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Trump Administration Pulls Punches in Drilling Safety Rollback

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By David S. Hilzenrath, Project on Government Oversight By at least one measure, the Trump Administration’s recently finalized rollback of offshore drilling safety standards went much further than planned. The Administration’s rewrite of safety requirements will save oil and gas...
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Celebrate Endangered Species Day, Stop Extinction

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By Kirin Kennedy, Sierra Club Endangered Species Day is a celebratory day to bring to light the importance of the Endangered Species Act and its impact on animal conservation. The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973 by the United States Congress and since that time has been...
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A Stroller Debacle at CPSC Politicizes Child Safety and I Have No Chill

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists I’m a self-proclaimed transparency nut. But now that I’m a mom, my need for information has grown exponentially. I want a label on baby food that tells me how much added sugar is in it. I want to know whether my daughter’s car seat or...
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Here’s How OSHA Can Improve Its Handling of OSH Act Whistleblower Cases

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) guarantees workers the right to speak up about health and safety concerns in the workplace without reprisal. Specifically, Section 11(c) of the law provides workers the express right to...
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Remembering Workers Who Died or Suffered on the Job Must Also Include Safeguards Against Heat

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By Shanna Devine, Public Citizen During Workers’ Memorial Week (April 22- 28), Public Citizen joined with organizations across the country to remember fallen workers and fight for safer workplaces, including for employees exposed to the growing dangers of climate change and...
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More Offshore Drilling and Disasters?

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By Lena Moffitt, Sierra Club In the face of recent international climate reports showing a bleak and harrowing future for our planet and more than one million species if we do not take immediate and significant action to stop climate disruption, it is appalling that the Trump...
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Improving Transparency and Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest for Science Advisory Committees

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists On Wednesday this week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs will hold a mark-up hearing in the Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2019 introduced by Sen. Portman (R-OH). And before you stop...
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The National Academies Illustrates the More Nuanced Value of Transparency in Science

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Ever think about reproducibility in science? Turns out you’re not alone! The National Academies of Science (NAS) just spent a year and a half studying the status quo and have released some important findings. An NAS committee released...
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NGOs Call for NOAA to Strengthen Seafood Import Standards

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By Sandy Aylesworth, Natural Resources Defense Council U.S. consumers face difficult decisions at the seafood counter these days. We’ve now learned that some seafood is caught by forced or trafficked labor—repugnant practices no moral person would wittingly throw their money...
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Regulating Agricultural Futures Markets to Benefit Producers, Processors and Consumers

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By Steve Suppan, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy How difficult can it be to trade contracts based on the cash value of wheat, crude oil, unroasted coffee beans and other raw materials? Sure, there are future risks, physical and financial, but they can be usually...
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How Trump Could Make the Extinction Crisis Even Worse

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By Alison Cagle, Earthjustice Despite an alarming UN report that warns one million plant and animal species face extinction due to human activity, the Trump administration is poised to hasten species on their path to extinction by eroding critical wildlife protections. The UN’s...
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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: Wonky Changes Could Have Big Impact

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC submitted comments this week in response to the Department of Energy’s proposed changes to its Process Rule for setting energy efficiency standards, citing several grave concerns over their divisive nature and the peril in...
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The Science Denial Is Crystal Clear: The EPA Ignores Scientists on Asbestos

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By Anita Desikan, Union of Concerned Scientists We ignore scientists at our peril. Why doesn’t the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) get this? The New York Times (subscription required) just reported that EPA officials actively ignored the advice of its own toxicologists last...
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In the Face of Extinction Crisis, US Turns a Blind Eye

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By Nora Apter, Natural Resources Defense Council If you care about the future of life on Earth, the United Nation’s report on biodiversity hit you like a ton of bricks: 1 million species of plants and animals will soon face extinction—and humanity itself hangs in the balance....
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State PIRGs Join National Consumer Lobby Day at Congress

