Proposed Establishment of Restricted Area R-2511; Trona, CA, 57611-57612 [2021-21860]

Download as PDF 57611 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 198 Monday, October 18, 2021 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. [CIS No. 2692–21; DHS Docket No. USCIS– 2021–0012] This action proposes to establish restricted area R–2511 in the vicinity of Trona, CA in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake, CA. The proposed restricted area is necessary to segregate the testing and evaluation of hazardous weapons systems, and other unproven aviation platforms in the early development cycle from non-participating aircraft. RIN 1615–AC67 DATES: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY 8 CFR Parts 208 and 235 8 CFR Parts 1003, 1208, and 1235 [A.G. Order No. 5116–2021] RIN 1125–AB20 Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers Correction In proposed rule document 2021– 17779, appearing on pages 46906 through 46950 in the issue of Friday, August 20, 2021, make the following correction: On page 46906, in the second column, in the DATES section, on the third and fourth lines, ‘‘on or October 19, 2021’’ should read, ‘‘on or before October 19, 2021’’. [FR Doc. C1–2021–17779 Filed 10–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 0099–10–D DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 73 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0650; Airspace Docket No. 21–AWP–11] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Establishment of Restricted Area R–2511; Trona, CA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:10 Oct 15, 2021 Jkt 256001 Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001; telephone: 1 (800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2021–0650; Airspace Docket No. 21–AWP–11 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. ADDRESSES: Executive Office for Immigration Review AGENCY: SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before December 2, 2021. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). ACTION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher McMullin, Rules and Regulations Group, Office of Policy, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would establish restricted area airspace in the vicinity of Trona, CA to contain activities deemed hazardous to nonparticipating aircraft. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. FAA– 2021–0650; Airspace Docket No. 21– AWP–11) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to FAA Docket No. FAA–2021–0650; Airspace Docket No. 21–AWP–11.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. The FAA will consider all communications received on or before the specified comment closing date before taking action on the proposed rule. The FAA may change the proposal contained in this action in light of comments received. All comments submitted will be available for examination in the public docket both before and after the comment closing date. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. Availability of NPRM An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s web page at https:// www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ airspace_amendments/. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see ADDRESSES section for address and E:\FR\FM\18OCP1.SGM 18OCP1 57612 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 198 / Monday, October 18, 2021 / Proposed Rules jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198. Background The NAWCWD is requesting R–2511 for free flight, weapons systems transitioning from launch areas within R–2505 to target areas within R–2524, and from launch areas within R–2524 to target areas within R–2505. Restricted area R–2511 would replace an existing Controlled Firing Area (CFA) that no longer meets NAWCWD’s operational requirements. The NAWCWD has conducted operations within the CFA since 1995 with an excellent safety record and no history of operational incidents. However, in the future, the NAWCWD requires a space in which it may launch weapons that will have varying flight altitudes. The weapons will either climb to establish a look-down aspect or descend on their path toward their target. Additionally, the weapons’ altitude is expected to vary some, based on the shooter aircraft’s launch tolerances and day-of weather conditions. The FAA typically only considers CFAs when necessary to accommodate activities that are capable of being immediately suspended as the CFA user is required to immediately cease any hazardous activity upon observation or notification that a nonparticipating aircraft is approaching the area. As such, the CFA does not practically accommodate NAWCWD’s needs. Accordingly, a restricted area is being pursued. The FAA completed an aeronautical study in April 2021. The study focused on potential impacts to the National Airspace System (NAS) and its users. The FAA utilized the Performance Data Analysis and Reporting System (PDARS) to study historical traffic and flight track data to show volume, location, and type of traffic that utilized the proposed volume of airspace. That data revealed that there would be little to no impact to nearby airports, or nonparticipating traffic transitioning the proposed Special Use Airspace. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 73 to establish restricted area R–2511 in the vicinity of Trona, CA. The FAA is proposing this action at the request of NAWCWD at China Lake, CA. The full legal description is in ‘‘The VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:10 Oct 15, 2021 Jkt 256001 Proposed Amendment’’ section of this NPRM. R–2511: The FAA would establish restricted area R–2511 utilizing the current boundaries of the existing CFA. The altitudes would be from 6,000 feet mean sea level (MSL), to but not including 20,000 feet MSL. R–2511 would be used no more than 36 times per year, between the hours of 0700– 1700 local time, Monday-Friday, and activated by NOTAM at least 7 days in advance. Each day would consist of no more than two 2-hour blocks when activated. Regulatory Notices and Analyses The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this proposed rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73 Airspace, Prohibited areas, Restricted areas. The Proposed Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 73 as follows: PART 73—SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE 1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959–1963 Comp., p. 389. Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 R–2511 Trona, CA [New] Boundaries. Beginning at lat. 35°37′30″ N; long. 117°35′33″ W; to lat. 35°40′30″ N; long. 117°25′03″ W; to lat. 35°36′00″ N; long. 117°16′55″ W; to lat. 35°36′00″ N; long. 117°26′03″ W; to lat. 35°27′40″ N; long. 117°26′03″ W; to the point of beginning. Designated Altitudes. 6,000 feet MSL, to but not including, FL 200. Time of Designation. Intermittent, 0700– 1700 local time, Monday–Friday, by NOTAM 7 days in advance. Controlling Agency. FAA, Joshua Control Facility, Edwards Air Force Base, CA. Using Agency. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. China Lake, CA. * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on September 30, 2021. Michael R. Beckles, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2021–21860 Filed 10–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Bureau of Prisons 28 CFR Parts 523 and 541 [BOP–1176R] RIN 1120–AB76 FSA Time Credits Bureau of Prisons, Justice. Notice of proposed rulemaking; reopening of comment period. ACTION: This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures’’ prior to any FAA final regulatory action. Frm 00002 California. 2. Section 73.25 is amended by adding the entry for R–2511 Trona, CA to read as follows: * * * * * ■ AGENCY: Environmental Review PO 00000 § 73.25 On November 25, 2020, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) published a proposed rule to revise its procedures regarding time credits as authorized by the First Step Act of 2018 (FSA), hereinafter referred to as ‘‘FSA Time Credits.’’ The comment period for that rule closed on January 25, 2021. The Bureau is reopening the comment period for an additional 30-day period to request further public comment on the applicability of the FSA Time Credits to D.C. Code Offenders. DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published November 25, 2020, at 85 FR 75268, is reopened. Electronic comments must be submitted, and written comments must be postmarked, no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 17, 2021. ADDRESSES: Please submit electronic comments through the regulations.gov website, or mail written comments to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18OCP1.SGM 18OCP1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 198 (Monday, October 18, 2021)]
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[Pages 57611-57612]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-21860]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 73

