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Volkswagen to Spend up to $14.7 Billion to Settle Allegations of Cheating Emissions Tests and Deceiving Customers on 2.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/volkswagen-spend-147-billion-settle-allegations-cheating-emissions-tests-and-deceiving

Press release on settlement between Volkswagen and U.S. authorities relating to the cheating on emissions tests for 2009-2015 model year diesel vehicles sold in the U.S.  See also text of Consent Decree with Justice Department.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

One-Stop Bridge Data

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Public Works,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/utc/publications/spotlight/spotlight_2016_06

Press release about Long-Term Bridge Performance Portal, which allows members of the public  to obtain information about the nation’s bridges, including age, daily average traffic volume, inspection history, and condition rating.  Press release includes links for portal which requires registration and the creation of a no-cost account.  From the Federal Highway Administration

 

Discovery of First MCR-1 Gene in E. Coli Bacteria Found in a Human in United States

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

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/s0531-mcr-1.html

Press release on the discovery and implications of the discovery of an MCR-1 gene in a Pennsylvania woman.  The MCR-1 makes bacteria resistant to the antibiotic  colistin, which is used as a last resort drug to treat patients with multi-drug-resistant infections.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Draft Guidance to Food Industry for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium in Processed and Commercially Prepared Food

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51478-Shipping-Containers.pdf

Press release about request for public comments on proposed agency guidance that would create voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry.  Describes current average sodium intake of Americans, the proposed target amounts, and the science behind sodium reduction and health improvement.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposes Rule to End Payday Debt Traps

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/newsroom/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-proposes-rule-end-payday-debt-traps/

Agency press release explaining the purpose and details of the proposed regulation to provide protection against short term, high interest loans.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/Rulemaking_Payday_Vehicle_Title_Certain_High-Cost_Installment_Loans.pdf

Text of proposed regulation that would provide consumer protections for certain short term, high interest loans by requiring lenders to determine that the borrower has the ability to repay the loan and restricting further loans for borrowers with outstanding loans.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Single-Payment Vehicle Title Lending

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt/Business Scandals

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201605_cfpb_single-payment-vehicle-title-lending.pdf

Finds that 1 in 5 borrowers who take out a single-payment auto loan lose their vehicle to the lender for failing to repay the debt.  The typical loan is for about $700 and the typical annual percentage rate is about 300%.  The report covers 3.5 million loans from nonbank lenders.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/pdf/2016-11817.pdf

Final rule to modernize collection of injury data related to workers and workplace hazards.  The final rule also promotes an employee’s right to report injuries  and illnesses without fear of retaliation from the employer.  From the Occupational and Safety Health Administration of the Department of Labor

 

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