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President Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal Recklessly Undermines Environmental Laws

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By Lia Cattaneo, Center for American Progress On February 12, President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited principles for infrastructure legislation, a third of which are devoted to weakening the nation’s bedrock environmental laws in the name of permitting reform. The...
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Net Neutrality Activists Lobby Congress at ‘Be a Hero’ Events

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By Alison Brzenchek, Free Press Since the Trump FCC voted to kill Net Neutrality last December, public support for the free and open internet has grown in strength and size. The amazing momentum was on full display at the “Be a Hero” events held in Louisiana on Jan. 30 and...
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The Environmental Injustice of Declining Budgets for Water Infrastructure

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By Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform This year more than most, it bears repeating that a budget is a moral document, or at least that it has moral implications. It’s particularly important to remember not just because President Trump’s budget is so...
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Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Guts Critical Water Safeguards

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By Becky Hammer, Natural Resources Defense Council The president’s infrastructure plan asks us to choose between new infrastructure and a healthy environment. That is a false choice, as 94% of Americans already know. Despite Trump’s frequent scapegoating rhetoric, environmental...
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The FCC Chairman Is Under Investigation

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By Candace Clement, Free Press The New York Times is reporting this morning that the FCC inspector general is actively investigating whether FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his aides improperly pushed for rule changes that would clear the way for Sinclair’s purchase of Tribune...
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Judge: Trump’s Delay on Energy Efficiency Standards Illegal

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council A federal judge ruled today that the Trump administration illegally delayed four energy efficiency standards that will save America’s consumers and businesses more than $8 billion in energy costs, finding that delaying the...
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Since the Lead Crisis, Reading Scores in Flint Dropped Dramatically

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By Olga Naidenko, Environmental Working Group Third-graders’ reading scores in Flint, Mich., have dropped dramatically since the city’s crisis of lead contamination in drinking water began, according to reports in the Detroit Free Press and The New Republic. Standardized test...
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Net Neutrality Politics Is Local

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press “All politics is local,” the late House Speaker Tip O’Neill famously said. O’Neill is less known for another saying that also holds true: “You can’t assume anything in politics. That’s why every Saturday I walk around my district.” It’s easy for...
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EPA Data: Tap Water in More Than 1,000 Communities Tainted With Lead Above Action Level

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By Olga Naidenko and Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group Tests by drinking water utilities serving 1.8 million Americans in 45 states detected lead above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level, according to EWG’s analysis of the latest available federal data....
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How Bad Are Proposed Budget Cuts at the EPA? Let Me Count the Ways

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists While President Trump just released a proposal that would result in deep cuts for critical science-based agencies in fiscal year 2019, Congress still must pass a spending bill that will determine funding levels for critical agencies...
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CPR’s Emily Hammond Testifies About Health and Economic Benefits of Clean Air Act Regulation

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By Matt Shudtz, Center for Progressive Reform It was an early holiday present to the nation’s biggest polluters. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in early December that he was drastically changing the way EPA reviews polluters’ compliance – or lack thereof –...
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Gambling With Main Street

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen Bludgeoned by the financial crash of 2008, ten years later, Americans still understand the importance of strong Wall Street rules. Yet, the U.S. Senate is expected to soon vote on a major bill –S. 2155–that disturbingly rolls back financial...
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The Constitutionality of an Independent CFPB – What the Second Circuit Said

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By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform On January 31, a federal appellate court upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as an independent regulatory agency with a director who can be dismissed only for “inefficiency, neglect of...
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Science Alert to EPA Chief Pruitt: Pollution Kills People

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump’s chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, has been hard at work undermining some of our nation’s most important public health safeguards in the guise of “reform.” His talking points omit the...
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The CFPB Has Become the “Corporate Financial Protection Bureau”

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By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley yesterday warned that Mick Mulvaney’s actions as the unlawful acting head  of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is destroying the bureau’s ability to stop predatory lending – the infamous “debt trap.”...
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Zinke’s Approach to Public Lands and Waters: Drill More, Protect Less

