New regs for Thursday: Salmonella in beef, nuclear, emissions

Thursday's edition of the Federal Register will include new rules for nuclear power plants, oil and gas emissions on Indian reservations, deadly pathogens, and Salmonella in raw beef products.

Here's what is happening:

Nuclear: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying new radiation standards for nuclear power plants, the agency announced Wednesday.

The EPA announced the proposed radiation standards in February, but the agency said Wednesday it is extending the comment period to give interested parties another 60 days to comment. The new deadline is Aug. 3.

Emissions: The Environmental Protection Agency is considering new rules for emissions from oil and gas production in Indian Country, the agency announced Wednesday.  

The EPA released a proposed rule that looks at a permitting process for oil and gas producers on Indian reservations.

"EPA believes that managing emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources in Indian country would result in greater consistency with surrounding state requirements," the agency wrote.

Pathogens: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward with a list of 21 pathogens that it believes pose a threat to public health, the agency announced Wednesday. 

The FDA says it will consider fast-tracking approval of new antibacterial and antifungal drugs that treat life-threatening infections caused by these pathogens. It will also provide the manufacturers of these drugs with an additional five years of exclusivity where they will not have to compete with other similar drugs.

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.

Salmonella: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is moving forward with new Salmonella testing requirements for raw beef products.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the new rules Wednesday, saying it plans to increase the ground beef testing sample to 325 grams from the current 25 grams. 

The rules will take effect on June 29.

Visas: The State Department is moving forward with a rule that will make it easier for women who have suffered from domestic violence to become U.S. citizens, the agency announced Wednesday.

The rule goes into effect immediately.