Search Results Archives: September 2016

September 29, 2016

51 U.S. House Members Urge DEA & OMB To Delay “Hasty” Ban On Natural Herbal Supplement Kratom

From: Science Codex


The letters from U.S. House Members asks Shaun Donovan, director of OMB, and Charles P. Rosenberg, acting director of the DEA, to delay a final decision on the placement of kratom on Schedule I, provide ample time for public comment on this significant decision, and resolve any inconsistencies with other federal agencies regarding the use of kratom.


September 27, 2016

Changes to Chemical Law Causing Heartburn; Long Road Ahead

From: Bloomberg/BNA

By Pat Rizzuto

Chemical manufacturers are getting heartburn with the ways the Environmental Protection Agency is handling the new chemicals in commerce provisions of the amended chemicals law, according to attorneys who spoke with Bloomberg BNA.


Transition Ahead

Cleland-Hamnett said the agency wants to finish crafting its regulatory proposals, so that the team the next administration brings in can read public comments and issue final rules, she said.

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September 19, 2016

EPA, FDA, and USDA Release Updates to Coordinated Framework on Biotechnology

From: The National Law Review

Lynn L. Bergeson

On September 16, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the White House, released two documents that will update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (Coordinated Framework) that was first rolled out by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in 1986 and updated in 1992.  The White House states that this is “an important step to ensure public confidence in the regulatory system for biotechnology products and to improve the transparency, predictability, coordination, and, ultimately, efficiency of that system.”  The documents released are:

September 16, 2016

White House Launches EPA Vapor Intrusion Rule Review

From: Bloomberg/BNA

An EPA final rule to add vapor intrusion to superfund listing criteria now is under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The rule would give the EPA authority to consider vapor intrusion, the process of volatile compounds migrating through subsurface groundwater or soil to air in aboveground structures, when determining whether to add a contaminated site to the superfund program’s National Priorities List.

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September 13, 2016

CRE Information Request to DEA

Editor’s Note: The post below, cross-posted from CRE’s Regulatory Pacesetters forum, established an Interactive Public Docket on DEA’s August 31st Federal Register notice starting a 30 day process to list kratom as a schedule I narcotic. CRE has, so far, received over 400 comments on the DEA’s proposal. The kratom comments are available here.

From: Regulatory Pacesetters

Note  2nd CRE  Letter to the Department of Justice at  cre-dea-kratom-1

See Kratom Policy Forum in link to the right of this post