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Treasury Department -- Implementation of Statutory Amendments Requiring the Modification of the Definition of Hard Cider; Delayed Compliance Date of the Hard Cider Tax Class Labeling Statement Requirement2017-Dec-052017-26281This temporary rule delays the compliance date of a wine labeling requirement that was established by T.D. TTB-147, a temporary rule published on January 23, 2017. In that rule, TTB required the statement ``Tax class 5041(b)(6)'' to appear on the container of any wine for which the hard cider tax rate is claimed if it is removed from wine premises or customs custody on or after January 1, 2018. This temporary rule delays the compliance date for that requirement by one year. Specifically, the tax class statement ``Tax Class 5041(b)(6)'' will not be required to appear on containers of wine that are taxed at the hard cider tax rate until January 1, 2019. Through a notice of proposed rulemaking published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, TTB is soliciting comments from all interested parties on this delay of the compliance date for the wine labeling requirement, and, also in that document, TTB is reopening for 60 days the comment period for Notice No 168, the notice of proposed rulemaking that published concurrently with T.D. TTB-147 on January 23, 2017.
Treasury Department -- Implementation of Statutory Amendments Requiring the Modification of the Definition of Hard Cider; Delayed Compliance Date for the Hard Cider Tax Class Labeling Statement Requirement; Reopening of Comment Period2017-Dec-052017-26283On January 23, 2017, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published a temporary rule, T.D. TTB-147, Implementation of Statutory Amendments Requiring the Modification of the Definition of Hard Cider, that amended its regulations to implement changes made to the definition of ``hard cider'' in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH Act) of 2015. The amended regulations included a requirement that the statement ``Tax class 5041(b)(6)'' appear on the container of any wine for which the hard cider tax rate is claimed if the wine is removed from wine premises or customs custody on or after January 1, 2018. Concurrent with the temporary rule, TTB published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking No. 168 requesting comments on the regulatory amendments made by T.D. TTB-147. In response to a comment received from a cider industry trade association, TTB, in a temporary rule published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, is now delaying the compliance date for the hard cider tax class labeling requirement by one year, until January 1, 2019. In this document, TTB is requesting comments on that delayed compliance date, and we are also re-opening the comment period for Notice No. 168 for an additional 60 days to request comments on the regulatory amendments described in T.D. TTB-147.
Homeland Security Department -- Technical Corrections to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Regulations2017-Jul-282017-15888U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) periodically reviews its regulations to ensure that they are current, correct, and consistent. Through this review process, CBP discovered some discrepancies. This document amends certain sections of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to remedy these discrepancies.
Homeland Security Department -- Electronic Information for Cargo Exported From the United States; Technical Amendments2017-Jul-132017-14549This final rule amends U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations regarding the requirements to provide data for certain exported cargo to conform to current requirements. Various CBP regulations regarding exported cargo refer to outdated regulations or requirements of the U.S. Census Bureau, including the requirement to submit a paper Shipper's Export Declaration (SED). The U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) have been amended to eliminate the SED and to require that the information that was previously provided on the paper SED be filed electronically through the Automated Export System. This rule amends the CBP regulations to incorporate the current requirements. The rule also makes related conforming changes as well as non-substantive editorial and nomenclature changes.
Treasury Department -- Implementation of Statutory Amendments Requiring the Modification of the Definition of Hard Cider2017-Jan-232017-00333This temporary rule amends the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulations to implement changes made to the definition of ``hard cider'' in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. The modified definition broadens the range of wines eligible for the hard cider tax rate. TTB is amending its regulations to reflect the modified definition of hard cider effective for products removed on or after January 1, 2017, and to set forth new labeling requirements to identify products to which the hard cider tax rate applies. The new labeling requirements include both a one-year transitional rule and a new labeling requirement that takes effect for products removed on or after January 1, 2018. TTB is also soliciting comments from all interested parties on these amendments through a notice of proposed rulemaking published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
Treasury Department -- Implementation of Statutory Amendments Requiring the Modification of the Definition of Hard Cider2017-Jan-232017-00334Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, by means of a temporary rule, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) implements changes made to the definition of ``hard cider'' in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. The modified definition broadens the range of wines eligible for the hard cider tax rate. TTB is amending its regulations to reflect the modified definition of hard cider effective for products removed on or after January 1, 2017, and to set forth new labeling requirements to identify products to which the hard cider tax rate applies. The new labeling requirements include both a one-year transitional rule and a new labeling requirement that takes effect for products removed on or after January 1, 2018. The text of the regulations in that temporary rule published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register serves as the text of the proposed regulations.
Treasury Department -- Changes to Certain Alcohol-Related Regulations Governing Bond Requirements and Tax Return Filing Periods2017-Jan-042016-31417The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is amending its regulations relating to alcohol excise taxes to implement certain changes made to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). This rulemaking implements section 332 of the PATH Act, which amends the IRC to change tax return due dates and remove bond requirements for certain eligible taxpayers. Section 332 authorizes a new annual return period for taxpayers paying taxes imposed with respect to distilled spirits, wines, and beer on a deferred basis who reasonably expect to be liable for not more than $1,000 in such taxes imposed for the calendar year and who are liable for not more than $1,000 in such taxes in the preceding calendar year. Section 332 also removes bond requirements for taxpayers who are eligible to pay excise taxes on distilled spirits, wines, and beer using quarterly or annual return periods and who pay those taxes on a deferred basis. Under section 332, such taxpayers are exempt from bond requirements with respect to distilled spirits and wine only to the extent those products are for nonindustrial use. TTB is soliciting comments from all interested parties on these amendments through a notice of proposed rulemaking published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
Treasury Department -- Amendments To Streamline Importation of Distilled Spirits, Wine, Beer, Malt Beverages, Tobacco Products, Processed Tobacco, and Cigarette Papers and Tubes and Facilitate Use of the International Trade Data System2016-Dec-222016-29201In this document, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is amending its regulations governing the importation of distilled spirits, wine, beer and malt beverages, tobacco products, processed tobacco, and cigarette papers and tubes. The amendments in this document clarify and streamline import procedures, and support the implementation of the International Trade Data System and the filing of import information electronically. The amendments include providing the option for importers to file import-related data electronically when filing entry or entry summary data electronically with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as an alternative to current TTB requirements that importers submit paper documents to CBP upon importation.
