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Peter Wright’s 50+ Chemical Facility Conflicts: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Peter Wright, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, will face the Senate Environment and Public Works committee at his nomination hearing this Wednesday. Mr. Wright has spent the...
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Poll Reveals Bipartisan Voter Support for Curbing Wall Street’s Power

By Sophia Autor, Public Citizen Public Citizen has always worked to protect consumers’ pocketbooks, defending against proposals that put our economy at risk and ensuring that individuals are safeguarded against wrongdoing by financial institutions. For example, since President...
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Sherwin-Williams Puts Consumers’ Lives First, Pulls Deadly Paint Strippers

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By Natural Resources Defense Council Following Lowe’s recent announcement, the paint company is eliminating two toxic chemicals from its stores. Just weeks after Lowe’s made the commitment to remove dangerous paint strippers from its shelves, Sherwin-Williams, the country’s...
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Toxic Triclosan in Toothpaste?

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By Dev Gowda, U.S. PIRG A recent article in the LA Times revealed that a new study found that the toxic compound triclosan, which is commonly found in toothpaste as well as other consumer products such as cosmetics, children’s toys, and yoga mats, “could cause adverse effects on...
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Five Questions With Debbie Berkowitz, NELP’s Worker Health and Safety Director

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By National Employment Law Project Congratulations on this award. This is a big achievement. Looking back on your career, what are some of the key moments that shaped you as an advocate? I started my career as a worker safety and health advocate at the AFL-CIO back in 1978. I......
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Michigan Moves to Eliminate Lead Drinking Water Pipes

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By Cyndi Roper, Natural Resources Defense Council Flint, Michigan will forever be the symbol of a government’s willingness to play fast and loose with the health of a majority non-white community. An unelected and unaccountable emergency manager tried to save a few bucks by...
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New Evidence Shows Just How Bad the Trump Administration is at Governing

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By Josh Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump likes to brag about how many regulations his administration is removing. The President’s “2 for 1” order requires federal agencies to revoke two regulations for every new rule they want to issue. This order is aimed...
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The EPA Is Moving to Scrap Chemical Plant Safety Rules, Putting 134 Million People at Risk

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG More than 40 percent of Americans live in the danger zone of a facility that stores or uses hazardous chemicals—facilities we assume have comprehensive safety rules in place in case of emergency. But industrial disasters throughout U.S. history,...
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Contents Under Pressure: Speak Out Against EPA Proposed Chemical Facility Safety Rollbacks That Put Communities at Risk

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By Charise Johnson, Union of Concerned Scientists Over the last year, we have written extensively on the actions that Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken to eliminate or weaken critical science-based protections, particularly on chemical facility...
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How Home Depot Can Protect Our Families by Taking Deadly Products Off Their Shelves

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG My dad and brother are do-it-yourself guys, as are my husband and father-in-law. They take on projects around the house because they enjoy the satisfaction of seeing major home improvement projects through to completion. It’s gratifying to work at...
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U.S. Regulators Again Reject Trump Scheme to Bail Out Failing Coal and Nuclear Plants

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By Grant Smith, Environmental Working Group Yesterday, a panel of federal regulators unanimously rejected President Trump’s order for an emergency bailout of financially failing coal and nuclear power plants. The bailout would have increase...
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Trump’s War on Progressive, Competitive Energy Markets

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By Hannah Wiseman, Center for Progressive Reform It is widely recognized that President Trump has pushed an aggressive anti-regulatory agenda on the environmental front, but this agenda often hides a second, anti-free-market battle waged in the energy context. For decades,...
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School’s Out for Summer, Let’s Get Lead Out Forever

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG School is nearly out for the summer. The season is an occasion for long days at the beach, family vacations and backyard barbecues. It’s also an opportunity for school districts across the country to replace fixtures and pipes that contain the...
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Food Safety Foes? Digital Ledger Technology vs. Confidential Business Information

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By the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy As of June 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that they could not determine the site-specific origins of the contamination by the E. coli (STEC) 0157 of romaine...
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By Supporting the Bank Lobbyist Act, the U.S. Chamber Puts Wall Street Profits Before Taxpayers