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Staff from state PIRGs from Alaska to Massachusetts and points between were part of a Congressional Consumer Lobby Day featuring over 120 consumer advocates today. Our meetings with members of Congress and their staffs focused not only on protecting...
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America’s Utilities Unite to Support Lighting Standards

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By Ralph Cavanagh, Natural Resources Defense Council Thirty-seven electric utilities operating in 42 states and the District of Columbia, serving a combined total of almost 55 million households and businesses, have just taken an historic stand for their customers and the public...
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Mapping the PFAS Contamination Crisis: New Data Show 610 Sites in 43 States

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By Bill Walker, Environmental Working Group The known extent of contamination of American communities with the highly toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS continues to grow at an alarming rate, with no end in sight. As of March 2019, at least 610 locations in 43 states are...
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House Democrats: Anti-Regulatory Legislation “Dead on Arrival”

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By Amit Narang, Public Citizen As the saying goes, “elections have consequences.” Donald Trump’s election certainly has, leading  to the rolling back and gutting of hundreds of regulations that protect the health and safety of workers, consumers, children, minorities and the...
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Interior Department Guts Critical Offshore Drilling Safety Protections

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By Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump administration today will weaken crucial offshore drilling safety standards that were put in place after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, which killed 11 people and covered the seas with millions of barrels of oil. “The...
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Trump Administration Finalizes Religious Refusals Rule That Threatens Access to Health Care

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By Peter Montgomery, People For the American Way On May 2, the Trump administration finalized a new rule that will threaten millions of Americans’ access to health care by creating expansive rights for health care providers to discriminate and refuse to provide care. The new rule...
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USDA Provides Blueprint for Dismantling a Government Research Agency

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By Rebecca Boehm, Union of Concerned Scientists For scientists, it’s a significant accomplishment to get your work published in a peer-reviewed journal. The process of submitting a paper, fielding reviewer comments, and revising the work can take months (or years!), and final...
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Wildfires Changing the State of Our Air

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By the American Lung Association When you think of Montana, you probably think of wide-open spaces, high plains, big sky country and presumably fresh, clean air. But the American Lung Association’s 20th annual “State of the Air” report finds somethi...
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Remembering Workers Who Died or Suffered on the Job Must Also Include Safeguards Against Heat

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By Shanna Devine, Public Citizen During Workers’ Memorial Week (April 22- 28), Public Citizen joined with organizations across the country to remember fallen workers and fight for safer workplaces, including for employees exposed to the growing dangers of climate change and...
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EPA’s Plan to Ignore Co-Benefits Will Cost American Lives

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By Derrick Z. Jackson, Union of Concerned Scientists People who can afford to live in their most-desired neighborhood often select it for the primary reasons of convenience, cleanliness, and quiet. Those features come with what environmental scientists call social, economic, and...
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Decades-Old Law Hides Dangerous Products and Impedes Recalls

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By Rachel Rabkin Peachman, Consumer Reports The deaths were alarming—and hard to miss: 19 infant fatalities,  right there in the government data, all linked to the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper and similar products made by the company Kids II. Consumer Reports’ safety experts...
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Taking the “Public” out of Public Service, New Interior Secretary Bernhardt Refuses to Address Climate Change

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By Joel Clement, Union of Concerned Scientists Trump Administration Cabinet officials have hit a number of new lows in recent months, but there is a more troubling trend that gets lost in all the scandal and incompetence. In the past, industry-friendly administrations hired...
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Honor Fallen Workers by Protecting the Living from Dangerous Workplace Chemicals

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By Thomas McGarity and Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform Although Workers’ Memorial Day was officially April 28, the time has not passed for remembering the thousands of friends, family members, and neighbors whose lives were tragically cut short due to fatal...
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We Can Do More for Worker Safety

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By AFSCME Workers Memorial Day is this Sunday, April 28, when we honor workers killed or injured on the job. On this day in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed. For almost half a century, OSHA has been charged with helping to ensure safe and...
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Four New (Old) Ways the White House Is Trying to Restrict Science for Policymaking

