New regs for Thursday: Air conditioners, farmers, endangered sharks

Thursday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for energy labels on air conditioners, government loans to farmers, endangered sharks and salmon and an old navy submarine.

Here's what is happening:

Submarine: The Navy is exempting a retired submarine that it decommissioned in 2010 from certain navigational rules and regulations.

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The deputy assistant judge advocate general of the Navy has determined that the USS Bremerton (SSN 698) "cannot fully comply" with international rules intended to prevent ships from colliding.

"The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in (nearby) waters," the Navy wrote.

The rule goes into effect immediately.

Air conditioners: The Federal Trade Commission is correcting a mistake made in a rule it published last month about energy labels for air conditioners, the agency said Wednesday.

The FTC updated the energy labels for air conditioners on Aug. 12, but did not publish the correct new minimum conservation standards, which it is fixing now.

The changes go into effect immediately.

Finance: The Farm Credit Administration is considering new ways of measuring risk from farmers who are seeking loans, the agency said Wednesday.

The agency is proposing new capital requirements, leverage requirements, risk weightings and public disclosure requirements for institutions that are part of the Farm Credit System and lend to farmers and ranchers.

The public has 120 days to comment.

Animal disease: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to continue its investigation of chronic wasting disease, as it considers new requirements for limiting the spread of the sickness among deer and other animals.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Wednesday requested permission from the White House to continue collecting information on the disease, which causes severe weight loss in animals.

The public has 60 days to comment.

Endangered: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is moving forward with new protections for certain hammerhead sharks, salmon and sturgeon fish, the agency announced Wednesday.

The FWS said it will add the Chinese sturgeon, European sturgeon, Kaluga sturgeon, Sakhalin sturgeon and Adriatic sturgeon to the list of either Endangered or Threatened Species.

The agency is doing the same thing for four types of hammerhead sharks, as well as Chinook salmon in the upper Columbia River.

The protections go into effect immediately.