New regs for Tuesday: Gun thefts, energy labels, airplane repair stations

Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for reporting firearm thefts, energy labels on household appliances, hazardous materials, airplane repair stations and endangered butterflies.

Here's what is happening:

Guns: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is considering new firearms theft reporting requirements, the agency announced Monday.

Gun owners are already required to report the theft of their firearms to ATF and the local authorities, but the new rules would address who is responsible to report the theft when a firearm is being shipped from one owner to another.

Oftentimes, when a firearm is stolen after a gun dealer has shipped it to a buyer, it goes unreported, according to ATF. The new rules would require the gun dealer to report the theft, in this case.

The public has 90 days to comment on the proposed rule.

Energy: The Federal Trade Commission is moving forward with changes to its energy labeling rule for certain household appliances, the agency announced Monday.

Manufacturers are already required to label products such as central air conditioners, heat pumps and weatherized furnaces with information about the energy consumption of these appliances. But the FTC is updating the highest and lowest energy consumption levels they must report.

The new rules go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

Hazardous materials: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is considering new rules for companies to obtain special permits to transport hazardous materials, the agency said Monday.

The proposed rule would also address what information an applicant needs to provide to qualify for a hazardous materials permit, which goes through PHMSA's office of hazardous materials safety’s approvals and permits division.

The public has 60 days to comment.

Repair stations: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is moving forward with new rules for aircraft repair stations, the agency announced Monday.

The new rules raise the penalties for repair station employees who falsify information about an airplane they are working on and allow the FAA to deny the repair station's certificate to operate if someone working there submitted fraudulent records in the past.

"Both of these changes will enhance safety by reducing the number of individuals in the repair station industry who commit intentional and serious violations of the regulations or who demonstrate they are otherwise unqualified to hold repair stations certificates," the FAA wrote.

The new rules go into effect in 90 days.

Endangered: The Fish and Wildlife Service is moving forward with new protections for certain types of butterflies, the agency announced Monday.

The service listed two butterflies, including the Florida leafwing and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak, as endangered species, and designated a critical habitat for each of them in the Miami area. 

The rules go into effect in 30 days. 

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