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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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Bush Leaves Alone Lead Reporting Requirements

The Bush Administration today annouced it will let stand new reporting requirements on lead emmissions. Today was the deadline for Bush to step in and block the new rule from going into effect. The Administration's decision marks a departure from its recent actions to kill or delay important regulations protecting the environment, consumers, and worker health and safety.

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Hearing Cancelled on "Leaks" Criminalization Provision of Intelligence Authorization Act

In the early evening of September 4th, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Robert Graham announced cancellation of the hearing on a provision planned for inclusion in the 2002 Intelligence Authorization Act that would have made a felony of any unauthorized disclosure of any classified information by any current or former federal employee.

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Attack on Risk Management Plans

Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act requires the creation of Risk Management Plans to address prevention of chemical accidents. In particular, chemical facilities must identify and assess their chemical hazards and carry out certain activities designed to reduce the likelihood and severity of chemical releases. The law requires this information to be available to the public. According to EPA, “Using this information citizens will have the opportunity to work with industry to reduce risks to the community from chemical accidents.”

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Benefits of Chemical Information Should not be Forgotten

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, EPA moved quickly to restrict public access to data on chemical facilities, fearing that it could be used by terrorists to zero in on a potential target. The agency is currently evaluating whether to repost this information to its web site, and according to EPA officials, is nearing a decision on the matter.

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Chemical Plants Fail to Cut Hazards as Concerns of Terrorism Grow

For years, the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, just outside of Washington, D.C., stored deadly chlorine gas in 90-ton rail cars. A rupture of just one of these rail cars would have put 1.7 million people at risk, covering the White House, Congress, as well as Bolling Air Force Base.

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Key Components of The E-Government Act of 2001

OMB Watch's analysis of the key components of the E-Government Act of 2001

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Congress, Constitutents, Content Online

There appears to be considerable variance between what constituents want and what Congress needs, according to two reports on congressional websites released this year. The Congress Online Project's November 2001 report and the Advocacy Group's February 2001 report provide a useful balance of perspectives around public attitudes and expectations towards individual member websites, and ways these potentially valuable resources can be improved.

The Advocacy Group

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E-Mail Advocacy: Will It Get Heard on the Hill?

Electronic advocacy today carries some great benefits. In particular, we can now witness the breaking down of geographic boundaries as a factor in delivering messages to elected officials and policymakers. This in turn reduces the time and cost involved in sending correspondence. Newer tools now make it possible to efficiently generate a high volume of personalized, customizable, and targeted communications with relative ease.

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Community Technology Centers: Collaborations That Work

There are well over 2,000 Community Technology Centers (CTCs) and related community technology projects that provide a range of technology services to low-income, minority, and hard-to-serve populations across America. Often a community technology effort does not carry the label of a CTC, even though they provide CTC-type services in urban and rural communities. Libraries, schools, and nonprofit organizations that play a key role in our communities coordinate many community technology efforts. Often the building which houses a community technology center serves as the focal point of community activity, a center for learning and workforce preparedness, a showcase of community collaborations among businesses, government and nonprofit and civic organizations. The number of new programs has been increasing exponentially as communities recognize that access to technology is a key to economic empowerment, workforce competitiveness, and community building.

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President Bush's Economic Stimulus Proposal

The President's proposal for an economic stimulus package is aimed more at additional tax cuts than stimulating the economy.

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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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