Kathleen Rest

Executive director

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As executive director of UCS, Dr. Kathleen Rest leads the organization, overseeing programs and operations, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to help guide the organization on issues ranging from climate change to global security. See Kathleen's full bio.

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Scott Pruitt testifies this week before the Senate for the first time as EPA administrator. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Five Questions Scott Pruitt Should Answer at This Week’s EPA Budget Hearing

This is the first time Mr. Pruitt will appear on Capitol Hill since his confirmation hearing, and the first time members of Congress will be able to publicly question him about the proposal to slash the EPA budget by 30%. Read more >

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Worker Memorial Day: 13 Workplace Fatalities Occur Every Day in the United States

Amidst the groundswell of information, energy, and genuine excitement around last week’s March for Science and the upcoming People’s Climate March, there’s another global and national event that should not get lost in the mix.

This one relates to workers—you know, those dedicated and hardy souls that are the backbone of what makes America great. Read more >

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The Trump Administration and Children’s Health: An Early Progress Report

Parents are used to getting progress reports on how their children are doing—from teachers at school and from health care providers who assess developmental milestones. Early indicators are important; they can identify problems early, trigger needed interventions, or provide welcome assurance that things are looking good.

The news has been full of what President Trump has been doing in the first 90 days of his administration. Let’s do a quick progress report on what he’s done for children’s health. Read more >

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Plant makes racing fuels, lacquer thinners and metal working fuels. Smoke can be seen for over a dozen miles after a series of explosions at a Mason chemical factory in 2010. Photo: Dragonflylady CC BY 2.0 (Flickr).

Another Delay of Chemical Safety Rule Is Dangerous and Unwarranted

Last week was just chock full of setbacks and assaults on our public protections coming out of Washington. You’ve probably heard about President Trump’s all-out attack on climate policy; EPA Administrator Pruitt got right on it.  No surprise there.  Then there was EPA’s decision not to ban a pesticide clearly linked to serious and long-term developmental effects on children’s brains and cognitive function.  But you may not have noticed another harmful decision coming out of the EPA – this one about its Risk Management Program (RMP) rule.

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The Safety of Coal Miners—and Every Worker in America—Is at Risk

States are clearly emboldened by the anti-regulatory, industry-first furor coming from the White House and Congress, a furor that could affect your workplace as well. Read more >

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