Small-world networks regulate transcription in cells

Physics World

With more than 20,000 genes present in human cells, however, there is a need for tight regulation of this process. One such regulation mechanism involves transcription factors, which bind to promoters and initiate transcription by coupling to distant enhancers, forming a structural loop.

Competent regulation might have prevented the Huntington Beach oil fiasco

Environmental News Bits

Whomever shares the immediate blame, it was systemic under-regulation that set the scene for the spill. But earlier this year, a report by the Government Accountability Office warned that the federal Bureau… Read more → Environmental health Oil spills RegulationRead the full story from Mother Jones. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration responds to more than 150 oil and chemical spills in US waters each year.


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The FDA Should Better Regulate Medical Algorithms

Scientific American

Most do not require the agency’s approval, and those that do often don’t require clinical trials. -- Read more on Health Medicine Inequality Technology Computing

Biden Administration Begins Review of Environmental Regulations

National Law Center

When the Biden Administration took office in January, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order requiring all federal agencies to review. The post Biden Administration Begins Review of Environmental Regulations appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

Wisconsin regulators fund disaster-resilience efforts

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at WiscNews. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has awarded almost $1 million to study projects designed to keep electricity flowing locally even during major disasters. Read more → Climate adaptation Energy Sustainable communities

CEQ Tweaks NEPA Regulations

Endangered Species Law

On June 29, 2021, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will publish an interim final rule (IFR) extending by two years the deadline by which federal agencies are required to adopt updated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations by two years.

PFAS update: Current state-by-state groundwater regulations

Environmental News Bits

In the absence of federal cleanup standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) in groundwater, several states have started the process of regulating PFAS in groundwater themselves. As a result, states have adopted a patchwork of regulations and guidance standards which presents significant compliance challenges to impacted industries.… … Read more → PFAS RegulationRead the full story at JD Supra.

California legislature passes high-profile bill to regulate recyclability labels

Environmental News Bits

The bill, which would prohibit use of the “chasing arrows” symbol or any other recyclability claim on packaging unless it was approved through a detailed state-led process, could have national implications in the packaging policy… Read more → Circular economy Packaging RegulationRead the full story at Waste Dive. The California legislature passed a major labeling bill (SB 343) on September 9.

Unintended Consequences Create Challenges for Utility Regulators

Legal Planet

In a new post, Dan Farber mentions performance-based regulation as a promising tool for encouraging energy utilities to be enthusiastic in supporting the transition to clean energy sources. In other words, the success of any regulatory approach depends on good regulation.

The urgent need for indoor air quality regulation

Environmental News Bits

New scientific research and the COVID-19 pandemic should trigger a paradigm shift in indoor air quality regulation. Read more → Air quality Green building RegulationRead the full story at The Regulatory Review.

EPA seeks input on proposed PFAS National Primary Drinking Water Regulation

Environmental News Bits

Environmental Protection Agency is inviting small entities, including qualifying businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and local governments, to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel that will focus on the agency’s effort to develop a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).… … Read more → Environmental health PFAS Regulation Water

What power does the state have over land-use regulation in California?

Legal Planet

Instead, I want to discuss the question of whether the state can even constrain local government regulation of land-use in California. It’s rather silly to argue that the legislature can’t address housing production by addressing the prime entity that regulates housing production.

Biden Administration Accelerates Federal Regulation of PFAS

Ohio Environmental Law

This week the Biden Administration released their PFAS Strategic Roadmap which sets forth ambitious action on regulation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) pollution, including targeted action with deadlines for eight different federal agencies.

Temporary pacemaker regulates heart rhythm then completely disappears

Physics World

Temporary pacemaker regulates heart rhythm then completely disappears. The post Temporary pacemaker regulates heart rhythm then completely disappears appeared first on Physics World. The cardiac pacemaker harmlessly dissolves over the course of 35 days.

