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Trump Finally Uses (Weaponizes) the Clean Water Act

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By Corinne Bell, Natural Resources Defense Council There’s low. And then there’s rock bottom. The Trump Administration’s EPA takeover, with its race to the bottom rollbacks of the environmental and public health protections that Americans have relied upon for decades, is low; so...
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A Tribute to Rep. Elijah Cummings: Fueled by Compassion, a Champion of Social Justice

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland was different from most other lawmakers we see today. He embodied a moral authority that others try to project but that for him was unquestionably authentic. When he spoke of working on behalf of...
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Air Pollution from Cars, Trucks and Buses in the U.S.: Everyone Is Exposed, But the Burdens Are Not Equally Shared

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By David Reichmuth, Union of Concerned Scientists Air pollution has significant impacts to public health and the cars, trucks, and buses on America’s roads contribute to this problem. While we are all exposed to this pollution, there are significant differences in the average...
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What the Trump Administration Is Doing to Your Water

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By Rebecca Bowe, Earthjustice Everyone and everything needs clean water. Without clean drinking water, humans get sick. Plants, animals, aquatic life, and the entire food web need clean water to survive. That’s why the Trump administration’s efforts to gut federal clean water...
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Scientific Integrity Act Passes Out of Committee With Unprecedented Bipartisan Support

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By Michael Halperin, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, the remarkable happened: the Scientific Integrity Act passed the House Science Committee with support from both Republicans and Democrats. Six Republicans joined all 19 Democrats in attendance to vote the Scientific...
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Another Forest, This Time Alaska’s Tongass, May Be Destroyed — All for Profit

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By Natural Resources Defense Council Today the U.S. Forest Service announced it will be seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement (expected later this week) for its plan to open up protected areas of Alaska’s old-growth Tongass rainforest to logging and...
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House Committee to Vote on Scientific Integrity Act

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The House Science Committee just announced that it will amend and vote on the Scientific Integrity Act on Thursday at 10 am. This is the first time this kind of bill, which would protect the independence of science and scientists...
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For PFAS, Hazardous Designation Is Not a Ban

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By Melanie Benesh and Jared Hayes, Environmental Working Group Designating the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS as “hazardous substances” is critical to cleaning up legacy contamination of a chemical linked to cancer. But some PFAS polluters – and their supporters in...
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Trump Administration Thwarts Consumer Watchdog’s Investigation on Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists People suppress the collection of information and data when they are afraid of the results. The Trump administration is no stranger to using this strategy, as we’ve documented time and time again. So, it’s not a surprise that the...
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DOE’s Latest Proposal to “Save” the Incandescent Is Illegal

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By Noah Horowitz, Natural Resources Defense Council As part of its relentless assault on energy efficiency, the Trump administration’s Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed NOT to update the minimum efficiency standards for the most common light bulbs in our homes and is...
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The Trump Administration’s New Anti-Safeguard Executive Orders on Guidance, Explicated

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Last week, President Trump unleashed the latest volley in his administration’s efforts to bring about the “deconstruction of the administrative state” with the signing of two new executive orders relating to agency...
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What the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Teaches Us About the Federal Bureaucracy

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Just when it seemed that President Donald Trump was completely immune to accountability for his various abuses of power, impeachment proceedings against him have quickly picked up steam over the last couple weeks. Laying aside what...
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Questions Congress Should Ask the CFPB Director Next Week

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger will deliver the statutory “Semi-Annual Report of the CFPB” to the House Financial Services (10/16) and Senate Banking (10/17) Committees next week. On the House FSC website the hearing is labeled “Who Is Standing Up for...
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Here’s What’s Needed to Fix the EPA’s Outdated Lead in Tap Water Rule

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By Erik D. Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council It is expected that EPA will soon be proposing changes to its obsolete Lead and Copper Rule or LCR. This is the agency’s regulation for how to control lead levels in drinking water. The LCR, issued in 1991, is a highly complex...
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Protecting the Endangered Species Act Will Help More Bears Earn the “Fattest Bear” Title

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By Courtney Bourgoin and Heather Moyer, Sierra Club Katmai National Park in Alaska has made news in the past week over its annual “Fat Bear Bracket Challenge”, where followers on their social media outlets vote on which of the park’s brown bears have fattened up the most since...
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Victory! Trump Administration Must Publish Delayed Energy Efficiency Standards

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council Forcing the hand of a recalcitrant Trump administration, a federal appeals court today ordered the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to implement four energy efficiency standards it has illegally delayed for close to three years....
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Bringing Science Back to the EPA — Whether EPA Wants It or Not

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists The current administration’s attacks on both scientists and science are unprecedented, reaching a new low a few weeks ago when the White House Chief of Staff and the Secretary of Commerce attempted to stifle NOAA employees from giving...
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It’s Time to Bury These Nuclear Waste Talking Points

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By Caroline Reiser, Natural Resources Defense Council This year we’re seeing yet another attempt from Congress to address the fifty-year problem of what to do with the 80,000 tons of nuclear waste sitting across the country, with approximately 2,000 more tons produced every year...
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Beware Trumpian Claims That Fish Don’t Need Water (Part 2)

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By Doug Obegi, Natural Resources Defense Council In addition to Trumpian arguments about “new” science (See part one of this blog), agribusinesses and water agencies that would benefit from increased water diversions from California’s Bay-Delta also argue that existing...
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Beware Trumpian Claims That Fish Don’t Need Water (Part 1)

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By Doug Obegi, Natural Resources Defense Council In recent weeks, agribusinesses and water districts that support the Trump Administration’s efforts to gut protections for salmon and other endangered species in California’s Bay-Delta have ramped up their claims that “new” science...
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Late USDA Data, No Data, No Problem?

