Department of Transportation September 12, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Railroad Revenue Adequacy-2015 Determination
Document Number: 2016-21869
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On September 8, 2016, the Board served a decision announcing the 2015 revenue adequacy determinations for the Nation's Class I railroads. Four carriers, BNSF Railway Company, Grand Trunk Corporation, Soo Line Corporation, and Union Pacific Railroad Company, were found to be revenue adequate.
PHMSA-2007-0038, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.; PHMSA-2016-0072, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.; PHMSA-2016-0073, New Fortress Energy-Tico Development Partners, LLC; Pipeline Safety: Requests for Special Permit
Document Number: 2016-21865
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Department of Transportation
Pursuant to the Federal pipeline safety laws, PHMSA is publishing this notice of three special permit requests we received from pipeline operators, seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. This notice seeks public comments on the requests, including comments on any safety or environmental impacts. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will evaluate the requests and determine whether to grant or deny the special permits.
Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler)
Document Number: 2016-21836
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Daimler Trucks North America's (Daimler) application for an exemption renewal for one Daimler driver to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in the United States without possessing a commercial driver's license (CDL) issued by one of the States. Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard is the head of the Daimler Trucks and Buses Division who will test-drive Daimler vehicles on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements for these vehicles in ``real world'' environments and verify results. He holds a valid German commercial license but lacks the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL issued by one of the States. FMCSA believes that the process for obtaining a German-issued CDL is comparable to or is effective as the U.S. CDL requirements and ensures that this driver will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption.
Denial of Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
Document Number: 2016-21829
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to deny applications from 11 individuals who requested an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) prohibiting persons with a clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition that is likely to cause a loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) from operating CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2016-21828
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt 58 individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler)
Document Number: 2016-21827
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to grant an exemption to Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler) for one of its commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Daimler requested an exemption from the Federal requirement to hold a U.S. commercial driver's license (CDL) for Mr. Henning Oeltjenbruns, a general manager of the Daimler Truck Plant in Cleveland, NC. Mr. Oeltjenbruns wants to test drive Daimler vehicles on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements in ``real world'' environments, and verify results. Daimler believes the requirements for a German commercial license ensure that operation under the exemption will likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption.
Pearson Field Airport Special Flight Rules Area
Document Number: 2016-21377
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is establishing a Special Flight Rules Area in the vicinity of Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, Washington. Pearson Field Airport is located approximately three nautical miles northwest of Portland International Airport, Portland, Oregon. The close proximity of the airport traffic patterns and approach courses create converging flight paths between traffic on approach to Portland International Airport and traffic at Pearson Field Airport, increasing the risk for near mid-air collision, mid-air collision and wake turbulence events. The intended effect of this action is to mitigate the identified risk by establishing operating requirements applicable to all aircraft when operating within a designated area at Pearson Field Airport, which would increase overall system efficiency and safety.
Revocation of Class D Airspace; Vancouver, WA
Document Number: 2016-21373
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action removes the Class D airspace at Pearson Field, Vancouver, WA. FAA Joint Order 7400.2K states that non-towered airports requiring a surface area will be designated Class E. Class E surface area airspace was established on December 10, 2015. The FAA is taking this action due to the lack of an operating air traffic control tower at Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, WA.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-21164
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-26- 08, for all Airbus Model A330-200, -200F, and -300 series airplanes. AD 2014-26-08 currently requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate new maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. Since we issued AD 2014-26-08, we have determined that more restrictive maintenance instructions and airworthiness limitations are necessary. This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised airworthiness limitation requirements. This proposed AD would also remove certain airplanes from the applicability. We are proposing this AD to prevent safety-significant latent failures that would, in combination with one or more other specific failures or events, result in a hazardous or catastrophic failure condition.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-21163
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2015-16- 02, for all Airbus Model A330 series airplanes. AD 2015-16-02 currently requires revising the maintenance program or inspection program to incorporate certain maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. Since we issued AD 2015-16-02, we received a revision of an airworthiness limitations items (ALI) document, which provides new and more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations for airplane structures and systems. This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate new maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. We are proposing this AD to prevent reduced structural integrity and reduced control of these airplanes due to the failure of system components.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-21149
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011-10- 17, for all Airbus Model A300 and A310 series airplanes, and Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called A300-600 series airplanes). AD 2011-10-17 currently requires revising the maintenance program by incorporating certain airworthiness limitation items (ALIs). Since we issued AD 2011-10-17, the manufacturer has revised certain ALI documents, which specify more restrictive instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised structural inspection requirements. This proposed AD would also remove Model A310 and A300-600 series airplanes from the applicability. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking, damage, and corrosion in certain structure; such fatigue cracking, damage, and corrosion could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Embraer S.A. Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-21145
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Embraer S.A. Model ERJ 170 airplanes. The NPRM proposed to supersede AD 2012-07-08, which requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate structural inspection requirements. The NPRM was prompted by a determination that more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations are necessary. Since the NPRM was issued, a new revision of the airworthiness limitations section (ALS) of the EMBRAER S.A. ERJ 170/175 Maintenance Review Board Report (MRBR) was issued, which contains more restrictive airworthiness limitations. This action revises the NPRM by proposing to require revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate the new ALS of the MRBR. This supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) would also remove certain airplanes from the applicability. In addition, we propose to supersede AD 2006-06-09, AD 2012-05-08, and AD 2012-07-08, which require tasks that are now included in the new revision of the MRBR. We are proposing this SNPRM to detect and correct fatigue cracking of various principal structural elements; such cracking could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. We are also proposing this SNPRM to prevent safety-significant latent failures; such failures, in combination with one or more other specified failures or events, could result in a hazardous or catastrophic failure condition of avionics, hydraulic systems, fire detection systems, fuel systems, or other critical systems. In addition, we are also proposing this SNPRM to prevent the potential for ignition sources inside fuel tanks caused by latent failures, alterations, repairs, or maintenance actions; such failures, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. Since these actions impose an additional burden over those proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes.