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Trump Administration Power Grab & Yet More Industry-Friendly Deregulation

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By Better Markets A memo released by the Trump administration’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed all agencies to submit so-called guidance to the White House for review looks like an attempt to put up another major hurdle to sensible and essential regulations meant...
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Greater Transparency Needed for Regulatory Review Meetings

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By Seth Moulton, Project on Government Oversight The government recently asked the public what a federal office that sits at the epicenter of major regulations should disclose about meetings it has with outside parties. This pivotal office reviews and changes regulations before...
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SNAP Rule Change Would Disproportionately Affect Trump Country

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By Sarah Reinhardt, Union of Concerned Scientists USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has signaled he may be having second thoughts about a proposed rule that could force 755,000 work-ready adults off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The rule, which would restrict...
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The Growing Threat of Leveraged Loans

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By Better Markets Much like the subprime bubble that sparked the 2008 financial crisis, there is a growing number of people who see the same thing happening with high-risk, low quality leverage loans.  With increasingly poor underwriting standards, rapid unregulated growth, and...
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CPR Scholars and Staff Call on EPA to Abandon Proposed Attack on Mercury Rule

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform One of the most successful environmental regulations in U.S. history is under attack from the Trump EPA – and its demise might be accomplished by shady bookkeeping. That is the conclusion of comments filed by Center for Progressive...
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Trump Administration Killing Financial Consumer Protection Today and Other Federal Government Protections Tomorrow

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By Better Markets It’s easy to get distracted by the outrage-of-the-day coming from the Trump White House.  But a must-read article posted by the New York Times ahead of its publication in this Sunday’s magazine really reinforces the importance of looking beyond the latest...
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New Guide: Securing a Nontoxic Work Environment

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform Workers should be able to earn a paycheck without putting their lives or their health and well-being on the line. Yet every day, an estimated 137 U.S. workers succumb to diseases caused by on-the-job exposure to toxic chemicals and...
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OMB Leveraging the CRA to Add to Its Oversight of Independent Regulatory Agencies

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By Bill Funk, Center for Progressive Reform Last week, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum to all agencies regarding compliance with the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This memo supersedes one issued in 1999 and pulls independent...
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Federal Appeals Court Orders EPA to Strengthen Rule on Toxic Wastewater From Power Plants

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By Waterkeeper Alliance Siding with environmentalists, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday issued a decision directing the EPA to strengthen limits on toxic wastewater from power plants.  The Court’s ruling requires EPA to reevaluate modern wastewater...
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Judge Halts the Trump Administration’s Fossil Fuels Giveaway

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By Bobby McEnaney, Natural Resources Defense Council Another court has denied the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to adopt flawed regulatory policies that run contrary to federal law. This time, a federal court on Friday issued a judgment blocking an attempt by the...
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CPR Member Scholars to EPA: Clean Water Rule Rollback Based on Bad Law, Weak Science

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By Matt Schudtz, Center for Progressive Reform The federal Clean Water Act has been a resounding success as a tool for restoring our nation’s waterways and preserving wetlands and other vital components of our ecosystems. But that success depends, in part, on restricting...
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Dusky Sharks Win as Courts Tire of Trump Antics

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By Jessica Knoblauch, Earthjustice Silencing scientists. Barring the public from the legal process. Even lying to the court. These shenanigans wouldn’t seem out of place as plot points in a John Grisham paperback. But the Trump administration’s determination to favor corporate...
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FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel Meeting on Breast Implant Safety

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By Tessa Ruff, National Women’s Health Network On March 26 and 27, the FDA convened a meeting of the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel to investigate the safety of breast implants following a reported link between textured implants and lymphoma, as well as a range...
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What to Expect When You’re Expecting the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Pregnancy Advice: Caffeine’s ok. Some caffeine is ok. No caffeine. Breastfeeding Advice: Start solids at 4 months. Start solids at 6 months. Exclusively breastfeed for one year. First Foods Advice: Homemade baby food. Store-bought baby...
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Food Standards on the Menu at U.S.-EU Talks

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By Sharon Anglin Treat, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy With the endorsement on April 15 by a majority of the heads of government of its member states, the European Union has finally taken the formal step needed to move ahead with trade negotiations with the United...
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The T-Rex in the Room at the DC Auto Show

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By Andrew Linhardt, Sierra Club As the Washington Auto Show kicked off in early April, the Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All campaign — alongside our partners at Public Citizen, Interfaith Power and Light, and the Safe Climate Campaign — took the opportunity...
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Net Neutrality Won in the House. Now It’s on to the Senate.