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By Craig Sandler, Public Citizen After the financial industry’s crash in 2008, taxpayers footed a bill for hundreds of billions of dollars for bank bailouts. In the wake of the crash, the U.S. government failed to prosecute any of the top bankers responsible for it. And, last...
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Algae Outbreak Poisons Another City’s Drinking Water

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By Anne Weir Schechinger, Environmental Working Group An outbreak of poisonous algae has forced officials in Salem, Ore., to warn citizens that infants, children and vulnerable adults should not drink the city’s tap water. The advisory was issued May 29 and was lifted four days...
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CFPB Advisory Board Firing Debacle Exposes Insincere RFI Process

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By Christine Hines, National Association of Consumer Advocates This week, Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and his politicos unceremoniously fired all the members of its Consumer Advisory Board as well as the Community Bank Advisory...
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It’s Time to Implement Stronger Autonomous Vehicle Testing Standards

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By Richard Ezike, Union of Concerned Scientists The widespread introduction of autonomous vehicles could potentially bring about many benefits – advocates argue they will reduce traffic, the burden of driving, and emissions should the cars be electrified. The could also improve...
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At Industry’s Behest, EPA Caves on Banning ‘A Civil Action’ Carcinogen, Lays Ground to Downplay Potential Birth Defects

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By Melanie Benesh, Environmental Working Group After intense lobbying by the chemical industry, last week the Environmental Protection Agency signaled plans to delay or scrap proposed bans on some uses of the drinking water contaminant made notorious by the book and film “A Civil...
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Of Course, It’s OK, We Are Only Lying About NEPA

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By Scott Slesinger, Natural Resources Defense Council There are few principles as basic to Americans as the right to participate in decisions when the federal government is going to affect the environment or economy of a community. Because this is inconvenient for developers they...
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Undoing Financial Regulations Piece by Piece

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By Caroline Ristaino, Public Citizen Five agencies have now voted to approve proposed changes to the Volcker Rule, a part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The proposed changes would shift some supervision away from regulators and towards...
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Symposium on Regulatory Safeguards Features Warren, Frosh, Three CPR Scholars

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Tuesday afternoon, three CPR Member Scholars – William Buzbee, Lisa Heinzerling, and Rena Steinzor – will be among the experts featured at a major symposium on the threats facing our system of regulatory safeguards. Th...
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Public CFPB Database Comment Period Ends Monday, June 4 at Midnight

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Monday, June 4, at midnight (ET) marks the deadline for filing public comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s latest inward-facing Request For Information (RFI); this one is on the future of the public Consumer Complaint Database, which...
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Debriefing the EPA’s Science Advisory Board Meeting

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists I spent most of Thursday and Friday this week at the EPA’s Science Advisory Board meeting in Washington, DC, as the 44 members gathered to discuss EPA’s regulatory agenda and hear updates from EPA programs on lead, per- and...
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Study: Consumer Product Safety Testing Misses Cancer Risks From Chemical Mixtures

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By Olga Naldenko, Environmental Working Group Mixtures of chemicals commonly found in consumer products are more likely to increase breast cancer risk than the same chemicals individually, according to a new analysis. But safety tests by government regulators don’t routinely...
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Study: Premature Births Drop After Coal, Oil Power Plants Shut Down

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By Grant Smith and Olga Naldenko, Environmental Working Group The rate of premature births to California mothers living near coal and oil power plants dropped significantly after the plants were shut down, researchers from the University of California and Johns Hopkins University...
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EPA Science Advisory Board’s First 2018 Meeting: What to Expect

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists This Thursday and Friday, the EPA’s independent advisory body, the Science Advisory Board (SAB), will be meeting in person for the first time since Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his sweeping advisory committee directive last...
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The ABCs of Sidelining Science by the Trump Administration

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists As the school year comes to a close, I took a look at what lessons the Trump administration has taught us about science. It’s a harsh lesson for our children and families, adding up to harms that will touch all of our lives.......
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Public Citizen and Allies: ‘FEC Must Prevent Foreign Meddling in U.S. Elections’

