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2019-09-30RuleNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONNuclear Regulatory CommissionState of Vermont: Discontinuance of Certain Commission Regulatory Authority Within the State; Notice of Agreement Between the NRC and the State of VermontThis notice is announcing that on September 9, 2019, Kristine L. Svinicki, Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission), and on September 13, 2019, Governor Philip B. Scott of the State of Vermont, signed an Agreement as...2019-20973"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20973.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20973/state-of-vermont-discontinuance-of-certain-commission-regulatory-authority-within-the-state-noticeThis notice is announcing that on September 9, 2019, Kristine L. Svinicki, Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission), and on September 13, 2019, Governor Philip B. Scott of the State of Vermont, signed an Agreement as authorized by Section 274b. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act). Under the Agreement, the Commission discontinues its regulatory authority, and the State of Vermont assumes regulatory authority over 11e.(1), 11e.(3), and 11e.(4) byproduct materials, source materials, and special nuclear materials in quantities not sufficient to form a critical mass. As of the effective date of the Agreement, a person in Vermont possessing these materials is exempt from certain Commission regulations. The exemptions have been previously published in the Federal Register (FR) and are codified in the Commission's regulations. The Agreement is published here as required by Section 274e. of the Act.
2019-09-30RuleSocial Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationRules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Appointed Representatives; CorrectionOn July 2, 2018, we published final rules in the Federal Register revising our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives. Those final rules reduced the amount of time to request Appeals Council review of a hearing officer's...2019-20446"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20446.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20446/rules-of-conduct-and-standards-of-responsibility-for-appointed-representatives-correctionOn July 2, 2018, we published final rules in the Federal Register revising our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives. Those final rules reduced the amount of time to request Appeals Council review of a hearing officer's decision from 30 days to 14 business days, but we inadvertently failed to make the same change in the parallel sections of the CFR, which details when the Appeals Council will dismiss a request for review. This document corrects the omitted sections and makes our regulations consistent.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEJustice DepartmentNew 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 amending its regulations to implement a new single-sheet format for DEA Form 222, used by DEA registrants to order schedules I and II controlled substances. The rule provides for a two-year transition...2019-21021"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-21021.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-21021/new-single-sheet-format-for-us-official-order-form-for-schedule-i-and-ii-controlled-substances-deaThe Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is amending its regulations to implement a new single-sheet format for DEA Form 222, used by DEA registrants to order schedules I and II controlled substances. The rule provides for a two-year transition period, during which the existing triplicate version of the forms may continue to be used. The rule also includes a number of minor procedural changes.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentOccupational Exposure to Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds in Construction and Shipyard SectorsOSHA is finalizing the proposed rule on occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in construction and shipyards by delaying the compliance deadlines for nearly all provisions of the standards to September 30, 2020. The one exception to...2019-21037"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-21037.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-21037/occupational-exposure-to-beryllium-and-beryllium-compounds-in-construction-and-shipyard-sectorsOSHA is finalizing the proposed rule on occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in construction and shipyards by delaying the compliance deadlines for nearly all provisions of the standards to September 30, 2020. The one exception to the September 30, 2020 compliance deadline is for the permissible exposure limit (PEL) and the short-term exposure limit (STEL), which OSHA has been enforcing since May 11, 2018. This rule confirms that the exposure limits remain in effect. OSHA is not adopting the portion of the proposed rule that would have revised OSHA's existing beryllium standards for construction and shipyards to revoke the ancillary provisions. OSHA finds that other OSHA standards do not duplicate the requirements of the ancillary provisions in the beryllium standards for construction and shipyards in their entirety. Thus revoking all of the ancillary provisions and leaving only the PEL and STEL would be inconsistent with OSHA's statutory mandate to protect workers from the demonstrated significant risks of material impairment of health resulting from exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. OSHA will publish a new proposal for the construction and shipyards beryllium standards, to seek comment on different changes OSHA is considering.