A Dirty Dozen: Twelve Reasons to Reject New Anti-Clean Water Legislation

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By Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council Recently, a number of Senators, led by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), introduced a bill to kill the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule, a commonsense initiative to restore...
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Added Sugar on the Nutrition Facts Label: Public Comments to the FDA Show Big Food Is Sour on Science

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By Deborah Bailin, Democracy Analyst, Center for Science & Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists In new research UCS released this week, an analysis of comments submitted to the FDA on its proposed rule to label added sugar shows a stark difference between supporters and opponents....
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Reid is Slowing Down Fast Track in the Senate

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By Teamster Power, Teamsters Corporate elites everywhere received some bad news last night when Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced he would not allow the chamber to move forward with consideration of fast track trade legislation until other more time-sensitive measures are...
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Sea Level Rise, Growing Flood Risks, and the Need for a Strong Federal Flood Risk Standard

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By Rachel Cleetus, Senior Climate Economist, Union of Concerned Scientists On January 30, 2015, President Obama issued an executive order to strengthen the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) and create an extensive stakeholder process for implementing it. Tomorrow is the comment...
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Another Step Toward Fair Pay: Reforming Overtime Pay Protections

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By Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security, National Women’s Law Center Today, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced that the Department of Labor has drafted a rule to reform overtime pay protections. Along with raising the minimum wage—which would rise to $12 an hour...
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The State of the Air is…Depressing

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By Brian Willis, Media Team Member, Sierra Club American Lung Association 2015 State of the Air Report – Key Findings Nearly 138.5 million people—almost 44 percent of the nation—STILL live where pollution levels too often make the air too dangerous to breathe, but thanks to stronger...
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Your Handy Guide to Attacks on How the Endangered Species Act Uses Science

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By Michael Halpern, Program Manager, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists Gut the science. That’s how this Congress intends to undermine our nation’s environmental and public health laws. Most of the action over the past few years has been in the House, bu...
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Thoughtful Take on Government Regulation vs. Consumer Choice

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By Scott Michelman, Attorney, Public Citizen A thought-provoking op-ed in The Hill argues that a perspective is missing from the debate about whether government regulation and informed consumer choice is the more appropriate means of addressing public health issues such as obesity. The problem...
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New Report Shows Great Potential for Green Chemicals

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By BlueGreen Alliance Whether at work or at home, America’s outdated and toothless toxic substances laws means many of the chemicals Americans come into contact every day may be harmful to them. The growing field of green chemistry offers an alternative to those substances and the potential to...
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