States and Retailers: The Chemical Industry Is Lying to You

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council Every year the chemical industry holds a conference known as “Global Chem”—and every year representatives of the chemical industry say things that are revealing, scary, ridiculous, or delusional (or sometimes all four); apparently oblivious...
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Study: Elevated Levels of Toxic Chemicals Found in Menstrual Pads and Disposable Diapers

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By Carla Burns and Kali Rauhe, Environmental Working Group Many brands of menstrual pads and disposable diapers contain elevated levels of chemicals linked to developmental and reproductive harm, according to a recent study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology. The study, by a team...
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Perdue’s Paradox: Proposed USDA Reorganization Would Undermine Farmers and Science-Based Research

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By Mike Lavender, Union of Concerned Scientists Presidential budgets are wish lists. Very detailed and public wish lists. That’s why on Monday, when the Trump Administration released its FY2020 Budget, it was alarming to see a 7 percent reduction to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)...
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Reducing Air Pollution From Power Plants: The Success of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

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By the American Lung Association “Where Does Air Pollution Come From?” That’s our theme for the month of March as part of the Year of Air Pollution & Health, and we are doing a series of blogs featuring success stories of reducing pollution from major sources. First up: The success of...
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Sunshine Week: How “Free” Is the Information?

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Bu Susan Harley, Public Citizen This week marks Sunshine Week, when the media, civil society organizations and the government all join together to celebrate transparency and the power of open government. Named in reference to the famous quote from Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, “sunlight...
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A Bar Too Low: National Wolf Delisting

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By Sylvia Fallon, Natural Resources Defense Council No one was surprised when the Trump administration proposed removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves across the entire Lower 48 states with the exception of the small, struggling population of Mexican wolves in the Southwest....
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Clean Water Act Rollbacks Further Expose Greater Houston to Flooding

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By Ellen Simon, Waterkeeper Alliance As Houston grows, the city and its suburbs are devouring its wetlands. Building subdivisions on top of wetlands has made the nation’s fourth-largest city vulnerable to the stronger and more frequent storms that come with climate change, as Hurricane Harvey...
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A Comment Guide for Fighting the EPA’s Attacks on Mercury Standards and Cost-Benefit Analysis

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By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists A couple of days after Christmas last year, during the federal government shut-down, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler somehow found time to issue a pernicious proposal to undermine a crucial clean air rule, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards...
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