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentExaminations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal MinesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reinstating the regulatory provisions for examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines published on January 23, 2017. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...2019-20852"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20852.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20852/examinations-of-working-places-in-metal-and-nonmetal-minesThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reinstating the regulatory provisions for examinations of working places in metal and nonmetal mines published on January 23, 2017. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order on June 11, 2019, and a mandate on August 23, 2019, requiring this action.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEDefense DepartmentDetermination of Active Military Service and Discharge for Civilian or Contractual GroupsThis final rule removes the Department of the Air Force's regulation containing procedures for processing discharge applications of civilians or contractors claiming prior active military service with the Air Force or a predecessor organization. The...2019-20607"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20607.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20607/determination-of-active-military-service-and-discharge-for-civilian-or-contractual-groupsThis final rule removes the Department of the Air Force's regulation containing procedures for processing discharge applications of civilians or contractors claiming prior active military service with the Air Force or a predecessor organization. The content of this part is addressed in a DoD-level regulation, and it is unnecessary.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSpecial Local Regulation; Kailua Bay, Ironman World Championship, Kailua-Kona, HawaiiThe Coast Guard will enforce a special local regulation for the Ironman Ho'ala practice swim and Ironman World Championship Triathlon on October 6 and October 12, 2019, to provide for the safety of life on navigable waterways during this event. Our...2019-20765"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20765.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20765/special-local-regulation-kailua-bay-ironman-world-championship-kailua-kona-hawaiiThe Coast Guard will enforce a special local regulation for the Ironman Ho'ala practice swim and Ironman World Championship Triathlon on October 6 and October 12, 2019, to provide for the safety of life on navigable waterways during this event. Our regulation for marine events within the Fourteenth Coast Guard District identifies the regulated area for this event on certain waters of Kailua Bay, Kailua- Kona, Hawaii. During the enforcement periods, the operator of any vessel in the regulated area must comply with directions from the Patrol Commander or any Official Patrol displaying a Coast Guard ensign.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSpecial Local Regulation; Kailua Bay, Ironman World Championship, Kailua-Kona, HawaiiThe Coast Guard is establishing a recurring special local regulation for certain waters of Kailua Bay, Hawaii. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters located at Kailua-Kona, HI, during the swim portion of...2019-20627"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20627.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20627/special-local-regulation-kailua-bay-ironman-world-championship-kailua-kona-hawaiiThe Coast Guard is establishing a recurring special local regulation for certain waters of Kailua Bay, Hawaii. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters located at Kailua-Kona, HI, during the swim portion of the Ironman World Championship Triathlon and practice swim held on consecutive weekends annually in October. On both days, the swim events are held from 3:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. This rulemaking prohibits persons and vessels from being in the regulated area each day of the event unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Honolulu.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSafety Zone; Grand Haven Fireworks, Lake Michigan, Grand Haven, MIThe Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for navigable waters of Lake Michigan and the Grand River in Grand Haven, MI. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created by...2019-21053"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-21053.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-21053/safety-zone-grand-haven-fireworks-lake-michigan-grand-haven-miThe Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for navigable waters of Lake Michigan and the Grand River in Grand Haven, MI. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created by a fireworks display. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan (COTP).
