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Feb 8, 2016

Top 400 Taxpayers See Tax Rates Rise, But There’s More to the Story

As Americans were gathering party supplies to greet the New Year, the Internal Revenue Service released their annual report of cumulative tax data reported on the 400 tax r...

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Feb 4, 2016

Chlorine Bleach Plants Needlessly Endanger 63 Million Americans

Chlorine bleach plants across the U.S. put millions of Americans in danger of a chlorine gas release, a substance so toxic it has been used as a chemical weapon. Greenpeace’s new repo...

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Jan 25, 2016

U.S. Industrial Facilities Reported Fewer Toxic Releases in 2014

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2014 is now available. The good news: total toxic releases by reporting facilities decreased by nearly six percent from 2013 levels. Howe...

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Jan 22, 2016

Methane Causes Climate Change. Here's How the President Plans to Cut Emissions by 40-45 Percent.

  UPDATE (Jan. 22, 2016): Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its proposed rule to reduce methane emissions...

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NOAA Part of Multi-Agency Data Quality Challenge on Global Warming

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed a data quality petition in February with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), challenging global climate change information. The CEI petition seeks withdrawal of the National Assessment on Climate Change (NACC), which is the inter-agency technical document that underlies most of the federal government's recent statements about global climate change.

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Army Corp of Engineers Receive Challenge on Monthly Status Report

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a data quality petition with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers August 20, 2003, alleging a monthly status report does not meet OMB or the Department of Defense's data quality guidelines Background

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Forest Service Receives Challenge on Endangered Species Habitat Protection

An Arizona ranch owner submitted a data quality petition to the Forest Service March 21 requesting correction of guidance criteria that calculate the effects grazing has on threatened and endangered species. The petitioner is seeking correction of a specific portion of the guidance that addresses the southwestern willow flycatcher, an endangered bird whose habitat covers the southwestern portion of the U.S.

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Law Firm Submits Challenge on Asbestos Guidelines

The law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius submitted a data quality petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Aug. 19 challenging a 1986 publication that provides guidance to mechanics on the hazards of asbestos exposure.

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CEI Fluffs Up Data Quality Lawsuit

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) recently amended its data quality lawsuit against the White House over a global warming study, adding violations of two statues – the Administrative Procedure Act and the U.S. Global Change Research Act.

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Data Quality Challenge Filed on Title IX

The Department of Education (ED) received its first data quality petition February 26, 2003 challenging dissemination of a report examining sports opportunities for women and men under Title IX. The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and the College Sports Council (CSC) jointly filed the data quality petition.

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Five Linked Data Quality Petitions Challenge Forest Service Habitat Protection Methods

A series of industry sponsored data quality petitions challenged U.S. Forest Service documents restricting logging and forest use in order to protect the Northern Goshawk, a hawk listed in several regions as a "sensitive species." The Washington Contract Loggers Association, Northern Arizona Loggers Association, Coalition of Arizona/New Mexico Counties and a forester company W.K. Olsen & Associates jointly submitted the petitions this past January.

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Bromate Challenged as a Carcinogen

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently received two data quality petition that challenges references to bromate as a carcinogen. This is the eleventh petition EPA has received.

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First Data Quality Lawsuit Filed

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), an anti-regulatory group, filed the first lawsuit under the Data Quality Act (DQA) against the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP). The suit challenges a climate change report, “National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change,” and seeks to prevent its dissemination to the public.

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PEER Challenges Lack of Protection for Trumpeter Swans

On May 21st the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a data quality petition with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), challenging an internal report used to support the agency's finding that trumpeter swans do not constitute a Distinct Population Segment (DPS). The finding responsed to a lawsuit by the Biodiversity Legal Fund and the Fund for Animals that sought DPS designation for the rocky mountain trumpeter swan in order to qualify the swans for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Resources & Research

Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race, and Unequal Chemical Facility Hazards

People of color and people living in poverty, especially poor children of color, are significantly more likely...

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A Tale of Two Retirements: One for CEOs and One for the Rest of Us

The 100 largest CEO retirement funds are worth a combined $4.9 billion, equal to the entire retirement account savings of 41 percent of American fam...

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