The High Cost of Dirty Water

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By David Brodwin, American Sustainable Business Council Recently the Environmental Protection Agency issued a new rule to protect America’s lakes, rivers and streams. The latest rule prevents the pollution of smaller streams, ditches and wetlands which drain into major rivers. The rule...
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Companies, White House Move to Reduce Antibiotics in Meat, But Will Their Actions Speak as Loud as Their Words?

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By Cameron Harsh, Center for Food Safety Concern over the decreasing effectiveness of antibiotics to treat human infections and its connection to the overuse of antibiotics in animals raised for food is not new. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed fears in the 1970s that...
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Fracking and Water: It’s About More Than Contamination

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By Amanda Frank, Center for Effective Government The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent study on the connection between fracking and water contamination made headlines earlier this month, with environmental groups seeing it as proof that fracking threatens drinking water and...
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Tell Congress: No More Cuts to Lead Poisoning Prevention!

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By Sawyer Mittelstaedt, National Center for Healthy Housing “When my son was poisoned by lead, I had to act. But how?” This was the question posed by Thomas Beller, a New Orleans resident and father whose story of lead poisoning was published yesterday in a New York Times op-ed. Despite...
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House Appropriations Committee Seeks to Undercut Federal Flood Protections

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Bu Joel Scata, Natural Resources Defense Council On June 10, the House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation that increases America’s exposure to flood loss. Mirroring language in the ill-conceived Energy and Water Appropriations bill, the Financial Services and General...
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To Better Protect Workers, We Need More Wage Inspectors and Stronger Enforcement

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By Jessica Schieder, Center for Effective Government Cities across the country have voted to increase the minimum wage, ensure workers can take paid sick days, and offer workers paid parental leave. But without wage and hour enforcement, employers will continue to steal employees’ wages,...
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What to Expect from the Supreme Court’s Clean Air Mercury Decision

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By Thomas McGarity, Center for Progressive Reform In the shadow of the upcoming Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage is an important environmental case that has important implications for the health of women of childbearing age in America.  The Court will decide whether to...
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Power to the Plan and the People

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By Aaron Mair, Sierra Club It shouldn’t be a surprise that the fossil fuel industry doesn’t like the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Unlike, say, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s Energy Policy Act of 2005, the EPA’s plan wasn’t designed primarily to boost the...
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Polluters Try (and Fail) to Convince Latinos and African Americans that the Clean Power Plan is Bad for their Bottom Line

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By Juan Declet-Barreto, Natural Resources Defense Council Addressing the disproportionate impacts of carbon pollution on the health of low-income and minority communities is one of the most compelling reasons for combating climate change. Many serious and rigorous scientific studies have shown...
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New Flawed Study of the Clean Power Plan: How the MISI Study Gets It So Wrong

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By John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists An op-ed in yesterday’s Investor’s Business Daily uses a new study to make unsubstantiated claims about the economic impacts of the proposed Clean Power Plan on vulnerable communities. Since the op-ed didn’t provide a link to the actual analysis, we...
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Why the Founding Fathers Would Oppose Fast Track

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By Ben Beachy, Public Citizen Tomorrow members of Congress plan to take a controversial, career-defining vote on Fast Tracking the largest expansion to date of the unpopular status quo trade model.  A majority of the U.S. public, most House Democrats and a sizeable bloc of House Republicans...
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Clean Power Plan On Track: Court Dumps Bid to Block EPA from Curbing Power Plant Carbon Pollution

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council The federal court of appeals in Washington rejected a bid to snuff out the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s historic plan to put the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from...
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