New regs for Monday: Gun dealers, coal miners, pollution

Monday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules gun dealers who keep records of firearms sales, coal miners who suffer from black lung disease, pollution on roadways and veterans who suffer from schizophrenia.

Here's what is happening: 

Guns: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is eliminating certain records that gun dealers use to provide information about the firearms they purchase and sell, the agency announced Friday. 

The ATF said it is getting rid of an outdated form gun dealers use to indicate when they purchased a firearm, the name of the person they purchased it from, the name of the manufacturer, the type of gun, when they sold it, and whom they sold it to, among other things.

However, these gun dealers will still be required to provide similar information in another ATF form, the agency said.

The changes go into effect in 60 days.

Black lung disease: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is moving forward with new protections for coal miners, the agency announced Friday.

The new rules establish standards for the medical facilities where coal miners go to be tested for lung diseases, such as black lung disease.

"All mining work generates fine particles of dust in the air," HHS wrote. "Coal miners who inhale excessive dust are known to develop a group of diseases of the lungs and airways, including silicosis, Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis, and the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema."

The rule goes into effect immediately.

Pollution: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is considering new rules intended to reduce congestion and improve the air quality in areas of the country that are heavily polluted, the agency said Friday.

The FHA is looking to change how it measures pollution in areas that fail to comply with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, so that the most congested areas receive money to help them improve their air quality.

The public has until Oct. 3 to comment on the proposed rule.

Railroads: The Federal Railroad Administration is correcting a mistake made in a railroad worker safety rule it published last year. The rule ensures that employees understand on-track safety procedures.

The changes go into effect immediately.

Psychotic: The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with new rules for dealing with former soldiers who suffer from schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, the agency said Friday.