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Are We Done with Sweetheart Deals for Too Big Banks?

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By Rena Steinzor, Law Professor, Center for Progressive Reform In her first major criminal settlement since becoming Attorney General, Loretta Lynch has delivered, trussed and on a platter, five of the world’s biggest banks—Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, and UBS.  The five will actually plead guilty to...
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The Public Wants EPA – Not Congress – to Protect Our Drinking Water

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By Amanda Frank, Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Government A nationwide poll by Hart Research Associates found that Americans overwhelmingly support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Rule. The rule will clarify what waters EPA can protect under the Clean Water Act. For over 40 years, EPA has protected...
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Owner of Broken Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline is a Repeat Offender

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By Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council On Tuesday, an oil pipeline owned and operated by Houston-based Plains All American ruptured and spilled at least 105,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off of Santa Barbara. The oil slick created by the spill is now reported to...
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Government Wins Protection for 33.8 Million Drivers in Largest Product Recall in U.S. History

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by Scott Klinger, Director of Revenue and Spending Policies, Center for Effective Government Imagine you’re hit from behind while driving. Your vehicles airbags deploy, but instead of cushioning you, bits of metal shrapnel are sent flying. That’s what has happened to more than 100 drivers since 2007. Six deaths and...
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Federal Agency Inaction amid Growing Concerns about Health and Safety of Nail Salon Workers

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By Katie Weatherford, Policy Analyst, Center for Progressive Reform Whether you are a frequent visitor to your local nail salon, or just an occasional passer-by, you are likely familiar with the offending chemical stench that emanates from within.  You may have even considered whether the displeasing fumes are safe to...
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How Trade Could Lead to A Big Fracking Mess

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By Park MacDougald, Responsible Trade Program, Sierra Club Across the country, towns and communities are organizing against the destructive practice of fracking, and passing scores of bans and moratoriums against the practice. Unfortunately, wherever local communities have been able to pass these measures, the oil and gas industry has been...
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Santa Barbara Pipeline Spill Highlights Threats of Tar Sands Expansion Into the West Coast

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By Anthony Swift, International Program Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council The most recent oil spill in California highlights both fundamental weaknesses in basic safeguards for our nation’s oil infrastructure as well as risks associated with industry plans to expand tar sands infrastructure in the West Coast. On May 19, a...
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Banning Fracking Bans: The Paradox of Local Control

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By Amanda Frank, Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Government There is a new paradox emerging in the fracking debate. The oil and gas industry firmly opposes federal fracking standards, claiming that states know best how to govern their own lands. States are currently responsible for the majority of industry oversight,...
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The Reality of U.S. Oil Transport

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By Alexandra Klass, Member Scholar, Center for Progressive Reform The major oil pipeline spills along the Santa Barbara coast in May 2015 and into the Yellowstone River in Montana in January 2015 are only the most recent chapters in the growing list of major releases associated with oil transportation in...
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OMB Must Complete Its Review of OSHA’s Beryllium Standard

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By Keith Wrightson, Workplace Safety Expert, Public Citizen Protections against exposure to beryllium allotted to workers are far too weak, especially in the construction industry, where an estimated 23,000 construction workers come in contact with beryllium every day while performing open-air blasting. Beryllium levels can be extremely elevated due to...
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