EPA Advances Broad Science Restrictions in Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pushed back the public comment deadline on a major science proposal from the middle of the coronavirus pandemic peak to…the middle of the coronavirus pandemic peak. The proposal would handcuff...
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Amazon vs. Its Workers

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform Amazon’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is the latest in a long line of instances where the company has put profit ahead of the health, safety, and economic well-being of its workforce. According to Amazon employees at its fulfillment...
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Better Markets Asks the Heads of the Financial Regulators to Extend all Comment Periods

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By Better Markets Better Markets, and many other public interest groups, have repeatedly asked the financial regulators to pause their rulemaking process while the American public grapples with the ongoing Coivd-19 outbreak. This week we sent letters directly to the heads of six agencies...
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EPA Watchdog Report Reveals a Failure to Talk to Communities with Higher Ethylene Oxide Health Risks

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The EPA’s watchdog, the Office of Inspector General (IG), released a report this week that highlights how inadequate EPA’s communication around the hazardous air pollutant, ethylene oxide, has been in communities that need information most. The IG’s...
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Worker Health Is Public Health

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By Debbie Berkowitz, National Employment Law Project In the Covid-19 pandemic, worker health is public health. But worker safety and health is in a crisis in this pandemic. The Federal government is failing to ensure the safety and health of workers—including those most at risk, health care...
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ICYMI: Trump Admin’s Under the Radar Environmental Attacks

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By Emily Samsel, League of Conservation Voters While the nation’s attention is on the coronavirus pandemic and healthcare workers face a shortage of lifesaving equipment, the Trump administration continues to roll back environmental protections and cater to corporate polluters. Some of these...
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Trump’s Securities and Exchange Commission Is Trying to Gut Investor Advocacy

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By Jeff Conant, Friends of the Earth While most Americans are sheltering in place, homeschooling their kids, or finding ways to support their neighbors through the coronavirus crisis, the Securities and Exchange Commission seems to be taking the opportunity to kneecap investors who care about...
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UPDATED MAP: Suspected and Confirmed PFAS Pollution at U.S. Military Bases

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By Jared Hayes and Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group The toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS are now confirmed or suspected at 678 military installations, according to EWG’s updated analysis of Defense Department records. Through Freedom of Information Act requests, EWG has so far...
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The Trump NLRB Needs to Be Removed

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By Lynn Rhinehart, Economic Policy Institute That’s it. The Trump appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) need to be removed for neglect of duty and malfeasance—now. The latest outrage? Yesterday, the Trump board added to its long and growing list of anti-worker, anti-union...
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Precaution and the Pandemic

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By Joseph Tomain, Center for Progressive Reform In this time of pandemic, we are learning about our government in real time – its strengths and weaknesses; the variety of its responses; and about our relationship, as citizens, to those we have elected to serve us. Most importantly and most...
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