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New EPA Rule Keeps Oil & Gas Wastewater out of Local Treatment Plants

If you like clean water, we’ve got good news. This week the EPA finalized an important Clean Water Act rule that cements commonsense protections for water resources. EPA’s new technology-based categorical pretreatment standard prevents unconventional oil and gas operators from delivering salty, toxic wastewater to publicly owned water treatment facilities — also known as POTWs.

The Effects Of The Clean Power Plan

Originally published on EIA. By Laura Martin and Jeffrey Jones The Clean Power Plan (CPP) [1] rule, issued under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at existing fossil-fired electric power plants. Show More Summary

Congress: Protect Every American’s Right to Vote this November

In an election year marred by racial tension, Congress must revitalize the Voting Rights Act This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post.   This year, we will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection...Show More Summary

Music Publishing News Roundup 6.24.16: DMCA Safe Harbor Battle • EU vs YouTube • Vimeo Beats Capital

Over 500 creators and 20 organizations have signed a letter to US Congress calling for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The biggest grievance is with the DMCA’s “safe harbor” protections, which allow platforms such as YouTube to avoid legal liability for copyright infringement taking place on its platform....

Congress: Protect Every American's Right To Vote This November

This year, we will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. Not coincidentally, 17 states will have new restrictions on voting in effect that were not in place during the last presidential election. Show More Summary

Imagine if Exxon Was Protected From Liability After the Valdez

Evan Osnos, author of this week’s New Yorker feature on the U.S. gun industry, in a Reddit AMA: Anybody — especially people who favor free markets — should conclude that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was a big mistake. Show More Summary

2016: the first presidential election in 50 years without Voting Rights Act protections

6 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Three years ago, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, a 50-year-old piece of civil rights legislation that ended the Jim Crow practices of poll taxes and other restrictions that disproportionately denied people of color and poor people the right to vote. (more…)

California Oil Pipeline Ruptures Hours After Obama Signs Pipeline Safety Bill

On Wednesday, June 22 nd, President Obama signed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 into law. The bill, known as the PIPES Act, reauthorizes the federal government to move swiftly in the event of a pipeline leak or rupture. Show More Summary

AACC Commends CMS for Postponing Dramatic Changes to Medical Test Reimbursement Until 2018

On June 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule implementing the clinical laboratory provisions of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014, which will make the most significant changes to medical test reimbursement that clinical laboratories have seen in three decades. Show More Summary

President Signs Chemical Safety Act, PETA Applauds Toxicity Testing Reforms

A broken system largely based on animal tests that didn’t protect people or the environment will get long-overdue reforms now that President Obama has signed the Frank R. Lautenberg... The post President Signs Chemical Safety Act, PETA Applauds Toxicity Testing Reforms appeared first on PETA.

Report: Racial and gender discrimination rampant at Obama-Warren consumer agency

(Paul Mirengoff) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was designed by the Obama administration, under the leadership of Elizabeth Warren, pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act. One of its purposes is to root out discrimination in financial markets. Show More Summary

Of bears and biases: scientific judgment and the fate of Yellowstone's grizzlies

The grizzly, or brown, bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is posed to lose protections under the Endangered Species Act. Jim Peaco, Yellowstone National Park via flickr By Jeremy T. Bruskotter, The Ohio State University; John A Vucetich, Michigan Technology University, and Robyn S. Show More Summary

Hey YouTube! Money (That's What I Want)!

For the past three months, the music industry has been arguing for changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Now, prominent artists have joined the fight to persuade Congress to update this law and protect against copyright infringement.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

From Evan Osnos’s excellent “Making a Killer” feature for The New Yorker, on the business and politics of selling guns in the U.S.: With the help of Congress, the industry has avoided further lawsuits. In 2005, the Protection of Lawful...Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 06.17.16

A plea to strike down Mississippi's "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act," which gives special privileges to opponents of gay marriage. [Bloomberg View] Not every litigation financier is Peter Thiel, and I think we are all pretty happy about that. Show More Summary

Lunch Links: Philadelphia Approves Soda Tax; Bill Would Require IRS to Return Seized Assets; Smoot-Hawley Anniversary

Today is June 17, the date in 1930 when President Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff act into law. As the Great Depression began, Congress acted to protect American industry from foreign competition by raising tariffs to about 59 percent, some of the highest levels in history. Show More Summary

Should Babies Who Survive Abortions be Entitled to Lifesaving Medical Care?

Currently, there is no federal law to make failure to provide standard medical care to children born alive during an abortion a crime. Despite the pro-life Born-Alive Infants Protection Act that President George W. Bush signed into law, abortion practitioners do not regard babies born alive during abortions as persons, and do not provide them […]

Expensing Drama

In December, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, also known as the Extenders Bill. This bill extended a number of tax provisions that were set to expire at the end of the year for both businesses and individuals. Show More Summary

CMS Announces $22 Million in Affordable Care Act Funding for State Insurance Departments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the availability of $22 million in funding to state insurance regulators to use for issuer compliance with Affordable Care Act key consumer protections. This award opportunity...Show More Summary

Regulation and Rents

Here’s James Bessen writing in the Harvard Business Review: …in 1992 Congress passed the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act in response to high cable TV rates. Regulators expected cable prices to fall by 10%. Instead,...Show More Summary

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