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By Lena Moffitt, Sierra Club Since its inception, the Department of the Interior has been entrusted with responsibly managing America’s public lands and waters and protecting them for the public and for future generations. Unfortunately, Ryan Zinke has made it clear that he...
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Trump Administration Raids Workers’ Tip Jars, Buries Data Showing That’s a Horrible Idea

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists In December the Trump administration proposed a new rule that specifically allows employers to control and distribute tip income as they see fit, taking away control of tip money from the employees—food servers, baristas, and...
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Demolishing Public Protections to Build Trump’s Wall

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By Charise Johnson, Union of Concerned Scientists From Hadrian’s Wall, to the Great Wall of China, the Wall of the North and many more , political walls have been built to discourage or control immigration, White Walkers, and ideologies at state borders since ancient times...
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Why the Legal Dispute Over the Leadership of the CFPB Matters

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By Michael Landis, U.S. PIRG There’s an important legal fight happening right now over the temporary leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And U.S. PIRG Education Fund, along with nine other consumer advocacy groups, just weighed in with a friend-of-the-court...
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CPR Letter Calls on Trump Labor Department to Withdraw Tipping Rule Proposal Due to Suppressed Analysis

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform Today, six CPR Member Scholars and staff members sent a letter to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division, calling on the agency to withdraw its proposal to repeal an Obama-era rule aimed at preventing employers...
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The Trump Administration’s Attempt to Dismantle the Fiduciary Rule: A Year in Review

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By Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute February 3, 2018 marks one year since President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum to “review” the fiduciary rule. This was just two weeks into his administration, a clear signal that undermining this common sense rule is a top...
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Judges to FDA: The Government Must Pull Aside Curtain on GE Salmon

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By Jessica Knoblauch, Earthjustice Last week, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the FDA’s latest attempt to hide thousands of pages of key government documents related to the agency’s first-ever approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon for human consumption....
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We Need a Consumer Champion to Lead the Consumer Bureau

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By Mike Litt, U.S. PIRG Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Mick Mulvaney has said, “Look, I’m not here to shut the place down because the law doesn’t allow me to do that.” His actions speak louder. Mulvaney requested $0 for this quarter’s...
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Honoring Dr. King and Memphis Sanitation Workers on 50th Anniversary

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By Shanna Devine, Public Citizen February 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Memphis sanitation workers Robert Walker and Echol Cole – who were crushed to death in the back of their malfunctioning garbage truck. Three years after that tragic event, the Occupational...
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Sen. John Kennedy Could Be the Internet’s Hero

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By Candace Clement, Free Press Who isn’t talking about Net Neutrality at this point? Burger King has thrown its weight behind it. Massive tech companies like Amazon and Google support it. Eighty-three percent of the American public —  including three out of four Republicans —...
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Donald Trump’s State of the Union: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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By Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists In his State of the Union address to Congress, President Trump exaggerated the benefits of the Republican tax cut bill to average Americans, overlooked the harm that will result from his push to weaken public health and worker safety...
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Government and Bureaucracy Play Essential, Fundamental Roles in American Life

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform President Trump’s first State of the Union address contained numerous outrageous claims and statements, rendering a full dissection and critique practically impossible. Many have already singled out one line of the speech as...
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What Creates the Cost, Mr. President?

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By Matthew Freeman, Center for Progressive Reform During the State of the Union address last night, no one was surprised to hear President Trump brag about all the work his administration has done slashing regulatory safeguards for health, safety, the environment, and financial...
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Scott Pruitt to Testify Today: Here Are POGO’s Most Pressing Questions

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By Rebecca Jones and Andrew Bergman, Project on Government Oversight The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) will question EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in a hearing this morning. This is Administrator Pruitt’s first appearance before EPW since his...
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Chemical Hazard Assessments Shouldn’t Be Polluter’s Prize

