FR Alert – Covering:08/07/2019

Todays Federal Register


Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of a Record of Decision (ROD) published under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and implementing regulations. As discussed, this ROD supports DOE/FE’s decision in DOE/ FE Order No. 4410, an opinion and order authorizing Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade agreement countries under section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sweeney, U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-2627, Kari Twaite, U.S. Department of Energy (GC-76), Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-6978, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 31, 2019, DOE/FE issued Order No. 4410 to Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC (Gulf LNG) under NGA section 3(a), 15 U.S.C. 717b(a). This Order authorizes Gulf LNG to export domestically produced LNG to any country with which the United States has not entered into a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: This final rule updates the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year (FY) 2020. We also are making minor revisions to the regulation text to reflect the revised assessment schedule under the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Additionally, we are revising the definition of group therapy under the SNF PPS, and are implementing a subregulatory process for updating the code lists (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Version (ICD-10) codes) used under PDPM. In addition, the final rule updates requirements for the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and the SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program. DATES: These regulations are effective on October 1, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Penny Gershman, (410) 786-6643, for information related to SNF PPS clinical issues. Anthony Hodge, (410) 786-6645, for information related to payment for SNF-level swing-bed services. John Kane, (410) 786-0557, for information related to the development of the payment rates and case-mix indexes, and general information. Kia Sidbury, (410) 786-7816, for information related to the wage index. Bill Ullman, (410) 786-5667, for information related to level of
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations, changing the heading of the Iranian Human Rights Abuses Sanctions Regulations to the Iranian Sector and Human Rights Abuses Sanctions Regulations, and amending the renamed Iranian Sector and Human Rights Abuses Sanctions Regulations to implement Executive Order 13871 of May 8, 2019 (“Imposing Sanctions With Respect to the Iron, Steel, Aluminum and Copper Sectors of Iran”). DATES: Effective Date: August 7, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OFAC: Assistant Director for Licensing, 202-622-2480; Assistant Director for Regulatory Affairs, 202-622-4855; or Assistant Director for Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation, 202-622-2490. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Availability This document and additional information concerning OFAC are available on OFAC’s website ( Background
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of the final phase of antidumping investigation No. 731-TA-747 (Final) pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”) to determine whether an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of imports of fresh tomatoes from Mexico, provided for in heading 0702 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, preliminarily determined by the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) to be sold at less than fair value. DATES: May 7, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher W. Robinson ((202) 205- 2542), Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Hearing-impaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202-205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server ( The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that carbon and alloy steel threaded rod (steel threaded rod) from Thailand is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Applicable August 7, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eliza Siordia, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3878. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on March 19, 2019.\1\ For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\2\ A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this notice. The Preliminary
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Effective September 24, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion (the $200 billion action) as part of the action in the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The Trade Representative’s subsequent modification in May 2019 included a decision to establish a product exclusion process. The Trade Representative initiated the exclusion process in June 2019, and stakeholders have submitted requests for the exclusion of specific products. This notice announces the Trade Representative’s determination to grant certain exclusion requests, as specified in the Annex to this notice. The Trade Representative will continue to issue decisions on pending requests on a periodic basis. DATES: The product exclusions announced in this notice will apply as of the September 24, 2018 effective date of the $200 billion action, and will extend for one year after the publication of this notice. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about this notice, contact Assistant General Counsels Philip Butler or Megan Grimball, or Dire
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