FDA Proposes Exempting Tobacco Cos. From Enviro Regs

Law360, New York (January 22, 2014, 7:16 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday proposed new environmental assessment exemptions for tobacco product reporting and marketing, concluding such actions don't pose any threat to the environment.

Under the proposed exemptions, tobacco product applications and marketing equivalence reports would no longer need to follow National Environmental Policy Act requirements for environmental impact statements or environmental assessments, according to a Federal Register notice.

Based on the FDA's experience reviewing environmental assessments, the agency said it determined the tobacco activities “normally do not cause significant environmental...
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