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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Our Children Deserve Better: Trump’s EPA Refuses to Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide. Again.

While many of us were buoyed this past weekend by the 50th anniversary of our nation’s moon landing, the Trump administration gave the U.S. chemical industry another reason to celebrate. This time at the expense of children’s health.

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Children’s Health Research Centers Protect Our Kids. The EPA Just Defunded Them.

The EPA has decided to pull out of a decades-long partnership and stop funding grants to children’s environmental health research centers across the country. Children are not little adults; they are uniquely vulnerable to environmental risks and deserve to be protected from harm. Read more >

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On Worker Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen and Continue the Fight for Workplace Safety and Health

In the US and around the world, Sunday is the one day each year dedicated to recognizing, honoring, and remembering workers who have suffered and have died of work-related injuries and illnesses. It is also the day to renew the fight for workplace safety and health. Read more >

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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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