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AGENCY:

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Treasury.

ACTION:

Final rule: Treasury decision.

SUMMARY:

This 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.

DATES:

Effective November 16, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nancy Kern, Regulations Division, (202) 927-8210, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) administers regulations published in title 27, Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations are updated April 1 of each year to incorporate new or revised regulations that were published by ATF in the Federal Register during the preceding year. ATF identified several amendments that are needed to provide clarity and uniformity to the regulations in 27 CFR.

These amendments do not make any substantive changes and are only intended to improve the clarity of title 27.

Paperwork Reduction Act

The provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR 1320, do not apply to this final rule because there are no recordkeeping or reporting requirements.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do not apply to this rule because no notice of proposed rulemaking is necessary.

Executive Order 12866

This final rule is not subject to the requirements of Executive Order 12866 because the regulations make nonsubstantive technical corrections to previously published regulations.Start Printed Page 69253

Administrative Procedure Act

Because this final rule merely makes technical corrections to improve the clarity of the regulations, it is unnecessary to issue this final rule with notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b), or subject to the effective date limitation in section 553(d).

Drafting Information

The author of this document in Nancy Kern, Regulations Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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Authority and Issuance

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Accordingly, for the reason set out in the preamble, Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

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PART 4—LABELING AND ADVERTISING OF WINE

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Authority: 17 U.S.C. 205

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The standards of identity.
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Cross Reference: For regulations relating to the use of spirits in wine, see part 24 of this chapter.

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Appellations of origin.
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(2) Establishment of American viticultural areas. Petitions for establishment of American viticultural areas may be made to the Director by any interested party, pursuant to the provisions of § 70.701(c) of this title. The petition may be in the form of a letter, and should contain the following information referred to in § 9.3(b) of this title.

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PART 9—AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREAS

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Authority: 27 U.S.C. 205.

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Relation to parts 4 and 70 of this chapter.

(a) Procedure. In accordance with §§ 4.25a(e)(2) and 70.701(c) of this chapter, the Director shall receive petitions to establish American viticultural areas and shall use the informal rulemaking process, under 5 U.S.C. 553, in establishing viticultural areas in this part.

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(3) Evidence relating to the geographical features (climate, soil, elevation, physical features, etc.) which distinguish the viticultural features of the proposed area from surrounding areas;

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PART 24—WINE

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 26 U.S.C. 5001, 5008, 5041, 5042, 5044, 5061, 5062, 5081, 5111-5113, 5121, 5122, 5142, 5143, 5173, 5206, 5214, 5215, 5351, 5353, 5354, 5356, 5357, 5361, 5362, 5364-5373, 5381-5388, 5391, 5392, 5511, 5551, 5552, 5661, 5662, 5684, 6065, 6091, 6109, 6301, 6302, 6311, 6651, 6676, 7011, 7302, 7342, 7502, 7503, 7606, 7805, 7851; 31 U.S.C. 9301, 9303, 9304, 9306.

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PART 70—PROCEDURE AND ADMINISTRATION

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 552; 26 U.S.C. 4181, 4182, 5146, 5203, 5207, 5275, 5367, 5415, 5504, 5555, 5684(a), 5741, 5761(b), 5802, 6020, 6021, 6064, 6102, 6155, 6159, 6201, 6203, 6204, 6301, 6303, 6311, 6313, 6314, 6321, 6323, 6325, 6326, 6331-6343, 6401-6404, 6407, 6416, 6423, 6501-6503, 6511, 6513, 6514, 6532, 6601, 6602, 6611, 6621, 6622, 6651, 6653, 6656-6658, 6665, 6671, 6672, 6701, 6723, 6801, 6862, 6863, 6901, 7011, 7101, 7102, 7121, 7122, 7207, 7209, 7214, 7304, 7401, 7403, 7406, 7423, 7424, 7425, 7426, 7429, 7430, 7432, 7502, 7503, 7505, 7506, 7513, 7601-7606, 7608-7610, 7622, 7623, 7653, 7805.

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Imposition of taxes, qualification requirements, and regulations.
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(2) Miscellaneous liquor transactions. Part 170 of 27 CFR contains miscellaneous regulations relative to the manufacture, removal, and use of stills and condensers, and to the notice, registration, and recordkeeping requirements therefor.

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(a) § 70.701(a)(3)(iv); and

(b) § 70.701(b).

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PART 275—IMPORTATION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND CIGARETTE PAPERS AND TUBES

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Authority: 18 U.S.C. 2342; 26 U.S.C. 5701, 5703, 5704, 5705, 5708, 5712, 5713, 5721, 5722, 5723, 5741, 5754, 5761, 5762, 5763, 6301, 6302, 6313, 6404, 7101, 7212, 7342, 7606, 7652, 7805; 31 U.S.C. 9301, 9303, 9304, 9306.

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Prepayment of tax.

To prepay, in Puerto Rico, the internal revenue tax imposed by 26 U.S.C. Start Printed Page 692547652(a), on tobacco products and cigarette paper and tubes of Puerto Rican manufacture which are to be shipped to the United States, the shipper shall file, or cause to be filed, with the Chief, Puerto Rico Operations, a tax return, ATF Form 5000.25, in duplicate, with full remittance of tax which will become due on such tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes.* * *

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Signed: October 16, 2000.

Bradley A. Buckles,

Director.

Approved: October 25, 2000.

John P. Simpson,

Deputy Assistant Secretary, (Regulatory, Tariff and Trade Enforcement).

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[FR Doc. 00-29409 Filed 11-15-00; 8:45 am]

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