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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Kids and Mercury Don’t Mix. You Have 60 Days 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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The EPA, Mercury, and Air Toxics, Oh My!

The government may be in the midst of a nonsensical shutdown, but that didn’t stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week from proposing a new formula of calculating the human health benefits of reducing mercury emissions from power plants (or in their words proposing a “revised Supplemental Cost Finding”). Read more >

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Kids Deserve to Have Healthy Lives: The Uncertain Fate of EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection

The future of EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection (OCHP) is in doubt after its director was abruptly placed on administrative leave. Read more >

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Trump’s EPA Puts Our Health at Risk

The agency’s proposed new rule would allow it to ignore the best available science. Read more >

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