Treasury Department -- Amendments To Streamline Importation of Distilled Spirits, Wine, Beer, Malt Beverages, Tobacco Products, Processed Tobacco, and Cigarette Papers and Tubes, and Facilitate Use of the International Trade Data System2016-Jun-212016-14359In this document, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) proposes to amend its regulations governing the importation of distilled spirits, wine, beer and malt beverages, tobacco products, processed tobacco, and cigarette papers and tubes. The proposed amendments are intended to clarify and streamline import procedures, and support the implementation of the International Trade Data System and the filing of import information electronically in conjunction with an electronic import filing with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The proposed amendments include providing the option for importers to file import-related data electronically when filing entry or entry summary data electronically with CBP, as an alternative to the current TTB requirements that importers submit paper documents to CBP upon importation.
Homeland Security Department -- Flights to and From Cuba2016-Mar-212016-06371Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations contain a separate subpart O addressing flights to and from Cuba. The provisions in that subpart are either obsolete due to intervening regulatory changes or are duplicative of regulations applicable to all other similarly situated international flights. This rule therefore amends the regulations by removing subpart O. These amendments are consistent with the President's policy promoting the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba.
Homeland Security Department -- Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Filings for Electronic Entry/Entry Summary (Cargo Release and Related Entry)2015-Oct-132015-25729This document amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect that on November 1, 2015, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will be a CBP-authorized Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) System. This regulatory document informs the public that the Automated Commercial System (ACS) is being phased out as a CBP-authorized EDI System for the processing electronic entry and entry summary filings (also known as entry filings). ACE will replace the Automated Commercial System (ACS) as the CBP-authorized EDI system for processing commercial trade data. This document also announces the conclusion of the ACE Cargo Release and the Entry Summary, Accounts and Revenue tests with regard to the entry and entry summary requirements that are now part of the CBP regulations.
Interior Department -- Technical Edits2015-Jun-252015-15498The National Park Service is making technical corrections to its regulations. In response to Congress's enactment of Title 54 United States Code, the rule corrects the authority citations. The rule fixes typographical errors and incorrect citations and cross-references. The rule removes a firearms provision that was vacated by court order in 2009 and adds language consistent with federal law governing the possession of firearms in National Park units. The rule removes an outdated reference to a designated airstrip at Lake Mead National Recreation Area that has been closed since 1987.
Treasury Department -- Electronic Submission of Forms, the Finished Products Records for Distilled Spirits Plants, and Closures on Certain Distilled Spirits Products2014-Mar-272014-06869The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is amending its regulations regarding the electronic submission of forms to provide for the electronic submission to TTB of copies of certain forms, where the original is to be retained by the submitter along with other records. This amendment removes a barrier that industry members have faced when trying to apply for permits completely by electronic means. TTB is also amending its regulations to address circumstances where TTB requires certain information to be submitted to other agencies. Specifically, the amendments provide that TTB requirements for information to be submitted to another agency may be met by the electronic submission of the information, as long as the other agency has provided for such a submission of information by electronic means. In addition, TTB is amending its regulations governing the records that distilled spirits plant (DSP) proprietors must keep of finished products. Specifically, TTB is removing the requirement that DSP proprietors keep a daily summary record of the kind of distilled spirits bottled or packaged. Finally, TTB is amending its regulations regarding closures that must be affixed to containers of imported distilled spirits products or of such products brought into the United States from Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. The amendments remove a requirement that a part of the closure remain attached to the container when opened. This amendment will align the regulations for such products with those applicable to domestic distilled spirits products.
Interior Department -- Commercial Filming and Similar Projects and Still Photography Activities2013-Aug-222013-20441This rule implements legislation that directs the Department of the Interior to establish permits and reasonable fees for commercial filming activities or similar projects and certain still photography activities.
Treasury Department -- Reclassification of Specially Denatured Spirits and Completely Denatured Alcohol Formulas and Related Amendments2013-Jun-272013-15262The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) proposes to amend its regulations concerning denatured alcohol and products made with industrial alcohol. The proposed amendments would eliminate outdated specially denatured spirits formulas from the regulations, reclassify some specially denatured spirits formulas as completely denatured alcohol formulas, and issue some new general-use formulas for manufacturing products with specially denatured spirits. The proposed amendments would remove unnecessary regulatory burdens on the industrial alcohol industry as well as TTB, and would align the regulations with current industry practice. The proposed amendments would also make other needed improvements and clarifications, as well as a number of minor technical changes and corrections to the regulations. TTB invites comments on these proposed amendments to the regulations.
Homeland Security Department -- Technical Amendment to Cuba Airport List: Addition of Recently Approved Airports2012-Apr-202012-9510This document amends the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations by updating the list of airports authorized to accept aircraft traveling to or from Cuba.
Treasury Department -- Disclosure of Cochineal Extract and Carmine in the Labeling of Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages2012-Apr-162012-9101The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is revising its regulations to require the disclosure of the presence of cochineal extract and carmine on the labels of any alcohol beverage product containing one or both of these color additives. This rule responds to a final rule issued by the Food and Drug Administration. Consumers who are allergic to cochineal extract or carmine will now be able to identify and thus avoid alcohol beverage products that contain these color additives.
Homeland Security Department -- Exemptions From Entry Requirements and Report of Arrival Requirements for Certain Department of Defense Vessels and Aircraft2012-Feb-092012-2925Certain vessels and aircraft owned or chartered by the Department of Defense (DoD) are exempt from entry requirements and, in some cases, reporting requirements upon their arrival in the United States from a foreign place. This rule proposes to expand those exemptions to include additional DoD-owned or chartered vessels and aircraft when transporting certain cargo or passengers.
Treasury Department -- Revisions to Distilled Spirits Plant Operations Reports and Regulations2011-Dec-052011-31142The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) proposes to replace the current four report forms used by distilled spirits plants to report their operations with two new report forms that would be submitted on a monthly or quarterly basis. This proposal would streamline the reporting process and would result in savings for the industry and for TTB by significantly reducing the number of reports that must be completed and filed by industry members and processed by TTB.
