Topic: Laws & Regulations

Trump Threatens Our Drinking Water

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One of the real luxuries of our time, that even our grandparents might remember differently, is going to the tap and getting a glass of clear, refreshing water. In the U.S., our government is responsible with making sure our water stays clean and safe. This is one of the reasons we established the Environmental Protection…

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You’ll Never Believe What Maine Just Did!

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Here’s a new day for our health Maine just accomplished what no other state in the U.S. has managed to do: ban the sale of new upholstered furniture that have harmful and unnecessary flame retardant chemicals. This is an unprecedented move to protect children and families from cancer causing and “brain drain” chemicals that have no added…

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Act Now To Stop Trump’s EPA Pick!

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If you love asbestos, you’ll love Nancy Beck. She’s Trump’s pick to lead chemical safety policy at the EPA. Nancy Beck’s previous job was defending the safety of chemicals for companies like Monsanto, Chevron, ExxonMobil and companies that make asbestos and other harmful chemicals.   Most recently, Beck’s appointment was criticized by Robert Sussman, a…

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Save the EPA

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I am too young to remember a time before the Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, I was born in 1970, the year it was founded. If you listen to the Republicans in power, you would think that it was just established to thwart good job-creating businesses. But just eight years before the EPA was created,…

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Fulfilling the EPA’s Mission, In Spite of Pruitt

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Last week, the Senate approved Donald Trump’s pick of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new chief Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in a 52-46 vote, mostly along party lines. In the end, Senator Susan Collins from Maine was the only Republican who voted no (you can thank her via twitter @SenatorCollins for…

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Women’s March 2017

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As a child of the 1990s, I was raised on the pink-and-glitter ‘girl power’ of supposed post-feminism ideals. I grew up in a household where both my parents worked, looking up to a mom who could do it all and instilled in me the confidence that I could do the same. Back then, from my…

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West Oakland: Sick of Coal

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by Alvaro Palacios Casanova West Oakland is a community that faces poverty and chronic disease. The community is disproportionately exposed to air and noise pollution with two freeways, a port, and rail running through it. It is also home to many organizations that are constantly battling for social, economic, environmental, and health equity. So why…

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A Murky Milestone for Children’s Health

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Following the recent passage of the chemical safety bill, President Obama has now signed the first major update to an environmental health law in decades. The bill is being touted as a milestone in our country’s environmental history. While health advocacy efforts won important victories like safeguarding California’s Prop 65 (more below), unfortunately the bill falls…

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Congress Adopts Chemical Safety Bill

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Click here to thank the Prop 65 champions! Last week, Congress passed the first major overhaul of an environmental law in decades. This chemical reform bill is now headed to the President for signature. As we pause to think about how monumental that is, we reflect upon what we’ve won and what we’ve lost. And,…

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New Bill Seeks to Undermine Clean Air Act

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This week, the House is voting on Congress’s latest attempt to stifle the Clean Air Act: H.R. 4775, the so-called “Ozone Standards Implementation Act.” In direct contrast to its title, the bill threatens to restrict implementation of the U.S. EPA’s newest standards for ozone and other ‘criteria’ pollutants supposed to be protected by the National…

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