Search Results Archives: April 2014

April 2, 2014

An Update on FDA ‘Deeming’ Regulations


By Thomas A. Briant, Executive Director

Last October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a set of proposed “deeming” regulations that likely included regulations on cigars, pipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes and hookah tobacco.

While the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) currently regulates cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which authorized the FDA to regulate tobacco products also grants the agency the authority to extend tobacco regulations to other products deemed to be tobacco products. For this reason, the FDA has submitted proposed regulations that are currently under review by the OMB.

April 1, 2014

U.S. EPA carbon rule for existing power plants sent to White House

From: Reuters

The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing U.S. power plants has arrived at the White House for review, Office of Management and Budget records showed on Tuesday, moving the plan closer to a public unveiling.

The plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate change strategy, would set emission standards for the nation’s more than 1,000 power plants, most of which burn coal.

“Greenhouse gases pose a threat to the public health and welfare,” the EPA said in a summary of its rule. “Electric generating units are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.”