Is OSHA Out of the Worker Protection Business?

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform When President Trump released his spring Unified Agenda last week, he made it abundantly clear that he has no interest in protecting workers from occupational injuries and diseases. The White House released the agenda amid what it called “Made in...
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This Harmful Pesticide Should Have Been Banned Years Ago. Now It Could Finally Happen.

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Natural Resources Defense Council Thankfully, senators are stepping in where Donald Trump’s EPA has fallen down. iStock Later today, Senate leaders will stand up for children by introducing a bill to ban a pesticide that is currently found at unsafe levels in our food...
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New Chemical Safety Rules Show Industry Influence Inside EPA

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By Melanie Benesh, Environmental Working Group Chemical lobbyists are reportedly “satisfied” with and “optimistic” over the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules for implementation of the nation’s primary chemical safety law. Of course they are. These days the chemical industry has good...
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EPA Puts Public Health at Risk in Delaying Chemical Accident Safety Regulations

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By Jessica Eckdish, Earthjustice Update: On July 24, 2017, a group of 11 state prosecutors sued the EPA to force it to implement rules designed to prevent chemical spills and other industrial accidents at facilities such as refineries and fertilizer plants, according to a federal court filing....
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Pending House Bill Would Drastically Limit State Protections for Public Health, Safety, Environment

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By Emily Hammond, Center for Progressive Reform The newest dangerous proposal filtering through Congress is H.R. 2887, the “No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017.” Packaged as a prohibition on states regulating outside of their borders, the bill is a Trojan horse that...
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Six Months Into the Trump Administration: Science and Public Health Under Siege

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists My colleagues at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) have released a report on how science—and public health—have been sidelined during the first six months of the Trump administration. The report documents a deliberate and familiar set of...
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Lobbying in High Gear With Prospect of Regulatory Reform in Congress

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By Kennett Werner, The Center for Responsive Politics As part of President Trump’s promise to dismantle the regulatory state, his administration has cancelled or delayed Obama-era protections for workers and the environment. It has installed agency heads unlikely to pursue strict enforcement of...
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Spring Regulatory Agenda Puts Corporations First

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By Marni von Wilpert and Samantha Sanders, Economy Policy Institute President Trump’s spring regulatory agenda throws out hard-fought protections for workers The administration released its spring regulatory agenda this week. Its proposals to rescind regulations that protect workers’ safety,...
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