‘Dirty Bundle’ of Regulatory Bills Threatens Vital Safeguards for Americans

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By Marty Hayden, Earthjustice Republicans in the House of Representatives have launched into 2017 with an attempt to dismantle vital government safeguards that keep American communities safe, healthy and protected. In the past 10 days, House Republicans passed three bills that together could...
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The Upcoming War on Our Health and Environment

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council Before Inauguration Day, the Trump era has opened with an extremist agenda that poses an alarming threat to our people, our environment, and the core values we share about justice, fair play, and our commitment to leave future generations a livable...
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Can President Trump Uphold Scientific Integrity in Government Decisionmaking? New Report Tells What’s At Stake

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week, the US Department of Energy released a revised scientific integrity policy in what was likely the last move by the Obama administration to promote scientific integrity in federal decision-making. But we cannot forget the many steps...
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CFPB Report Finds 1 In 4 Consumers Feel “Threatened” By Debt Collector Tactics

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Today, we joined Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray and Washington, DC attorney general Karl Racine at their public event to release major CFPB survey data (CFPB release) on problems consumers face with illegal debt collector tactics. The...
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The Truth About Pruitt’s EPA Lawsuits Is Even Worse Than You Might Think

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists One well-reported thing about Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee for EPA Administrator, is his penchant for filing lawsuits to block the EPA from enforcing clean air, clean water and climate regulations, rather than suing polluters in his...
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EPA Keeps Clean Car Standards Strong for 2025

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council The Environmental Protection Agency has made an official final determination to keep in place the existing clean car standards for new automobiles through model year 2025. The finding is the result of years of technical data gathering and...
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EPA (Correctly) Affirms Vehicle Standards, Despite Automaker Misinformation

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists EPA finalized its determination today that the current light-duty vehicle global warming emissions standards for 2022-2025 are appropriate. This adjudication affirms what we have said all along—manufacturers are currently ahead of schedule on the...
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Open Government Win on Toxic Pollution

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By Sean Moulton, Project on Government Oversight Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to expand a toxic pollution reporting program to include natural gas processing plants. The proposed rule is an important win for open government as it will increase public...
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Scott Pruitt’s Extremism Makes Him Unfit to Lead EPA

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By John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt’s primary previous connection to EPA is that he has joined with corporations in multiple...
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Good News: EPA Requires Nanomaterials Data

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Are there nanomaterials in your closet? If you don’t know the answer, you may soon—thanks to a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule. Nanomaterials consist of smaller-than-microscopic chemicals, and they’re used in clothing,...
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Experts Support EPA Proposed Ban on Chlorpyrifos

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Over forty-five scientific researchers, medical doctors, nurses, and public health professionals sent EPA a letter urging EPA to cancel the remaining agricultural uses of this dangerous neurotoxic pesticide, and praising the conclusions ...
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