An Administration Defined by Its Conflicts (and What That Means for Science and Policy)

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The first six months of President Trump’s time in office have consisted of a whirlwind of questionable governing decisions. From the outset, the Center for Science and Democracy established a baseline of the types of protections for science within...
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How the CFPB Stops the Growth of the Racial Wealth Gap

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By Amy Traub, Demos This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns 6 years old. In an op-ed on Univision.com, my colleague Vijay Das and I consider the vital ways the agency stands up for the interests of American consumers, even as its independence and authority are...
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EPA Chemical Safety Nominee Aided DuPont in Teflon Scandal

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By Bill Walker, Environmental Working Group Michael Dourson, President Trump’s expected nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety office, has made a career of helping industry stave off or weaken regulations on toxic chemicals. Particularly disturbing is his work on...
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We’re Suing the Trump Administration for Delaying Protections Against Methane. Again.

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By Jessica Knoblauch, Earthjustice Earthjustice is suing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today over its decision to delay regulations on methane, a major greenhouse gas. Delays of critical environmental protections have become a familiar tactic from federal agencies, as the Trump...
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NRDC Sues Over Rollback of Waste Standards for Public Lands

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By Meleah Geertsma, Natural Resources Defense Council The Department of the Interior acted illegally when it yanked the first-ever limits on methane waste and pollution for oil and gas operations on our public lands, according to a lawsuit NRDC and our partners filed today. In May, the U.S....
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Independent Courts on Independence Day

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council Barely a day after the New York Times reported on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s “blazing start” at rolling back Obama-era health and environmental safeguards, Pruitt got his first comeuppance from America’s independent courts. On the eve of...
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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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Trump’s Attack on Clean Water: What You Need to Know

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By Jon Devine, Natural Resources Defense Council At a budget hearing this morning Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump administration would issue a proposed rulemaking action today. If this is finalized, it will throw away the Clean Water Rule, a...
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Trump Administration Delays Protections for Construction and Shipyard Workers, Weakens Beryllium Rule

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists More bad news for workers coming from the Trump administration. Last Friday (June 23), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its proposal to “modify” (read “weaken”) protections for workers exposed to beryllium in...
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EPA Delay Imperils Communities of Color Near Chemical Plants

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By Keith Rushing, Earthjustice Pam Nixon lives in an area of West Virginia called “Chemical Valley,” where she is surrounded by facilities that handle dangerous toxic and flammable chemicals. Many times during her 65 years there she’s had to shelter in place, tape up windows and huddle in her...
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Scott Pruitt’s Deadly Delays

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By Caeleigh MacNeil, Earthjustice Scott Pruitt spent much of his energy as Oklahoma attorney general suing the EPA. Now that he’s heading the agency, Pruitt is trying another tactic—delaying new rules that protect our air and water, rather than challenging them head-on in court. Earthjustice is...
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New Report: With Assault on Safeguards, Trump Trounces Constitution, U.S. History

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Today, Neomi Rao is likely to take one step closer to becoming the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) – that is, the Trump administration’s “regulatory czar” – with the Senate Homeland...
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