Trump Can’t Sweep Safeguards Away as Easily as He May Think

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By Matthew Freeman, Center for Progressive Reform In a statement Wednesday responding to President-elect Trump’s choice of climate change denier Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, CPR President Robert Verchick said that the choice was “a clear indication that the...
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EPA Proposes First Federal Toxic Chemical Ban in Decades to Close Out 2016

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By Anna Low-Beer, U.S. PIRG Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency was granted increased authority to regulate chemicals on the market. Under an updated federal toxics law, the EPA must review 10 chemicals currently on the market for safety, and they’ve already gotten started....
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Andrew Puzder Fails Every Test for a Labor Secretary

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute President-elect Donald Trump announced that he plans to nominate fast food CEO Andrew Puzder to head the Department of Labor (DOL). Puzder, who makes millions as a low-wage employer, fails every test for a Labor Secretary. DOL’s mission is to improve...
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Bryde’s Whales Are a Step Closer to ‘Endangered’ Status

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By Francine Kershaw, Natural Resources Defense Council Today, one of the United States’ rarest and most threatened baleen whales are a step closer to receiving protection under the Endangered Species Act. A little over 60 miles from the Florida panhandle, in the northeastern...
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EPA Proposes Restrictions on TCE, Toxic Solvent, Under TSCA

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is steadily chugging toward the finish line with its proposed ban of the highly toxic solvent trichloroethylene, or TCE. This is great news! The proposal will force a mandatory ban on two dangerous...
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EPA Caves to the Agrichemical Industry Ahead of Glyphosate Hearings

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By Anna Low-Beer, U.S. PIRG Days before the Environmental Protection Agency was set to hold Scientific Advisory Panel meetings to review the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate – the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup – the meetings were postponed. Why? Because CropLife America, a trade...
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New Air Compressor Efficiency Standards: Good, But Not Great

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) just-released standard for commercial and industrial compressors succeeds in lowering the energy use of these machines and, consequently, reduces the pollution output necessary to run them, but still...
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