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America’s Wetlands: Vital, Ignored, and Now Defined Away by the Trump Administration

, Lead science and policy analyst

The quality of more than half of the country’s wetlands and 18 percent of its streams is now in peril. This move goes against established science and flies in the face of hydrogeology. Read more >

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EPA’s New Water Rule a Mockery of Science and the Clean Water Act

The Trump administration’s new Navigable Waters Protection rule removes protections for half of the nation’s wetlands, nearly 20 percent of streams, and goes against all scientific sense. Read more >

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Five (More) Pruitt Scandals That You Should Know About, But Probably Don’t

, Senior policy and legal analyst

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been hit with a string of brewing corruption scandals that go beyond merely ordering a soundproof “privacy booth” that cost taxpayers up to $25,000, or spending over $105,000 on first-class flights in his first year on the job. Read more >

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Halting a National Academy of Sciences Study Is Unacceptable

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

I have been a participant in National Academy studies as a scientist, a recipient of their advice as a federal agency manager at NOAA, and involved in setting up studies as a board member. Last week was the first time that I have ever seen a study in progress halted. Read more >

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Congress Is Trying to Give the Trump Administration a Short Cut to Ignore Public Input and Science: It Shouldn’t

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

There is no question that elections matter. We follow the process and accept the results even if that results in many, many battles over the direction of the country. The election of Donald Trump and the 115th Congress seems to be a watershed moment for the country in many ways, but that doesn’t mean the rule of law or the fundamental principles of our democracy have gone away. Or have they? Read more >

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