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CDC rescinds order requiring negative pre-departure COVID-19 test prior to flight to the US

ATLANTA, Georgia – Air passengers will not need to get tested and show the COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has now shifted to a new phase, due to the widespread uptake of highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, the availability of […]

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EPA announces $60 Million for nutrient pollution reduction in the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico watershed

LENEXA, Kans. – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox, joined by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, announced $60 million over the next five years to fund nutrient reduction efforts through the Gulf Hypoxia Program. Hypoxia means low oxygen levels in water and can be caused by excess nutrients

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National average price of gas spikes to $5/gal, crushing previous record average

BOSTON, Mass. — The national average price of gas in the U.S. surpassed $5 per gallon today for the first time ever, according to GasBuddy, the leading fuel savings platform saving North American drivers the most money on fuel. This long-anticipated milestone comes behind months of gas price increases across the country, accelerated by the

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EPA releases final ethanol blending requirements for 2021, 2022

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.–Responding to a court-ordered deadline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued the final biofuel blending volumes for 2021 and 2022 required under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The agency’s final biofuel blending requirements allow for 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol for 2022. The final volumes also include 12.5 billion gallons

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Social Security Board of Trustees: Outlook of combined trust funds improves

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASI and DI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2035, one year later than projected last

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FDA efforts to result in millions of additional bottles of infant formula to further increase U.S. supply

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an update on additional steps it has taken that will lead to more infant formula on U.S. store shelves in the coming weeks and months.   “We continue to work around the clock with our government partners and industry to ensure there’s adequate infant

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FDA investigates outbreak of Hepatitis A virus in strawberries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FDA, along with CDC, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, state, and local partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo and HEB, purchased between March 5, 2022,

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CDC strengthens recommendations and expands eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots

ATLANTA, Georgia – Following last week’s meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP), the Centers for Disease Control is expanding eligibility of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to everyone five years of age and older.   CDC now recommends that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot five months after

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