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5230 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No.

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(International). However, other SUMMARY: Recent legislation alters the following specific policies set forth in
personnel from the IRS and the Treasury postal ratemaking process, and tasks the the PAEA.
Department participated in their Postal Regulatory Commission to
A. Requirements
development. develop regulations to implement this
process. This notice invites public The system for regulating rates and
List of Subjects in 26 CFR Part 1 classes for market dominant products
comment, in advance of formulating
Income taxes, Reporting and substantive rule proposals, to guide this shall:
recordkeeping requirements. process. 1. Establish a schedule whereby rates,
DATES: Initial comments due April 6, when necessary and appropriate, would
Proposed Amendments to the change at regular intervals by
Regulations 2007; reply comments due May 7, 2007.
ADDRESSES: Submit comments predictable amounts;
Accordingly, 26 CFR part 1 is electronically via the Commission’s 2. Include an annual limitation on the
proposed to be amended as follows: Filing Online system at http:// percentage changes in rates, to be set by
www.prc.gov. the Commission, that will be equal to
PART 1—INCOME TAXES the change in the Consumer Price Index
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: for All Urban Consumers unadjusted for
Paragraph 1. The authority citation Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, seasonal variation over the most recent
for part 1 is amended by adding the 202–789–6820 and available 12-month period preceding the
following new entries: stephen.sharfman@prc.gov. date the Postal Service files notice of its
Authority: 26 U.S.C. 7805 * * * SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Postal intention to increase rates;
Section 1.367(a)–3T(e) also issued Accountability and Enhancement Act, 3. Establish procedures whereby the
under 367(a) and (b).* * * Public Law 109–435 (PAEA), directs Postal Service may adjust rates not in
Section 1.367(a)–8T also issued under that the Postal Regulatory Commission excess of the annual limitation;
367(a) and (b).* * * (Commission) shall by regulation 4. Provide that not later than 45 days
Par. 2. Section 1.367(a)–3 is amended establish a modern system for regulating before the implementation of any
by revising paragraphs (e) and (f) to read rates and classes for market dominant adjustment in rates subject to this
as follows: postal products. The PAEA further limitation, including special rates
directs that the Commission shall pursuant to factor (10), below:
§ 1.367(a)–3 Treatment of transfers of promulgate regulations to bound Postal (a) Require the Postal Service to
stock or securities to foreign corporations. Service discretion in setting rates for provide public notice of the adjustment;
* * * * * competitive postal products. Both of (b) Provide an opportunity for review
(e) [The text of this proposed these tasks are to be completed by June by the Commission;
amendment is the same as the text of 19, 2008. (c) Provide for the Commission to
§ 1.367(a)–3T(e) published elsewhere in Interested persons are invited to notify the Postal Service of any
this issue of the Federal Register]. provide written comments and noncompliance of the adjustment with
(f) [The text of this proposed suggestions as to how the Commission this annual limitation;
amendment is the same as the text of can best fulfill these responsibilities to (d) Require the Postal Service to
§ 1.367(a)–3T(f) published elsewhere in achieve the purposes of the PAEA. respond to the notice provided under
this issue of the Federal Register]. Comments are due within 60 days of the the previous clause and describe the
* * * * * date of publication of this notice in the actions to be taken to comply with this
Par. 3. Section 1.367(a)–8 is revised to Federal Register. All comments and annual limitation; and
read as follows: suggestions received will be available 5. Establish procedures to allow rate
for review on the Commission’s Web adjustments in excess of the annual
§ 1.367(a)–8 Gain recognition agreement site, http://www.prc.gov. Interested limitation on an expedited basis due to
requirements. persons are further invited to review either extraordinary or exceptional
[The text of proposed § 1.367(a)–8 is these submissions and provide follow- circumstances, provided:
the same as the text of § 1.367(a)–8T up comments and suggestions within 30 (a) There is not sufficient unused rate
published elsewhere in this issue of the additional days, that is, within 90 days authority as defined in 39 U.S.C.
Federal Register.] of the publication of this notice in the 3622(d)(2)(C); and
Federal Register. (b) The Commission determines, after
Kevin M. Brown, Commenters are requested to notice and opportunity for a public
Deputy Commissioner for Services and specifically explain how suggestions hearing and comment, and within 90
Enforcement. will comport with the specific days after any request by the Postal
[FR Doc. 07–496 Filed 2–1–07; 10:34 am] applicable statutory directions as set out Service, that such adjustment is
BILLING CODE 4830–01–P below. reasonable and equitable and necessary
to enable the Postal Service, under best
I. Modern Rate Regulation of Market
practices of honest, efficient, and
Dominant Products
POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION economical management, to maintain
The PAEA reforms the postal laws of and continue the development of postal
39 CFR 3001 the United States. Among other things, services of the kind and quality adapted
it alters the method by which the rates to the needs of the United States.
[Docket No. RM2007–1; Order No. 2] and fees for postal products may be
B. Objectives
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changed. Separate rules are to apply for


