White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel issued a memorandum to all federal agencies placing a hold on pending federal regulations until the new administration can review them, a move that could affect major climate change-related rules from the Bush administration. It halts work on all draft rules until the new administration can complete a legal and policy review, according to a White House press statement.

The question is what regulations the new team at USDA will want to place on hold and review, especially country of origin labeling (COOL). It’s expected that we will soon know USDA’s decision.