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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Yes, EPA: Regulating Mercury Pollution Is “Appropriate and Necessary”

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a change to its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) in the form of a new formula for calculating the human health benefits of reducing some of the most hazardous air pollutants from power plants: chemicals that in even relatively small quantities are potent carcinogens, mutagens, teratogens and neurotoxins. Congress specifically recognized these hazards when it enacted Section 112 of the Clean Air Act. Read more >

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 Xenophobia Run Amok at the National Institutes of Health

What’s happening at NIH is wrong—and should set off alarm bells in the scientific, medical, and public health communities. Good science does not depend on passports, nationality, or citizenship. Read more >

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The president’s budget signals a clear antipathy towards action on climate change, with a host of cuts to climate research, adaptation, and even energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

Trump’s Proposed 2020 Budget Takes Aim at Science (Again)

Even a quick and high-level look at the budget proposal demonstrates that the Trump administration is out of touch with the American people. The proposed cuts to science are shockingly short-sighted and would have long-term implications for our nation’s scientific enterprise. Read more >

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Kids and Mercury Don’t Mix. You Now Have 2 Days Left to Tell the Trump Administration.

The public comment period for the administration’s proposed roll back of mercury rules for power plants opens on Thursday, February 7. It’s a crafty, nasty, and dangerous proposal that could expose children and communities to more toxic air pollution from power plants. You now have have 60 days to tell the EPA that they should be protecting public health and safety, not throwing science and common sense out the window. Read more >

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Mercury Is Toxic. Andrew Wheeler’s Proposed Rollback Is Even Worse.

At the end of December, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to propose a new formula for calculating the human health benefits that come from reducing air pollution from power plants. It’s a calculated and cynical proposal that could roll back current safeguards and undermine future public health and environmental protections. Read more >

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