New regs for Wednesday: EPA unveils new grain elevator standards

Wednesday’s edition of the Federal Register includes 204 new regulations, proposed rules, notices and other administrative actions at the agencies.

Some highlights:

Air Quality: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating decades-old emissions standards for grain elevators, and is rejecting an industry bid to repeal certain provisions of existing regulations.

The current standards, issued in 1978 and last revisited in 1984, were subject to an eight-year review required by the Clean Air Act. The study, meant to ensure that grain elevators are achieving the “best system of emission reduction” also responds to an industry petition requesting that that the EPA do away with certain existing rules.

That request cited President Obama’s directive ordering agencies to identify needlessly burdensome or redundant rules that could be streamlined or repealed altogether.

The EPA, however, disagreed that portions of existing grain elevator regulations — specifically a section of the rule known as subpart DD — fit the bill.

“Based on the results of these analyses, the EPA concluded that subpart DD is still effective, relevant and not excessively burdensome,” the agency concluded.

However, the EPA is proposing amendments to parts of the section that involve truck, railcar and barge loading and unloading operations and grain handling requirements.

School Nutrition: The Agriculture Department’s Food and Nutrition Service is taking comments on its plan to study the success of the national school lunch and school breakfast programs.

The analysis follows changes in regulations implemented under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, which led to more stringent meal pattern and nutrient requirements for school meals.

“FNS has to determine the success of school meals in meeting the program goals set by the new standards, the cost of serving healthful meals that are acceptable to children, and the relationship of the school meals and competitive foods to children’s participation in the programs and dietary quality,” the agency said.

Child Labor: The Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are proposing to extend existing regulations prohibiting the agencies from acquisition of products produced by forced or indentured child labor.

Auto Safety: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is issuing a final rule exempting certain cars that have been modified for disabled drivers from parts of existing safety regulations meant to keep people from being ejected in rollover accidents.