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Tell EPA: Let States Protect Their Waterways!

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By Larissa Liebmann, Waterkeeper Alliance The Trump administration claims to be all about giving states greater freedom and responsibility. However, the administration suddenly sings a very different tune when states use their power to stand up to powerful polluters. Trump’s EPA...
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Trump’s Labor Board Wants to Deprive Graduate Student Workers of Their Basic Right to Form Unions

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute The Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board proposed a rule last week that would rob graduate teaching assistants and other student employees of the rights to organize and collectively bargain. This is just the most recent...
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On Strike for Climate Justice and Workers’ Rights

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform Tomorrow (September 20), I’m standing up for workers’ rights by marching to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as part of the Global Climate Strike. I’ll be walking in solidarity with the students and youth...
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Trump Administration Just Can’t Stop Lying About Vehicle Standards

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, Secretary Elaine Chao (Department of Transportation) and Administrator Andrew Wheeler (EPA) officially released their attack on California’s Advanced Clean Car standards, which reduce global warming emissions and tailpipe...
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We Know How to Cut Climate Pollution But Need Political Will

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By Lara Ettenson, Natural Resources Defense Council To do its part in mitigating climate change, the United States must drastically reduce carbon pollution by 2050. Energy efficiency—using less energy to get the same (or better) services like heat and light—plays a huge role by...
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The Proposal to Restrict Science at EPA Is Dying a Slow Death

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Some modest good news: the proposal to restrict the use of science in air pollution, chemical safety, water quality, and countless other decisions at the EPA has been delayed yet again. At a House Science Committee hearing this...
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As Phone Scams Rise, So Does the Need for Action

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By Brian Young, National Consumers League American consumers receive 200 million robocalls per day, and that number appears to be growing. As the number of illegal robocalls increases, so do the odds for a scammer to find a victim to cheat out of their savings. In 2019, Americans...
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Trump Judge Denies Black Lung Benefits to Former Coal Mine Worker Despite Benefits Review Board Decision: Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears

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By Elliot Mincberg, People For the American Way In West Virginia Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP) Fund v. Bell, decided in August, Trump 4th Circuit judge Julius Richardson wrote a 2-1 decision that reversed the Department of Labor Benefits Review Board (BRB) and reinstated an...
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The Trump Administration’s Hazy Plans to Weaken Car Pollution Standards Won’t Work. Here’s Why.

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By Paul Cort, Earthjustice The future of the nation’s clean car protections is on the table, and Andrew Wheeler, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is moving forward with a plan that will unleash tailpipe pollution across the country. The Trump administratio...
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Why Trump’s Dirty Cars Gambit Will Lose in Court

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump seems dead set on blowing up the historic clean car peace treaty forged ten years ago between the automobile industry, the federal government, and leading states. Bizarrely, the Trump team is barreling ahead to...
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Five Reasons Eugene Scalia Is a Terrible Choice to Lead the Department of Labor

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By Julie Vogtman, National Women’s Law Center It’s a day ending in y and Donald Trump is still president, so naturally I have some bad news to share. The administration that brought you a Secretary of Education who opposes students’ rights, a Secretary of Energy who said...
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Climate Change Is a Public Health Emergency. Inaction Is Costing Us.

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By Vijay Limaye and Kim Knowlton, Natural Resources Defense Council We’re used to hearing about the effects of climate change on our environment and natural systems: how it’s raising sea levels, intensifying hurricane storm surges, worsening droughts, and prolonging wildfire...
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A Timeline of Recent Attacks on the EPA’s Science-Based Ambient Air Pollution Standards

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Trump administration officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency have made several moves that undermine the longstanding process that the agency uses to ensure that independent science informs ambient air pollution...
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Trump Strips States’ Power to Curb Dangerous Auto and Truck Pollution

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By Natural Resources Defense Council For half a century, California has been the nation’s leader in fighting dangerous air pollution from cars and trucks, using its right under the Clean Air Act to set its own emission standards. Today, Trump declared that his administration will...
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Abolition of Supplemental Environmental Projects: A Damaging Retreat for Environmental Enforcement

