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Canada’s Tar Sands Regulations: Uncovered Documents Cast Doubt on Effectiveness, Enforcement

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By Jennifer Skene, Ford Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council The strength of Canada’s tar sands environmental regulatory regime is facing more scrutiny as a result of documents Greenpeace Canada obtained from the Alberta government’s energy regulator. The documents cast light on the Alberta government’s response to the death of birds that landed on tar sands waste...
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Skepticism About Trade Deals is Warranted

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute In 1993, it seemed obvious to me that NAFTA was about one main thing: providing a huge new (and much cheaper) labor force to U.S. manufacturers by making it safe for them to build factories in Mexico without fear of expropriation or profit-limiting regulation. But the Clinton administration claimed it would open a new market to U.S....
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Procter & Gamble Receives an “F” in Chemical Transparency

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By Amanda Frank, Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Government “Eco-friendly.” “Healthy.” “Responsible.” These are just a few of the labels used on household cleaning products to make them appear safe for consumers. But no one oversees how these terms are used or what they really mean for consumers. This becomes readily apparent when you scrutinize the ingredients on cleaning product labels...
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If You Thought Corporate Personhood Was Bad, Wait Until You See Corporate Nationhood in the New Trade Treaty

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By Scott Klinger, Director of Revenue and Spending Policies, Center for Effective Government The government of El Salvador was so concerned that its water was so fouled by mining companies that it passed a moratorium on new mines in 2008. Oceana Gold, an Australian corporation, didn’t like the law, so it sued El Salvador for $301 million, the amount the company said the policy cost it in lost...
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150 Workers Will Die Today

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By Mike Hall, AFL-CIO Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety in the 44 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) become law, today and every day 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases. That and other sobering statistics about the preventable deaths and injuries workers face each day are in the 2015...
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Senate Committee Fails to Fix Flawed Chemical Bill

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By Katie Weatherford, Regulatory Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Government On April 28, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works reviewed proposed legislation from Sens. David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) to revise the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), our nation’s primary chemical safety law. Despite numerous attempts to constructively amend the flawed bill,...
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5 Ways Policy Helps Business Innovation

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By Richard Eidlin, Co-founder & Vice President of Policy and Campaigns, American Sustainable Business Council It’s gospel among American politicians and business leaders: innovation is key to the success of individual companies and entire industries. And yet, many of these same people contend that to optimize innovation, government needs to stay out of the way. We disagree and believe...
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Good News! CPSC Proposes to Ban Hazardous Phthalate Chemicals in Toys and Child Care Products

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By Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed banning some of the most toxic phthalates (pronounced ˈtha-lāt) from toys and child care products, and NRDC submitted comments supporting CPSC’s proposal, but also asking them to go further. Phthalates are a family of chemicals used mostly as plasticizers to...
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Workers Memorial Day: We Need Strong Workplace Safety and Health Protections

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute Here are a few recent reports about the grim toll of industrial fatalities and the hazards workers are exposed to every day, from the Cal-OSHA Reporter and other sources. Hopefully, they will remind you why we need a strong federal enforcement effort and much better programs of workers compensation for occupational injuries and...
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This Workers Memorial Day: Blow the Whistle on Unsafe Working Conditions

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By Keith Wrightson, Worker Health and Safety Advocate, Public Citizen Today, we remember the victims of fatal workplace hazards and observe Workers Memorial Day. We have all encountered a hazard in the workplace at one time or another. Whether it was a slippery floor, unguarded machinery, blocked emergency exits or a frayed electrical cord, hazards in the workplace come in many different...
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