New regs for Thursday: Sanitary inspections on ships, oxygen devices on airplanes

Thursday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for sanitary inspections on ships, medical oxygen devices on airplanes, ethics rules for employees of the Justice Department, and exemptions from the Clean Air Act.

Here's what is happening:

Ships: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is raising the fee it charges ships to conduct surprise sanitary inspections to make sure they are clean.

Ships that sail overseas and carry at least 13 passengers are subject to two unannounced inspections each year. The new fees go into effect on Oct. 1.

Breathing device: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing a rule that allows people with medically-diagnosed breathing problems to bring their personal oxygen concentrators on board to consider whether changes are necessary.

Under current rules, these passengers must have a doctor's note stating the need for their breathing device, and the pilot must be notified.

Ethics: The Justice Department is moving forward with new ethics rules for government employees of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which falls under DOJ's jurisdiction. 

These federal workers will be prohibited from maintaining financial interests in alcohol, tobacco, firearms, or explosives industries, so they can remain impartial and objective, DOJ said.

Poultry: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is correcting an error made in a poultry rule it published earlier this month. The correction deals with sanitation procedures. 

The changes go into effect immediately.

Clean Air Act: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exempting companies that need to use small amounts of methyl bromide from Clean Air Act rules that prohibit the use of this colorless, odorless gas, because it depletes the ozone.

The use of methyl bromide was phased out in 2005, but the EPA continues to provide occasional exemptions to the rule.