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By Free Press AMAZING NEWS: In a 232–190 vote, the House of Representatives passed the Save the Internet Act, with one Republican crossing party lines and joining Democrats in voting for this crucial bill. Wednesday’s victory is a huge step forward in the fight for digital civil...
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Uncharted Territory: The EPA’s Science Advisors Just Called Out Administrator Wheeler

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) published a letter to Administrator Andrew Wheeler making recommendations on the agency’s approach to updating the ambient air pollution standard for particulate...
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Sound Science, Objective Facts, and the Rule of Law

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By Mitchell Bernard, Natural Resources Defense Council A recent courtroom win for our ocean waters has affirmed part of the majesty of American democracy: No one, not even the president, is above the law. That’s especially important now. President Trump is waging the worst...
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Cancer Risks From Monsanto’s Weedkiller Deserve Further Scrutiny, Government Agency Says

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By Alexis Temkin and Olga Naidenko, Environmental Working Group A new analysis of Monsanto’s signature herbicide, glyphosate, released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gives weight to studies...
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Prodded by Coal Industry, the EPA Decides Mercury Is Fine, Just Fine. Remind Them: It’s Not.

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By Julie McNamara, Union of Concerned Scientists From the gaping maw of coal baron greed slithers another brazen ploy. This time: guiding our nation’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to arrive at the stunning discovery that mercury spewed from coal plants is actually...
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Regulatory Failures = Superweeds and Glyphosate Cancers

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Glyphosate is used in the U.S. at roughly 300 million pounds per year in agriculture, with about 90% for agriculture, and 10% for non-ag uses (Benbrook 2016). It gets on our lawns and gardens, our parks and playgrounds, our farm...
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Three Things EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Doesn’t Understand About Ambient Air Pollution Standards

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler talked to Congress. Members had questions about his recent changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards updates for particulate matter and ozone. Wheeler’s comments las...
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Trump Threatens States with Two Executive Orders Favoring Fossil Fuels—Again

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By Kimberly Ong, Natural Resources Defense Council In a transparent attempt to restrict states’ powers to protect their own streams, rivers, wetlands, reservoirs, and springs, President Trump signed an executive order intended to limit states’ authority to enforce its water...
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Yes, EPA: Regulating Mercury Pollution Is “Appropriate and Necessary”

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists It doesn’t take a health care professional, public health expert or environmental scientist to understand the value of clean air and the need for regulatory safeguards that protect our families and communities from toxic air...
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The “Return to Prudent Banking Act” Will Help Protect Us From Another Financial Crash

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By Craig Sandler, Public Citizen We need strong rules for Wall Street. When we don’t have them, Americans suffer. It happened with savings and loan association deregulation, which led to a real estate collapse; it happened with the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999, which led to...
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Fires in Texas Spark Interest in Chemical Safety

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By Anthony Gutierrez, Union of Concerned Scientists Watching the news last week as clouds of thick black smoke billowed over Houston, I worried about my family. They are surrounded by chemical plants. Hearing state and local officials saying there is no air quality issue, and...
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Trump’s Executive Order Undermines States’ Rights

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By Waterkeeper Alliance President Trump plans today to sign an executive order that attempts to limit states’ role in approving permits required for oil and gas projects under the Clean Water Act, undermining federal law and stripping states of their ability to approve or deny...
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When You Drill, You Spill. Proposed Bills Push Back Against Trump’s Dangerous Offshore Drilling Plans.

