inventions described and claimed in U.S. Patent No. 7,623,972 entitled ``Detection of Presence of Chemical Precursors''; U.S. Patent No. 7,801,687 entitled ``Chemical Sensors Using Coated Or Doped Carbon Nanotube Networks''; U.S. Patent No. 7,968,054 entitled ``Nanostructure Sensing and Transmission of Gas Data''; U.S. Patent No. 8,000,903 entitled ``Coated or Doped Carbon Nanotube Network Sensors as Affected by Environmental Parameters''; ARC-16292-1 entitled ``Nanosensor/Cell Phone Hybrid for Detecting Chemicals and Concentrations''; ARC-16902-1, entitled ``Nanosensor for Medical Diagnoses''; ARC-17110-1 entitled ``Detection of Gases and Vapors at Low Concentrations'' to ENDO Medical Inc., having its principal place of business at 2345 Yale Street, 1st Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94306. The patent rights in this invention have been assigned to the United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The prospective partially exclusive license will comply with the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2016-30500
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Pulley Ridge Working Group via webinar.
Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company
Document Number: 2016-30499
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Savings and Loan Holding Companies
Document Number: 2016-30498
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Federal Reserve System, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Comment Request: Record and Disclosure Requirements-Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Regulations B, C, E, M, Z, and DD and Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Regulation CC
Document Number: 2016-30497
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the renewal of an information collection as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The OCC is soliciting comment concerning the renewal of an information collection titled, ``Record and Disclosure Requirements Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Regulations B, C, E, M, Z, and DD and Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) Regulation CC.''
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Surveys in the Gulf of Mexico
Document Number: 2016-30492
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a revised application for ITRs from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), on behalf of oil and gas industry operators. The specified activity considered in the application is geophysical survey activity conducted in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), over the course of five years from the date of issuance. Pursuant to regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing receipt of BOEM's request for the development of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals. NMFS invites the public to provide information, suggestions, and comments on BOEM's application. The original notice announcing receipt of the revised application (81 FR 88664; December 8, 2016) indicated that comments and information must be received no later than January 9, 2017, which allowed 30 days for public input. We subsequently received a request to extend the comment period by a period of 14 days and have granted that request.
Monarch Ventures Inc.-Acquisition of Control-Quick Coach Lines Ltd. and Vancouver Tours and Transit Ltd. D/B/A Charter Bus Lines of British Columbia
Document Number: 2016-30489
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On November 21, 2016, Monarch Ventures Inc. (Monarch), a noncarrier, filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 for Monarch to acquire from Royal City Charter Coach Lines Ltd. (Royal), a noncarrier, control of the assets and business operations of Quick Coach Lines Ltd. (QCL) and Vancouver Tours and Transit Ltd. d/b/a Charter Bus Lines of British Columbia (VTT). The Board is tentatively approving and authorizing the transaction, and, if no opposing comments are timely filed, this notice will be the final Board action. Persons wishing to oppose the application must follow the rules at 49 CFR 1182.5 and 1182.8.
Divert Activities and Exercises, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Document Number: 2016-30488
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force
On December 7, 2016, the United States Air Force signed the ROD for the Divert Activities and Exercises, Commenwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This ROD states the Air Force decision is to implement Alternative 2 Modified Tinian Alternative, and specifically the North Option. The decision means that the Air Force will construct the facilities and infrastructure needed to achieve divert capabilities in the western Pacific and conduct military exercises. The decision was based on matters discussed in the Final EIS; inputs from the public, Federal, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and local units of government, and regulatory agencies; and other relevant factors. The Final EIS was made available to the public on September 26, 2016 through a NOA in the Federal Register (Volume 81, Page 66013) with a post-filing waiting period that ended on October 26, 2016. This ROD documents only the Air Force decision on the proposed actions analyzed in the Final EIS. Authority: This NOA is published pursuant to the regulations (40 CFR Sec. 1506.6) implementing the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.) and the Air Force's Environmental Impact Analysis Process (32 CFR Secs. 989.21(b) and 989.24(b)(7)).
Postmarketing Safety Reporting for Combination Products
Document Number: 2016-30485
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is issuing regulations to set forth postmarketing safety reporting requirements for combination products. Specifically, this final rule describes the postmarketing safety reporting requirements that apply when two or more different types of regulated medical products (drugs, devices, and/or biological products, which are referred to as ``constituent parts'' of a combination product) comprise a combination product and the combination product or its constituent parts have received FDA marketing authorization. The rule is intended to promote and protect the public health by setting forth the requirements for postmarketing safety reporting for these combination products, and is part of FDA's ongoing effort to ensure the consistency and appropriateness of the regulatory requirements for combination products.
Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform
Document Number: 2016-30478
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This final rule revises the transportation planning regulations to promote more effective regional planning by States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The goal of the revisions is to better align the planning regulations with statutory provisions concerning the establishment of metropolitan planning area (MPA) boundaries and the designation of MPOs.
Revisions to the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) for Public Water Systems and Announcement of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2016-30469
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rule that requires public water systems to collect occurrence data for contaminants that may be present in drinking water but are not yet subject to EPA's drinking water standards set under the SDWA. This rule identifies eleven analytical methods to support water system monitoring for a total of 30 chemical contaminants, consisting of nine cyanotoxins and one cyanotoxin group; two metals; eight pesticides plus one pesticide manufacturing byproduct (hereinafter collectively referred to as ``pesticides''); three brominated haloacetic acid disinfection byproduct groups; three alcohols; and three semivolatile organic chemicals. EPA is also announcing a public meeting and webinar to discuss the implementation of the fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; Interstate Transport for Utah
Document Number: 2016-30462
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing action on a portion of a January 31, 2013 submission and a December 22, 2015 supplemental submission from the State of Utah that are intended to demonstrate that the State Implementation Plan (SIP) meets certain interstate transport requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA) for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Specifically, the EPA is proposing to approve interstate transport prong 1 for the 2008 ozone NAAQS.
