News bites: Shutdown strains public safety programs

At the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), speculation is already growing about who might replace Dr. Janet Woodcock, the outgoing head of the agency’s pharmaceutical division, Reuters reports.

Europe has rejected regulations for the burgeoning e-cigarette industry, according to the Financial Times.

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The head of a federal employees union railed against the furlough of thousands of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) workers.

Republicans accused the Environmental Protection Agency of “selective listening,” as the agency takes solicits feedback on a plan to regulate emissions from existing power plants.

U.S. financial regulators urged banks to work with borrowers whose finances have been strained by the government shutdown.

Health and environmental groups filed a lawsuit seeking to force updated emissions standards for wood-burning furnaces and boilers.

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