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By Joel Mintz, Center for Progressive Reform Late last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) quietly took a major step to undercut the enforcement of our federal pollution control laws. In a publicly released but little publicized memorandum, DOJ’s Associate Attorney...
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Here Is Why State Regulators Are Rejecting Utility Resource Plans

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By Joseph Daniel, Union of Concerned Scientists Utility resource plans, which often take the form of “Integrated Resource Plans” (IRP), are a business plan, of sorts, for utilities. It lays out what utilities plan on doing to meet customer’s demands. In California, the process...
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NOAA Urged to Protect Right Whales From Deadly Entanglements

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By Francine Kershaw, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC and the broader environmental community has come out in force to urge the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale from deadly entanglements...
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Trump’s Witch Hunt Against California and Carmakers

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists For years, President Trump has decried the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt.” Putting aside whether that characterization was fair, the Trump justice department has now initiated a witch hunt of its own—an investigation into...
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How the Defense Spending Bill Vote Could Impact Children’s Health

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By  Ketura Persellin, Environmental Working Group This year’s defense spending bill – the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA – now being considered by Congress, is an unprecedented chance to regulate the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, which hav...
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Fighting Fear With Facts: What to Know About the Public Charge Rule

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By Gabriela Salas, National Women’s Health Network Last month, the Trump administration finalized a radical new rule as part of their larger attack on immigrant communities. Known as the “public charge” rule, it’s a particularly cruel and short-sighted example of the...
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Pres. Trump – Light Bulbs Don’t Cause People to Look Orange

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By Noah Horowitz, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump has been talking a lot lately about light bulbs and complaining that they make people look orange, are toxic, and cost too much. He’s sadly mistaken on all fronts. Let’s correct the record. Consumers are very...
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Trump Administration Rolls Back Protections for Millions of Acres of Wetlands, Waterways

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By Waterkeeper Alliance The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule today rolling back protections for millions of acres of wetlands, vernal pools, and other waterways. The rule opens the door for more pollution and toxic waste dumping in rivers,...
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Trump Administration Kicks Clean Water Protections Out the Door

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By Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers officially repealed the Clean Water Rule today, undoing critical protections for streams, wetlands, and other smaller bodies of water at risk of pollution. The rollback...
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The Broken Safe Drinking Water Act Won’t Fix the PFAS Crisis

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By Erik D. Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council We’ve known for years that 6 million Americans’ tap water is contaminated with PFOA and PFOS, just two of thousands in a class of “forever” chemicals known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), at levels above the U.S....
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Administration Flouts Basic Rules of Process to Open Arctic

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By Garett Rose, Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump administration just released its Final Environmental Impact Statement for oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This document, like the draft it is based one, is a slapdash attempt to skirt the...
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EPA Attack on Science Targets Animal Tests

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council This week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a directive instructing the agency to significantly reduce animal testing by 2035. The agency also awarded $4.25 million to four universities to advance the development of...
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Trump EPA Uses Animals to Hide Science Attack

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By Kristi Pullen Fedinick, Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump EPA is planning to significantly reduce the number of animals used in chemical testing over the next 16 years. Administrator Wheeler has signed a directive that will eventually eliminate these tests and reduce...
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Former NOAA Officials File Scientific Integrity Complaint Over Trump Attacks on Weather Forecasters

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Three former high-ranking NOAA officials filed an official complaint yesterday asking for a comprehensive investigation into multiple violations of the NOAA Scientific Integrity Policy. “Recent actions to censor NWS scientists put...
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How Science Watchdogs Can Protect the Gray Wolf

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By Carlos Carroll, Union of Concerned Scientists Sadly, we have grown accustomed to seeing political candidates denying the reality of established scientific facts, such as those that underpin our understanding of evolution and climate change. Science denial is even more...
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Everything Must Go: Selling Out Our Rivers and Clean Water

