Hidden Penalties and Secretive Settlements Make for Lousy Enforcement Policy

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By Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? More to the point, if law enforcement issues a civil or criminal fine or sentence without anyone knowing, does it have an effect? Thinking back to...
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A Major Milestone for the Protection Against Formaldehyde

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By the Sierra Club Media Team On July 27, nearly a decade after Sierra Club volunteers used testing to show high formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers supplied to Gulf Coast residents after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to protect...
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EPA’s Plan to Bring Clean Energy to Low-Income Households

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By Khalil Shahyd, Natural Resources Defense Council A year ago, I wrote about how the Clean Power Plan (CPP) through the proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), could increase energy efficiency investments in affordable housing. In that post (which you can find here), I discussed how...
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Our National Parks Need a Breath of Fresh Air

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By Terry McGuire, Earthjustice With summer in full swing, many families across the country are preparing to embark on their annual vacations. If last year was any indication, many will head to a National Park Service (NPS) site. In fact, 2015 was a record-breaker, with sites nationwide hosting...
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Consumers Benefit from Efficient Appliances

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By Jason Kuruvilla, Consumers Union It’s hot out there, and summer cooling bills can make your temperature rise even further. Fortunately, there’s good news for consumers buying new air conditioners—improvements in efficiency will help keep you cool at a lower cost. And the savings from...
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Some First Thoughts About the CFPB’s Validation Proposal

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By Jeff Sovern, St. John’s University School of Law Brian posted this morning on the CFPB’s debt collection proposal.  I wanted to focus just on the validation requirements.  Appendix F to the Bureau’s proposal speaks to the validation notice.  The Proposal indicates that the...
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US to Weaken Fisheries Regulations for First Time in Decades

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By Brad Sewell, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. has been a global leader in confronting and effectively tackling the overexploitation of its ocean fisheries. While there’s work still be done—more than three dozen fish populations or stocks (out of 233) remain overfished—American...
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