Congress, Not Agencies, to Blame for Regulation Delays

Comment are off
By Amit Narang, Public Citizen Hardly a week goes by without a story about a federal agency delaying implementation of a critical law, missing a deadline set by Congress or simply moving too slowly to put standards in place to protect the public. In what can only be described as...
Continue Reading

70 Mayors to President Obama: We Support Strong Clean Air Protections Against Smog Pollution!

Comment are off
By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club If it’s possible to love something else as much as the Pope’s statements on climate this week, it’s this: On Tuesday, 70 mayors from across the U.S. sent a letter to President Obama signaling their support for a strong clean air protections...
Continue Reading

Here’s What Will Happen with the EPA Ozone Rule

Comment are off
By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Sometime in the next few weeks, the EPA will release its long awaited final rule on ambient ground-level ozone. It hasn’t happened yet, but there are some clues as to what the agency will do and how others will react.  Here’s how I...
Continue Reading

Top 5 Things Everyone Should Know About the DARK Act

Comment are off
By Colin O’Neil, Center for Food Safety Over 85% of the American public wants the labeling of genetically engineered foods. But recently a majority of the House of Representatives decided to protect the bottom line of corporations such as Monsanto and ignore the will of the people. They...
Continue Reading

Will Justice Prioritize Corporate Wrongdoers?

Comment are off
By Jessica Schieder, Center for Effective Government The Department of Justice has been heavily criticized in the wake of the financial crisis for not doing enough to put the executives behind irresponsible corporations behind bars. In a memo last Wednesday, the Department signaled a change in...
Continue Reading

Are There Other VWs Out There?

Comment are off
By Scott Slesinger, Natural Resources Defense Council After more than a year of investigation, EPA discovered that Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America deliberately cheated the emissions test of the Environmental Protection Agency. The company circumvented Clean Air Act laws...
Continue Reading

Dear Jeb! Crippling Federal Agencies Will Not Keep America Safe

Comment are off
By Robert Verchick, Center for Progressive Reform Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released a plan meant to make it harder for federal agencies to make rules that protect public health and the environment. That might help some big corporations. But it makes everyday Americans much...
Continue Reading

Das Cheater: Volkswagen Admits to Evading Emissions Tests

Comment are off
By Jesse Prentice-Dunn, Sierra Club This week the German automaker Volkswagen admitted to outfitting millions of cars worldwide with devices designed to cheat on emissions tests. As a result, these cars emitted dramatically more smog-causing pollution than allowed by clean air standards. The...
Continue Reading

Worker Deaths Rise in 2014

Comment are off
By the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health 2014 was the deadliest year for American workers since 2008, according to figures released on September 18 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to preliminary BLS figures from the Census of Fatal...
Continue Reading

Volkswagen Caught Cheating — CA, EPA Asking For Vehicles To Be Recalled

Comment are off
By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Do you own a 2.0L diesel vehicle made by Volkswagen or Audi from 2009 or after? I’m sorry to inform you, but according to the EPA your car has been polluting the environment at a level between 10 and 40 times its legal...
Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why We Need a Strong Methane Rule

Comment are off
By Alissa Grutze, Sierra Club On August 28, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the first-ever limits on industrial methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. These rules are a critical first step in the Administration’s plan to reduce methane pollution by 40 to 45...
Continue Reading

Workers 65 and Older Are 3 Times as Likely to Die From an On-the-Job Injury as the Average Worker

Comment are off
By Ross Eisenbray, Economic Policy Institute As the Boomers age and retirement insecurity forces workers to delay retirement, workers 55 and older are a growing part of the workforce. In 2014, older workers were 21 percent of the adult workforce based on hours worked—8 percentage points higher...
Continue Reading