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council A tug of war is taking place this week in Washington DC that will pit environmental health scientists against polluters and their Washington insider allies. The battle ground is the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) – the...
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Breaking the Law: Many Trump Regulatory Rollbacks and Delays Are Unlawful

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By Bill Funk, Center for Progressive Reform Progressives have rightfully taken issue with the Trump administration’s policy goals, from immigration to the environment, from health care to worker safety. Given the president’s decidedly unprogressive stances, one should...
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New EPA Guidance Stands to Increase Hazardous Air Pollutants in Environmental Justice Communities

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency reversed long-standing guidance that helps limit hazardous pollution such as mercury and lead from major sources like power plants, large industrial facilities and vehicles. The end...
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New Efficiency Standard Launches Cool Savings on Ice Makers

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council Commercial ice makers—the kind you see in hotel hallways, restaurants, and hospitals—can churn out anywhere from 50 pounds to 4,000 pounds of ice every day. They can produce regular cubes, ice nuggets for drink machines, or...
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Four Things Scott Pruitt Is Hoping Senators Will Not Ask Him Today

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By Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth This morning Scott Pruitt is headed to Capitol Hill to testify in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee. Nearly one year into his tenure as EPA Administrator, it is only Pruitt’s fourth appearance on Capitol Hill — and he...
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The Congressional Review Act: Trump’s First-Year Participation Trophy

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Perhaps because he has so few real accomplishments to his name, President Donald Trump has developed a nasty habit of embellishing his record. From the size of the crowd at his inauguration to the number of floors in Trump Tower, he...
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5 Ways EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Is Saying One Thing and Doing the Other

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By Claire Moser and Alison Cassady, Center for American Progress Next month will mark one year for Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While Pruitt and his team have maintained that he is “solely focused on implementing President...
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State of the Union Preview: Trump Is Rigging the Economy Against Workers and the Middle Class

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By Seth Hanlon, Sam Berger, Alex Rowell, Galen Hendricks, Regina Willensky Benjamin, Kevin DeGood, Eliza Schultz, Joe Valenti and Marc Jarsulic, Center for American Progress In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump is sure to point to stock indexes and...
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Trump’s Infrastructure Scam Will Gut Environmental Protections to Benefit Corporate Polluters

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By Christy Goldfuss and Alison Cassady, Center for American Progress In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump is expected to announce a long-awaited plan to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure and call on the U.S. Congress to work with his administration on...
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Looking Back on a Year of Trump’s Regulatory ‘Fire and Fury’

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By Matt Shudtz, Center for Progressive Reform Next Tuesday, President Trump will share his view of the state of our union. And if his words correlate with his actions over the last year, the dominant theme will be one of division and disruption. Like no president in recent...
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We Sued Betsy DeVos Over Her New Title IX Policy That Discriminates Against Sexual Violence Survivors

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By Alexandra Brodsky, National Women’s Law Center We just sued the Department of Education. Again. And we did it with some of our favorite organizations. Let’s back up a little bit. You may remember that this fall Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded important...
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Karen Budd-Falen Is the Wrong Choice to Oversee Our Public Lands

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By Nicole Ghio, Friends of the Earth Meet Karen Budd-Falen, Trump’s rumored nominee to direct the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), who succeeds in standing out in an Administration already bursting with conflicts of interest, dangerous rhetoric, industry ties, and incompetence....
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Burger King Loves Net Neutrality (?!) and Other Whoppers

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By Craig Aaron, Free Press Burger King just made an ad about Net Neutrality. These are not words I ever expected to type. And yet today, the fast-food giant released one of the most clever Net Neutrality explainer videos ever. It’s a must-watch: Some buzz-killers are complaining...
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How Two Women Teamed Up to Take on the Chemical Industry — and Won

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By Jessica Knoblauch, Earthjustice In the early 2000s, scientist Arlene Blum set out on a quest to reduce the amount of flame retardants in homes across America. Research showed that these chemicals—found in many consumer products—are harmful to people and don’t protect us...
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The Trump Administration Wants to Roll Back Fracking Standards, So We’re Going to Court

