Why Senator Lankford’s “BEST Act” Is Really the Worst for Federal Science

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists A few weeks ago, Sen. James Lankford (OK) introduced legislation called the “Better Evaluation of Science and Technology Act,” or “BEST Act” for short. The proposal takes the scientific standards language from the recently updated Toxic Substances...
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Another Delay of Chemical Safety Rule Is Dangerous and Unwarranted

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week was just chock full of setbacks and assaults on our public protections coming out of Washington. You’ve probably heard about President Trump’s all-out attack on climate policy; EPA Administrator Pruitt got right on it.  No surprise...
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Lawsuit Seeks EPA Action to Protect Kids from Pesticide

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman and Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Toxic pesticide residues on food, unsafe drinking water, and contaminated air cannot be allowed to threaten children’s health. NRDC and partners (Pesticide Action Network and Earthjustice) are taking EPA...
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Americans Are Worried About Their Drinking Water

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By Alex Formuzis, Environmental Working Group Lead, PFCs, hexavalent chromium, fertilizer and pesticides are just a few of the dangerous contaminants found in U.S. drinking water. According to a new nationwide survey, Americans’ concerns about water quality is high – and growing. The poll,...
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The GOP’s Race to Repeal

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By Matthew Freeman, Center for Progressive Reform This June marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the great sea battle that was the turning point of the war in the Pacific. The American victory over the Japanese at Midway, a tiny atoll literally midway between California and...
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The CFPB Protects Us From Bad Banks; Republicans Want To Kill It

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By Richard Eskow, Our Future The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, has been remarkably effective at reining in lawless banks. How effective? So much so, that Republicans now target the agency for destruction. And some Democrats may be...
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