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By Steve Suppan, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy President Trump has signed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government operating through November 21. That budgetary lifeline will enable mostly delayed and truncated publication of 38 U.S. Department of Agriculture...
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Stop EPA’s Latest Assault on Our Health and Our Planet: Oppose Weakening of EPA’s Methane Rule

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By Kate Hudson, Waterkeeper Alliance Responding to pressure from the White House and the fossil fuel industry, EPA is putting protection of our health and our planet on the chopping block once again. EPA’s latest regulatory rollback proposal would eliminate current Clean Air Act...
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Score One for Worker Safety: Trump Administration Drops Proposed Beryllium Rollback

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists HUZZAH! Score one for workers. It appears that the Trump administration has come to its senses and reconsidered its dangerous plan to roll back safety protections for construction and shipyard workers exposed to beryllium. As...
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The 100 U.S. Military Sites With the Worst PFAS Contamination

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By Jared Hayes and David Andrews, Environmental Working Group Many of the nation’s highest levels of groundwater contamination with PFAS – highly toxic fluorinated chemicals linked to increased risk of cancer and other diseases – have been found at military sites, according to...
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Trump’s Interior Leaves Threatened Species Unprotected

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By Lucas Rhoads, Natural Resources Defense Council The Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency charged with protecting the nation’s most vulnerable wildlife, recently stripped automatic protections for species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This...
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The Indelible Ink of SharpieGate Spreads to NOAA Fisheries

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists The health of our oceans is profoundly impacted by global warming. Yet you wouldn’t know it from current NOAA Fisheries Director Chris Oliver. At a Senate hearing last week, he “could not say whether climate change is endangering...
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Science Workshop on PFAS Highlights the Need for Government Action

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists I spent Thursday and Friday of last week at the National Academies of Science Environmental Health Matters Initiatives (EHMI) workshop, “Identifying Opportunities to Understand, Control, and Prevent Exposure to PFAS” which brought...
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Bureau of Land Management Headquarters to Move in with Chevron. Will They Share a Bed?

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By Joel Clement, Union of Concerned Scientists Congress has been severely vexed by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s rush to dismantle and relocate the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to his home state, and he has refused to provide details about cost and rationale....
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New Trump Overtime Rules Will Cost Workers $1.4 Billion in First Year Alone

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By Kelly Ross, AFL-CIO The Trump administration’s Labor Department issued new overtime rules this week that take away $1.4 billion of workers’ pay every year compared to the Obama administration rules they replace. The amount of this pay cut for working people will increase...
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The EPA Cut Science Out of Air Pollution Standard-Setting. We’re Putting It Back.

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists EPA leaders have now irreparably damaged the agency’s process for setting health-based air pollution standards. That’s why scientists are taking matters into their own hands. To ensure that independent science informs the...
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Critical Habitat: The Next Endangered Species?

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By Zack Strong, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) has made a host of changes to the rules implementing the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). These changes will negatively impact imperiled wildlife across the country—and even across the...
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FINRA Must Live-Up to Its Mandate of Investor Protection and Market Integrity by Expelling Wolf-Pack Brokers

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By Better Markets As the front-line regulator of the broker-dealer profession, FINRA must do more to live-up to its mandate of investor protection and market integrity by expelling brokerage firms that specialize in harming investors.  These are “predator wolf-pack” firms...
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New Report: How to Build a Regulatory System for a More Just and Equitable America

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Last week’s televised climate town hall saw several Democratic presidential candidates outline an impressive array of policies that, if implemented effectively, offer some measure of hope for averting the worst consequences of...
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More Than Eight Million Workers Will Be Left Behind by the Trump Overtime Rule

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By Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its final overtime rule, which will set the salary threshold under which salaried workers are automatically entitled to overtime pay to $35,568 a year. The rule leaves behind millions...
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History Repeats: Congress Takes on Tobacco Industry Again

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By Matt Wellington, U.S. PIRG Nicotine use was a big part of American culture until the past few decades, when society started holding tobacco companies accountable for the deadly addiction they promoted. But nicotine is back in a big way as the drug of choice for a new...
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ExxonMobil, BP, Shell Oppose Methane Regulation Rollback, Here’s What Else They Should Do

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By Nicole Pinko, Union of Concerned Scientists The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced proposed changes to the New, Reconstructed, and Modified Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Gas Sector. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the Trump...
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Data Privacy Can’t Be Assured Without States and Consumers

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Recently, the CEOs who make up the Business Roundtable renewed their demand that Congress pass a federal privacy “standard” that preempts stronger state laws. Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus helpfully provides context: “Translation: We want...
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By Phasing Out Animal Testing, the EPA Could Turn You Into the Guinea Pig

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By Anita Desikan, Union of Concerned Scientists When you encounter chemicals in the normal course of your life—while eating food, drinking water, playing in the backyard, or breathing air—do you want the assurance that these chemicals have been deemed safe using the most rigorous...
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A National Standard for Climate-Ready Fisheries

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By Center for American Progress Tomorrow, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release the first “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.” This report will compile the most advanced science on the severe consequences of climate...
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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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