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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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Anti-Regulatory Studies Found Deceptive

A series of influential studies purporting to show that federal regulation is broadly irrational are based on data that is highly misleading and frequently manufactured to fit a preconceived point of view, according to an investigation by Richard Parker, a law professor at the University of Connecticut, who presented his findings October 17 during a conference of the American Bar Association.

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NHTSA Issues Weakened Tire Pressure Monitoring Rule

On June 5, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a watered down standard to guard against under-inflated tires -- which are linked to numerous deaths each year -- after its first attempt was rejected by OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which must approve all major regulatory actions.

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In Rejecting NHTSA Rule, Graham Shows True Colors

If one of your tires is under-inflated, you may be in trouble. You are more likely to lose control of your vehicle. Your ability to steer and stop will be diminished. And it’s possible, especially if you drive an SUV, that your vehicle could roll over. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that hundreds of people die each year as a result of under-inflated tires.

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GAO Study Reveals that Regulatory 'Burden' Might be Overstated

November 31, 1996 A recent investigation by the General Accounting Office into the regulatory costs of 15 businesses failed to produce any evidence of significant burden -- or even slight burden for that matter -- despite the fact that participating companies were largely critical of federal regulation and had a vested interest in proving their case.

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Pricing the Priceless

How much is a human life worth? What is the dollar value of an IQ point or avoided disease? What is the economic benefit of a clear view of the Grand Canyon? Or protecting our national bird, the bald eagle, and other endangered species? Ask these questions of almost anyone, and you’re likely to get a puzzled response. These are not things bought and sold on the open market. They speak to our values as people and a society. Assigning a price tag to a child’s IQ, for example, will strike many as morally repugnant.

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Graham Pushes Regulatory Priorities in President's Budget

As administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) -- which has authority to review and possibly reject or amend agency regulatory proposals -- John Graham is pressing agencies to adopt particular analytical methods to assess regulatory costs and benefits that would rig the result and undoubtedly lead to less protective health, safety, and environmental standards.

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Comments on OMB's Draft Report on Regulatory Accounting

Mr. John Morrall III Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs NEOB, Room 10235 1725 17th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20503 Dear Mr. Morrall: On behalf of Citizens for Sensible Safeguards, a broad-based coalition of consumer, labor, environmental, and other public interest groups, I am writing to provide comments on OMB's draft report to Congress on the costs and benefits of federal regulations. As you know, we strongly oppose the idea of regulatory accounting.

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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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