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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemical Safety, EMD Millipore Fine, GOP Tries to Slow Executive

The House this morning approved the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, 232-183, largely along party lines, hours before the chamber was due to adjourn for recess. The bill requires both chambers of Congress to sign off on any federal rules costing more than $100 million a … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Computer Standards, BP Spill Estimates

The Department of Energy announced in the Federal Register that it plans to order new efficiency standards for all computers and servers in the US. The DOE said it “tentatively” ruled that title III, part A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) covers both consumers and servers. The DOE proposal is open for public comment … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil Spill Loopholes, McCarthy Vote

Gina McCarthy’s nomination for EPA administrator could face a Senate vote on Tuesday, after majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) yesterday filed for cloture, the Hill reports. But procedural battles continue, with Reid threatening to use the “nuclear option,” by changing Senate rules to bar a filibuster. A loophole and declining revenues have cut … Read more »