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0650; Airspace Docket No. 21-AWP-11]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Establishment of Restricted Area R-2511; Trona, CA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to establish restricted area R-2511 in 
the vicinity of Trona, CA in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center 
Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake, CA. The proposed restricted 
area is necessary to segregate the testing and evaluation of hazardous 
weapons systems, and other unproven aviation platforms in the early 
development cycle from non-participating aircraft.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 2, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001; 
telephone: 1 (800) 647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA 
Docket No. FAA-2021-0650; Airspace Docket No. 21-AWP-11 at the 
beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the 
internet at https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher McMullin, Rules and 
Regulations Group, Office of Policy, Federal Aviation Administration, 
800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Authority for This Rulemaking

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is 
found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 
describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, 
Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's 
authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described 
in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, 
the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of 
the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the 
efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that 
authority as it would establish restricted area airspace in the 
vicinity of Trona, CA to contain activities deemed hazardous to non-
participating aircraft.

Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed 
rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they 
may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the 
views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing 
reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are 
specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, 
environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal.
    Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2021-0650; Airspace Docket No. 21-AWP-11) and be submitted in 
triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES section for 
address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the 
internet at https://www.regulations.gov.
    Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments 
on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ``Comments 
to FAA Docket No. FAA-2021-0650; Airspace Docket No. 21-AWP-11.'' The 
postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.
    The FAA will consider all communications received on or before the 
specified comment closing date before taking action on the proposed 
rule. The FAA may change the proposal contained in this action in light 
of comments received. All comments submitted will be available for 
examination in the public docket both before and after the comment 
closing date. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with 
FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the 
docket.

