New regs for Monday: Used autos, earthquakes at nuclear power plants, fracking

Monday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules on used auto parts, replica collector's items, fisheries, hydraulic fracturing, nuclear facilities and truck drivers.

Here's what is happening:

Used auto parts: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is moving forward with new rules for companies that sell used automobile parts.

The FTC announced new guidance Friday to make sure the industry does not engage in unfair or deceptive practices when selling rebuilt or reconditioned auto parts, such as misrepresenting the condition of a part or how much work was done to repair it. 

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The new guide goes into effect on Aug. 22.

Replicas: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering changes to its rules governing the Hobby Protection Act, which ensure that collector's items are marked as replicas if they are copies of the original. This applies to everything from coins and paper money to commemorative medals, the agency said.

The FTC is reviewing the costs and benefits of the rule as it considers rewriting it.

The public has until Sept. 22 to comment.

Fishing: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is backing down from a new environmental regulations at fisheries.

The NMFS said Friday it is dropping a rule it had proposed in 2008 as part of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Fracking: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying new rules for hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, a process that is used to extract shale gas from the ground.

The EPA proposed the rules in May, but is now extending the comment period through Sept. 18 to give interested parties more time to discuss the rule. The EPA is considering how to make fracking safer and what information should be disclosed about the process.

Earthquake: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is moving forward with new rules to make sure nuclear power plants are prepared to withstand earthquakes. 

The NRC announced Friday it is updating the existing "seismic design" rules, which calculate how a nuclear power plant would respond to different magnitudes of earthquakes.

Trucks: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is updating a list of roadways where truck drivers are prohibited from carrying hazardous materials.

The National Hazardous Materials Route Registry informs truck drivers about which roads they can and cannot take when transporting radioactive and other hazardous materials.  

The new rules go into effect immediately.