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By Natalie Mebane, Sierra Club This month will mark the 9th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. As we reflect on the worst oil spill in American history, we must not forget that 11 human lives were lost, countless animals were killed, and...
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Letting Dirty Trucks Glide Past Pollution Protections

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By Amit Narang, Public Citizen The White House agency in charge of reviewing regulations, the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), conspired with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to circumvent important rulemaking requirements – and ram through...
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5 Ways Wheeler Is Dirtying Our Water

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By Sally Hardin, Center for American Progress In a recent interview, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler said that access to clean drinking water across the globe is “the biggest environmental threat.” However, these empty words represent the extent...
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Banned Around the Globe – But Still Legal in California?

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By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group More than 40 nations have banned or restricted more than 1,400 chemicals in cosmetics and other personal care products. So why are chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive harm still turning up in cosmetics sold in California? Using...
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5 Trump Administration Efforts That Could Undermine the Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy

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By Jim Lyons, Center for American Progress In September 2015, a landscape-level, science-based conservation effort developed through the collaborative work of 11 states, four federal agencies, multiple companies, and thousands of private landowners prevented the greater...
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Diapers and Pads May Be Leaching Chemicals Into Our Bodies

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By Katie O’Reilly, Sierra Club In her 1997 book Living Downstream, biologist, mother, and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber compares the idea that as individuals, we can protect ourselves from environmental toxins to buying blueprints for bomb shelters. Steingraber writes...
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Even If You Can’t Pay, Payday Lenders Can Keep Looting Your Account Thanks to Texas Judge

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By Better Markets As if it wasn’t enough that new CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger was doing her best to help predatory payday lenders, a federal judge in Texas decided to leave in place a stay on the compliance date of the payday lending rule. As a result of a ruling by U.S....
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Here’s What You Can Do to Pass the Save the Internet Act

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By Free Press This just in: A key House committee passed the Save the Internet Act! This is a huge milestone. Multiple representatives who have been Net Neutrality skeptics in the past voted for this bill, citing all the contacts, stories and messages they’ve received from...
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Out-of-Season Algae Outbreaks on the Rise

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By Anne Schechinger, Environmental Working Group Outbreaks of toxic algae in U.S. waterways usually happen in warmer months. But in a sign that the problem is growing worse, algae blooms were reported in December in Michigan and Washington state, with another report...
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Wells Fargo’s Next CEO Must Be a Commercial/Retail Bank Leader

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By Better Markets The only reason banks are backed by governments and taxpayers – and why they were bailed out in 2008 – is because they are supposed to serve an essential public function:  providing financial support to the real economy and Main Street families and businesses. ...
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Speak Up Now to Save Clean Water Act Protections!

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By Ellen Simon, Waterkeeper Alliance The last chance to comment on a Trump administration proposal that would gut the Clean Water Act is April 15. The proposal, which has no basis in science, would be disastrous for our waterways, removing safeguards from historically protected...
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Food Companies at the Table in Trump Administration’s Dietary Guidelines Committee

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By Derrick Z. Jackson, Union of Concerned Scientists Putting a new twist on the term “pork-barrel politics,” the National Pork Board, along with other of food industry and infant formula lobbyists, may be maneuvering into a position of undue influence in the Tru...
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DOE About to Make an Appliance Efficiency Testing Error

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By Joe Vukovich, Natural Resources Defense Council If you wanted to improve the test scores of a high school math class, one way to do it would be to let the students write their own tests. The scores would certainly increase, but the thing you actually care about—knowledge of...
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Five Takeaways from the EPA Meeting on Particulate Pollution

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday, the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) had a teleconference to discuss their recommendations to the administration on the agency’s assessment of the science on particulate matter (PM) and health. The...
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How the FAA Ceded Aviation Safety Oversight to Boeing

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By Nick Schwellenback and Emma Stodder, Project on Government Oversight The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) close relationship with the industry it regulates is under increased scrutiny following two Boeing 737 Max commercial jet crashes that killed 346 people within the...
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Nine Reasons to Oppose the Trump Administration’s Proposed SNAP Changes

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By Sarah Reinhardt, Union of Concerned Scientists On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Trump administration closes a public comment period on proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) that could leave hundreds of thousands of unemployed and...
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A New Bill Proposes to Ban Chlorpyrifos Nationwide

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By the Natural Resources Defense Council New Mexico senator Tom Udall reintroduced a bill today that would ban the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos—a chemical adapted from World War II–era nerve gases—from being sprayed on fruits and vegetables grown in the United State...
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White House Wades Into Mortgage Finance Debate

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By Barry Zigas, Consumer Federation of America President Trump issued a memorandum on March 27 directing the Treasury, HUD, VA and USDA to develop a comprehensive plan for reform of the mortgage finance system, including both administrative and legislative actions as necessary. ...
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Why NAFTA’s 2.0 Current Labor Provisions Fall Short

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By Owen E. Herrnstadt, Economic Policy Institute One year ago, we were hopeful that renegotiating NAFTA represented the first real opportunity in 25 years to finally rewrite the labor template currently relied on for trade agreements. After all, since NAFTA was implemented,...
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How the Chemical Industry Deployed the Disinformation Playbook on PFAS

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will convene tomorrow for a hearing on the federal responses (or lack thereof) to the risks associated with the class of toxic chemicals known as PFAS, inviting representatives from the...
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Debunking the Trump Administration’s New Water Rule

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By Ryan Richards, Center for American Progress In February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. The proposed rule dramatically restricts what falls under the purview of the Clean Water Act, the...
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Courts Agree: The EPA Can’t Ignore Threats to Water Quality From Polluted Stormwater

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By Jeffrey Odefey, American Rivers The Clean Water Act’s path toward protecting our waters has many twists, turns, and apparent dead ends. The law’s treatment of stormwater– the polluted and untreated rain and snowmelt that runs off of streets and parking lots into our creeks and...
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Fringe Science at the EPA Threatens Our Progress on Clean Air

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By Vijay Limaye, Natural Resources Defense Council After years of study, the scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have compiled an 1,800 page analysis showing that fine particulate matter poses great risks to the health and welfare of our nation, a finding that...
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1,399 Endangered Species Latest Casualty as David Bernhardt’s Siege on Science Continues at Interior Department

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists On Thursday, March 28, the Senate will hold a hearing to advance David Bernhardt’s nomination for Secretary of the Interior. This is not good news for the Department of the Interior, its federal scientists and their work, or the...
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For Consumers, Being Clean Is as Important as Coming Clean

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By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group More than ever, Americans want to know everything about our food, cosmetics, cleaners and other everyday products we bring into our homes. We want to know what’s in it, why it’s in there, where it’s been and who made it. Mostly we want...
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Bernhardt Buries Science on Pesticide Harms to Wildlife

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By Rebecca Riley, Natural Resources Defense Council It’s shocking, but maybe not a surprise. Today, the New York Times revealed that President Trump’s pick to head the Department of Interior, David Bernhardt, suppressed agency findings that three pesticides—chlorpyrifos,...
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Latest Agriculture Emissions Data Show Rise of Factory Farms

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By Ben Lilliston, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy New data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows a steady increase in agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions, much of it linked to industrial systems of crop production and the rise of factory...
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Some Recusal Rules of Thumb for Recently Confirmed Judge Rao

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform During her confirmation hearing, Neomi Rao – then the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and President Trump’s pick to fill Justice Kavanaugh’s vacant seat on the U.S....
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On World Water Day, Say No to the EPA’s Dirty Water Rule

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By Dalal Aboulhosn, Sierra Club Today, we celebrate World Water Day,a global day of action to ensure that every person on the planet has clean, safe and affordable water. And while EPA head Andrew Wheeler this last week acknowledged the global crisis of reliable drinking water,...
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Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Vehicle Standards Are Working, According to EPA Study

