Week in Review

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Senate examination of the rulemaking process, stricter drilling safety standards, the EPA sued over smog policy, and more.

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  • Several groups, including Los Angeles doctors, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, Desert Citizens Against Pollution, Communities for a Better Environment, and the Natural Resources Defense Council sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), claiming a failure to properly regulate smog levels.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it will accept public comments on the report recently submitted by LightSquared about the potential interference to GPS operations posed by Lightsquared’s broadband system.
  • Proposed rules in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Zadroga Act  would add new categories of beneficiaries and set new filing deadlines. The Zadroga Act compensates individuals sickened by exposure to toxins at Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks.
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it will hold a field hearing July 29 on the municipal securities market in Jefferson County, Alabama to discuss issues related to solvency and transparency. It will be the third regional hearing of its kind.