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSafety Zone; Leif Erickson Day Row and Run, Charlevoix, MIThe Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in Lake Charlevoix, Charlevoix, MI. This temporary safety zone is needed to protect 40 participating paddlers in the Leif Erickson Day Row and Run. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is...2019-20727"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20727.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20727/safety-zone-leif-erickson-day-row-and-run-charlevoix-miThe Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in Lake Charlevoix, Charlevoix, MI. This temporary safety zone is needed to protect 40 participating paddlers in the Leif Erickson Day Row and Run. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Sault Sainte Marie or a designated representative.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSafety Zone; Mackinaw City Fall Colors Fireworks, Mackinaw City, MIThe Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Straits of Mackinac near Mackinac City, MI. The temporary safety zone is needed to protect vessels and spectators from the hazards associated with a fireworks show during the Mackinaw City...2019-20735"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20735.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20735/safety-zone-mackinaw-city-fall-colors-fireworks-mackinaw-city-miThe Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Straits of Mackinac near Mackinac City, MI. The temporary safety zone is needed to protect vessels and spectators from the hazards associated with a fireworks show during the Mackinaw City Fall Colors Fireworks. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Sault Sainte Marie or a designated representative.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSafety Zone, Saint Simons Sound, GAOn September 08, 2019, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Savannah issued an Emergency Safety Zone in response to the grounding/capsizing of the M/V GOLDEN RAY (31[deg]07'39.66 North, 081[deg]24'10.58 West, between Saint Simons Lighthouse and the north end...2019-20781"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20781.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20781/safety-zone-saint-simons-sound-gaOn September 08, 2019, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Savannah issued an Emergency Safety Zone in response to the grounding/capsizing of the M/V GOLDEN RAY (31[deg]07'39.66 North, 081[deg]24'10.58 West, between Saint Simons Lighthouse and the north end of Jekyll Island, in the vicinity of green buoy #19). This Emergency Safety Zone prohibited all vessels from approaching within 0.5 nautical miles of M/V GOLDEN RAY, unless authorized by the COTP. As of September 13, 2019, this Emergency Safety Zone remained in effect for all vessels of 500 GT and above. No vessels 500 GT and above were able to transit within 0.5 nautical miles of the M/V GOLDEN RAY unless specifically authorized by the COTP. For all other vessels, the Emergency Safety Zone was enforced for 150 yards surrounding the site. No vessel could transit within 150 yards of the M/V GOLDEN RAY unless specifically authorized by the COTP. As of September 19, 2019, USCG Captain of the Port Savannah has adjusted the safety zone surrounding the M/V GOLDEN RAY, so that no vessel is authorized access within 150 yards of the M/V GOLDEN RAY, unless authorized by the Captain of the Port. The previous safety zone established on September 12, 2019 is terminated.
2019-09-30RuleENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencyAir Plan Approval; Missouri; Infrastructure State Implementation Plan Requirements for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality StandardThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submission from the State of Missouri addressing the applicable requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 Ozone...2019-20671"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20671.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20671/air-plan-approval-missouri-infrastructure-state-implementation-plan-requirements-for-the-2015-ozoneThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submission from the State of Missouri addressing the applicable requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 Ozone (O3) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Section 110 requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP revision to support the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by the EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. The EPA is also approving a request from the State to exempt all counties in the Metropolitan Kansas City Interstate Air Quality Control Region (Kansas City AQCR) and all of Jefferson and most of Franklin (except Boles Township) counties in the Metropolitan St. Louis Interstate (St. Louis AQCR) from needing an ozone contingency plan meeting the EPA's requirements.
2019-09-30RuleENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencyAir Plan Approval; North Carolina: Amendments of Air Quality RulesThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality (DAQ), through a letter dated March 21, 2018, readopting and...2019-20676"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20676.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20676/air-plan-approval-north-carolina-amendments-of-air-quality-rulesThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality (DAQ), through a letter dated March 21, 2018, readopting and amending air quality rules related to transportation conformity requirements in the state of North Carolina. EPA has determined that North Carolina's March 21, 2018, SIP revision is consistent with the federal transportation conformity requirements and the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
2019-09-30RuleENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencyApproval of Air Quality Improvement Plan, Operating Permits Program, and 112(l) Plan; Missouri; Operating PermitsThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP), the Operating Permit Program (OPP), and the 112(l) plan submitted on March 7, 2019, by the State of Missouri. The submission...2019-20670"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20670.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20670/approval-of-air-quality-improvement-plan-operating-permits-program-and-112l-plan-missouri-operatingThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP), the Operating Permit Program (OPP), and the 112(l) plan submitted on March 7, 2019, by the State of Missouri. The submission revises Missouri's regulations relating to the requirement for sources of air contaminants to obtain operating permits and to establish procedures for sources of air contaminants to obtain and comply with operating permits. These revisions are primarily administrative in nature and do not impact the stringency of the SIP, the OPP, or the 112(l) plan. Specifically, the revisions correct references, change the term ``regulated pollutant'' to ``regulated air pollutant'', removes unnecessary words, and add definitions. Approval of these revisions will not impact air quality and ensures Federal enforceability of the State's rules.
