New regs for Friday: Fake pot, radiation, fines

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Friday’s edition of the Federal Register contains four final rules and one proposed rule. This includes new guidelines for irradiators, a ban on synthetic marijuana and civil penalties. President Trump’s regulatory moratorium carves out a provision for these sort of health and safety rules.

Here’s what is happening:

Radiation: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is drafting new guidelines for self-shielded irradiators.

The guidelines will apply to those seeking “materials licenses for self-shielded irradiators.” The changes include new “information on safety culture, security of radioactive materials, protection of sensitive information, and changes in regulatory policies and practices,” the agency said.

The public has until March 10 to comment.

Pot: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is banning three synthetic cannabinoids.

These synthetic cannabinoids mimic the effects of marijuana. The DEA temporarily prohibited these drugs in 2015, but the ban was scheduled to expire Sunday. So the agency is extending the temporary order “until the permanent scheduling action for these three substances is completed.”

The ban includes “THJ-2201, AB-PINACA and AB-CHMINACA.”

Civil penalties: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is formally raising the fines for people who violate the law.

The DHS temporarily raised the monetary civil penalties last summer, and the agency is now making those fines permanent. The changes account for inflation. They will apply to “violation that occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.”

The DHS order includes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Coast Guard.

The penalties go into effect immediately.

Border patrol: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is delaying new rules for the Centers of Excellence and Expertise.

The CBP temporarily established new responsibilities for the organization in December, but is now extending the comment period on the final rule to give the public more time to consider the changes.

The public now has until March 20 to comment.

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