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By Rebecca Cohen, Earthjustice Fracking has disrupted the landscape and the life of North Dakota. Theodora Bird Bear has lived in the town of Mandaree on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation for most of her six decades. When the retiree moved into her current home in the ‘80s,...
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In 2018, Trump May Double Down, But So Will We

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By Trip Van Noppen, Earthjustice Throughout 2017, the actions of the Trump administration and his congressional collaborators made their fundamental agenda crystal clear: plunder the public’s health and well-being for the benefit of a few vested interests. On the environmental...
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3 Reasons Why the Trump USDA’s School Nutrition Rollbacks Should Worry You—and What You Can Do About It

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By Sarah Reinhardt, Union of Concerned Scientists In May of 2017, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue moved to make school meals great again by issuing a proclamation in support of more lenient school nutrition standards. Specifically, the proposed rule permits the continued use of whole...
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New Lighting Standards Kick in, But Some Still in Limbo

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council Schools, hospitals and offices across the country will start saving money on their utility bills as a result of the new energy efficiency standards for fluorescent tube lights going into effect Friday. With more than 2 billion...
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Trump EPA: Creating Tomorrow’s Toxic Problems, Today

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council It’s been a little less than a year since EPA’s toxics office became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow-Dupont, Exxon, “Chemours” and other chemical manufacturers, and in that time it has been transformed into the Make a Wish...
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Trump’s First Year: Influence-Peddling, Self-Dealing and Demolishing Safeguards

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By Taylor Lincoln, Public Citizen On the eve of the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s first year in the White House, Public Citizen has published a summary of findings from its research into Trump, with a particular focus on Trump’s swoon toward special interests,...
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From National Parks to the EPA, Trump Administration Stiff-Arms Science Advisers

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By Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump administration’s testy relationship with science reminds me of that old saying: Advice is least heeded when most needed. Earlier this week, three-quarters of the members of the National Park System Advisory Board resigned...
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To Protect Young Farmworkers, Calif. Rejects EPA Rollback of Pesticide Policy

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By Bill Allayaud, Environmental Working Group Last week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency took steps that could lead to the repeal of health-protective safeguards designed to prevent teenage farmworkers from handling toxic pesticides. But California is having none of...
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New Report Reveals Trump Administration Is Abandoning Science Advice

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Unease. Frustration. Indignation. Experts serving as members of federal advisory committees are being frozen out of the very avenues that were designed to encourage external input on scientific issues to the federal government. A new...
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Why ‘Raw Water’ Is a Raw Deal

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By Tasha Stoiber, Environmental Working Group Americans have good reasons to question the quality of their drinking water. EWG’s Tap Water Database shows that water from most public utilities nationwide contains industrial or agricultural contaminants with known health effect...
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What’s Next for Net Neutrality in Congress and the Courts

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By Craig Aaron, Free Press We have a real chance to defeat FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s attack on Net Neutrality. On Tuesday, all 47 Senate Democrats announced they would co-sponsor a “resolution of disapproval” to overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality-killing vote last December. Add in...
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Have Banker Deregulation Demands Jumped the Shark?

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG When a tired TV show desperate for viewers goes over the top with wacky plots, it is said to have “jumped the shark,” as when Fonzie of Happy Days jumped a shark while water-skiing. It didn’t work and the show faded. Unfortunately,...
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Clean Power Plan Hearings: Powerful Voices Against Repeal

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council When EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan – the largest step yet taken to curb America’s climate-changing carbon pollution – he scheduled a single public hearing, in Charleston, West Virginia,...
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Neglectful: Trump’s DOI Prioritizes Bottom Lines Over People in Proposed Regulation Rollbacks

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By Eli Presberg, League of Conservation Voters Hoping most people across our country would be distracted taking down ornaments from Christmas trees, finishing eggnog, and writing resolutions, President Donald Trump’s Department of the Interior (DOI) used the week between...
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EPA Chief May Let Young Farmworkers Handle Toxic Pesticides

