Regulation

2022-06-30 17:54:34
by Madeline Hughes
Media Union Adds Opposition to Broadcast Deal

WASHINGTON — There’s increasing scrutiny on the deal that would allow 64 local news stations to be bought by the... Read More

WASHINGTON — There’s increasing scrutiny on the deal that would allow 64 local news stations to be bought by the hedge fund Standard General. Last week the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America and National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-CWA filed... Read More

Supreme Court Limits EPA Authority to Regulate Power Plant Emissions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday dramatically limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday dramatically limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants, dealing a major blow to the Biden administration’s efforts to address climate change. The 6-3 ruling written by Chief... Read More

Federal Appeals Court Stays FDA Ban on Juul E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday stayed the Food and Drug Administration's ban on sales of Juul Labs... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday stayed the Food and Drug Administration's ban on sales of Juul Labs Inc's e-cigarettes, after the company appealed the agency's order on the grounds the ban would cause it "irreparable harm." The... Read More

2022-06-23 20:36:23
by Eden Metzger
FDA Says No to Juul Sales

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered Juul Labs to pull its electronic cigarettes from the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered Juul Labs to pull its electronic cigarettes from the U.S. market, a move intended to curb a multibillion-dollar industry blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping.  "Today's action... Read More

2022-06-21 15:07:28
by Dan McCue
Business Groups Pushing Back Hard on SEC Emissions Reporting Proposal

WASHINGTON — Business groups and corporate lobbyists were among those pushing back hardest as the deadline elapsed Friday on a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Business groups and corporate lobbyists were among those pushing back hardest as the deadline elapsed Friday on a Securities and Exchange Commission proposal that would require companies for the first time to disclose their carbon emissions and climate... Read More

2022-06-19 15:37:55
by Dan McCue
Verizon, AT&T Agree to Delay Some of 5G Deployment Until Mid-2023

WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications and AT&T have voluntarily agreed to delay some deployment of their long-awaited C-band 5G usage until... Read More

WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications and AT&T have voluntarily agreed to delay some deployment of their long-awaited C-band 5G usage until July 2023 as air carriers continue to work to retrofit passenger and cargo aircraft to ensure they do not encounter... Read More

2022-06-17 15:58:18
by Dan McCue
Feds Unveil Plan to Get Clean Energy on the Grid Faster

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Thursday rolled out a proposed overhaul of long-standing policies governing how new power projects are... Read More

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Thursday rolled out a proposed overhaul of long-standing policies governing how new power projects are connected to transmission lines. The intention behind the proposal from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to unstop a bottleneck... Read More

2022-06-17 15:56:33
by Dan McCue
FDA Approves COVID Vaccines for Children Aged 5 and Younger

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave its approval for COVID-19 vaccines for children age 5 and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave its approval for COVID-19 vaccines for children age 5 and younger.  The shots could start as early as next week if, as expected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

2022-06-15 14:56:48
by Madeline Hughes
Using International Partnerships to Combat Robocalls

WASHINGTON — International partnerships — sharing technology and education — are vital for cracking down on robocalls, according to a... Read More

WASHINGTON — International partnerships — sharing technology and education — are vital for cracking down on robocalls, according to a new report from the North American Numbering Council, an FCC advisory committee. A U.S.-Canada partnership to implement cross-border caller ID... Read More

2022-06-14 20:02:23
by Natalie McCormick
Sprinkle Seeks FEC Approval for Internet-Based Voter Turnout Platform

WASHINGTON — The internet platform Sprinkle sought an advisory opinion Friday from the Federal Election Commission on its business plan... Read More

WASHINGTON — The internet platform Sprinkle sought an advisory opinion Friday from the Federal Election Commission on its business plan to boost young voter turnout by making it easier to connect with candidates who align with their values. Voter turnout... Read More

2022-06-13 20:57:48
by Dan McCue
Interior Seeks Public Comment on Maryland’s First Offshore Wind Project

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking public comment as part of its environmental review... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking public comment as part of its environmental review of the first offshore wind project proposed off Maryland’s coastline. Baltimore-based wind energy developer U.S. Wind has proposed the development... Read More

2022-06-09 17:07:15
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Plans to Address 911 Location Issues

WASHINGTON — North Carolina is in the process of implementing its newest 911 technology that will connect callers to emergency... Read More

WASHINGTON — North Carolina is in the process of implementing its newest 911 technology that will connect callers to emergency call centers “almost immediately — when a caller takes their finger off the last one it is ringing,” said L.V.... Read More

2022-06-08 23:14:02
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Levies Largest Fine to Amateur Radio Operator

WASHINGTON — While firefighters were battling a blaze near Elk River, Idaho, in 2021 an unknown voice came over the... Read More

WASHINGTON — While firefighters were battling a blaze near Elk River, Idaho, in 2021 an unknown voice came over the radio waves they were using to coordinate an airplane to help fight the fire. The U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement... Read More

2022-06-06 16:00:23
by Dan McCue
FTC to Overhaul Guidance on Digital Advertising

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission on Friday began the first major overhaul of its guidance for digital advertisers in... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission on Friday began the first major overhaul of its guidance for digital advertisers in nearly a decade. Last updated in March 2013, the guidance entitled “How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising,” established... Read More

2022-06-03 17:33:45
by Tom Ramstack
EPA Rule Reversal Gives States Power to Block Polluting Projects

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to return authority to the states to cancel pipeline, coal and other infrastructure... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to return authority to the states to cancel pipeline, coal and other infrastructure projects that risk polluting waterways. The Trump administration removed the authority in 2020 under what environmentalists said was an incorrect... Read More

2022-05-27 16:28:49
by Dan McCue
Senate Bill Seeks Stricter Scrutiny of ‘Safe’ Chemicals in Food

