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Every year, Congress must pass a series of appropriations bills to fund the crucial services and safeguards that protect American families and communities. But they’re also threatening to attach hundreds of harmful policy riders to the budget that would weaken, repeal or block essential public protections. Hundreds of groups have joined together to form the Clean Budget Coalition — calling on Congress and the White House to pass a clean budget with no harmful riders, one that funds our communities and protects our families. The Clean Budget Coalition is a project of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards.
The Congressional Review Act (CRA) lets Congress and the White House strike down regulatory protections using expedited procedures. So far, President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have used the CRA to repeal 14 health, safety, pocketbook and environmental protections as payback to their corporate donors — and we won’t be able to get these safeguards back any time soon. As a result, corporate predators, polluters and profiteers that would have been reined in by these rules are now free to abuse, exploit and discriminate against regular Americans, knowing they won’t be held accountable. The CRA’s carryover period expired in May, which means that it no longer can be used to repeal Obama-era rules. But it still can be used to strike down regulations finalized during the current administration, safeguards issued by agencies that are still trying to protect the public despite opposition from the White House. This site is a project of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards.
The revolving door between industry and government is one of the chief ways that corporations undermine our system of public protections. This website exposes the corporate ties, corrupting influences and conflict of interest in President Donald Trump’s billion dollar cabinet. It is run by Public Citizen.
The Trump administration is threatening to remove safeguards that protect the drinking water of more than one in three Americans. Some 117 million people get at least some of their drinking water from small streams. For 72 million people in 1,033 counties, more than half of their drinking water comes from small streams. Ensuring that their water is safe means keeping the water in these streams clean. Right now, the Clean Water Act protects these streams from pollution. But Trump has issued an executive order directing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule, or replace it with a new rule. Undermining, weakening or rescinding this vital rule is a gift to corporate polluters and Big Ag, and a threat to public health and the environment. This interactive map shows which counties are most at risk. The map is a project of the Environmental Working Group.
Violation Tracker is the first national search engine on corporate misconduct. Use this free resource to discover which corporations are the biggest regulatory violators throughout the United States. Version 2.0 contains over 120,000 resolved cases brought by more than three dozen federal regulatory agencies since 2010, including those referred to the Justice Department. Other violation types will be added later. Companies named in the individual entries are linked to a universe of some 2,300 large parent companies. Violation Tracker is produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First.
The Oil & Gas Threat Map shows health risks from oil and gas air pollution in two different ways. On individual state maps, it plots the location of all active oil and gas wells in the United States (except North Carolina and Idaho), and then counts the people, schools and hospitals located within half a mile of these facilities. It also shows which counties have health risks because of oil and gas toxic air pollution based on EPA data and models. The Map is a reminder that the threat posed by pollution, as well as the people at risk, are very real by allowing you to search for your home or school to find out if you’re at elevated risk for exposure to this pollution. This tool also shows infrared videos of normally invisible pollution from oil and gas operations and includes interviews with people impacted by this pollution. The Map is a project of Earthworks, the Clean Air Task Force and FracTracker Alliance.
From air pollution standards to worker safety protections to food safety rules, regulations developed by federal agencies go through one final step before implementation. They are reviewed by a small office in the White House called the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, or OIRA. That office is ostensibly focused on economic analysis, but too often is the site of political interference. Rules are frequently delayed, weakened or blocked thanks to heavy pressure from regulated industries. Executive Order 12,866, signed by President Clinton and reaffirmed by President Obama, directs OIRA to spend no more than 90 days reviewing a rule, with the possibility for a single 30-day extension. Yet many rules have been held up at OIRA for longer than 90 or even 120 days. Public Citizen has developed an interactive tool showing which rules are currently being weakened or delayed, the length and cost of those delays, and who has been lobbying the government to rig the rules in their favor.
Workplace chemical exposures are the nation’s eighth leading cause of death but the U.S. lacks any strategy for preventing the more than 40,000 premature deaths each year, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER’s Worker Right-to-Know database holds 30 years of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) chemical exposure readings from inspections back to 1984 — helping workers see which substances they encountered and helping OSHA improve safeguards for worker health. In addition to individual inspection data, the database allows workplace exposure data to be searched by year, by state, by establishment type and by substances detected. The site includes a geospatial display of all OSHA workplace monitoring sampling results.
More than 1,700 workplace fatalities occurred in 2014. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has assembled a database and interactive map showing the names, people and stories behind the statistical reports of deaths on the job, with links to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports and news accounts. The data can be sorted by age, gender, city, state, industry and keywords such as “fall elevation,” “electrocuted,” “explosion” and other terms linked to the cause of death. It is the largest open-access data set of individual workplace fatalities ever collected in the United States.
The Administrative Conference of the United States has compiled summaries and status updates for bills introduced in the 112th and 114th sessions of Congress (occurring between 2011 and 2016) addressing regulatory reform. Entries are listed in reverse chronological order based on the date the bill was introduced into Congress. House and Senate versions of the same bill are listed together using the more recent introduction date. Links to relevant committee reports are provided where available.
Public Citizen and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research program have developed the first-ever comprehensive database of state occupational safety and health standards in the 25 states with a federally-approved occupational safety and health enforcement agency. The database contains all regulations and laws that have not been adopted identically from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and that are meant to protect workers from specific workplace safety and health hazards.
Every day the oil industry sends millions of gallons of highly flammable crude oil through cities and towns across North America. Our rail system was never built for this dangerous cargo. ForestEthics has created an interactive map showing the blast radius of these “bombs on wheels” as they travel across the United States and Canada. Type in your address to see if your home, school or business is at risk.