The EPA released a draft of its study, U.S. EPA Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (External Review Draft), EPA, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-15/047, 2015, assessing the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water in early June (the draft Assessment). According to the EPA’s press release, the study finds that “hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources,” but “identifies important vulnerabilities.” 
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For the first time in 18 years, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to overhaul nutrition labels. The proposed changes, if approved, will require manufacturers to make significant changes to their labels.  Preliminary recommendations have been issued, the comment period has closed, and the final rules should be announced before the end of 2015.

The FDA’s proposed rules recommend changes to both the form and substance of the nutrution labels.  The formatting changes are intended to help consumers absorb the most important information about the food they eat.  Some of the proposed changes include increasing the font of the number of calories and serving sizes, moving the “parentage of daily value” information to the left of the nutrition label so that it is the first thing buyers read, and making the footnote explaining what the “percentage of daily value” means more prominent.

If adopted, the proposed rules would require manufacturers to make several changes to substance of their nutrition labels, including the following:
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