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By Consumer Reports Imagine for a moment a road without rules. No speed limit? No waiting at red lights? As a driver, this might sound exciting! That is, until you think about the other cars on the road. Suddenly, it becomes obvious the rules are really important. They keep...
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Trump Administration Budget Threatens Public Health, Environment

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club The Trump administration’s recently released proposed 2020 budget is a nightmare for everyone who needs clean air, clean water, and a healthy climate. The budget includes deep cuts to virtually every program in government that protects people from...
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20 Years of Clean Water Wins

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By Marc Yaggi, Waterkeeper Alliance Today, on World Water Day, I can’t help but reflect on the billions of people around the world without access to clean and safe water. But there’s a path toward achieving the United Nations’ 2030 goal of universal, equitable access to safe,...
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Fannie, Freddie Should Use Updated Credit Scoring, CFA and Other Consumer and Civil Rights Groups Urge FHFA

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By Barry Zigas, Consumer Federation of America CFA joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and Woodstock Institute in urging the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to support more rapid Adoption Of Alternative...
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Reducing Air Pollution From Cars and Trucks: The Success of the Cleaner Car Standards

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By Will Barrett, American Lung Association The American Lung Association’s Year of Air Pollution and Health seeks to raise awareness of the health impacts of air pollution, and to generate support for the solutions needed to provide healthy air for every American. This month’s...
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NRDC and Partners Sue to Force Overdue Protections Against Chemical Spills

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By Natural Resources Defense Council In 1990, Congress passed Clean Water Act amendments that required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to better prepare for worst-case-scenario spills of hazardous materials, such as those caused by extreme storms or flooding. Now, after...
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On Cosmetics Safety, U.S. Trails More Than 40 Nations

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By Alyssa Katzenelson and Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group U.S. regulation of chemicals and contaminants in cosmetics is falling behind the rest of the world, according to an EWG analysis. More than 40 nations – ranging from major industrialized economies like the United...
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EPA Announces 20 Toxic Chemicals It Won’t Protect Us From

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council Today EPA announced the first 20 chemicals it plans to prioritize as “high priority” for assessment under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Given the Agency’s record of malfeasance on chemicals policy over the past two years,...
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Bravo to the SEC for Directly Attacking Some Dysfunctional/Predatory Market Structure Problems

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By Better Markets SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Director of Division of Trading and Markets, Brett Redfearn, appeared together at anevent at Fordham University in New York City this week and addressed the SEC’s recent efforts in reforming our fragmented, dysfunctional and too...
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Trump EPA Back in Court to Defend Pesticide Toxic to Kids

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Natural Resources Defense Council Next week the Trump Administration will show us, once again, how far it will go to protect polluters at the expense of children’s health. On March 26, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear, for a...
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A Timeline of (Some of) the Trump-Pence Administration’s Attacks on Birth Control

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By Hannah Finnie, Michelle Banker and Mara Gandal-Powers, National Women’s Law Center In June 2018, we filed a lawsuit against the University of Notre Dame and the Trump-Pence administration for illegally teaming up in order to deny Notre Dame students and staff their birth...
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DOE’s Process Rule: More Harm Than Good

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council It will soon be more difficult and cumbersome to set strong standards for the appliances and electronics in our homes and businesses, if the Trump administration’s Department of Energy has its way. At issue is a change in the...
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Public Interest Community Calls on EPA Administrator to Halt Dangerous ‘Benefits-Busting Rule’

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Today, the Center for Progressive Reform and 46 other environmental, labor, and public health organizations sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler calling on him to withdraw the...
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Boeing Crash Shows Perils of Allowing Corporations to Regulate Themselves

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen The death of 157 people on an Ethiopian Airlines flight earlier this month was an awful human tragedy. It’s also a cautionary tale about what happens if we allow corporations to regulate themselves. The public is starting to learn more about the...
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RIP FSOC As It Puts Another Nail Into Its Own Coffin, Endangering All Americans

