New regs for Wednesday: Eyeless spiders, military shoes, migrant worker housing

Wednesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for military acquisitions of athletic shoes, eyeless spiders, use of land on Indian reservations and migrant worker housing.

Here's what is happening:

Air Jordans: The Department of Defense will meet with sporting goods companies next month to discuss the procurement of athletic shoes for military recruits at basic training. Under the Berry Amendment, the military is required to give preference to American-made products, whether it be food, clothing or equipment.

The meeting will take place on Sept. 4.

Eyeless spider: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided not to protect a small eyeless spider that has only been found inside a cave in Texas.

Animal rights groups had asked the service to protect the spider known as Warton's cave meshweaver, but the agency said Tuesday it will not list the spider on the Endangered Species List because it "is not a distinct species."

Indian reservations: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is delaying a rule that would speed up the process by which companies can request the use of Indian land, the agency said Tuesday.

In June, the bureau said it was looking to modernize the process by establishing a timeline for the agency to review rights-of-way requests and clarify that the agency can only disapprove of requests if there is a compelling reason to do so.

But the bureau said Tuesday is it extending the comment period through Oct. 2.

Migrant worker housing: The Department of Labor may look into the living conditions at places where migrant and seasonal agricultural workers are housed.

The Labor Department's wage and hour division announced Tuesday it is seeking White House approval to collect information about these facilities. 

The public has 30 days to comment.

Mine workers: The Department of Labor is also looking to improve the safety and health of mine workers with another information collection request it is submitting to the White House.

The Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday it wants to take a look at the safety records mines keep on electric equipment.

"These records greatly assist those who use them in making decisions during accident investigations to establish root causes and to prevent similar occurrences," the agency wrote.

The public has 30 days to comment.