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There have been 5 policies introduced over the past month

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Begins the process of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, which will take effect one year from delivery of the notification (i.e. Nov. 4, 2020).

 

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Nov 6 2019
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Nov 4 2019
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Department of State (DOS)

Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to encourage the development and implementation of campus plans to address mental health and prevent suicide in higher education institutions.

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Oct 31 2019
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House of Representatives

Provides updated guidelines for evaluating safety of nanomaterials in cosmetics.

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Oct 30 2019
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European Commission

Re-establishes the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology to advise the President on science, technology, education, and innovation policy.

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Nov 18 2019
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Oct 25 2019
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White House

Prohibits the use of physical biometric recognition technology, including technologies that identify an individual through DNA or through facial recognition, in federally-supported rental housing units. 

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Oct 23 2019
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Senate

Transfers the ability to exempt detained undocumented immigrants from DNA-sample collection based on resource and operational limitations from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Justice.

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Nov 19 2019
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Oct 22 2019
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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Proposes significant new use rules (SNUR) for 31 chemical substances, including multiwalled carbon nanotubes (generic), and includes guidelines to minimize risk of harmful exposure to humans and the environment.

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Nov 12 2019
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Oct 11 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Requires that executive branch agencies treat guidance documents as non-binding both in law and in practice, take public input into account when appropriate in formulating guidance documents, and make guidance documents readily available to the public.

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Oct 10 2019
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White House

Recommends steps clinicians can take to safely reduce or discontinue their patients' use of prescription opioid drugs, especially after long-term use.

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Oct 10 2019
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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Rejects (without prejudice) bid by Tri-State Generation and Transmission to qualify for federal, rather than state, regulation to avoid Colorado requirements that electric power providers move to 100% renewable power by 2040. 

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Oct 4 2019
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Recommends that NHTSA and EPA conduct an interim evaluation of CAFE standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in 2021-2022 to ensure and improve their effectiveness and value, which would address vehicle technologies, fuel mix, efficiency of the freight system, and future regulatory frameworks.

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Oct 4 2019
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Oct 4 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Bipartisan bill reinstating and strengthening tax credit in Internal Revenue Code for energy efficient home upgrades.

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Oct 2 2019
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Senate

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Begins the process of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, which will take effect one year from delivery of the notification (i.e. Nov. 4, 2020).

 

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Nov 6 2019
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Nov 4 2019
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Department of State (DOS)

Transfers the ability to exempt detained undocumented immigrants from DNA-sample collection based on resource and operational limitations from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Justice.

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Nov 19 2019
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Oct 22 2019
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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Recommends that NHTSA and EPA conduct an interim evaluation of CAFE standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in 2021-2022 to ensure and improve their effectiveness and value, which would address vehicle technologies, fuel mix, efficiency of the freight system, and future regulatory frameworks.

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Oct 4 2019
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Oct 4 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Proposes framework for capping CO2 emissions from the combustion of the fossil component of finished motor gasoline and on-road diesel fuel in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. 

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Nov 30 2019
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Oct 1 2019
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Transportation Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States

Revokes California's authority to impose stricter GHG emissions standards on cars and light duty trucks than those imposed by the federal government. 

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Sep 27 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Replaces federal gasoline tax with a multi-sector carbon tax as source of funding for federal highway infrastructure spending.  

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Sep 26 2019
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House of Representatives

Provides funding to support grid-scale energy storage research and development and improve the efficiency of the electrical grid.

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Sep 25 2019
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Senate

Mandates the Department of Homeland Security produce a periodic report on digital content forgery technology, otherwise known as “deepfakes.”

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Sep 10 2019
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Senate

Revises current regulations on movement of certain genetically engineered organisms, particularly those posing a plant pest risk, in order to create a more efficient process in which developers can transport their products.

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Aug 5 2019
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Aug 5 2019
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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Encourages the transition to a clean energy economy in the US by drafting a report on and funding training programs for clean energy jobs. 

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Aug 2 2019
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House of Representatives

Reinterprets hazardous air pollutant (HAP) provisions of the Clean Air Act to allow "major sources" of HAPs to be reclassified as "area sources" once they emit less than 10 tons per year (tpy) of any single HAP or 25 tpy of any combination of HAPs, undoing the existing "once in always in" rule. 

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Sep 24 2019
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Jul 26 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Sets terms for voluntary agreement between California Air Resources Boards and several major automakers to limit GHG emissions from cars and light duty trucks. 

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Jul 25 2019
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State of California

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Determines that implementation of the 2016 Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) Update takes care of states' obligations to limit ozone pollution under CAA's "Good Neighbor" provisions, and that no further requirements are warranted.  UPDATE: Rule struck down by D.C. Circuit on October 1, 2019. 

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Nov 16 2019
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Oct 1 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Re-establishes the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology to advise the President on science, technology, education, and innovation policy.

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Nov 18 2019
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Oct 25 2019
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White House

Transfers the ability to exempt detained undocumented immigrants from DNA-sample collection based on resource and operational limitations from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Justice.

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Nov 19 2019
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Oct 22 2019
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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Proposes framework for capping CO2 emissions from the combustion of the fossil component of finished motor gasoline and on-road diesel fuel in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. 

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Nov 30 2019
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Oct 1 2019
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Transportation Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States