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By Craig Sandler, Public Citizen Last week, Public Citizen, along with Free Speech For People and thousands of citizens across the nation submitted comments to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in response to the Commission’s proposed rulemaking on disclosure of online...
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Public Citizen Finds Widespread Support for Regulating Big Tech Companies and Protecting Data Privacy

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By David Rosen, Public Citizen A growing number of voices are calling for greater regulation of technology companies, increased privacy and security protections for online personal data, as well as measures to protect the integrity of our elections in the digital age. Here’s what...
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EPA Extends Comment Deadline, Schedules Hearing on Science Proposal After Pretty Much Everyone Complains

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The EPA today extended the comment deadline to August 16 on its proposal to restrict the types of science that can be used in EPA decisions after pretty much everyone—from the American Home Builders Association to the American...
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Pruitt Pop Quiz

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By Liz Perera, Sierra Club Q:  When is embattled climate-denying Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt willing to say that reducing carbon emissions is a good thing? A:  Only when he’s granting a favor to a powerful industry (and their...
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FERC Takes a Step Backward on Environmental Impacts

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By Gillian Giannetti, Natural Resources Defense Council A 3-2 majority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unveiled a new policy last Friday that limits FERC’s analysis and disclosure of the environmental impacts of natural gas pipeline projects. The decision is a...
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13 Ways Pruitt’s EPA Has Made Your Life More Toxic

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By Melanie Benesh, Environmental Working Group Today is the first day of an Environmental Protection Agency summit on perfluorinated substances, or PFAS. The group of chemicals is linked to a host of health issues, including cancer, thyroid disease, weakened immunity and other...
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Did EPA Consult With the Chemical Industry While Working to Suppress a Scientific Study on PFAS?

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to EPA requesting more information about a meeting with an industry trade group, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), attended by Richard Yamada, the Deputy...
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Pruitt’s To Do (or Not To Do) List for Toxic PFAS Chemicals

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has a big problem on his hands, and it isn’t that people are saying mean things to him on airplanes. The problem is that a class of toxic chemicals commonly linked (by EPA) to cancer, low birth...
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Jeb Hensarling, the Financial Choice Act, and Wells Fargo

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By Jeff Sovern, St. John’s University School of Law When the Bureau fined Wells Fargo $1 billion, it did so using its power to prohibit unfair practices in 12 USC 5531(c), 5536(a)(1)(B). (see pages 9 and 12 of the consent order). House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb...
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Now Is the Time to Halt the EPA’s Restrictions on Science

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists If you have been following the news, I am sure you know by now that the EPA is proposing to restrict the science it will consider when developing new or revised health and safety protections. It may seem like a Washington game,...
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Five Things You Should Know About EPA’s Proposed Giant Step Backward on the Safety of Chemical Facilities

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists As one of his first acts in office, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt decided to put on hold the implementation of new regulations to improve the safety of chemical facilities around the country. Those regulations, finalized in...
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How Two Court Decisions Could Mean Gig Is Up for Many Companies That Call Their Workers Independent Contractors

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By Rebecca Smith, National Employment Law Project In the past two weeks, two separate court decisions have presented two pathways for states to establish labor standards and a voice at work for workers classified by their employers as “independent contractors.” First, the CA...
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On Consumer Lobby Day, Public Citizen Partners With Citizen Advocates to Press Congress for Consumer Protections

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By Caroline Ristaino, Public Citizen Last week on May 9, more than 110 consumer advocates from 36 states around the nation gathered on Capitol Hill for the second annual Consumer Lobby Day coordinated by Public Citizen, Consumer Federation of America, Americans for Financial...
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Sonny Perdue’s USDA Is in Bed with Big Pork. That’s Really Bad for Everyone Else.

