New regs for Friday: Offshore drilling, truck drivers, gay marriage

Friday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for offshore drilling companies, nanomaterials used in cosmetic products and animal foods, gay marriage, and truck drivers.

Here's what is happening:

Oil: The Coast Guard is easing the reporting requirements for offshore drilling companies, it announced Thursday.

Offshore drilling companies will no longer be required to notify the Coast Guard each time they change spots on the outer continental shelf.

The rule goes into effect immediately.

Water: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting mistakes it made when establishing alternative test procedures for measuring whether drinking water is contaminated, the agency said Thursday.

Cosmetics: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing new safety guidelines for nanomaterials, or scientifically-manufactured tiny particles, in cosmetic products such as sunscreen, anti-aging cream, shampoo, and toothpaste, among other things.

The HHS guidance represents the agency's "current thinking" on the issue. "This guidance is intended to help industry identify the potential safety issues of nanomaterials in cosmetic products and develop a framework for evaluating them," the agency wrote.

Animal food: At the same time, HHS is considering new safety guidelines for nanomaterials in animal foods.

The department released a draft guidance Thursday in an effort to identify potential safety issues caused by nanomaterials in animal foods.

The public has 75 days to comment.

Gay marriage: The Department of Labor is considering a new rule that would require companies to recognize the same-sex spouses of their employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The public has 45 days to comment.

Truck drivers: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is relaxing the rules for certain truck drivers who will be participating in Independence Day celebrations, the agency announced Thursday.

These truck drivers who will be carrying fireworks will be allowed to drive extended hours, the agency said.

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