2019-09-30RuleENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencyApproval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation Requests and Maintenance Plans for Delaware County and Lebanon County 2012 Fine Particulate Matter AreasThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving requests for redesignation to attainment status as well as state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On January 23, 2019 and February 11, 2019,...2019-20675"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20675.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20675/approval-and-promulgation-of-air-quality-implementation-plans-pennsylvania-redesignation-requestsThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving requests for redesignation to attainment status as well as state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On January 23, 2019 and February 11, 2019, respectively, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) submitted requests for EPA to redesignate the Delaware County and Lebanon County nonattainment areas (the Delaware and Lebanon Areas or the Areas) to attainment of the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA is granting PADEP's requests and determining that the Delaware and Lebanon Areas meet the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS, based on the most recent three years of certified air quality data. The effect of this action is to change the designation status of the Delaware and Lebanon Areas from nonattainment to attainment for the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS, thereby removing the requirement for a nonattainment new source review (NNSR) permitting program and stopping the sanctions clock associated with a finding of failure to submit NNSR updates for the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA is also approving PADEP's plans to ensure that the Delaware and Lebanon Areas continue to meet the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS through 2030 (maintenance plans) as revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP. The maintenance plans for the Delaware and Lebanon Areas include 2014, 2022, and 2030 motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for mobile sources of PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOX). Finally, EPA is finding these 2014, 2022, and 2030 MVEBs for PM2.5 and NOX adequate and is approving these MVEBs into the Pennsylvania SIP for transportation conformity purposes. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentGeneral Technical, Organizational, Conforming, and Correcting Amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety RegulationsFMCSA amends its regulations by making technical corrections throughout the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The Agency makes minor changes to correct inadvertent errors and omissions, remove or update obsolete references, and improve the...2019-20591"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20591.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20591/general-technical-organizational-conforming-and-correcting-amendments-to-the-federal-motor-carrierFMCSA amends its regulations by making technical corrections throughout the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The Agency makes minor changes to correct inadvertent errors and omissions, remove or update obsolete references, and improve the clarity and consistency of certain regulatory provisions. The Agency also makes nondiscretionary, ministerial changes that are statutorily mandated.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF COMMERCECommerce DepartmentTemporary Rule To Increase the Commercial Trip Limit for Atlantic King MackerelNMFS issues this emergency action, a final temporary rule to revise the Atlantic migratory group king mackerel (Atlantic king mackerel) commercial trip limit within the Atlantic southern zone from October 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020, as...2019-21127"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-21127.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-21127/temporary-rule-to-increase-the-commercial-trip-limit-for-atlantic-king-mackerelNMFS issues this emergency action, a final temporary rule to revise the Atlantic migratory group king mackerel (Atlantic king mackerel) commercial trip limit within the Atlantic southern zone from October 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020, as requested by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). The purpose of this final temporary rule is to increase the commercial trip limit to allow for a significant economic opportunity that otherwise would be forgone and relieve an economic burden within the Atlantic king mackerel commercial sector without increasing the risk to the stock.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF COMMERCECommerce DepartmentFisheries of the Northeastern United States; Scup Fishery; Adjustment to the 2019 Winter II QuotaNMFS adjusts the 2019 Winter II commercial scup quota and per- trip Federal landing limit. This action is intended to comply with Framework Adjustment 3 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan that established the...2019-20674"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20674.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20674/fisheries-of-the-northeastern-united-states-scup-fishery-adjustment-to-the-2019-winter-ii-quotaNMFS adjusts the 2019 Winter II commercial scup quota and per- trip Federal landing limit. This action is intended to comply with Framework Adjustment 3 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan that established the rollover of unused commercial scup quota from the Winter I to Winter II period. This document is intended to inform the public of this quota and trip limit change.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESHealth and Human Services DepartmentMedicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulatory Provisions To Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Dialysis Facilities; Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes To Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient CareThis final rule reforms Medicare regulations that are identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on health care providers and suppliers. This final rule also increases the ability of health care professionals to devote resources to...2019-20736"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20736.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20736/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-regulatory-provisions-to-promote-program-efficiency-transparency-andThis final rule reforms Medicare regulations that are identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on health care providers and suppliers. This final rule also increases the ability of health care professionals to devote resources to improving patient care by eliminating or reducing requirements that impede quality patient care or that divert resources away from furnishing high quality patient care. Additionally, this rule updates fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) facilities by adopting the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code and the 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code. Finally, this final rule updates the requirements that hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. These requirements are intended to conform to current standards of practice and support improvements in quality of care, reduce barriers to care, and reduce some issues that may exacerbate workforce shortage concerns.
