Dangerous Levels of Mercury Found in Skin Creams Purchased on Amazon, eBay

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By Melanie Benesh, Environmental Working Group Today, 51 environmental and public health groups, including EWG, called on Amazon and eBay to remove illegal skin care products containing dangerous levels of mercury. The products, purchased and tested by the Mercury Policy Project, in some cases...
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As Congress Revives Its Oversight Responsibilities, Science Should Be on the Agenda

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The midterms brought checks and balances to Washington, complete with new opportunities for accountability and oversight, and some members of Congress have already signaled that science will be on the agenda. Today, a diverse set of...
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Is Betsy DeVos Trying to Silence Student Activists?

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By Sabrina Joy Stevens, National Women’s Law Center Nearly two years into the Trump era, it’s no secret that members of the Trump administration use a variety of tactics to try to suppress unfavorable news coverage and activism in opposition to their seemingly endless stream of bad...
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7 Questions the Senate Should Ask Trump’s New USDA Chief Scientist Nominee

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists Back in early August (or roughly two Trump years ago), I wrote about the president’s nomination of Scott Hutchins to head up science at the US Department of Agriculture. In that post, I argued that Hutchins, an entomologist with a 30-year...
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Congress Reverses: Will Protect Waters From Invasive Species

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By Scott Sleginger, Natural Resources Defense Council The Senate passed the Coast Guard authorization bill that included a title amending the law dealing with ballast water regulations. House passage is expected quickly. The shipping industry has tried for many years to gut protections meant to...
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A Stealth Move to Undermine Science at the US Department of Agriculture

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By Derrick Jackson, Union of Concerned Scientists In its latest scheme to undermine science, the Trump administration is brazenly trying to—pun intended—farm out to the hinterlands the most important research arms of the Department of Agriculture. When Secretary Sonny Perdue recently boasted...
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