New regs for Monday: Emissions, Dodd-Frank financial reforms

Monday's edition of the Federal Register rolls back new emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants and a number of financial reform regulations, in a slow day for federal agencies in Washington.

Here's what is happening:

Emissions: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying new emissions standards for certain hazardous air pollutants, the agency said Friday.

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The EPA proposed new rules in May that would establish emissions standards for operating uranium mill tailings, which are radioactive materials that are left over from ore mining activities.

But the EPA has decided to extend the comment period through Oct. 29 to give the public more time to consider the possible changes.

Financial regulations: The Farm Credit Administration is considering easing the regulations on financial institutions that provide loans to farmers, the agency said Friday.

The agency has identified a handful of regulations that it believes may be unnecessary or overly burdensome.

Dodd-Frank: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is getting rid of a number of regulations transferred to the agency under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

This comes on the four-year anniversary of Dodd-Frank, which sprung up in the wake of the financial crisis to prevent another collapse on Wall Street. 

The changes go into effect in 30 days.

Disability: The Department of Education is looking to establish a fellowship that would focus research attention on rehabilitation efforts for people with disabilities, the agency said Friday.

"We intend the priority to strengthen the capacity of the disability and rehabilitation fields to train researchers to conduct advanced policy research in the areas of rehabilitation and disability," the agency wrote.