Trump Tries to Hide Workplace Deaths, But He Can’t Make Us Forget Them

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By Clyde Weiss, AFSCME President Donald Trump’s administration continues taking the side of business over the workers whom he vowed repeatedly during his campaign to place at the top of his agenda. The latest assault is an effort to hide facts about the number of workers killed on the job.......
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Trump Killed Flood Safety Standards – Hampering Recovery

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By Joel Scata, Natural Resources Defense Council Hurricane Harvey will be one of the nation’s largest flood disasters and the storm is not over yet. An uncounted number of homes are heavily damaged. Hospitals, nursing homes, and critical roadways are severely flooded and unusable. Most...
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What Happens to More Than 400 Toxic Sites in a Hurricane?

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By Byran Parras, Sierra Club For as long as I can recall, the more than 400 chemical plants and oil and gas refineries that litter my community weren’t just an eyesore, as some may see them, they were the cause of hardship, of sickness, and even of death, polluting our...
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Pruitt’s EPA Undermines Cellulosic Biofuels and Transparency in Government

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By Jeremy Martin, Union of Concerned Scientists As the New York Times recently reported, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been conducting much of his work to undermine the EPA’s mission in secret.  The recent proposed rule implementing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) provides yet another...
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Repeal of Pay Transparency Rule Will Make It Easier to Discriminate Against Women and People of Color

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By Valerie Wilson, Economic Policy Institute On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced a “review and immediate stay” of the EEO-1 pay data collection rule, which was an Obama-era rule issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The rule would have required large companies...
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Trump Administration Policies Will Make Americans More Vulnerable to Toxic Floodwaters

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By David Flores, Center for Progressive Reform As the country bears witness to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, a storm unlike any other, the Trump administration’s policy of rolling back worker, emergency response, and environmental safeguards will all but ensure that victims of future...
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Ensuring Full Recovery for Greater Yellowstone’s Grizzly Bears

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By Bonnie Rice, Sierra Club There is nothing like seeing a grizzly bear in the wild, in its native habitat. Like most people, I remember well each time that I’ve seen a grizzly: the heightened awareness, the awe, the appreciation. The knowledge that my reaction in the next few moments...
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States, DC Stepping Up to Protect Student Loan Borrowers

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By Chris Lindstrom, U.S. PIRG Next February, student loan borrowers in the District of Columbia will receive a new consumer protection.  The financial firms operating in the city to handle payments and provide a point of contact for the customer’s student loans must be licensed, with the...
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Court Upholds Seafood Traceability Rule

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By Molly Masterton, Natural Resources Defense Council If we want healthy oceans, we need to know more about the seafood we eat.  A lot more. That’s why we are celebrating news about the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, also known as the seafood traceability rule. This week, a federal court...
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As Texas Floods, President Trump Backpedals on Resiliency

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By Alice Kaswan and David Flores, Center for Progressive Reform With a sense of horror, the nation is watching waters rise in southeastern Texas as now-Tropical Storm Harvey spins across the Gulf Coast. While no individual storm can be attributed to climate change, scientists predict more...
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NRDC and Partners Force Action, at Last, on Toxics in Toys

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By Avinash Kar, Natural Resources Defense Council Finally. Finally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has to make a decision it should have made more than two years ago. It took a lawsuit to force the agency to decide, by October 18 of this year, whether to ban several toxic...
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What You Need to Know About the Clean Water Rule

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By Rebecca Long, American Rivers On June 27, 2017 Administrator Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a roll back of an Obama-era administration policy that protected more than half the nation’s streams from pollution. “We are taking significant action to return...
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