USDA Webinar to Receive Public Comments on Organic Substances Rules

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will hold a webinar to receive public comments on April 13, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, to assist the USDA in the development of standards for substances allowed for use in … Continue Reading

FDA Looking at Use of Term “Healthy” in Food Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period until April 26 for rules regarding the use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of human food products. Comment Now!  

DOC Accepting Comments on Domestic Sourcing for Pipeline Steel

The Department of Commerce is accepting comments regarding the requirement that domestic steel be used in the construction and maintenance of American pipelines. The Secretary of Commerce is required to deliver a plan to the President by July 23, 2017. … Continue Reading

Addition of Four Opioids to Drug Tests Under Consideration by DOT

  The Department of Transportation is proposing the addition of four opioids to its drug-testing panel. The Department is also proposing to add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte, as well as removing methylenedioxyethylamphetamine, (MDEA) as a confirmatory test … Continue Reading

IRS Examining Mortality Tables for Defined Benefit Pension Plans

The Internal Revenue Service is proposing updates to the requirements that a plan sponsor must meet in order to obtain IRS approval to use mortality tables specific to the plan for minimum funding purposes (instead of the generally applicable mortality … Continue Reading

IRS Looking to Change Withholding Requirements on Gambling Winnings

The Internal Revenue Service is considering whether to change regulations about withholdings on gambling winnings from horse races, dog races, and jai alai, as well as certain other payments of gambling winnings. The proposed regulations affect both payers and payees … Continue Reading

DOT Considering Changes to Airline Restrictions on Distribution, Display of Fares

A group of online travel booking sites and certain members of Congress have expressed concerns to the Department of Transportation (DOT) about airline restrictions on the distribution and display of flight schedules, fares, and availability information, which might be “anticompetitive … Continue Reading

SEC Taking Comments on Amendments to Municipal Securities Disclosure Rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission is accepting comments, due on or before May 15, 2017, regarding proposed amendments to the Municipal Securities Disclosure Rule. The changes would amend the list of event notices that a broker, dealer, or municipal securities … Continue Reading

FCC Considering “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Transmission Standard

The FCC issued a new notice proposing to authorize television broadcasters to use the “Next Generation” broadcast television transmission standard. Comments are due by June 8. Services to be enabled by the new standard could include Ultra High Definition (UHD) … Continue Reading

EPA Establishes Higher Levels of Oxytetracycline Allowed on Citrus Fruit

  The EPA is establishing a time-limited tolerance until December 2019 for combined residues of oxytetracycline in or on citrus fruit. Previously, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) reported an emergency situation existed and requested the use … Continue Reading

FedFeed 2/1/2017: EPA Regulation Adds Natural Gas Plants to Toxics Release Inventory

EPA Regulation Adds Natural Gas Processing Plants to Toxics Release Inventory   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add natural gas processing (NGP) facilities to the list of industrial sectors required to provide a report on the toxic … Continue Reading

FedFeed 1/30/17: NPS Regulation Defines eCigarettes as Tobacco Products

NPS Regulation Defines eCigarettes as Tobacco Products   The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to changes its rules regulating tobacco use in the national parks to include electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product. NPS is also proposing to give … Continue Reading