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By Better Markets The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) was an innovation created by Dodd-Frank in response to several clear lessons learned in the 2008 crash.  It was primarily to ensure that (1) all financial regulators would meet jointly to address...
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Tell EPA: Keep Mercury Limits Strong

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By Larissa Liebmann, Waterkeeper Alliance Thanks to air emissions standards created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act in 2011, important progress in reducing mercury pollution in our waterways has been made. But Trump’s EPA is now taking...
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States and Retailers: The Chemical Industry Is Lying to You

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council Every year the chemical industry holds a conference known as “Global Chem”—and every year representatives of the chemical industry say things that are revealing, scary, ridiculous, or delusional (or sometimes all four);...
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Study: Elevated Levels of Toxic Chemicals Found in Menstrual Pads and Disposable Diapers

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By Carla Burns and Kali Rauhe, Environmental Working Group Many brands of menstrual pads and disposable diapers contain elevated levels of chemicals linked to developmental and reproductive harm, according to a recent study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology. The...
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Perdue’s Paradox: Proposed USDA Reorganization Would Undermine Farmers and Science-Based Research

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By Mike Lavender, Union of Concerned Scientists Presidential budgets are wish lists. Very detailed and public wish lists. That’s why on Monday, when the Trump Administration released its FY2020 Budget, it was alarming to see a 7 percent reduction to the U.S. Department of...
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Reducing Air Pollution From Power Plants: The Success of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

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By the American Lung Association “Where Does Air Pollution Come From?” That’s our theme for the month of March as part of the Year of Air Pollution & Health, and we are doing a series of blogs featuring success stories of reducing pollution from major sources. First up: The...
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Sunshine Week: How “Free” Is the Information?

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Bu Susan Harley, Public Citizen This week marks Sunshine Week, when the media, civil society organizations and the government all join together to celebrate transparency and the power of open government. Named in reference to the famous quote from Supreme Court Justice Louis...
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A Bar Too Low: National Wolf Delisting

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By Sylvia Fallon, Natural Resources Defense Council No one was surprised when the Trump administration proposed removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves across the entire Lower 48 states with the exception of the small, struggling population of Mexican wolves in...
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Clean Water Act Rollbacks Further Expose Greater Houston to Flooding

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By Ellen Simon, Waterkeeper Alliance As Houston grows, the city and its suburbs are devouring its wetlands. Building subdivisions on top of wetlands has made the nation’s fourth-largest city vulnerable to the stronger and more frequent storms that come with climate change, as...
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A Comment Guide for Fighting the EPA’s Attacks on Mercury Standards and Cost-Benefit Analysis

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By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists A couple of days after Christmas last year, during the federal government shut-down, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler somehow found time to issue a pernicious proposal to undermine a crucial clean air rule, the Mercury and Air...
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Bury the Science, Then Claim It Doesn’t Exist: Interior Department Undermines Arctic Drilling Review

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By Joel Clement, Union of Concerned Scientists Laws are good to have. Take the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires the federal government to complete a science-based Environmental Impact Assessment for any project that might damage the surrounding landscape,...
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Enforcement of Consumer-Protection Laws Sinks Under ‘Tough-on-Crime’ Trump

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen Law enforcement activity at three large U.S. consumer protection agencies has fallen sharply under President Donald Trump, as the White House continues to put corporate interests ahead of the middle class. A new Public Citizen report, “Consumer...
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Trump Budget Short-Changes Water Safeguards

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By Jon Devine, Natural Resources Defense Council The White House released its proposed federal government budget this week and it’s a plan only water polluters can love. If followed, it would mean more polluted drinking water supplies, make restoring the fisheries of the...
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Bathroom Restrictions on Transgender Students Violate the U.S. Constitution and Title IX

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By Lauren Hoffman and Sunu P. Chandy, National Women’s Law Center At NWLC, we’re committed to fighting back against sex discrimination in schools, workplaces, and elsewhere. That’s why we’re proud to highlight two recent amicus briefs that we filed in support of transgender...
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Using Tech to Inform Consumers About Dangerous Products

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By Grace Sullivan, Public Citizen Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released its new recall “app.” The CPSC, the nation’s chief product safety regulator, released the app in an effort to make recall information more accessible to consumers and as part...
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EPA, Chemical Industry Version: Killing Workers Is Job One

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council When he was a candidate for President, Donald Trump (in)famously said that he could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody, and he wouldn’t lose any voters. While he hasn’t taken that particular step, his...
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Can the House Save Science From the Trump Purge?