2019-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESHealth and Human Services DepartmentMedicare and Medicaid Programs; Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies, and Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient CareThis final rule empowers patients to be active participants in the discharge planning process and complements efforts around interoperability that focus on the seamless exchange of patient information between health care settings by revising the...2019-20732"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20732.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20732/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-revisions-to-requirements-for-discharge-planning-for-hospitalsThis final rule empowers patients to be active participants in the discharge planning process and complements efforts around interoperability that focus on the seamless exchange of patient information between health care settings by revising the discharge planning requirements that Hospitals (including Short-Term Acute-Care Hospitals, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Rehabilitation Hospitals, Psychiatric Hospitals, Children's Hospitals, and Cancer Hospitals), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Home Health Agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This final rule also implements discharge planning requirements which will give patients and their families access to information that will help them to make informed decisions about their post-acute care, while addressing their goals of care and treatment preferences, which may ultimately reduce their chances of being re-hospitalized. It also updates one provision regarding patient rights in hospitals, intended to promote innovation and flexibility and to improve patient care.
2019-09-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Ceiling FansThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its test procedures for ceiling fans established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. On July 25, 2016, DOE published a final rule amending the test procedure for ceiling fans to support...2019-20827"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20827.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20827/energy-conservation-program-test-procedure-for-ceiling-fansThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its test procedures for ceiling fans established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. On July 25, 2016, DOE published a final rule amending the test procedure for ceiling fans to support the ceiling fans energy conservation standards rulemaking. In this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), DOE proposes to: Interpret the term ``suspended from a ceiling'' in the EPCA definition of ceiling fan to mean offered for mounting only on a ceiling; specify that very small-diameter (VSD) ceiling fans that do not also meet the definition of low-speed small- diameter (LSSD) ceiling fan are not required to be tested pursuant to the DOE test method; for LSSD and VSD ceiling fans, increase the tolerance for the stability criteria for the average air velocity measurements in low speed to reduce test burden; specify that large- diameter ceiling with blade spans greater than 24 feet do not need to be tested pursuant to the DOE test method; codify current guidance on calculating several values reported on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) EnergyGuide label for LSSD and VSD ceiling fans using results from the ceiling fan test procedures; and amend certification requirements and product-specific enforcement provisions to reflect the current test procedures and recently amended energy conservation standards for ceiling fans.
2019-09-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentEnergy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Unfired Hot Water Storage TanksOn August 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the energy conservation standards for unfired hot water storage tanks. The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data,...2019-21174"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-21174.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-21174/energy-conservation-program-energy-conservation-standards-for-unfired-hot-water-storage-tanksOn August 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the energy conservation standards for unfired hot water storage tanks. The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by September 23, 2019. Prior to the end of the comment period for the RFI, DOE received a request from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) on September 13, 2019 seeking additional time to analyze data, possibly conduct further testing, and prepare comments. In light of this request, DOE is reopening the comment period for an additional 30 days and announcing that decision in this document.
2019-09-30Proposed RuleFEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATIONFederal Deposit Insurance CorporationProposed Rescission of Policy StatementsIn an ongoing effort to streamline issuances by the FDIC to the public and to ensure that such issuances are timely, relevant, and effective, the FDIC initiated a comprehensive review of its Statements of Policy to identify those that could be...2019-20588"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20588.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20588/proposed-rescission-of-policy-statementsIn an ongoing effort to streamline issuances by the FDIC to the public and to ensure that such issuances are timely, relevant, and effective, the FDIC initiated a comprehensive review of its Statements of Policy to identify those that could be rescinded. Additionally, the FDIC, in the 2017 report required by the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act, committed to reviewing published guidance to identify any guidance that should be revised or rescinded because it is out-of-date or otherwise no longer relevant.
