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.


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.