Privacy Act of 1974: Implementation of Exemptions; Department of Homeland Security DHS/U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)-023 Border Patrol Enforcement Records (BPER) System of Records
Document Number: 2016-30457
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Homeland Security is issuing a final rule to amend its regulations to exempt portions of a newly established system of records titled, ``Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection (DHS/CBP)-023 Border Patrol Enforcement Records (BPER) System of Records'' from certain provisions of the Privacy Act. Specifically, the Department exempts portions of the ``DHS/CBP-023 BPER System of Records'' from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement requirements.
State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs
Document Number: 2016-30455
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Aging Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
In the February 11, 2015 Federal Register, we published a final rule in order to implement provisions of the Older Americans Act (the Act) regarding States' Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs (Ombudsman programs). The effective date was July 1, 2016. This correcting amendment corrects a limited number of technical and typographical errors identified in the February 11, 2015 final rule.
Biweekly Notice; Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving No Significant Hazards Considerations
Document Number: 2016-30438
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 189a. (2) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing this regular biweekly notice. The Act requires the Commission to publish notice of any amendments issued, or proposed to be issued, and grants the Commission the authority to issue and make immediately effective any amendment to an operating license or combined license, as applicable, upon a determination by the Commission that such amendment involves no significant hazards consideration, notwithstanding the pendency before the Commission of a request for a hearing from any person. This biweekly notice includes all notices of amendments issued, or proposed to be issued, from November 22, 2016, to December 5, 2016. The last biweekly notice was published on December 6, 2016.
Unfair Practices and Undue Preferences in Violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act
Document Number: 2016-30430
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), Packers and Stockyards Program (P&SP) is proposing to amend the regulations issued under the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, as amended and supplemented (P&S Act). The proposed amendments will clarify the conduct or action by packers, swine contractors, or live poultry dealers that GIPSA considers unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive and a violation of section 202(a) of the P&S Act. The proposed amendments will also identify criteria that the Secretary will consider in determining whether conduct or action by packers, swine contractors, or live poultry dealers constitutes an undue or unreasonable preference or advantage and a violation of section 202(b) of the P&S Act. This proposed rule identifies the conduct or action that is a per se violation of section 202(a) of the P&S Act, includes an illustrative list of conduct or action, absent demonstration of a legitimate business justification, GIPSA believes is unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive and a violation of section 202(a) of the P&S Act regardless of harm to competition, and clarifies that any conduct or action that harms or is likely to harm competition is a violation of section 202(a) of the P&S Act. The proposed rule also includes criteria the Secretary will consider in determining whether conduct or action constitutes an undue or unreasonable preference or advantage and a violation of section 202(b) of the P&S Act.
Poultry Grower Ranking Systems
Document Number: 2016-30429
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), Packers and Stockyards Program (P&SP) is proposing to amend the regulations issued under the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, as amended and supplemented (P&S Act). The proposed amendments will identify criteria that the Secretary may consider when determining whether a live poultry dealer's use of a poultry grower ranking system for ranking poultry growers for settlement purposes is unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive or gives an undue or unreasonable preference, advantage, prejudice, or disadvantage. The proposed amendments will also clarify that absent demonstration of a legitimate business justification, failing to use a poultry grower ranking system in a fair manner after applying the identified criteria is unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive and a violation of section 202(a) of the P&S Act regardless of whether it harms or is likely to harm competition.
Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act
Document Number: 2016-30424
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), Packers and Stockyards Program (P&SP) is amending the regulations issued under the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, as amended and supplemented (P&S Act). GIPSA is adding a paragraph addressing the scope of sections 202(a) and (b) of the P&S Act. This interim final rule clarifies that conduct or action may violate sections 202(a) and (b) of the P&S Act without adversely affecting, or having a likelihood of adversely affecting, competition. This interim final rule reiterates USDA's longstanding interpretation that not all violations of the P&S Act require a showing of harm or likely harm to competition. The regulations would specifically provide that the scope of section 202(a) and (b) encompasses conduct or action that, depending on their nature and the circumstances, can be found to violate the P&S Act without a finding of harm or likely harm to competition. This interim final rule finalizes a proposed amendment that GIPSA published on June 22, 2010. GIPSA is now publishing as an interim final rule what was proposed on June 22, 2010, with slight modifications, in order to allow additional comment on these provisions.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan
Document Number: 2016-30356
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We are proposing regulations to implement Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 18 was developed by the New England Fishery Management Council to promote fleet diversity in the groundfish fishery and enhance sector management. This action proposes to limit the number of permits and annual groundfish allocation that an entity could hold. This action also removes several effort restrictions to increase operational flexibility for limited access handgear vessels.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2016-30303
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the committee for the 2016-17 and subsequent crop years from $0.10 to $0.05 per hundredweight of dates handled under the marketing order (order). The committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of dates operating within the area of production. The interim rule was necessary to allow the committee to reduce its financial reserve while still providing adequate funding to meet program expenses.
Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2016-30302
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-2017 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.15 to $0.25 per ton of Washington cherries handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers and handlers of cherries operating within the production area. Assessments upon cherry handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the marketing order. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended or terminated.