[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 144 (Thursday, July 26, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 43741-43742]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18226]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Parts 151, 155, 156, and 157

46 CFR Part 197

[Docket Number USCG-2010-0194]
RIN 1625-AB57


MARPOL Annex I Amendments; Extension of Comment Period

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice 
of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``MARPOL Annex I Amendments,'' 
published on April 9, 2012, for 60 days. We have decided to extend the 
comment period at the request of industry because we omitted from the 
docket the accompanying Regulatory Analysis, which informs the 
proposal.

DATES: Comments and related material must be submitted to the docket by 
September 7, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number using 
any one of the following methods:
    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
    (3) Mail or Delivery: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. 
Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Deliveries 
accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.
    See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion 
of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for further instructions 
on submitting comments. To avoid duplication, please use only one of 
these three methods.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call or email Scott E. Hartley, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Operating 
and Environmental Standards, (CG-OES-2); telephone 202-372-1437, email 
Scott.E.Hartley@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or 
submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program 
Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting 
comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any 
personal information you have provided.

1. Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
rulemaking, indicate the specific section of this document to which 
each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or 
recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but 
please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online, it 
will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully 
transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, 
it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when 
it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you 
include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a 
telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact 
you if we have questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
type the docket number (USCG-2010-0194) in the ``SEARCH'' box and click 
``SEARCH.'' Click on ``Submit a Comment'' on the line associated with 
this rulemaking.
    If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them 
in an

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unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for 
copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would 
like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, 
self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and 
material received during the comment period and may change the rule 
based on your comments.

2. Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
type the docket number (USCG-2010-0194) in the ``SEARCH'' box and click 
``SEARCH.'' Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with 
this rulemaking. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in 
Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation 
West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

3. Privacy Act

    Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any 
of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or 
signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, 
business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act notice 
regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the 
Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

B. Regulatory History and Information

    The Coast Guard published an NPRM entitled ``MARPOL Annex I 
Amendments'' on April 9, 2012 (77 FR 21360) proposing to align Coast 
Guard regulations with recent amendments to Annex I of the 
International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 
1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978. The NPRM also proposed to 
incorporate some elements from the International Convention for the 
Safety of Life at Sea into our regulations. All comments on this NPRM 
were originally due by July 9, 2012.

C. Background and Purpose

    On June 14, 2012, we received a letter from the American Petroleum 
Institute requesting a 60-day extension of the comment period. It noted 
that the Regulatory Analysis had not been posted to the docket, and 
that examination of that document was important in analyzing the 
proposal. We found that the Regulatory Analysis was in fact not 
available in the docket as stated in the NPRM, and promptly made it 
available and ensured it was properly posted to the docket. However, as 
we wish to give commenters the full amount of time originally provided 
to review our analysis, we are reopening the comment period to allow 
commenters the full period to comment on the Regulatory Analysis.

D. Authority

    This notice is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a).

    Dated: July 17, 2012.
F.J. Sturm,
Acting Director of Commercial Regulations, and Standards, U.S. Coast 
Guard.
[FR Doc. 2012-18226 Filed 7-25-12; 8:45 am]
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