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., on Thursday would tighten the rules for companies seeking pre-market... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., on Thursday would tighten the rules for companies seeking pre-market approval for chemicals included in food. The legislation would also direct the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and... Read More

2022-05-20 19:53:30
by Reece Nations
FDA Rebuffs Total Ban of Harmful Chemicals in Food Packaging

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Watch what you eat, or at least what your food is exposed to. The Food and... Read More

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Watch what you eat, or at least what your food is exposed to. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday amended its food additive regulations to no longer provide for previously authorized chemicals to be used... Read More

2022-05-10 14:15:31
by Reece Nations
Starbucks Faces Bitter Brew of Federal Labor Complaints

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The regional director for the National Labor Relations Board in Buffalo, New York, filed a complaint last... Read More

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The regional director for the National Labor Relations Board in Buffalo, New York, filed a complaint last week against Starbucks alleging the coffeehouse company committed a litany of federal labor law violations. Starbucks Workers United alleges the... Read More

Congress: Help the FDA Tighten Up the Definition of Medical Device Remanufacturing

We’ve all felt the anxiety of bracing for an X-ray or sliding into a magnetic resonance imaging machine. We’ve all... Read More

We’ve all felt the anxiety of bracing for an X-ray or sliding into a magnetic resonance imaging machine. We’ve all held our breath while a loved one undergoes a medical procedure. Every day, millions of Americans put their faith in... Read More

2022-05-03 23:20:51
by Dan McCue
Defense Health Agency Fined for Losing Radioactive Material

WASHINGTON — A federal agency that oversees medical treatment facilities within the U.S. Department of Defense is facing a potential... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal agency that oversees medical treatment facilities within the U.S. Department of Defense is facing a potential civil penalty of $3,500 for losing radioactive material used to treat prostate cancer victims. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposed the... Read More

2022-04-22 21:01:56
by Madeline Hughes
FCC to Reform Spectrum Receivers, Opening Airwaves

WASHINGTON — Spectrum technology is at the core of modern wireless communication, enabling the seamless transmission of information between major... Read More

WASHINGTON — Spectrum technology is at the core of modern wireless communication, enabling the seamless transmission of information between major systems and devices like cell phones, televisions, GPS and radars. Like all communication technology, spectrum has a transmitter and a... Read More

2022-04-22 13:23:46
by Madeline Hughes
Wireless Carriers Must Publicly Report Emergency Alert Data

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to require wireless providers to report data from their Wireless Emergency Alerts.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to require wireless providers to report data from their Wireless Emergency Alerts. For a decade those emergency notifications have served to notify people something important is happening that needs their attention. However,... Read More

2022-04-14 12:57:06
by Alexa Hornbeck
Murray Presses FDA to Remove Harmful Substances From Baby Food

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued a letter this... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued a letter this week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf, requesting the FDA step up efforts to ensure the... Read More

2022-04-11 18:00:27
by Madeline Hughes
Musk Not Joining Twitter’s Board

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk is no longer joining Twitter’s board of directors, CEO Parag Agrawal announced via Twitter Sunday night.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk is no longer joining Twitter’s board of directors, CEO Parag Agrawal announced via Twitter Sunday night. The announcement came days after it became public Musk bought just over 9% of Twitter’s stock shares and was offered... Read More

2022-04-08 14:54:45
by Kate Michael
New SEC Climate Disclosure Proposal Has Widespread Impact

WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission on March 21 proposed rule changes that would require certain new climate-related disclosures... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission on March 21 proposed rule changes that would require certain new climate-related disclosures on statements and periodic reports. Among the disclosures would be information about climate-related risks that are reasonably likely to have... Read More

2022-04-07 22:21:23
by Madeline Hughes
Warning of Cyberattacks on Backup Power Devices

WASHINGTON — There’s a new warning about cyberattacks on uninterruptible power supplies — essentially the backup batteries that allow near-continuous... Read More

WASHINGTON — There’s a new warning about cyberattacks on uninterruptible power supplies — essentially the backup batteries that allow near-continuous operation when there is a power failure. The Federal Communications Commission issued this warning Thursday to communications companies that often... Read More

2022-04-07 22:17:02
by Dan McCue
Medicare Limits Coverage of Aduhelm to Patients in Clinical Trials

WASHINGTON — Despite pressure to go another way, Medicare on Thursday evening announced it will only cover the new Alzheimer’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — Despite pressure to go another way, Medicare on Thursday evening announced it will only cover the new Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm for people participating in a clinical trial. The decision came as something of a surprise as Medicare... Read More

2022-04-06 15:18:42
by Kate Michael
EPA Proposes to Ban Last Remaining Use of Asbestos

WASHINGTON — Under a new risk management process used for the first time under the 2016 Toxic Substances Control Act,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Under a new risk management process used for the first time under the 2016 Toxic Substances Control Act, the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed to completely ban the manufacture and import of asbestos.  The proposed rule would... Read More

2022-04-04 20:59:09
by Madeline Hughes
New Faces at the FCC

WASHINGTON — In the coming weeks Narda Jones will take over as chief of staff for Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman... Read More

WASHINGTON — In the coming weeks Narda Jones will take over as chief of staff for Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. Jones comes to the FCC from the White House where she was the director of Legislative Affairs for... Read More

2022-03-30 17:58:14
by Madeline Hughes
FTC Sues Creators of TurboTax for Allegedly Misleading Consumers

WASHINGTON —The Federal Trade Commission is suing the makers of TurboTax, Intuit Inc., over an allegedly “deceptive” ad campaign offering... Read More

WASHINGTON —The Federal Trade Commission is suing the makers of TurboTax, Intuit Inc., over an allegedly “deceptive” ad campaign offering “free” services and then having charges appear as Americans file their taxes with the online software. “TurboTax is bombarding consumers... Read More

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