Gleaning the Direction of ESG Regulation

Greenbuilding Law

There is uncertainty in this bleeding edge subject and with new statutes, codes and regulations on the cusp of enactment at the federal level, by states, as well as internationally, we track much of that for our clients.

PFAS legislative overhaul? American Chemical Society warns US chemical regulations require revamp to prevent health risks

Environmental News Bits

A new paper published by the American Chemical Society is calling for “meaningful action” on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to attenuate the “systematic failures” of US chemical regulation. According to the environmental researchers, legislative strides should go beyond legacy contamination clean-up and also reduce current production and… Read more → PFAS Publications RegulationRead the full story at Packaging Insights.

Boston Regulates Building GHG Emissions: The Next Few Years Will Be Very Interesting

Law and Environment

upon finding that: a significant obstacle interferes with implementation or that implementation has a significant negative effect on Energy cost burdens, equitable access to housing or other factors set for in the Regulations.

Hawaiian Electric Adopts New Performance Based Regulation Framework Tied To Sustainability

Environmental Leader

Hawaiian Electric, the state’s largest utility, has adopted a new Performance Based Regulation (PBR) Framework based on a recent order from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approving a portfolio of new Performance Incentive Mechanisms (PIMs), Scorecards, and Reported Metrics.

EQB Approves Carbon Pollution Reduction Regulation Covering Power Plants

PA Environment Daily

On July 13, the Environmental Quality Board voted 15 to 4 to approve the final regulation establishing a Carbon Pollution Reduction Program covering power plants after an attempt at the beginning of the more than two hour long meeting to delay action by Republican legislators on the Board.

Environmental Professionals Day 2021

NAEP Leadership Blog

Environmental professionals include social and environmental scientists, engineers and planners, public and environmental health specialists, many of whom have continued their work throughout this pandemic monitoring conditions to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

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Hawaiian Electric Adopts New Performance Based Regulation Framework Tied To Sustainability

Environmental Leader

Hawaiian Electric, the state’s largest utility, has adopted a new Performance Based Regulation (PBR) Framework based on a recent order from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approving a portfolio of new Performance Incentive Mechanisms (PIMs), Scorecards, and Reported Metrics.

Guest Essay: Pennsylvania Should Enact Methane Regulations

PA Environment Daily

More than five and a half years ago, Governor Tom Wolf promised regulations to reduce methane emissions from existing oil and gas industry operations. It’s time to finalize these regulations. These VOC regulations have been moving through the approval process at a snail’s pace.

EPA Proposes to Regulate Chemical Recycling Pyrolysis and Gasification Units

E2 Law Blog

8, 2021, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ ANPRM Notice ”) addressing possible future regulation of pyrolysis and gasification units under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). On Sept.

Exploring the “jargon” of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: A glance at the future of chemicals regulation in the EU

Environmental News Bits

In line with the objectives of the EU Green Deal, this ambitious political… Read more → Chemical manufacturing Europe RegulationRead the full post at Eye on ESG. The EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-Free Environment (CSS) announces the “new long term vision for the EU’s chemical policy’” intended to achieve a toxic-free environment through the “production and use of safe and sustainable chemicals”.

Supreme Court Finds California Labor Access Regulation Works Unconstitutional Taking of Private Property

Legal Planet

Supreme Court today held unconstitutional a longstanding California regulation allowing labor unions intermittent access to agricultural workplaces for labor organizing purposes. regulation from numerous other government programs. photo credit:

Researchers study historic Mississippi flow and impacts of river regulation

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the University of Arkansas. In “Atchafalaya,” John McPhee’s essay in the 1989 book “The Control of Nature,” the author chronicles efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent the Atchafalaya River from changing the course of the Mississippi River where they diverge, due to the Atchafalaya’s steeper gradient… Read more → History Natural resources Publications Water

House Environmental Committee Meets Sept. 2 On Resolution To Kill RGGI Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulations

PA Environment Daily

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has scheduled a meeting for September 2 to consider a concurrent resolution to kill the final regulations establishing a Carbon Pollution Reduction Program covering power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

DEP To Propose Regulations Allowing Road Dumping Of Conventional Drilling Wastewater Across PA

PA Environment Daily

When we try to pull these regulations together, we are looking at the totality of all the information that we have,” said Klapkowski. “I These conventional regulations were killed by the General Assembly and DEP was forced to start the rulemaking process over.

