New regs for Friday: Sports blackouts, railroad safety, radioactive waste disposal

Friday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for sports blackouts, railroad safety, and radioactive waste disposal.

Here's what is happening:

Sports blackouts: The Federal Communications Commission is looking for more information as it considers whether to eliminate the sports blackout rule. Earlier this month, the NFL was nearly forced to black out three playoff games in Green Bay, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. The FCC announced in December that it was considering such a move. The public has one month to submit comments.

Railroad: The Federal Railroad Administration is strengthening track safety standards so that rail defects can be more easily detected before they cause a train wreck. This comes after several high-profile train crashes around the country. The rules go into effect in two months. 

Radioactive waste: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering changes to low-level radioactive waste disposal regulations. The commission will hold a public workshop to discuss changes to how companies dispose of radioactive material.

Mail: The U.S. Postal Service is postponing new service standards for overnight first-class mail and other market-dominant products that were supposed to go into effect in February.

The USPS has been considering consolidating its network because of a decline in business, but such a move could slow down delivery times and service standards. So the USPS must change service standards for its first-class mail before it can do so.

Automated trading: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is taking more time to consider new risk controls and system safeguards for automated trading.

The CFTC announced last fall that it was looking into new rules for Wall Street companies, as the industry moves from human-centered to automated trading environments.

The new rules could include pre-trade and post-trade risk measures. But the deadline passed in December, so the agency is reopening the public comment period through Feb. 14.