Search Results Archives: May 2013

May 6, 2013

Regulatory agency employees dodge sequester furloughs

From: RegWatch/The Hill’s Regulation Blog

By Julian Hattem and Ben Goad

While employees at some federal agencies are already taking unpaid time off, many regulatory agencies are dodging sequestration’s cleaver.

It’s not just air traffic controllers who are escaping furloughs triggered by across-the-board spending cuts.

While employees at some federal agencies are already taking unpaid time off, those at many regulatory agencies are dodging sequestration’s cleaver.

More than two months since the sweeping across-the-board federal budget cuts first hit, and days after President Obama signed a bill to keep air traffic controllers on the job, many agencies continue to have no plans to hand out furlough notices.

May 3, 2013

Printers to Obama: Please regulate our cleaning rags

From: RegWatch/The Hill

By Megan R. Wilson

The printing and graphic design industry wants the Obama administration to  hurry up and regulate the rags that are used to sop up hazardous chemicals.

The draft of a final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has  been sitting at the White House for more than a year, and the Printing  Industries of America and the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association had one  question for the White House during a meeting last week: Where’s our rule?

May 2, 2013

Red Tape Rising: Regulation in Obama’s First Term

From: Heritage Foundation

By James L. Gattuso and Diane Katz


Regulatory burdens on Americans increased by nearly $70 billion during President Obama’s first term in office, during which federal agencies imposed 131 new major regulations. In 2012 alone, the Administration issued a total of $23.5 billion in new regulatory costs from 25 major rulemakings. Only two rules last year decreased burdens. Much more regulation is on the way, with another 131 major rules on the Administration’s agenda, including dozens more implementing Dodd–Frank and Obamacare. Action is needed by Congress, including requiring congressional approval of each new major regulation before it may take effect.

EPA Gets Additional 30 Days to Propose Revisions to Animal Feedlot Regulations

From: Bloomberg/BNA

By Amena H. Saiyid

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation reached an agreement late April 29 to give the agency an additional 30 days to propose a rule that would potentially expand the universe of regulated concentrated animal feeding operations.

“EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation have agreed to extend the deadline for a proposed CAFO rule for 30 days from April 30, 2013,” the agency told BNA said in a statement.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation spokesman John Surrick also confirmed that the deadline had been postponed.