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There have been 19 policies introduced over the past month

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Provides the FDA's current thinking regarding the FDA approval process for electronic nicotine products, including e-cigarettes.

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Jun 11 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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)

Revises EPA guidance on the implementation of Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 to limit the time and scope of state and local government review of federally permitted projects that pose a pollution threat to local water bodies, including oil and gas pipelines.  

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Jun 7 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)

Provides $200m a year for next five years to assist public school districts in replacing traditional diesel buses with new, electric buses, with the aim of tacklng a significant portion of transportation sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Jun 6 2019
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Senate

Calls for the National Science Foundation to, in consultation with the National Institutes of Health, support opioid addiction research.

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Jun 6 2019
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House of Representatives

Mandates a pilot program to provide service dogs to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder following evidence-based treatment.

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Jun 5 2019
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House of Representatives

Imposes a fee on opioid drug manufacturers to fund substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

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Jun 5 2019
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House of Representatives

Reauthorizes programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to address public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, including those related to antimicrobial resistance and genomic engineering technologies.

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Jun 4 2019
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Senate

Reviews the effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard, concluding that it has had little effect in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Jun 3 2019
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Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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

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May 31 2019
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Senate

Reauthorizes funding in the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 and commissions a report from the Government Accountability Office regarding the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Grant Program.

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May 31 2019
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Senate

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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

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

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May 23 2019
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Senate

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)

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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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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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)

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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Apr 10 2019
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Senate

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Sets forth recommendations regarding the development of bispecific (e.g., genetically-engineered) antibodies that can direct at two separate targets.

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Jun 18 2019
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Apr 18 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Replaces Obama-era combined average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light duty trucks. 

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Jun 20 2019
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Oct 26 2018
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Seeks comment on needed updates to FERC's electric transmission incentives regulations and policy under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, last updated in 2012, in light of the evolution in electric power generation, the number of new resources seeking transmission service, shifts in load patterns, and the increased emphasis on reliability that have occurred in the past seven years.

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Jun 25 2019
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Mar 28 2019
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Updates 1999 monograph of over-the-counter sunscreen ingredients generally recognized as safe and effective and addresses nanomaterials in sunscreens.

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Jun 28 2019
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Apr 18 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Opens an examination of whether and how to revise FERC policies on determining the return on equity (ROE) used in setting rates charged by jurisdictional public utilities.

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Jun 28 2019
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Mar 28 2019
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Amends and repeals some recommendations involving radiation protection for medical procedures and standards for x-ray systems, lasers, and ultrasonic therapy products.

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Jul 1 2019
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Apr 1 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)