Despite All the Evidence, Congress Wants to Weaken Public Protections

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By Celia Wexler, Union of Concerned Scientists It seems that a week doesn’t go by when we are not reminded that our regulatory process leaves us exposed to hazards. It could be a fertilizer plant explosion, like the West, Texas disaster in 2013 that took 15 lives, injured 200, and...
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As the Clean Power Plan Moves Forward, More Power Companies Are on Board

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By Montina Cole, Natural Resources Defense Council In the almost three months since the Environmental Protection Agency finalized its groundbreaking Clean Power Plan limiting dangerous carbon pollution from power plants, broad support for the plan and state efforts to make it work continues to...
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The National Association of Home Builders’ Evidence Supports DOL’s Proposed Rule on Overtime

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), both in congressional testimony and in the official comments it submitted to the Department of Labor, makes a strong case for the Obama administration’s proposed rule on the overtime rights of salaried...
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5 Things to Know About the EPA’s New Rule for Oil Refineries

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By  Miranda Fox, Earthjustice In September, the EPA released an updated Clean Air Act standard that will reduce the toxic burden on communities living next to oil refineries. There are 140 major refineries in the U.S. with the capacity to process nearly 18 million barrels of crude oil every...
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Forcing Consumers Into Arbitration

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By David Butler, Consumers Unions When you apply for a credit card or buy a smart phone, you have to sign a contract with a lot of legal language in tiny type. The contract is a take-it-or-leave-it deal: if you don’t sign it, you don’t get the card or the...
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