New regs for Wednesday: TVs, tobacco, classified information

Wednesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for TVs, tobacco, financial companies and classified information. Here's what is happening: 

TVs: The Federal Trade Commission is revising its labeling requirements for TVs.

TV manufacturers are already required to label their products with information about energy consumption, but the FTC is establishing new data reporting requirements to meet new test procedures from the Department of Energy.

The FTC's Energy Labeling Rule was formed in 1979 and originally applied to refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, water heaters, clothes washers, air conditioners and furnaces. In 2011, it included TVs under the rule.

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.

Tobacco: The Department of Agriculture is revising tobacco regulations.

The USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. announced the changes Tuesday to a program that pays the owners of certain farms that were used to produce tobacco, using industry dollars. 

The rule goes into effect immediately.

Dodd-Frank: Seven government finance agencies are considering a joint rule that would implement a portion of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

The appraisal regulations come from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., National Credit Union Administration, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

The rule would require states to report to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council information needed to administer the new national registry of appraisal management companies.

The public has 60 days to comment.

Classified information: The Department of Defense is moving forward with changes to the National Industrial Security Program to ensure that classified information is safeguarded in cases, where contractors have significant foreign ownership.

The interim rule goes into effect immediately.

Nuclear: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying a request from petitioners to expand the size of emergency planning zones around nuclear facilities.

"The NRC is denying the petition because the NRC concludes that the current size of the emergency planning zones is appropriate for existing reactors and that emergency plans will provide an adequate level of protection of the public health and safety in the event of an accident at a nuclear power plant," the agency wrote.