New regs for Tuesday: Oil pipelines, crane operators, jobs

Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for oil pipelines, crane operators, the importation of Jamaican mangos and to help mentally disabled young adults find jobs.

Here's what is happening: 

Jobs: The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is considering two new programs, including one that would prepare teenagers and young adults with serious mental health conditions to join the workforce.

The other program would help these people with mental health conditions settle into community living situations.

The NIDRR hopes the programs will improve the employment and living situations of young adults with serious mental health conditions and psychiatric disabilities.

The NIDRR's programs would be administered through the Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers. They would be funded by both the NIDRR and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.

The public has 30 days to comment.

Pipelines: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is moving forward with new filing, indexing and service requirements for oil pipelines that have been delayed since last summer. 

FERC approved the new filing requirements last May, but soon thereafter delayed the rule indefinitely. On Monday, the agency announced it will go into effect in 30 days, at which points companies must comply.

Crane operators: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a public hearing next month to consider whether to delay a rule that would require crane operators to be certified. 

OSHA announced the proposed three-year delay in February, but is now planning to discuss it with the public on May 19 before it moves forward with the plan.

The deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified would be extended to Nov. 10, 2017, under the new proposal. The rule, issued in 2010, was supposed to take effect later this year.

In the meantime, employers are responsible for making sure crane operators are trained and competent, even if they are not officially certified.

OSHA is a branch of the Department of Labor.

Lawyer: The Legal Services Corporation is making changes to a program that provides legal assistance to people who are charged with crimes in tribal courts.

The new rules would allow the agency's funds to be used to pay for the legal representation of people charged with crimes in these areas. 

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.

Mangos: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow fresh mangos to be imported from Jamaica, the agency announced Monday. 

The decision comes from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which regulates the importation of fruits and vegetables into the country.

"As a condition of entry, the mangoes would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures for certain fruit flies, soft scale insects, and diseases and would have to be inspected prior to exportation from Jamaica and found free of these pests and diseases," the agency wrote.