[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 215 (Wednesday, November 8, 2017)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-24345]
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Highway Administration
23 CFR Part 490
[FHWA Docket No. FHWA-2017-0025]
National Performance Management Measures; Assessing Performance
of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate
System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program
AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: The FHWA is extending the comment period for a notice of
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and request for comments, which was
published on October 5, 2017. The original comment period is set to
close on November 6, 2017. The extension is based on concern expressed
by stakeholders that this closing date does not provide sufficient time
to review and provide comprehensive comments on the proposal. The FHWA
recognizes that others interested in commenting may have similar
concerns, but is mindful of commenters who have expressed opposition to
a lengthy rulemaking process. Therefore, the closing date for comments
is extended, which will provide stakeholders interested in commenting
additional time to submit responses to the docket.
DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published October 5,
2017, at 82 FR 46427, is extended. Comments must be received on or
before November 15, 2017.
ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver comments to the U.S. Department of
Transportation, Dockets Management Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue
SE., Washington, DC 20590, or submit electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should include the docket number that
appears in the heading of this document. All comments received will be
available for examination and copying at the above address from 8 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Those
desiring notification of receipt of comments must include a self-
addressed, stamped postcard or may print the acknowledgment page that
appears after submitting comments electronically. Anyone is able to
search the electronic form of all 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 DOT's complete Privacy Act
Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume
65, Number 70, Pages 19477-78) or you may visit http://www.regulations.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susanna Hughes-Reck, Office of
Infrastructure, (202) 366-1548, or Janet Myers, Office of Chief
Counsel, (202) 366-2019, Federal Highway Administration, 1200 New
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Electronic Access and Filing
You may submit or access all comments received by DOT online
through: http://www.regulations.gov. Electronic submission and
retrieval help and guidelines are available on the Web site. It is
available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Please follow the
instructions. An electronic copy of this document may also be
downloaded from the Federal Register's home page at: http://www.federalregister.gov.
Section 150 of title 23, U.S.C., identifies the national
transportation goals and requires the Secretary by rule
to establish performance measures in specified Federal-aid highway
program areas. One of the measures FHWA created to assess the
performance of the NHS under the National Highway Performance Program
(NHPP) is Percent Change in Tailpipe Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Emissions on the NHS from the Calendar Year 2017 (also referred to as
the GHG measure). It was created to advance a policy preference of the
prior Administration. On October 5th at 82 FR 46427, FHWA published an
NPRM proposing to repeal the measure.
The original comment period for the NPRM closes on November 6,
2017. Clean Air Carolina, Natural Resources Defense Council, Southern
Environmental Law Center, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and The
City of New York Law Department have expressed concern that this
closing date does not provide sufficient time to review and provide
comprehensive comments on the proposal. The FHWA is mindful, however,
of requests by the State Department of Transportation of Michigan,
Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Missouri to
complete the rulemaking as expeditiously as possible to provide them
certainty in their investment and programming activities. As such, FHWA
is extending the closing date from November 6, 2017, to November 15,
Authority: 23 U.S.C. 104(b)(1), 119, and 150.
Brandye L. Hendrickson,
Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-24345 Filed 11-3-17; 4:15 pm]
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