Clean Water Act at 45: Despite Success, It’s Under Attack

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By Jon Devine, Natural Resources Defense Council Today is the 45th anniversary of the adoption of the Clean Water Act. This post takes a quick look at where we were, where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going on clean water policy. The Bad Old Days Before 1972...
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Dear Congress: EPA’s TSCA Implementation Has Gone Awry

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform Individuals across the United States encounter hundreds of chemical substances every day and often simultaneously – in common household and hygiene products, in our food and drinking water, and in our air. Some of these chemicals present serious...
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Toxic Toys? After Nine Years, a Ban on Harmful Chemicals Becomes Official

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By the Natural Resources Defense Council Phthalates are a particularly harmful type of chemical, used, among a range of other ways, to soften plastic in children’s toys and products like pacifiers and teething rings. In response to mounting concern about the serious health impacts ...
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The Senate Must Reject These Four Nominees

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council Just how much damage can President Trump do to our environment and health? We’re finding out. His Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt, is doing all he can to cripple the agency, eviscerate the commonsense safeguards we all depen...
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Pesticides and Puerto Rico: When the Professional Becomes Personal

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By Jessica Felix-Romero, Farmworker Justice I had the privilege of participating in the East Coast Migrant Stream Forum for Agricultural Worker Health in Atlanta earlier this month. The annual Forum brings together outreach workers, advocates, medical professionals and many others who provide...
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The Heartland Memo: Less Science, More Pollution, Please

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By Juanita Constible, Natural Resources Defense Council The Heartland Institute and its polluter allies have a clear message for Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): You’re not doing enough for your fossil fuel friends. Sure, the EPA is rolling back climate rules, removing scientific...
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CPSC Bans Toxic Chemicals in Kid’s Toys, Child Care Articles

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By Avinash Kar, Natural Resources Defense Council Hurray for CPSC. Phthui for phthalates. CPSC commissioners took an important step today to protect children’s health. Kaushal Karkhanis/Flickr The agency voted to ban five toxic chemicals in children’s toys and child care products. These...
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