March 20, 2015

ARSA: Still Nothing Generic About Generic Clearance

Editor’s Note: For information on an effort to obtain correction of data quality flaws in information collected by the FTC through a generic clearance, please see here and here. For OIRA’s May 28, 2010 Memorandum, “Paperwork Reduction Act – Generic Clearances,” see here.

From: Aeronautical Repair Station Association

On Mar. 12, ARSA submitted its continued objections to the FAA’s request for generic clearance of information collections contained in Airworthiness Directives.

March 18, 2015

EPA Withdraws Proposal To Clarify Reporting Of Metal Mining Toxic Releases

From: JDSupra Business Advisor

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, March 2015

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.


On March 7, 2014, EPA withdrew a proposed rule intended to clarify which metal mining releases must be reported under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA). The proposed rule had been under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for nearly three years….

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March 17, 2015

EPA’s McCarthy pledges to make Wotus rule ‘reasonable’

From: Agri-Pulse

By Philip Brasher

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2015 – The Obama administration is promising to rewrite its proposed Clean Water Act rule to ensure that farmers have clear guidance about what streams, ditches and ponds will be regulated.

Speaking to the National Farmers Union annual convention in Wichita, Kansas, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the final rule is being prepared for White House review, and that the administration still intends to complete it this spring.

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March 2, 2015

Human Subjects Research Protections Proposed Rule Finally Moves Forward for White House Review

From: Sidley Austin

On February 24, the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Internal Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) accepted for review the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) governing the protection of human subjects in research, also known as the “Common Rule.” This NPRM, entitled the “Human Subjects Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden, Delay, and Ambiguity for Investigators,” follows the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) issued by HHS in July 2011. Once OIRA’s review is complete, the draft NPRM will be returned to HHS for final modifications and release for public notice and comment.

February 26, 2015

What’s next on the road to Net Neutrality?

From: The Hill | Blogs

By Daniel Lyons

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission will vote 3-2 to regulate broadband Internet providers as common carriers. The decision will be the culmination of nearly a decade of work by net neutrality activists seeking to subject Internet providers to rules written eighty years ago to tame the Bell telephone monopoly. It will also effectively thwart the proposed Thune-Upton bill in Congress that would accomplish net neutrality without radically altering the law governing cyberspace.


February 12, 2015

NAFCU, seven other industry trade organizations joint letter to FEMA on Standard Flood Hazard Determination Form

From: National Association of Federal Credit Unions

In the letter, the groups urge FEMA to keep the Form as a one-page form. In the process of updating the form, FEMA moved a notice required under the Paperwork Reduction Act from the instructions area to the form itself. “The proposal to move the Public Protection Notice, while not substantive, would create considerable regulatory burden,” the groups write in the letter.

“Lenders populate the entries in the Form, and retrieve that information, on an automated basis. For automated forms, adding a new page would require significant, costly systems reprogramming,” the groups say.

February 10, 2015

OMB May Accelerate WQS Rule Review Ahead Of CWA Jurisdiction Policy

From: Inside EPA

State officials say the White House is pushing to finish pre-publication review of EPA’s long-awaited final rule for how states should craft water quality standards (WQS) before it begins review of a final rule to define Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction, fearing a lack of resources to process two highly controversial water rules at the same time.

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February 6, 2015

New Rules for Tank Cars Sent to White House for Review

From: The Wall Street Journal

Proposed Regulations Come in Response to Series of Oil-Train Accidents

By Bob Tita

Federal railroad regulators have forwarded their final draft of new regulations for tank cars that haul crude oil and other flammable liquids to the White House for review.

The review by the Office of Information of Regulatory Affairs is one of the last steps before the implementation of new tank-car standards and operating procedures.

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January 29, 2015

F.A.I.R. Trade Group Submits Comments to ATF on Proposed Collection Activities

From: F.A.I.R. Trade Group

F.A.I.R. Trade Group submitted comments on the proposed collections of information: (1) Revision of Federal Firearms License Application (ATF Form 7 (5310.12) and ATF Form 7CR (5310.16)); and (2) Creation of New ATF Form 5300.34, Federal Firearms License Responsible Person Questionnaire.


Based on the above, F.A.I.R. opposes the language in Section D of proposed Form 5300.34 that appears to require submission of the form if a new responsible person is added during the term of an existing license. This language should be removed from the form and the agency should continue its current practice of allowing responsible persons to be added by licensees voluntarily by correspondence to the licensing center.

January 28, 2015

EPA Seeks Input on Federal Plan for Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants

From: EPA via Stanley News and Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (***EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) on a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel for the federal plan that EPA is developing as part of the Clean Power Plan. This panel is part of a standard federal government process and will focus on the agency’s development of a proposed Federal Plan for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Electric Generating Units that will cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the largest source of this pollution in the country.