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By Christopher Williams, American Rivers President Trump’s first term is winding down, and the final year of any presidential term sees a flurry of proposed rules and other regulatory actions that seek to cement that president’s vision and legacy.  Unfortunately, the legacy of an...
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Here’s What Congress Should Ask When Industry Tries to Spread PFAS Disinformation Today

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists At a hearing tomorrow in the House Oversight and Reform Committee, the primary makers and users of PFOA and PFOS, 3M, DuPont, and Chemours, will be testifying about their roles in the PFAS contamination fiasco. This follows a July...
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NOAA Officials Threatened with Firing After Dorian Trump Tweet Fiasco

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Senior NOAA political staff objected to orders to “fix” weather forecasts to conform with the president’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama, the New York Times reports. Then Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened...
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The Science on PFAS: Rebuttal to 3M’s Claims

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By Environmental Working Group For decades, 3M was a leading producer of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS. As early as the 1950s, 3M’s own studies showed that PFAS chemicals built up in blood, and by the 1960s, 3M’s own animal studies showed the potential for harm....
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NOAA Leadership Trades Scientific Integrity for Political Appeasement

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists The mission of the National Weather Service is to provide “weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.” And its hard-working employees...
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GSE Reform Shuffles to the Exits

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By Barry Zigas, Consumer Federation of America More than a decade after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship at the height of the financial crisis, the Trump Administration’s Treasury Department on September 5 released its long-awaited report on mortgage...
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Anti-Labor Day: DOL’s Double-Down on Deregulation Hurts Working Americans, Further Erodes Regulatory Integrity

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By Matt Kent, Public Citizen Just before Labor Day weekend, Acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella made clear that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) planned on accelerating its efforts to strip away key worker protections. In remarks at the DOL Labor Day celebration, Pizzella...
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Beekeepers Fight the Sting of EPA’s Bee Killing Actions

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By Jessica A. Knoblauch, Earthjustice It’s been a particularly terrible year for bees. While the nation’s honeybee populations continue to plummet, Trump’s EPA has announced it’s allowing the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor back on the market. In addition...
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EPA’s Glyphosate Assessment is Unsafe, Unhealthy, Unlawful

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council This spring EPA issued its Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision, PID (Relevant documents here, and in the EPA Docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361-2340).  In this document, EPA reaffirms its mis-classification of glyphosate as...
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Amazon Prime: Workers Pay a Price for Fast, Free Shipping

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By Shanna Devine and Katie Tracy, Public Citizen and the Center for Progressive Reform On Labor Day weekend, it’s easy to get caught up in big sales or planning one last hoorah before summer ends. It’s also easy to forget about the millions of workers who labor tirelessly to...
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Trump Administration Goes After States for Protecting the Environment

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By Don Anair, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump administration has been on a collision course with California, and it appears that collision is imminent. An administrative action to undermine the authority granted to the state by the Clean Air Act to protect its citizens...
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Latest DOE Attempt to Save Inefficient Bulbs Makes No Sense

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By Noah Horowitz, Natural Resources Defense Council In an ill-advised and illegal action, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced today it will proceed with rolling back energy-saving standards for everyday light bulbs. The rollback will lead to higher energy bills for homes and...
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Hurricane Dorian + Florida’s Toxic Waste = Trouble

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By Austyn Gaffney, Sierra Club Forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Dorian, which has devastated the Bahamas as a Category 5, will be a strong Category 4 when it sideswipes Florida’s eastern coast on Tuesday, before swirling north toward Georgia and the Carolinas....
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Defending Clean Drinking Water: Demanding Safety for Our Families

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By Sonya Lunder, Sierra Club This week, Sierra Club joined dozens of environmental and health scientists and advocates in demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protect women and children from perchlorate – an industrial chemical that contaminates drinking...
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Today’s Vehicles, Tomorrow: How Automakers Can Meet Strong 2025 Efficiency Standards

