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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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Ignorance is Toxic Bliss: The Secret War on Our Right-To-Know

A Report by Clean Water Fund Contact: Lynn Thorp (202) 895-0420 Mineral Policy Center Contact: Alan Septoff (202) 887-1872 OMB Watch Contact: Rick Blum (202) 234-8494 U.S. Public Interest Research Group Contact: Jeremiah Baumann (202) 546-9707 Working Group on Community Right To Know Contact:Paul Orum (202) 544-9586

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Groups Say Toxic Pollution Data Make the Case to Stop Environmental Rollbacks

Report Outlines Attacks on Public Right-To-Know For More Information, Contact: Jeremiah Baumann, U.S. PIRG, 202-546-9707 Alan Septoff, Mineral Policy Center, 202-887-1872 Rick Blum, OMB Watch, 202-234-8494 Paul Orum, Working Group on CRTK, 202-544-9586

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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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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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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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