Government Affairs

EPA Publishes Official Area Designations for Ozone Standards

In October 2015, EPA lowered both the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for ozone from the 2008-set 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb, even though the higher 75 ppb standard was never fully implemented across the country. The 2015-set ozone standard is forcing a significant number of states that are currently “in attainment” to “non-attainment” status.

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ACA Supports Accurate Labels Act

Federal legislation introduced earlier this month would amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, and aims to provide American consumers nationwide with clear, accurate and meaningful information and prevent the issuance of inaccurate labels that mislead consumers and drive up prices.

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OIRA Issues RFI for Maritime Regulatory Reform Activities

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is seeking public comment on how existing agency requirements affecting the maritime sector can be modified or repealed to increase efficiency, reduce or eliminate unnecessary or unjustified regulatory burdens, or simplify regulatory compliance while continuing to meet statutory missions. The effort is tied to last year’s Executive Order 13771, which established the Trump Administration’s Regulatory Reform Activities via various agency task forces.

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Economic Census Responses Required No Later than June 12, 2018

The Economic Census is the U.S. government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. Most ACA member companies are among the nearly 4 million businesses, including large, medium, and small companies representing all U.S. and Island Area locations and industries required to participate in the Economic Census, which will capture and analyze detailed information for the 2017 calendar year. 

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House Passes Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

The legislation is a compilation of petitions from companies that were vetted and recommended by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). The bill includes some 1,700 petitions that the ITC reported to Congress in August were eligible for duty-relief as products not produced or available in the United States.

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