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Four years ago, we noted that auto manufacturers were well on their way to meeting the 2025 vehicle efficiency standards set under the previous administration, with a number of vehicles  overachieving on their targets. Since then,...
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Four Trump Judges Join Ruling Eliminating Consumer Relief in FTC Fraud Cases: Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears

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By Elliot Mincberg, People For the American Way Trump 7th Circuit judges Amy Coney Barrett, Michael Brennan, Michael Scudder, and Amy St. Eve joined the 7th Circuit majority in refusing to reconsider a three-judge decision, in which Brennan participated, which overruled a prior...
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EPA Walks Back Protections Against Methane, a Potent Planet-Warmer

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By Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed—yet again—to scrap protections that curb methane leaks from oil and gas operations, the largest source of this greenhouse gas in the United States. Pound for pound, methane is the...
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Trump Orders Forest Protection Rollbacks

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By Virginia Cramer, Sierra Club The Washington Post broke news yesterday that Trump has ordered the Forest Service to roll back protections for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. As the Post noted: “The move would affect more than half of the world’s largest intact temperate...
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EPA’s Free Pass for Oil and Gas: Another Climate Surrender

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council Climate change is already causing unprecedented heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, storms, and floods. Today, Hurricane Dorian is barreling down on Florida, and the Amazon, Alaska, and Siberia are on fire. And the world’s climate...
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For Decades, Polluters Knew PFAS Chemicals Were Dangerous But Hid Risks From Public

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By By Jared Hayes and Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group For nearly 70 years, chemical companies like 3M and DuPont have known that the highly fluorinated chemicals called PFAS build up in our blood. They’ve known for almost that long that PFAS chemicals have a toxic effect...
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CVS Will Remove Harmful Ingredients From Sunscreens

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By Carla Burns and Emily Ion Kosuge, Environmental Working Group CVS, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, recently announced it will phase out two common sunscreen ingredients, oxybenzone and octinoxate, from many of its store-brand sun-protection product...
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Taking on DC’s Darth Vader

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By Rachel Curley, Public Citizen Earlier this month President Trump signed a bi-partisan budget deal that raises the debt ceiling and establishes a broad outline for $2.7 trillion in federal spending over the next two years. While this deal creates topline numbers for the federal...
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The $2.5 Billion Question Waiting at FERC

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By Mike Jacobs, Union of Concerned Scientists The electricity industry is watching closely for news that will raise consumer costs some $2.5 billion per year.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to change the payments for new and old power plants in 13 states....
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Bernhardt Is Making It Harder for Environmental Watchdogs to Hold Interior Accountable

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By Marc Rehmann and Sam Hananel, Center for American Progress Since entering office, the Trump administration has lost the vast majority of legal battles over its policies that harm the environment and public lands. Now, it’s trying to discourage opponents of these policies from...
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Stop the Spread of Coal Ash Contamination

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By Larissa Liebmann, Waterkeeper Alliance The Trump administration’s weakening of public protections from coal pollution is not saving the dying coal industry and has done nothing to help struggling coal workers. However, EPA continues to push forward regulatory rollbacks that...
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8 Times Your Voice Has Been Silenced by the Trump Administration

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By Anita Desikan, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump administration is routinely undermining your ability—and mine, and everyone else’s in this country—to exercise our democratic rights to provide input on the administration’s proposed actions through the public comment...
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Report Finds Hidden Harm From Toxic Chemicals That Leach Their Way Into Our Food

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By Nydia Gutierrez, Erathjustice Phthalates — toxic chemicals used to keep plastics supple — disrupt our hormone systems and have been linked to reproductive, developmental and endocrine health problems, including deficits in child IQ and other learning disabilities. This class...
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The Chamber’s Support for Junk Plans Puts Industry Profits Ahead of Americans’ Health Care Needs

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By Craig Sandler, Public Citizen Recently, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released an issue brief entitled “Association Health Plans: Everything You Need to Know.” The brief argues for expanded “association health plans” (AHPs)—junk health care plans with skimpy coverage and...
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Don’t Be Fooled by the Trump Administration’s Labor Day Pitch on Overtime Policy — It’s Going to Cost Workers Billions

