This Independence Day, Americans Deserve Freedom From Riders

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By David Rosen, Public Citizen It’s a time honored American tradition. Every July Fourth, friends and families gather together for hot dogs and beer, flags and fireworks. But imagine if you went to an Independence Day gathering where things are a little … off. The hot dogs are only half...
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Perry and Pruitt’s Denial of Science Threatens our Future

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By Andrew Gunther, Union of Concerned Scientists Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt recently stated that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does not exert a controlling influence on climate. As a scientist who is working to help prepare the San Francisco Bay Area...
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EPA’s Pruitt Met with Dow Prior to Favorable Ruling

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By Dev Gowda and Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG On March 31st, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that his agency would deny a petition to ban the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos from being sprayed on food. He announced this decision despite EPA scientists’ earlier findings that concluded...
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Trump Revoked Key Pesticide Protections. We’re Fighting Back.

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By Yana Garcia, Earthjustice This past January, three brothers—ages 7, 9 and 11—and their 17-year-old sister, died in their home in Amarillo, Texas, because a highly toxic restricted-use pesticide was improperly applied in their home. And just two years ago, a family on vacation in the U.S....
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Sloppy Credit Bureaus, Sketchy Credit Doctors Slammed by Trifecta of CFPB, State AGs and Consumer Lawyers

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG In the news this month are several successful efforts to improve credit report accuracy, compensate the victims of credit bureau malfeasance and also to bring some credit repair doctors to heel. Did it take a village? No, it took a combination of strong consumer...
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Hey, Trump. Leave Our Clean Water Alone.

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council The administration is moving to repeal the Clean Water Rule, which protects drinking water for one-third of Americans. It’s summer, when Americans take to the nation’s rivers, beaches, lakes, and streams for recreation and enjoyment that reminds us...
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OSHA Proposes to Delay Recordkeeping Rule

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By Jordan Barab, Economic Policy Institute OSHA has officially announced a proposal to delay the reporting requirements of its “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” recordkeeping rule that was issued last July. The recordkeeping rule simply requires employers already covered by...
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Craft Brewers Oppose Proposal to Repeal Clean Water Rule

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By Becky Hammer, Natural Resources Defense Council Today a group of 48 craft brewers sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing the agencies’ proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule. These brewers, who are partners in NRDC’s Brewers for Clean...
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The Most Important Revolving Door You’ve Never Heard Of

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Earlier this week, Axios and Greenwire ($) reported that international oil behemoth BP is bringing on a new lobbyist to work on “[r]egulatory reform advocacy related to Federal energy and environmental rules,” as described in the...
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Misrule of Law: How Scott Pruitt Yanks Our Vital Safeguards

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt often says he’s committed to “the rule of law,” and that “regulations should be regular.” His M.O., however, has been neither regular nor lawful. Much of the attention has been on...
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