Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders, 55371-55372 [2019-22504]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 16, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in California Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). AGENCY: The FHWA, on behalf of Caltrans, is issuing this notice to announce actions taken by Caltrans that are final. The actions relate to a proposed project, Capital SouthEast Connector—D2 Expressway Project in the City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County, California. Those actions grant licenses, permits, and approvals for the project. DATES: By this notice, the FHWA, on behalf of Caltrans, is advising the public of final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A claim seeking judicial review of the Federal agency actions on the highway project will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before March 16, 2020. If the Federal law that authorizes judicial review of a claim provides a time period of less than 150 days for filing such claim, then that shorter time period still applies. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Caltrans: Laura Loeffler, Branch Chief, Caltrans Office of Environmental Management, M–1 California Department of Transportation-District 3, 703 B Street, Marysville, CA 95901. Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard time, telephone (530) 741–4592 or email laura.loeffler@ dot.ca.gov. For FHWA, contact David Tedrick at (916) 498–5024 or email david.tedrick@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Effective July 1, 2007, the FHWA assigned, and Caltrans assumed, environmental responsibilities for this project pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327. Notice is hereby given that the Caltrans has taken final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1) by issuing licenses, permits, and approvals for the following highway project in the State of California: Caltrans, in conjunction with the Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority (JPA), propose to widen Grant Line Road from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane, access-controlled, expressway with a centered median and an adjacent Class I bike/pedestrian trail on the west side of the alignment. The abbreviated purpose is to improve traffic operations and mobility for multimode travel. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Oct 15, 2019 Jkt 250001 Typical project features include lighting at signalized intersections, turn lanes, landscaping, drainage features, frontage/ access roads, structural design measures sensitive to wildlife crossings, utility relocations, roadway signage. The project limits start north of the intersection of White Rock Road and end at Jackson Road. The total length of the project is approximately 7.4 miles. The actions by the Federal agencies, and the laws under which such actions were taken, are described in the Final Environmental Assessment (FEA/ Finding of No Significant Impact, FONSI), approved on September 17, 2019, and in other documents in the Caltrans’ project records. The FEA, FONSI, and other project records are available by contacting Caltrans at the addresses provided above. This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, including but not limited to: 1. Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR 1500 et seq, 23 CFR 771); 2. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; 3. Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1970, (23 U.S.C § 109, as amended by FAST Act Section 1404(a), Public Law 114–94, and 23 U.S.C. 128); 4. MAP–21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Pub. L. 112- 141) 5. Clean Air Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. (Transportation Conformity), 40 CFR part 93); 6. Clear Water Act of 1977 and 1987 (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.); 7. Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 (see Clean Water Act of 1977 & 1987) 8. Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, Public Law 94–579 9. Noise Control Act of 1972 10. Safe Drinking Water Act of 1944, as amended 11. Endangered Species Act of 1973 12. Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands Executive Order 13112, Invasive Species 13. Executive Order 13186, Migratory Birds 14. Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1934, as amended 15. Wildflowers, Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Act of 1987 Section 130 16. Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management 17. Department of Transportation (DOT) Executive Order 5650.2Floodplain Management and Protection (April 23,1979) PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55371 18. Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act of 1899, Sections 9 and 10 19. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended 20. Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental 18. Executive Order 13112, Invasive Species; 21. Department of Transportation Act of 1966, Section 4(f)(49 U.S.C. 303 and 23 U.S.C. 138); 22. National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (54 U.S.C. 306108 et seq.) Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). Issued on: October 9, 2019. Tashia J. Clemons, Director, Planning and Environment, Federal Highway Administration, California Division. [FR Doc. 2019–22581 Filed 10–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–RY–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2014–0381; FMCSA– 2014–0382; FMCSA–2015–0115] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for three individuals from the requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers have ‘‘no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV.’’ The exemptions enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: The exemptions were applicable on June 10, 2019. The exemptions expire on June 10, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1 55372 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 16, 2019 / Notices Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W64–224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Operations, (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: III. Discussion of Comments I. Public Participation A. Viewing Documents and Comments To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this notice as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov/ docket?D=FMCSA-2014-0381 or http:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA2014-0382 or http:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA2015-0115 and choose the document to review. If you do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. B. Privacy Act In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES II. Background On July 15, 2019, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for three individuals from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and requested comments from the public (84 FR 33800). The public comment period ended on August 14, 2019, and two comments were received. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and determined that renewing these exemptions would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by complying with § 391.41(b)(8). The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding epilepsy found in § 391.41(b)(8) states that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Oct 15, 2019 or any other condition which is likely to cause the loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV. In addition to the regulations, FMCSA has published advisory criteria 1 to assist medical examiners in determining whether drivers with certain medical conditions are qualified to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0315] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. AGENCY: FMCSA received two comments in this proceeding. These comments supported granting the exemptions. ACTION: IV. Conclusion SUMMARY: Based on its evaluation of the three renewal exemption applications and comments received, FMCSA announces its decision to exempt the following drivers from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in § 391.41(b)(8). As of June 10, 2019, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following three individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers: Monte J. DeRocini (PA); Teddy H. Dixon (GA); and Bryan R. Jones (PA). The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2014–0381; FMCSA– 2014–0382; and FMCSA–2015–0115. Their exemptions are applicable as of June 10, 2019, and will expire on June 10, 2021. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b), each exemption will be valid for 2 years from the effective date unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained prior to being granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b). Issued on: October 4, 2019. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2019–22504 Filed 10–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P 1 These criteria may be found in APPENDIX A TO PART 391—MEDICAL ADVISORY CRITERIA, section H. Epilepsy: § 391.41(b)(8), paragraphs 3, 4, and 5, which is available on the internet at https:// www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2015-title49-vol5/pdf/ CFR-2015-title49-vol5-part391-appA.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notice of final disposition. FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for three individuals from the requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers have ‘‘no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV.’’ The exemptions enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. The exemptions were applicable on May 5, 2019. The exemptions expire on May 5, 2021. DATES: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W64–224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, (202) 366–9826. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Participation A. Viewing Documents and Comments To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this notice as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov/ docket?D=FMCSA-2019-0315 and choose the document to review. If you do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 200 (Wednesday, October 16, 2019)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0381; FMCSA-2014-0382; FMCSA-2015-0115]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and 
Seizure Disorders