Treasury Department -- Time for Payment of Certain Excise Taxes, and Quarterly Excise Tax Payments for Small Alcohol Excise Taxpayers2011-Aug-242011-21615The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is adopting, as a final rule, regulations contained in a temporary rule pertaining to the semimonthly payments of excise tax on distilled spirits, wine, beer, tobacco products, and cigarette papers and tubes, and pertaining to the quarterly payment of alcohol excise tax by small taxpayers. This final rule action does not include those regulations contained in the temporary rule pertaining to part 19 of the TTB regulations, which were adopted as a final rule in a separate regulatory initiative.
Treasury Department -- Revision of Distilled Spirits Plant Regulations2011-Feb-162011-1956In this document, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau adopts as a final rule, with some changes, a proposed revision of its distilled spirits plant regulations. The revision modernizes the requirements for operating distilled spirits plants and includes a number of organizational changes to improve the layout of the regulatory texts. These changes make the regulations easier to apply, thereby facilitating compliance by distilled spirits plant proprietors and allowing those proprietors to operate in a more efficient manner. The revision also incorporates plain language principles in order to improve the clarity and readability of the regulatory texts.
Homeland Security Department -- Airports of Entry or Departure for Flights to and From Cuba2011-Jan-282011-2011Under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, direct flights between the United States and Cuba must arrive at or depart from one of three named U.S. airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, or Miami International Airport. This document amends current DHS regulations to allow additional U.S. airports that are able to process international flights to request approval of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to process authorized flights between the United States and Cuba. These amendments are in accordance with the President's recent statement easing the restrictions placed on flights to and from Cuba by, among other things, providing that eligible airports may seek approval from CBP to accommodate flights arriving from, or departing for, Cuba. This statement builds upon the President's 2009 initiative to promote democracy and human rights in Cuba by easing travel restrictions to facilitate greater contact between separated family members in the United States and Cuba.
Treasury Department -- Time for Payment of Certain Excise Taxes, and Quarterly Excise Tax Payments for Small Alcohol Excise Taxpayers2011-Jan-202011-1144Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is issuing a temporary rule to implement certain changes made to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by the Uruguay Round Agreement Act of 1994 and by the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The temporary rule updates and reissues regulations pertaining to the semimonthly payments of excise tax on distilled spirits, wine, beer, tobacco products, and cigarette papers and tubes, and also reissues temporary regulations regarding quarterly payment of excise tax for small alcohol excise taxpayers. The text of the regulations in the temporary rule published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register serves as the text of the proposed regulations.
Treasury Department -- Time for Payment of Certain Excise Taxes, and Quarterly Excise Tax Payments for Small Alcohol Excise Taxpayers2011-Jan-202011-1142This temporary rule updates and reissues Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau regulations pertaining to the semimonthly payments of excise tax on distilled spirits, wine, beer, tobacco products, and cigarette papers and tubes, and also reissues temporary regulations regarding quarterly payment of excise tax for small alcohol excise taxpayers. The temporary regulations adopted in this document replace temporary regulations issued under T.D. ATF-365 and T.D. TTB-41, which were originally published in 1995 and 2006, respectively. TTB is soliciting comments from all interested parties on these regulatory provisions through a notice of proposed rulemaking, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
Treasury Department -- Liquor Dealer Recordkeeping and Registration, and Repeal of Certain Special (Occupational) Taxes2010-Apr-022010-7269This Treasury decision adopts as a final rule, without change, a temporary rule that amended the regulations administered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to reflect the repeal of certain special (occupational) taxes effected by section 11125 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The regulatory amendments involved the repeal of special taxes on alcohol beverage producers and dealers, tax-free alcohol users, denatured spirits users and dealers, and persons claiming drawback for the manufacture of nonbeverage alcoholic products, and the inclusion of recordkeeping and registration requirements for dealers in distilled spirits, wines, and beer, and for manufacturers of nonbeverage products who claim drawback.
Treasury Department -- Drawback of Internal Revenue Taxes2009-Oct-159-24791The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to amend its regulations to clarify the relationship between tax payment under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and drawback of tax under the Tariff Act of 1930. The proposal provides conforming amendments to reflect proposed Customs and Border Protection regulations stating that domestic merchandise on which no tax is paid under the Internal Revenue Code may not be substituted for imported merchandise for purposes of claims for drawback of tax under the customs laws and regulations.
Treasury Department -- Liquor Dealer Recordkeeping and Registration and Repeal of Certain Special (Occupational) Taxes2009-Jul-289-17178Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is issuing a temporary rule implementing section 11125 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, which repealed certain special (occupational) taxes and which continues to require recordkeeping and registration by dealers in distilled spirits, wines, and beer, and by manufacturers of nonbeverage products. In this notice of proposed rulemaking, we are soliciting comments from all interested parties on the regulatory amendments to implement these changes. The text of the regulations in the temporary rule published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register serves as the text of the proposed regulations.
Treasury Department -- Liquor Dealer Recordkeeping and Registration, and Repeal of Certain Special (Occupational) Taxes2009-Jul-289-17177This temporary rule amends the regulations administered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, to reflect the repeal of certain special (occupational) taxes by section 11125 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The repeal involves such taxes on alcohol beverage producers and dealers, tax-free alcohol users, denatured spirits users and dealers, and persons claiming drawback for the manufacture of nonbeverage alcoholic products. In place of the special (occupational) tax requirement, the amended law requires recordkeeping and registration by dealers in distilled spirits, wines, and beer, and by manufacturers of nonbeverage products who claim drawback. We also are soliciting comments from all interested parties on these regulatory amendments through a notice of proposed rulemaking published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
Treasury Department -- Increase in Tax Rates on Tobacco Products and Cigarette Papers and Tubes; Floor Stocks Tax on Certain Tobacco Products, Cigarette Papers, and Cigarette Tubes; and Changes to Basis for Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of Permits (2009R-118P)2009-Mar-319-7076Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is issuing a temporary rule implementing certain provisions of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA). The text of the regulations in the temporary rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register serves as the text of the proposed regulations.
