The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE), Kansas Corn Growers Association, and the Triazine Network filed a request for correction of information with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) November 25, 2002 under the data quality guidelines. The petition could cripple EPA's ability to address endocrine disruptors.
Challenge on Atrazine Report
On November 15, the House and Senate unanimously passed a modified version of the E-Government Act, which President Bush is expected to sign.
While the bill remained mostly intact as it moved through the House and Senate, there were a few significant changes from the original Senate version, which the Senate passed on June 27:
The Office of E-Government within the Office of Management and Budget will be run by an administrator appointed by the president, but will not require Senate confirmation, as in the original Senate version of the bill. (Title I)
During the recent lame duck session, Congress passed the Homeland Security bill that creates the cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security, and President Bush signed it into law today. Unfortunately the bill contains several troubling provisions addressing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
At a U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) public meeting held November 20, lawyers representing Georgia Pacific (GP) and the American Forest and Paper Association (AFPA) raised the possibility of questioning a CSB report’s compliance with the newly issued Data Quality Guidelines.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be accepting public comments for the next 60 days on its newly released pilot website -- Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) -- that allows the retrieval of enforcement and compliance information for over 800,000 regulated facilities, as announced in the Federal Register on Nov. 20th.
Despite hard economic times, states are continuing to invest resources to increase government's capacity to deliver services online. But how effectively can digital government engage citizens who are often marginalized from, if not entirely left out of, civic participation, especially young people? Findings from an informative UK study provide useful insights for states to consider in their digital growth. More here…
The Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute (GELPI) recently released a paper that responds to criticisms of environmental right-to-know programs and explains how industry’s proposed “procedural” reforms threaten to undermine them.