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By Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute Soon, the Labor Department under the Trump administration will release its final rule on worker overtime. The rumor is that the administration may showcase the rule around Labor Day and claim they are taking steps to help workers....
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EPA Administrator Wheeler Worsens Particulate Pollution Review Process

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists In April, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected the recommendations of his hand-picked science advisors on the particulate matter and ozone standard updates. Now, we again see him choose to meet a political deadline at the...
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When Will the Endangered Florida Panther Catch a Break?

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By Alison Kelly, Natural Resources Defense Council The Florida panther is the only remaining puma population in the eastern United States. It is estimated that fewer than 230 individual panthers remain in a single south Florida population. As NRDC previously reported, Florida...
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How Trump’s ESA Rollbacks Will Affect Foreign Species

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By Elly Pepper, Natural Resources Defense Council As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Trump Administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) finalized its drastic rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act this month. What you may not have heard is how this will affect species...
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Trump Proposes Rollbacks to Public Input and Safeguards for Our National Forests

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By David Moryc, American Rivers On June 13, the U.S. Forest Service initiated a regulation change that if successful would eliminate current public participation and reduce the role of science in the vast majority of land management decisions for the nation’s 193 million acres of...
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July Was Hottest on Record — and Dangerous Heat Hits Home

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By Vijay Limaye, Natural Resources Defense Council The heat is on. The summer of 2019 has been brutally hot around the world, from the United States to the Netherlands to Japan, and last month was the warmest summer recorded since reliable temperature recordkeeping began in 1880....
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You Can Now Weigh in on New Right Whale Protections

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By Francine Kershaw, Natural Resources Defense Council You can now make your voice heard on North Atlantic right whale protections. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA; also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS) recently announced a...
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Lack of Heat Safety Standard a Risk to Postal Worker Health

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By Clare Morganelli, Natural Resources Defense Council My grandfather was a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier for over two decades. “Tony the Mailman,” as he was affectionately known along his route, delivered mail on foot throughout neighborhoods in Queens, New York all...
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Harmful Chemicals in Personal Care and Cosmetic Products Lead to Negative Health Outcomes for Women

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By M. Isabelle Chaudry, National Women’s Health Network On average, women use 12 products containing 168 unique ingredients every day. Men, on the other hand, use 6 products daily with 85 unique ingredients according to the Environmental Working Group. Their study shows...
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10 Ways Trump Has Undermined Chemical Safety

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By Melanie Benesh, Environmental Working Group President Trump toured a Shell chemical plant in Pennsylvania Tuesday, supposedly to promote his economic agenda. According to reports, he went off script quite a bit – but one thing he definitely didn’t talk about was his...
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Extinction Crisis Looms as Trump Attacks Endangered Species Act

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By Jessica A. Knoblauch, Earthjustice This week, the Trump administration finalized rules that overhaul the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act, a bedrock environmental law that is both widely popular among the public and remarkably successful in protecting imperiled...
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Dog Deaths Linked to Harmful Algae Blooms

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By Ketura Persellin, Environmental Working Group Last week, Melissa Martin and Denise Mintz took their dogs – Abby, Harpo and Lizzy – for a swim in a pond near their home in Wilmington, N.C. Within hours, the dogs grew sick and died, apparent victims of poisoning from toxic algae...
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Critics Call BLM and USDA Relocations a Gambit to Sell Off Public Lands

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By E.A. Crunden, Sierra Club In the span of a few months, entire sections of the US government have been turned upside down with around 1,000 federal employees given a stark choice: relocate or lose your job. That dilemma lies at the heart of a decision to move parts of...
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NRDC Goes to Court to Challenge Dirty Power Scheme

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By Natural Resources Defense Council Major public health and environmental groups, including NRDC, took legal action today asking the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Affordable Clean Energy Rule—the Trump...
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Who Benefits from Endangered Species Rollback? Big Polluters