Availability of NPRM

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the 
internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking 
documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments/.
    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any 
comments received and any final disposition in person in the Dockets 
Office (see ADDRESSES section for address and

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phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during 
normal business hours at the office of the Western Service Center, 
Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 2200 South 
216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198.

Background

    The NAWCWD is requesting R-2511 for free flight, weapons systems 
transitioning from launch areas within R-2505 to target areas within R-
2524, and from launch areas within R-2524 to target areas within R-
2505. Restricted area R-2511 would replace an existing Controlled 
Firing Area (CFA) that no longer meets NAWCWD's operational 
requirements.
    The NAWCWD has conducted operations within the CFA since 1995 with 
an excellent safety record and no history of operational incidents. 
However, in the future, the NAWCWD requires a space in which it may 
launch weapons that will have varying flight altitudes. The weapons 
will either climb to establish a look-down aspect or descend on their 
path toward their target. Additionally, the weapons' altitude is 
expected to vary some, based on the shooter aircraft's launch 
tolerances and day-of weather conditions. The FAA typically only 
considers CFAs when necessary to accommodate activities that are 
capable of being immediately suspended as the CFA user is required to 
immediately cease any hazardous activity upon observation or 
notification that a non-participating aircraft is approaching the area. 
As such, the CFA does not practically accommodate NAWCWD's needs. 
Accordingly, a restricted area is being pursued.
    The FAA completed an aeronautical study in April 2021. The study 
focused on potential impacts to the National Airspace System (NAS) and 
its users. The FAA utilized the Performance Data Analysis and Reporting 
System (PDARS) to study historical traffic and flight track data to 
show volume, location, and type of traffic that utilized the proposed 
volume of airspace. That data revealed that there would be little to no 
impact to nearby airports, or non-participating traffic transitioning 
the proposed Special Use Airspace.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 73 to establish 
restricted area R-2511 in the vicinity of Trona, CA. The FAA is 
proposing this action at the request of NAWCWD at China Lake, CA. The 
full legal description is in ``The Proposed Amendment'' section of this 
NPRM.
    R-2511: The FAA would establish restricted area R-2511 utilizing 
the current boundaries of the existing CFA. The altitudes would be from 
6,000 feet mean sea level (MSL), to but not including 20,000 feet MSL. 
R-2511 would be used no more than 36 times per year, between the hours 
of 0700-1700 local time, Monday-Friday, and activated by NOTAM at least 
7 days in advance. Each day would consist of no more than two 2-hour 
blocks when activated.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves 
an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and 
routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. 
It, therefore: (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under 
Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ``significant rule'' under 
Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulatory Policies and Procedures 
(44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation 
of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. 
Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic 
procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this proposed rule, 
when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Environmental Review

    This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in 
accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies 
and Procedures'' prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73

    Airspace, Prohibited areas, Restricted areas.

The Proposed Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 73 as follows:

PART 73--SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE

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1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 
10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.


Sec.  73.25  California.

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2. Section 73.25 is amended by adding the entry for R-2511 Trona, CA to 
read as follows:
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R-2511 Trona, CA [New]

    Boundaries. Beginning at lat. 35[deg]37'30'' N; long. 
117[deg]35'33'' W; to lat. 35[deg]40'30'' N; long. 117[deg]25'03'' 
W; to lat. 35[deg]36'00'' N; long. 117[deg]16'55'' W; to lat. 
35[deg]36'00'' N; long. 117[deg]26'03'' W; to lat. 35[deg]27'40'' N; 
long. 117[deg]26'03'' W; to the point of beginning.
    Designated Altitudes. 6,000 feet MSL, to but not including, FL 
200.
    Time of Designation. Intermittent, 0700-1700 local time, Monday-
Friday, by NOTAM 7 days in advance.
    Controlling Agency. FAA, Joshua Control Facility, Edwards Air 
Force Base, CA.
    Using Agency. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. China 
Lake, CA.
* * * * *

    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 30, 2021.
Michael R. Beckles,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2021-21860 Filed 10-15-21; 8:45 am]
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