DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER MATTHEW DENN hereby gives notice of proposed Department of Insurance Regulation 1301 relating to Internal Review, Arbitration and Independent Utilization Review of Health Insurance Claims. The docket number for this proposed regulation is 995.
The Department of Insurance proposes to amend Regulation 1301 by rescinding the current regulation and substituting in lieu thereof revised provisions relating to Internal Review, Arbitration and Independent Utilization Review of Health Insurance Claims. The Delaware Code authority for the change is 18 Del.C. §311. The text can also be viewed at the Delaware Insurance Commissioner’s website as www.delawareinsurance.gov/departments/documents/ProposedRegs.shtml.
The Department of Insurance does not plan to hold a public hearing on the proposed changes. Any person can file written comments, suggestions, briefs, and compilations of data or other materials concerning the proposed amendment. Any written submission in response to this notice and relevant to the proposed change must be received by the Department of Insurance no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 1, 2008 by delivering said comments to Deputy Attorney General Julie M. Donoghue, Esquire, c/o Delaware Department of Insurance, 841 Silver Lake Blvd., Dover, DE 19904 or by fax to 302-739-6278 or e-mail to Julie.Donoghue@state.de.us.
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
Division of Air and Waste Management
SAN # 2008-09
Title of the Regulations:
Amendment to Regulation 1138 Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories
Brief Synopsis of the Subject, Substance and Issues:
Under Section 112(k) of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendment, Congress mandated that the EPA identify 30 or more hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) that posed the greatest threat to public health in urban areas, to identify the small area sources that emit those pollutants and to develop regulations to reduce the emission of HAPs. In 1999, the EPA identified 33 HAPs that posed the greatest threat to public health and has, since that time, identified over 60 new area source categories for which regulations would be developed.
In December 2007, the EPA promulgated another area source standard affecting Delaware sources; the hospital ethylene oxide sterilizer standard under 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart WWWWW.
The purpose of this proposed amendment to Regulation 1138 is to provide increased protection for Delaware citizens against a variety of adverse health effects, which includes problems in the proper functioning of the brain and nerves and the irritation to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes as a result of exposure to ethylene oxide. In addition, ethylene oxide is classified as a probable human carcinogen based on cancer data, which shows increased incidences of leukemia, stomach cancer and cancers of the pancreas. The proposed amendment will provide greater consistency between Delaware’s air toxics standards and the recently promulgated federal standard (Subpart WWWWW) on which this proposed amendment is heavily based. In addition, this amendment proposes to include several more protective requirements that currently exist in either Delaware air permits or similar air toxic standards found in Regulation 1138.
Notice of Public Comment:
Statements and testimony may be presented either orally or in writing at a public hearing to be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 beginning at 6:00 PM in the DNREC’s Air Quality Management Office, 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle DE. Interested parties may submit comments in writing to: Jim Snead, DNREC Air Quality Management Section, 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle, DE 19720.
James R. Snead (302) 323-4542 firstname.lastname@example.org September 29, 2008
Division of Fish and Wildlife
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD
3203 Seasons and Area Closed to Taking Horseshoe Crabs, and
3214 Horseshoe Crab Annual Harvest Limit
The Department adopted regulations (Order Number 2007-F-0044) effective November 11, 2007 to implement the horseshoe crab mandatory harvest provisions in Addendum IV of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery Management Plan for the Horseshoe Crab. As a follow-up to this Order, the Department is proposing regulations designed to be in compliance with the provisions of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Addendum V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Horseshoe Crab. These regulations would extend for another year the prohibition on the harvest and landing of all horseshoe crabs in Delaware waters from January 1 through June 7, and prohibit the harvest and landing of female horseshoe crabs for the remainder of the year as well. During the period June 8 through December 31, up to 100,000 male horseshoe crabs may be harvested from approved harvest areas in Delaware. These harvest limits may be extended for a second year according to the provisions of Addendum V provided the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission elects to do so. In addition it is proposed that where beach collecting is presently legal, that beach collecting of horseshoe crabs to be allowed to continue until July 31 of each year. Since no harvesting is allowed prior to June 8, and most of the migratory shorebirds that feed on horseshoe crab eggs will have departed from Delaware Bay by then, there should be no additional impacts to shorebirds from allowing harvesting to extend beyond the last day of June until the end of July. By harvesting only male horseshoe crabs, females would be further protected and will be available to participate in the annual spawn without being subject to harvest at any point during the year. No other changes to reporting requirements or other horseshoe crab regulations are proposed.
This regulation may be extended for an additional year beyond 2009 pending approval by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Individuals may address questions to the Fisheries Section, Division of Fish and Wildlife, (302) 739-9914. A public hearing on these proposed regulations will be held in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Auditorium, at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE at 7:00 PM on November 3, 2008. Individuals may present their opinion and evidence either at the hearing or in writing to Lisa Vest, Hearing Officer, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901 or via e-mail to Lisa.Vest@state.de.us. The hearing record will remain open for written or e-mail comments until 4:30 PM November 3, 2008.
Roy W. Miller 302-739-9914 September 15, 2008