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There have been 25 policies introduced over the past month

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Repeals President Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP), meant to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electric power sector, and replaces it with a new plan that requires only that power plants use heat rate improvement (HRI) to reduce GHG emissions.

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Jun 19 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Holds that the federal Atomic Energy Act (AEA) does not preempt Virginia law banning uranium mining on private land within its borders. 

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Jun 17 2019
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Orders the executive branch to cull at least one third of all non-mandatory expert advisory committees advising the executive branch agencies by September 30, 2019.

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Jun 14 2019
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Authorizes grants to provide services to individuals with mental health conditions or substance use disorders who are or are at risk of becoming homeless.

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Jun 13 2019
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House of Representatives

Includes e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine products in existing smoking bans for schools and other educational facilities.

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Jun 13 2019
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Senate

Expands coverage of genetic counseling services under Medicare.

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Jun 12 2019
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Provides the FDA's current thinking regarding the FDA approval process for electronic nicotine products, including e-cigarettes.

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Jun 11 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Calls for the addition of suicide prevention resources to identification cards for students.

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Jun 11 2019
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House of Representatives

Calls for the addition of suicide prevention resources to identification cards for students.

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Jun 11 2019
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Senate

Allows sale of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) year round, including summer months. 

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Jun 10 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Revises EPA guidance on the implementation of Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 to limit the time and scope of state and local government review of federally permitted projects that pose a pollution threat to local water bodies, including oil and gas pipelines.  

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Jun 7 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Updates regulations pertaining to the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of genetically modified organisms.

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Aug 5 2019
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Jun 6 2019
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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

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Allows sale of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) year round, including summer months. 

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Jun 10 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Updates regulations pertaining to the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of genetically modified organisms.

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Aug 5 2019
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Jun 6 2019
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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

White paper, written with RAND Corporation, examining three alternative scenarios for deep decarbonization of the United States economy by 2050.

 

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May 28 2019
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C2ES

Provides funding to support grid-scale energy storage research and development and improve the efficiency of the electrical grid.

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May 23 2019
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Senate

Finds that there would be no significant environmental impacts from  lifting an Obama-era moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands, paving the way for the moratorium to be lifted. 

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Jun 6 2019
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May 22 2019
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Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Directs EPA offices to change their methods for calculating the health benefits of reducing pollution and taking other regulatory actions.

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May 21 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Restricts Federal acquisition and use of critical information and communication technologies developed, installed, and/or purchased by a foreign power.

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May 17 2019
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Executive Office of the President

Establishes a process at the Colorado public utilities commission through which a public utility may implement an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure program within the utility's service area.

 

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May 15 2019
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Requires the Office of Personnel Management to create a voluntary rotational cyber-workforce program for Federal agencies.

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Apr 30 2019
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Proposes that SAB review the scientific and technical basis underlying the approach to incorporating co-benefits into regulatory analyses. 

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Apr 25 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Proposes that SAB review the scientific and technical basis underlying the approach to incorporating co-benefits into regulatory analyses. 

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Apr 25 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Bipartisan bill that supports CO2 utilization and direct air capture research to facilitate the permitting and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration projects and carbon dioxide pipelines.

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Apr 10 2019
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Senate

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Replaces Obama-era combined average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light duty trucks. 

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Jun 20 2019
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Oct 26 2018
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Expands medical coverage relating to mental health for veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma.

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Jun 20 2019
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Mar 1 2019
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House of Representatives

Seeks comment on needed updates to FERC's electric transmission incentives regulations and policy under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, last updated in 2012, in light of the evolution in electric power generation, the number of new resources seeking transmission service, shifts in load patterns, and the increased emphasis on reliability that have occurred in the past seven years.

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Jun 25 2019
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Mar 28 2019
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Updates 1999 monograph of over-the-counter sunscreen ingredients generally recognized as safe and effective and addresses nanomaterials in sunscreens.

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Jun 28 2019
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Apr 18 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Opens an examination of whether and how to revise FERC policies on determining the return on equity (ROE) used in setting rates charged by jurisdictional public utilities.

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Jun 28 2019
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Mar 28 2019
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Amends and repeals some recommendations involving radiation protection for medical procedures and standards for x-ray systems, lasers, and ultrasonic therapy products.

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Jul 1 2019
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Apr 1 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)