By Julian Hattem - 08/27/13 01:49 PM EDT
The Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are changing rules for designating protected habitat for threatened and endangered species.
The agencies’ action will require that proposals to protect habitat for at-risk creatures and plants are accompanied with an analysis of the action’s economic impact, but Republicans in the Senate have worried that the analysis is not sufficiently thorough.
The Department of Agriculture wants to change the program it uses to sample raw beef for salmonella.
The Treasury Department is reopening the comment period for a proposal to allow vintners to declare that their wines are from the Eagle Peak Mendocino County area.
Oil and gas:
The Bureau of Land Management wants to revise regulations for oil and gas development on the Osage Native American reservation in Oklahoma.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is publishing guidance on the treatment of foreign nuclear waste.
Additionally, the agency is declaring that it does not need to issue a maximum tolerance level for residues of the pesticide pear ester, since the chemical is safe for human exposure.
The Federal Communications Commission is publishing a proposal to consolidate its technical service rules in order to shift spectrum over to the First Responder Network Authority, which is responsible for setting up a nationwide public safety broadband network.
The Surface Transportation Board is increasing the fees it charges for a variety of applications and transactions.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is allowing some vessels to catch Pacific cod in the Bering Sea so that the annual quota is reached.
The Postal Service is amending its rules for sending election ballots.