President Trump’s Opening Salvos on Clean Water and Other Public Health Safeguards

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Earlier this week, we heard two things from President Trump about clean water. In his address to the joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, he talked about protecting and ensuring clean water. That’s an important goal and one broadly shared...
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Contractor Fair Pay and Workplace Safety Rules in Peril

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By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight On Thursday, the Senate passed a motion to proceed on a resolution to block Labor Department regulations requiring companies bidding on federal contracts to disclose violations of federal and state labor laws from the past three years. The...
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Don’t Drain This Swamp!

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By Pat Gallagher, Sierra Club Donald Trump has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule—also known as the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule—issued under the Clean Water Act. His Executive Order instructs the EPA to consider adopting the...
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Beryllium Exposure: Trump Administration Delays Protecting Workers from a Devastating Risk

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday, President Trump’s Labor Department announced it would delay the effective date of a new standard to protect workers exposed to beryllium on the job, from March 21 to May 20. Part of the president’s regulatory freeze, the delay purports...
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5 Reasons Congress Shouldn’t Mess with the Endangered Species Act

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By Rebecca Rowe, Earthjustice Recently, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing to discuss “modernizing” the Endangered Species Act. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the committee chair, has long made it a priority to weaken this landmark conservation law, so savvy observers...
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Regulations: America’s Unsung Heroes

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By Sean Moulton, Project on Government Oversight Congressional bills get all the attention. They even get a Schoolhouse Rock song. When an important law gets passed, there’s usually a presidential signing, pens get handed out, and handshakes all around for a job well done. But is the job done?...
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Recent Trump Anti-Reg Order Could Breathe New Life Into Dangerous Old Law

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform The first rule of reading anti-regulatory bills, executive orders, and other policy prescriptions is: Sweat the hyper-technical, anodyne-sounding stuff. And President Donald Trump’s February 24 executive order on “Enforcing the...
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