Domestic violence: The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women is considering changes to a program that discourages domestic violence and dating violence, intended to improve the police response to cases of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. Comments Due: October 6
Gas Company Pipeline Oversight: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking comment for a rule to relax the requirements for natural gas pipeline companies. Natural gas pipeline companies would no longer be required to send FERC updated maps after they have made major changes to the pipeline system. Instead, these companies would post the updates on their own websites. Comment Deadline: Sept 29, 2014
Whistleblower Protection: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering new rules that would prevent companies from retaliating against employees who report injuries and illnesses…. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed collecting more information about employee injuries and illnesses in November but announced Wednesday the agency is concerned this could lead some workplaces to adopt policies that discourage employees from reporting this information. Comment Deadline: October 14
Tobacco: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health seeks comment on a draft of new workplace smoking policies that aim to prevent disease and injury at the workplace. Comment Deadline: Sept. 14
Indian reservations: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is delaying a rule that would speed up the process by which companies can request the use of Indian land. In June, the bureau said it was looking to modernize the process by establishing a timeline for the agency to review rights-of-way requests and clarify that the agency can only disapprove of requests if there is a compelling reason to do so. New Comment Period Deadline: October 2
Air Quality: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is considering new rules to change how it measures pollution in heavily polluted areas that fail to comply with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, so that the most congested areas receive money to help them improve their air quality. Comments Deadline: October 3
Nuclear Reactor Safety: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is delaying a rule that would upgrade security at nuclear facilities and while nuclear materials are in transit, including improved training for security/patrol guards. Comment Deadline: October 17, 2014
it took literally 3 minutes to comment. Improved support for victims of sexual assault REGARDLESS of gender, regulation of vaccines after the nightmare last year and regulation of oil companies that could prevent the next Deepwater Horizon is worth the time.