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There have been 13 policies introduced over the past month

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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

Reinstates, strengthens and expands tax credit in Internal Revenue Code for builders of new energy efficient homes. 

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Oct 2 2019
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Senate

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)

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)

Allows California ISO, which operates the electric power grid in California, authority to pull in power sources outside of the state on a "reliability must run" basis to address "any reliability need," giving the ISO broader access to non-renewable power plants otherwise being phased out in California. 

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Sep 27 2019
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

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

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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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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

Puts in place process to reduce GHG emissions from all sectors of the New York state economy by 85% by 2050.

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Jul 18 2019
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State of New York

Recognizes the effect genome editing technology may have on society, and supports domestic and international cooperation in determining ethical standards for this type of research.

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Jul 15 2019
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Senate

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

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Oct 15 2019
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Aug 12 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Raises the legal age at which entities can sell and market tobacco products to from 18 to 21 and imposes new restrictions on the advertising and marketing of tobacco products.

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Oct 16 2019
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Apr 18 2019
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House of Representatives

Updating and clarifying rule the substantive and procedural requirements for state, local and tribal government water quality certification under Clean Water Act Section 401 to expedite oil and gas and other infrastructure projects that might affect bodies of water in their localities. 

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Oct 21 2019
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Aug 22 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Rescinds the new source performance standards (NSPS) for methane and VOC emissions from oil and gas transmission and storage infrastructure, and rescinds the NSPS for methane for oil and gas production and processing infrastructure. 

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Oct 25 2019
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Sep 24 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Proposes to eliminates energy efficiency requirements for standard residential light bulbs that were supposed to go into effect on January 1, 2020, under a George W. Bush-era amendment to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. 

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Nov 4 2019
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Sep 5 2019
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Department of Energy (DOE)