New regs for Thursday: Cactus, air conditioners, dehumidifiers

Thursday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new protections for cactuses, as well as efficiency rules for dehumidifiers, air conditioners and heat pumps.

Here’s what is happening:

Cactus: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is moving forward with new protections for cactuses.

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The FWS announced Wednesday it is establishing a critical habitats in Arizona for the Fickeisen plains cactus and acuña cactus.

The protections go into effect in 30 days.

Energy: The Department of Justice (DOJ) signed off on new energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy issued the efficiency rules in June, but was waiting on a review by the Justice Department to determine whether they would hurt competition in the market.

"Based on this review, our conclusion is that the proposed energy conservation standards for residential dehumidifiers are unlikely to have a significant adverse impact on competition,” the DOJ wrote.

Efficiency: The Department of Energy is correcting mistakes in an efficiency rule it recently published.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy issued new test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps in June, but is now fixing editorial errors.

The corrections go into effect immediately.