New regs for Wednesday: School lunches, disclosure rules, greenhouse emissions

Wednesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for union elections, greenhouse gas emissions, and school lunches and breakfasts. 

Here's what is happening:

School meals: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is considering new requirements for schools that participate in government-sponsored lunch and breakfast programs.

The proposed rule expand local school wellness policies with new compliance and reporting requirements to encourage the education agencies that run these programs to implement healthier foods. It would also establish marketing requirements for foods and beverages on school campuses.

The goal of the new standards, which come form the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that first lady Michelle Obama has pushed, is to promote sound nutrition and student health in schools around the country, in an effort to reduce childhood obesity.

Disclosure: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering changes to a disclosure rule. The proposed rule would update the process in which the agency informs the public of product failures.

The CPSC is required by law to notify the manufacturer of what it deems to be dangerous products before informing the public to give the company time to respond, but the agency is looking to speed up the time frame.

"We are proposing to modernize that regulation to account for the significant improvements in information technology that have occurred since the regulation's adoption," the agency wrote.

Greenhouse emissions: The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released data to support its proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards for new stationary sources. This rule has been criticized by industry groups, who say the rule will make it all-but-impossible to build new coal power plants.

The public will have a chance to comment on the proposed rule.

Union elections: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced it is scheduling two public meetings to discuss its recently proposed union election rule. The NLRB resurrected the representation case rule earlier this year, in an effort to speed up union elections.

Before the NLRB can finalize the proposed rule, the public will have a chance to comment on it. The meetings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. April 10 and 11 at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

Generic drugs: The Food and Drug Administration announced it will hold a public hearing to discuss a rule it is considering for the liability of generic drugmakers. The agency will provide information about regulatory science initiatives it is using to make its decision and also seek public comment.

The hearing will be held on May 16.