Today’s issue of #FedFeed includes: (1) fed to allow genetically altered salmon into US markets; (2) new tax rules under the Affordable Care Act; (3) money market mutual fund reform; (4) killer whales off / African lions on Endangered Species list; (5) Korea to export poultry into US; and (6) EPA seeks links between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water.
Fed proposes to allow genetically altered salmon into US markets
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking comments until February 25, 2013 (11:59PM EST) on its’ finding in support of an application by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. to produce genetically engineered Atlantic salmon “designed to exhibit a rapid-growth phenotype that allows it to reach smolt size (100 g) faster than non-genetically engineered farmed Atlantic salmon.” Under the proposal, the Aquadvantage Salmon eggs would be produced in the applicant’s facility on Prince Edward Island in Canada. After injecting eggs, they would be shipped to a land-based facility in the highlands of Panama, where they would be reared to market and harvested for processing and sale to US and other markets. This finding clears the way for the proposal to proceed even though “social, economic and cultural effects of the proposal have not been analyzed and evaluated.” See the full info at: http://www.noticeandcomment.com/Finding-of-no-Significant-Impact-for-Genetically-Engineered-Atlantic-Salmon-AquAdvantage-Salmon-fn-12442.aspx
New Medicare tax rules under Affordable Care Act
The IRS is seeking comments until March 5, 2013 (11:59PM EST) on proposed regulations that provides guidance for employers and individuals in advance of the new Additional Medicare Tax, part of the Affordable Care Act. It outlines the requirements to withhold taxes for certain wages and compensations and file a return reporting such taxes, and the processes for adjusting underpayments, overpayments and filing a claim for a refund from the tax. See the full info at:
Money market mutual fund reform
The Financial Stability Oversight Council is seeking comments until February 15, 2013 (11:59PM EST) on recommendations for new or heightened standards and safeguards for money market mutual funds, a staple in millions of investment and retirement accounts, to be implemented by the Securities and Exchange Commission to address structural vulnerabilities that can harm financial markets and the US economy. See the full info at: http://www.noticeandcomment.com/Proposed-Recommendations-Regarding-Money-Market-Mutual-Fund-Reform-fn-13237.aspx.
Killer Whale: De-Listed, African Lion: Listed on Endangered Species List
The National Marine Fisheries Service, the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking comments until January 28, 2013 (11:59PM EST) on a petition to de-list the Killer Whale as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Based on their review, they find there is substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that de-listing this species may be warranted. See the full info at: http://www.noticeandcomment.com/Listing-Endangered-or-Threatened-Species-90-Day-Finding-on-Petition-to-Delist-Southern-Resident-Killer-fn-8429.aspx. In a related post, the US Fish and Wildlife Service also seeks comments through the same date to include a subspecies of the African lion as endangered on the Endangered Species List. See the full info at: http://www.noticeandcomment.com/Endangered-and-Threatened-Wildlife-and-Plants-90-Day-Finding-on-a-Petition-to-List-the-African-Lion-Subspecies-fn-3044.aspx.
Republic of Korea to Export Poultry Products to United States:
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is seeking comments until January 28, 2013 (11:59PM EST) on it’s proposal to add the Republic of Korea (Korea) to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the United States. Under this proposal, slaughtered poultry or parts or other products thereof processed in certified Korean establishments would be eligible for export to the United States. All such products would be subject to re-inspection at United States ports-of-entry by FSIS inspectors. See the full info at: http://www.noticeandcomment.com/Eligibility-of-Republic-of-Korea-to-Export-Poultry-Products-to-United-States-fn-3076.aspx
EPA Reviewing Links Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Drinking Water
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting the public to submit data and scientific literature, by April 30, 2013, to inform EPA’s research on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, if any, and to identify the driving factors that may affect the severity and frequency of such impacts. The scope of the study includes the full hydraulic fracturing water lifecycle–from water acquisition, through the mixing of chemicals and injection of fracturing fluids, to the post-fracturing stage, including the management of flow-back and produced water and its ultimate treatment and disposal. The study will include a review of the published literature, analysis of existing data, scenario evaluation and modeling, laboratory studies and case studies. While EPA conducts a thorough literature search, there may be studies or other primary technical sources that are not available through the open literature. EPA would appreciate receiving information from the public to help inform current and future research and ensure a robust record of scientific information. EPA prefers information that has been peer reviewed. Interested persons may provide scientific analyses, studies and other pertinent scientific information. EPA will consider all submissions but will give preference to peer reviewed data and literature sources. See the full info at: http://www.noticeandcomment.com/Agency-Information-Collection-Activities-Proposals-Submissions-and-Approvals-Inform-Hydraulic-Fracturing-fn-13439.aspx.
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