North Carolina, which has the most coal ash waste ponds deemed high hazards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of any state, has adopted a law that subjects dams creating coal ash impoundments to direct inspection by state officials.
The U.S. House of Representatives has signed off on a bill to overhaul how the Food and Drug Administration regulates and tracks food safety throughout supply chains, but experts are asking whether the FDA has the resources to pull off the ambitious new plan.
The U.S. Senate has cleared the way for a longtime biologist and regional manager of the Fish and Wildlife Service to head up the national agency responsible for protecting endangered species and managing hundreds of wildlife refuges and thousands of wetlands.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill Friday afternoon that would give shareholders an advisory vote on executive compensation and allow regulators to ban incentive pay arrangements that could have serious negative effects on economic conditions.
A World Trade Organization panel has decided to launch a formal inquiry regarding China's allegation that a U.S. ban on Chinese poultry violates international trade laws.
President Barack Obama said Thursday he intended to nominate former Republican Congresswoman Anne Meagher Northup to join the ranks of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as a commissioner, making good on his intention to boost the number of seats on the largely demoralized federal agency from three to five.
A federal judge has tossed a suit brought against the National Marine Fisheries Service by Dow AgroSciences LLC and two other chemical manufacturers in an effort to overturn an opinion that some of the companies' pesticides have negative effects on Pacific salmon.
The European Commission has decided to sign off on German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG's merger with Austrian Airlines AG, following Lufthansa's promise to take additional steps to allay competition concerns raised by European Union regulators.
Oil contractor Helmerich & Payne Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million as part of a nonprosecution deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve improper payments made by company employees to government officials in Latin America in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
If the Employee Free Choice Act fails to pass as originally proposed, lawyers say the labor movement could try to extract similar benefits from the National Labor Relations Board, which is expected to be primarily composed of union-friendly members.
A U.S. House of Representatives panel has passed through a bill that would override a 2007 Supreme Court decision by making resale price agreements between manufacturers and retailers violations of the Sherman Act, but the legislation may still be subject to change.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has reconsidered a 2004 determination against China-based Gerber Food (Yunnan) Co. Ltd. and Green Fresh (Zhangzhou) Co. Ltd. for allegedly scheming to evade anti-dumping duties and has cut the rate of anti-dumping duties initially imposed on their shipments of mushroom goods exported to the U.S.
Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are mulling the latest version of legislation designed to lift antitrust exemptions for the railroad industry, just after the authors of a companion bill in the Senate voted to fold their similar measure into wider legislation dealing with transportation issues.
A U.S. Senate panel has reportedly issued subpoenas to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Deutsche Bank AG and Washington Mutual Inc. as part of an investigation into the roots of the 2008 mortgage banking crisis.
The two U.S. House of Representatives committee chairmen with oversight responsibilities for the over-the-counter derivatives market on Thursday unveiled their agreed-upon principles for regulation of the market, and said that they hoped to have that legislation passed by the end of the year.
A range of interest groups has weighed in as the U.S. prepares to update its model bilateral investment treaty for the first time since 2004, including insurance industry representatives urging the government to use the document to push foreign countries to liberalize their own insurance markets.
A congressional proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act would pose a serious threat to the development of the Marcellus Shale, which is located underneath a half dozen or so Eastern states and contains up to 489 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to a study from Pennsylvania State University.
The European Union and Papua New Guinea signed off Thursday on an interim economic partnership agreement that will allow the South Pacific island to export to Europe without forking over trade charges in exchange for the gradual lifting of duties on most European imports.
A federal judge is considering the future of planned new restrictions on lawyer advertising in Louisiana following a hearing in which attorneys opposed to the rules and the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board each pled their case.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. — who is helping to draw up climate change legislation in the U.S. Senate — said Wednesday that no carbon derivatives trading would be allowed, although he later backtracked slightly from that comment.