Now Is the Time to Improve SNAP for Food Insecure Families

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By Sara Imperiale and Margaret Brown, Natural Resources Defense Council As of January 2020, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) served more than 37 million people. More than 80 percent of recipient households are families with children, seniors, or those with a...
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The EPA Is Set to Ignore Science and Risk Your Health on Particulate Pollution: Your Voice Needed

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump Administration is set to ignore science and risk your health on an air pollution rule that will affect millions of people in the US. EPA Administrator Wheeler is going against EPA scientists and against the recommendations of an...
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EPA Refuses to Protect Children From Perchlorate-Contaminated Tap Water

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By Erik D. Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council In an extraordinary decision, President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Andrew Wheeler has decided to defy a court-ordered consent decree requiring the agency to issue a drinking water standard for the widespread...
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How State and Local Governments Can Support Safe Workplaces and Protect Public Health During the Coronavirus Crisis

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By David Madland, Center for American Progress Action Fund In recent weeks, scores of essential workers across the country—from meatpackers and warehouse workers to transit employees and grocery clerks—have gone on strike to demand safer working conditions and higher wages that reflect the...
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Investigation: Counties With Meatpacking Plants Report Twice the National Average Rate of COVID-19 Infections

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By Sarah Graddy, Soren Rundquist and Bill Walker, Environmental Working Group Counties with or near meatpacking plants have almost twice the rate of known COVID-19 infections as the national average, according to a geospatial analysis by the Environmental Working Group. Based on cases reported...
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Put Workers First in COVID Response

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By Jeremy Richardson, Union of Concerned Scientists As I often say to friends and colleagues, the issues we face as a society are complex and simply cannot be reduced to bumper sticker slogans. Sometimes, however, the reality is strikingly simply—and staring us right in the face. After lobbying...
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