New regs for Monday: TV, coal miners

Monday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new restrictions on television station ownership and protections for coal miners.

Here’s what is happening:

Coal miners: The federal government is moving forward with new protections for coal miners.


The Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday new rules to strengthen the coal workers’ health surveillance program.

This includes new standards for medical facilities that monitor the health of coal miners by performing X-ray examinations and spirometry testing, according to the agencies.

“All mining work generates fine particles of dust in the air,” the agencies wrote. “Coal miners who inhale excessive dust are known to develop a group of diseases of the lungs and airways, including coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (pneumoconiosis), silicosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.”

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.

TV: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving forward with a new television rule.

The FCC is revising the national television multiple ownership rule, which was designed in the 1980s to prevent any one media company from owning enough stations to reach more than 25 percent of U.S. households.

The current cap is set at 39 percent.

But the FCC is eliminating the UHF discount, which will place more restrictions on television station ownership.

The changes go into effect in 30 days.