President Trump’s election-year “Tax Cuts 2.0” proposal is expected in September and could include a 10 percent tax cut for the middle class as well as a new minimum tax on corporations, according to latest reports. The White House has been talking for months about a new tax proposal timed with President Trump’s reelection campaign but the president’s advisors have been vague on details to date.Trump often touts the economic benefits of the 2017 GOP tax law that lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, but critics say those benefits have been exaggerated.
On February 11, 2020, EPA published the 2018 TRI National Analysis, showing that recycling of TRI chemical wastes increased nationwide, indicating that companies have continued to find ways to implement new source reduction activities and reduce the quantities of TRI chemicals released into the environment.
On January 27, 2020, EPA published the preliminary lists of manufacturers (including importers) of the 20 chemical substances that EPA designated as high-priority substances for risk evaluation and for which fees will be charged. 85 Fed. Reg. 4658. EPA states that where appropriate, entities may also avoid or reduce fee obligations by making certain certifications consistent with the final rule on fees for the administration of TSCA.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is publishing this final rule to amend its minimum safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities (UNGSFs). On December 19, 2016, PHMSA issued an interim final rule (IFR) establishing regulations in response to the 2015 Aliso Canyon incident and the subsequent mandate in section 12 of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016.
Federal enforcement of chemical product laws is alive and well, despite a broadly held misconception to the contrary. We have seen over the past 18 months or so an uptick in federal enforcement under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). We write to alert you to this fact and focus here on TSCA enforcement, as we believe we will see this trend continue in 2020. We will devote a second client alert to FIFRA enforcement. For more information, please read the full memorandum.Read more...
The Professional Certification Coalition has targeted 21 states with potential issues centered on legislation effecting certification.
On December 10, 2019, the U.S. Senate received and read twice the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019 (Act). Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives one day prior to the Senate’s review, the Act -- H.R.
In furtherance of the policy on Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement and Adjudication, the Office of Management and Budget invites the public to identify additional reforms that will ensure adequate due process in regulatory enforcement and adjudication.