Week in Review

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Senate confirms NLRB nominees, FDA proposes auditing of imported foods, and more…

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  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that will allow electronic reporting of Clear Water Act data and will make more information available to the public.
  • President Obama issued an executive order to increase agency collaboration to improve chemical safety.
  • The EPA announced changes to the agency’s chemical risk information system to improve scientific evidence and increase transparency.
  • A New York appeals court affirmed that New York City’s soda ban violates the state constitution’s separation of powers.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a Texas, Wyoming, and industry group’s challenge to the EPA’s greenhouse gas permitting requirements.
  • The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) released its quarterly Freedom of Information Act report.
  • The GAO published a report finding that “international regulatory cooperation inform[s] all phases of the rulemaking process.”
  • The Secretary of the Interior convened the first meeting of the White House Council on Native American Affairs under an initiative of President Obama.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law to ban the sale and possession of shark fins.  See related The Regulatory Review essay.