By Benjamin Goad - 10/21/13 02:48 PM EDT
The Defense Department is changing regulations under its TRICARE health program to allow coverage of addictive drugs to treat substance abuse “when medically necessary.” The final rule is effective in 30 days.
The Drug Enforcement Agency is proposing to designate the substance perampanel as a Schedule III drug. Though the Food and Drug Administration approved perampanel to treat seizures, the Department of Health and Human Services recommended its placement on the drug schedule due to unanswered questions about potential abuse. The DEA is opening a 30-day public comment period on the regulations.
The Energy Department is issuing draft regulations to provide for alternative efficiency methods for various heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. A 30-day public comment period will begin Tuesday.
Renewable Fuel Standard:
The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing changes to its renewable fuel standard. The new regulations expand the scope of renewable fuels that can be used to meet the contentious standard.
Plants & animals:
The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing rules related to endangerment findings for the ashy storm-petrel (a seabird), and the Agave eggersiana, a spiky plant that grows in the Virgin Islands.