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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How the Trump Administration Plans to Gut Our Nation’s Bedrock Environmental Law

Make no mistake. This is a very big deal. President Trump has launched one of his most destructive assaults yet on our nation’s environmental and public safeguards. Read more >

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PFAS, or "forever chemicals," have contaminated drinking water supplies across the country. Photo: Bob Walker/Flickr

Profiles in Cowardice: Chemicals, Climate, and a Toxic Disregard by the Trump Administration

A new report from FEMA completely ignores climate change. The administration and Congress block efforts to protect the public from PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” which have contaminated drinking water supplies across the country. Two more striking examples of cowardice from our elected leaders. Read more >

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Profiles in Cowardice: EPA’s Abysmal Failure to Protect Children’s Health

Today’s profile in cowardice chronicles the shameful failure of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect children’s health from chlorpyrifos, a recognized neurotoxin. Read more >

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Profiles in Cowardice: Toyota, GM, and Fiat Chrysler Join the List

Toyota, GM, Fiat Chrysler, and other members of the so-called “Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation” have thrown sustainability (and any green credentials) out the window and joined Trump administration efforts to gut existing environmental standards. Read more >

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Score One for Worker Safety: Trump Administration Drops Proposed Beryllium Rollback

It appears that the Trump administration has come to its senses and reconsidered its dangerous and hare-brained plan to roll back safety protections for construction and shipyard workers exposed to beryllium. Read more >

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