Federal Register: December 24, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 246)
DOCID: fr24de09-3 FR Doc E9-30587
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
CFR Citation: 18 CFR Part 40
Docket ID: [Docket No. RM09-8-000; Order No. 730]
DOCUMENT ACTION: Final rule.
Revised Mandatory Reliability Standards for Interchange Scheduling and Coordination
DATES: Effective Date: The Final Rule will become effective January 25, 2010.
Pursuant to section 215 of the Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hereby approves the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's revision of three Commission approved Reliability Standards, designated INT0053, Interchange Authority Distributes Arranged Interchange; INT0063, Response to Interchange Authority; and INT0083, Interchange Authority Distributes Status.
Revised Mandatory Reliability Standards for Interchange Scheduling and Coordination
DOCUMENT BODY 2:
Issued December 17, 2009.
Before Commissioners: Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman; Suedeen G. Kelly, Marc Spitzer, and Philip D. Moeller.
Order No. 730
Issued December 17, 2009
1. Pursuant to section 215 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), the
Commission hereby approves three revised Interchange Scheduling and
Coordination (INT) Reliability Standards developed by the North
American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC): INT0053,
Interchange Authority Distributes Arranged Interchange; INT0063,
Response to Interchange Authority; and INT0083, Interchange Authority
Distribution of Information.\1\ The approved changes provide
consistency in responding to interchange requests by clarifying timing
requirements for all affected entities, and facilitate the reliable
operation of the BulkPower System by providing Western Electricity
Coordinating Council (WECC) entities sufficient time to assess and respond to requests for interchange service.
\1\ 16 U.S.C. 824o. The Commission is not adding any new or modified text to its regulations.
A. EPAct 2005 and Mandatory Reliability Standards
2. Section 215 of the FPA requires a Commissioncertified Electric
Reliability Organization (ERO) to develop mandatory and enforceable
Reliability Standards, which are subject to Commission review and
approval. Section 215(d)(2) of the FPA states that the Commission may
approve, by rule or order, a proposed Reliability Standard or
modification to a Reliability Standard if it determines that the
Standard is just, reasonable, not unduly discriminatory or
preferential, and in the public interest.\2\ If the Commission
disapproves of the proposed Standard in whole or in part, it must
remand the proposed Standard to the ERO for further consideration.\3\
Section 215(d)(5) grants the Commission authority, upon its own motion
or upon complaint, to order the ERO to submit to the Commission a
proposed Reliability Standard or a modification to a Reliability
Standard that addresses a specific matter if the Commission considers
such a modified Reliability Standard appropriate to carry out section
215. Once approved, the Reliability Standards may be enforced by the
ERO, subject to Commission oversight, or by the Commission independently.\4\
\2\ 16 U.S.C. 824o(d)(2).
\3\ 16 U.S.C. 824o(d)(4).
\4\ See 16 U.S.C. 824o(e)(3).
3. Pursuant to section 215 of the FPA, the Commission established a
process to select and certify an ERO \5\ and, subsequently, certified
NERC as the ERO.\6\ On April 4, 2006, as modified on August 28, 2006,
NERC submitted to the Commission a petition seeking approval of 107
proposed Reliability Standards. On March 16, 2007, the Commission
issued a Final Rule, Order No. 693, approving 83 of these 107
Reliability Standards and directing other action related to these
Reliability Standards.\7\ In addition, pursuant to section 215(d)(5) of
the FPA, the Commission directed NERC to develop modifications to 56 of the 83 approved Reliability Standards.\8\
\5\ Rules Concerning Certification of the Electric Reliability Organization; and Procedures for the Establishment, Approval and Enforcement of Electric Reliability Standards, Order No. 672, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,204, order on reh'g, Order No. 672A, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,212 (2006).
\6\ North American Electric Reliability Corp., 116 FERC ] 61,062, order on reh'g & compliance, 117 FERC ] 61,126 (2006), aff'd Alcoa, Inc. v. FERC, 564 F.3d 1342 (D.C. Cir. 2009).
\7\ Mandatory Reliability Standards for the BulkPower System, Order No. 693, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,242, order on reh'g, Order No. 693A, 120 FERC ] 61,053 (2007).
