Wednesday's new regs: Tougher hazardous material penalties

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Communications:

The Copyright Royalty Board, a division of the Library of Congress, is announcing royalty rates for digital satellite radio services from 2013 through 2017.

Defense:
The Defense Department is withdrawing a proposal to encourage contractors to develop science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Education:
For its research on disability, the Department of Education is proposing to prioritize universal information technology access and announcing that it will prioritize hearing enhancement and an evidence-based method to transfer skills.

Energy and the Environment:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating its acquisition policy.

The EPA is also removing limits on traces of the plant hormone methyl jasmonate when it is used as a pesticide before harvest.

The agency is also correcting typographical errors in a December rule on renewable fuel.

Financial and Trade:
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is updating its policy statement to better reflect the agency's current policies and procedures.

The National Credit Union Administration is updating its employee ethics standards.

Attorneys and non-attorney representatives who appear before the Commerce Department's Import Administration will be subject to disciplinary action for misconduct, according to a new rule meant to strengthen accountability at the trade office.

Food:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reorganizing its regulations on a number of fisheries in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic to make regulatory requirements easier to find.

Immigration:
The Department of Homeland Security is correcting three technical errors of a 2011 regulation on the business practices of its immigration administration office.

Postal Service:
The Postal Regulatory Commission wants to change its rules of practice.