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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 Administration Ignores Common Sense in Rolling Back Contractor Responsibility Standards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Reece Rushing, 202-234-8494 April 4, 2001 Say you are the government. You are considering two contractors, equal in every way except that one has repeatedly violated environmental laws. Common sense says you contract with the law-abiding company. But then, you wouldn’t be the Bush administration.

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OMB Watch Testimony on the Repeal of the Contractor Responsibility Rule

The Bush administration has proposed to repeal common-sense standards that promote greater accountability for federal contractors -- to make sure they comply with important public protections. On June 18, 2001, the administration held a public meeting on the proposed repeal, and OMB Watch provided this testimony. Testimony of Reece Rushing OMB Watch on FAR Case 2001-014 June 18, 2001 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Safeguards Weakened or Revoked

The Bush administration has killed or weakened a host of health, safety, and environmental protections -- including restrictions on hard rock mining, energy efficiency standards, and ergonomics rules to protect workers, just to name a few. OMB Watch provides a list of priority safeguards that have been weakened or revoked. Emissions Standards for Power Plants. The Bush administration announced on November 22 that it is rolling back protections to limit air pollution from factories, refineries and power plants as part of a long-expected overhaul of EPA’s New Source Review program.

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Graham Commits to Greater OIRA Transparency

John Graham, administrator of OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), deserves praise for new measures – announced Oct. 18 – to increase transparency at his agency, which reviews (and can possibly reject) new agency regulations and information collections. As indicated in this press release and in this memo to OIRA staff, Graham intends to disseminate useful information through the Internet that will help the public better understand and evaluate OIRA’s activities.

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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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