Department of Commerce February 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee; Notice of Open Meeting
Document Number: 2015-04268
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program: Finding That Oregon Has Not Submitted a Fully Approvable Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
Document Number: 2015-04230
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announce the availability of the federal agencies' finding that Oregon has not submitted a fully approvable Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program that meets the requirements of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA). CZARA directs states and territories with coastal management programs previously approved under Section 306 of the Coastal Zone Management Act to develop and implement coastal nonpoint pollution control programs which must be submitted to NOAA and EPA for approval.
Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Pipe From the People's Republic of China: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013-2014
Document Number: 2015-04203
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on circular welded carbon quality steel pipe from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') for the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-04145
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Report of Whaling Operations
Document Number: 2015-04144
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Whaling Provisions; Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Quotas
Document Number: 2015-04083
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS notifies the public of the aboriginal subsistence whaling quota for bowhead whales that it has assigned to the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC), and of limitations on the use of the quota deriving from regulations of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). For 2015, the quota is 75 bowhead whales struck. This quota and other applicable limitations govern the harvest of bowhead whales by members of the AEWC.
Certain Cased Pencils From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review
Document Number: 2015-04081
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) has received information sufficient to warrant initiation of a changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty order on certain cased pencils (pencils) from the People's Republic of China (PRC).\1\ Based upon the request, the Department is initiating a changed circumstances review (CCR) to determine whether pencils exported by Beijing FILA Dixon Stationery Co., Ltd.\2\ (Beijing Dixon) continue not to be subject to the Order. In response to the request, and pursuant to section 751(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), 19 CFR 351.216, and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3), the Department preliminarily determines that Beijing Dixon, after the changed circumstances, is the successor-in-interest to Beijing Dixon at the time of the Revocation, such that the revocation of the antidumping duty order with respect to Beijing Dixon \3\ continues to apply to Beijing Dixon as currently structured. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Resources of the South Atlantic; Trip Limit Reduction
Document Number: 2015-04024
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS reduces the commercial trip limit for vermilion snapper in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic to 500 lb (227 kg), gutted weight. This trip limit reduction is necessary to protect the South Atlantic vermilion snapper resource.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement; Scoping Process; Request for Comments
Document Number: 2015-03992
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council announces its intention to prepare, in cooperation with NMFS, an environmental impact statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. An environmental impact statement may be necessary to provide analytical support for Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 8 would specify a long-term acceptable biological catch control rule for the herring fishery and consider acceptable biological catch control rule alternatives that account for herring's role in the ecosystem. This notice is to alert the interested public of the scoping process and potential development of a draft environmental impact statement and to outline opportunity for public participation in that process.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Highly Migratory Fisheries; California Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishery; Vessel Monitoring System and Pre-Trip Notification Requirements
Document Number: 2015-03955
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is issuing regulations that require use of a NMFS- approved vessel monitoring system (VMS) and institute a pre-trip notification requirement for West Coast large-mesh swordfish drift gillnet (DGN) vessel owners and operators. The DGN fishery operates under the authority of the Federal Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP). Installing and operating VMS on vessels in this fishery will provide NMFS and law enforcement personnel with the ability to monitor the DGN fishery for compliance with conservation measures, efficiently deploy agents to inspect vessels, and provide the ability to more closely examine and compare the distribution of observed and unobserved fishing effort. The pre-trip notification will assist NMFS with timely and efficient placement of NMFS-trained observers on board DGN vessels. This action implements the recommendations of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and satisfies terms and conditions of the NMFS' 2013 Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Biological Opinion (Opinion).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-03933
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region; Amendment 20B; Correction
Document Number: 2015-03905
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This document contains a correction to the final rule to implement Amendment 20B to the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the exclusive economic zone of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region (Amendment 20B) that was published in the Federal Register January 27, 2015.
Trade Mission to South Africa, Kenya and Mozambique
Document Number: 2015-03898
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration is replacing a notice published June 14, 2014, at 79 FR 36290, for the Trade Mission to South Africa and Mozambique, With an Optional Stop in Kenya; February 23-27, 2015.
Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet, and Strip From Taiwan: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013
Document Number: 2015-03897
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On August 21, 2014, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') published its preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on polyethylene terephthalate film, sheet, and strip (PET film) from Taiwan.\1\ Based upon our analysis of the comments received, we have made no changes to the margin calculations for these final results and continue to determine that Nan Ya Plastics Corporation (``Nan Ya'') made sales of subject merchandise to the United States at below normal value. The final dumping margin is listed below in the ``Final Results of Review'' section of this notice.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2015 and 2016 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish
Document Number: 2015-03896
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications, apportionments, and Pacific halibut prohibited species catch limits for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2015 and 2016 fishing years and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the GOA. The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the GOA in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel
Document Number: 2015-03894
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in March 2015. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public.
