New regs for Tuesday: Wine, mine safety, organic chemicals

Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for winemakers, Indian reservations, the safety of mine workers, and testing exemptions for organic chemicals.

Here's what is happening:

Wine: The Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade is considering approving the expansion of a vineyard in northern California.

Saluti Cellars winery, which established a 33-mile vineyard in 2001 in southern El Dorado County, Calif., is petitioning the bureau to expand its vineyards by 1,200 acres.

The bureau designates viticultural areas around the country so winemakers can describe where their wine comes from on wine labels and in advertisements for their wine. 

"The establishment of (viticultural areas) allows (winemakers) to describe more accurately the origin of their wines to consumers, and helps consumers to identify wines they may purchase," the bureau wrote.

The public has 60 days to comment.

Indian reservations: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering new rules that would speed up the process by which companies can request rights-of-way to use Indian land, the agency said Monday.

The bureau said it is looking to modernize the process by establishing a timeline for the agency to review rights-of-way requests and clarifying that the agency can only disapprove of requests if there is a compelling reason to do so.

The public has 60 days to comment.

Exports: The Bureau of Industry and Security is updating its export regulations for unprocessed western red cedar, and certain crude oil and petroleum products, the agency said Monday.

The new rule goes into effect immediately.

Chemicals: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering waiving the testing requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act for a company that produces organic chemicals.

The South Carolina-based National Ford Chemical requested a waiver from a test to determine whether its chemicals are contaminated with halogenated dibenzodioxins, which the EPA said it is considering and will issue a decision on by July 21.

The public has 30 days to comment.

Safety: The Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is looking into the safety of the hoisting systems that mine workers use, such as wire ropes, the agency said Monday.

The MSHA is seeking approval from the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to review the safety records that mining companies maintain for their hoisting systems.

The public has 30 days to comment.