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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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Federal Judge Sees ‘Shadow Regulatory Process’ Under Trump’s ‘Two-for-One’ Executive Order

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By Diane Carman, Earthjustice Lawyers representing environmental interests, workers, and public interest groups presented arguments in federal district court last week, challenging President Trump’s two-for-one executive order for its irrational overreach that will harm countless...
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Decades After Paint and Gas Bans, Kids Still Exposed to Dangerous Levels of Lead

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By Caleigh Smith, Environmental Working Group Lead was banned from paint in 1978, and from gasoline in 1996. But two years ago the water-poisoning scandal in Flint, Michigan, turned the nation’s attention to the tragic truth that lead still threatens Americans – especially...
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Earthjustice Sues the EPA after a Former Industry Official Rewrites the Rules on Toxic Chemicals

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By Gail Koffman, Earthjustice “The fox guarding the hen house” aptly describes the inner workings of the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency. A major case in point: The EPA official tasked to head up the Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention office, Nancy...
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Using Private Wells: A Drinking Water Safety Guide

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By Tasha Stoiber, Environmental Working Group Nearly one in seven Americans get their drinking water from private wells. Federal and state governments set legal limits for contaminants in public water systems, but those laws don’t cover private wells. If you’re one of...
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To Pruitt EPA: See You and Your Illegal TSCA Rules in Court

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By Daniel Rosenberg and Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and Cape Fear River Watch are suing EPA to make sure it assesses chemicals as required by the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The stakes in...
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Revealing the Secret Teams Tasked With Gutting Public Protections

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By Bret Thompson, Public Citizen The Trump Administration’s legislative record has been nearly as contradictory as the rest of Donald Trump’s presidency. He’s (falsely) claimed to having passed more legislation in less time than any other president in history “with the exception...
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Murphy Oil May Be the Last Workers’ Rights Case the Supreme Court Has the Opportunity to Consider

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed its brief in NLRB v.Murphy Oil, which will be argued in the Supreme Court in October. The case will determine whether mandatory arbitration agreements with individual...
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Well, Well, Wells Fargo! Poster Child for Defending CFPB, Dodd-Frank

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG As the big Wall Street banks, payday lenders and other opponents of consumer protection intensify pressure on Congress to weaken financial reform and gut the CFPB like a fish, reports of further Wells Fargo malfeasance serve as a warning that the...
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Payday Lenders Have a Pal at the White House

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By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform During a recent appearance on “Meet the Press,” unofficial Trump advisor Corey Lewandowski called forthe removal of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. His statement seemed to come out of nowhere,...
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Divided DC Circuit Panel Sets Back HFC Transition

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By David Doniger, Lissa Lynch and Alex Hillbrand, Natural Resources Defense Council A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt a setback yesterday to the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to cut emissions of the powerful...
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Is the Trump Administration Quietly Trying to Dismantle Sex Discrimination Protections?

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By Erika Hanson, National Women’s Law Center Is the federal government undermining our long-standing understanding of sex discrimination? We’re using Freedom of Information Act—or FOIA for short—to find out. Today, NWLC filed another FOIA request to gather information as to...
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CFPB Finds So-Called Overdraft Protection Costs Some $450/Year

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rolled out draft “Know Before You Owe” disclosures for marketing so-called “Standard Overdraft Protection,” a controversial product that requires consumers to...
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This Guy Thinks CEOs Should Control the Internet

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By Candace Clement, Free Press Think the CEOs of the largest phone, cable and internet companies should call all the shots when it comes to Net Neutrality? Rep. Greg Walden (R–Oregon) does. Also the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden is inviting those...
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Trump Threatens to Strip Away Overtime Pay

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By Amy Traub, Demos The Trump administration is getting ready to give working Americans a big pay cut. The Department of Labor recently moved to begin rolling back the overtime pay rule, taking a critical benefit away from millions of working people and their families. The...
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New Report Shows State Endangered Species Laws Come Up Short in Protecting Imperiled Plants, Animals, Habitats

