#FedFeed

This week’s #FedFeed includes: (1) US adds facility in Poland to receive High-enriched uranium; (2) Homeland Security wants more information kept secret; (3) Carnival and fireworks in St. Thomas – boaters beware!; (4) New chemical to be added as human carcinogen; and (5) Samsung seeks waiver for planned multiple defrost cycle refrigerators.

US adds facility in Poland to receive High-enriched uranium. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has received a request to amend an export license application filed by the U.S. Dept of Energy (DOE) and therefore must tell you that you may request a hearing or file a petition to intervene by April 14, 2013 regarding the proposed amendments.  The February 25, 2013 application submitted by the DOE, which intends to export 10 kilograms of high-enriched uranium (93.35%) to research reactors in France and the Netherlands for the fabrication of medical isotopes, is amended by (1) seeking to add a facility in Poland and a second in the Netherlands, and (2) extending the expiration date from March 31, 2013 to December 31, 2013.

Homeland Security wants more information kept secret. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeks public comments through April 12, 2013 on its proposed rule-change to remove certain disclosure requirements it faces under the Privacy Act of 1972 and thereby keep secret the background information it obtains on private businesses attempting to participate in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. Businesses accepted in  C-TPAT are called partners and agree to take actions to protect their supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and practices in return for facilitated processing of their shipments by Customs and Border Patrol. The program focuses on improving security from the point of origin (including manufacturer, supplier, or vendor) through a point of distribution to the destination. Businesses eligible to fully participate in C-TPAT include U.S. importers; U.S./Canada highway carriers; U.S./Mexico highway carriers; rail and sea carriers; licensed U.S. Customs brokers; U.S. marine port authority/terminal operators; U.S. freight consolidators; ocean transportation intermediaries and non-operating common carriers; Mexican and Canadian manufacturers; and Mexican long-haul carriers. The DHS claims the exemption is necessary to avoid disclosure to parties who might be the subject of an investigation.

Carnival and fireworks in St. Thomas – boaters beware!  The Coast Guard seeks public comments by April 1, 2013 on its proposal to establish a safety zone on the waters of St. Thomas Harbor in St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands during the V. I. Carnival Finale, a firework display. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, and will entail a barge being positioned near the St. Thomas Harbor channel, from where fireworks will be lit.

New chemical to be added as human carcinogen.  The EPA seeks public comments through May 13, 2013 on its proposal to add ortho-nitrotoluene (o-nitrotoluene) to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) of 1990. o-Nitrotoluene has been classified by the National Toxicology Program as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It is used in pigments, antioxidants, agricultural chemicals and photographic chemicals. Based on a review of the available production and use information, o-nitrotoluene is expected to be manufactured, processed or otherwise used in quantities that would exceed the EPCRA reporting thresholds. The classification is based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals and supporting data on mechanisms of carcinogenesis.  Among other parties, facilities that combust coal and/or oil for the purpose of generating power for distribution in commerce are likely to be affected.

Samsung seeks waiver for planned multiple defrost cycle refrigerators. The Department of Energy seeks public comments through April 12, 2013 on a February 5, 2013 petition for a waiver filed by Samsung on a test procedure to determine the energy consumption of residential electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers. Samsung is designing new refrigerator-freezers that incorporate multiple defrost cycles. In its petition, Samsung seeks a waiver from the existing DOE test procedure applicable to refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers because the existing test procedure does not account for multiple defrost cycles. Therefore, Samsung has asked to use an alternate test procedure that is the same as the test procedure provisions for products with long-time or variable defrost. The DOE solicits comments, data and information concerning Samsung’s petition and the suggested alternate test procedure.