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By Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is taking steps that could lift health-protective safeguards designed to prevent teenage farmworkers from handling toxic pesticides. The EPA has officially opened a public...
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Why We Need to Say No to Offshore Drilling

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By Steve Blackledge, Environment America Last week, President Trump took steps to open virtually all of our federal waters to dangerous offshore oil drilling. From the Arctic to the Atlantic, from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico, our coastlines could soon be home to countless...
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Comments on EPA’s Alternative Test Method Strategic Plan

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By Kristi Pullen Fedinick, Natural Resources Defense Council Under the amended Toxic Substances and Control Act, Congress directed EPA to develop a Strategic Plan “to promote the development and implementation of alternative test methods and strategies to reduce, refine, or...
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The Power of Protection: Why the FDA’s Policy on Female Condoms Matters

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By Eliana Kosova, National Women’s Health Network A few weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal that would update the single-use female condom to a Level II classification, and rename it the “internal condom.” Following FDA procedures, they opened the...
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Latest EPA Automaker Reports Show Compliance with and Success of Standards

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, EPA released its annual reports on new passenger vehicles. One report (Trends) highlights the historical trend in fuel economy for cars and trucks over time, while the other report (Compliance) discusses the progress of...
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Priorities are the Same as Always—Protecting Profits Instead of People

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By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue gave his “State of the American Business” address yesterday, signaling that the trade association and the nation’s largest lobby spender couldn’t be happier about benefits that were handed out to...
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New EPA Data: Cars Getting Better Mileage, Cleaner

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council EPA’s latest annual assessment of new automobile fuel economy, the “Fuel Economy Trends” report, shows that automakers have made great progress building fuel-efficient vehicles from when standards were tightened in the 1970s and...
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Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Answer Coal Boss’ Wish List

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By Grant Smith, Environmental Working Group This week, federal regulators rejected the Trump administration’s proposal to require the use of electricity from failing coal and nuclear plants, even when cheaper sources are available. The scheme was widely seen as the idea of Robert...
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On Net Neutrality, Thune Can’t Read the Writing on the Wall… or in His Local Newspaper

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune told Politico on Wednesday that the average voter isn’t likely to be swayed by the fight to restore Net Neutrality protections. “I think [Democrats] see it as a really hot political issue [that] gets their...
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A Government Agency Just Killed the Trump Administration’s Coal Bailout Scheme

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By Kim Smaczniak, Earthjustice This week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a Department of Energy proposal that blatantly propped up aging coal and nuclear plants. But while FERC’s decision is the end of the road for this Trump administration-backed bailout, it is...
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Environmental Champions in Congress Respond to the Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan

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By Evan Corey, League of Conservation Voters At 1:00pm EST January 4, 2018, Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, announced his and President Trump’s plan to open 90% of US coastal areas to leasing for oil drilling.  Expanding offshore drilling has long been on the wish...
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The Senate Push to Restore Net Neutrality Gains Momentum

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By Craig Aaron, Free Press Thanks to your millions of calls, letters, tweets and posts, the Senate is moving closer to a vote to reverse the FCC’s Net Neutrality-killing vote. On Tuesday at the Capitol, I had the chance to speak about the incredible public outcry on Net...
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Department of Energy Coal Bailout Rejected: Told to Get the Facts First

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By Mike Jacobs, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump Administration got a punch in the nose trying to overthrow energy markets and deprive consumers of the savings created by lower cost, competitive energy supplies. All five Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners, four of...
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FERC Rejects DOE’s Dangerous Proposal to Shield Coal and Nuclear From Clean Energy Competition

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By Casey Roberts, Sierra Club On January 8, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decisively shut the door on one of the worst ideas of 2017 — the Department of Energy’s notice of proposed rulemaking that would have offered enormous, unwarranted subsidies to any...
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FERC Rejection of Coal Subsidies Proposal Demonstrates Importance of Independent Agencies

