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May 2011

Fiscal crisis moves to the forefront.

Election-year politics loom over the upcoming fight over spending cuts and raising the debt limit. The political stakes are high as Democrats and Republicans battle to paint each other as the “bad guys” in this seemingly never-ending debate. Read more.>>

Taxing small business.

More and more states are requiring businesses to collect sales and use taxes even when they do not have a traditional nexus—either a physical presence or employees—in the taxing state.
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Updating the Safe Chemicals Act.

The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 would update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since 1976.

TSCA Inventory Update Rule coming soon.

Industry strongly opposes EPA’s proposed update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Update Rule (IUR), scheduled to become final any day.

Regulatory review of the review.

The White House Office has issued guidance instructing agencies to make public their preliminary plans for reviewing existing rules and to finalize those plans by August.
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Regulating boilers and incinerators.

A range of industries has petitioned the EPA to suspend its final Maximum Achievable Control Technology (Boiler MACT) rules that limit emissions from industrial boilers and solid waste incinerators.
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Cece Kremer

Cece Kremer

Cece Kremer has joined us in Washington, D.C., as a consultant on federal and legislative public policy issues. Cece’s career in government and association work is well-known to many of you. Most recently, she served eight years in top executive positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff from 2003 to 2009.

Earlier in her career, she was a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Between 1984 and 1992, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Assistant to the Vice President and Deputy Assistant to the President.

From 1993 until 2001, Cece served as Vice President for Government Affairs of the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute, supervising the industry's policy development, legislative positions and federal regulatory agenda.