Treasury Department -- Increase in Tax Rates on Tobacco Products and Cigarette Papers and Tubes; Floor Stocks Tax on Certain Tobacco Products, Cigarette Papers, and Cigarette Tubes; and Changes to Basis for Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of Permits (2009R-118P)2009-Mar-319-7077The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is amending its regulations to implement certain provisions of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (the Act). This final rule amends existing regulations to reflect increases in the Federal excise tax rates on tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes, revises existing floor stocks tax regulations to reflect the scope of the floor stocks tax provisions of the Act, and revises existing regulations to include the new statutory criteria for denial, suspension, or revocation of tobacco permits. We also are soliciting comments from all interested parties on these amendments through a notice of proposed rulemaking published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
Treasury Department -- Proposed Revision of Distilled Spirits Plant Regulations (2001R-194P)2008-May-088-9095The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) proposes to amend its distilled spirits plant regulations. Many of these proposed revisions are the result of comments submitted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States in response to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in November 1998. Other proposed revisions are a result of a comprehensive TTB review of the distilled spirits plant regulations. This NPRM supersedes the NPRM issued in November 1998. We believe the proposed amendments will modernize the requirements for operating distilled spirits plants and make the regulations easier to understand, thereby allowing proprietors of such plants to operate in a more efficient manner. The proposed regulations are also written in a plain language format to improve clarity.
Treasury Department -- Certification Requirements for Imported Natural Wine (2005R-002P)2008-Apr-288-9173The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is adopting as a final rule, without changes, the temporary regulations implementing the certification requirements regarding production practices and procedures for imported natural wine. These requirements were adopted in section 2002 of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004 as an amendment to section 5382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
Interior Department -- Making Motion Pictures, Television Productions, Soundtracks or Taking Still Photographs on Certain Areas Under the Jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior2007-Aug-207-15845The Department of the Interior (DOI) proposes to revise its filming regulations to implement legislation that directs establishment of reasonable fees for commercial filming activities or similar projects, such as still photography, and to respond to applicants for commercial filming or still photography permits in a timely manner.
Treasury Department -- Labeling and Advertising of Wines, Distilled Spirits and Malt Beverages2007-Jul-317-14774The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) proposes to amend its regulations to require a statement of alcohol content, expressed as a percentage of alcohol by volume, on all alcohol beverage products. This statement may appear on any label affixed to the container. TTB also proposes to require a Serving Facts panel on alcohol beverage labels, which would include a statement of calories, carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Industry members may also choose to disclose on the Serving Facts panel the number of U.S. fluid ounces of pure alcohol (ethyl alcohol) per serving as part of a statement that includes alcohol content expressed as a percentage of alcohol by volume. The proposed regulations would also specify new reference serving sizes for wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverages based on the amount of beverage customarily consumed as a single serving. However, TTB is not defining a standard drink in this document. TTB proposes to make these new requirements mandatory three years after the date of publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. The agency proposes these amendments to ensure that alcohol beverage labels provide consumers with adequate information about the product.
Treasury Department -- Major Food Allergen Labeling for Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages2006-Jul-266-11872This interim rule, which parallels the recent amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act contained in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, adopts labeling standards for major food allergens used in the production of alcohol beverages subject to the labeling requirements of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act. In addition, elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, we are publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes to make major food allergen labeling mandatory. That notice solicits comments from the public, including consumers and affected industry members, on the proposed labeling requirements and the time frame for making the requirements mandatory. Under the interim regulations, producers, bottlers, and importers of wines, distilled spirits, and malt beverages may voluntarily declare the presence of milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans, as well as ingredients that contain protein derived from these foods, in their products, but are not required to do so. The interim regulations, however, set forth rules that are mandatory for how industry members must undertake such labeling, should they choose to do so. The regulations also contain procedures for petitioning for an exemption from the standards imposed on those alcohol beverage producers who wish to make voluntary allergen statements on their product labels.
Treasury Department -- Major Food Allergen Labeling for Wines, Distilled Spirits and Malt Beverages2006-Jul-2606-6467In this notice, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes the adoption of mandatory labeling standards for major food allergens used in the production of alcohol beverages subject to the labeling requirements of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act. The proposed regulations set forth in this document also provide procedures for petitioning for an exemption from allergen labeling. The proposed regulations parallel the recent amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act contained in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. Under the proposed regulations, producers, bottlers, and importers of wines, distilled spirits, and malt beverages must declare the presence of milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans, as well as ingredients that contain protein derived from these foods, on a product label unless an exemption applies to the product in question.
Treasury Department -- Administrative Changes to Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Regulations Due to the Homeland Security Act of 20022006-Apr-0406-2954The Homeland Security Act of 2002 divided the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of the Treasury, into two separate agencies, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the Department of Justice, and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in the Department of the Treasury. This final rule amends the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau regulations to reflect the Bureau's new name and organizational structure.
Presidio Trust -- Management of the Presidio2006-Mar-0206-1964The Presidio Trust (Trust) was created by Congress in 1996 to manage most of the former U.S. Army post known as the Presidio of San Francisco, California. Pursuant to law, administrative jurisdiction of approximately 80 percent of this property (Area B) was transferred to the Trust on July 1, 1998. On June 30, 1998, the Trust adopted final interim regulations establishing the basic requirements for the management of Area B. By this rulemaking, the Trust is giving notice of its adoption of those final interim regulations, which were published on June 30, 1998 at 63 FR 35694, as final regulations.
Treasury Department -- Quarterly Excise Tax Filing for Small Alcohol Excise Taxpayers (2005R-441P)2006-Feb-0206-980Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is issuing a temporary rule implementing the quarterly excise tax payment procedure contained in section 5061 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended by section 11127 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. In this notice of proposed rulemaking, we are soliciting comments from all interested parties on the regulatory amendments to implement this new payment period. The text of the regulations in the temporary rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register serves as the text of the proposed regulations.
