BLM Wants to Suspend Litigated Final Rule for Onshore Oil and Gas Producers

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it wants to temporarily suspend or delay certain requirements contained in a 2016 final rule entitled, “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” The final rule imposes compliance costs on oil … Continue Reading

DHS Considering Modernization of Alien File Records

The Dept. of Homeland Security announced a proposal to modify its current system of immigration record keeping, to include electronic data and not just paper files, as currently is the case with the department’s so-called Alien Files (A-Files). “DHS no … Continue Reading

DOT Seeks to Establish State Pilot Programs to Streamline Environmental Reviews

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a plan to establish a pilot program authorizing up to five states to conduct environmental reviews and make approvals for surface transportation projects under state environmental laws and regulations, instead of the National … Continue Reading

FDA Considering Less Strict Requirements for Risk Information in Drug Ads

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is accepting public comments regarding a possible change in policy for the communication of risk information in direct-to-consumer broadcast advertisements for prescription drugs and biologics. There is concern that rules covering the … Continue Reading

FEMA Proposing New Flood Hazard Determinations for Communities in Three States

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it is considering modifications to its flood hazard determinations for around three dozen communities spread across three states, including Indiana, Illinois, and New Jersey. FEMA’s determinations are the basis of measures that the … Continue Reading

EPA Reconsidering 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Cars, Light Trucks

EPA is announcing it is reconsidering whether the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards previously established for model years 2022-2025 are appropriate under the Clean Air Act, and is accepting relevant comments, data, and information from the public. The agency is … Continue Reading

FDA Taking Comments on Marlboro’s Submission for Heatsticks Products

The FDA announced it is accepting public comments for “a modified risk tobacco product application” for the IQOS tobacco system with Marlboro Heatsticks, submitted by Philip Morris Products. The purpose of the comment period is to test actual consumer perceptions … Continue Reading

With Hurricanes Causing Major Damage, Trump Declares National Preparedness Month

Following the massive flooding of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, President Trump declared September 2017 as National Preparedness Month. Fewer than half of American families have a basic emergency response plan in place, according to the President’s announcement. “While we never … Continue Reading

Trump Proclaims September National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

Calling upon the people of the United States to elevate awareness of the issue through appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities, President Trump has declared September 2017 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. According to the President’s official proclamation, … Continue Reading

EPA Proposes New Protection Standards for Uranium Mining Operations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued proposed rule changes for health and environmental protection standards under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) of 1978. The new standards proposed would apply to byproduct materials from uranium in-situ … Continue Reading

USDA Considering Changes to Animal Welfare Rules for Humane Handling

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced a currently open comment period for proposed rule changes governing the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain animals by dealers, research facilities, exhibitors, handlers, auctioneers, … Continue Reading

CFPB Requesting Public Input on Lending Practices for Women- and Minority-Owned Small Businesses

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has extended for 60 days a request for public comments to learn more about small business financing products that are offered to small businesses, including women-owned and minority-owned small businesses. CFPB is seeking information … Continue Reading