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Issues final significant new use rules (SNUR) for 22 chemical substances, including carbon nanomaterial (generic), and includes guidelines to minimize risk of harmful exposure to humans and the environment.

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Nov 25 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Removes cannabis from the schedules of controlled substances, directs federal courts to expunge certain cannabis-related convictions, and establishes a trust fund for reinvestment in communities adversely affected by the past enforcement actions for drug offenses.

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Nov 21 2019
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House of Representatives

Defines the word “entity” as used in cybersecurity and infrastructure security law, requires the provision of grants to those entities for cybersecurity and infrastructure security activities, and requires federal coordination with those entities on cybersecurity measures.

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Nov 21 2019
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Senate
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Nov 20 2019
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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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

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Nov 19 2019
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Nov 19 2019
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House of Representatives

Describes developments in nanotechnology for health care and highlights their unique regulatory challenges.

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Nov 18 2019
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European Commission

Provides that EPA should whenever possible rely on studies for which all underlying data and models are publicly available to promulgate "significant regulatory decisions," and assigns lower weight to the evidence, findings and conclusions of any studies that are based on confidential information that cannot be publicly disclosed. 

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Nov 11 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Requires scientists conducting National Institutes of Health-funded research to create plans for managing and sharing scientific data produced as a result of that research.

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Jan 10 2020
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Nov 8 2019
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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Requires carbon monoxide alarms and detectors in federally assisted housing programs, including those for the elderly, the disabled, and rural communities.

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Nov 7 2019
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House of Representatives

Requires carbon monoxide alarms in federally assisted housing programs, including those for the elderly, the disabled, and rural communities.

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Nov 7 2019
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Senate

Creates the National Engineering Biology Research and Development Initiative.

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Nov 5 2019
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House of Representatives

Supports programs and registries to better understand and enhance awareness about sudden unexpected death in early life.

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Nov 5 2019
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Senate

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Defines the word “entity” as used in cybersecurity and infrastructure security law, requires the provision of grants to those entities for cybersecurity and infrastructure security activities, and requires federal coordination with those entities on cybersecurity measures.

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Nov 21 2019
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Senate

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)

Lays out plan for Democratic legislation encouraging the replacement of gas-powered cars with electric cars, that will be introduced if the Democrats gain a majority in the Senate in November 2020 elections

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Nov 3 2020
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Oct 24 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)

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

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

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Sep 6 2019
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State of California

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)

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Requires scientists conducting National Institutes of Health-funded research to create plans for managing and sharing scientific data produced as a result of that research.

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Jan 10 2020
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Nov 8 2019
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National Institutes of Health (NIH)