Treasury Department -- Quarterly Excise Tax Filing for Small Alcohol Excise Taxpayers (2005R-441P)2006-Feb-0206-981This temporary rule implements the quarterly excise tax payment procedure for small alcohol excise taxpayers contained in section 11127 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, which amended section 5061 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Before passage of this law, most Federal alcohol excise taxpayers paid the tax on a semimonthly basis. We are amending the applicable regulations on a temporary basis to incorporate the legislative change allowing quarterly payments. We also are soliciting comments from all interested parties on the implementation of this new procedure through a notice of proposed rulemaking published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
Treasury Department -- Suspension of Special (Occupational) Tax (2004R-778P)2005-Oct-3105-21562Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is issuing a temporary rule amending the TTB regulations relating to special (occupational) tax, to reflect a 3-year tax suspension effected by section 246 of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. Section 246 amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that, during the period from July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2008, the rate of special (occupational) tax on certain occupations will be zero. The occupations affected by the 3-year tax suspension are: Manufacturers of nonbeverage products who claim tax drawback; proprietors of distilled spirits plants, alcohol fuel plants, bonded and taxpaid wine premises, and breweries; and wholesale and retail dealers in distilled spirits, wine, and beer. The requirements to register annually and keep prescribed records remain in effect. In this notice of proposed rulemaking, we are soliciting comments from all interested parties on these regulatory amendments. The text of the regulations in the temporary rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register serves as the text of the proposed regulations.
Treasury Department -- Suspension of Special (Occupational) Tax (2004R-778P)2005-Oct-3105-21563In this temporary rule, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau amends its regulations relating to special (occupational) tax, to reflect a 3-year tax suspension effected by section 246 of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. Section 246 amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that, during the period from July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2008, the rate of special (occupational) tax on certain occupations will be zero. The occupations affected by the 3- year tax suspension are: Manufacturers of nonbeverage products who claim tax drawback; proprietors of distilled spirits plants, alcohol fuel plants, bonded and taxpaid wine premises, and breweries; and wholesale and retail dealers in distilled spirits, wine, and beer. The requirements to register annually and keep prescribed records remain in effect. The text of these temporary regulations serves as the text of the proposed regulations set forth in the notice of proposed rulemaking on this subject in the Proposed Rules section of this issue of the Federal Register.
Defense Department -- Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Boards and Off-Installation Liaison and Operations2005-Oct-1905-20903The Department of the Army is publishing a revision to our rule concerning armed forces disciplinary control boards and off- installation liaison and operations. The regulation prescribes uniform policies and procedures for the establishment, and operation of Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Boards, and off-installation liaison and operations.
Homeland Security Department -- Technical Amendments to Chapter 1 of Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations2005-Sep-0705-17662This document amends Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations by making technical corrections to certain authority citations to reflect amendments to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States effected by the President's Proclamation of December 30, 2003, to implement the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
Treasury Department -- Certification Requirements for Imported Natural Wine (2005R-002P)2005-Aug-2405-16771Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is issuing a temporary rule implementing the new certification requirements regarding production practices and procedures for imported natural wine contained in section 2002 of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004, which amended section 5382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. In this notice of proposed rulemaking, we are soliciting comments from all interested parties on the implementation of these new certification requirements. The text of the regulations in the temporary rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register serves as the text of the proposed regulations.
Treasury Department -- Certification Requirements for Imported Natural Wine (2005R-002P)2005-Aug-2405-16772This temporary rule implements the new certification requirements regarding production practices and procedures for imported natural wine contained in section 2002 of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004, which amended section 5382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. We are amending the wine regulations to incorporate these changes. We also are soliciting comments from all interested parties on the implementation of these new requirements through a notice of proposed rulemaking published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
Defense Department -- Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Boards and Off-Installation Liaison and Operations2005-Jul-2005-14213The Department of the Army proposes to revise its part concerning armed forces disciplinary control boards and off- installation liaison and operations. The part prescribes uniform policies and procedures for the establishment, and operation of Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Boards, and off-installation liaison and operations.
Treasury Department -- Liquor Dealers; Recodification of Regulations; Administrative Changes Due to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (2004R-258T)2005-Apr-1505-7583The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is recodifying its regulations pertaining to liquor dealers. We are also making administrative changes to these regulations to reflect TTB's new name and organizational structure resulting from changes made by the Homeland Security Act of 2002. This document does not include any substantive regulatory changes.
Treasury Department -- Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Viticultural Area (2002R-046P)2004-Feb-2504-4087This final rule establishes the ``Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley'' viticultural area in Napa County, California. This new viticultural area is entirely within the established Napa Valley viticultural area and covers approximately 8,300 acres, of which about 3,500 acres are plantable to vines. The establishment of viticultural areas allows wineries to describe more accurately where their wines come from and enables consumers to better identify the wines they purchase.
Treasury Department -- Exportation of Liquors; Recodification of Regulations; Administrative Changes Due to the Homeland Security Act of 20022004-Jan-2704-1508The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is recodifying its regulations pertaining to exportation of liquors. Due to the Homeland Security Act, we are also making administrative changes to these regulations to reflect the Bureau's new name and organizational structure. This document does not include any substantive regulatory changes.
Treasury Department -- Evidence of Exportation for Distilled Spirits; Use of Alternative Documentation (2002R-045P)2003-Sep-2403-23886The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposes to amend its regulations listing the documents that provide adequate evidence of export for shipments of distilled spirits. We also propose to require submission of these documents within a specific 90-day timeframe. This action is being taken to clarify the existing regulations as to the types of acceptable documentation and to inform the public that the Bureau will consider the approval of alternative types of documentation as adequate export evidence.
Transportation Department -- Operation of Motor Vehicles by Intoxicated Persons2003-Aug-2203-21492This final rule implements a program enacted by the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (DOT Appropriations Act of FY 2001), which requires the withholding of Federal-aid highway funds, beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2004, from any State that has not enacted and is not enforcing a law that provides that any person with a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater while operating a motor vehicle in the State shall be deemed to have committed a per se offense of driving while intoxicated or an equivalent per se offense. This final rule defines what constitutes a conforming 0.08 BAC law for purposes of this statute.
Treasury Department -- Seneca Lake Viticultural Area (99R-260P)2003-Jul-0303-16703This Treasury decision establishes the ``Seneca Lake'' viticultural area located in upstate New York. The Seneca Lake viticultural area encompasses about 204,600 acres of land surrounding Seneca Lake within the established Finger Lakes viticultural area. We take this action under the authority of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act and our wine labeling and advertising regulations.
Treasury Department -- Organic Claims in Labeling and Advertising of Alcohol Beverages (2002R-288P)2003-May-0903-11609In response to an industry request, TTB reopens the comment period for ATF Notice No. 954, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on October 8, 2002.
