Search Results Archives: March 2018

March 29, 2018

US EPA poised to weaken 2022-25 fuel economy targets


The Trump administration is expected to move to weaken US fuel economy standards for 2022-25 model year cars this week ahead of a regulatory deadline Sunday, setting up a confrontation with the California Air Resources Board over its stricter standards.

The Environmental Protection Agency submitted its final determination to the White House for review on Friday, according to the Office of Management and Budget website, but details have not been made public.

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March 28, 2018

Net Neutrality Rollback Takes Next Step to Implementation

From: Multichannel

FCC submits enhanced transparency estimates to OMB, Federal Register

By: John Eggerton

On Tuesday (March 27) the FCC signaled it has submitted the enhanced information-collection portion of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order to the Office of Management and Budget, according to the Federal Register, which plans to publish that OMB submission March 28.

The rollback of the internet regulations — which was approved by a divided commission Dec. 14, 2017 — can’t take effect until the Office of Management and Budget gets comment on that information collection, approves it, and the FCC then sets a date for the rules to go into effect.

March 21, 2018

Facebook Faces Growing Pressure Over Data and Privacy Inquiries

From: New York Times


WASHINGTON — Federal regulators and state prosecutors are opening investigations into Facebook. Politicians in the United States and Europe are calling for its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to testify before them. Investors have cut the value of the social networking giant by about $50 billion in the past two days.


“Investors are reacting to fears of regulation and the consequences of regulation,” said Brian Wieser, a senior research analyst at Pivotal Research Group. “The scale of errors can only lead one to conclude these are systemic problems.”

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March 20, 2018

FDA to Evaluate Minimally or Non-Addictive Cigarette Product Standard, Also Plans to Look at Flavors and Premium Cigars

From: JDSupra

Jonathan Havens | Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Earlier today, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced FDA’s issuance of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to explore a product standard to lower nicotine in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels (Nicotine ANPRM).  Gottlieb’s announcement comes nearly eight months after the Agency unveiled its planned tobacco regulatory policy shift to place nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of FDA’s tobacco regulatory efforts, which we discussed here.

In addition to offering some of the details of the Nicotine ANPRM, Gottlieb also indicated today that FDA will soon issue two additional ANPRMs: one to seek comment on the role that flavors – including menthol – play in initiation, use, and cessation of tobacco products (Flavor ANPRM), and a second to solicit additional comments and data related to the regulation of premium cigars (Premium Cigar ANPRM).  As reported by Inside Health Policy on March 7, 2018, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has already cleared the Menthol ANPRM and the Premium Cigar ANPRM.