OSHA’s Claims About Hiding Information on Worker Deaths Fall Flat

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By Rebecca Reindel, AFL-CIO Since January, government agencies under the Donald Trump administration have taken steps to hide information from the public–information that was previously posted and information that the public has a right to know. But a recent move is especially personal....
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FDA Approvals: On a Fast-Track to Disaster

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By Caila Brander, National Women’s Health Network Most of us want to be confident when we start a newly prescribed treatment that the medication we take will improve the ailment we seek to treat. We believe that our drugs have been tested and proven effective. We assume that the U.S.......
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The Chamber’s Small Business Sham

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By Grace Aylmer, Public Citizen This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Small Business Summitin Washington, DC. The stated purpose of the three day event is to provide small businesses with tools and strategies “to successfully compete in today’s rapidly changing business...
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These Numbers Show the Danger of Trump’s Delay on the Chemical Disaster Rule

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By Jessica Hodge, Earthjustice The last thing that a community battling hurricanes and floods should have to worry about is a hazardous chemical release in its neighborhood, but that’s exactly what occurred after the Arkema chemical plant outside Houston caught fire following Hurricane Harvey....
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GOP Runs Roughshod Over Democratic, Environmental Safeguards

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By Nora Apter, Natural Resources Defense Council Surely readers are as tired of reading this headline as the advocate is of writing it. Too bad for us, GOP members of Congress and their counterparts in the Administration have somehow not grown tired of brazenly attacking fundamental...
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What Scott Pruitt Still Gets Wrong About Chemical Safety Post-Hurricane Harvey

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists In a recent interview with ABC’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was asked about the agency’s role in responding to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and the devastation caused in Florida and Texas by the natural disasters....
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Free Press to FCC Chairman Aji Pai: Title II Net Neutrality Is Working

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By Gaurav Laroia, Free Press The fight at the FCC over the open internet rules is far from over — but we have passed a few key milestones. These kinds of rulemaking proceedings at the agency usually have two rounds of comments, for initial submissions and replies. Just before Labor...
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Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Cast Spotlight on Toxic Sites in Our Midst

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By Diane Carman, Earthjustice Our country has just witnessed two of the worst hurricanes in our history and the work of rebuilding shattered lives in Texas, Florida, and elsewhere has barely begun. Toxic cleanup will be a part of the work ahead. This is an area dotted with oil refineries,...
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The Equifax Hack: We Need to Better Regulate Credit Reporting

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By Amy Traub, Demos Your personal data was very likely stolen by hackers this summer—yet Congress wants less oversight of the company that failed to keep our private information safe. On September 7, the credit reporting company Equifax revealed it had experienced a gigantic data breach...
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Two More Foxes Nominated to Run Hen Houses in the Trump Administration

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Two officials with a history of anti-worker behavior nominated to be worker advocates Late last week, President Trump announced his nominees to several key positions at the Department of Labor (DOL). Trump nominated Cheryl Stanton to serve as his...
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During This Intense Hurricane Season: Some Reports and Information on Storms, Chemicals and Public Safety

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Hurricane Harvey was a natural disaster, and a devastating one at that. During and after the hurricane, we learned anew that it’s not only the initial storm that threatens life and limb, but also chemical facilities that are hit. For example, Houston has...
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Toxic Chemical Industry and House R’s Attack on Science

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council The Republican-led House Science Committee—which routinely serves as a platform for the chemical manufacturers—hosted an Oversight Hearing this week as part of its larger plan to slash the budget for the US Environmental Protection Agency...
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