Five Takeaways from the EPA Meeting on Particulate Pollution

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday, the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) had a teleconference to discuss their recommendations to the administration on the agency’s assessment of the science on particulate matter (PM) and health. The meeting...
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How the FAA Ceded Aviation Safety Oversight to Boeing

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By Nick Schwellenback and Emma Stodder, Project on Government Oversight The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) close relationship with the industry it regulates is under increased scrutiny following two Boeing 737 Max commercial jet crashes that killed 346 people within the last six...
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Nine Reasons to Oppose the Trump Administration’s Proposed SNAP Changes

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By Sarah Reinhardt, Union of Concerned Scientists On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Trump administration closes a public comment period on proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) that could leave hundreds of thousands of unemployed and underemployed...
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A New Bill Proposes to Ban Chlorpyrifos Nationwide

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By the Natural Resources Defense Council New Mexico senator Tom Udall reintroduced a bill today that would ban the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos—a chemical adapted from World War II–era nerve gases—from being sprayed on fruits and vegetables grown in the United States. “Parents feed their...
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White House Wades Into Mortgage Finance Debate

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By Barry Zigas, Consumer Federation of America President Trump issued a memorandum on March 27 directing the Treasury, HUD, VA and USDA to develop a comprehensive plan for reform of the mortgage finance system, including both administrative and legislative actions as necessary.  The memorandum...
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Why NAFTA’s 2.0 Current Labor Provisions Fall Short

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By Owen E. Herrnstadt, Economic Policy Institute One year ago, we were hopeful that renegotiating NAFTA represented the first real opportunity in 25 years to finally rewrite the labor template currently relied on for trade agreements. After all, since NAFTA was implemented, hundreds of...
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How the Chemical Industry Deployed the Disinformation Playbook on PFAS

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will convene tomorrow for a hearing on the federal responses (or lack thereof) to the risks associated with the class of toxic chemicals known as PFAS, inviting representatives from the Environmental...
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