Transportation Department -- Operation of Motor Vehicles by Intoxicated Persons2003-Feb-0603-2790This document proposes to implement a new program enacted by the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (DOT Appropriations Act of FY 2001), which requires the withholding of Federal-aid highway funds, beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2004, from any State that has not enacted and is not enforcing a law that provides that any person with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater while operating a motor vehicle in the State shall be deemed to have committed a per se offense of driving while intoxicated or an equivalent per se offense. This document solicits comments on a proposed regulation to clarify what States must do to avoid the withholding of funds.
Treasury Department -- Organic Claims in Labeling and Advertising of Alcohol Beverages (2002R-288P)2002-Dec-2702-32614ATF reopens the comment period for Notice No. 954, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on October 8, 2002. The proposed rule would amend our alcohol labeling and advertising rules to cross-reference the United States Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program rules. We are acting on a request to extend the comment period in order to provide sufficient time for all interested parties to respond to the issues raised in the notice.
Treasury Department -- Capay Valley Viticultural Area (99R-449P)2002-Dec-2002-31940This Treasury decision establishes the Capay Valley viticultural area in northwest Yolo County, California. The Capay Valley viticultural area covers approximately 150 square miles or about 102,400 acres. Approximately 25 acres are currently planted to wine grapes.
Treasury Department -- Proposal to Establish the Seneca Lake Viticultural Area (99R-260P)2002-Oct-2102-26678The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is requesting comments from any interested party concerning the proposed establishment of the ``Seneca Lake'' viticultural area. The proposed Seneca Lake viticultural area encompasses about 204,600 acres of land surrounding Seneca Lake in upstate New York. The proposed area is located within the approved Finger Lakes viticultural area. The Bureau is taking this action under its Labeling and Advertising of Wine regulations.
Treasury Department -- Organic Claims in Labeling and Advertising of Alcohol Beverages (2002R-288P)2002-Oct-0802-25265ATF amends the alcohol labeling and advertising rules to cross-reference the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) rules. Any alcohol beverage labeled or advertised with an organic claim must comply with both NOP rules administered by USDA and the applicable rules administered by ATF. Elsewhere in this separate part, ATF invites comments on this temporary rule. We will accept comments during the 60-day period following publication of the rule.
Transportation Department -- Liferaft Servicing Intervals2002-Sep-1702-23563The Coast Guard is amending its commercial vessel regulations to provide consistency in the requirements for servicing of inflatable liferafts and inflatable buoyant apparatus (IBA). This rule will eliminate an unnecessary burden on vessel operators and will eliminate confusion among the public and Coast Guard field personnel. The rule will defer the first servicing of a new liferaft or IBA to 2 years after initial packing on all commercial vessels not certificated under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
Treasury Department -- Importation of Distilled Spirits, Wines, and Beer; Recodification of Regulations (2000R-247P)2002-May-0802-11257The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is recodifying the regulations pertaining to the importation of distilled spirits, wines, and beer. The purpose of this recodification is to reissue the regulations in part 251 of title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations (27 CFR part 251) as 27 CFR part 27. This change improves the organization of title 27.
Treasury Department -- Delegation of Authority2002-Apr-1502-8869This final rule places ATF authorities concerning the exportation of liquors with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' and requires that persons file documents required with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' or in accordance with the instructions for the ATF form. Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director and the word ``region'' in reference to ATF. Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.27 is being issued and will be available to the public as specified in this rule. Through this order, the Director has delegated all of the authorities concerning the exportation of liquors to the appropriate ATF officers and specified the ATF officers with whom applications, notices, and other reports, which are not ATF forms, are filed.
Treasury Department -- Distribution and Use of Denatured Alcohol and Rum (2000R-291P)2002-Apr-1202-8523This final rule amends the regulations in part 20 of title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations by eliminating the requirement for users and dealers of specially denatured spirits (SDS) to file a bond. It also liberalizes certain qualification requirements relating to industrial alcohol user permits.
Treasury Department -- Delegation of Authority2002-Mar-1302-5880This final rule places ATF authorities with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' and requires that persons file documents required with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' or in accordance with the instructions on the ATF form. Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director and the word ``region.'' Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.12 is being issued and will be available to the public as specified in this rule. Through this order, the Director has delegated all of the authorities to the appropriate ATF officers and specified the ATF officers with whom applications, notices and other reports, which are not ATF forms, are to be filed. In addition, this final rule removes the regulations relating to a repealed tax on imported perfumes.
Transportation Department -- Liferaft Servicing Intervals2002-Mar-0502-5211The Coast Guard proposes to amend its commercial vessel regulations to provide consistency in the requirements for servicing of inflatable liferafts and inflatable buoyant apparatus (IBA). We are proposing this rule to eliminate an unnecessary burden on vessel operators and to eliminate confusion among the public and Coast Guard field personnel. The proposed rule would defer the first servicing of a new liferaft or IBA to two years after initial packing on all commercial vessels not certificated under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
Treasury Department -- Stills and Miscellaneous Regulations; Recodification of Regulations (2000R-491P)2001-Aug-1501-20482The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is recodifying the regulations pertaining to stills. The purpose of this recodification is to reissue the regulations in part 170 of title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations (27 CFR part 170) as 27 CFR part 29. This change improves the organization of title 27 CFR.
Treasury Department -- Rules of Practice in Permit Proceedings; Recodification of Regulations (2000R-529P)2001-Aug-1501-20483The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is recodifying the regulations pertaining to the rules of practice in permit proceedings. The purpose of this recodification is to reissue the regulations in part 200 of title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations (27 CFR part 200) as 27 CFR part 71. This change improves the organization of title 27.
Treasury Department -- Manufacture of Tobacco Products and Cigarette Papers and Tubes, Recodification of Regulations (2001R-57P)2001-Jul-2701-18394The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is recodifying the regulations pertaining to the manufacture of tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes. The purpose of this recodification is to reissue the regulations in part 270 of title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations (27 CFR part 270) as 27 CFR part 40. This change improves the organization of title 27.
