EPA Proposing New Requirements for Labeling Lead-Free Plumbing Products

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new requirements to require plumbing supply manufacturers to clearly differentiate products that meet lead-free standards from those that don’t. The change would reduce inadvertent use of non-led free products in potable water applications, reducing associated … Continue Reading

FDA Extends Comment Period on NNN Levels in Smokeless Tobacco

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an extension of the public comment period for a proposed rule to limit the levels of N-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) in finished smokeless tobacco products. Some evidence has demonstrated that NNN causes cancer in experimental … Continue Reading

EPA Throws Open Every Regulation for Possible Repeal, Replacement, or Modification

As directed by President Trump’s Executive Order 13777, the EPA is now accepting comments from the public about which existing regulations should be repealed, replaced, or modified, based on obsolescence or ineffectiveness; costs outweighing benefits; insufficient data or rulemaking transparency; … Continue Reading

FCC Plans to Eliminate Requirements for International Services Reporting

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking public comments on its plan to eliminate requirements for international telecom service providers to report annual traffic, circuit capacity, and revenue numbers. The Commission announced it considers the reports are “no longer necessary … Continue Reading

EPA Seeking Comments on Regulations to Repeal, Replace, or Modify

As directed by President Trump’s Executive Order 13777, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments from the public about regulations which should be repealed, replaced, or modified. Criteria to be considered include regulations that eliminate jobs, or inhibit job … Continue Reading

FDA Extending Comment Period for Plan Genome Editing in Food Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is extending the comment period 60 more days for a docket to receive information and comments on the use of genome editing techniques to produce new plant varieties used in human or … Continue Reading

FCC Seeking Comments on VRS Program for Hearing Impaired Callers

The Federal Communications Commission announced it will accept comments on a plan to establish performance goals and service quality metrics to evaluate the efficacy of the video relay service (VRS) program, as well as to address the incidence of “phony” … Continue Reading

DOE Accepting Comments on LNG Exports from Quintana Island, Texas

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting public comments on a proposal by Freeport LNG to export previously imported liquified natural gas (LNG) from foreign sources, to be shipped from the company’s Quintana Island, Texas, seaport facility. Comments are … Continue Reading

DOT Considering Logging Device Exemption for Truck Renting, Leasing

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it is considering a request by the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) to exempt its vehicles from the requirement to install electronic logging devices to record driver’s hours of service. TRALA is arguing … Continue Reading

USDA Accepting Comments on Research, Info Program for Organics

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting public comments until April 19, on the proposed establishment of an industry-funded research, promotion, and information program for certified organic products. AMS’ intent is also to request approval from the Office of … Continue Reading

OSHA Considering Better Protection Against Violence for Healthcare, Social Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering “whether a standard is needed to protect healthcare and social assistance employees from workplace violence.” According to OSHA, evidence indicates the rate of workplace violence in the industry is substantially higher … Continue Reading

Dept. of Ag Proposing New Grading System for Frozen Onions

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period for a proposal to create new standards for grades of frozen onions. “The grade standards would provide a common language for trade, a means of measuring value in the marketing … Continue Reading