\8\ 16 U.S.C. 824o(d)(5).
B. Order No. 713
4. In response to a February 7, 2007 urgent action request from
WECC, NERC developed the version 2 INT Reliability Standards, which were approved by the
Commission in Order No. 713.\9\ The version 2 changes increased from five to ten minutes the time for entities in the Western
Interconnection to assess interchange requests submitted from 30 to 60 minutes before the requested start time.\10\ The approved version 2 Reliability Standards responded to a problem that balancing authorities and transmission service providers in WECC were unable to review certain interchange service requests during the then universal five minute assessment time.\11\ This inability caused the eTag requests to be denied, requiring resubmission and creating both frustration and inefficiencies.\12\
\9\ Modification of Interchange and Transmission Loading Relief Reliability Standards; and Electric Reliability Organization Interpretation of Specific Requirements of Four Reliability Standards, Order No. 713, 124 FERC ] 61,071, at P 5867 (2008). \10\ Interchange service refers to requests for energy transfers that cross balancing authority boundaries. See NERC Glossary of Terms Used in Reliability Standards (as revised) (glossary), Interchange (2009). The glossary was originally filed with NERC's April 4, 2006 Request for Approval of Reliability Standards in Docket No. RM0616000 and was affirmed in Order No. 693, FERC Stats. and Regs. ] 31,242. The glossary is appended to the Reliability Standards and is available on the NERC Web site, http:// www.nerc.com.
\11\ It was originally anticipated that different practices in the Western Interconnection would be reflected in a regional difference. However the regional difference was withdrawn, making WECC entities subject to the same practices in effect for the Eastern Interconnection. See NERC, Compliance Filing, RM0816000 (Jun. 14, 2007) (responding to Commission directive in Order No. 693, FERC Stats. and Regs. ] 31,242 at P 825, and withdrawing request for approval of regional difference for the Western Interconnection).
\12\ Order No. 713, 124 FERC ] 61,071 at P 63.
5. NERC's action in response to an urgent action request must be
made permanent, through a full vetting in the regular standards
development process. Shortly after receiving the urgent action request,
WECC and a joint NERC/NAESB \13\ work group submitted a Standards
Authorization Request to NERC seeking permanent revisions to the INT
Reliability Standards to accommodate the expanded WECC timing
requirements. In response, NERC developed the permanent revisions
embodied in the version 2 INT Reliability Standards, along with new glossary terms, discussed more fully below.\14\
\13\ North American Energy Standards Board.
\14\ As with Reliability Standards, the Commission also reviews and approves revisions to the NERC glossary pursuant to FPA section 215(d)(2). Further, the Commission may direct a modification to address a specific matter identified by the Commission pursuant to section 215(d)(5). See, e.g., Order No. 693, FERC Stats. and Regs. ] 31,242 at P 189398.
C. NERC Filing
6. On February 5, 2009, NERC filed a petition for Commission
approval of the version 3 INT Reliability Standards, INT0053; INT
0063; and INT0083.\15\ Reliability Standard INT0053 applies to
interchange authorities and is intended to ``ensure that the
implementation of Interchange between Source and Sink Balancing
Authorities is distributed by an Interchange Authority such that
Interchange information is available for reliability assessments.''
\16\ Reliability Standard INT0063 applies to balancing authorities
and transmission service providers and is intended to ``ensure that
each Arranged Interchange is checked for reliability before it is
implemented.'' \17\ Reliability Standard INT0083 applies to
interchange authorities and is intended to ``ensure that the
implementation of Interchange between Source and Sink Balancing
Authorities is coordinated by an Interchange Authority.'' \18\ Thus,
INT0083 contains requirements establishing an interchange authority's
responsibilities to oversee and coordinate the interchange of electricity from one balancing authority to another.
\15\ The revised INT Reliability Standards are provided in the petition and are available on the Commission's eLibrary document retrieval system in Docket No. RM098000 and also on NERC's Web site, http://www.nerc.com. \16\ INT0053, Purpose Statement.
\17\ INT0063, Purpose Statement.
