New regs for Monday: Air quality, car emissions, teen pregnancy

Monday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for car emissions, vineyards, teen pregnancy prevention, air quality standards and bats.

Here's what is happening:

Cars: The Environmental Protection Agency is correcting mistakes made in an emissions rule for motor vehicles. The changes include new test procedures for air conditioning units in cars.

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

Walnut Hill Vineyards is petitioning the agency to establish a 38,000-acre vineyard known as the Fountaingrove District in Sonoma County, Calif. 

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

"Cabernet, sauvignon, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, merlot, cabernet franc, zinfandel, syrah, and viognier are the primary grape varieties grown within the proposed (region)," the bureau said.

The public has 60 days to comment.

Teen pregnancy: The Department of Health and Human Services is looking into the cost-effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention programs, the agency said Friday.

The public has 30 days to comment.

Air: The Environmental Protection Agency is looking into the effectiveness of air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide to determine whether they are adequately protecting public health from exposure to these substances in the air.

Mining: The Bureau of Land Management is raising its fees for unpatented mining claims, mill sites and tunnel sites, the agency announced Friday. Companies that want to search for mineral deposits on public lands are required to pay these fees.

The new fees go into effect immediately.

Bats: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is delaying by six months a rule that would list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species, the agency said Friday.

The FWS said it has received conflicting arguments from the public and needs more time to decide.