New regs for Friday: Guns, coal, lamps

Friday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for smart guns, underground coal mines and fluorescent lamp ballasts.

Here’s what is happening:

Fluorescent lamps: The Department of Energy is moving forward with new efficiency rules for fluorescent lamp ballasts.

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The department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on Thursday issued new test procedures for these fluorescent lamps.

The new rule goes into effect in 30 days.

Coal mines: The Department of Labor is reviewing its regulations for underground coal mines.

The department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday an information collection request as it studies the high-voltage continuous mining machines standard.

The public has 60 days to comment.

Guns: The Department of Justice (DOJ) is examining smart gun technology.

The DOJ’s National Institute of Justice announced Thursday it is considering test methods "to determine whether the addition of a smart gun technology does or does not significantly reduce the reliability of the firearm system compared to existing firearms."

The public has 45 days to comment.