Administrative Practice and Procedure, market dominant, as opposed to The system for regulating rates and
Postal Service competitive, postal services. The classes for market dominant products
AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission. Commission is given 18 months to shall be designed to achieve the
develop and implement this system. In following objectives, each of which
ACTION:Advance notice of proposed
fulfilling this responsibility, the shall be applied in conjunction with the
rulemaking.
Commission is to effectuate the others:

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1. To maximize incentives to reduce 7. The importance of pricing activity will be phased out over a
costs and increase efficiency; flexibility to encourage increased mail limited period of time; or
2. To create predictability and volume and operational efficiency; 2. The amount of the discount above
stability in rates; 8. The relative value to the people of costs avoided
3. To maintain high quality service the kinds of mail matter entered into the (a) Is necessary to mitigate rate shock;
standards established under 39 U.S.C. postal system and the desirability and and
3691; justification for special classifications (b) Will be phased out over time; or
4. To allow the Postal Service pricing and services of mail; 3. The discount is provided in
flexibility; 9. The importance of providing connection with subclasses of mail
5. To assure adequate revenues, classifications with extremely high consisting exclusively of mail matter of
including retained earnings, to maintain degrees of reliability and speed of educational, cultural, scientific, or
financial stability; delivery and of providing those that do informational value; or
6. To reduce the administrative not require high degrees of reliability 4. Reduction or elimination of the
burden and increase the transparency of and speed of delivery; discount would impede the efficient
the ratemaking process; 10. The desirability of special operation of the Postal Service.
7. To enhance mail security and deter classifications for both postal users and Application of these standards shall
terrorism; the Postal Service in accordance with not require that a workshare discount be
8. To establish and maintain a just the policies of Title 39, including reduced or eliminated if the reduction
and reasonable schedule for rates and agreements between the Postal Service or elimination of the discount would:
classifications, however the objective and postal users, when available on 1. Lead to a loss of volume in the
under this paragraph shall not be public and reasonable terms to similarly affected category or subclass of mail and
construed to prohibit the Postal Service situated mailers, that reduce the aggregate contribution to the
from making changes of unequal (a) Either improve the net financial institutional costs of the Postal Service
magnitude within, between, or among position of the Postal Service through from the category or subclass subject to
classes of mail; and reducing Postal Service costs or the discount below what it otherwise
9. To allocate the total institutional increasing the overall contribution to would have been if the discount had not
costs of the Postal Service appropriately the institutional costs of the Postal been reduced or eliminated; or
between market dominant and Service; or enhance the performance of 2. Result in a further increase in the
competitive products. mail preparation, processing, rates paid by mailers not able to take
transportation, or other functions; and advantage of the discount.
C. Factors
(b) Do not cause unreasonable harm to
In establishing the system for the marketplace; II. Provisions Applicable to Rates for
regulating rates and classes for market Competitive Products
11. The educational, cultural,
dominant products, the Commission scientific, and informational value to With regard to competitive products,
shall take into account: the recipient of mail matter; regulations are to be established that:
1. The value of the mail service 12. The need for the Postal Service to 1. Prohibit the subsidization of
actually provided each class or type of increase its efficiency and reduce its competitive products by market
mail service to both the sender and the costs, including infrastructure costs, to dominant products;
recipient, including but not limited to help maintain high quality, affordable 2. Ensure that each competitive
the collection, mode of transportation, postal services; product covers its costs attributable; and
and priority of delivery; 13. The value to the Postal Service 3. Ensure that all competitive
2. The requirement that each class of and postal users of promoting intelligent products collectively cover what the
mail or type of mail service bear the mail and of secure, sender-identified Commission determines to be an
direct and indirect postal costs mail; and appropriate share of the institutional
attributable to each class or type of mail 14. The policies of this title as well as costs of the Postal Service.
service through reliably identified such other factors as the Commission
causal relationships plus that portion of Ordering Paragraphs
determines appropriate.
all other costs of the Postal Service It is ordered:
reasonably assignable to such class or D. Additional Consideration 1. Docket No. RM2007–1 is
type; The system for regulating rates and established for the purpose of receiving
3. The effect of rate increases upon classes for market dominant products comments in advance of developing
the general public, business mail users, must enable the Commission to ensure regulations effectuating a modern
and enterprises in the private sector of that workshare discounts, as defined in system of ratemaking.
the economy engaged in the delivery of 39 U.S.C. 3622(e)(1), do not exceed the 2. Interested persons may submit
mail matter other than letters; cost that the Postal Service avoids as a comments no later than 60 days from
4. The available alternative means of result of workshare activity unless: the date of publication of this notice in
sending and receiving letters and other 1. The discount is the Federal Register.
mail matter at reasonable costs; (a) Associated with a new postal 3. Reply comments also may be filed
5. The degree of preparation of mail service, a change to an existing postal no later than 90 days from the date of
for delivery into the postal system service, or with a new workshare publication of this notice in the Federal
performed by the mailer and its effect initiative related to an existing postal Register.
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upon reducing costs to the Postal service; and 4. Shelley S. Dreifuss, director of the
Service; (b) Necessary to induce mailer Office of the Consumer Advocate, is
6. Simplicity of structure for the behavior that furthers the economically designated to represent the interests of
entire schedule and simple, identifiable efficient operation of the Postal Service the general public in this docket.
relationships between the rates or fees and the portion of the discount in 5. The Secretary shall arrange for
charged the various classes of mail for excess of the cost that the Postal Service publication of this Notice in the Federal
postal services; avoids as a result of the workshare Register.

