Other news from Washington:
- Major farm groups are appealing a September District Court ruling that upheld EPA’s method of determining the total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The head of the American Farm Bureau says the ruling has dangerous implications for farmers in the Chesapeake Bay area and nationwide. If the lower court ruling is upheld, farm groups worry that TMDLs in the Chesapeake Bay and possibly in other major watersheds could significantly affect the amount of fertilizers used and application methods for crop production across the country.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recalled several experts and data analysts who were furloughed as part of the government shutdown to help deal with an ongoing salmonella outbreak that has sickened several hundred people. The salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated chicken contains several antibiotic-resistant strains and that more than 40 percent of the people sickened have been hospitalized.
- The President has nominated Janet Yellen to be the next Chairperson of the Federal Reserve when Ben Bernanke’s term expires in January. Yellen has been vice-chairperson of the FED for the last several years and is expected to generally continue policies designed to stimulate the economy. There is widespread support of the nomination of Yellen, but some opponents worry that the ongoing stimulus will cause inflation.