New rules for Wednesday: Extended comments for auto emissions rule

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is amending the way owners and operators of oil pipelines compose and file charges.


New authorization and reporting requirements are being added to source material distribution by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The NRC is also withdrawing a rule on spent fuel storage.

Indian affairs:
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is amending its regulations for approving applications for taking land into trust.

Food, farms and fish:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is setting next year's rules for producing and handling spearmint oil in the West.

The department is also revising some reporting rules for Florida citrus fruits.

The public will have more time to comment on a proposal to allow avocados and fresh apricots from Spain to enter the United States.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is setting a limit for residues of the fungus killer triforine on blueberries and tomatoes and revoking all tolerance levels for the pesticide difenzoquat.

The EPA is also allowing exemptions for residues of chemicals when used as a thickener and other inert purposes.

The government is extending the comment period on a proposal to change the rules of a program to help children eat.

A moratorium on catching gold coral fish in the U.S. Pacific Islands is being extended through June 2018.

Healthcare:
The Defense Department is creating a system to extend its TRICARE healthcare program to most children under the age of 26 of uniformed service members.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is changing its rules to let it waive standards for community live-in care facilities if residents' health and safety are not compromised.

The VA is also establishing rules and procedures for its dental insurance pilot program.

Communications:
The Federal Communications Commission is denying a petition from an amateur radio association to reconsider an order on some broadband systems.

The commission is also publishing its rule requiring mobile providers to "bounce back" text messages sent to 911 if the emergency service in the area does not accept texts.

A new proposed cost calculation is being proposed by the commission's bureau for landline competition.

Financial:
A number of federal agencies, including the Office of Personnel Management and the Treasury Department, are adopting a change in rules for garnishing federal benefits like Social Security payments that are directly deposited into bank accounts.

Credit unions should be allowed to engage in some derivatives activities, according to a proposal from the National Credit Union Administration.

Workplace safety:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is allowing additional cranes and derricks to be exempt from construction standards.

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