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Meet the Four Horsemen of the EPA-Pocalypse

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club Every week, another decision that endangers our families seems to come out of Scott Pruitt’s and Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The latest facepalm/outrage comes in the form of confirmation hearings that start this week for...
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Senate to Hold Confirmation Hearing on Another Round of Industry-Friendly EPA Nominees

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By Matt Shudtz and Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform Three influential EPA offices – the Offices of Air, Water, and Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention – share a common attribute. Each is at the center of a defining battle over its future. What is the future of...
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Wells Fargo Scandal Tracker

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By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform In September 2016, Wells Fargo admitted to opening millions of unauthorized accounts and signed a settlement requiring payment of $185 million in penalties. That news, remarkable as it was, has turned out to be very far from the...
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The Top-Five Threats to Your Rights to Connect and Communicate in the Trump Era

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By Free Press The Trump administration, the FCC, Congress and greedy companies are attacking people’s rights to connect and communicate so relentlessly that staying on top of everything that’s happening can feel like an impossible task. That’s why we’ve put together this handy...
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No Job and No Paycheck After Harvey and Irma

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, thousands of Texans and Floridians are out of work, some indefinitely. Without knowing when their employers might reopen for business (if at all) , many are uncertain how they’re going...
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Self-Driving Vehicle Policy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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By Josh Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Automakers and their advocates have been busy in the halls of Congress and Department of Transportation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will make it easier for self-driving cars to hit the road, the...
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Forced Arbitration and Work: What You’re Signing Away in the Fine Print

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By the National Employment Law Project What if your employer could short you on overtime pay, steal your wages, or discriminate against you without fear of repercussions? If you signed a forced arbitration provision when you got your job, they probably can. More and more,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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Will Trump Use NAFTA to Institutionalize the Wholesale Delay and Repeal of Public Protections?

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By the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy The NAFTA talks are advancing rapidly with very little information available to the public on their content or the possible consequences for fair and sustainable food and farm systems. This is the first in a series of blogs...
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NRDC Sues DOT for Relaxing Fuel Economy Violation Fines

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By Irene Gutierrez, Natural Resources Defense Council In yet another attack on fuel economy standards supported by the majority of the public, the Trump Administration unlawfully delayed implementation of rules  meant to ensure auto companies invest in fuel-saving technologies....
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Retired Coal Executive Picked to Run Mine Safety Agency (and Even More Examples of Trump’s Corporate Government)

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen From coal to defense to consulting, corporate executives continue to flow into the Trump administration. It’s been evident for months that, despite the campaign’s populist rhetoric, high-level corporate ties, conflicts of interest and giveaways to...
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Scott Pruitt Has EPA Ignoring Its Mission When We Need It Most

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club At a time when we’re all still thinking of Hurricane Harvey’s survivors (and donating to their recovery efforts), Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt continues to steer his agency off a cliff by ignoring its mission and putting people...
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Science Advice in Action: Highlights From an EPA Science Advisory Board Meeting

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Here at the Center for Science and Democracy, we have been writing a lot lately about the importance of federal science advice and defending the value of advisory committees like the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors and EPA Science...
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EWG Standards Cut Through Compromises on Drinking Water Quality

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By David Andrews, Environmental Working Group When it comes to your drinking water, getting a passing grade from the federal government may not be good enough. Legal limits for contaminants covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act are too often based on economic and political...
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3 Reasons Why You Should Care About Vehicle Efficiency and Emissions Standards

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By Josh Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Merely typing “vehicle efficiency and emissions standards,” feels like I’m prompting you to click off in search of the latest cat meme or 8,000th story on President Trump. But the next battle in the war for better vehicles looms, and...
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Trump Administration and Congressional GOP Will Return to a Packed Schedule, But Maintain Attack on Working People

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Congress returns from a month-long recess next week to a packed agenda. Lawmakers must pass a government spending bill by September 30 in order to avert a federal government shutdown.  They must also increase the debt ceiling or...
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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...
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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...
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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)...
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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 hav...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Comments Needed Now! The Trump Administration Might Revoke Vital Beryllium Protections

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Quick recap: I have previously written (here, here) about OSHA’s efforts to delay implementation of its final, protective standard for workers exposed to beryllium. The delays follow decades of work, a lengthy rule-making process,...
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Leave the Internet Alone: Support Net Neutrality

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By Mac Clemmens, Free Press At this point you’re probably getting tired of hearing long, complex arguments about the importance of Net Neutrality. The thing is, it’s not complicated at all. It’s as simple as “Leave the internet alone.” Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon the...
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Amid Nationwide Water Quality Concerns, Americans Flock to New Tap Water Database

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By Maura Walsh, Environmental Working Group It has been roughly three weeks since we released EWG’s new national drinking water database, and the response from consumers and media outlets has been sweeping and sustained. The number of visitors who have searched the database to...
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Trump’s Executive Order Will Make America Flood Again (and Again and Again)

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By Kristy Dahl, Natural Resources Defense Council On August 15, Trump signed an executive order, repealing an Obama-era executive order that updated the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard for the first time in 37 years to require consideration of future flood risk when...
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Housing Developers Rejoice, Communities Threatened as Trump Weakens Flood Protections

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen President Trump’s announcement this week of an executive order designed to speed the construction of major infrastructure projects was overshadowed by his failure to fully denounce the while supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Nevertheless,...
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Federal Reserve Questions Administration, Congressional Rollbacks of Wall Street Reform That Threaten CFPB

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Recently released minutes of the July meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, comprised of Federal Reserve governors and regional Federal Reserve Bank presidents, show its concern that proposed Congressional, Treasury Department and White House...
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As Water Pollution Grows, Healthy Soil Comes to the Rescue

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By Ben Chou, Natural Resources Defense Council The devastating effects of water pollution are on full display this summer. The Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone”, which is an oxygen-poor area off the Gulf Coast, is the largest ever measured since record-keeping began more...
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Summer: The Season of Sickness for America’s Waters

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By Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean time for back-to-school sales, last-ditch beach getaways, or Shark Week re-runs. Instead, I’m referring to the time of year when we’re once again reminded just...
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‘Erin Brockovich’ Carcinogen in 250 Million Americans’ Drinking Water

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By Robert Coleman, Environmental Working Group In 2016, an EWG report found that chromium-6 – a cancer-causing compound made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich” – contaminated the tap water supplies of 218 million Americans in all 50 states. But our just-released Tap Water...
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EPA Rule on Nanotechnology Reporting Is Good News

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Some good news from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency! EPA issued a Working Guidance for its Final Nanotechnology Reporting and Record-keeping Requirements Rule, which become effective this week, on August 14, 2017. This...
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EPA Administrator Pruitt Burns His Own Scientists Again

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By Juanita Constible, Natural Resources Defense Council There’s an ever-widening gap at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) between scientists and their boss, Scott Pruitt. The latest comes after media stories about a major climate report awaiting approval from the...
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