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform On January 8, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) struck a resounding blow against the Trump administration’s ill-advised agenda to put its thumb on the scale of the energy market by propping up the coal industry,...
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Trump Administration Rescinds Fracking Rule for Public Lands: A Blow to Public Protection

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists At the end of last month, we saw yet another casualty in the Trump administration’s war on science-based policy. The administration announced it would rescind a 2015 rule at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to address risks...
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FERC Rejects Perry’s Coal/Nuke Bailout, Finding It Illegal

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By Miles Farmer and John Moore, Natural Resources Defense Council The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has rejected U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry’s transparent attempt to needlessly funnel billions of electricity customer dollars to the owners of...
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A Sugar Pill for the Economy

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By David Goldstein, Natural Resources Defense Council “A wave of optimism has swept over America’s business leaders, and it is beginning to translate into… investment … that bolsters economic growth, spurs job creation—and may finally raise wages” says a January 1, 2018 front...
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Trump’s Interior Department Is Ill-Prepared to Deal with the Next Big Spill

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By Mary Ellen Kustin, Center for American Progress Today, the Trump administration unveiled its vision to radically expand where it allows offshore oil and gas drilling. If implemented as outlined, this move would ensure that spilled oil washes ashore on more American beaches on...
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Trump Moves to Open 90 Percent of Our Coastal Waters to Oil Drilling

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump has launched the most sweeping industrial assault in history on our oceans, marine life, coasts and all they support, proposing to expose nearly all U.S. waters to the risk of another BP oil spill–style disaster. In a...
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As President Trump Speaks to the Farm Bureau, Both Are Betraying Farmers

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By Karen Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists On Monday, the US president will take time out from his regular schedule to talk about agriculture. He’s scheduled to deliver a speech in Nashville at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation (aka “Fa...
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Changes to the Standards Program? Not So Fast, DOE.

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council The federal program that sets minimum energy efficiency standards for the appliances, electronics, and equipment we use every day has been an unequivocal success story. Yet, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is toying with...
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Trump-Pruitt EPA Moves to Kill Chemical Hazard Program, IRIS

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council The Environmental Protection Agency is charged with protecting human health and the environment—it says so right in the mission statement on its “About EPA” web page. It even gets a bit specific: “EPA’s purpose is to...
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Zinke Adds Oceans to the Chopping Block

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By the Natural Resources Defense Council In late April, President Trump issued an executive order promoting oil and gas drilling off America’s coasts—and today, in response, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unveiled a five-year leasing plan that opens nearly...
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Asbestos Found in Kids’ Cosmetics Again

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By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group Once again, experts have found asbestos in cosmetics marketed to kids. Claire’s stores pulled 17 products from their shelves last week after researchers found asbestos in glitter, eye shadow and other cosmetics marketed to children. The...
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Personal Care Product “Trade Secrets” Are Hurting Consumers

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By Dev Gowda, U.S. PIRG The new shampoos, hand creams, soaps and body washes we unwrapped this holiday season smell like roses, chamomile, lavender, springtime. But the fragrances that fill many of our bottles and bars are far from natural, and because of a lack of transparency...
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Trump Vows to Kill 50 Years of Federal Health and Safety Protections

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By Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump wants to set the regulatory clock back to 1960, and last week he acted it out for the cameras. Wielding a pair of golden scissors at a White House photo op, he cut red tape strung around two stacks of paper....
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We’re Suing to Stop a New Kind of Pollution: ‘Alternative Facts’

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By Rebecca Cohen, Earthjustice Ana Nobis’ parents raised her to believe the U.S. government had its citizens’ best interests at heart. The Chicago doctor’s mother and father, emigrants from Costa Rica and Peru, idealized the United States and the new life the country offered...
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All I Want for Christmas Is Added Sugar Information Over Disinformation

