Department of Interior Buries Communications Policy After Attempting to Justify Muzzling Scientists

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times broke the story about the new policy at the U.S. Geological Survey requiring scientists to get permission before speaking to reporters about science. In an attempt to justify the muzzling, a department...
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Nothing to Celebrate as TSCA Reform Turns Two

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform June 22 marks the two-year anniversary of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (colloquially referred to as TSCA reform or new TSCA). The 2016 law provided some hope that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...
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As Asbestos Toll Mounts, Trump’s EPA Ignores It

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By Derrick Jackson, Union of Concerned Scientists Two years ago, President Obama signed a successful bipartisan effort to update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). It was called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, named for the late New Jersey senator who had long...
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What Does Judge Preska’s Decision Striking Down the CFPB Mean for Consumers?

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By Jeff Sovern, St. John’s University School of Law Allison blogged earlier about Judge Preska’s decision striking down the CFPB as unconstitutional and I’ve been wondering what it means for consumers. I hope some of our readers will offer their own thoughts in the comments,...
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Pruitt: Thousands of Toxic Spills? No Problem.

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By Erik Olson and Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council On June 19, Scott Pruitt’s EPA announced that even though the Clean Water Act explicitly requires the agency to establish rules to prevent and address hazardous substance spills from industrial facilities, and even though EPA...
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Two Years After Reformed TSCA, Pruitt’s EPA Has Failed to Protect Us From Toxic Chemicals

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By Melanie Benesh, Environmental Working Group On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law a significant overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, the nation’s primary chemical safety law. It was the first update to the law, which was widely considered to be the least...
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