By Julian Hattem - 09/24/13 01:29 PM EDT
The Coast Guard is releasing an environmental impact statement showing the potential effects of discharging some cargo residues in the Great Lakes.
The service is also extending the comment period for its proposed standards on electrical equipment in hazardous locations. In its notice, the Coast Guard said it is “extending the comment period at the request of industry to ensure stakeholders have adequate time to complete responses.”
The Department of Homeland Security is setting the annual maximum number for transitional workers from the Northern Mariana Islands that are allowed to work in the United States.
Under the new determination, the agency will only allow 14,000 workers from the U.S. commonwealth. That is a reduction from previous years, as part of an effort to phase out the worker program and phase in an immigration system.
The Labor Department is changing its rules for miners affected by Black Lung.
The changes, called for by the Affordable Care Act, will automatically grant some benefits to survivors of coal miners who were severely affected by the condition. Additionally, regulators will assume total disability or death caused by Black Lung in some claims.
National fishing regulators are temporarily reducing the number of king mackerel fishers can catch in the Gulf of Mexico each day.
According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the limit will protect the fish as a resource.
The agency is also reallocating the some unused allotments for Pacific cod from one type of fisher to another, in order to make sure that the annual quota for the fish is reached.
The Environmental Protection Agency is declaring that it does not need to set limits for the dye FD&C Blue No. 1 when it is used as part of a treatment for seeds and crops.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is declaring that the grotto sculpin, a type of fish that lives in sinkholes and streams in some parts of Missouri, is an endangered species.
The agency is also revoking a proposal to protect critical habitat for the fish since, it said, the local community has shown a commitment to conserve the species.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing the makeup of a board that oversees and promotes the lumber industry.