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Coast Guard, DHS.


Committee Management; Notice of Committee Re-Establishment.


The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that the re-establishment of the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Name of Committee: Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee.


If you desire to submit comments on this action, they must be submitted by October 10, 2013. Comments must be identified by (USCG-2013-0813) and may be submitted by using one of the following methods:

(1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments, which are explained in the “Submitting Comments” section of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

(2) Fax: 202-493-2251.

(3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

(4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number for the Docket Management Facility is 202-366-9329.

To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. See the “Public Participation and Request for Comments” portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments.

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If you have questions on the re-establishment of the CTAC, call or email Mr. Patrick Keffler, Commandant (CG-ENG-5), Attention CTAC, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE STOP 7126, Washington DC 20593-7126; email:; fax: (202) 372-1926. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

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Public Participation and Request for Comments

All comments received will be posted without change to and will include any personal information you have provided.

Submitting Comments

If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (USCG-2013-0813), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or Start Printed Page 55279recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online (via or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online via, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when it is received at the Docket Management Facility. We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission.

To submit your comment online, go to, insert “USCG-2013-0813” in the “Keyword” box, and click “Search.” Then click on the ”Comment” link on the line associated with this notice. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period.

Viewing Comments and Documents

To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to, insert “USCG-2013-0813,” and click “Search.” Click the “Open Docket Folder” on the line associated with this notice. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. We have an agreement with the Department of Transportation to use the Docket Management Facility.

Privacy Act

Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

Re-Establishment of the Committee

For the reasons set forth below, the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that the re-establishment of the CTAC is necessary and in the public interest. This determination follows consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration.

The CTAC is being re-established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). The charter has been modified to clearly describe the points of view that each member will represent.

The CTAC provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on matters relating to the safe and secure marine transportation of hazardous material activities insofar as they relate to matters within United States Coast Guard's (USCG) jurisdiction. The Committee's unique industry perspective will provide critical support to the Coast Guard's efforts to ensure the safety of the U.S. merchant marine. This information would otherwise have to be drawn from the broad population involved in marine chemical transportation. There is no other current entity which can provide the level of technical expertise and experience that is afforded by this advisory committee.

Balanced Membership Plans

The CTAC will consist of a maximum twenty-five (25) members appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security. Each member must represent a point of view directly relevant to at least one of the following activities associated with marine transportation of hazardous materials: chemical manufacturing, marine handling or transportation of chemicals; vessel design and construction; marine safety or security; and marine environmental protection. To ensure diverse points of view are consistently maintained, the number of members representing each activity may vary with the nature of the CTAC's expected assignments and the relevant experience of the members. All members are appointed to represent the activities of their respective authority, association, and/or organization and are not Special Government Employees as defined in Title 18, United States Code, section 202(a).

Duration: Continuing.

Responsible DHS Officials: CTAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security through the Commandant, USCG and the Deputy Commandant for Operations.

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Dated: September 3, 2013.

J.G. Lantz,

Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards.

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[FR Doc. 2013-21954 Filed 9-9-13; 8:45 am]