\18\ INT0083, Purpose Statement.
7. The revised INT Reliability Standards incorporate separate
timing tables for the Western Interconnection and the Eastern
Interconnections, which includes Electric Reliability Council of Texas
(ERCOT) and HydroQuebec. Consistent with Order No. 713, these tables
affirm and clarify the increase in the reliability assessment times for
WECC from five minutes to ten minutes for requests submitted less than
60 minutes and no less than 15 minutes prior to ramp start time. The
tables specify Western Interconnection response times and clarify that
balancing authorities and transmission service providers may submit on
time eTags \19\ up to 20 minutes prior to the operating hour. NERC
also makes minor textual modifications to clarify that all entities
subject to the INT Reliability Standards must respond to ``ontime''
requests, as well as to all requests for emergency and reliability
adjustment interchange service.\20\ NERC revises the version 3 tables
to accommodate regions in which a response to arranged interchange is
required, and clarifies INT0063, Measure M1 to correspond more closely to Requirement R1.
\19\ Electronic Tagging, or eTag, is a request to implement a new interchange transaction as a physical energy flow, i.e., an RFI. The eTag documents the requested physical interchange transaction and identifies participants. ETags include expected flows, and the information provided may be used in mitigating constraints, when needed. See NERC's Joint Interchange Scheduling Work Group, Electronic Tagging Functional Specification Version 1.8.0 (Nov. 7, 2007); see also Order No. 693, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,242 at P 795.
\20\ INT006003, Requirement R1.
8. Revised Requirement R1 of INT006003 clarifies that balancing authorities and transmission service providers in all interconnections must respond to ``ontime'' requests for interchange service, as well as to each request for Emergency and Reliability Adjustment interchange services. To implement these requirements, NERC proposes three related definitions for its glossary: ``After the Fact,'' ``Emergency Request for Interchange (RFI),'' and ``Reliability Adjustment RFI,'' and specifies appropriate responses for ``Late,'' ``Ontime'' and ``After the Fact'' requests for service referenced in the timing tables:
After the Fact: A time classification assigned to a Request for Interchange (RFI) when the submittal time is greater than one hour after the start time of the RFI.
Emergency Request for Interchange: RFI to be initiated [for] Emergency or Energy Emergency conditions.
Reliability Adjustment RFI: Request to modify an Implemented Interchange Schedule for reliability purposes.
9. NERC states that the version 3 INT Reliability Standards (INT 0053, INT0063, and INT0083) ensure the safe and reliable operation of the BulkPower System. According to NERC, the Reliability Standards improve BulkPower System reliability by providing WECC entities sufficient time to assess and respond to requests for interchange service. In addition, establishing a separate timing table for WECC clarifies the timing requirements for the Western Interconnection. The timing requirements for the Eastern Interconnections (including ERCOT and HydroQuebec) are also modified by adopting the ontime, late, and afterthefact classifications and proposing appropriate responses under the Reliability Standards. NERC reports that the new terms incorporated in the timing tables are consistent with existing industry eTag specifications, which are used to request and arrange interchange service, and use of these terms will ensure uniform treatment for all entities subject to the INT Reliability Standards.
10. Consistent with the NERC Rules, a NERCassembled ballot body,
consisting of industry stakeholders, developed the revisions using the NERC Reliability Standards Development
Procedure.\21\ The NERC Board of Trustees (Board) approved the revisions.\22\ NERC requests that the revised INT Reliability Standards be effective on the first day of the quarter, three months after regulatory approval is granted.\23\
\21\ See NERC's Rules of Procedures, Appendix 3A.
\22\ NERC petition at 3.
\23\ The petition makes no modification to the violation risk factors or violation severity levels for the revised INT Reliability Standards. Therefore, the currently effective violation risk factors and violation severity levels will continue to apply.
D. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and Comment
11. On June 18, 2009, the Commission issued a NOPR seeking comment
on its proposal to approve NERC's revisions to Reliability Standards INT0053, INT0063 and INT0083.\24\
\24\ Electric Reliability Organization Revised Mandatory Reliability Standards for Interchange Scheduling and Coordination, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 74 FR 30027 (Jun. 24, 2009), FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 32,643 (2009) (NOPR).