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By Alejandro Camacho, Center for Progressive Reform In spite of its documented success in conserving vulnerable species and ecosystems, as well as robust and enduring support among American voters, the federal Endangered Species Act has not been spared from calls to devolve...
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Scott Pruitt’s Politically Motivated Attack on Science Continues to Undermine Scientific Integrity at EPA

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By Elena Saxonhouse and Adam Beitman, Sierra Club Shortly after Scott Pruitt took over the Environmental Protection Agency, the Sierra Club filed a formal complaint with the Agency’s Inspector General demonstrating that he violated EPA’s Scientific Integrity Policy in multiple...
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The Clean Power Plan Was Unveiled Two Years Ago: What’s Next for This Climate Plan Under Trump and Pruitt?

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By Sierra Club Media Team On a hot August 3, 2015, President Obama stood in the White House Rose Garden and announced the most significant climate action of his term: The Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan aimed to establish the first-ever set of national carbon limits on...
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Senators Demand Ban of Dangerous Pesticide

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By Alexandrea Gosnell, League of Conservation Voters The Trump administration continues to support the profits of big chemical companies at the expense of the health of our children, farmers and farm workers. And they’re at it once again, delaying all decisions to ban a hazardous...
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Scott Pruitt Must Not Delay Critical Water Toxics Standards for Coal Plants

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club This week, I was honored to stand in Washington, D.C. alongside community and environmental leaders from 10 states to oppose Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt’s continuing efforts to weaken  clean water protections against coal plant pollution. We...
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Pushes Dangerous NLRB Nominees in Effort to Stack the Deck Against Workers

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By Grace Aylmer, Public Citizen Marvin Kaplan is being rushed through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) nomination process faster than you can hire and fire Anthony Scaramucci. Kaplan, currently counsel at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and...
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In Pursuit of a Big Border Wall, Trump Brushes Aside Environmental Rules

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By Ben Arnoldy, Earthjustice The Trump administration signaled Aug. 1 that it will push forward with its border wall project regardless of environmental laws. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a waiver that exempts construction efforts near San Diego from...
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Is Carl Icahn’s Big Trump Gamble Going South?

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen Carl Icahn must be getting grouchy these days. Icahn, the activist investor, friend and adviser to President Donald Trump, has used his role as a friend and adviser to the president to push for in federal fuel regulations that would mean big profits...
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The Trump Deregulatory Agenda: Health, Safety, Environmental, and Consumer Protection Rules in the Crosshairs

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By Rena Steinzor and Elise Desiderio, Center for Progressive Reform Obama’s Fall 2016 Versus Trump’s Spring 2017 Unified Agendas On July 20, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it was going to kill hundreds of rules considered by previous administrations to...
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EPA’s Latest Water Attack: Protecting Polluting Power Plants

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By Jon Devine, Natural Resources Defense Council Are you interested in what the Environmental Protection Agency is doing about air and water contamination and the pollution that causes climate change? Here’s an easy way to know what’s up: (1) name an issue; and (2) if...
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A Striking About-Face on EPA’s Progress in Protecting Us from Chemical Hazards

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By Matt Shudtz, Center for Progressive Reform August is the time for back-to-school shopping, leading parents everywhere on the search for the best deals to fill our kids’ backpacks. When that search ends at bargain outlets and dollar stores, though, there is a hidden cost...
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We’re Suing to Defend a Key Transportation Rule

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By Amanda Eaken and Deron Lovaas, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC today leads a coalition in challenging the Trump Administration’s latest assault on the environment. We are suing to defend and protect a key rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)—a...
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It’s Emotional, Stressful, and Confusing. Trump’s About to Make It Worse.

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By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen Moving a loved one to a nursing home can be one of the most difficult things someone will do in their life. Now the Trump administration is trying to make it even harder to shine light on neglect and abuse. This week, Public Citizen is...
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Does Species Triage Make Sense for the Fish and Wildlife Service?