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By the Commission. made available online at Table of Contents


Steven W. Williams, www.regulations.gov, including any I. Background of Submittal
Secretary. personal information provided, unless II. Summary of Action
[FR Doc. E7–1787 Filed 2–2–07; 8:45 am] the comment includes information A. Provisions Approved by EPA and
BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P claimed to be Confidential Business Incorporated by Reference
Information (CBI) or other information 1. Documents, Procedures, and Methods
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Adopted by Reference
Do not submit information that you 2. Opacity Standards
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 3. Nonroad Engines
AGENCY consider to be CBI or otherwise
4. Ambient Analysis Methods
protected through www.regulations.gov 5. Owner-Requested Limits
40 CFR Part 52 or e-mail. The www.regulations.gov Web 6. Preapproved Emission Limits
site is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, 7. Prevention of Significant Deterioration
[EPA–R10–OAR–2006–1013; FRL–8275–8]
which means EPA will not know your (PSD) Permits
Approval and Promulgation of Air identity or contact information unless 8. Nonattainment Area Major Stationary
you provide it in the body of your Source Permits
Quality Implementation Plan; Alaska
comment. If you send an e-mail 9. Source-Specific Minor Permits
AGENCY: Environmental Protection comment directly to EPA without going 10. General Minor Permits
Agency (EPA). 11. Conclusion
through www.regulations.gov, your e- B. Provisions Approved by EPA into the
ACTION: Proposed rule. mail address will be automatically SIP, But Not Incorporated by Reference
captured and included as part of the C. Provisions Not Approved by EPA
SUMMARY: EPA invites public comment comment that is placed in the public 1. Provisions Not Related to Section 110 of
on its proposal to approve numerous docket and made available on the the CAA
revisions to the State of Alaska Internet. If you submit an electronic 2. Provisions Related to Clean Units and
Implementation Plan. The comment, EPA recommends that you the Pollution Control Projects Exclusion
Commissioner of the Alaska Department include your name and other contact 3. Ambient Air Quality Analysis Methods
of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) (18 AAC 50.215(a)(3))
information in the body of your 4. Enforceable Test Methods (18 AAC
submitted two requests to EPA dated comment and with any disk or CD–ROM
May 6, 2005 and June 30, 2006 to revise 50.220(c)(2))
you submit. If EPA cannot read your 5. Excess Emissions (18 AAC 50.240)
certain sections of ADEC’s air quality comment due to technical difficulties 6. Source Test Deadline (18 AAC 50.345(l))
regulations. The revisions were and cannot contact you for clarification, 7. Standard Operating Permit Condition II
submitted in accordance with the EPA may not be able to consider your (18 AAC 50.346(a))
requirements of section 110 of the Clean comment. Electronic files should avoid 8. Electronic Applications (18 AAC
Air Act (hereinafter the Act or CAA). the use of special characters, any form 50.542(b)(2))
Although EPA proposes to approve most of encryption, and be free of any defects 9. Revisions to Minor Permits (18 AAC
of the submitted revisions, EPA 50.546(b))
or viruses. III. Requested Sections to be Removed from
