Entries for Friday, February 27, 2004

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    Federal Communications Commission 1 entry

    • Additional Comment Sought on UHF Television Discount
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      3 pages

      In light of recent legislation affecting the national television ownership limit, this document establishes a limited comment period to afford petitioners and commenters an opportunity to update the record regarding the Commission's previous decision to retain the 50 percent UHF discount. Pending petitions for reconsideration urge the Commission to eliminate the UHF discount. The limited comment period is intended to afford petitioners and commenters an opportunity to update the record as to the effect, if any, of recent legislation on the Commission's authority and decision in this area.

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    Department of Transportation 10 entries

    • Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company 120, 140, 140A, 150, F150, 170, 172, F172, FR172, P172D, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, A185E, 190, 195, 206, P206, U206, TP206, TU206, 207, T207, 210, T210, 336, 337, and T337 Series Airplanes
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      6 pages

      The FAA proposes to revise an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 86-26-04 that applies to certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) 120, 140, 140A, 150, F150, 170, 172, F172, FR172, P172D, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, A185E, 190, 195, 205, 205A, 206, P206, P206E, TP206A, TU206, TU206E, U206, U206E, 207, T207, 210, T210, 336, 337, and T337 series airplanes. The earlier NPRM proposed to retain the actions of AD 86-26-04, add additional airplanes to the applicability section, and incorporated revised manufacturer service information. This proposed AD is the result of the FAA inadvertently omitting 10 affected airplane serial numbers for Model TU206D airplanes from the applicability section of the earlier NPRM. This proposed AD would retain the actions of earlier NPRM and add additional airplanes to the applicability section of this proposed AD. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the earlier NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these additional actions.

    • Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Model AS355E, F, F1, F2, and N Helicopters
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      3 pages

      This document publishes in the Federal Register an amendment adopting Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2004-01-51, which was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of the specified Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) model helicopters by individual letters. This AD requires, before further flight, for helicopters with less than 10 hours time-in-service (TIS) since installing a main or combiner gearbox received from Eurocopter Marignane, France, replacing these affected gearboxes with appropriate airworthy gearboxes received from another source. This action is prompted by a report of a free wheel unit slipping during the single engine phase of an acceptance flight that resulted in an engine overspeed and an engine shutdown. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent engine overspeed, an engine shut-down, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

    • Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), and DC-9-87 (MD-87) Airplanes; Model MD-88 Airplanes; and Model MD-90-30 Airplanes
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      3 pages

      This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) that is applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9- 82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), and DC-9-87 (MD-87) airplanes; Model MD-88 airplanes, and Model MD-90-30 airplanes. This action requires repetitive inspections to detect cracking of the shock strut cylinders of the left and right main landing gears (MLG), and replacement of any cracked shock strut cylinder. This action is necessary to prevent failure of the shock strut cylinders of the MLGs due to cracking, which could result in collapse of the MLGs and consequent reduced

    • Federal Lands Highway Program; Management Systems Pertaining to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Reservation Roads Program
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      13 pages

      This final rule provides for the development and implementation of pavement, bridge, safety, and congestion management systems for transportation facilities providing access to Indian lands and funded under the Federal Lands Highway Program (FLHP) as required by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The roads funded under the FLHP include Park Roads and Parkways, Forest Highways, Refuge Roads, Indian Reservation Roads, and Public Lands Highways. These management systems will provide a strategic approach to transportation planning, program development, and project selection.

    • Federal Lands Highway Program; Management Systems Pertaining to the Forest Service and the Forest Highway Program
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      8 pages

      This final rule provides for the development and implementation of safety, bridge, pavement, and congestion management systems for transportation facilities providing access to and within the National Forests and Grasslands and funded under the Federal Lands Highway Program (FLHP) as required by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The roads funded under the FLHP include Park Roads and Parkways, Forest Highways, Refuge Roads, Indian Reservation Roads, and Public Lands Highways. These management systems provide a strategic approach to transportation planning, program development, and project selection.

    • Federal Lands Highway Program; Management Systems Pertaining to the National Park Service and the Park Roads and Parkways Program
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      Rule
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      7 pages

      This final rule provides for the development and implementation of safety, bridge, pavement, and congestion management systems for transportation facilities under National Park Service (NPS) jurisdiction and funded under the Federal Lands Highway Program (FLHP) as required by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA- 21). The roads funded under the FLHP include Park Roads and Parkways, Forest Highways, Refuge Roads, Indian Reservation Roads, and Public Lands Highways. These management systems provide a strategic approach to transportation planning, program development, and project selection.

    • Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
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      2 pages

      On January 6, 2003, the agency published a final rule amending Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, ``Occupant crash protection.'' That final rule responded, in part, to petitions for reconsideration of the December 18, 2001, final rule. The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM), the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), and the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) submitted petitions for reconsideration of the January 6, 2003, final rule.

    • Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Head Impact Protection
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      13 pages

      This document amends the upper interior impact requirements of the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on occupant protection in interior impact to increase the minimum separation distance between tested areas on vertical surfaces of a motor vehicle. Compliance with the upper interior impact requirements is determined, in part, by measuring the forces experienced by a test device known as the Free Motion Headform (FMH) when it is propelled into certain target circles in the vehicle interior. To ensure that tests conducted within the same vehicle do not affect each other, the standard specifies that tested targets be at least a certain distance apart; currently 150 mm (6 inches). This final rule expands this minimum separation distance for certain target locations through the use of an FMH-shaped ``exclusion zone'' to alleviate concerns that the striking of one target would affect compliance at other nearby targets in the same vehicle. This final rule also adds targets for pillar-like structures that do not meet the definition of ``pillar,'' i.e., certain door frames and freestanding vertical seat belt mounting structures.

    • Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Rear Impact Guards; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
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      9 pages

      This document responds to a petition for rulemaking from Thieman Tailgates, Inc., concerning the Federal motor vehicle safety standard requiring trailers and semitrailers to be equipped with rear impact guards. The petitioner asked us to amend the standard so that it expressly excludes trailers with rear-mounted liftgates that reside in or move through any part of the area specified in the standard for the horizontal member of the rear impact guard. Alternatively, the petitioner asked us to exclude rear impact guards on those trailers from the energy absorption requirements of the equipment standard for rear impact guards.

    • FHWA RIN 2125-AE54
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      8 pages

      This final rule provides for the development and implementation of safety, bridge, pavement and congestion management systems for transportation facilities serving the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System) funded under the Federal Lands Highway Program (FLHP) as required by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The roads funded under the FLHP include Park Roads and Parkways, Forest Highways, Refuge Roads, Indian Reservation Roads, and Public Lands Highways. These management systems will provide a strategic approach to transportation planning, program development, and project selection.

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    Environmental Protection Agency 2 entries

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    Department of Homeland Security 1 entry

    • Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR)
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      10 pages

      The Coast Guard announces the availability of the ``Application for Continuous Synopsis Record'' (Application for CSR) form CG-6039. Certain vessels are required to carry onboard a Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR) by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS) Chapter XI-1. This document details the process of obtaining and amending the CSR. The Coast Guard also solicits public comments on the collection of information associated with the CSR.

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 5 entries

    • Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; Final 2004 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish
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      20 pages

      NMFS announces final 2004 harvest specifications and prohibited species catch (PSC) allowances for the groundfish fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2004 fishing year and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the BSAI.

    • Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2004 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish
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      16 pages

      NMFS announces final 2004 harvest specifications for groundfish, reserves and apportionments thereof, halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits, and associated management measures for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits and associated management measures for groundfish during the 2004 fishing year and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish Fishery of the GOA (FMP). 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 (Magnuson-Stevens Act).

    • Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska
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      NMFS issues an inseason adjustment opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 12 hours effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 24, 2004, until 2400 hrs, A.l.t., February 24, 2004. This adjustment is necessary to allow the fishing industry opportunity to harvest the 2004 interim total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock specified for Statistical Area 630 of the GOA.

    • Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Species in the Rock Sole/Flathead Sole/“Other Flatfish” Fishery Category by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
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      NMFS is closing directed fishing for species in the rock sole/ flathead sole/``other flatfish'' fishery category by vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the interim 2004 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl rock sole/flathead sole/``other flatfish'' fishery category in the BSAI.

    • Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
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      11 pages

      The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), publishes annual management measures governing the Pacific Halibut fishery which are approved by the Secretary of State. This action is intended to provide public notice of the effectiveness of these IPHC annual management measures and to inform persons subject to them of their restrictions and requirements.

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    Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1 entry

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    Department of Health and Human Services 1 entry

    • Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities; Nursing Services; Posting of Nurse Staffing Information
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      7 pages

      This proposed rule would establish a new data collection and recordkeeping requirement for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and nursing facilities (NFs). We are proposing that SNFs and NFs complete a CMS-specified form at the end of each shift, on a daily basis, to post the full-time equivalents (FTEs) of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses, and certified nurse aides who are directly responsible for resident care. We also propose that SNFs and NFs use this form to capture and display daily resident census information. These facilities would also be required to make this information available to the public upon request.

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    Department of Energy 2 entries

    • Natural Gas Pipelines; Project Cost and Annual Limits
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      2 pages

      Pursuant to the authority delegated by 18 CFR 375.308(x)(1), the Director of the Office of Energy Projects (OEP) computes and publishes the project cost and annual limits for natural gas pipelines blanket construction certificates for each calendar year.

    • Worker Safety and Health Program; Suspension of Rulemaking
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      DOE today gives notice of the suspension of a rulemaking under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to promulgate worker health and safety regulations for DOE workplaces and procedures for the assessment of civil penalties for violations of standards under those regulations. Since DOE published its notice of proposed rulemaking on December 8, 2003 (68 FR 68276), DOE has become aware that the Defense Facilities Nuclear Safety Board (DFNSB), which has safety oversight responsibility with regard to DOE nuclear facilities, has concerns with regard to the proposed regulations. The purpose of today's notice of suspension is to allow time for DOE to consult with the DFNSB in order to resolve its concerns. DOE also will consider the concerns of other interested stakeholders as appropriate. Consistent with past practice, if DOE receives any significant communications from these other interested stakeholders yielding information not already in the comments that DOE has received, it will add those communications (or in the case of significant oral exchanges, memoranda summarizing those exchanges) to the public comment file in the DOE Freedom of Information Reading Room. The suspension will continue pending further notice by DOE.

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    National Credit Union Administration 1 entry

    • Organization and Operations of Federal Credit Unions; Description of NCUA
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      3 pages

      The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board decided to restructure NCUA's regions, effective January 1, 2004, due to economic and operational factors. The final rule amends the NCUA's regulations to reflect the resulting elimination of one office and the relocation of another office. The final rule also amends the office description of NCUA's Executive Director to include the delegated responsibility of being the NCUA's Director of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

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    Department of Agriculture 1 entry

    • Peaches, Plums, and Nectarines; Grade Standards
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      10 pages

      This rule revises the United States Standards for Grades of Peaches, the United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Plums and Prunes, and the United States Standards for Grades of Nectarines. These standards are issued under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. The changes are based on the findings of a California Tree Fruit Agreement (CTFA) Task Force that was formed to review the standards, and on subsequent discussions with industry. The revisions will bring the standards into conformity with current packing, marketing and cultural practices. This document also contains conforming and editorial changes.

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