New regs for Monday: Childcare, turtles, air pollution

Monday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for the food provided at child care facilities, protections for green sea turtles, and state air pollution standards.

Here's what is happening:

Turtles: The Obama administration is proposing new protections for green sea turtles.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are proposing a joint rule to list three species of green sea turtles as endangered, while another eight species would be considered threatened.

The agency will also consider whether designating a critical habitat for these green sea turtles "may be prudent."

The public has 90 days to comment.

Air pollution: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new requirements for state agencies overseeing air pollution standards for fine particulate matter.

The proposal includes requirements for attainment plan due dates, attainment demonstrations, emissions inventories, and contingency measures, among other things.

The public has 60 days to comment.


Adjudication: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is moving forward with new rules for handling investigations and adjudicative proceedings. 

The revised rules address certain cases in administrative adjudication, as well as compliances regulations, among other changes.

The changes go into effect immediately.

Child care: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking into the food children are fed and the exercise they receive at child care facilities.

The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is proposing to collection information on the nutrition and wellness provided by child care facilities around the country.

According to the agency, more than 32 million children went to child care facilities in 2011.

"Good nutrition is a key to proper childhood development, but not enough is known about the food children are eating in childcare and related programs," the agency wrote.

This proposed information collection could help the agency develop new regulations going forward.

The public has 60 days to comment.