New regs for Friday: Changing potato requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to amend its fuel regulations to "facilitate the introduction of new renewable fuels as well as improve implementation of the program."

The proposal includes changes to record keeping and reporting provisions, as well as rules intended to make it easier to supply biofuels that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

Grants and research:
The Department of Education is announcing that, for its program on disability and rehabilitation research projects program, it will prioritize funding for research that builds capacity for minority families. Other projects seeking funding for rehabilitation engineering research should focus on information technology access. 

Finally, the department is proposing to prioritize vocational rehabilitation counseling under a long-term rehabilitation training program. 

The National Institutes of Health wants to issue rules for grants that focus on minority health and disparities in health.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is setting out the regulatory schedule for hunting some birds in the 2013-2014 season. 

The Maritime Administration, which is a part of the Transportation Department, is issuing a rule to correct citations in previous regulations. The new rule "will have no substantive effect on the regulated public," the agency declares. 

Michigan's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary should be larger, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is issuing its yearly list of contacts in tribal governments that nuclear companies need to notify if they ship reactor fuel or nuclear waste through their lands. 

Pension benefits:
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, which monitors private sector pensions, is finalizing a rule on interest assumptions. Those assumptions are used to pay out benefits for some pension plans. 

The Postal Regulatory Commission wants to change the way it issues advisory opinions and handles complaints about unfair competition.