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By Laurie Ristino, Center for Progressive Reform The Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has a weighty agenda – from policy reform to oversight of the Trump administration. Given all that the House Democrats have on their plate, urging them to restore policy...
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How the Clean Water Act Could Become a Dirty Water Rule

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By Christopher Williams, American Rivers On February 14, the Trump Administration published a proposed federal rule that would roll back protection for streams and wetlands across the United States. But we don’t have this accept this awful valentine — Write to the Administration...
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New Proposal Would Keep Millions of Working People From Getting Overtime

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By Kelly Ross, AFL-CIO The Donald Trump administration is proposing a new overtime regulation that would protect at least 2.8 million fewer workers than the overtime regulation proposed by the Barack Obama administration in 2016. The AFL-CIO and other overtime advocat...
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Trump Administration to Remove Wolves From Endangered Species List

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By Sierra Club Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, gray wolves have now started to recover in the continental United States after human persecution brought them to the brink of extinction. But gray wolves are still functionally extinct in the vast majority of places where they...
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CFPB’s Kraninger Provides Opaque Statement to Committee; Questions and Second Panel Will Be Critical

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Today, new CFPB director Kathy Kraninger testifies to Congress for the first time (since her confirmation hearing) to deliver the Semi-Annual Report To Congress of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Chairwoman Maxine Waters and the House...
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The Missing Ingredient in the Green New Deal

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform To this point, much of the focus in the discussion over the Green New Deal has been on the substance of the vision it lays out for a better society – and why shouldn’t it be? There’s some really exciting stuff included...
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“Wasted Energy:” DOE’s Illegal Inaction on Energy Efficiency

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By Kit Kennedy, Natural Resources Defense Council In the search for powerful climate change action that can win support from both parties in Congress, it’s hard to beat energy efficiency standards. Long-established federal efficiency baselines for appliances and equipment...
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EPA Report Shows Vehicles Are Most Efficient Ever But Is Trying to Roll Back That Progress

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, EPA published the latest in a series of annual reports looking at the fuel economy and emissions of passenger cars and trucks. The news is both good and completely unsurprising: vehicles are more efficient than ever before, and...
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Automakers Meet Standards, Says the EPA, Making Cars More Efficient, Cleaner

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s annual vehicle fuel economy report shows, yet again, that clean car standards are making new cars better for consumers and the planet. In other words, the EPA’s own report show...
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We Sued the Trump Administration and Won

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By Sunu P. Chandy, National Women’s Law Center The more information you have about a problem, the more likely you will be able to craft a solution to fix it. That’s especially true for workplace pay inequity. It would be much easier to close discriminatory wage gaps if we...
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Less Stress Sometimes Is a Bad Thing

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By Better Markets Will altering the frequency of big bank stress tests from annual to every other year leave the big banks less prepared for a future financial crisis?  That is the question addressed in comment letters filed by Better Markets with the Fede...
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The EPA Won’t Do Its Air-Protection Job, So We’re Putting It on Notice

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By Seth Johnson, Earthjustice Sometimes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s job can be complicated. Sometimes it has to explore questions on the cutting edge of science. But sometimes its job is really simple. This is one of those times — and yet the EPA still hasn’t done...
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Drinking to Your Health? Weed Killer Roundup Lurks in Many Beers and Wines

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Having a beer or a glass of wine at happy hour or a backyard barbecue shouldn’t include gulping down a potentially hazardous pesticide. But that’s likely the case, according to a new U.S. PIRG report, The study tested 20 different beers, wines and...
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