Reg Watch

Public comment periods are closing soon for the following proposed rules:

• The Consumer Product Safety Commission has created a proposed rule with new safety standards for infant and toddler swings. The standard, which is being created because of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, applies to swings that are meant for use by children 5 years old and younger. It will likely be “ ‘substantially the same as’ applicable voluntary standards,” but could be “more stringent than the voluntary standard if the commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product.” Comments are due by April 25.

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• The Energy Department has issued a request for information regarding how to implement “regulations for a statutorily required reduction in petroleum consumption and increase in alternative fuel consumption for federal fleets.” Specifically, the department is looking for comments on how the fiscal 2005 alternative fuel consumption baseline should be calculated. The ultimate rule will require “a 10 percent increase in alternative fuel consumption, as calculated from the baseline established by the secretary for fiscal year 2005.” All comments should be submitted through April 27.

• The Food and Nutrition Service has proposed a rule that “would establish the basic requirements for the operation” of a program promoting consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables at elementary schools. The rule would establish “administrative and operations requirements” for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) nationally, statewide and locally. FFVP is supposed to “improv[e] their dietary habits and long-term health.” Comments are due “on or before” April 24.

• The Small Business Administration created a proposed rule “to increase small-business size standards for 28 industries” related to healthcare and social assistance. Being classified as a small business can affect which federal loans companies are eligible for. One of the proposed changes, for example, is for ambulance services, which would have the maximum receipts for being classified as small business doubled from $7 million to $14 million. The rulemaking is open for comment through April 24.