EPA Rejects Challenge to Climate Change Finding

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 29 denied 10 petitions challenging its 2009 finding that climate change caused by greenhouse gases poses a threat to human health and the environment. EPA made the endangerment finding in response to a 2007 Supreme Court case that held that greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, and are therefore subject to regulation by EPA.

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New Study Finds High Levels of Controversial Plastics Chemical in Paper Receipts

A new analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests that many Americans are at risk of exposure to a dangerous chemical that has been found in baby bottles, the lining of food and beverage containers, and now paper receipts. Significant levels of bisphenol-A (BPA), a controversial chemical that is not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration or the Environmental Protection Agency, was found in 40 percent of paper receipts collected from major retailers, grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, fast-food restaurants, post offices and ATMs.

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Gary Bass, Executive Director of OMB Watch Expected to Testify Before House Subcommittee Today

OMB Watch Executive Director Gary Bass is expected to testify today at a hearing on federal rulemaking and the regulatory process before the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law. The hearing is scheduled for July 27 at 11:00 a.m. Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is also expected to testify, as well as Sally Katzen of Podesta Group, Richard Williams of George Mason University’s Regulatory Studies Program and Government Accountability Project, and Curtis Copeland, of the Congressional Research Service.

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New Oil Industry Suit Challenges Obama’s Latest Effort to Pause Offshore Oil Drilling

A Texas-based deepwater drilling contractor has filed a lawsuit in federal district court, seeking to block the Obama administration’s latest effort to temporarily halt new offshore drilling operations while the Department of the Interior investigates safety and technology concerns in light of the April 20 explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Ensco Offshore argues in their July 20 suit that the drilling suspension issued by the Interior is “substantially the same” as an earlier moratorium that was struck down in federal district court.

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