Geothermal Resource Development in Alberta: The ELC’s comments on the Alberta Energy Regulator’s proposed directive

Environmental Law Centre

Geothermal Resource Development in Alberta: The ELC’s comments on the Alberta Energy Regulator’s proposed directive At the end of last year, the provincial government.

The Resurgent Consumer City by Fall 2021

Environmental and Urban Economics

I believe that the real estate premium for high quality of life areas will only grow over time as Work from Home workers will bid up prices for real estate there and incumbent residents will enact housing supply regulations to limit new development. Our 2021 book expands on this theme

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Air Regulators Tackle Trucking at Southern California Warehouses

Clean Energy Law

At a contentious board hearing on May 7, 2021, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) approved a first-in-the-nation rule to regulate trucking emissions from warehouses by a 9-4 vote.

At What Level of Government Are We Going to Regulate Climate Change? (Hint — It Is a Global Problem.)

Law and Environment

The post At What Level of Government Are We Going to Regulate Climate Change? Adaptation Air Citizen Suits Climate Change Energy GHG Infrastructure Litigation Regulation Renewable Energy Clean Energy Climate Response Energy Policy Offshore Wind preemption "California Restaurant Association v.

European Commission Proposes Legislation Regulating AI

Arnold Porter

On April 21, the European Commission (Commission) proposed legislation (EC Proposal) that would comprehensively regulate artificial intelligence systems in the European Union, including externally located systems with output used inside the EU.[[N: 21, 2021) (EC Proposal).]] 21, 2021).]]

EC Publishes Report on Use of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics and Review of Cosmetics Regulation Regarding Nanomaterials


The report states that aligning the nanomaterial definition in the Cosmetics Regulation with a horizontal definition “could increase coherence between legislation but should be thoroughly assessed in order to evaluate its potential effects.”

Ohio River Valley Institute: Poll Finds PA Voters Want Tougher Regulation Of Natural Gas Drilling Wastes; Support Community Regulation Of Drilling; Favor Clean Energy Sources

PA Environment Daily

On July 29, the Ohio River Valley Institute released a new poll of Pennsylvania voters which found by wide margins they support tougher regulation of the natural gas drilling industry, community regulation of drilling and the development of clean energy sources.

New Developments in China’s Drug Change Management Regulations

Arnold Porter

It is the latest development in China’s regulations of drug change management since the promulgation of the newly amended Drug Administration Law in 2019 and more than 20 regulations and technical guidelines. © Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP 2021 All Rights Reserved.

NRDC: Regulation Is Too Weak For Radioactive Oil And Gas Drilling Wastewater, Other Waste

PA Environment Daily

By Amy Mall, Natural Resources Defense Council This article first appeared on the NRDC Blog July 21, 2021 -- The U.S. A new NRDC report describes these risks and how weak regulations fail to appropriately protect workers and communities.

TIM-3 restrains anti-tumour immunity by regulating inflammasome activation


Nature, Published online: 09 June 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03626-9 Mouse genetic studies and single-cell transcriptome analysis demonstrate that TIM-3 on dendritic cells has a key role in regulating antitumour immunity via inflammasome activation and is a potential target for anticancer therapy

PUC To Seek Public Comment On Enhancements To Regulation Covering Petroleum & Hazardous Liquids Pipelines

PA Environment Daily

Pipeline Safety Rulemaking The action by the Commission is the latest step forward in a comprehensive process to explore and address pipeline safety regulations in Pennsylvania.

New bill regulating carbon offset market could attract farmers


Some farmers are turning to carbon capture to make cash outside of traditional farming practices. A new Senate bill could help attract even more farmers to these programs