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There have been 5 policies introduced over the past month

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Develops an ethical and regulatory framework of potential clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

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Nov 14 2019
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Aug 12 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Establishes that Medicare will compensate for patients who receive treatment for cancer via CAR T-cell therapy when administered under specific conditions established by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Aug 7 2019
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Places restrictions on social media platforms' software that otherwise encourages users to remain on the platforms for extended periods.

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Jul 30 2019
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Senate

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

Requires regulations to safeguard consumer privacy and security when interacting with automatic telephone dialing systems or calls made using an artificial or prerecorded voice.

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Jul 17 2019
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House of Representatives

Bipartisan bill that promotes the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of the US economy.

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Jul 17 2019
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Senate

Recommends relaxing regulatory oversight of civilian nuclear power plants, including decreasing frequency and scope of federal inspections. 

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Jul 17 2019
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Reauthorizes the federal Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program that had been implemented as part of the 2009 post-recession stimulus package, but had been allowed to expire in 2014.  

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Jul 17 2019
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House of Representatives

Lowers the civil penalty that automakers must pay when new cars and trucks exceed corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards, from $14 to $5.50 per extra 0.1 miles per gallon (mpg), undoing a 2016 Obama Administration rulemaking.

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Jul 12 2019
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
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Jul 12 2019
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European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Outlines explicitly that it is unlawful for certain individuals to ship, transport, or possess biological agents and toxins.

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Jul 10 2019
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Senate

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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

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

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Jul 9 2019
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Senate

Bipartisan bill that supports CO2 utilization and direct air capture research to facilitate the permitting and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration projects and carbon dioxide pipelines.

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Jun 27 2019
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Senate

Bipartisan bill that would extend the wind investment tax credit (ITC) at 30 percent for offshore wind projects that start  construction by January 2027 or the year after the US has reached 3,000 MW of new offshore wind capacity.

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Jun 26 2019
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Senate

Updates the original, 2016 Strategic Plan to direct the government's ongoing research, development, and investment efforts into artificial intelligence.

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Jun 21 2019
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Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Calls for the Federal Trade Commission to bolster privacy and security protections for consumers' personal health data, including genetic information and information relating to mental health.

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Jun 13 2019
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Senate

Allows sale of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) year round, including summer months. 

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Jun 10 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Updates regulations pertaining to the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of genetically modified organisms.

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Aug 5 2019
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Jun 6 2019
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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

White paper, written with RAND Corporation, examining three alternative scenarios for deep decarbonization of the United States economy by 2050.

 

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May 28 2019
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C2ES

Finds that there would be no significant environmental impacts from  lifting an Obama-era moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands, paving the way for the moratorium to be lifted. 

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Jun 6 2019
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May 22 2019
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Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Directs EPA offices to change their methods for calculating the health benefits of reducing pollution and taking other regulatory actions.

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May 21 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Describes the FDA's current thinking regarding the benefit-risk assessment framework for new opioid drug applications.

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Aug 20 2019
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Jun 21 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Provides the FDA's current thinking on the best means for assembling the "Drug Abuse and Dependence" section of prescription drug labeling.

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Sep 3 2019
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Jul 2 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Repeals President Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP), meant to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electric power sector, and replaces it with a new plan that requires only that power plants use heat rate improvement (HRI) to reduce GHG emissions.

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Sep 6 2019
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Jul 8 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)