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists In his first year running the US Department of Agriculture, Secretary Sonny Perdue has displayed a curious tendency to say things he really shouldn’t. The most recent example is his striking off-the-cuff comment about a big...
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Accounting for Avarice

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen Since perverse pay incentives led to reckless, fraudulent banking that caused the 2008 financial crash, Congress approved a package of compensation reforms as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. One of...
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Bipartisan Outrage as EPA, White House Try to Cover Up Chemical Health Assessment

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Citing a potential “public relations nightmare,” the Trump administration successfully stopped the publication of a study measuring the health effects of a group of hazardous chemicals found in drinking water and household...
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The U.S. Must Ban Asbestos – With No Exemption

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By Linda Reinstein, Environmental Working Group Fifty-five nations have banned all uses of asbestos. Shockingly, the U.S. isn’t one of them. The nation’s new toxics law gives the Environmental Protection Agency the power to completely ban the notorious killer, but the chemical...
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Public Citizen Urges the Senate to Vote Against Corporate Lawyer to Join Product Safety Agency

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By Bret Thompson, Public Citizen It may seem counterintuitive to appoint an individual to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) who was spent her professional career defending corporations against consumer safety complaints. Yet, this is exactly what President Donald...
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Turnabout Is Fair Play on the Net Neutrality CRA

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By Amit Narang, Public Citizen This Congress has embodied Mick Mulvaney’s frank admission to Wall Street lobbyists that “pay to play” still is the name of the game on Capitol Hill, and the Republicans’ use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) has played a big role. Republican...
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Back to Bad Air: The Trump EPA’s Attack on Science and Our Health

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Most Americans wake up and breathe comfortably every day because we’ve enjoyed decades of strong science-based clean air policies. These policies limit the emissions from cities, cars, factories and more to keep the air clean and...
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We’re Suing to Make Industry Clean Up Its Own Messes

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By Amanda Goodin, Earthjustice Time and again, we’ve seen big industrial polluters emit toxic pollution that poisons the people and ecosystems nearby. And time and again, we’ve seen these polluters walk away from the bill, leaving taxpayers to fund the cleanup and communities to...
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UCS Joins Lawsuit to Stop Pruitt From Rolling Back Clean Car Standards

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By Josh Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists UCS joined a coalition of non-profit organizations in filing a lawsuit to challenge EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s attempt to roll back a regulation designed to improve vehicle gas mileage, save you money, and tackle...
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Concerns With NHTSA Administrator Nominee Heidi King

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By Marc Boom and Dan West, Natural Resources Defense Council With the transportation sector surpassing the power sector as the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is working hard to protect strong federal...
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California Lawmakers Move to Ensure Lead-Free Water in Child Care Centers

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By Susan Little, Environmental Working Group California lawmakers are moving toward ensuring that lead-free drinking water is required in all child care centers, catching up with Oregon, Washington and four other states. More than 700,000 California children are enrolled in...
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The House Farm Bill is Really a Harm Bill

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By Clara Summers, Earthjustice This week, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 2, commonly known as the Farm Bill. Passed roughly every five to seven years since the 1930s, the Farm Bill funds our nation’s food security, nutrition and conservation programs. But H.R. 2...
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Trump’s OSHA to Roll Back More Worker Safeguards, Slow Walk Others

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform The White House released its Spring 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions on May 9 with little fanfare. A close examination of the agenda for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that...
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Automakers Pretend President Trump Isn’t Giving Them Exactly What They Asked For—We Don’t Buy It.

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, automakers are meeting with President Trump to discuss his administration’s plans to rollback fuel efficiency and emissions standards on light-duty vehicles. Since reports of the proposal first began to leak, we’ve seen a number...
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L’Oreal: This Mother’s Day, Make It Toxic-Free Because Moms Are Worth It

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By Dev Gowda, U.S. PIRG With Mother’s Day coming up on May 13, picking the perfect gift for Mom is on the minds of millions of Americans. Many of us will be giving our moms perfumes, bath bombs and beauty products as gifts this Mother’s Day. We’ll be shopping for...
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Senators’ Letter Brings Welcome Oversight to Troubled White House Office

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Yesterday, six senators, led by Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, criticized Trump administration “regulatory czar” Neomi Rao and her office for what appears to have been a slapdash review of a highly controversial...
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Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (or a Scientist’s Lab Coat)

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By Sean Moulton, Project on Government Oversight The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a new proposed rule entitled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” Sounds like a good idea, right? Well, that is the point—to make it sound good. Not as many...
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When It Comes to Suing Trump, We’re Batting a Thousand

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC has challenged this administration’s reckless attacks on the environment and the American people nearly 60 times in court—and we haven’t lost yet. If you’re as appalled as I am by President Trump and his reckless assault on the...
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Clean Car and Fuel Economy Standards: What’s Next?

