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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)

Establishes a tobacco product standard that limits the concentration of nicotine in e-liquids to less than 20 milligrams per milliliter.

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Oct 8 2019
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House of Representatives

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

Allows large power users in North Carolina to purchase a limited amount of renewable energy from third-party renewable providers.  

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Oct 1 2019
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North Carolina Utility Commission

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)

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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)

Establishes a task force to study the effects of automated accounts on public opinion and elections.

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May 21 2019
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House of Representatives

Restricts Federal acquisition and use of critical information and communication technologies developed, installed, and/or purchased by a foreign power.

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May 17 2019
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Executive Office of the President

Establishes a process at the Colorado public utilities commission through which a public utility may implement an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure program within the utility's service area.

 

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May 15 2019
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Eases safety rules put in place by Obama administration after 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident to prevent catastrophic accidents during offshore oil and gas operations.  

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May 15 2019
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Department of the Interior (DOI)

Requires executive branch approval for transferring to China technology, intellectual property, and other innovation that is important to the US national interest, economy, or military.

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May 14 2019
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Senate

Requires the Office of Personnel Management to create a voluntary rotational cyber-workforce program for Federal agencies.

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Apr 30 2019
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Senate

Proposes that SAB review the scientific and technical basis underlying the approach to incorporating co-benefits into regulatory analyses. 

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Apr 25 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Proposes that SAB review the scientific and technical basis underlying the approach to incorporating co-benefits into regulatory analyses. 

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Apr 25 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Requires that within two years, the Federal Trade Commission will require entities under the Commission's jurisdiction to conduct impact assessments of their high-risk automated decision systems and data protection plans dealing with consumers' personal data. 

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Apr 10 2019
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Senate

Directs several Federal agencies and offices to establish inter-agency and multi-stakeholder advisory committee, research initiatives, and strategic planning pertaining to the Nation's use, research, and development of AI.

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Apr 10 2019
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House of Representatives

Bipartisan bill that would expand an existing tax credit in the Internal Revenue Code for new plug-in electric drive motor vehicles to an additional 400,000 vehicles, and extend the (expired) tax credit for new fuel cell motor vehicles through 2028.

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Apr 9 2019
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