Caribbean Fishery Management Council: Scoping Meetings
Document Number: 2015-03892
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The harvest activities of all fishing sectors must be understood to the greatest degree possible to assure that societal goals encompassed in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act are met. Thus, the need for timely, effective, and efficient means to monitor harvest from all sectors is fundamental. The goal of this Scoping Hearing is to allow the public to comment on the scoping document and to provide alternative options and ideas not yet considered by the Council and NMFS.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-03870
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility Project in Alameda, California
Document Number: 2015-03850
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) to take, by harassment, small numbers of two species of marine mammals incidental to pile driving and removal associated with the Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility Project in the City of Alameda, California, between December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2016.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Seabird Research Activities in Central California, 2015-2016
Document Number: 2015-03849
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations, we hereby give notification that the National Marine Fisheries Service has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue), to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to conducting seabird and pinniped research activities in central California, January 2015 through January 2016.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-03824
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce
Export Trade Certificate of Review
Document Number: 2015-03784
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (``OTEA'') of the International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, has received an application to amend an Export Trade Certificate of Review (``Certificate''). This notice summarizes the proposed amendment and requests comments relevant to whether the amended Certificate should be issued.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Smart Grid Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2015-03831
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Smart Grid Advisory Committee (SGAC or Committee), will meet in open session on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time and Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern time. The primary purposes of this meeting are to discuss the Grid 3.0 Strategic Planning Effort and NIST Transactive Energy, Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrid, and Smart City activities. The agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. The final agenda will be posted on the Smart Grid Web site at http://www.nist.gov/smartgrid.
Ball Bearings and Parts Thereof From the United Kingdom: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2010-2011
Document Number: 2015-03770
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is amending its final results in the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on ball bearings and parts thereof from the United Kingdom for the period May 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011, to correct a ministerial error.
Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013-2014
Document Number: 2015-03765
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On October 30, 2014, the Department of Commerce (``Department'') initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on new pneumatic off-the-road tires (``OTR tires'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') for 12 companies.\1\ Based on timely withdrawal of requests for review, we are now rescinding this administrative review with respect to Double Coin Holdings Ltd., Guizhou Tyre Co., Ltd., and Guizhou Tyre Import and Export Co., Ltd.
Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2015-03756
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 12, 2015 at the Department of Commerce Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public and interested parties are requested to contact the Department of Commerce in advance of the meeting.
Export Trade Certificate of Review
Document Number: 2015-03755
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (``OTEA'') of the International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, issued an Export Trade Certificate of Review (``Certificate'') to JDE USA LLC on January 28, 2015.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; 2015 Commercial Run-Around Gillnet Closure
Document Number: 2015-03738
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) through this temporary rule for commercial harvest of king mackerel in the Florida west coast southern subzone of the eastern zone of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) using run-around gillnet gear. NMFS has determined that the commercial annual catch limit (ACL; commercial quota) for king mackerel using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone of the Gulf EEZ will be reached on February 20, 2015. Therefore, NMFS closes the Florida west coast southern subzone to commercial king mackerel fishing using run-around gillnet gear in the Gulf EEZ. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-03716
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Ecosystem Committee will meet in Seattle, WA.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2015-03715
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its American Samoa, Hawaii, and Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panels (AP) by teleconference and webconference to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2015-03701
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Standing, Special Reef Fish, Special Shrimp and Special Spiny Lobster Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC).
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-03700
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold scoping workshops for Reef Fish Amendment 36.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Documentation of Fish Harvest
Document Number: 2015-03698
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Peer Review Meeting To Review Sea Scallop Survey Methods
Document Number: 2015-03671
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS and the Northeast Regional Science Center (NEFSC) will convene a Peer Review meeting for the purpose of a review of the survey methods for the Sea Scallop. The scope of the review is broad and includes the statistical design and data collection methods and procedures for several survey systems, including scallop dredges, video drop cameras, and HabCam. The objectives of this review will be to assess the relative merits of each sampling method, to identify complementary aspects among the survey methodologies, and to determine areas of future research and collaboration. The public is invited to attend the presentations and discussions.
Listing Endangered or Threatened Species; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To Revise the Critical Habitat Designation for the Southern Resident Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment
Document Number: 2015-03378
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), announce a 12-month finding on a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity to revise the critical habitat designation for the Southern Resident killer whale (Orcinus orca) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In November 2006 we issued a final rule designating approximately 2,560 square miles (6,630 square km) of inland waters of Washington State as critical habitat for the Southern Resident killer whale DPS. The January 2014 petition requests we revise this critical habitat to include Pacific Ocean marine waters along the West Coast of the United States that constitute essential foraging and wintering areas for Southern Resident killer whales. Additionally, the petition requests that we adopt as a primary constituent element (PCE), for both currently designated critical habitat and the proposed revised critical habitat, protective in-water sound levels. The ESA defines a process for responding to petitions to revise critical habitat. We have reviewed the public comments and best available information on Southern Resident killer whale habitat use and as the next step in the response to the petition process defined in the ESA, this 12-month determination describes how we intend to proceed with the requested revision.
Uncovered Innerspring Units From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013-2014
Document Number: 2015-03613
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on uncovered innerspring units (``innerspring units'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). The period of review is February 1, 2013, through January 31, 2014. The review covers two exporters of subject merchandise: Comfort Coil Technology Sdn Bhd (``Comfort Coil'') and Creative Furniture & Bedding Manufacturing (``Creative Furniture''). The Department preliminarily determines that Comfort Coil had no shipments of subject merchandise during the POR. The Department also preliminarily determines that Creative Furniture did not cooperate to the best of its ability and is, therefore, applying adverse facts available (``AFA'') to Creative Furniture's PRC-origin merchandise. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results.
Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2015-03590
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Public User ID Badging”
Document Number: 2015-03571
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2015-03556
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its 118th Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), SSC sub-working group and its 162nd Council meeting to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region. The Council will also convene meetings of the Pelagic and International Standing Committee and Executive and Budget Standing Committee.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Western Aleutian Islands District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2015-03554
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod, including for the Community Development Quota program (CDQ), in the Western Aleutian Islands district (Area 543) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the Area 543 Pacific cod harvest limit of the 2015 total allowable catch (TAC) in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI.