Two Questions for Trump’s ‘Regulatory Czaritsa’ Nominee

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By Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza and Joe Valent, Center for American Progress In his latest attempt to put corporations before people, President Donald Trump has nominated vocal opponent of regulation Professor Neomi Rao to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, or OIRA, within the...
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Sierra Club and Allies Sue Trump’s EPA for Weakening Vital Protections Against Oil and Gas Pollution

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By Joanne Spalding and Andres Restrepo, Sierra Club Today, the Sierra Club and its allies sued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for delaying crucial safeguards that reduce climate pollution, smog-forming compounds, and air toxins from oil and gas facilities. This action represents the first...
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Trump’s War on the First Amendment Finds a Home at the FCC

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press Donald Trump’s war against a free press has extended into “the cyber,” where his followers at the Federal Communications Commission are intent on unwinding a vitally important free-speech protection that internet users won after years of organizing and effort. To...
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The Trump Administration Gives Polluters Another Free Pass, So We’re Suing

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By the Natural Resources Defense Council By failing to regulate methane pollution, Trump’s EPA is putting communities across the country at risk. “On the heels of news reports that the United States will walk away from a global commitment to combat climate change, President Trump is...
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FDA Allows Secret, Untested Chemicals into Our Food

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By Peter Lehner, Earthjustice When you open a bag of chips or an energy drink for a quick snack, you assume they’re safe to consume. Surely they’ve been vetted. That’s what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is for, right? Unfortunately, the FDA, the agency legally responsible for ensuring...
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Make No Mistake: Chairman Pai Wants to Roll Back the Net Neutrality Rules. Here’s What You Need to Know.

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By Gaurav Laroia, Free Press FCC Chairman Ajit Pai officially released the agency’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) last week to begin a process intended to undo the 2015 Open Internet Order and roll back vital Net Neutrality protections. The NPRM summarizes Pai’s thinking and sets up...
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Court Rules That People Should Be Protected From Untested Pesticides

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG A groundbreaking court victory came out yesterday: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an important pesticide law and ruled that pesticides can’t be sold until they’re tested for safety. For years, chemical corporations have sold chemicals before testing them...
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American Chemistry Council: Obstructing Formaldehyde Safeguards Then and Now

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The chemical industry has once again staved off federal action that would protect public health, as the EPA announced last week that it would be delaying compliance dates for the long-awaited formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood...
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Trump Will Not Delay Launch of Retirement-Adviser Fiduciary Rule

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By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight The Department of Labor will let an Obama administration Wall-Street ethics rule take effect next week. Last week, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that Labor will not delay implementation of a...
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On EPA Scientific Integrity, Wall Street Journal Is Short of Facts

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists An opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal misrepresents the facts about an annual meeting on scientific integrity at the EPA and the role of the EPA scientific integrity officer. Here are some details about what that meeting is and the...
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Automakers Seek to Shirk Environmental Responsibilities, and Senators Oblige

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, automakers yearning to weaken environmental regulations found an ear on Capitol Hill—Senator Blunt (R-MO) introduced a bill with support of a few auto-state senators which would undermine the federal fuel economy regulations in three ways:  1)...
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An Unprecedented Attack on Your Clean Water

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By Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers Saturday, May 27th marks the second anniversary for the Clean Water Rule advanced by the Obama Administration which took a vital step towards safeguarding our nation’s clean water supply. Unfortunately, right now the Trump Administration is working to repeal...
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