12. No participant filed comments opposing the Commission's proposal to approve NERC's revised INT Reliability Standards. In fact, Ameren Services Co. filed the sole comment, requesting clarification that a NOPR reference to ``transmission operators'' was not intended to modify the Reliability Standard requirements, which apply to transmission service providers. The reference is corrected to refer to ``transmission service providers'' in the discussion in this order. II. Discussion
13. Pursuant to section 215(d) of the FPA, the Commission approves Reliability Standards INT0053, INT0063 and INT0083 and the related glossary terms as mandatory and enforceable. The revised INT Reliability Standards facilitate the reliable operation of the Bulk Power System by providing WECC entities sufficient time to assess and respond to requests for interchange service before the underlying e Tags for these requests expire, and by clarifying timing requirements for all affected entities.
14. These version 3 INT Reliability Standards finalize and improve upon the version 2 changes approved in Order No. 713. The Commission agrees that separating the WECC and EasternInterconnection/ERCOT requirements in the timing tables adds clarity for entities operating in the WECC system. In addition, retaining the slightly modified versions of the prior timing tables for the Eastern Interconnection and ERCOT helps to ensure consistency in responding to interchange requests in those areas.
15. Accordingly, the Commission finds that the ERO's revisions are
just, reasonable, not unduly discriminatory or preferential, and in the
public interest. Therefore, the Commission approves the revised INT
Reliability Standards as mandatory and enforceable, effective as
requested.\25\ While we are accepting the revised INT Reliability
Standards, the Commission will discuss below specific issues, in
particular the changes to Reliability Standard INT0063 to highlight the effect on reliability.
\25\ The petition makes no modification to the violation risk factors or violation severity levels for the revised INT Reliability Standards. Therefore, the currently effective violation risk factors and violation severity levels will continue to apply.
16. INT0063, Requirement R1 requires communication between balancing authorities, transmission service providers, and an interchange authority regarding when to respond to a request for interchange service:
Requirement R1: Prior to the expiration of the reliability
assessment period defined in the timing requirements tables in this
standard, Column B, the Balancing Authority and the Transmission Service Provider shall respond to each Ontime Request for
Interchange (RFI), and to each Emergency RFI and Reliability Adjustment RFI from an Interchange Authority to transition an Arranged Interchange to a Confirmed Interchange.
17. Balancing authorities and transmission service providers must
review proposed interchange transactions to ensure that transmission
service is available and system limits are not violated and must inform
the interchange authority whether a request may be confirmed.\26\
Reliability coordinators and transmission service providers must review
composite energy interchange transaction information to ensure that
their systems can accommodate the energy, generation is available based
on startup characteristics, and the scheduling path is available on both local and adjacent systems.
\26\ See INT0053, Requirement R1; INT0063, Requirement R1 (Response to Interchange Authority).
18. NERC's proposal incorporates one important change from the version 2 requirements. The prior revision, reflected in version 2, requires responsible entities to ``respond to a request from an Interchange Authority to transition an Arranged Interchange to a Confirmed Interchange.'' This language suggests that a response is required for requests within the designated time periods. In version 3, Requirement R1 is clarified, directing the applicable entity to respond to ``ontime'' requests for interchange service within a given time period, and also to all Emergency and Reliability Adjustment requests for interchange service.\27\ Entities are required to respond to each of these latter two requests regardless of the timelines identified in the timing tables, with paperwork to follow later. Time classifications and deadlines apply to both initial arranged interchange submittals and any subsequent modifications to the arranged interchange.
\27\ See INT0063, Measure M1.
19. The Commission finds the clarification to INT0063, Requirement R1 acceptable. Responsible entities are still required to respond to all ontime requests for interchange service, as well as all requests for Emergency interchange service and Reliability Adjustment interchange service.
20. In Order No. 713, the Commission approved version 2 of the INT
Reliability Standards, noting that NERC's compliance with the Order No.
693 directive to modify Reliability Standard INT0061 is ongoing.\28\
While we accept the current changes, in light of NERC's efforts to
modify the Reliability Standards, we remind NERC to ensure the
Commission's outstanding directives are addressed in future changes to the INT Reliability Standards.
