New regs for Friday: Workplace smoking policies, airplane fires, emissions

Friday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules to prevent fires on airplanes, workplace smoking policies and emissions standards for petroleum refiners and the foam used to make mattresses.

Here's what is happening:

Tobacco: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering new workplace smoking policies.

The CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health announced Thursday a draft document that aims to prevent disease and injury at the workplace with new anti-tobacco policies.

The public has 30 days to comment.

Where there's smoke: The Federal Aviation Administration is considering new rules intended to prevent fires on passenger airplanes, the agency said Thursday.

The FAA is concerned that fires outside the airplane, caused by refueling spills or plane crashes, could ignite the fuel tank and cause the plane to explode, killing passengers inside. The agency is looking at new preventative measures that it says could save lives.

The public has 90 days to comment.

Foam: The Environmental Protection Agency may look at new emissions standards for a hazardous air pollutant known as flexible polyurethane foam, often used in mattresses and furniture.

Petroleum: The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying new emissions standards at petroleum refineries. 

The EPA proposed the rules in June, but said Thursday it is extending the public comment period through Oct. 28. 

Late fees: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making small changes to its Truth in Lending Act regulations, which require financial institutions such as mortgage lenders and credit card companies to disclose the costs and charges up front to consumers.

The CFPB is updating the penalty fees that banks are allowed to charge customers for late payments.

The changes go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

Endangered: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering new protections for the threatened yellow-billed cuckoo, a bird that lives in the western United States.

After listing the yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species last October, the service is now moving to create a critical habitat for the bird of more than 500,000 acres across Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

The public has 60 days to comment.