Office of the Attorney General; Destruction of Contraband Drug Evidence
This rule makes one revision to the Department of Justice regulations on the destruction of contraband drug evidence. The rule concerns the proper handling and disposal of liquid phencyclidine (PCP).
Commerce in Explosives; List of Explosive Materials (2007R-7T)
Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 841(d) and 27 CFR 555.23, the Department must publish and revise at least annually in the Federal Register a list of explosives determined to be within the coverage of 18 U.S.C. 841 et. seq. The list covers not only explosives, but also blasting agents and detonators, all of which are defined as explosive materials in 18 U.S.C. 841(c). This notice publishes the 2007 List of Explosive Materials.
Definition of “Positional Isomer” as It Pertains to the Control of Schedule I Controlled Substances
On May 25, 2006, DEA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which proposed the addition of a specific definition for the term ``positional isomer'' to allow for the systematic determination of which isomers of schedule I substances would be considered to be ``positional,'' and therefore, subject to schedule I control. This rulemaking finalizes that definition. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and its implementing regulations specify which hallucinogenic substances are considered schedule I controlled substances. The CSA states that all salts, isomers, and salts of isomers of these substances are also schedule I controlled substances. In non-technical terms, an isomer of a substance is a different compound, but a compound which has the same number and kind of atoms. The terms ``optical isomer'' and ``geometric isomer'' are specific scientific terms and it is easy to determine whether one substance is an optical or geometric isomer of another. The term ``positional isomer,'' however, is subject to scientific interpretation. The addition of a definition for the term ``positional isomer'' will assist legitimate research[ers] and industry in determining the control status of materials that are ``positional isomers'' of schedule I hallucinogens. While the DEA will remain the authority for ultimately determining the control status of a given material, providing a specific definition for ``positional isomer'' will ensure consistent criteria are utilized in making these determinations. This rule does not change existing laws, regulations, policies, processes, and procedures regarding the determination of control status for schedule I hallucinogenic substances. This rule merely makes available to the public the longstanding definition of ``positional isomer'' which DEA has used when making these scheduling determinations. This rule is relevant only to specialized forensic or research chemists. Most of these individuals are existing DEA registrants who are authorized by the DEA to handle schedule I hallucinogenic substances.
Voluntary Departure: Effect of a Motion To Reopen or Reconsider or a Petition for Review
The immigration laws provide that an alien may request and receive a grant of voluntary departure in certain cases; such a grant allows an alien to depart voluntarily during a specified period of time after the order is issued, in lieu of being removed under an order of removal. Voluntary departure is an agreed upon exchange of benefits between the alien and the government that provides tangible benefits for aliens who do depart during the time allowed. There are severe statutory penalties, however, for aliens who voluntarily fail to depart during the time allowed for voluntary departure. This proposed rule would amend the Department of Justice (Department) regulations regarding voluntary departure to allow an alien to elect to file a motion to reopen or reconsider, but also to provide that the alien's filing of a motion to reopen or reconsider prior to the expiration of the voluntary departure period will have the effect of automatically terminating the grant of voluntary departure. Similarly, the rule also provides that the alien's filing of a petition for judicial review shall automatically terminate the grant of voluntary departure. In other words, the rule would afford the alien the option either to abide by the terms of the grant of voluntary departure, in lieu of an order of removal, or to forgo the benefits of voluntary departure and instead challenge the final order on the merits in a motion to reopen or reconsider or a petition for review. If the alien elects to seek further review and forgo voluntary departure, the alien will be subject to the alternate order of removal that was issued in conjunction with the grant of voluntary departure, similar to other aliens who were found to be removable. But this approach also means he or she will not be subject to the penalties for failure to depart voluntarily. The rule also amends the bond provisions for voluntary departure to make clear that an alien's failure to post a voluntary departure bond as required will not have the effect of exempting the alien from the penalties for failure to depart under the grant of voluntary departure. Aliens who are required to post a voluntary departure bond remain liable for the amount of the voluntary departure bond if they do not depart as they had agreed. However, the rule clarifies the circumstances in which aliens will be able to get a refund of the bond amount upon proof that they are physically outside of the United States. In addition, the rule provides that, at the time the immigration judge issues a grant of voluntary departure, the immigration judge will also set a specific dollar amount of not less than $3,000 as a civil money penalty if the alien voluntarily fails to depart within the time allowed.
Meeting of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board
This is an announcement of a meeting of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board to review applications for the 2006-2007 Medal of Valor Awards and to discuss upcoming activities. Due to the late scheduling of this meeting, publication 15 days prior to the meeting was not possible. This notice will be published less than 15 days prior to the meeting pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.105(b). The meeting time and location are located below.
New Single-Sheet Format for U.S. Official Order Form for Schedule I and II Controlled Substances (DEA Form 222)
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing to amend its regulations to implement a new format for order forms (DEA Form 222) which are issued by DEA to DEA registrants to allow them to order schedule I and/or II controlled substances. The present format utilizes a three-part, carbon-copy form with Copies 2 and 3 replicating Copy 1. The proposed format will employ a single-sheet form. The new form will have enhanced security features and will be easier for DEA registrants to use.
Office on Violence Against Women; Notice of Meeting
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of the forthcoming public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women (hereinafter ``the Committee'').
Redelegation of Authority To Compromise and Close Civil Claims
This Tax Division directive increases the settlement authority of the Chiefs of the Civil Trial Sections, the Court of Federal Claims Section, the Appellate Section, the Office of Review, and the Deputy Assistant Attorneys General, to compromise and close civil claims. In addition, this directive increases the discretionary redelegation of limited authority by a section chief to his or her assistant chiefs and reviewers. This directive supersedes Directive No. 105.
Removal of Thresholds for the List I Chemicals Pseudoephedrine and Phenylpropanolamine
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing to remove the thresholds for importation, exportation, and domestic distributions of the List I chemicals pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine. This rulemaking is being conducted as part of DEA's implementation of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 and is needed to implement the Act's requirements for import and production quotas and to address the potential diversion of these chemicals. DEA is also clarifying that all transactions of drug products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine, except retail transactions, are considered to be regulated transactions.
Issuance of Multiple Prescriptions for Schedule II Controlled Substances
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is finalizing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on September 6, 2006 (71 FR 52724). In that document, DEA proposed to amend its regulations to allow practitioners to provide individual patients with multiple prescriptions, to be filled sequentially, for the same schedule II controlled substance, with such multiple prescriptions having the combined effect of allowing a patient to receive over time up to a 90- day supply of that controlled substance.