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The Need for a Tighter Particulate-Matter Air-Quality Standard   
July 04, 2020
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine - We reconvened, with support from the Union of Concerned Scientists and former EPA staff. During a 2-day meeting of our nongovernmental panel, conducted under the ground rules for an official EPA ...
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House Passes Bill to Upgrade Aging US Infrastructure   
July 03, 2020
Source: Union of Concerned Scientists - House passes Moving Forward Act. The Union of Concerned Scientists says the bill will help the U.S. avoid potentially disastrous climate impacts and offer communities an economic lifeline.
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Evidence in New IG Report Confirms NOAA Nominee Jacobs Unfit to Lead Agency   
July 01, 2020
Source: Union of Concerned Scientists - Multiple investigations into violations of the NOAA Scientific Integrity policy—including a new report from the Department of Commerce’s inspector general—demonstrate that Dr. Neil Jacobs, the current nominee to...
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It Will Take Years to Undo the Damage from Trump’s Environmental Rollback   
June 29, 2020
Source: New Republic - Even if Democrats win back the White House and the Senate, it will be a long struggle to restore the regulations the Republican-controlled EPA has erased.
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EPA gives up on barring grantees from science advisory panels   
June 29, 2020
Source: Science | AAAS - Science 's extensive COVID-19 coverage is free to all readers. To support our nonprofit science journalism, please make a tax-deductible gift today . While not ruling out a future attempt to revive the prohibition,
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Former Trump adviser alleges Trump caved to auto lobby on fuel economy rule   
June 29, 2020
Source: Washington Examiner - President Trump’s former chief economist says the White House backed off from plans to “totally rip out” Obama-era fuel economy standards because of pressure from car companies.
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EPA Accused of Trying to Push Through Censored Science Rule During Pandemic   
June 29, 2020
Source: Newsweek - The EPA says the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science (STRS) rule—which was first proposed in 2018—will improve the quality of science that underlies its regulatory decisions by ensuring that this research...
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Battery-powered pickups' California’s next clean air rule targets gas-powered trucks, big rigs   
June 29, 2020
Source: Sacramento Bee - Gas-powered work trucks — from the delivery vans bringing packages to your doorstep to the big rigs that roar along highways — may soon be fewer in number on California roads. California’s air pollution agency...
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China's 'no first use' nuclear fiction   
June 29, 2020
Source: The Hill - China’s political and military leaders often have threatened nuclear war.
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New UCS White Paper Says Strong Public Input Needed on Solar Geoengineering Research, Experiments   
June 26, 2020
Source: Union of Concerned Scientists - The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a new white paper on the need to establish governance structures and ensure meaningful public participation in solar geoengineering research before moving forward with small-scale...
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