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Avoiding Chemical Disasters, Managing Risks: EPA Addresses Chemical Safety

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

In response to the 2013 West, Texas disaster that killed 15 people, injured 200 more, and impacted thousands in the community, President Barack Obama asked the federal government to modernize its chemical safety rules. Nearly three years later, the Environmental Protection Agency has finally proposed changes to the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule. Read more >

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Shockingly, Americans Don’t Want Chemical Disasters

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Today, a new public poll was released showing Americans’ widespread support for chemical safety reform. The headline might not seem so remarkable but the data show an impressive level of support across demographics. Let’s dig in, shall we? Read more >

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Governor Cuomo is Not a Scientist—So He Asked the Experts

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

In late October, I wrote about the disturbing trend of politicians copping out of taking public policy positions by saying, “I am not a scientist.” Well, yesterday we heard Governor Andrew Cuomo complete the sentence in a way that I applaud. He said, “…I’m not a scientist.  So let’s bring the emotion down, and let’s ask the qualified experts what their opinion is.” Read more >

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Chemical Accidents: Speak Up for Our Right to Know What is Happening in Our Communities

, , director, Center for Science & Democracy

In this rich and powerful democracy that is the United States, the statistics on chemical accidents are more than shocking—they should be a wake-up call.  There have been around 30,000 documented accidents per year for the last two decades at least. More than 1,000 people per year have died in these accidents. Nearly half of our population live, and one in three children in this country go to school, near the 3,400 facilities that store or use dangerous chemicals within areas described by industry as “vulnerable.”   Read more >

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Alabama Scientists Drive 900 Miles to Fill Information Gaps in West Virginia Water Crisis

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

In the early morning hours of January 16th, environmental engineering assistant professor Andrew Whelton and his research team left their University of South Alabama laboratory and drove 873 miles north. The team of researchers, including graduate students Matt Connell, Jeff Gill, Keven Kelly, and LaKia McMillan and environmental engineering professor Kevin White carried with them a van full of equipment to test drinking water for West Virginia residents affected by the January 9 chemical spill. Read more >

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