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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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Cost-benefit has its limits: Ask Posner...

Be sure to check out the latest article by Professor Lisa Heinzerling, which reviews a recent book by Richard Posner:

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Cheap gas, anyone?

The Department of Energy released its new outlook for fuel prices, and they again project that gasoline prices will remain in the neighborhood of $2.25/gallon. So file this under "wishful thinking": OMB's recent report on the costs and benefits of regulations uses a lowball figure of $1.10-$1.30, possibly to minimize the benefits from improvements to fuel economy regulations. See OMB Watch's comments on OMB's report for more information.

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The Going-Out-of-Business Myth

The public needs regulatory safeguards to protect our health, safety, environment, civil rights, and welfare. Corporate special interests, however, have an interest in avoiding spending a single dime to improve their destructive behavior. Again and again, when new regulatory protections have been proposed, corporate lobbyists have argued that business would be bankrupted and forced to go out of business. Again and again, they have been proven wrong. Download our fact sheet "The Going-Out-of-Business Myth" to learn just how wrong they have been time and time again.

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The Going-Out-of-Business Myth

Again and again, when new regulatory protections have been proposed, corporate lobbyists have argued that business would be bankrupted and forced to go out of business. Again and again, they have been proven wrong. Check out this fact sheet showing examples of cases when compliance cost estimates turned out to be overstated.

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Costs of Work-Related Harms Underestimated but Soaring

Even as the cost of serious workplace injury continues to soar, new research concludes that those costs are significantly underestimated. A recent report by insurance company Liberty Mutual revealed that the cost of serious workplace injuries has skyrocketed in recent years. After adjusting for inflation in both health care costs and wages, Liberty Mutual calculated that the cost of serious workplace injuries increased by 12.1 percent between 1998 and 2002, with over half of that increase occurring in 2002.

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OMB Report on Regulation Misguided, Misleading

An annual draft report from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) misleads the public on regulatory safeguards and makes OMB appear poised to impose misguided anti-regulatory policies, OMB Watch and other public interest groups told the White House last week. About the Report

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EPA Ignores Cost-Benefit Analysis on Mercury Rule

From the Washington Post: When the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a rule last week to limit mercury emissions from U.S. power plants, officials emphasized that the controls could not be more aggressive because the cost to industry already far exceeded the public health payoff. What they did not reveal is that a Harvard University study paid for by the EPA, co-authored by an EPA scientist and peer-reviewed by two other EPA scientists had reached the opposite conclusion.

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Is Cost-Benefit Analysis Needed?

Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is often touted by the administration and conservative think tanks as a neutral tool in policymaking, but recent studies by legal scholars show that CBA is inherently political and may even advise against what we consider our most immutable public protections. Three recent articles examine the neutrality of CBA both in theory and in practice and analyze the arguments of CBA's greatest proponents. This analysis reviews those articles and critiques CBA as a regulatory tool.

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OIRA releases final hit list and new reg report

Wednesday was a big day for OIRA: the office released both the final selections from the industry-nominated hit list and this year's annual draft report on the costs and benefits of regulations. Hit List: What the White House released is a selection of 76 out of the original 189 anti-reg nominations for the hit list. These are the hit list suggestions that the White House and the agencies are endorsing as anti-regulatory priorities.

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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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