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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Public Comment Period Extended

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it has extended the public comment period on the draft National Response Framework (NRF) until October 22, 2007. The extended comment period provides additional time for interested parties to provide feedback on the draft document. The NRF was posted on the DHS Web site for public comment on September 10, 2007. The current comment period was scheduled to expire on October 11, 2007. The draft National Response Framework is the successor to the National Response Plan, which was issued on January 5, 2005. The National Response Framework, which focuses on response and short-term recovery, articulates the doctrine, principles and architecture by which the U.S.

Ocean Policy Comments Sought

Today, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy announced that the comment period for its Preliminary Report will run from April 20 to May 21, 2004. Comments on the Preliminary Report can be submitted by e-mail, fax, or regular mail. The comment period on the Commission’s Preliminary Report is the first step in a two-stage process. In this stage, the report will be available for review and comment by the nation’s governors and interested stakeholders. Stage two will begin when the public comment period closes on May 21. At that point, the Commission will take time for a comprehensive review of the comments received from the governors and others.

Comment Period for Financial Responsibility Extended

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has extended the comment period on its proposal regarding passenger vessel financial responsibility until May 30, 2003. The FMC will also hold a public meeting to receive oral comments, with the date to be announced in a subsequent Notice. Closed-door meetings with individual Commissioners may also be requested. Summaries or transcripts of oral presentations will be included in the record.

USCG Extends Comment Period

The USCG has extended the public comment period for its NPRM on response plans for tank vessels carrying hazardous materials. Additionally, a two-day public meeting will be held on August 12-13, in Houston, at the Hilton-University of Houston Hotel and Conference Center. The deadline for written comments on the NPRM has been exteneded until August 30.

Marine LNG Spills: Comment Period Reopened

The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened, until August 22, the comment period on the petition from the City of Fall River, Massachusetts. The petition asks the agency to promulgate regulations establishing thermal and vapor dispersion exclusion zones for marine spills of LNG. 70 Fed. Reg. 36363 (HK Law)

Port of Anchorage expansion – extension of comment period

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Notice extending through September 17 the comment period on the Port of Anchorage expansion, marine terminal redevelopment. 69 Fed. Reg. 55867 (September 16, 2004). HK Law

FMC Reopens Comment Period for Service Contract Petitions

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a series of orders reopening the comment period, through January 16, 2004, on the petitions by non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) for exemption from the prohibition against use of confidential service contracts. Interested persons may also request one-on-one meetings with individual Commissioners to describe their views. The FMC also denied several motions by parties to be allowed to submit reply briefs. source: HK Law

Satellite Use Comment Period Extended

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended until March 24, 2004, the comment period on its proposal regarding terrestrial fixed service and fixed satellite service operators on board vessels in the C and Ku-bands. 69 Fed. Reg. 15288 (HK Law)

Maritime Security Fleet Program – comment period extended

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Notice stating that the comment period on its Maritime Security Program interim final rule has been extended to August 30, 2004. (HK Law)

Draft Environmental Assessment on Disposal of Vessels

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a notice stating that the comment period on its draft environmental assessment for transfer of approximately nine obsolete vessels from the James River Reserve Fleet to the Able UK facilities for disposal has been extended until April 9, 2004. The Maritime Administration (MARAD), of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has made available for review and comment to interested governmental and private bodies and individuals the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the transfer of approximately nine obsolete vessels from the James River Reserve Fleet (JRRF) to the Able UK facilities for disposal of the vessels. The EA was the subject of a review period from February 29, 2004 to March 29, 2004.

Category 3 Marine Diesel Engines

EPA’s proposed rule to adopt new emission standards for Category 3 marine diesel engines will be published on August 28, 2009.  The comment period was set to close on September 5th, however, due to the delayed publication of the proposed rule, the comment period will be extended to September 28th.  The additional comment time should not affect the timing of the final rulemaking, which we plan to complete by December 17 of this year.  For information on how to submit written comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0121, please see the Federal Register Notice or the pre-publication version of the proposal posted on our website at www.epa.gov/otaq/oceanvessels.htm

TSA, USCG Issue Proposal for TWIC

On May 22, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the US Coast Guard issued their joint 68-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) in the maritime sector. 71 Fed. Reg. 29395 The comment period is now closed. There are 550 documents currently in the docket, expressing a wide variety of viewpoints. Possibly one of the more persuasive comments was submitted by four US Representatives serving on the House Committee on Homeland Security [Bernie Thompson (D-MS); Loretta Sanchez (D-CA); Jane Harman (D-CA); and Peter De Fazio (D-OR)]. They suggest…

Advisory to Owners or Operators of Ocean-Going Vessels Visiting California Ports

The purpose of this advisory is to notify owners and operators of ocean-going vessels (OGVs) of amendments to the OGV Fuel Regulation. Amendments to the regulation were endorsed by the California Air Resources Board on June 23, 2011. These amendments were made available for a 45-day public comment period beginning on May 9, 2011. In addition, changes to the originally proposed modifications (“15-day changes”) were presented at the Board Hearing and made available for a 15-day public comment period from July 25, 2011 to August 9, 2011.

