[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 2 (Wednesday, January 4, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 234]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-33695]

Proposed Rules
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.


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16 CFR Part 303

Rules and Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products 
Identification Act

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'').

ACTION: Extension of the deadline for filing public comments.


SUMMARY: The Commission grants a thirty (30) day extension until 
February 2, 2012 for filing public comments in response to the 
Commission's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and request for 
public comment published on November 7, 2011 (``ANPR'').

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 2, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper, by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write ``Textile Rules, 16 CFR 
Part 303, Project No. P948404'' on your comment, and file your comment 
online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/textilerulesanpr by 
following the instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file 
your comment on paper, mail or deliver your comment to the following 
address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 
(Annex G), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert M. Frisby, Attorney, (202) 326-
2098, or Edwin Rodriguez, Attorney, (202) 326-3147, Division of 
Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 7, 2011, the Commission 
published its ANPR (76 FR 68690) seeking comment on the overall costs, 
benefits, necessity, and regulatory and economic impact of the 
Commission's Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products 
Identification Act (``Textile Rules'').\1\ The ANPR designated January 
3, 2012, as the deadline for filing public comments.

    \1\ The Commission issued the Textile Rules to implement the 
Textile Fiber Products Identification Act, 15 U.S.C. 70-70k.

    On December 20, 2011, the American Apparel and Footwear 
Association, the American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc., the 
Canadian Apparel Federation, the National Retail Federation, the Retail 
Industry Leaders Association, and the U.S. Association of Importers of 
Textiles and Apparel requested that the Commission extend the comment 
period for thirty (30) days until February 2, 2012. These six trade 
associations represent apparel retailers, consumer brand companies, 
importers, and manufacturers that have a substantial interest in the 
operation and enforcement of the Textile Rules' labeling provisions. 
They state that, to provide useful comments to the Commission, they 
need sufficient time to consult with and to solicit information from 
their member companies. They explain that the relevant executives have 
been largely unavailable for consultation during the November-December 
holiday season because it is the busiest time of year for their 
companies. Therefore, they request a thirty (30) day extension of the 
current deadline to February 2, 2012.
    The input of these trade associations would likely assist the 
Commission in evaluating the Textile Rules' effectiveness and 
determining whether and how to amend the Rules. Moreover, the requested 
short extension of the comment period will not substantially delay the 
rulemaking process. The Commission recognizes that its ANPR requests 
comments on complex issues and believes that extending the comment 
period to facilitate a more complete record outweighs any harm that 
might result from a thirty (30) day delay. Accordingly, the Commission 
is extending the comment period for thirty (30) days until February 2, 

By direction of the Commission.
Richard C. Donohue,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-33695 Filed 1-3-12; 8:45 am]