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EPA to Reconsider Certain Coal Ash Rule Provisions

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Waste Management

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-reconsider-certain-coal-ash-rule-provisions

Brief statement about Trump administration plans to reconsider coal ash regulations which had been a major feature of the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the public from the byproducts of coal-burning power plants.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Higher Education: Education Should Address Oversight and Communication Gaps in its Monitoring of the Financial Condition of Schools

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Govt Finance

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/686709.pdf

The federal Department of Education is responsible for monitoring the financial condition of postsecondary institutions whose students received $125 billion in federal aid during 2016.  This report examines how DOE oversees the financial condition of colleges and universities, how effective the oversight has been, and how its findings are communicated to the schools and the public.   From the Government Accountability Office

 

 

Early Season Storms One Indicator of Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Ahead

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/early-season-storms-one-indicator-of-active-atlantic-hurricane-season-ahead

Update to the prediction for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.  Now sees strong possibility of above-normal number of tropical storms with 14-19 named storms and 2-5 major hurricanes.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/CyberTF/Documents/report2017.pdf

Offers recommendations for improving network security in the healthcare industry around six high-level imperatives.  From the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force

(consumer info/protection     health/medical     telecommunications/Internet)

2017 Solar Eclipse—Media Tool Kit

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Science/Technology

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Eclipse2017presskit.pdf

Includes a NASA science eclipse overview, fast facts, safety information, eclipse terminology, instructions on building a pinhole projector, and more.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Opioid Prescribing

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/opioids/index.html

Reports on trends in the prescribing of opioids by physicians and how these trends vary by geography.  Under “Issue Details” section, includes links to various information relating to opioid prescribing.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

CFPB Issues Rule to Ban Companies From Using Arbitration Clauses to Deny Groups of People Their Day in Court

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/newsroom/cfpb-issues-rule-ban-companies-using-arbitration-clauses-deny-groups-people-their-day-court/

Press release announcing details of a regulation that would block the use by credit card companies and others of arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from joining in class-action lawsuits.  Includes links to further explanation and the text of the rule.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Becoming Credit Visible

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/documents/4822/BecomingCreditVisible_Data_Point_Final.pdf

Finds that the way consumers establish credit history varies according to their economic background, with those in lower-income areas becoming credit visible due to negative debt collection records. Also finds that student loans are an increasing path to credit visibililty.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

 

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