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of final disposition.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for three 
individuals from the requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (FMCSRs) that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) 
drivers have ``no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of 
epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of 
consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV.'' The exemptions 
enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are 
taking anti-seizure medication to continue to operate CMVs in 
interstate commerce.

DATES: The exemptions were applicable on June 10, 2019. The exemptions 
expire on June 10, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, 
Medical Programs Division, (202) 366-4001, [email protected], FMCSA,

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Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W64-224, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 
ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have 
questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, 
contact Docket Operations, (202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Participation

A. Viewing Documents and Comments

    To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this notice 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2014-0381 or http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2014-0382 or http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2015-0115 and 
choose the document to review. If you do not have access to the 
internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

B. Privacy Act

    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the 
public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these 
comments, without edit, including any personal information the 
commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system 
of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.

II. Background

    On July 15, 2019, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision 
to renew exemptions for three individuals from the epilepsy and seizure 
disorders prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) to operate a CMV in 
interstate commerce and requested comments from the public (84 FR 
33800). The public comment period ended on August 14, 2019, and two 
comments were received.
    FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and 
determined that renewing these exemptions would achieve a level of 
safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved 
by complying with Sec.  391.41(b)(8).
    The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding epilepsy 
found in Sec.  391.41(b)(8) states that a person is physically 
qualified to drive a CMV if that person has no established medical 
history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which 
is likely to cause the loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to 
control a CMV.
    In addition to the regulations, FMCSA has published advisory 
criteria \1\ to assist medical examiners in determining whether drivers 
with certain medical conditions are qualified to operate a CMV in 
interstate commerce.
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    \1\ These criteria may be found in APPENDIX A TO PART 391--
MEDICAL ADVISORY CRITERIA, section H. Epilepsy: Sec.  391.41(b)(8), 
paragraphs 3, 4, and 5, which is available on the internet at 
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2015-title49-vol5/pdf/CFR-2015-title49-vol5-part391-appA.pdf.
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III. Discussion of Comments

    FMCSA received two comments in this proceeding. These comments 
supported granting the exemptions.

IV. Conclusion

    Based on its evaluation of the three renewal exemption applications 
and comments received, FMCSA announces its decision to exempt the 
following drivers from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition 
in Sec.  391.41(b)(8).
    As of June 10, 2019, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), the following three individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the epilepsy and seizure 
disorders prohibition in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers: Monte 
J. DeRocini (PA); Teddy H. Dixon (GA); and Bryan R. Jones (PA).
    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2014-0381; FMCSA-
2014-0382; and FMCSA-2015-0115. Their exemptions are applicable as of 
June 10, 2019, and will expire on June 10, 2021.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b), each exemption will be valid 
for 2 years from the effective date unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. 
The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (1) The person 
fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the 
exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained 
prior to being granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not 
be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b).

     Issued on: October 4, 2019.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2019-22504 Filed 10-15-19; 8:45 am]
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