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By Jonathan Hahn, Sierra Club At a time when the world’s leading scientists warn that human-caused global warming is precipitating a wildlife extinction crisis, the Trump administration has announced the most sweeping rollback of protections for endangered species in a...
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Cuts to Animal Protections Aren’t Surprising to Anyone Who Knows David Bernhardt

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By Alison Cagle, Earthjustice Who would want to make it harder for vulnerable species to survive on an increasingly imperiled planet? That would be David Bernhardt, Trump’s Secretary of the Interior. Today, Bernhardt dramatically weakened the rules that implement the Endangered...
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The Trump Administration Dismantles Endangered Species Protections as Sixth Mass Extinction Crisis Looms

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, the Trump administration released a final rule dismantling the role of science in informing protections for endangered and threatened wildlife. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the protections it has afforded to threatened...
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Trump Extinction Plan Puts Wildlife in Peril

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By Lena Moffitt, Sierra Club Several reports out recently paint a dire picture for our nation’s lands and wildlife. The most recent is the special report on lands from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report stresses both the need to manage lands as part of...
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As Scientists Warn of Biodiversity Crisis, Trump Administration Guts Endangered Species Act

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By Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump administration finalized its drastic rollback of the Endangered Species Act(ESA), just months after the United Nations released a dire report warning that one million species could go extinct if business continues as usual. “We’re...
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Did California Trump the Clean Car Rollback?

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By Ben Jervey, Sierra Club Leverage is one of Donald Trump’s favorite themes—”don’t make deals without it,” he wrote in The Art of the Deal. In the two-year battle over clean car standards, California just reminded the Trump administration what real leverage looks like. In late...
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Trump EPA Refuses to Ban Pesticide—Where’s California?

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Natural Resources Defense Council Public health and farmworker advocates returned to court this week to fight back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing refusal to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that harms children’s brains, from...
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10 Sunscreens That Comply with Proposed New FDA Safety Rules

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By Katie O’Reilly, Sierra Club It may be vital for protecting ourselves from the hot sun, but in recent years, sunscreen has found its way into the hot seat. Thanks to a heating planet and trashed ozone layer, sunscreen habits have evolved in recent decades—no longer a mere...
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NRDC Takes EPA to Court—Again—to Protect Children’s Health

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By Natural Resources Defense Council A coalition of labor and health groups, including NRDC, sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today in order to force a ban on chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide that is commonly sprayed on various U.S. food crops, including apples,...
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EPA Is Eroding States’ Authority to Protect Waters from Unchecked Development

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By Aaron Zoellick, Waterkeepers Chesapeake The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a guidance document outlining certain Clean Water Act (CWA) timelines and requirements that states should follow when reviewing the impacts of major infrastructure projects,...
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Furnace Fan and Dehumidifier Efficiency Standards Take Effect

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By Emily Deanne, Natural Resources Defense Council New equipment in America’s homes and buildings will soon be more energy efficient thanks to energy standards that just went into effect for dehumidifiers and the fans moving air from furnaces and central air conditioning systems...
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Toxic Personal Care Products and Women’s Health: A Public Health Crisis

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By M. Isabelle Chaudry, National Women’s Health Network With few exceptions, current federal law does not require makers of cosmetics and other personal care products sold in the United States to get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before their...
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It’s Time to Ban PFAS From Food Packaging

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By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group The recent discovery of fluorinated chemicals, or PFAS, in food packaging should serve as a reminder that our diets are as big a source as drinking water of these toxic compounds in our bodies. The discovery by The New Food Economy, a...
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House Democrats Look to End Special Treatment of Corporate Polluters

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By Matthew Gravatt, Sierra Club For decades, bedrock environmental laws like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act have existed to protect our communities from dangerous pollution. But did you know that oil and gas companies are often able to get around these protections? Thanks...
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So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, Says the EPA to Southwest Alaska

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By Anita Desikan, Union of Concerned Scientists The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has once again washed its hands of its responsibility to protect the health and safety of our waterways. On Tuesday, the agency helped clear a path towards the development of Pebble Mine, a...
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Four Automakers Stand Firm With California Against a Trump Administration Rollback

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week, California’s governor and lead regulator announced an agreement with four automakers (BMW, Ford, Honda, and Volkswagen) on vehicle emissions standards that exceed anything the Trump administration has proposed, though it...
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Confused by Food Date Labels? Congress Aims to Set Them Straight.

