Clean Water Act


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

, senior policy and legal analyst, Clean Vehicles

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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5 Reasons Why the Regulatory Accountability Act is Bad for Science

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Last week, Senator Rob Portman introduced his version of the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), a bill that would significantly disrupt our science-based rulemaking process. A version of this inherently flawed, impractical proposal has been floating around Washington for nearly seven years now, and the latest, S. 951, is just as troubling as previous iterations. Read more >

Photo: James Gathany, CDC
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President Trump’s Opening Salvos on Clean Water—and Other Public Health Safeguards

, executive director

Earlier this week, we heard two things from President Trump about clean water. In his address to the joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, he talked about protecting and ensuring clean water. That’s an important goal and one broadly shared by the American public.

But a day earlier, he signed an Executive Order (EO) to get rid of a rule that would actually help keep water clean. And two weeks before that, he signed off on a congressional action that rolled back a rule limiting the coal mining industry from dumping mining waste in streams and waterways. There’s some serious cognitive dissonance going on here. Read more >

Photo: Marine Jaouen/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, Flickr
Graphic: EPA
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