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By Luke Tonachel and David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump administration is expected to propose a dramatic rollback of the historic and successful clean car and fuel economy standards adopted under President Obama with car makers’ support. The standards are...
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The New Farm Bill’s Pesticide Provisions Are a Sneak Attack on the Environment

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By Derrick Jackson, Union of Concerned Scientists If fish could wail, they would scream over the lethal powers granted to the Environmental Protection Agency in part of the draft farm bill recently rolled out by the House Agriculture Committee. The bill, passed out of committee...
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What Happened During the Hasty White House Review of EPA’s Science Restriction Rule?

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists We already know that the production of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s rule to restrict science at the EPA was purely political, but it’s possible that there’s a whole new layer of politics that went on at the White House level as well....
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More on Congress’ Disapproval of the CFPB’s Indirect Auto Guidance

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By Jeff Sovern, St. John’s University School of Law Alan Kaplinsky and Chris Willis, on the one hand, and Adam Levitin, on the other, have been dueling over the impact of Congress’s use of the Congressional Review Act to disapprove of the CFPB’s Indirect Auto Lending...
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EPA Eliminates Vital Protection to Keep Air Clean of Toxics, Threatening Our Health

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By Juan Declet-Barreto, Union of Concerned Scientists For decades, the Clean Air Act has protected us from the dangerous health effects of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). Many of these are toxic, since breathing or otherwise ingesting them can cause cancer, as well as...
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Science — The Hidden Gem at the Heart of the EPA and Why You Should Support It

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Robert Kavlock, guest commentary, Union of Concerned Scientists The role of science in EPA decision-making might, in the vocabulary of former President George W. Bush, be the most “misunderestimated” part of the EPA’s job. Although their work is the foundation of virtually every...
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Inside Sierra Club’s Work to Uncover the Secrets of the Trump Administration, One Lawsuit at a Time

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By Elena Saxonhouse, Sierra Club EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s attempts at secrecy are quickly becoming legendary – from installing a soundproof phone booth in his office, to using private email accounts for government business (then lying to Congress about that fact), to...
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Paper Cuts: Blankenship’s Battles

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By Bonnie Goldstein, Project on Government Oversight There are tens of thousands of documents that could tell the storied history of rags-to-riches, up-from-the-hollow U.S. Senate candidate and lifelong coal baron Don Blankenship. During Mr. Blankenship’s 67 years, he has...
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Pentagon: Fluorinated Chemicals Taint Water at Scores of Bases, Neighboring Communities

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Bill Walker, Environmental Working Group The Defense Department has for the first time disclosed the locations of military installations where tap water or groundwater on or off base is contaminated with highly toxic fluorinated chemicals. But the list is incomplete, naming only...
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What Happened During the Hasty White House Review of EPA’s Science Restriction Rule?

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists We already know that the production of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s rule to restrict science at the EPA was purely political, but it’s possible that there’s a whole new layer of politics that went on at the White House level as well....
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Zinke’s Doubling Down on Dismantling Bird Protections

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By Katie Umekubo, Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump administration and Interior Secretary Zinke, in particular, are enchanted by giveaways to polluters at the expense of the American public. A prime example is their recent reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty...
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Trump’s Plan to Weaken Coal Ash Rules Will Endanger Our Communities and Violate the Law

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By Bridget Lee, Sierra Club In 2015, the EPA established the first-ever federal regulations governing the disposal of coal combustion residuals–the primary waste generated at coal-burning power plants, known commonly as coal ash. Those regulations were only finalized after...
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How the Sausage Gets Made