2019-09-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentAirworthiness Directives; Embraer S.A. AirplanesThe FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Embraer S.A. Model ERJ 190-100 STD, -100 LR, -100 IGW, -200 STD, -200 LR, and -200 IGW airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of structural cracks in the wing lower...2019-20829"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20829.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20829/airworthiness-directives-embraer-sa-airplanesThe FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Embraer S.A. Model ERJ 190-100 STD, -100 LR, -100 IGW, -200 STD, -200 LR, and -200 IGW airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of structural cracks in the wing lower skin stringers on both half wings. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of the lower skin stringers on both half wings for cracking or fuel leakage, and applicable related investigative and corrective actions, as specified in an Ag[ecirc]ncia Nacional de Avia[ccedil][atilde]o Civil (ANAC) Brazilian AD, which will be incorporated by reference. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
2019-09-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentApplication of the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions and Certain Nondiscrimination Rules to Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Other Account-Based Group Health Plans Integrated With Individual Health Insurance Coverage or MedicareThis document sets forth proposed regulations to clarify the application of the employer shared responsibility provisions and certain nondiscrimination rules under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) to health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other...2019-20034"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20034.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20034/application-of-the-employer-shared-responsibility-provisions-and-certain-nondiscrimination-rules-toThis document sets forth proposed regulations to clarify the application of the employer shared responsibility provisions and certain nondiscrimination rules under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) to health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based group health plans integrated with individual health insurance coverage or Medicare (individual coverage HRAs), and to provide certain safe harbors with respect to the application of those provisions to individual coverage HRAs. The proposed regulations are intended to facilitate the adoption of individual coverage HRAs by employers, and taxpayers generally are permitted to rely on the proposed regulations. The proposed regulations would affect employers, employees and their family members, and plan sponsors.
2019-09-30Proposed RulePENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATIONPension Benefit Guaranty CorporationLump Sum Payment AssumptionsThis proposed rule would modify the assumptions the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) uses to determine de minimis lump sum benefits in PBGC-trusteed terminated single-employer defined benefit pension plans and would discontinue monthly...2019-21087"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-21087.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-21087/lump-sum-payment-assumptionsThis proposed rule would modify the assumptions the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) uses to determine de minimis lump sum benefits in PBGC-trusteed terminated single-employer defined benefit pension plans and would discontinue monthly publication of PBGC's lump sum interest rate assumption.
2019-09-30Proposed RulePENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATIONPension Benefit Guaranty CorporationBenefit Payments and Allocation of AssetsThis proposed rule would make changes to PBGC's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans. The changes would make clarifications and codify policies involving payment of lump...2019-21088"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-21088.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-21088/benefit-payments-and-allocation-of-assetsThis proposed rule would make changes to PBGC's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans. The changes would make clarifications and codify policies involving payment of lump sums, changes to benefit form, partial benefit distributions, and valuation of plan assets.
2019-09-30Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionCompleting the Transition to Electronic Filing, Licenses and Authorizations, and Correspondence in the Wireless Radio ServicesThis Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) builds upon the Commission's recent efforts to modernize its legacy filing, communications, and information retention systems by improving electronic access to data and digitizing Commission communications in a...2019-20527"https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20527.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-20527/completing-the-transition-to-electronic-filing-licenses-and-authorizations-and-correspondence-in-theThis Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) builds upon the Commission's recent efforts to modernize its legacy filing, communications, and information retention systems by improving electronic access to data and digitizing Commission communications in a wide variety of services. Specifically, this NPRM proposes to make all filings to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) completely electronic; expand electronic filing and correspondence elements for related systems; and require applicants to provide an email address on the FCC Forms related to these systems. This NPRM also seeks comment on additional rule changes that would further expand the use of electronic filing and electronic service. Together, these proposals will facilitate the remaining steps to transition these systems from paper to electronic, reducing regulatory burdens and environmental waste, and making interaction with these systems more accessible and efficient for those who rely on them.
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