New regs for Monday: Renewable fuel, milk, oil and gas production

Monday's edition of the Federal Register will contain new rules for the renewable fuel standard, medical devices, imported milk, and oil and gas production on Native American reservations.

Here's what is happening:

Renewable fuel: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying again the deadline for petroleum companies to show they are in compliance with the 2013 renewable fuel standards.

The EPA said Friday it is delaying last year's compliance deadline for a second time. The original deadline for was set for Feb. 28 for petroleum companies to show their gas and diesel fuels met the previous year's standards. But the agency pushed it back to June 30.

Friday the EPA delayed it once again. The new deadline is Sept. 30.

Medical device: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is loosening the restrictions on a medical sponge that is used to stop bleeding in patients, the agency announced Friday.

The FDA said non-absorbable expandable hemostatic sponges will no longer require premarket approval.

The rule goes into effect in 30 days. 

"The sponges expand upon contact with blood to fill the wound cavity and provide a physical barrier and pressure that facilitates formation of a clot," the FDA wrote.

Milk: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is raising the cost of dairy import licenses for foreign farmers to $250 in 2015.

The USDA estimates this fee will cover the agency's costs for issuing the licenses, with little profit remaining.

Native American land: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying a rule that requires small oil and gas producers on Native American reservations to obtain permits from the agency.

The deadline for these companies to obtain permits is now pushed back to March 2, 2016, from the previous deadline of Sept. 2, 2014.

Education: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is issuing voluntary guidelines to biology teachers intended to protect local waters.

The agency is asking educators and students who examine animals, plants or microorganisms for a class not to dispose of those items in drains for by flushing them down the toilet because they can spread aquatic invasive species into local waterways.