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The House passed the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act that would ultimately eliminate requirements for the Environmental Protection Agency to review and update hazardous-waste disposal regulations in a timely manner, and make it more difficult for the government to compel companies that deal with toxic substances to carry proper insurance for cleanups, pushing the cost on to taxpayers.

In addition, the bill would result in slower response time in the case of a disaster, requiring increased consultation with states before the federal government calls for cleanup of Superfund sites - where hazardous waste could affect people and the environment.

The bill amends both the Solid Waste Disposal Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act - often referred to as Superfund, which was created in 1980 to hold polluter industries accountable for funding the cleanup of hazardous-waste sites.

There are over 1,300 priority Superfund sites in the US.

The legislation was passed by a vote of 225 to 188, mostly along party lines, with all but four Republicans supporting the bill and all but five Democrats opposing it. One of those Democrats crossing party lines to support the changes to environmental law was Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), touted the “common-sense” changes as needed economic relief.

"We are five years into this failed experiment of increased government spending, taxation, and regulation," Gardner said in a statement. "The results are clear: The power to grow our economy and put Americans back to work lies in the private sector. With more than 80,000 pages of new federal regulations published in 2013 alone, common-sense revisions of existing rules and regulations are a vital part of ensuring businesses that power our state and local economies are given the capability to grow."

Critics point out that the bill severely weakens environmental protections. Earthjustice and 128 public interest groups said the legislation would “threaten human health and the environment while protecting polluters from liability for the costs of toxic cleanups.”

The legislation also "substantially increases the potential for harm in communities across the United States. As one in four Americans live within three miles of a hazardous-waste site, safe management and prompt cleanup of toxic waste sites are essential to our nation's health and economy,” the group added.



H.R. 2279, Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on June 19, 2013H.R. 2279 would amend laws concerning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) oversight of hazardous substances. The bill would authorize EPA to review regulations related to solid waste disposal only when necessary instead of every three years as required under current law. The legislation also would remove a long-expired deadline, which EPA has already met, regarding regulations for the owners and operators of certain types of facilities that produce, transport, treat, store, and dispose of hazardous substances. In addition, the bill would direct that any financial requirements established by EPA for such owners and operators do not preempt state or other federal agency requirements.
The bill also would require EPA to report to the Congress any financial responsibility requirements it intends to establish under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Finally, H.R. 2279 would require certain facilities holding flammable or explosive materials to report on those holdings to state and local officials.

Based on information from EPA, CBO expects that removing the current requirement to review certain regulations every three years would reduce administrative costs. However, some of those savings in administrative expenses would be offset by spending on the new requirement to report to the Congress any financial responsibility requirements. CBO estimates that, on balance, implementing this legislation would not have a significant net impact on spending that is subject to appropriation over the 2014-2018 period. Enacting H.R. 2279 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.


Administration’s Regulatory Record Rests on Dubious Assumptions

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, during his press briefing on Wednesday, gave the Obama administration a pat on the back for writing federal rules. Here’s the context:

Q: Hi. Different subject altogether. This morning, at the U.S. Chamber, Tom Donohue was talking about the state of business. And he said one of business's biggest concerns right now is overregulation. He accused this administration of regulatory overreach. Is the president satisfied with the level of regulation on businesses?

Behold my display of the 2013 Federal Register. It contains over 80,000 pages of new rules, regulations, and notices all written and passed by unelected bureaucrats. The small stack of papers on top of the display are the laws passed by elected members of Congress and signed into law by the president.

MR. CARNEY: Well, let me say a couple of things about that. The president does not believe that we have to choose between protecting the health, welfare and safety of Americans and promoting economic growth, job creation, competitiveness and innovation.

We can do both and we are doing both. The net benefits of rules finalized through the fourth fiscal year of this administration were $159 billion. That's the net benefits. This is almost four times the net benefits through the fourth fiscal year of the previous administration.
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Schools to kids: You can be boys or girls or both

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Pro-family organizations across the nation are expressing shock and alarm over a new wave of homosexual indoctrination developing in public schools – especially in California – where parents are not even given the option of withdrawing their kids from the mandatory lessons on being “gay” or more. “Young children are being taught that they can choose to be a boy or a girl – or both,” said officials at Mass Resistance, one of the leading organizations across the country defending the fact that students are boys or girls.

“Boys, for example, should be comfortable wearing girls’ clothes and nail polish, etc. And there aren’t just two genders, there can be a range. And, of course, the school does not allow parents to opt their kids out,” the organization said.MORE
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Parents of Infants: The FDA warning on SimplyThick formula


This advisory is an FDA notice that is being distributed via CDC’s Health Alert Network.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that parents, caregivers, and health care providers should not feed the thickening product called SimplyThick to infants born before 37 weeks gestation because it may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening condition characterized by inflammation and death of intestinal tissue.
SimplyThick is a brand of thickening agent—available to consumers and medical centers—to help manage swallowing difficulties. It is sold in packets of individual servings and in 64-ounce dispenser bottles. The product can be purchased from distributors and local pharmacies throughout the United States. FDA first learned of adverse events possibly linked to SimplyThick on May 13, 2011.
At least four different medical centers around the United States have reported NEC in infants who became sick over the past six months. To date, the agency is aware of 17 reports of NEC, including five deaths, involving premature infants born before 37 weeks who were fed SimplyThick mixed with mothers’ breast milk or infant formula products. The mixture was fed to infants for varying amounts of time.
This situation is unusual because NEC most often occurs in infants while they are in the hospital early in their premature course. However, some of the ill infants of which FDA is aware became ill after they had been discharged from the hospital and sent home on a feeding regimen that included SimplyThick.
At this time, the mechanism by which SimplyThick might contribute to the development of NEC in premature infants is not known, nor is it known whether other thickening agents in addition to SimplyThick might also contribute to the development of NEC. FDA is actively investigating the possible link between SimplyThick and these illnesses and deaths and is attempting to determine whether other thickening agents in addition to SimplyThick could elevate the risk of development of late onset NEC in premature infants.
Recommendations for Parents and Caregivers
• Do not feed SimplyThick to premature infants (born before 37 weeks gestation), including those in the hospital and those sent home from the hospital within the past 30 days.
• Contact your health care professional if your baby has symptoms of bloating, greenish-tinged vomit, or bloody stools, or if you have other concerns related to using SimplyThick.
• You or your health care professional can report side effects related to using SimplyThick or other thickening agents to FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program by:
• Completing and submitting the report online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm;
• Downloading the pre-addressed, postage-paid FDA Form 3500 (or calling 1-800-332-1088 to request the form), completing it, and faxing it to 1-800-FDA-0178; or
• Mailing the completed form to MedWatch, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.
What FDA Is Doing
FDA is actively investigating the possible link between SimplyThick and these illnesses and deaths and is attempting to determine whether thickening agents in addition to SimplyThick could elevate the risk of development of late-onset NEC in premature infants. FDA will provide updates as information is made available.
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I’ve only actually seen this commercial on TV twice, but it makes me angry and sick that they consider ‘family time’ is playing a game be it (Wii, PSP, ect.). I call it ‘plastic crack’ and I don’t consider this family time at all. Get a board game, have conversations, debates. cook together, go for walks, read a book together. Have face to face interaction with each other. Shera~