Reg Watch

• The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has opened a proposed rule for comment that “would largely eliminate overnight service for First-Class Mail,” among other provisions. The drop in mail volumes “has made it difficult for the Postal Service to consolidate the network quickly enough to align with current volumes.” Therefore, USPS would like “to eliminate the overnight service standard for First Class Mail, narrow the product’s two-day delivery range, and enlarge its three-day delivery range.” The proposal, which “could lead to significant cost savings,” is open for comment through Feb. 13. 

• The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on portions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. The regulation aims to “bring existing communication law protecting people with disabilities in line with 21st-century technologies while providing flexibility to the industry by allowing for new and innovative ways to meet the needs of people with disabilities.” Among the questions the FCC has posed is how to implement the requirement that “Internet browsers built into mobile phones … be accessible to and usable by persons who are blind or have a visual impairment, unless doing so is unachievable.” The initial comment period ends Feb. 13. 

• The Federal Trade Commission has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding “disclosure requirements of heating and cooling equipment.” The rule is intended to “help industry members and consumers determine whether equipment meets applicable new Department of Energy efficiency standards for specific regions.” The commission’s comment period was extended from Jan. 10 to Feb. 6 at the request of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. 

• The Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed a rule that would “amend the meat and poultry products inspection regulations to expand the circumstances in which FSIS will generically approve the labels of meat and poultry products.” The rule would allow “establishments” to submit less labels for evaluation “on a case by case basis” “e.g., labels for temporary approval, labels for products produced under religious exemption, labels for export with labeling deviations, and claims and special statements intended for use on labels.” The public can comment on this rule through Feb. 3.