Seeking to Reduce Right Whale Strikes

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is extending the comment period on its proposal relating to measures to reduce ship strikes against North Atlantic right whales. The comment period is extended until September 15. Public scoping meetings will be held in Boston (July 20); Jersey City (July 21); Wilmington (July 26); Jacksonville (July 27); and Silver Spring, MD (August 3). 69 Fed. Reg. 41446 (HK Law).

MMS Public Meetings on Atlantic Exploration

The Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) has scheduled 13 public scoping meetings in seven locations to solicit comments for the development of a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for future geological and geophysical exploration (G&G) in the Mid- and South-Atlantic OCS. It has been more than 25 years since G&G studies were conducted off the Atlantic coast. This data will enhance, update, and supplement information to support future MMS planning decisions for both renewable and conventional energy development on the OCS. Public scoping meetings have been scheduled from April 20, 2010, through April 29, 2010, in Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Savannah, GA; Newark, NJ; Charleston, SC; Wilmington, NC; Norfolk, VA.

Columbia River Deepening Comments Welcome

The Washington State Department of Ecology has reopened the comment period with regard to the proposal to deepen the navigable channel of the Columbia River. Comments are sought with regard to possible ocean disposal of the dredge spoil. Comments should be submitted by June 9, 2003. (5/20/03). (Source: Haight Gardner Holland & Knight, May 2003)

Public Comment Period Open

The public comment period is now OPEN for Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States: Research Priorities for the Next Decade, a draft document that outlines the national ocean research priorities for the United States for the next ten years. All interested parties are encouraged to review the document and provide input during this 45 day public comment period (scheduled to close October 20, 2006). Called for in the U.S. Ocean Action Plan and developed by the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology, this draft document, along with a follow-on Implementation Strategy, will describe a vision for U.S. ocean science and technology, highlight key areas of interaction of our society and the ocean, and identify critical ocean research priorities for these areas.

BOEM Extends O&G Lease Comment Period

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is extending the public comment period for the Request for Information (RFI) and Comments on the Preparation of the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The RFI was released in mid-June as the initial step in the multi-year offshore oil and gas planning process. This extension of the comment period is being issued in response to requests from several states. The bureau will allow an additional 15 days for the public to submit information and comments on its website or in writing. The June publication of the RFI began a 45-day comment period. With the extension, BOEM will accept comments until August 15.

USACE Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project

The US Army Corps of Engineers has extended, until September 4, the comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the Matagorda Ship Channel improvement project. A meeting to receive public comment on the plan will be held in Port Lavaca on August 9. Source: HK Law

MarAd- MSP Maintenance and Repair Reimbursement Program

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) reopened the comment period on its proposal to amend regulations governing the pilot program for reimbursement of costs of qualified maintenance and repair of Maritime Security Program (MSP) vessels performed in US shipyards. Comments should be submitted by September 22. 71 Fed. Reg. 49399 Source: HK Law

Comment on Whale Ship Strike Reduction

The National Marine Fisheries Service issued a Notice stating that the comment period on its proposal regarding Right Whale ship strike reduction has been extended through November 15. 69 Fed. Reg. 55135 (HK Law).

FMC Grants Extensions

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has granted extensions of time in which to file comments on pending petitions. The first extension relates to the petition of United Parcel Service

BSEE Extends Comment Period for Proposed Offshore Safety Systems Rule

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced today a 45-day extension to the public comment period for the proposed rule on offshore oil and natural gas production safety systems. Comments will now be accepted through Dec. 5, 2013. The proposed rule will revise 30 CFR 250 subpart H, Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems, to address recent technological advances. This section of the regulations has not had a major revision since it was first published in 1988. During that period, industry’s use of subsea trees (the assembly mounted on a well head used to control the flow of oil and gas) and other technologies have evolved or become more prevalent offshore.

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