Washington Wrap-Up

Amanda Bryant Culp Posted on 04/25/2017 by Amanda Bryant Culp

Last week, an EPA rule on air emissions from animal waste was vacated, EPA sought regulatory review , President Trump took action on dairy, a new EO was signed that will affect foreign labor, and the Senate Finance Committee voted to back the USTR nominee. Here’s the review:

  • A 2008 EPA rule that exempted all animal feeding operations from reporting air emissions from animal waste was vacated. The previous rule that requires any animal feeding operation of any size and with air emissions of ammonia in excess of 100 lbs per day will go into effect after 45 days, unless a rehearing is sought.
  • A Federal Register Notice was posted by the EPA requesting suggestions on regulations that may be up for repeal, replacement, or modification. The comment period will close on May 15th.
  • President Trump vowed to stand up for American dairy following NASDA and the dairy industry urging him to take action on a Canadian pricing program.
  • An executive order penned “Buy American, Hire American” was signed by President Trump, which would tighten rules that give visas to skilled foreign workers. Read more here.
  • A 26-0 vote by the Senate Finance Committee to back Robert Lighthizer for USTR passed; it is unclear when the full senate will vote.

Written by Lacie Dotterweich

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