Federal Methane Control Strategy Essential for Addressing Climate Change Threat

The White House today unveiled a federal interagency strategy to reduce methane pollution from oil and gas production, coal mines, agriculture and landfills.

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GM Recall Prompts Investigations and Legislation, but More Is Needed to Prevent Future Incidents

At least 31 vehicle crashes involving 13 fatalities have been linked to faulty ignition switches in multiple models of General Motors (GM) vehicles, according to the company's website

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EPA’s Farmworker Protection Standard Proposal -- An (Insufficient) Step Forward

On March 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its proposal to revise the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS), which was first announced by the agency on Feb. 20.

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The "Best" Regulatory System Money Can Buy: Lessons from North Carolina's "Regulatory Reform" Movement

by James Goodwin (originally posted on the Center for Progressive Reform's blog on March 19, 2014)

For years, Duke Energy has enjoyed virtual free rein to contaminate North Carolina's surface and ground waters with arsenic, lead, selenium, and all of the other toxic ingredients in its coal ash waste in clear violation of the Clean Water Act and other federal environmental laws. And it seems that both North Carolina's regulators and state legislators are determined to keep it that way.

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Delayed Health and Safety Standards Cost Lives

On Tuesday, I testified at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce about why critical health and safety standards were being delayed and how we could improve the timeliness and transparency of the rulemaking process. A condensed version of my oral testimony follows, along with a link to my written testimony.

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New Auto and Truck Pollution Standards Will Save Lives and Prevent Illness

On March 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new emission and fuel standards that will result in significant air quality improvements through reductions in car and truck emissions. The standards target the pollutants that contribute to ground-level ozone pollution (non-methane hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides), particle pollution (particulate matter), carbon monoxide, and toxic air pollutants.

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Proposed House Chemical "Reform" Legislation: A Step Backward for Health and Safety

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) released a draft bill entitled the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA) on Thursday, Feb. 27 that provides no significant improvements in protecting public health and the environment from toxic chemicals. Many of the provisions in the draft bill maintain the already deficient approaches to health protections now included under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), our nation's outdated and ineffective chemical safety law.

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The SCRUB Act: Another Anti-Regulatory Bill Targets Health, Safety, and Environmental Protections

On Feb. 11, the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law held a hearing on yet another anti-regulatory bill that attempts to undermine our nation’s important health, safety, and environmental protections.

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Another Day, Another Coal Ash Spill

Between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of coal ash have poured into the Dan River from a closed North Carolina coal plant owned by utility company Duke Energy. The spill occurred Sunday afternoon after a stormwater pipe burst beneath a coal ash storage pond. 

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EPA Sustains Major Cuts to Developing and Enforcing Safeguards in FY 14 Appropriations

Despite an attempt by some to portray the $299 million increase in EPA's overall fiscal year 2014 budget as a positive compromise, those in Congress who oppose developing and enforcing public health and environmental safeguards have much to celebrate. Of particular concern, the budget includes major cuts to EPA's operations that develop and enforce public health and environmental protections.

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