New regs for Tuesday: Nuclear plants, Mexican drug lords, predatory pricing

Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for nuclear power plants, Mexican drug lords, and predatory pricing. 

Here's what is happening:

Dumping: The Department of Commerce has decided not to resurrect predatory pricing rules in cases of international trade.

Upon a court order, the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration's Enforcement and Compliance division reviewed the agency's former targeted dumping procedures and decided not to apply them to less-than-fair-values cases, where a manufacturer imports a products at below the cost of production in order to price out competitors.

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.

Drug dealers: The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control is blocking payments to several Mexican drug lords, in the latest effort in the war on drugs.

The agency announced Monday it is freezing the assets of of five Mexican narcotics dealers and 10 of their companies under the Kingpin Designation Act.

Their names have already been placed on a list of people and entities American banks cannot deal with.

Nuclear: The Nuclear Regulation Commission (NRC) is delaying a new rule for the fuel rods on nuclear power reactors.  

The NRC proposed changes to a rule in March that would apply to the emergency core cooling systems in light-water nuclear power reactors. The new performance-based criteria would cover fuel rods with zirconium alloy cladding that are used in these cooling systems.

But the NRC announced Monday it is delaying the changes. The comment period, which was supposed to end on June 9, is being extended to Aug. 21.

FOIA: The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is considering giving the Office of General Counsel the authority to review Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board runs the Thrift Savings Plan, which is a tax-deferred retirement savings plan for federal employees and members of the military. 

Currently, the agency's Office of Resource Management is responsible for handling FOIA requests, but the new rules would shift the responsibility to the general counsel. The office would be in charge of reviewing, processing and responding to initial FOIA requests.

The executive director would maintain responsibility for considering appeals of the general counsel's initial decisions on FOIA requests. "When the FOIA officer has denied a request for records, in whole or in part, the person making the request may, within 30 calender days of receipt of the response of the FOIA officer, appeal the denial to the executive director," the agency wrote.

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has 11 offices, including the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Resource Management, which was formerly known as the Office of Administration.

The public has 30 days to comment.

IRS: The Internal Revenue Service is correcting mistakes made in a tax regulation it published last month. 

The regulation established procedures for withholding tax on income earned 

The correction goes into effect immediately.