[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 24 (Monday, February 5, 2018)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 5056-5057]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-02258]



16 CFR Parts 1500 and 1507

[Docket No. CPSC-2006-0034]

Amendments to Fireworks Regulations; Notice of Opportunity for 
Oral Presentation of Comments

AGENCY: Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; opportunity for oral 
presentation of comments.


SUMMARY: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) 
will be holding a meeting to provide interested parties with an 
opportunity to present oral comments on the notice of

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proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued regarding amendments to 
the fireworks regulations. Any oral comments will be part of the 
rulemaking record.

DATES: The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 
March 7, 2018. The Office of the Secretary must receive requests to 
make oral presentations, along with the written text of the oral 
presentations, no later than 5 p.m. EST on February 28, 2018.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be in the Hearing Room, on the 4th Floor of 
the Bethesda Towers Building, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 
20814. Submit requests to make oral presentations and the written text 
of oral presentations to the Office of the Secretary, with the caption, 
``Fireworks NPR; Oral Presentation,'' by email to cpsc-os@cpsc.gov, or 
by mail to the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety 
Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the subject 
matter of this meeting, contact Rodney Valliere, Project Manager, 
Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, Consumer Product Safety 
Commission, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 20850; telephone: (301) 
987-2526. For information about the procedure to make an oral 
presentation, contact Rockelle Hammond, Office of the Secretary, 
Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, 
MD 20814; telephone: (301) 504-7923.


I. Background

    On February 2, 2017, the Commission published an NPR in the Federal 
Register, proposing to amend its fireworks regulations under the 
Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA; 15 U.S.C. 1261-1278), and 
seeking written comments. 82 FR 9012. The NPR proposed amendments that 
would create new requirements for fireworks devices, as well as modify 
or clarify existing requirements. On April 14, 2017, the Commission 
published a notice extending the comment period for the NPR to July 17, 
2017. 82 FR 17947. The NPR is available at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-02/pdf/2017-02014.pdf and Commission staff's briefing 
package for the NPR is available at: https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/ProposedRuleAmendmentstoFireworksRegulations.pdf.
    In the Request for Comments section of the NPR (82 FR 9029), the 
Commission sought information on specific topics, in addition to 
requesting comments on all aspects of the proposed rule. Comments on 
the topics listed in the NPR would be helpful at the public hearing. In 
particular, the Commission would find information and data on the 
following topics useful:
     The public safety need for the proposed chemical 
composition and pyrotechnic weight limits for ground devices;
     the public safety need for prohibiting hexachlorobenzene 
and lead tetroxide and other lead compounds in fireworks devices;
     the public safety need for the proposed test method to 
evaluate side ignition and the appropriateness of the proposed 
ignition-resistance period;
     the public safety need for the proposed ban of fireworks 
devices that project fragments when functioning; and
     the appropriate trace contamination allowance levels for 
prohibited chemicals.

II. The Public Meeting

    Under the FHSA and the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 551-
562), the Commission must provide interested parties with an 
opportunity to submit ``written data, views, or arguments'' regarding a 
proposed rule. 5 U.S.C. 553(c). Neither statute requires the Commission 
to provide an opportunity for oral comments about a rulemaking, but the 
Commission is providing this forum to give interested parties an 
additional opportunity to comment on the NPR.
    To request the opportunity to make an oral presentation, see the 
information under the DATES and ADDRESSES sections of this notice. 
Participants should limit their presentations to approximately 10 
minutes, excluding time for questioning by the Commissioners or CPSC 
staff. To avoid duplicate presentations, groups should designate a 
spokesperson, and the Commission reserves the right to limit 
presentation times or impose further restrictions, as necessary.

Alberta E. Mills,
Acting Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.
[FR Doc. 2018-02258 Filed 2-2-18; 8:45 am]