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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


[Federal Register: November 6, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 215)]

[Proposed Rules]               

[Page 59921-59922]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY



Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms



27 CFR Parts 4, 19, 24, 194, 250 and 251



[Notice No. 869; Ref: Notice No. 859]

RIN 1512-AB71



 

Implementation of Public Law 105-34, Sections 908, 910 and 1415, 

Related to Hard Cider, Semi-generic Wine Designations, and Wholesale 

Liquor Dealers' Signs (97-2523)



AGENCY: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Department of 

the Treasury.



ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; reopening of comment period.



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SUMMARY: This notice reopens the comment period for Notice No. 859, a 

notice of proposed rulemaking, published in the Federal Register on 

August 21, 1998. ATF has received requests to extend the comment period 

in order to provide sufficient time for all interested parties to 

respond to the issues raised in the notice.



DATES: Written comments must be received on or before December 7, 1998.



ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Chief, Regulations Division; 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; P.O. Box 50221; Washington, DC 

20091-0221; ATTN: Notice No. 859. See the Public Participation section 

of this notice for alternative means of commenting.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marjorie D. Ruhf, Regulations 

Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 650 Massachusetts 

Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226 (202-927-8230), 

mdruhf@atf.gov.



SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:



Background



    On August 21, 1998, ATF published a temporary rule and an 

associated notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register 

soliciting comments from the public and industry on three sections of 

the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, (Treasury Decision ATF-398, 63 FR 

44779, and Notice No. 859, 63 FR 44819).

    The comment period for Notice No. 859 closed on October 20, 1998. 

Prior to the close of the comment period ATF received requests from Ms. 

Cheryl A. Lau, a cider industry representative, Mr. Kirk Seggie, Winery 

Manager of Andres Wines (B.C.) Ltd., Mr. Kenton E. Kidd, of the 

California Apple Commission, and Mr. Thomas E. Dalldorf, Sr., Publisher 

of Celebrator Beer News, to extend the comment period for a short time. 

All these writers stated that potential commenters in the apple 

industry were in the middle of the apple harvest and would not be able 

to take time to provide the sort of historical and technical 

information requested in the notice. They suggested an extension until 

late November to afford these interested persons an opportunity to 

comment. In consideration of the above, ATF finds that a reopening of 

the comment period is warranted.



Public Participation



    ATF requests comments on the temporary regulations published in 

Treasury decision ATF-398 (63 FR 44779) from all interested persons. 

Comments received on or before the closing date will be carefully 

considered. Comments received after that date will be given the same 

consideration if it is practicable to do so, but assurance of 

consideration cannot be given except as to comments received on or 

before the closing date.

    Comments may be submitted by facsimile transmission (FAX) to (202) 

927-8602, provided the comments: (1) Are legible, (2) are 8\1/

2\'' x 11'' in size, (3) contain a written signature, and (4) are three 

pages or less in length. This limitation is necessary to assure 

reasonable access to the equipment. Comments sent by FAX in excess of 

three pages will not be accepted. Facsimile transmitted comments will 

be treated as originals.

    Comments may also be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to 

nprm@atf.gov, provided (1) the message is entitled 

``Comment on Notice No. 859; (2) the name and company affiliation, if 

any, of the commenter is contained in the body of the message; and (3) 

the message contains no attachments, special characters or encryption. 

E-mail comments will be printed and filed with comments submitted on 

paper and by facsimile transmission.

    Receipt of comments will not be acknowledged. ATF will not 

recognize any material in comments as confidential. Comments may be 

disclosed to the public. Any material which the commenter considers to 

be confidential or inappropriate for disclosure to the public should 

not be included in the comment. The name of the person submitting the 

comment is not exempt from disclosure. During the comment period, any 

person may request an opportunity to present oral testimony at a public 

hearing. However, the Director reserves the right, in light



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of all circumstances, to determine if a public hearing is necessary.



Disclosure



    Copies of this notice, Notice No. 859, and the written comments 

will be available for public inspection during normal business hours 

at: ATF Public Reading Room, Room 6480, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 

Washington, DC.



Drafting Information



    The author of this document is Marjorie D. Ruhf, Regulations 

Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.



List of Subjects



27 CFR Part 4



    Advertising, Consumer protection, Customs duties and inspection, 

Imports, Labeling, Packaging and containers, Wine.



27 CFR Part 19



    Administrative practice and procedure, Alcohol and alcoholic 

beverages, Authority delegations, Chemicals, Claims, Customs duties and 

inspections, Electronic funds transfers, Excise taxes, Exports, 

Gasohol, Imports, Labeling, Liquors, Packaging and containers, Puerto 

Rico, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Research, Security 

measures, Spices and flavorings, Stills, Surety bonds, Transportation, 

Vinegar, Virgin Islands, Warehouses, Wine.



27 CFR Part 24



    Administrative practice and procedure, Authority delegations, 

Claims, Electronic fund transfers, Excise taxes, Exports, Food 

additives, Fruit juices, Labeling, Liquors, Packaging and containers, 

Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Research, Scientific 

equipment, Spices and flavoring, Surety bonds, Taxpaid wine bottling 

house, Transportation, Vinegar, Warehouses, Wine.



27 CFR Part 194



    Alcohol and alcoholic beverages, Authority delegations, Beer, 

Claims, Excise taxes, Exports, Labeling, Liquors, Packaging and 

containers, Penalties, Reporting requirements, Wine.



27 CFR Part 250



    Administrative practice and procedure, Alcohol and alcoholic 

beverages, Authority delegations (Government agencies), Beer, Claims, 

Customs duties and inspections, Drugs, Electronic funds transfers, 

Excise taxes, Foods, Liquors, Packaging and containers, Puerto Rico, 

Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Spices and flavorings, Surety 

bonds, Transportation, Wine.



27 CFR Part 251



    Administrative practice and procedure, Alcohol and alcoholic 

beverages, Authority delegations, Beer, Customs duties and inspections, 

Excise taxes, Imports, Labeling, Liquors, Packaging and containers, 

Perfume, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation, 

Wine.



Authority and Issuance



    This notice is issued under the authority in 26 U.S.C. 5301, 7805, 

and 27 U.S.C. 205.



    Signed: October 29, 1998.

John W. Magaw,

Director.

[FR Doc. 98-29746 Filed 11-5-98; 8:45 am]

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