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By Caroline Ristaino, Public Citizen Summer is right around the corner and with it comes barbeques full of hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches. When enjoying these summer favorites, no one wants to be thinking about the possibility that the pork they are consuming may not have...
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Regulators Should Think Twice Before Handing Out Pollution Credits for Self-Driving Cars

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By Don Anair, Union of Concerned Scientists A new report out by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) suggests that automakers should get credits towards meeting emission and fuel economy standards for connected and automated vehicles (AVs) and related advanced driver assist...
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A Recipe for Disaster

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By Jessica Knoblauch, Earthjustice Ever wonder what “artificial flavor” means when you look at the list of ingredients? In some cases, it means chemicals that are known to cause cancer in animals and could cause cancer in humans. For years, the Food and Drug...
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Grid Resilience Efforts Should Focus on Customer Benefits

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By John Moore and Gillian Giannetti, Natural Resources Defense Council In the time since U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry first asked whether coal and nuclear power plants deserved special treatment, “resilience” has been the talk of the energy world. Most of...
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New Report: It’s Time to Repeal the Congressional Review Act

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Over the last couple of weeks, conservatives in Congress have continued their assault on public safeguards using the once-obscure and once-dormant Congressional Review Act (CRA). If their latest adventure succeeds, it will be the...
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Clean Air Regulations Protect Health and Benefit the Economy

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By Grant Smith, Environmental Working Group The Trump administration is waging war on the laws meant to protect Americans from air pollution, arguing that rolling back regulations on coal-fired power plants, cars and trucks, and other sources of fossil fuel emissions is necessary...
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Cashing Out: Big Banks’ Lobbying Dollars Mean Weaker Protections for Consumers and Workers

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By Anastasia Christman, National Employment Law Project This week, Mick Mulvaney, the interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—the agency created specifically to help customers who report bad bank behavior—announced he may take down the publicly availabl...
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Pruitt’s EPA Defending Monsanto’s Glyphosate Herbicides

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pesticide office continues to side with Monsanto’s interests to protect glyphosate-based herbicide products like Roundup. NRDC let EPA know that it has strayed far from its mission, in...
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Is Carl Icahn Getting the Last Laugh?

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen If at first you don’t get a regulatory rollback, try, try again. That appears to be the reality in Donald Trump’s Washington. After pushing unsuccessfully for regulatory changes that would benefit his oil refining business, billionaire Carl Icahn...
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Workers at Risk from USDA’s Proposed Swine Slaughter Inspection Rule

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) proposed a rule on Feb. 1 to alter inspection procedures for hog slaughter plants by revoking the existing cap on maximum line speeds and...
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Congress Must Limit How Long Livestock Can Be Fed Key Drugs

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By David Wallinga, Natural Resources Defense Council Right now, Congress has one brief window of opportunity to help tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis, and actually protect public health. The opportunity lies with Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of...
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Overdue for Overtime

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By John Weber, AFL-CIO When President Donald Trump abandoned the Department of Labor’s new overtime protections, he cost working people over $1 billion in annual wages. Now we’re standing up for a fair return on our work and fighting for the Restoring Overtime Pay Act, which...
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Mulvaney Sinks in the Swamp

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By Caroline Ristaino, Public Citizen “There’s plenty to be upset about when it comes to Mick Mulvaney’s attempts to roll back consumer financial protections: from his appointment as Acting Director to his plan to dismantle the agency as we know it. Unfortunately, he continues to...
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Earth to Pruitt: Americans Say Keep Clean Power Plan—Again

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By Jake Thompson, Natural Resources Defense Council One thing that echoed through the halls of Capitol Hill this week: Scott Pruitt is so far out of touch with the public he’s supposed to protect and the mission of the agency he supposedly serves. Nowhere was that clearer than...
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Worksafe Releases Report for Workers Memorial Day 2018

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By Worksafe Despite decades of progress, the human toll of workplace tragedies continues to be unacceptably high. 376 California workers were killed at work in the last annual count, about one per day. Thousands more were injured or made ill from preventable workplace hazards....
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We Cannot Afford to Turn Back the Clock on Safety

