Happy 10th Birthday to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act!

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Since the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) became law, it has done a number of things to protect children from exposure to lead in toys and other items, improved the safety standards for cribs and other infant and toddler products, and...
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Trump’s OSHA Backtracks on Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Over Bogus Privacy Concerns

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform The Trump administration has aggressively sought to undermine public safeguards since taking office, all under the guise of making America great (again?). Nowhere has this been more evident than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where Trump...
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UCS Survey Shows Interior Department Is Worse Than We Thought—And That’s Saying Something

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By Joel Clement, Union of Concerned Scientists Can scientific staff at the US Department of the Interior rest easy knowing that their colleagues at other agencies have it worse when it comes to political interference? Survey says: Nope. Today the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released the...
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Senators Move to Undo Clean Water Protections

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By Amy Mall, Natural Resources Defense Council Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) recently introduced legislation that would weaken the Clean Water Act, making it easier for polluting companies to build dirty oil and gas pipelines, massive dams, and other harmful projects that pose significant...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Results of Our 2018 Federal Scientists Survey

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists In February and March of this year, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) conducted a survey of federal scientists to ask about the state of science over the past year, and the results are in. Scientists and their work are being hampered by...
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Historic FTC Charge Against Four Auto Dealerships with Deceptive Business Practices

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By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to file complaints against individuals when the law is being violated and when it believes doing so would be in the public interest.  This month, the FTC flexed that power by bringing strong enforcement...
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Trump Administration Takes Aim at Public Health Protections

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By Julie McNamara, Union of Concerned Scientists In a new regulatory effort, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims to be working to increase consistency and transparency in how it considers costs and benefits in the rulemaking process. Don’t be fooled. Under...
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