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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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NY Times and Washington Post Cover Bush Regulatory Amendments

Almost two weeks ago, President Bush amended the federal regulatory process in an attempt to delay regulations and take power out of Congress's hands. Now, the mainstream media has picked up the scent. A front page story in today's New York Times and a column in today's Washington Post both cover the story.

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President Bush Amends Federal Regulatory Process

On Jan. 18, President George W. Bush issued amendments to Executive Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review. The most notable of the changes will require federal agencies to: implement a stricter market failure criterion for assessing the need for regulation; require agencies to develop a summation of total costs and benefits each year for all proposed regulations; install a presidential appointee as agency Regulatory Policy Officer; and subject "guidance documents" to the same White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review process as regulations. Bush's amendments do not have the force of law but significantly change E.O. 12866, which figures prominently into the nation's regulatory process. The amendments will impact the way in which federal agencies go about creating rules and enforcing laws.

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Bush Administration Undermines Public Protections with Executive Order Amendments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2007—On Jan. 18, President Bush issued amendments to Executive Order (E.O.) 12866, which further centralize regulatory power in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and shift it away from the federal agencies given this power by legislative enactments.

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Undermining Public Protections: Preliminary Analysis of the Amendments to Executive Order 12866

On January 18, President Bush issued amendments to Executive Order (E.O.) 12866, which further centralize regulatory power in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and shift it away from the federal agencies given this power by legislative enactments.

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Nation's Top Scientists Strongly Reject OMB's Regulatory Guidance

This morning, the National Academy of Sciences rejected the White House Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Proposed Risk Assessment Bulletin. OMB charged NAS with the task of peer-reviewing the bulletin, and NAS issued a stinging rebuke. The Bulletin calls for an overly standardized method across all agencies of assessing the potential risks of regulatory action. No matter if the issue is the environment, consumer products, or massive buildings and infrastructure, the framework would be the same.

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EPA: Home for the Holidays

While legislators were leaving Washington and families across America spent time celebrating the holidays, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continued to issue rules and contemplate regulations. Several issues received little attention from media and lawmakers despite their potentially significant impact on the nation’s public health and welfare. Here is a brief summary of some of EPA's work during late December and early January.

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Senate Committee Set to Vote on Dudley for Regulatory Czar

The Senate is likely to vote in December on the nomination of Susan Dudley to be the new regulatory czar, according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). Despite widespread criticism from the public interest community on the nomination, a confirmation hearing in which Dudley evaded disclosing much about her views, and new concerns about a perception of a conflict regarding her husband serving as head of an office that writes environmental regulations, it appears that Collins's committee will move forward with the nomination.

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EPA Falters on Commitment to Environmental Justice

Less than two months after the Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency issued a report critical of the agency's commitment to environmental justice, EPA closes the doors of one of its regional offices for minority advocacy.

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Latest Watcher

Be sure to check out the latest issue of our biweekly newsletter, The Watcher. Reg policy articles this time: Criticism of Draft Risk Assessment Bulletin May Delay Implementation Report Finds Dudley Unfit to Serve

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The Cost is Too High

Read OMB Watch and Public Citizen's new report on the White House's radical nominee for OIRA, Susan Dudley.

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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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