EPA Issues Life-Saving Air Quality Rule, Shows Benefits Far Outweigh Costs

Despite industry pressure, EPA finalized a rule July 6 that will achieve billions of dollars in public health benefits. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) requires over 20 states to reduce power plant emissions of air pollutants that contribute to ozone and fine particle pollution in other states. The rule will prevent 13,000 to 34,000 premature deaths, 15,000 nonfatal heart attacks, and 400,000 aggravated asthma attacks per year by 2014.

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Supreme Court to Hear Wetlands Case Next Term

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari June 28 to hear a case challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of an administrative compliance order under the Clean Water Act (CWA) without allowing for pre-enforcement judicial review. The case has serious implications for enforcement procedures and the timing of CWA jurisdictional challenges.

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OMB Annual Report Shows Regulations' Benefits Exceed Costs

On June 24, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its annual report on the costs and benefits of major federal regulations (those with an annual effect of $100 million or more on the economy) reviewed by OMB over the last ten years. OMB issued the 2011 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations and Unfunded Mandates on State, Local, and Tribal Entities in compliance with the Regulatory-Right-to-Know Act, which requires OMB to submit to Congress an annual report on the costs and benefits of federal regulations for the previous year.

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New FDA Report Illustrates How Spending Cuts Threaten Food Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report yesterday recognizing the challenges in regulating imported products. The report acknowledges that the agency does not have "the resources to adequately keep pace with the pressures of globalization."

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House Bill Seeks to Weaken EPA’s Oversight Authority, Impairs Federal Role under Clean Water Act

A bill introduced in the House last week by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) and Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV) proposes removing crucial federal oversight from the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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