U.S. Postal Service to Limit Allowable Contents for Certain International Mail

The U.S. Postal Service announced its intent to modify some of its international mailing rules to conform with the new Universal Postal Union (UPU) requirements for certain Letter Post mail, effective January 1, 2018. UPU member countries have voted to … Continue Reading

FDA Extending Compliance for Restaurant Nutrition Info Until May 2018

The Food and Drug Administrations announced it is extending the compliance date for a final rule requiring certain restaurants to disclose nutrition information for standard menu item. Originally, the compliance date was May 5, 2017, but it has now been … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Plans Changes to Increase Viability of Red Wolf Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently seeks public comments regarding a plan to improve the long-term viability of red wolves by a combination of strategies, including breeding more animals in captivity and releasing captive animals into the wild. Maintaining … Continue Reading

Department of the Interior Reviewing National Monument Designations

Under the recent Executive Order 13792, the U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review of twenty-seven National Monuments covering more than 100,000 acres each, designated or expanded since 1996. The review will determine whether each designation or expansion … Continue Reading

Patent Office Considering Streamlined Process for Trademark Appeals

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced it seeks comments on proposed rules to establish a more streamlined version of existing processes at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). The rules would include procedures and timing to … Continue Reading

CPSC Proposing Requirement for Safety Features on Table Saws

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced it has determined preliminarily there may be an unreasonable risk of blade-contact injuries associated with table saws and has proposed a rule to address the issue. The proposed rule would establish a … Read More

USDA Extends Public Comment Period on Organic Livestock Rules

The USDA is asking the public to comment on the possible actions the government should take regarding livestock care, production practices, and living conditions. The proposed rules would set separate standards for mammalian and avian livestock living conditions to better … Continue Reading

EPA Seeking to Require Greater Financial Responsibility from Hardrock Miners

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to require greater financial responsibility for hardrock miners to prevent them from shifting the cost of site cleanup to other parties, including taxpayers. Public comments on the proposed new requirements are due by July 11, … Continue Reading

NMFS Considering Restrictions on Incidental Killing of Marine Mammals by Air Force

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) agency of NOAA has issued a request for public comments on its proposed restrictions for the U.S. Air Force 86 Fighter Weapons Squadron at the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii. The proposed … Continue Reading

FDA Accepting Public Comments on Genetically Modified Animals

The FDA announced the availability for public comment of a revised draft entitled “Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals.” This draft guidance would expand the current scope to address animals intentionally altered through the use of genome editing … Continue Reading

EPA Comment Period for Agency-Wide Regulatory Review Closes Next Week

The comment period for agency-wide review of every existing EPA regulation for possible repeal, replacement, or modification, closes next week. President Trump’s Executive Order 13777 directs every agency to consider every regulation similarly, based on obsolescence or ineffectiveness, whether costs … Continue Reading

Dept. of Commerce Considering China’s Trade Practices on Aluminum Foil

The Department of Commerce announced it is extending the public comment period on a question of whether the People’s’ Republic of China should continue being treated as a “nonmarket economy” concerning the import of aluminum foil products. DOC is seeking public comments … Continue Reading