Treasury Department -- Liquors and Articles From Puerto RIco and the Virgin Islands; Recodification of Regulations (2001R-56P)2001-Jul-2501-18178The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is recodifying the regulations pertaining to liquors and articles from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The purpose of this recodification is to reissue the regulations in part 250 of title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations (27 CFR part 250) as 27 CFR part 26. This change improves the organization of title 27.
Treasury Department -- Distribution and Use of Denatured Alcohol and Rum (2000R-291P)2001-Jul-1701-17692The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) proposes to amend the regulations in 27 CFR part 20 by eliminating the requirement for users of specially denatured spirits (SDS) to file a bond. ATF believes that elimination of the requirement to file a bond will greatly reduce and simplify the qualification process for industrial alcohol user permits. ATF also proposes to liberalize certain qualification requirements relating to industrial alcohol user permits.
Treasury Department -- Volatile Fruit-Flavor Concentrate Shipments and Alternation With Other Premises (2000R-290P)2001-May-3101-13630This final rule specifically authorizes the transfer of volatile fruit-flavor concentrate (VFFC) unfit for beverage use from one VFFC plant to another for further processing and permits facilities to be alternately used as a VFFC plant, a distilled spirits plant or a bonded wine cellar. This rule allows greater flexibility in the production processes and in the equipment and facilities of VFFC plants.
Treasury Department -- Delegation of Authority2001-May-2901-12803This final rule places most ATF authorities contained in its Procedure and Administration regulations with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' and requires that persons file documents required these regulations with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' or in accordance with the instructions on the ATF form. Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.19 is being issued and will be made available as specified in this rule. Through this order, the Director has delegated most of the authorities to the appropriate ATF officers and specified the ATF officers with whom applications, notices and other reports, which are not ATF forms, are filed. In addition, this final rule corrects some typographical errors and updates the disclosure provisions.
Treasury Department -- Alcohol Beverage Health Warning Statement (99R-507P)2001-May-2201-12802The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is considering amending the regulations concerning the placement, legibility, and noticeability of the congressionally mandated health warning statement required to appear on the labels of all containers of alcohol beverages. Based on a petition we have received, we wish to gather information by inviting comments from the public and industry as to whether the existing regulations should be revised.
Treasury Department -- Delegation of Authority (2000R-415P)2001-May-0101-10673This final rule places ATF authorities contained in ATF regulations, with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' and requires that persons file documents required by ATF regulations, with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' or in accordance with the instructions on the ATF form. Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director and the word ``region.'' Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.23 is being published. Through this order, the Director has delegated all of the authorities in ATF regulations to the appropriate ATF officers and specified the ATF officers with whom applications, notices and other reports, which are not ATF forms, are filed. In addition, this final rule makes a few corrections and provides an additional option for filing a statement of eligibility for flavors.
Treasury Department -- Labeling Proceedings; Delegation of Authority2001-Apr-1301-9237Authority delegation. This final rule places all ATF authorities contained in regulations on ``Labeling Proceedings'' with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' and requires that persons file documents required by those regulations with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' or in accordance with the instructions on the ATF form. This final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific ATF officers subordinate to the Director. Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.21 is being published. Through this order, the Director has delegated the authorities in those regulations to the appropriate ATF officers and specified the ATF officers with whom appeals and other documents are filed.
Treasury Department -- Technical Amendments to Regulations2001-Mar-2701-7416This Treasury decision makes technical amendments and corrects typographical errors in parts 55, 70, 270 and 275 of title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). All changes are to provide clarity and uniformity throughout these regulations.
Treasury Department -- West Elks Viticultural Area (2000R-257P)2001-Mar-0601-5423This final rule establishes a viticultural area to be known as ``West Elks,'' located in Delta County, Colorado. This action is the result of a petition filed on behalf of several grape growers and winery owners in the area. The establishment of viticultural areas and the subsequent use of viticultural area names as appellations of origin in wine labeling and advertising allow wineries to designate the specific areas where the grapes used to make the wine were grown. This enables consumers to better identify the wines they may purchase.
Treasury Department -- Distribution and Use of Tax-Free Alcohol (2000R-294P)2001-Mar-0201-5130This final rule amends the regulations in 27 CFR part 22 by eliminating the requirement for users of tax-free alcohol to file a bond. It also liberalizes certain qualification requirements relating to tax-free alcohol user permits. ATF believes that these revisions will greatly reduce and simplify the qualification process for tax-free alcohol permits.
Treasury Department -- Formulas for Denatured Alcohol and Rum (2000R-295P)2001-Mar-0101-4845This final rule amends the regulations in 27 CFR Parts 19 and 21 by updating the information relating to the formulation of completely denatured alcohol (CDA), specially denatured alcohol (SDA), and specially denatured rum (SDR); the denaturants authorized for use in the manufacturing of these formulations; and the specifications for these denaturants. The updates include removing the proprietary brand name ``BITREX'' listed with the denaturant denatonium benzoate, incorporating an ATF ruling that approves the use of two substitute denaturants, and making other amendments to provide clarity.
Treasury Department -- Delegation of Authority in Part 1702001-Feb-0201-2782This final rule places all ATF authorities contained in part 170, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' and requires that persons file documents required by 27 CFR part 170, with the ``appropriate ATF officer.'' Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director. Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.20 is being published. Through this Order, the Director has delegated the authorities in 27 CFR part 170 to the appropriate ATF officers and specified the ATF officers with whom applications, notices, and reports that are not ATF forms are filed.
Treasury Department -- Delegation of Authority in 27 CFR Part 302001-Jan-1901-1165Authority delegation. This final rule places all ATF authorities contained in part 30, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the ``appropriate ATF officer.'' Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director. Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.17 is being published. Through this order, the Director has delegated the authorities in 27 CFR part 30 to the appropriate ATF officers.
Treasury Department -- Delegation of Authority for Parts 20, 21 and 222001-Jan-1901-1163This final rule places all ATF authorities contained in parts 20, 21 and 22, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' and requires that persons file documents required by such parts, with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' or in accordance with the instructions for the ATF form. Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director and the word ``region.'' Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.9 is being published. Through this order, the Director has delegated all of the authorities in 27 CFR parts 20, 21 and 22 to the appropriate ATF officers and specified the ATF officers with whom applications, notices and other reports, which are not ATF forms, are filed.
