August 17, 2015 | Letter

On September 19 2014, we wrote the commission to express concerns about the inappropriate use of “qualitative factors” by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff in the development of cost benefit analysis for regulatory decisions. The expansion of this practice threatens to undermine NRC’s long established practice of conducting rigorous, quantitative, cost-benefit analysis to justify its re

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August 7, 2015 | Letter

Excerpt: As you know, in several recent videotapes made public, these individuals have made statements concerning the manner in which fetal tissue is procured. We are examining whether these statements accurately reflect PPFA’s position on the acquisition and disposition of fetal tissue, and whether their statements, if accurate, are consistent with existing laws.

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July 31, 2015 | Letter

Excerpt: On June 4, 2015, the NIH Clinical Center suspended operations of its Pharmaceutical Development Section after the discovery of serious manufacturing problems and lack of compliance with standard operating procedures. This followed an inspection conducted by the FDA from May 19-29, 2015, which found a series of deficiencies in the PDS physical facility.

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July 29, 2015 | Letter

EPA’s pending rule threatens serious economic harm and is being proposed as the nation continues to face major fiscal and employment challenges, including stagnant wages and a low labor participation rate.

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July 29, 2015 | Letter

Excerpt: The mismatched seasonal influenza vaccine and the high death rate among the elderly and other high-risk populations in the U.S. during the 2014-2015 influenza season highlight the need for an improved response, including making seasonal influenza vaccines more effective and promptly available.

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July 22, 2015 | Letter

Excerpt: In the proposed rule, EPA seeks to impose individual CO2 mandates for each state's electricity sector, to be implemented and subject to enforcement on accelerated timelines.

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