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The struggle is real right now for all of us trying to watch our added sugar intake this holiday season as we await the implementation of the revised nutrition facts label. Now, thanks to the administration’s delay of implementation...
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How Congress Can Save Net Neutrality: A Step-by-Step Breakdown

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By Collette Watson, Dana Floberg and Matt Wood, Free Press If you’re passionate about Net Neutrality, you may be wondering what we can do now that the FCC has voted to repeal the rules protecting it. You may have even heard that Congress is the next venue in the fight....
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OSHA Delays Critical Protections as Worker Deaths Increase

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform President Trump planned and then starred in his own ribbon-cutting ceremony last week, symbolic of all the safeguards for health, safety and the environment that he intends to shred while in office. This mockery of t...
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What to Know Before Buying a Gift Card

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By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen Gift cards are incredibly popular. They are also easy to buy and make great stocking stuffers and last minute presents. According to a 2017 National Retail Federation poll, “For the eleventh year in a row, gift cards remain the most popular...
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Net Neutrality: What’s Next and How We Win the Fight

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By Collette Watson, Free Press 1. FCC Chairman Pai will not have the last word. The Dec. 14 vote was disappointing but is absolutely not the end of this fight. Free Press and our allies — plus attorneys general across the country — will have plenty to say in court...
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By Overturning Specialty Healthcare, the NLRB Has Made It Harder for Workers to Organize

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By Marni von Wilpert, Economic Policy Institute On Friday, the Trump administration’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) once again made it more difficult for workers to join together and form a union, by overturning the Board’s standard for determining an...
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Defending Efficiency Standards: 2017 in Review

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council America’s energy efficiency standards program has quietly been saving U.S. consumers trillions of dollars off their utility bills over the last 30 years, and there are plenty more savings to still to be achieved. While 2016...
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Trump Turns Back Regulatory Clock to 1960

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By Scott Slesinger, Natural Resources Defense Council Those stacks of papers on the right with President Trump represent life-saving rules and safeguards. They look very different through the eyes of a parent of an asthmatic child, or a worker handling hazardous substances, than...
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Former EPA Lawyers Slam Pruitt on His ‘Patently Biased’ Handout to Polluters

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By Patrice Simms, Earthjustice In a rare display of no confidence, 57 former attorneys to the Environmental Protection Agency have signed an open letter accusing Administrator Scott Pruitt of “sowing confusion,” “misrepresentation,” and providing favorable treatment to polluters....
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Is CDC Banning the Use of Scientific Words? It’s Time for CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald to Speak Up

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been prohibited from using certain words (including diversity, science-based, and vulnerable) in any documents related to next year’s budget, the Washington Post reported late...
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NLRB Reverses Browning-Ferris, Makes It Harder for Workers to Bargain With Their Employers

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By Marni von Wilpert, Economic Policy Institute Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made it more difficult for millions of workers to join together and form a union, by overturning its joint-employer standard established in 2015’s Browning-Ferris Industries case....
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Trump’s Proposed DOL Rule Is Tip-Poaching, Not Tip-Pooling

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By Sarah Heydemann, National Women’s Law Center Earlier this month, Trump’s Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing a regulation change that could result in employers stealing as much as $5.8 billion of workers’ tips from...
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Expect a Loud and Angry Backlash When the FCC Repeals Net Neutrality

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By David Rosen, Public Citizen Don’t say you didn’t see it coming. Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to cast a party-line vote repealing its net neutrality regulations. The agency is risking a major public and media backlash by so brazenly siding with...
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The Internet Isn’t Dead (Yet). Here’s What Congress Needs to Do.

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press This Thursday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the other Republican commissioners struck down the Net Neutrality protections and broke the open internet. We didn’t make it easy for them. Millions of us fought back online and off, calling on dozens of...
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Dourson’s Defeat a Big Win for Public Health

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By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group There were plenty of good reasons to oppose President Trump’s nomination of Michael Dourson to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dourson, who was opposed by public health, reproductive health, labor,...
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