Whack-a-Mole Day Five: A Brief Presidency

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By Michell McIntyre, Public Citizen Midnight Rules Relief Act or the “Three-Year Presidency” Act Congressional conservatives already have a mechanism for denoting their disapproval of new public protections finalized during the fourth year of an administration. In an effort to further...
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Whack-a-Mole Day Four: Endless Lawsuits

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By Michell McIntyre, Public Citizen REVIEW Act or the “Endless Corporate Lawsuits” Act Industry has a long history of running to the courts to block or delay public protections that would cut into their massive profits. As a gift to their industry donors, House conservatives crafted the Require...
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Lessons Learned from the Climate Disaster at Aliso Canyon

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By Laura Wisland, Union of Concerned Scientists On October 23, 2015, Southern California Gas Company employees discovered a massive natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, located 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The leak was the largest human-caused release of methane...
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EPA Lets Stormwater Polluters Off the Hook—Again

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By Becky Hammer, Natural Resources Defense Council Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied yet another request to toughen up on sources of pollution that are fouling urban waters across the country. NRDC and our partner organizations are disappointed in this response, and...
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Buried in the Fine Print: Forced Arbitration

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By Caroline Fredrickson, Economic Policy Institute From First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech in New Hampshire to accusations by Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson against Roger Ailes, sexual harassment and sexual assault have been dominating the headlines for months. Also in the news has been the topic...
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One Year After the Aliso Canyon Disaster

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By Lena Moffitt, Sierra Club It was one year ago today, that “methane pollution” entered the national lexicon. For years, methane, a pollutant 87 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20 year span, quietly threatened our our climate, without much of the world knowing it existed, let...
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EPA Drops the Ball on Cleaning Up Polluted Runoff

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By Meghan Boian, American Rivers Commercial sites generate a significant amount of pollution due to their large impervious surfaces such as paved parking lots and rooftops. The most common pollutants that run off from these sites are sediment, nitrogen, phosphorous, zinc, and copper. These can...
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