Scott Pruitt Deals Yet Another Blow to Independent Science Advice at the EPA

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Before September, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board was composed of 47 scientists volunteering their time as public servants to help advise the agency on issues ranging from the safety of selected chemicals to the types of models used by the agency to...
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An Analysis of OHV Recalls: Increasing Number of OHVs Pulled from Market Due to Safety Concerns

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By Consumer Federation of America A Consumer Federation of America (CFA) analysis of off highway vehicle (OHV) recalls found that in the past eight years the number of recalls has increased from two recalls in 2010 to 19 recalls in 2017. OHVs include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), recreational...
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Scott Pruitt’s EPA Just Shut the Door on Independent Scientists

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By Tyler Smith, Earthjustice The head of the Environmental Protection Agency unleashed an attack today on scientific input to the agency by removing and restricting independent scientific advisors. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt decreed that scientists who receive EPA funding for their research...
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Lawsuit Update: DOE Inaction Costs Consumers Billions

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC sued the Trump administration back in June for delaying five energy efficiency standards that would save consumers more than $11 billion on their energy bills and reduce carbon pollution by 25 million metric tons. That lawsuit marches...
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CPR Launches New Database on State Prosecutions of Crimes Against Workers

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform Too often, workplace injuries and deaths result from company policies and practices that encourage and reward unacceptably risky behavior under the false pretense that cutting corners is standard practice and no one will get hurt. As a result, an...
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Pruitt Rejects Advice from Independent Scientists Based on False Premises

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists This week Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to issued a new directive, following up on his speech at the Heritage Foundation, that bans scientists with EPA grants from serving on the agency’s science...
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Trick or Treating for Net Neutrality

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is super-proud of his oversized Reese’s coffee cup — so Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron decided to dress up as the infamous mug during our Net Neutrality protest in Washington, D.C., on Monday morning. Activists and advocates greeted...
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EPA Chief Backs Another Pesticide Harmful to Kids

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By Olga Naidenko, Environmental Working Group A pesticide called dicamba has become a poster child for the arms race between ever-stronger weeds and ever-stronger weed killers. By drifting from fields of crops genetically engineered to withstand it onto unprotected neighboring fields, dicamba...
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The EPA Science Advisory Board Is Being Compromised. Here’s Why That Matters.

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The capture of the EPA by the industries it is supposed to regulate is expected to take another step forward as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is poised to compromise the integrity of the EPA Science Advisory Board. Multiple sources inside and...
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Standards Save Trillions. Why Mess With a Good Thing, DOE?

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a review of the regulations it oversees this week, and the results are what you’d expect from an administration that repeatedly prioritizes polluters over people. If DOE moves forward with the proposals...
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Stop Ajit Pai’s Plan to Gut the Media-Ownership Rules and Build Trump TV

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By Craig Aaron, Free Press The Senate should have fired FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last month when it had the chance because he’s proving to be crueler and more dishonest than we feared. Now that his job is secure, Pai is wasting no time in carrying out Donald Trump’s deregulatory,...
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Beauty and the Beast: Fix Broken Cosmetics Law with Real Reform, Not Loopholes

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By Melanie Benesh and Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group Federal law on cosmetics and other personal care products is badly broken and has not been updated for nearly 80 years. This year, senators have introduced two bills to update the law – but the proposals couldn’t be more different....
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