\28\ Order No. 713, 124 FERC ] 61,071 at P 67 (citing Order No. 693, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,242 at P 866).
21. Consistent with the NOPR, the Commission finds the revisions to the three revised INT Reliability Standards, INT0053, INT0063 and INT0083, and the associated glossary terms reasonable in providing consistent and clear rules for responding to interchange service requests. The Commission accepts the revised INT Reliability Standards as mandatory and enforceable and the related glossary terms, as discussed.
III. Information Collection Statement
22. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations require
that OMB approve certain reporting and recordkeeping (collections of
information) imposed by an agency.\29\ The information contained here
is also subject to review under section 3507(d) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.\30\
\29\ 5 CFR 1320.11.
\30\ 44 U.S.C. 3507(d).
23. As stated above, the Commission previously approved, in Order No. 693, each of the Reliability Standards that are
the subject of the current rulemaking. This Final Rule approves revisions to three previously approved Reliability Standards (as revised) developed by NERC as the ERO. The approved revisions relate to existing Reliability Standards and do not substantially change the requirements or reporting obligations established by these standards; therefore, they do not add to or otherwise increase entities' current reporting burden. Thus, the Final Rule does not materially and adversely affect the burden estimates relating to the currently effective version of the Reliability Standards presented in Order No. 693.
24. Reliability Standards INT0053, INT0063, and INT0083 that
are the subject of the approved revisions were approved in Order No.
693, and the related information collection requirements were reviewed
and approved, accordingly.\31\ The approved revisions do not modify or
otherwise affect the collection of information already in place. With
respect to the INT Reliability Standards, the revisions are mainly
concerned with the timing of responses to requests for service rather
than the required documentation.\32\ Under the existing requirements,
affected entities were required to respond to all requests for service
covered by the INT Reliability Standards, while the approved revisions
clarify that entities need not respond to late requests for service
(with exceptions for services needed for emergency or reliability
purposes). As we noted above, the revisions continue to be consistent
with existing industry eTag specifications used to request and arrange
interchange service and will ensure uniform treatment for all entities
subject to the INT Reliability Standards. The revised provisions apply
to processing requests for service in the next hour, typically for
economy energy exchanges, and should not result in a noticeable change
in the eTagging practices for power sales or in the fulfillment of
exchanges or ability to attain cost savings. In fact, the revisions
should facilitate cost saving by affirming that utilities must respond
to all emergency or reliability exchange services requests, providing
parties submitting late requests with an opportunity to correct their error.
\31\ See Order No. 693, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 31,242 at P 1901 07.
\32\ The OMB control number used in this analysis was issued in Docket No. RM0616000, Order No. 693, FERC Stats. and Regs. ] 31,242 at P 1907 and incorporated to support the information collection statement in Order No. 713, 124 FERC ] 61,071 at P 69.
25. Finally, the revisions do not establish any significant reporting obligations. The Commission does not consider this a significant burden. We did not receive any comments on our determination in the NOPR with respect to the reporting burden. We will submit this Final Rule to OMB for informational purposes.
Title: FERC725A, Electric Reliability Organization Revised
Mandatory Reliability Standards for Interchange Scheduling and Coordination.
Action: Final Rule.
OMB Control No.: 19020244.
Respondents: Businesses or other forprofit institutions; notfor profit institutions.
Frequency of Responses: On Occasion.
Necessity of the Information: This Final Rule approves revisions of three Commissionapproved Reliability Standards. The Final Rule finds that the revisions promote reliable operation of the BulkPower System; are just, reasonable, not unduly discriminatory or preferential; and in the public interest.
26. Interested persons may obtain information on the reporting requirements by contacting the following: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE. Washington, DC 20426 [Attention: Michael Miller, Office of the Executive Director, Phone: (202) 502 8415, fax: (202) 2730873, email: firstname.lastname@example.org].
