EPA Pushed to Suspend Ethanol Mandate

Following pressure from four governors and more than 150 lawmakers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it is considering whether to suspend the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and is requesting public feedback, Congressional Quarterly reports. The agency’s 30-day comment period will begin when the notice is published in the Federal Register. “This notice is…

New Standards for Fuel Economy

Last week, the Obama administration finalized standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025. When combined with previous standards set by this administration, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency of those vehicles compared to new vehicles currently on the road.…

FDA Hosts Tobacco Compliance Webinar

Last week’s FDA Center for Tobacco Compliance (CTP) webinar for tobacco retailers provided an overview of a new document that CTP began sending to retailers in July 2012. The document, known as a Compliance Check Inspection Notification, informs tobacco retailers that they might be receiving a violation notice in the future. Compliance Check Inspection Notifications…

U.S. Healthcare Wastes $750 Billion a Year

Don’t discount the healthcare discussion anytime soon. Long after the November elections, the pains of health-care costs are likely to continue. A recent report by Institute of Medicine has revealed that the U.S. healthcare system “squanders $750 billion a year—roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar—through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud, and other waste,” writes…