Public Comments on Drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico Due in Three Weeks

In a contentious scenario that potentially joins military hawks together with environmentalists, the BOEM is requesting public comments on a proposal to reconsider the bureau’s five-year plan governing drilling for oil and gas on the outer continental shelf. The plan … Continue Reading

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President Trump Signs Executive Order 13805 Creating Advisory Council on Infrastructure

President Trump has signed an executive order directing the entire executive branch to advance a policy of advancing infrastructure projects that create jobs for American workers, protect the environment, and strengthen economic growth. A 15-member Department of Commerce the Presidential … Continue Reading

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Army Corps of Engineers Accepting Comments on Reg Reform Under Exec Order 13777

The United States Army, Corps of Engineers Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force, announced it is seeking input on its existing regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification, according to President Trump’s Executive Order 13777.  … Continue Reading

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EPA Proposes Two-Year Stay on Fugitive Emission Requirements for Oil & Gas Sector

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to stay for two years certain requirements regarding fugitive emissions requirements, well site pneumatic pump standards, and the  certification of closed vent systems. The move comes in response to objections from “a … Continue Reading

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State Dept. Accepting Comments on Immigrant Refugee Biographic Data Methods

The Department of State announced it is accepting public comments about its proposed information collection practices for biographic data collected overseas on individuals to be admitted into the country under the United States Refugee Admissions Program. “The Refugee Biographic Data … Continue Reading

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CFPB Proposes Modifications to Electronic Fund Transfer and Truth in Lending Rules

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau or CFPB) announced proposed changes to its rules related to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and the Truth in Lending Act. The Bureau is accepting comments on potential modifications to several issues, including … Continue Reading

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FTC Reviewing CAN-SPAM Rule, Accepting Public Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it is conducting a systematic review of the Controlling the Assault of CAN-SPAM Rule (Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act), which took effect in 2003 and has been subsequently updated. CAN-SPAM regulates the transmission of … Continue Reading

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NOAA Determines Taiwanese Humpback Dolphins are Endangered Species

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it has determined the Taiwanese humpback dolphin is presently in danger of extinction throughout all of its range. As a result, conservation measures provided under the … Continue Reading

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USDA Considers Adding Dental Analysis to Grading of Beef Carcasses

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced proposed amendments to the U.S beef standards to allow dentition and documentation of actual age as additional methods of classifying maturity for official quality grading. The current … Continue Reading

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FDA Accepting Comments on Philip Morris Application for Marlboro Heatsticks

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is accepting public comments about “modified risk tobacco product applications (MRTPAs)” regarding three different Marlboro Heatsticks models. MRTPs are tobacco products sold for use to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related … Continue Reading

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FDA Extends Comment Period on Genome-Editing for Food Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is extending the comment period until June 19, 2017, for a proposed rule on the use of genome-editing techniques to produce new plant varieties used for human or animal food. FDA seeks … Continue Reading

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Rural Housing Service Taking Applications for Housing Preservation Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) announced it is accepting applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program, which provides qualified public agencies, private non-profit organizations to assist low- and very low-income rural homeowners, to repair and … Continue Reading

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