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Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations; CorrectionRule2017-1173606/07/2017DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentThis document contains a correction to the final rule published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2016, entitled ``Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations.'' The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is an agen … This document contains a correction to the final rule published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2016, entitled ``Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations.'' The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is an agency within the Rural Development mission area of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for administering the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program. The B&I Guaranteed Loan Program is authorized by the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act and provides loan guarantees to banks and other approved lenders to finance private businesses located in rural areas.guaranteed-loanmaking-and-servicing-regulations-correctionFR-Doc-2017-11736
Inflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesRule2016-3103512/30/2016DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Fede … The Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (collectively referred to herein as ``the Act''). This rule adjusts CMPs within the jurisdiction of DOE to the maximum amount required by the Act.inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesFR-Doc-2016-31035
Loan Guarantees for Projects That Employ Innovative TechnologiesRule2016-3000612/15/2016DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentThe Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) publishes a final rule to amend the existing regulations for the loan guarantee program authorized by Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title XVII or the Act). Section 1703 of … The Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) publishes a final rule to amend the existing regulations for the loan guarantee program authorized by Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title XVII or the Act). Section 1703 of Title XVII (section 1703) authorizes the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) to make loan guarantees for projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. Such projects must also employ new or significantly improved technologies as compared to commercial technologies in service in the United States at the time the guarantee is issued. The two principal goals of section 1703 are to encourage commercial use in the United States of new or significantly improved energy-related technologies and to achieve substantial environmental benefits. Section 1703 also identifies ten categories of technologies and projects that are potentially eligible for loan guarantees. Commercial use of these technologies is expected to help sustain and promote economic growth, produce a more stable and secure energy supply and economy for the United States, and improve the environment. As a result of experience gained implementing the loan guarantee program authorized by section 1703, and information received from program participants, including applicants, borrowers, sponsors, and lenders, as well as various energy industry groups, DOE finalizes amendments to the existing regulations to provide increased clarity and transparency, reduce paperwork, and provide a more workable interpretation of certain statutory provisions in light of DOE's experience with operation of the Title XVII program.loan-guarantees-for-projects-that-employ-innovative-technologiesFR-Doc-2016-30006
Grid Security Emergency Orders: Procedures for IssuanceProposed Rule2016-2897412/07/2016DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentThe U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to issue procedural regulations concerning the Secretary of Energy's issuance of an emergency order following the President's declaration of a Grid Security Emergency, under the Federal Power … The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to issue procedural regulations concerning the Secretary of Energy's issuance of an emergency order following the President's declaration of a Grid Security Emergency, under the Federal Power Act, as amended. The proposed procedures, if adopted, are intended to ensure the expeditious issuance of emergency orders under the Federal Power Act.grid-security-emergency-orders-procedures-for-issuanceFR-Doc-2016-28974
Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements RuleRule2016-2742911/28/2016ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencyWith this action, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing revisions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) hazardous waste generator regulatory program proposed on September 25, 2015 … With this action, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing revisions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) hazardous waste generator regulatory program proposed on September 25, 2015. There are several objectives to these revisions. They include reorganizing the hazardous waste generator regulations to make them more user-friendly and thus improve their usability by the regulated community; providing a better understanding of how the RCRA hazardous waste generator regulatory program works; addressing gaps in the existing regulations to strengthen environmental protection; providing greater flexibility for hazardous waste generators to manage their hazardous waste in a cost-effective and protective manner; and making technical corrections and conforming changes to address inadvertent errors and remove obsolete references to programs that no longer exist. This final rule responds to the comments of EPA stakeholders, taking into consideration the mission of EPA and the goals of RCRA.hazardous-waste-generator-improvements-ruleFR-Doc-2016-27429
Loan Guarantees for Projects That Employ Innovative TechnologiesProposed Rule2016-2326810/03/2016DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend the regulations implementing the loan guarantee provisions in Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title XVII or the Act). The proposal is intended to increase clarity and t … The Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend the regulations implementing the loan guarantee provisions in Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title XVII or the Act). The proposal is intended to increase clarity and transparency, reduce paperwork, and provide a more workable interpretation of certain statutory provisions in light of DOE's experience with the Title XVII program.loan-guarantees-for-projects-that-employ-innovative-technologiesFR-Doc-2016-23268
Coordination of Federal Authorizations for Electric Transmission FacilitiesRule2016-2328509/28/2016DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentThe Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA). The amendments are inte … The Department of Energy (DOE) is amending its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA). The amendments are intended to improve the pre- application procedures and result in more efficient processing of applications.coordination-of-federal-authorizations-for-electric-transmission-facilitiesFR-Doc-2016-23285
Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations; CorrectionRule2016-1943008/16/2016DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentThis document contains corrections to the final rule published in the Federal Register of June 3, 2016, entitled ``Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations.''This document contains corrections to the final rule published in the Federal Register of June 3, 2016, entitled ``Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations.''guaranteed-loanmaking-and-servicing-regulations-correctionFR-Doc-2016-19430
Inflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesRule2016-1514806/28/2016DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentThe Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this interim final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended b … The Department of Energy (``DOE'') publishes this interim final rule to adjust DOE's civil monetary penalties (``CMPs'') for inflation as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (collectively referred to herein as ``the Act''). This rule adjusts CMPs within the jurisdiction of DOE to the maximum amount required by the Act.inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesFR-Doc-2016-15148
Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing RegulationsRule2016-1294506/03/2016DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentThe Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is an agency within the Rural Development mission area of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for administering the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Lo … The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is an agency within the Rural Development mission area of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for administering the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program. The B&I Guaranteed Loan Program is authorized by the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act and provides loan guarantees to banks and other approved lenders to finance private businesses located in rural areas. The Agency published a proposed rule on September 15, 2014, that proposed changes to refine the regulations for the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program in an effort to improve program delivery, clarify the regulations to make them easier to understand, and reduce delinquencies. The changes to the program are expected to reduce the subsidy rate and thereby lower program subsidy costs over time as the rule is implemented. By lowering the subsidy rate, the Agency may be able to provide greater leverage for the budget authority provided by Congress. This will allow the Agency to guarantee a higher total dollar amount of loan requests and, assuming the same average size of loans being guaranteed, to guarantee more loans. These changes could also result in increased lending activity, expanded business opportunities, and creation of more jobs in rural areas.guaranteed-loanmaking-and-servicing-regulationsFR-Doc-2016-12945
Environmental Policies and ProceduresRule2016-0343303/02/2016DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRural Development, a mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture comprised of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS), hereafter referred to as the Agen … Rural Development, a mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture comprised of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS), hereafter referred to as the Agency, has unified and updated the environmental policies and procedures covering all Agency programs by consolidating two existing Agency regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable environmental requirements. These final rules supplement the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation(ACHP), associated environmental statutes, Executive Orders and Departmental Regulations. The majority of the changes to the existing rules relate to the categorical exclusion provisions in the Agency's procedures for implementing NEPA. These changes consolidate the provisions of the Agency's two current NEPA rules, and better conform the Agency's regulations, particularly for those actions listed as categorical exclusions, to the Agency's current activities and recent experiences and to CEQ's Memorandum for Heads of Federal Departments and Agencies entitled ``Establishing, Applying, and Revising Categorical Exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act'' issued on November 23, 2010.environmental-policies-and-proceduresFR-Doc-2016-03433
Underlying Programs Cross-References to the Strategic Economic and Community Development; Technical AmendmentsRule2016-0430903/01/2016DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRural Development (RD) is correcting an oversight of omitting cross-reference to the Strategic Economic and Community Development priority in the underlying programs when it published the rule for the priority.Rural Development (RD) is correcting an oversight of omitting cross-reference to the Strategic Economic and Community Development priority in the underlying programs when it published the rule for the priority.underlying-programs-cross-references-to-the-strategic-economic-and-community-development-technicalFR-Doc-2016-04309
Coordination of Federal Authorizations for Electric Transmission FacilitiesProposed Rule2016-0164102/02/2016DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentThe Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal Authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities pursuant to section 216(h) of the Federal Power Act … The Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its regulations for the timely coordination of Federal Authorizations for proposed interstate electric transmission facilities pursuant to section 216(h) of the Federal Power Act (FPA). The proposed amendments are intended to improve the pre-application procedures and result in more efficient processing of applications.coordination-of-federal-authorizations-for-electric-transmission-facilitiesFR-Doc-2016-01641
Management Standards for Hazardous Waste PharmaceuticalsProposed Rule2015-2316709/25/2015ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencySome pharmaceuticals are regulated as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when discarded. Healthcare facilities that generate hazardous waste pharmaceuticals as well as associated facilities have re … Some pharmaceuticals are regulated as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when discarded. Healthcare facilities that generate hazardous waste pharmaceuticals as well as associated facilities have reported difficulties complying with the Subtitle C hazardous waste regulations for a number of reasons. First, healthcare workers, whose primary focus is to provide care for patients, are not knowledgeable about the RCRA hazardous waste regulations, but are often involved in the implementation of the regulations. Second, a healthcare facility can have thousands of items in its formulary, making it difficult to ascertain which ones are hazardous wastes when disposed. Third, some active pharmaceutical ingredients are listed as acute hazardous wastes, which are regulated in small amounts. To facilitate compliance and to respond to these concerns, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is proposing to revise the regulations to improve the management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and tailor them to address the specific issues that hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare- related facilities face. The revisions are also intended to clarify the regulation of the reverse distribution mechanism used by healthcare facilities for the management of unused and/or expired pharmaceuticals.management-standards-for-hazardous-waste-pharmaceuticalsFR-Doc-2015-23167
Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance ProgramRule2015-1498906/24/2015DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentThe Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is publishing this interim final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program), formerly the Biorefinery Assistance Pro … The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is publishing this interim final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program), formerly the Biorefinery Assistance Program, incorporating changes required in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) and addressing comments received on the interim final rule published on February 14, 2011 (76 FR 8404). This interim final rule establishes provisions for the loan guarantees available for Biorefineries to support the production of Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals and for Biobased Product Manufacturing facilities.biorefinery-renewable-chemical-and-biobased-product-manufacturing-assistance-programFR-Doc-2015-14989
Biomass Crop Assistance ProgramRule2015-0409202/27/2015DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentThe Farm Service Agency (FSA) is amending the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) regulations to implement changes required by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). BCAP provides financial assistance to producers who … The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is amending the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) regulations to implement changes required by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). BCAP provides financial assistance to producers who establish, collect, harvest, store, and transport biomass crops. The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorizes BCAP, with certain changes that are implemented in this rule. The changes include reducing the payment rate per ton for collection, harvest, storage, and transportation of eligible materials, and limiting the cost share per acre for establishment of biomass crops. The requirements for eligible material and eligible land are revised in this rule, as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The general scope of BCAP is not changing with this rule.biomass-crop-assistance-programFR-Doc-2015-04092
Rural Development Regulations-Update to FmHA References and to Census ReferencesRule2015-0157102/24/2015DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRural Development (RD) is amending its regulations by updating references to the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) and clarifying and updating references to the census data. These actions will provide consistency in terminol … Rural Development (RD) is amending its regulations by updating references to the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) and clarifying and updating references to the census data. These actions will provide consistency in terminology between program regulations. In addition, clarifying and updating references to census data is needed to account for changes to the decennial Census, which, starting with the 2010 decennial Census is no longer reporting income and unemployment data. Additional revisions are being implemented to show the regulations that do not apply to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and to remove outdated or unnecessary language.rural-development-regulations-update-to-fmha-references-and-to-census-referencesFR-Doc-2015-01571
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental ShelfProposed Rule2015-0360902/24/2015DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORInterior DepartmentThe Department of the Interior (DOI), acting through BOEM and BSEE, proposes to revise and add new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) seaward of the State o … The Department of the Interior (DOI), acting through BOEM and BSEE, proposes to revise and add new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) seaward of the State of Alaska (Alaska OCS). The Alaska OCS has the potential to be an integral part of the Nation's ``all of the above'' domestic energy strategy. This proposed rule focuses solely on the OCS within the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas (Arctic OCS). The Arctic region is characterized by extreme environmental conditions, geographic remoteness, and a relative lack of fixed infrastructure and existing operations. The proposed rule is designed to ensure safe, effective, and responsible exploration of Arctic OCS oil and gas resources, while protecting the marine, coastal, and human environments, and Alaska Natives' cultural traditions and access to subsistence resources.oil-and-gas-and-sulphur-operations-on-the-outer-continental-shelf-requirements-for-exploratoryFR-Doc-2015-03609
Technical Amendments: Transfer of Office FunctionsRule2015-0177801/30/2015DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYEnergy DepartmentThe Department of Energy (DOE) has reorganized its Office of Health, Safety and Security by dividing the office into two separate organizations: The Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security and the Office of Enterprise Assess … The Department of Energy (DOE) has reorganized its Office of Health, Safety and Security by dividing the office into two separate organizations: The Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security and the Office of Enterprise Assessments. The Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security's mission is to provide corporate leadership and strategic approaches for protecting DOE's workers, the public, the environment and national security assets. This objective is accomplished through developing corporate policies and standards and providing guidance on their implementation; sharing operating experience, lessons learned, and best practices; and providing assistance and supporting services to line management with the goal of mission success as DOE's environment, health, safety and security advocate. The Office of Enterprise Assessments administers the Department's Congressionally-mandated enforcement functions in the areas of worker safety and health, nuclear safety, and security, and provides independent assessments of Departmental performance in the areas of security, worker safety and health, nuclear safety and the environment. This final rule makes technical amendments to DOE's regulations to substitute the officials to whom or offices to which functions have been transferred pursuant to the reorganization of offices and functions. This regulation does not alter substantive rights or obligations under current law.technical-amendments-transfer-of-office-functionsFR-Doc-2015-01778
Rural Energy for America ProgramRule2014-3013312/29/2014DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentThe Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is publishing this final rule for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This final rule modifies REAP based on comments received on the interim rule, which was published on Apri … The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is publishing this final rule for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This final rule modifies REAP based on comments received on the interim rule, which was published on April 14, 2011, and the proposed rule, which was published on April 12, 2013. The final rule establishes provisions for the grants and loan guarantees available for renewable energy systems (RES) and energy efficiency improvements (EEI) and for the grants available for energy audits and for renewable energy development assistance.rural-energy-for-america-programFR-Doc-2014-30133
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