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Transfers the ability to exempt detained undocumented immigrants from DNA-sample collection based on resource and operational limitations from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Justice.

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Nov 19 2019
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Oct 22 2019
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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Proposes significant new use rules (SNUR) for 31 chemical substances, including multiwalled carbon nanotubes (generic), and includes guidelines to minimize risk of harmful exposure to humans and the environment.

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Nov 12 2019
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Oct 11 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Requires that executive branch agencies treat guidance documents as non-binding both in law and in practice, take public input into account when appropriate in formulating guidance documents, and make guidance documents readily available to the public.

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Oct 10 2019
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White House

Recommends steps clinicians can take to safely reduce or discontinue their patients' use of prescription opioid drugs, especially after long-term use.

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Oct 10 2019
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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Rejects (without prejudice) bid by Tri-State Generation and Transmission to qualify for federal, rather than state, regulation to avoid Colorado requirements that electric power providers move to 100% renewable power by 2040. 

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Oct 4 2019
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Recommends that NHTSA and EPA conduct an interim evaluation of CAFE standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in 2021-2022 to ensure and improve their effectiveness and value, which would address vehicle technologies, fuel mix, efficiency of the freight system, and future regulatory frameworks.

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Oct 4 2019
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Oct 4 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Bipartisan bill reinstating and strengthening tax credit in Internal Revenue Code for energy efficient home upgrades.

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Oct 2 2019
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Senate

Reinstates, strengthens and expands tax credit in Internal Revenue Code for builders of new energy efficient homes. 

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Oct 2 2019
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Senate

Determines that implementation of the 2016 Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) Update takes care of states' obligations to limit ozone pollution under CAA's "Good Neighbor" provisions, and that no further requirements are warranted.  UPDATE: Rule struck down by D.C. Circuit on October 1, 2019. 

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Nov 16 2019
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Oct 1 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Proposes framework for capping CO2 emissions from the combustion of the fossil component of finished motor gasoline and on-road diesel fuel in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. 

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Nov 30 2019
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Oct 1 2019
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Transportation Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States

Allows large power users in North Carolina to purchase a limited amount of renewable energy from third-party renewable providers.  

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Oct 1 2019
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North Carolina Utility Commission

Revokes California's authority to impose stricter GHG emissions standards on cars and light duty trucks than those imposed by the federal government. 

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Sep 27 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Encourages the transition to a clean energy economy in the US by drafting a report on and funding training programs for clean energy jobs. 

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Aug 2 2019
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House of Representatives

Reinterprets hazardous air pollutant (HAP) provisions of the Clean Air Act to allow "major sources" of HAPs to be reclassified as "area sources" once they emit less than 10 tons per year (tpy) of any single HAP or 25 tpy of any combination of HAPs, undoing the existing "once in always in" rule. 

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Sep 24 2019
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Jul 26 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Puts in place process to reduce GHG emissions from all sectors of the New York state economy by 85% by 2050.

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Jul 18 2019
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State of New York

Recognizes the effect genome editing technology may have on society, and supports domestic and international cooperation in determining ethical standards for this type of research.

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Jul 15 2019
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Senate

Mandates the Department of Homeland Security produce a periodic report on digital content forgery technology, otherwise known as “deepfakes.”

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Jun 28 2019
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House of Representatives

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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Jun 27 2019
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Senate

Bipartisan bill that would extend the wind investment tax credit (ITC) at 30 percent for offshore wind projects that start  construction by January 2027 or the year after the US has reached 3,000 MW of new offshore wind capacity.

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Jun 26 2019
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Senate

Updates the original, 2016 Strategic Plan to direct the government's ongoing research, development, and investment efforts into artificial intelligence.

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Jun 21 2019
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Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Calls for the Federal Trade Commission to bolster privacy and security protections for consumers' personal health data, including genetic information and information relating to mental health.

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Jun 13 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)

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

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)

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