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the White House issued new “guidance” for the Administration to “Improve Implementation of the Information Quality Act”. Unfortunately, it reads like a re-hashing of some of...
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Health Experts Defend EPA IRIS on EtO Cancer Risk

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Ethylene Oxide—abbreviated as EO or EtO—is one of the hazardous industrial chemicals that the Cancer Lobby is vigorously defending. The chemicals industry’s tactics include science-denial and relying on its friends in the Trump...
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On Worker Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen and Continue the Fight for Workplace Safety and Health

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists When you wake up and roll out of bed this Sunday (April 28, 2019), count your blessings. Sure, maybe it’s just another work day for you; it certainly is for the millions of people who will be working in the stores, restaurants,...
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EPA Yet Again Fails to Set Health-Protective Levels for PFAS

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By Anna Reade, Natural Resources Defense Council Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft interim recommendations for addressing groundwater contaminated with PFOA and PFOS, just two of a class of approximately 4,700 chemicals of health and...
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Three of Trump’s Regulatory Rollbacks Could Cost People Almost $42 Billion a Year

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By Sam Berger and Malkie Wall, Center for American Progress Every economy has rules of the road that help determine who benefits and who does not. Through its regulatory and lawmaking powers, the federal government has the ability to set those rules. Unfortunately, the Trump...
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What Are People Saying About Trump’s Dirty Water Rule?

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By Jon Devine, Natural Resources Defense Council Recently, the Trump administration stopped taking public comment (after an absurdly short period of time) on a proposed regulation that would dramatically weaken the Clean Water Act. The Act is the country’s principal law...
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From Profound Conflicts of Interest to a Blind Eye for Harassment, Barry Myers Is the Wrong Choice for NOAA

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists When the founder and CEO of AccuWeather was nominated by President Trump to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it immediately raised serious concerns from me and many others. After all, Myers is not...
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Trump EPA’s Toxic Chemical Policies Draw Another Lawsuit

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council It’s getting hard to keep track of all the ways The Trump Administration’s EPA—led by coal, chemical, and oil industry lobbyists—is undermining the nation’s bedrock environmental laws and failing to protect the public as...
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Air Pollution Should Be Monitored Using the Best Available Science: Meh, Says the EPA

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By Anita Desikan, Union of Concerned Scientists Air pollution causes serious harm to our society – from coughing, to smog in the air, to a visit to the emergency room. And the only way to mitigate the threat of air pollution is to use the best available science and technology......
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Census Case Tests Courts’ Ability to Check Agency Abuses

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By Ian Fein, Natural Resources Defense Council The Supreme Court this week will hear arguments in an important case with lasting implications for both the allocation of political power in Congress and, potentially, the judiciary’s ability to check government abuses. NRDC filed a...
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All Eyes Are on California

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By Susan Grant, Consumer Federation of America Last year, California enacted the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CCPA), the most sweeping state privacy legislation in the country. Even though the law doesn’t go into effect until 2020, there are several bills in the California...
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It’s Earth Day and These 3 Unique (but Endangered) Species Are Giving Me LIFE!

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s Earth Day, and this year’s focus is to protect our species. That focus makes me incredibly happy because of three reasons: 1) I get to return to my roots as an ecologist and tell you about some super cool species, 2) there...
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Administrator Wheeler Is Hiding the Truth About Formaldehyde

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists In a letter sent this week, the Union of Concerned Scientists along with the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Environmental Protection Network asked EPA’s Scientific Integrity office to investigate...
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Judge Rules Trump Administration Violated Law by Opening Public Lands to Coal Leasing

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By Rebecca Rowe, Earthjustice Breaking News: A judge ruled on Friday that the Trump administration violated the law when it opened up America’s public lands to coal leasing in 2017. Says Earthjustice attorney Jenny Harbine, who argued the case, “This is a victory for...
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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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