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By Deborah Berkowitz, National Employment Law Project This Workers’ Memorial Day, as we honor workers who have tragically lost their lives on the job, we must also confront the brutal truth that their deaths were preventable. Nearly 5,200 workers were killed on the job last year....
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Let’s Fight for Working People on Workers’ Memorial Day

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By Jordan Barab, Economic Policy Institute April 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day, an international remembrance day set aside to “mourn for the dead, and fight like hell for the living,” in the words of the immortal labor organizer Mother Jones. In 2016, nearly 5,200 workers were...
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Kourtney Kardashian’s Appeal For Cosmetics Safety Reaches 590 Million Americans

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By Monica Amarelo, Environmental Working Group On Tuesday, Kourtney Kardashian joined EWG President Ken Cook on Capitol Hill to brief reporters and congressional staffers about EWG’s #BeautyMadeBetter campaign. The campaign seeks support for reforming the nation’s outdated...
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Scott Pruitt’s Announcement on Forest Biomass Defies Science

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By Sami Yassa, Natural Resources Defense Council Scott Pruitt is no fan of science, so it was not a real surprise that his announcement about forest bioenergy this week sidestepped research, facts, and the conclusions of Environmental Protection Agency’s own science advisers....
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EPA Chief Pruitt Even Violates His Own Principles

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By Elliot Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists With Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s job now hanging in the balance, it is a good time to recall that, just after his Senate confirmation, he gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference...
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Scott Pruitt Continues His Favors for Big Polluters and Puts Our Families at Risk

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club Some of the regular Americans who are paying the price for Scott Pruitt’s leadership were in Washington, DC this week, and I had the honor of spending the day with them and hearing their stories. As we all know, Environmental Protection Agency...
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Corporations Hold Massive Secret Power Over Our Democracy. Here’s How We Change It.

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By Craig Sandler, Public Citizen Corporations seeking to change the public policy landscape to benefit their own bottom lines is nothing new. But since Citizens United opened the door to unlimited spending to influence elections, corporate power over our democracy has been...
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Seven Times Scott Pruitt Stole an Idea From the Villains of Captain Planet

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists Captain Planet and the Planeteers (you can be one, too!) was a staple cartoon of the early nineties that I watched when I was a child. It gave me unrealistic expectations that there was indeed a goddess named Gaia who would one...
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Regulatory Foes Try to Seize the Day

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By Laura Peterson, Project on Government Oversight The Administrative Procedure Act has thwarted many of the Trump Administration’s attempts to roll back regulations without sufficient public input. This law has been a longtime target of antiregulatory crusaders, and many of them...
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Workers’ Memorial Day 2018

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform On Saturday, April 28, CPR will observe Workers’ Memorial Day by remembering fallen workers whose lives were taken from this world too soon and by renewing our pledge to fight for all working people. Every day in this country,...
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Will Flawed CFPB Wells Fargo Consent Order Be Reopened to Help Victims?

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Questions are being raised. Will the ballyhooed $1 Billion CFPB settlement with Wells Fargo be reopened because it clearly favors the wrongdoer at the expense of the victims? The $1 Billion settlement represents the total of two $500 Million consent...
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Scott Pruitt’s Culture of Corruption Will Cost Americans Hundreds of Billions of Dollars Per Year

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By Sally Hardin, Center for American Progress Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s wasteful spending violated federal law, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Specifically, Pruitt’s decision to install a $43,000...
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Scott Pruitt’s Sly Plan to Censor Science

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council It’s no secret that Scott Pruitt wants to undermine science at the Environmental Protection Agency. His proposal this week, which I like to call the Censoring Science Rule, is just his latest attack on sound science, one...
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A List of Scientific Organizations That Have Supported and Opposed Limiting What Research EPA Can Use to Make Decisions

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The EPA today will announce a politically-motivated draft policy to restrict the use of science in agency decisions. The draft policy is based on legislation that has died in Congress for several years. The mainstream scientific...
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