USCG – voluntary consensus standards;
USACE – meeting re Gateway Pacific Terminal;
Senate – bill introduced re Asian carp;
Court – offshore drilling moratorium;
NATO – weekly piracy update; and
Ireland – integration of Coast Guard coordination centers.
November 30, 2012
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USCG – voluntary consensus standards
The US Coast Guard is reviewing its regulations that incorporate voluntary consensus standards to determine whether they contain outdated standards. The agency requests input from the public on which current industry standards should be incorporated, which currently incorporated standards are outdated, and how the Coast Guard should ensure that incorporated standards are kept current. Comments should be submitted by 28 February 2013. 77 Fed. Reg. 71369 (November 30, 2012).
USACE – meeting re Gateway Pacific Terminal
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a notice stating the its public scoping meeting regarding the Gateway Pacific Terminals Bulk Dry Goods Shipping Facility previously scheduled to be held in Seattle on 13 November has been rescheduled to be held in Seattle on 17 December. 77 Fed. Reg. 71405 (November 30, 2012).
Senate – bill introduced re Asian carp
Senator Brown (D-OH) introduced a bill (S. 3645) to direct the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, and the United States Geological Survey, to lead a multiagency effort to slow the spread of Asian carp in the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins and tributaries, and for other purposes. While official text of the bill is not yet available, Senator Brown issued a press release explaining the measure. (11/28/12).
Court – offshore drilling moratorium
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Department of the Interior (DOI) did not violate any specific provision of the District Court preliminary injunction against enforcing the outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas drilling moratorium when it undertook steps to avoid the effects of the injunction. Hornbeck Offshore Services v. Salazar, No. 11-30936 (5th Cir., November 27, 2012). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my good friend Keith Heard of Burke & Parsons.
NATO – weekly piracy update
NATO posted its Weekly Piracy Update for the period 21-27 November. There was one reported suspicious activity in the High Risk Area during this period. (11/29/12).
Ireland – integration of Coast Guard coordination centers
The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport issued a press release stating that, following Value for Money reviews into Coast Guard and Marine Survey functions, it has been decided to more closely align and integrate the three Coast Guard coordination centers at Dublin, Valentia, and Malin. (11/28/12).
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