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Financial regulators have taken so many actions so quickly, often simultaneously, in response to the economic and financial impacts of the coronavirus crisis that it is hard to keep up. That’s why Better Markets has created the Tracker of Regulatory Agencies Coronavirus Emergency Responses (TRACER). For each regulatory action, the tracker gives the date, a brief summary of the action, a link to the action, the expiration date, if any, among other things.
Independent federal agencies establish and enforce the rules that define the shape of our economy and society. From preventing the next financial crisis to antitrust enforcement, and from employment discrimination to net neutrality, independent agencies’ decisions impact the lives of every American. A project of Demand Progress Education Fund and the Revolving Door Project, Agency Spotlight tracks appointments to leadership positions at thirty-nine agencies through the confirmation process and beyond.
The Trump administration and 115th Congress have been actively dismantling science-based health and safety protections, sidelining scientific evidence, and undoing recent progress on scientific integrity. The Union of Concerned Scientists has compiled a running list of attacks on science: disappearing data, silenced scientists and other assaults on scientific integrity and science-based policy.
This is an index of regulatory rollback trackers, compiled by the Harvard Law School’s Environmental and Energy Law Program.
Trump Town: Tracking White House Staffers, Cabinet Members and Political Appointees Across the Government
The Trump administration has appointed hundreds of staffers to powerful positions across the federal government. Some are old policy hands from conservative D.C. think tanks. Others have little-to-no government experience and come straight from the industries they are now tasked to regulate and oversee. We’ve collected personnel records for thousands of these appointees. Use this database, created by ProPublica, to search for them by name, former employer and agency.
This is the first-of-its-kind database of state criminal cases and grassroots advocacy campaigns against employers responsible for workers being killed, maimed, or seriously endangered on the job. It provides users with a one-stop shop for finding detailed information about these cases and campaigns, including (where applicable) incident descriptions, victim and defendant information, criminal charges, plea details, and conviction/sentence summaries, advocacy contact information, links to OSHA citations and Good Jobs First Violation Tracker results, with access to Google Drive Folders with court decisions, advocacy materials, media clips and more! The database was created by the Center for Progressive Reform.
Science helps keep us safe and healthy. The public safeguards that keep our drinking water clean and our children’s toys safe rely on independent science and a transparent policymaking process. And we all rely on scientific information to make informed choices about everything from what we eat to what consumer products we buy for our families. But the results of independent science don’t always shine a favorable light on corporate products and practices. In response, some corporations manipulate science and scientists to distort the truth about the dangers of their products, using a set of tactics made famous decades ago by the tobacco industry. We call these tactics the Disinformation Playbook. The deceptive practices that make up the Playbook are used by a small minority of companies — yet they are found across a broad range of industries, from fossil fuels to professional sports. This resources showcases the five of the most widely used “plays” that have been used to block regulations or minimize corporate liability — often with frightening effectiveness and disastrous repercussions on public health and safety. This playbook was created by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
EWG’s national Tap Water Database is the most complete source available on the quality of U.S. drinking water, aggregating and analyzing data from almost 50,000 public water systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Simply by entering your zip code or your local utility’s name, you can find all contaminants detected in tests by the utilities themselves and reported to federal or state authorities. Instead of comparing the levels of pollutants to the legal limits set by regulatory agencies – often the result of political and economic compromise or based on outdated studies – this guide relies on what the best and most current science finds are the levels that will fully protect public health — especially that of infants, children, pregnant women and other vulnerable populations. The database was created by Environmental Working Group.
Every year, Congress must pass a series of appropriations bills to fund the crucial services and safeguards that protect American families and communities. But they’re also threatening to attach hundreds of harmful policy riders to the budget that would weaken, repeal or block essential public protections. Hundreds of groups have joined together to form the Clean Budget Coalition — calling on Congress and the White House to pass a clean budget with no harmful riders, one that funds our communities and protects our families. The Clean Budget Coalition is a project of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards.