27. For submitting comments concerning the collection(s) of information and the associated burden estimate(s), please send your comments to the contact listed above and to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Washington, DC 20503 [Attention: Desk Officer for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, phone (202) 3954638, fax: (202) 3957285, e mail: email@example.com]. IV. Environmental Analysis
28. The Commission is required to prepare an Environmental
Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement for any action that may
have a significant adverse effect on the human environment.\33\ The
Commission has categorically excluded certain actions from this
requirement as not having a significant effect on the human
environment. Included in the exclusion are rules that are clarifying,
corrective, or procedural or that do not substantially change the
effect of the regulations being amended.\34\ The actions proposed
herein fall within this categorical exclusion in the Commission's regulations.
\33\ Regulations Implementing National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Order No. 486, FERC Stats. & Regs. ] 30,783 (1987). \34\ 18 CFR 380.4(a)(2)(ii).
V. Regulatory Flexibility Act Analysis
29. The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA) \35\ generally
requires a description and analysis of final rules that will have
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.
The RFA mandates consideration of regulatory alternatives that
accomplish the stated objectives of a proposed rule and that minimize
any significant economic impact on a substantial number of small
entities. The Small Business Administration's Office of Size Standards
develops the numerical definition of a small business.\36\ For electric
utilities, a firm is small if, including its affiliates, it is
primarily engaged in the transmission, generation and/or distribution
of electric energy for sale and its total electric output for the
preceding twelve months did not exceed four million megawatt hours. The
RFA is not implicated by this Final Rule because the revisions
discussed herein will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.
\35\ 5 U.S.C. 60112.
\36\ See 13 CFR 121.201.
30. In Order No. 693, the Commission adopted policies to minimize
the burden on small entities, including approving the ERO compliance
registry process to identify those entities responsible for complying
with mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards. The ERO registers
only those distribution providers or load serving entities that have a
peak load of 25 MW or greater and are directly connected to the bulk
electric system or are designated as a responsible entity as part of a
required underfrequency load shedding program or a required under
voltage load shedding program. Similarly, for generators, the ERO
registers only individual units of 20 MVA or greater that are directly
connected to the bulk electric system, generating plants with an
aggregate rating of 75 MVA or greater, any blackstart unit material to
a restoration plan, or any generator that is material to the
reliability of the BulkPower System. Further, the ERO will not
register an entity that meets the above criteria if it has transferred
responsibility for compliance with mandatory Reliability Standards to a joint action agency or other organization. The Commission
estimated that the Reliability Standards approved in Order No. 693 would apply to approximately 682 small entities (excluding entities in Alaska and Hawaii), but also pointed out that the ERO's Compliance Registry Criteria allow for a joint action agency, generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative or similar organization to accept compliance responsibility on behalf of its members. Once these organizations register with the ERO, the number of small entities registered with the ERO will diminish and, thus, significantly reduce the impact on small entities.\37\
\37\ To be included in the compliance registry, the ERO determines whether a specific small entity has a material impact on the BulkPower System. If these small entities should have such an impact then their compliance is justifiable as necessary for Bulk Power System reliability.
31. Finally, as noted above, this Final Rule addresses revisions of the INT Reliability Standards, which were already approved in Order No. 693, and, therefore, do not create an additional regulatory impact on small entities.
VI. Document Availability
32. In addition to publishing the full text of this document in the Federal Register, the Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this document via the Internet through the Commission's Home Page (http://www.ferc.gov) and in the Commission's Public Reference Room during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time) at 888 First Street, NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426.
33. From the Commission's Home Page on the Internet, this information is available on eLibrary. The full text of this document is available on eLibrary in PDF and Microsoft Word format for viewing, printing, and/or downloading. To access this document in eLibrary, type the docket number excluding the last three digits of this document in the docket number field.
34. User assistance is available for eLibrary and the Commission's
Web site during normal business hours from FERC Online Support at (202) 5026652 (toll free at 18662083676) or email at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Public Reference Room at (202) 502 8371, TTY (202) 5028659. Email the Public Reference Room at email@example.com. VII. Effective Date and Congressional Notification
35. These regulations are effective January 25, 2010. The Commission has determined, with the concurrence of the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, that this rule is not a ``major rule'' as defined in section 351 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.
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By the Commission.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
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