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Court Upholds EPA Mercury Regulation

Court Upholds EPA Mercury Regulation

The D.C Court of Appeals upheld a EPA regulation requiring power plants to curb mercury emissions yesterday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge to the rule, which was completed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 and set the first national limits on air pollution emitted by […]

April 16, 2014 / More... ( comments)

GOP Senators: Don’t Show The Public The Money

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is trying to reduce the level of silica dust that workers are exposed to.  When they proposed doing so, they asked for scientific research but (quite reasonably) asked for researchers to disclose where they got their funding from.  This was not so popular: But now, in a dizzying turnabout […]

March 9, 2014 / More... ( comments)

A ‘Simpler’ Government

I just finished reading Simpler by Cass Sunstein, the regulatory czar during President Obama’s first term.  Sunstein does a nice job of advocating for policies that “nudge” people toward choices that would make them happier in the long run.  He advocates policies that set default rules (like having people opt out of becoming organ donors instead […]

March 5, 2014 / More... ( comments)

FDA Proposes Changing Food Labels

The FDA last week announced a proposed change to the food label that you see on all processed food in the supermarket. Food labels would have larger-font calorie counts and more realistic portion sizes under an Obama administration proposal to significantly revise nutrition labels for the first time in two decades. The proposal, to be […]

March 3, 2014 / More... ( comments)

House Continues To Waste Time

House Continues To Waste Time

When they are not trying to repeal Obamacare, the House is passing “regulatory reform” bills.  Thursday was a day for the House GOP to try to save the economy in their own peculiar way: The House on Thursday approved legislation that would force federal agencies to be more transparent about pending regulations, and make them […]

February 28, 2014 / More... ( comments)

The Latest On Regulations Vs. Jobs

Since the onset of the Great Recession, Republicans have taken to blaming regulations for the lack of jobs.  A new book (disclosure alert: I wrote a chapter) examines the question of the relationship between jobs and regulation in detail.  A one sentence summary: The complexity of the relationship between regulation and employment necessitates both careful […]

February 14, 2014 / More... ( comments)

A Bad Day For Fossil Fuels

A Bad Day For Fossil Fuels

Yesterday there were three disasters related to fossil fuel extraction. West Virginia officials are reporting that a coal slurry line at the Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant, which belongs to Patriot Coal, ruptured and spilled a toxic byproduct from the coal mining and preparation process into a creek that feeds the Kanawha River early this morning. […]

February 12, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Obama Can Move On Climate Change Without Congress

President Obama can move ahead on his promises from his Inaugural Address last year, and while action from Congress is desirable, it is not necessary: Despite meeting fierce opposition from the GOP in 2013, a group of clean energy experts, business leaders and former government officials believe President Obama’s climate agenda has been and will […]

January 22, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Omnibus Used To Block Regulation

In the omnibus bill passed yesterday by the House, there were a lot of hidden goodies for opponents of regulation (but, of course, not as many as they wanted): The 1,500-plus page omnibus spending bill contains provisions to constrict rule-making at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Securities and Exchange Commission, and would block a […]

January 16, 2014 / More... ( comments)

West Virginia Water Contamination: Lax Regulations Or Enforcement

The contamination of the Elk River (pictured) in West Virginia is being blamed on insufficient regulation of water safety: Last week’s major chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River, which cut off water to more than 300,000 people, came in a state with a long and troubled history of regulating the coal and chemical companies […]

January 14, 2014 / More... ( comments)

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