The Congressional Review Act (CRA) lets Congress and the White House strike down regulatory protections using expedited procedures. So far, President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have used the CRA to repeal 14 health, safety, pocketbook and environmental protections as payback to their corporate donors — and we won’t be able to get these safeguards back any time soon. As a result, corporate predators, polluters and profiteers that would have been reined in by these rules are now free to abuse, exploit and discriminate against regular Americans, knowing they won’t be held accountable. The CRA’s carryover period expired in May, which means that it no longer can be used to repeal Obama-era rules. But it still can be used to strike down regulations finalized during the current administration, safeguards issued by agencies that are still trying to protect the public despite opposition from the White House. This site is a project of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards.
The revolving door between industry and government is one of the chief ways that corporations undermine our system of public protections. This website exposes the corporate ties, corrupting influences and conflict of interest in President Donald Trump’s billion dollar cabinet. It is run by Public Citizen.
The Trump administration is threatening to remove safeguards that protect the drinking water of more than one in three Americans. Some 117 million people get at least some of their drinking water from small streams. For 72 million people in 1,033 counties, more than half of their drinking water comes from small streams. Ensuring that their water is safe means keeping the water in these streams clean. Right now, the Clean Water Act protects these streams from pollution. But Trump has issued an executive order directing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule, or replace it with a new rule. Undermining, weakening or rescinding this vital rule is a gift to corporate polluters and Big Ag, and a threat to public health and the environment. This interactive map shows which counties are most at risk. The map is a project of the Environmental Working Group.
Violation Tracker is the first national search engine on corporate misconduct. Use this free resource to discover which corporations are the biggest regulatory violators throughout the United States. Version 2.0 contains over 120,000 resolved cases brought by more than three dozen federal regulatory agencies since 2010, including those referred to the Justice Department. Other violation types will be added later. Companies named in the individual entries are linked to a universe of some 2,300 large parent companies. Violation Tracker is produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First.
The Oil & Gas Threat Map shows health risks from oil and gas air pollution in two different ways. On individual state maps, it plots the location of all active oil and gas wells in the United States (except North Carolina and Idaho), and then counts the people, schools and hospitals located within half a mile of these facilities. It also shows which counties have health risks because of oil and gas toxic air pollution based on EPA data and models. The Map is a reminder that the threat posed by pollution, as well as the people at risk, are very real by allowing you to search for your home or school to find out if you’re at elevated risk for exposure to this pollution. This tool also shows infrared videos of normally invisible pollution from oil and gas operations and includes interviews with people impacted by this pollution. The Map is a project of Earthworks, the Clean Air Task Force and FracTracker Alliance.
Workplace chemical exposures are the nation’s eighth leading cause of death but the U.S. lacks any strategy for preventing the more than 40,000 premature deaths each year, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER’s Worker Right-to-Know database holds 30 years of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) chemical exposure readings from inspections back to 1984 — helping workers see which substances they encountered and helping OSHA improve safeguards for worker health. In addition to individual inspection data, the database allows workplace exposure data to be searched by year, by state, by establishment type and by substances detected. The site includes a geospatial display of all OSHA workplace monitoring sampling results.
More than 1,700 workplace fatalities occurred in 2014. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has assembled a database and interactive map showing the names, people and stories behind the statistical reports of deaths on the job, with links to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports and news accounts. The data can be sorted by age, gender, city, state, industry and keywords such as “fall elevation,” “electrocuted,” “explosion” and other terms linked to the cause of death. It is the largest open-access data set of individual workplace fatalities ever collected in the United States.
The Administrative Conference of the United States has compiled summaries and status updates for bills introduced in the 112th and 114th sessions of Congress (occurring between 2011 and 2016) addressing regulatory reform. Entries are listed in reverse chronological order based on the date the bill was introduced into Congress. House and Senate versions of the same bill are listed together using the more recent introduction date. Links to relevant committee reports are provided where available.
Public Citizen and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research program have developed the first-ever comprehensive database of state occupational safety and health standards in the 25 states with a federally-approved occupational safety and health enforcement agency. The database contains all regulations and laws that have not been adopted identically from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and that are meant to protect workers from specific workplace safety and health hazards.
Every day the oil industry sends millions of gallons of highly flammable crude oil through cities and towns across North America. Our rail system was never built for this dangerous cargo. ForestEthics has created an interactive map showing the blast radius of these “bombs on wheels” as they travel across the United States and Canada. Type in your address to see if your home, school or business is at risk.