Want to Save Thousands of American Lives Each Year? Cut Power Plant Pollution

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By David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council A new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change today, calculates that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will save thousands of lives every year. The study, by...
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No to Fast Track, Yes to Fair Trade

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By Clyde Weiss, AFSCME Union members and allies raised their voices in loud protest Thursday to oppose so-called “fast track” authority to pass a multi-nation trade agreement that would ship good-paying American jobs to Asia, Central America and other low-wage regions, pushing down wages of...
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Canada’s Tar Sands Regulations: Uncovered Documents Cast Doubt on Effectiveness, Enforcement

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By Jennifer Skene, Ford Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council The strength of Canada’s tar sands environmental regulatory regime is facing more scrutiny as a result of documents Greenpeace Canada obtained from the Alberta government’s energy regulator. The documents cast light...
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Skepticism About Trade Deals is Warranted

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute In 1993, it seemed obvious to me that NAFTA was about one main thing: providing a huge new (and much cheaper) labor force to U.S. manufacturers by making it safe for them to build factories in Mexico without fear of expropriation...
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Procter & Gamble Receives an “F” in Chemical Transparency

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By Amanda Frank, Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Government “Eco-friendly.” “Healthy.” “Responsible.” These are just a few of the labels used on household cleaning products to make them appear safe for consumers. But no one oversees how these terms are used or what they really mean for...
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If You Thought Corporate Personhood Was Bad, Wait Until You See Corporate Nationhood in the New Trade Treaty

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By Scott Klinger, Director of Revenue and Spending Policies, Center for Effective Government The government of El Salvador was so concerned that its water was so fouled by mining companies that it passed a moratorium on new mines in 2008. Oceana Gold, an Australian corporation, didn’t like the...
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150 Workers Will Die Today

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By Mike Hall, AFL-CIO Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety in the 44 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) become law, today and every day 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases. That and other...
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Senate Committee Fails to Fix Flawed Chemical Bill

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By Katie Weatherford, Regulatory Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Government On April 28, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works reviewed proposed legislation from Sens. David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) to revise the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), our...
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5 Ways Policy Helps Business Innovation

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By Richard Eidlin, Co-founder & Vice President of Policy and Campaigns, American Sustainable Business Council It’s gospel among American politicians and business leaders: innovation is key to the success of individual companies and entire industries. And yet, many of these same people...
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Good News! CPSC Proposes to Ban Hazardous Phthalate Chemicals in Toys and Child Care Products

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By Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed banning some of the most toxic phthalates (pronounced ˈtha-lāt) from toys and child care products, and NRDC submitted comments supporting CPSC’s proposal, but...
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Workers Memorial Day: We Need Strong Workplace Safety and Health Protections

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute Here are a few recent reports about the grim toll of industrial fatalities and the hazards workers are exposed to every day, from the Cal-OSHA Reporter and other sources. Hopefully, they will remind you why we need a strong federal...
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This Workers Memorial Day: Blow the Whistle on Unsafe Working Conditions

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By Keith Wrightson, Worker Health and Safety Advocate, Public Citizen Today, we remember the victims of fatal workplace hazards and observe Workers Memorial Day. We have all encountered a hazard in the workplace at one time or another. Whether it was a slippery floor, unguarded machinery,...
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