New regs for Thursday: Taking gray wolf off endangered species list


The public will have 90 days to comment on the proposal.

The species has been protected since 1978, but the agency believes it has recovered sufficiently to merit the new action. 

While the service wants to take the gray wolf off of the list, however, it wants to keep protections for the Mexican wolf, a subspecies that lives in Arizona and New Mexico.

Workplace signage:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to update its standards for signs for industry and construction. 

The new sign standards come in response to a request from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, which first contacted OSHA in 2009 to discuss the issue.

Under the proposal, employers will be able to purchase new signs that give additional information, such as "the specific identity of the hazard, a description of how serious the hazard is, how to avoid the hazard, and the probable consequences of not avoiding the hazard," according to OSHA.

The agency is issuing temporary rules to allow the new signs to be used while its formal proposal works through the regulatory process. 

Black lung:
The Labor Department's Office of Workers' Compensation programs is updating its standards to process claims for patients with black lung disease who have digital X-rays.

Previously, the department's standards required that people seeking claims under the Black Lung Benefits Act, a 1973 law that gives payments and medical care to coal miners suffering from the disease, to send film X-rays. That standard has become dated, though, as medical facilities switch from film X-rays to digital ones.

The new rule, which will be implemented immediately while the formal proposal goes through the regulatory process, will set "parallel standards" for submitting digital versions. 

The National Marine Fisheries Service is halting fishing for Atka mackerel in a district of the Bering Sea and allowing directed fishing for northern rockfish in the region. 

The fishing regulator is also revising its rules for catching shrimp in the South Atlantic. 

Land management:
The Bureau of Land Management is changing the address for its Oregon and Washington state offices. 

The agency is also reopening the comment period for a March proposal on oil shale regulations. The comment period closed in May, but will now be open for the next 30 days.