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By Natural Resources Defense Council Date labels on food packages are many and varied, and all too often misunderstood—leading to unnecessary food (and money) waste. In fact, up to 40 percent of all food goes uneaten in the United States. Now, twin bills making their way through...
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Why Eugene Scalia Is the Wrong Person for the Job

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By Heidi Shierholz, Lynn Rhinehart and Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Working women and men need and deserve a Secretary of Labor—somebody who will look out for their interests, protect them from unscrupulous employers, set strong health and safety standards, and...
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Trump Administration Sidesteps Congress to Cut SNAP. Again.

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By Sarah Reinhardt, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump administration has announced a new proposed rule that would make it harder for millions to feed their families—and is defying Congress in the process. If that sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve seen this movie before....
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Five Key Takeaways from the 2018 CFA Consumer Complaint Survey Report

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By Susan Grant, Consumer Federation of America So many interesting issues emerged from this year’s survey of state and local consumer protection agencies that it’s impossible to list them all. Here are some of my key takeaways based on information from the survey report. Payment...
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Better Markets Speaks Truth to Power at Fed Stress Tests Conference

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By Better Markets Stress tests, as we’ve detailed here, have been invaluable in strengthening our financial system. They are vital tools that protect taxpayers and our economy by making sure that banks have enough capital to absorb their own losses without needing bailouts. To...
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To Address PFAS Pollution, Congress Should Report, Reduce and Remediate

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By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group When it comes to household waste, we all know the mantra: Reduce, reuse, recycle. When it comes to pollution from the toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, Congress should adopt a different three-part approach: Report PFA...
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HUD Celebrates One Year of Smokefree Apartment Living

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By the American Lung Association For more than a decade, the American Lung Association has been working hard to protect everyone in public housing from secondhand smoke exposure. This multi-faceted effort included years of advocating for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...
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EPA Kills Bristol Bay Protections, Cozies Up to Pebble Mine

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By Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Natural Resources Defense Council In a purely political move unsupported by science, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today withdrew its proposal for common-sense restrictions that would have protected Bristol Bay, Alaska from the giant Pebble...
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USDA to Biotech: Call Your Own Compliance

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By Steve Suppan, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants agribusiness to sell more genetically engineered (GE) seeds and food products all over the world, as soon as possible. This rule would go beyond already controversial genetically...
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Off Highway Vehicles: Nearly 100 Recalls Since CFA Began Tracking

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By Rachel Weintraub, Consumer Federation of America An Analysis of OHV Recalls: Increasing Number of OHVs Pulled from Market due to Safety Concerns A Consumer Federation of America (CFA) analysis of off highway vehicle (OHV) recalls found that over the past nine years, there have...
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EPA Might Be Using Its Advisors to Do Away With Protective Science Guidelines

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists At the last EPA Science Advisory Board meeting in June, the EPA SAB was asked to partake in a consultation process in review of the EPA’s planned changes to its cancer and noncancer risk assessment guidelines. These guidelines are used...
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New Poll: Americans Strongly Oppose USDA Move to Weaken Food Safety at Pork Plants

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By United Food and Commercial Workers As America’s largest private-sector union representing thousands of pork workers, UFCW works to protect the safety of the hardworking men and women at swine slaughter plants as well as the food they pack and process. A new poll released this...
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You Won’t Hear President Trump Boast About These Records

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump recently boasted about his amazing environmental record, which others have shown to be, in fact, not great. What records has President Trump achieved? I did some research to find out. Here is a list of records that...
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