Citizen Health & Safety / Consumer Protection
Aug 22, 2005 by Guest Blogger
Two new regulatory developments fail to do enough to make our roadways safe:
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued revised rules governing the maximum number of hours that companies can force their truck drivers to work without rest.
Aug 21, 2005 by Guest Blogger
Be sure to catch the latest article from CPR member scholar Lisa Heinzerling, "Doubting Daubert, forthcoming in the Brooklyn Journal of Law & Policy. In Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the Supreme Court announced that it was liberalizing the rules on admissibility of expert scientific evidence by rejecting a requirement that such evidence be generally accepted in the scientific community. Daubert has had, Heinzerling notes, just the opposite effect from the one the Court said it intended.read in full
Jul 28, 2005 by Guest Blogger
You think by now they'd have the system down.
An inconclusive test indicates that a third cow may have been infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Once again, USDA faces complications in determining whether the cow had BSE.
First, though the sample was collected in April, it was only sent for testing in July. Evidently, the vet who took the sample forgot to submit it for testing. According to the L.A.read in full
Jul 28, 2005 by Guest Blogger
According to the New York Times, EPA has withheld a report showing that due to loopholes in fuel efficiency standards, manufacturers have been allowed to produce cars that, on average, are significantly less fuel efficient than cars sold in the late 1980s. The loopholes give car manufacturers credits towards their fuel economy standards if they produce dual-fuel cars in their fleet—those that can run on both ethanol blend and gasoline.read in full
Jul 26, 2005 by Guest Blogger
The anti-investor record of Rep. Christopher Cox, President George W. Bush's nominee as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, should disqualify him from leading the agency, according to a new report by Public Citizen.
Public Citizen joins with a broad group of investor advocates, public interest groups, labor unions, social investment funds and investment managers in expressing deep concern over the president's choice of Cox.read in full
Jul 21, 2005 by Guest Blogger
After much delay, FDA has now promised to make a decision on the over-the-counter status of Plan B by Sept. 1. The administration has been dragging its feet on a decision on the "morning after pill," despite broad support from the FDA advisory committee. Only after Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA) stalled the nomination of FDA head Lester Crawford did the administration finally promise to decide on the OTC status.read in full
Jul 10, 2005 by Guest Blogger
Check out some of the latest news articles of interest to regulatory policy:
Assault on Science:
- Chris Mooney, "Some Like It Hot," Mother Jones, May-June 2005
Forty public policy groups have this in common: They seek to undermine the scientific consensus that humans are causing the earth to overheat. And they all get money from ExxonMobil.
Jun 26, 2005 by Guest Blogger
The New York Times is reporting that Friday's announcement of the second confirmed case of mad cow in the U.S. was delayed ... for seven months!
Although the Agriculture Department confirmed on Friday that a cow that died last year was infected with mad cow disease, a test the agency conducted seven months ago indicated that the animal had the disease.read in full
May 15, 2005 by Guest Blogger
BNA's Daily Report for Executives (a subscription-only service) has already combed through a copy of tomorrow's edition of the Federal Register, in which the agencies are releasing their semiannual agendas for the next six months of regulatory priorities. We have some information available to help people decipher the agendas: click here for more.read in full