proposes not to approve in this
rulemaking a number of submitted rule Docket: All documents in the the SIP
provisions which are inappropriate for electronic docket are listed in the IV. Geographic Scope of SIP Approval
www.regulations.gov index. Although V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews
EPA approval.
DATES: Written comments must be listed in the index, some information is I. Background of Submittal
received on or before March 7, 2007. not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other
On May 6, 2005, the Commissioner of
information whose disclosure is
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, ADEC submitted a request to EPA to
restricted by statute. Certain other
identified by Docket ID Number EPA– revise the Alaska SIP to include a
material, such as copyrighted material is
R10–OAR–2006–1013, by one of the completely revised version of the State
not placed on the Internet and will be
following methods: of Alaska’s Air Quality Regulation in 18
publicly available only in hard copy
A. www.regulations.gov. Follow the AAC 50. These changes became
form. Publicly available docket
on-line instructions for submitting effective as a matter of State law on
materials are available either
comments. January 29, 2005.
B. E-Mail: electronically in www.regulations.gov or On June 30, 2006 the Commissioner of
cunningham.roylene@epa.gov. in hard copy during normal business ADEC submitted a request to EPA to
C. Mail: Roylene A. Cunningham, hours at the Office of Air, Waste and revise the Alaska SIP to include
EPA, Office of Air, Waste, and Toxics Toxics, EPA Region 10, 1200 Sixth additional revisions to 18 AAC 50. The
(AWT–107), 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101. revised portions reflected in this
Washington 98101. Copies of the State submittal are also submittal include adoption by reference
D. Hand Delivery: EPA, Region 10 available at the State of Alaska, of updated EPA rules and changes to the
Mailroom, 9th Floor, 1200 Sixth Department of Environmental portable oil and gas drill rig regulations.
Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101. Conservation, 410 Willoughby Avenue, These changes became effective as a
Attention: Roylene A. Cunningham, Ste 303, Juneau, Alaska 99811–1800. matter of State law on December 3,
Office of Air Waste, and Toxics (AWT– FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 2005. Included in the submittal was a
107). Such deliveries are only accepted Roylene A. Cunningham, (206) 553– request that EPA exclude from
during normal hours of operation, and 0513, or by e-mail at consideration for SIP approval the
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special arrangements should be made cunningham.roylene@epa.gov. portions of 18 AAC 50 affected by the


for deliveries of boxed information. June 24, 2005, United States Court of
Instructions: Direct your comments to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Docket ID No. EPA–R10–OAR–2006– Throughout this document, whenever decision which vacated portions of
1013. EPA’s policy is that all comments ‘‘we’’, ‘‘us’’, or ‘‘our’’ is used, we mean EPA’s new source review rules
received will be included in the public the EPA. Information is organized as pertaining to clean units and pollution
docket without change and may be follows: control projects.

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