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Trump Swamp Threatens Waters of the US

In December, the Trump EPA issued its intended replacement for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The proposed rollback ignores the value of wetlands, includes a highly dubious cost-benefit analysis, and uses hysteria to shut down science. Read more >

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Mercury Is Toxic. Andrew Wheeler’s Proposed Rollback Is Even Worse.

, executive director

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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EPA Chemical Office Nominee Alexandra Dunn Must Prioritize Science and Public Health

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Behind the headlines of the Trump administration’s attacks on science is a quiet army of government scientists continuing to do their jobs protecting the nation’s public health, safety, and the environment. This week, we have the opportunity to ensure a new EPA leader can carry out that mission. On Thursday, the Senate is holding a hearing on the nomination of Alexandra Dunn as Assistant Administrator to run the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, the EPA office charged with protecting us from toxic chemicals and pesticides. Here’s what Senators should demand and expect her to prioritize at the EPA:

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Automakers propose loopholes, not rollbacks of cleaner car standards—both are terrible

, senior vehicles analyst

Since word first leaked that the Administration was planning to freeze fuel economy and global warming emissions standards for passenger cars and trucks, automakers and their trade associations have been adamant about “not wanting a rollback.”  Now that the public comment period on the agencies’ proposed freeze has closed, we have an opportunity to see just exactly what it is that the manufacturers want instead of a rollback—the answer is, in some cases, actually even worse: Read more >

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The Voters have Spoken: Time for Checks and Balances to Make a Comeback

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The election is all but over, and the result is a divided Congress.

Take a deep breath, scientists, and remember that divided government in these United States is what our Constitution was designed for.  A guiding principle was one of checks and balances – a check on dominance of one point of view and balance in the resulting policies for the people.  Something that, in my view, has been sorely missing for the last two years because adherence to party has superseded service to constituents and country.

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