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By Jarryd Page, Center for Progressive Reform This post is the first of a pair focused on the challenges facing the Endangered Species Act and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the 21st century. You can read the second post here. Imagine yourself in a sinking ship. The water...
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Trump Admin Works to Roll Back Worker Protections Before the President Leaves on Vacation

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Monday, July 24 marked eight years since the federal minimum wage was raised from $6.55 to $7.25. While the anniversary passed with little fanfare, the Trump administration chose Monday to issue a Request for Information(RFI) in an...
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4 Ways Trump and Congress Are Making It Harder to Breathe

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By Myriam Alexander-Kearns and Alison Cassady, Center for American Progress Over the past six months, President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress have taken unprecedented steps to undermine federal protections for air quality, putting Americans’ lungs and health at risk....
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David Bernhardt: Another Pro-Polluter in Charge of Our Environment

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council The new deputy secretary of the Interior Department has spent most of his life attacking land, water, and wildlife on behalf of dirty energy companies. AP Photo/Molly Riley For an insider’s look at how industry games our system of...
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Trump’s Deregulatory Agenda Is an Assault on Climate-Threatened Communities

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By David Flores, Center for Progressive Reform Late last week, we shared our first take on how the Trump administration’s 2017 deregulatory agenda threatens to knock the wheels off of agency efforts to protect workers, consumers, and vulnerable populations – like children...
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Your Utility May Not Tell You About All Contaminants in Your Tap Water. EWG Will.

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By Robert Coleman, Environmental Working Group The Environmental Protection Agency requires every U.S. public water system to send its customers an annual report on the quality of their drinking water. These Consumer Confidence Reports, or CCRs, detail the utility’s compliance...
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6 Must-Ask Questions of All Nominees for the Federal Reserve System

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By Michael Madowitz, Center for American Progress This week, the Trump administration’s first Federal Reserve nominee, Randal Quarles, is being vetted by the U.S. Congress. Since the Great Recession, the Fed has been one of the most important institutions in helping the economy...
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California County Agency Caught Colluding with Polluters

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By Keith Rushing, Earthjustice A train transports oil across California’s Central Valley, headed towards the Bakersfield Crude Terminal in Kern County. ELIZABETH FORSYTH / EARTHJUSTICE A California appellate court has rejected a permit critical to a crude-by-rail terminal...
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Trump Moves to Kill Rules for Fracking on Public Lands

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By the National Resources Defense Council The Obama-era regulations were focused on protecting water supplies. Fracking on public lands in WyomingWildEarth Guardians Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officially proposed doing away with rules that would protect water...
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The Trump Administration Is Trying to Roll Back Overtime Protections for Millions of Working People

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By Kate Miceli and Julie Vogtman, National Women’s Law Center Yesterday the Department of Labor released a “request for information” (RFI) regarding an Obama Administration regulation expanding access to overtime to millions of hardworking Americans. This RFI, soliciting a...
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Trump’s Unified Agenda: Sending to the Energy Sector Back to the Dark Ages

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By Hannah Wiseman, Center for Progressive Reform President Trump’s first Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, released last week, aims to cut regulations across the board, but the broad swath of energy programs and regulations under the ax is particularly...
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Is OSHA Out of the Worker Protection Business?

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform When President Trump released his spring Unified Agenda last week, he made it abundantly clear that he has no interest in protecting workers from occupational injuries and diseases. The White House released the agenda amid what it...
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This Harmful Pesticide Should Have Been Banned Years Ago. Now It Could Finally Happen.

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Natural Resources Defense Council Thankfully, senators are stepping in where Donald Trump’s EPA has fallen down. iStock Later today, Senate leaders will stand up for children by introducing a bill to ban a pesticide that is currently found at unsafe...
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New Chemical Safety Rules Show Industry Influence Inside EPA

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By Melanie Benesh, Environmental Working Group Chemical lobbyists are reportedly “satisfied” with and “optimistic” over the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules for implementation of the nation’s primary chemical safety law. Of course they are. These days the chemical...
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EPA Puts Public Health at Risk in Delaying Chemical Accident Safety Regulations

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By Jessica Eckdish, Earthjustice Update: On July 24, 2017, a group of 11 state prosecutors sued the EPA to force it to implement rules designed to prevent chemical spills and other industrial accidents at facilities such as refineries and fertilizer plants, according to a federal...
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