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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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The "Sound Science" Smokescreen

Be sure to check out the new Knight-Ridder piece examining the strategic deployment of the term "sound science" to achieve decidedly political aims. Here's a taste: The Bush administration, senators, industrialists and farmers repeatedly invoke the term "sound science" to delay or deep-six policies they oppose and dismiss criticism of those they favor.

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Needed Health and Safety Regulations Left Idle on Agency 'To-Do' Lists

With the release of their Spring 2006 regulatory agendas on Apr. 24, federal agencies once again relegate important health and safety protections to the back burner.

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Industry-Funded Scientists Flood FDA Advisory Panel

A science advisory panel for FDA is scheduled to consider new labeling guidelines for blood pressure control drugs tomorrow. Yet, according to information compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, three-fourths of the 12-member panel received conflict of interest waivers. Many of those conflicts of interest relate directly to the issues of drug labeling to be discussed by the panel.

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Spring 2006 Unified Agenda Now Available

Agencies released their Spring 2006 regulatory agendas on Monday, April 24. To get the low-down on the agencies’ plans for the coming six months and what they accomplished in the last six month period, go to the Federal Register.

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Another Potential Case of Mad Cow in North America

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is announcing that testing is underway to confirm a suspected case of mad cow. If Canada does have another mad cow case, that country's food safety agency will probably be able to trace back from that cow to locate other cows that may have consumed the same feed, which could be at the root of the infection. The U.S. has resisted the animal ID system that would make that same level of traceback possible here; instead, a recent USDA announcement calls for a system that would be administered by a private organization controlled by the cattlemen's industry.

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Report Finds Animal ID System, Cattle Feed Rules Long Overdue, but Stalled by Industry Influence

Despite the discovery of three cows infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, measures to ensure the safety of the food supply and to keep foreign markets open to American beef have been stalled, according to a report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), OMB Watch, and Consumer Federation of America.

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How Now, Mad Cow?

Despite the discovery of three cows infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, long overdue measures to ensure the safety of the food supply and to keep foreign markets open to American beef have been stalled.

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Cow Sense: The Bush Administration's Broken Record on Mad Cow Disease

MadCow The Bush administration has failed the public time and time again on mad cow disease, putting corporate special interests above the public interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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White House Says, 'Let's Have More Arsenic in Drinking Water'

You might have read in the news about an EPA plan to make it easier for drinking water systems to reduce the quality of your drinking water, even when it comes to such hazards as arsenic, radon, and lead.

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House Bill to Roll Back Food Safety

The "National Uniformity for Food Act" (H.R. 4167) that would preempt nearly 200 food safety laws and affect state law in all 50 states, passed out of the House on March 8, to ire of consumer advocates. The legislation was introduced by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Ed Towns (D-NY).

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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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