New regs for Tuesday: Hazardous materials, blue butterflies, fire standards

Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for trucks that transport hazardous materials, blue butterflies, the national Emergency Alert System, and fire safety standards at VA hospitals.

Here's what is happening: 

Explosives: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is looking to relax the safety requirements for trucks that transport bulk explosives, the agency said Monday.

Currently, these trucks apply for special permits each year, but the new rules would eliminate the need for future renewal requests. These trucks would be authorized to transport hazardous materials used in blasting operations. 

The public has 60 days to comment.

Butterflies: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering new protections for the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly, which lives on the outskirts of Las Vegas.

The FWS, which added the blue butterfly to the endangered species list last October, announced Monday it is looking to designate a critical habitat of more than 5,500 acre in the Spring Mountains of Clark County, Nevada to protect the butterfly. 

The public has 60 days to comment.

Warning System: The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) is considering new rules for the Emergency Alert System, a national broadcast warning system that allows the president to speak directly to the public to make emergency announcements.

The Emergency Alert System can also be used to alert people about tornadoes and flash floods.

The public has 30 days to comment.

Fire: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is looking to update its fire regulations at VA facilities to make sure the veterans who stay in them are safe.

The changes would help the VA comply with new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. 

The public has 60 days to comment.

Fees: The Surface Transportation Board is changing the fees it charges to file certain cases and pleadings.

The new fees go into effect on Aug. 14.

Infant formula: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is correcting mistakes it made in an infant formula rule it published last month. 

The regulation is intended to better protect infants who consume formula products, the agency said.

The corrections go into effect immediately.