[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 126 (Friday, June 29, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 38758-38759]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16087]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

27 CFR Part 5

[Docket No. TTB-2012-0002; Notice No. 127A; Re: Notice No. 127]
RIN 1513-AB33


Proposed Amendment to the Standards of Identity for Distilled 
Spirits; Comment Period Extension

AGENCY: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Treasury.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is 
extending the comment period for Notice No. 127, Proposed Amendment to 
the Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits, for an additional 10 
days. In Notice No. 127, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in 
the Federal Register on April 30, 2012, TTB proposes to amend the 
standards of identity regulations for distilled spirits to include 
``Cacha[ccedil]a'' as a type of rum distinctive to Brazil.

DATES: Written comments on Notice No. 127 are now due on or before July 
9, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments on Notice No. 127 to one of the 
following addresses:
     http://www.regulations.gov: To submit comments via the 
Internet, use the comment form for Notice No. 127 as posted within 
Docket No. TTB-2012-0002 on ``Regulations.gov,'' the Federal e-
rulemaking portal;
     U.S. Mail: Director, Regulations and Rulings Division, 
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, P.O. Box 14412, Washington, 
DC 20044-4412.
     Hand Delivery/Courier in Lieu of Mail: Alcohol and Tobacco 
Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street NW., Suite 200-E, Washington, DC 
20005.
    See the Public Participation section of this notice for specific 
instructions and requirements for submitting comments, and for 
information on how to request a public hearing.
    You may view copies of all rulemaking documents, supporting 
materials, and any comments related to this proposal within Docket No. 
TTB-2012-0002 at http://www.regulations.gov. A link to the docket is 
posted on the TTB Web site at http://www.ttb.gov/regulations_laws/all_rulemaking.shtml under Notice No. 127. You also may view copies of 
all related rulemaking documents, supporting materials, and any 
comments related to this proposal by appointment at the TTB Information 
Resource Center, 1310 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20005. Please call 
202-453-2270 to make an appointment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Thiemann, Regulations 
and Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G 
Street NW., Suite 200E, Washington, DC 20005; telephone 202-453-1039, 
ext. 138.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In Notice No. 127, published in the Federal 
Register on April 30, 2012, at 77 FR 25382, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax 
and Trade Bureau (TTB) proposes to amend its regulations concerning the 
standards of identity for distilled spirits at 27 CFR 5.22 to include 
``Cacha[ccedil]a'' as a type of rum and as a distinctive product of 
Brazil. TTB undertook this rulemaking action in response to a petition 
from the Government of Brazil, and in response to an agreement between 
the United States and Brazil setting out a procedure that could lead 
each party to recognize certain distinctive distilled spirits produced 
in the other party's territory. The agreement provides in part that if, 
following the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking, the 
United States publishes a final rule that lists Cacha[ccedil]a as a 
type of rum distinctive to Brazil, then Brazil, within 30 days 
thereafter, will recognize Bourbon Whiskey and Tennessee Whiskey as 
distinctive products of the United States.
    The 60-day comment period for Notice No. 127 originally was set to 
close on June 29, 2012. On June 15, 2012, TTB received a comment from 
the European Union requesting an extension of the comment period ``in 
order to have time to analyze and prepare comments'' on the proposal 
(see Comment 4 within Docket No. TTB-2012-0002). In response to this 
request, TTB is extending the comment period for an additional 10 days, 
and, therefore, comments on Notice No. 127 are now due on or before 
July 9, 2012.

Drafting Information

    Michael D. Hoover of the Regulations and Rulings Division drafted 
this notice.


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    Signed: June 26, 2012.
John J. Manfreda,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2012-16087 Filed 6-28-12; 8:45 am]
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