Treasury Department -- Delegation of Authority for Parts 17 and 182001-Jan-1901-1162Authority delegation. This final rule places most ATF authorities contained in parts 17 and 18, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' and requires that persons file documents required by parts 17 and 18, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' or in accordance with the instructions on the ATF form. Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director. Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.13 is being published. Through this order, the Director has delegated most of the authorities in 27 CFR parts 17 and 18 to the appropriate ATF officers and specified the ATF officers with whom applications, notices and other reports, which are not ATF forms, are filed.
Transportation Department -- Revision to Federal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Standard for Recreational Vessel Operators2001-Jan-1001-551The Coast Guard is revising the Federal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) standard under which a recreational vessel operator would be considered operating while ``intoxicated.'' For recreational vessel operators, the final rule lowers the current Federal BAC threshold from .10 BAC to .08 BAC. This change is appropriate because boating accident statistics show that alcohol use remains a significant cause of recreational boating deaths and because we support a trend in State recreational boating laws toward the .08 BAC standard. Further, the revised Federal BAC standard does not supercede or preempt any enacted State BAC standard. Additionally, the final rule replaces the term ``intoxicated'' with the phrase ``under the influence of alcohol or a dangerous drug.'' This change brings the regulations into conformance with current statutory language. The final rule is expected to reduce the number of recreational boating deaths and injuries resulting from accidents caused by operators under the influence of alcohol or a dangerous drug.
Treasury Department -- Technical Amendments2000-Nov-1600-29409This Treasury decision makes technical amendments and corrects typographical errors in various regulations of the ATF. All changes are to provide clarity and uniformity throughout the regulations.
Treasury Department -- West Elks Viticultural Area2000-Oct-1600-26454The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is requesting comments concerning the proposed establishment of a viticultural area to be known as ``West Elks,'' located in Delta County, Colorado. This notice responds to a petition filed on behalf of several grape growers and winery owners in the area.
Transportation Department -- Repeat Intoxicated Driver Laws2000-Oct-0400-25384This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, the regulations that were published in an interim final rule to implement a new program established by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) Restoration Act. The final rule provides for a transfer of Federal-aid highway construction funds authorized under 23 U.S.C. 104 to the State and Community Highway Safety Program under 23 U.S.C. 402 for any State that fails to enact and enforce a conforming ``repeat intoxicated driver'' law.
Treasury Department -- Delegation of Authority (99R-282P)2000-Aug-2800-21901This final rule places most ATF authorities contained in certain ATF regulations with the ``appropriate ATF officer'' and requires that persons file documents required by those regulations with the ``appropriate ATF officer''. Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director. Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.7 is being published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. Through this order, the Director has delegated most of the authorities in the affected regulations to the appropriate ATF officers and specified the ATF officers with whom applications, notices and other reports, which are not ATF forms, are filed.
Transportation Department -- Open Container Laws2000-Aug-2400-21564This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, the regulations that were published in an interim final rule to implement a new program established by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) Restoration Act. The final rule provides for a transfer of Federal-aid highway construction funds authorized under 23 U.S.C. 104 to the State and Community Highway Safety Program under 23 U.S.C. 402 for any State that fails to enact and enforce a conforming ``open container'' law.
Transportation Department -- Incentive Grants for Alcohol-Impaired Driving Prevention Programs2000-Jul-2800-18985This document announces that the amendments to the regulations that were published in an interim final rule to reflect changes made to the Section 410 program by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) will remain in effect with minor changes. Under the final rule, States have two alternative means for qualifying for a Section 410 basic grant. States may qualify for a ``programmatic basic grant'' if they submit materials demonstrating that they meet five out of seven grant criteria. Alternatively, States may qualify for a ``performance basic grant'' by submitting data demonstrating that the State has successively reduced the percentage of alcohol-impaired fatally injured drivers in the State over a three-year period. States that qualify under both sets of requirements may receive both programmatic and performance basic grants. In addition, States that are eligible for one or both of the basic grants may qualify also for a supplemental grant. This final rule establishes the criteria States must meet and the procedures they must follow to qualify for Section 410 incentive grants, beginning in FY 2000. This final rule also modifies some features of the interim regulations that relate to the graduated driver's licensing system criterion and the young adult drinking and driving program criterion.
Interior Department -- National Park System Units in Alaska; Denali National Park and Preserve, Special Regulations2000-Jun-1900-14754For the portion of Denali National Park and Preserve formerly known as Mount McKinley National Park (the Old Park) only, this rule establishes a definition for ``traditional activities'' as the term is used in Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) section 1110(a) and related Department of the Interior regulations. The rule also applies this definition and determines that, for the Old Park only, prior to the enactment of ANILCA, no traditional activities took place during periods of adequate snow cover for which snowmachines (snowmobiles) may now be used. In addition, the rule implements the June, 2000 Statement of Finding: Permanent Closure of the Former Mt. McKinley National Park Area of Denali National Park and Preserve To The Use of Snowmachines and determines that any snowmachine use in the Old Park would be detrimental to the resource values of the area. The rule also consolidates, expands and codifies certain designations, closures and permit requirements for Denali National Park and Preserve, including requirements for vehicular traffic, vehicle use limits, and public health and safety. The rule also replaces the out-of-date references to ``Mount McKinley National Park'' with the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act name ``Denali National Park and Preserve.''
Transportation Department -- Revision to Federal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Standard for Recreational Vessel Operators2000-Mar-1600-6224The Coast Guard proposes to revise the Federal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) standard under which a recreational vessel operator would be considered operating while ``intoxicated.'' For recreational vessel operators, the proposed rule would lower the current Federal BAC threshold from .10 BAC to .08 BAC. This change is appropriate because boating accident statistics show that alcohol use remains a significant cause of recreational boating deaths and because we support a trend in State recreational boating laws toward the .08 BAC standard. Further, the proposed Federal BAC standard will not supercede or preempt any enacted State BAC standard. Additionally, the proposed rule would replace the term ``intoxicated'' with the phrase ``under the influence of alcohol or a dangerous drug.'' This change would bring the regulations into conformance with current statutory language. The proposed rule is expected to reduce the number of recreational boating deaths and injuries resulting from accidents caused by operators under the influence of alcohol or a dangerous drug.
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