FDA Gives Agency More Authority

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced a final rule strengthening the agency’s authority to use administrative detention to prevent potentially unsafe food from reaching the marketplace. This action makes the criteria for administrative detention consistent with the changes to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act under the Food Safety Modernization…

EPA Ruling Allows Stage II Elimination

Motorists accustomed to filling up at gas pumps with vapor-collecting attachments on the nozzles could be in for a change. Those nozzles belong to Stage II vapor-recovery systems, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled no longer cost-effectively cut air pollution. EPA estimates eliminating Stage II systems will save gas stations $3,000 each year. The…

Congress Introduces Online Tax Bill

A bipartisan group of 53 U.S. senators and representatives has introduced legislation that would allow local brick-and-mortar retailers to compete with out-of-state Internet sellers. While brick-and-mortar retailers collect sales taxes from customers who make purchases in their stores, many online and catalog retailers do not. Under the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, states would have…