Federal Agencies Request Information on Ways to Streamline and Modernize the U.S. Immigration System
On November 21, 2014, the President issued a memorandum giving the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security 120 days to lead an effort to develop recommendations on the subject of modernizing and streamlining the U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visa system.
On December 17, 2014, EPA issues proposed revisions to the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for Ozone. This widely anticipated rule proposes to lower the primary standard to a level within the range of 65 to 70 parts per billion. Because the NAAQS impose requirements only on states, EPA has certified that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on small entities.
On December 18, 2014, EPA issued proposed regulations that would establish national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for brick and structural clay products manufacturing. This rule would set emission standards for a wide variety of pollutants, including particulate matter, mercury, and acid gases. A majority of the firms in brick production are small businesses, and EPA projects that this rule may force some out of business.
Both number and value of small business loans increase for the first time in five years.