Regulatory Policy

Regulatory safeguards play a vital role in protecting us from hazards and ensuring that companies that pollute, make unsafe products, and create workplace hazards bear the cost of cleaning up their messes and preventing injuries and deaths. Still, the regulatory system is far from perfect: Rules take too long to develop; enforcement is often feeble; and political pressure from regulated industries has led to weak safeguards.

These systemic problems are made all the more severe by the determination of the Trump administration to undercut sensible safeguards across virtually all aspects of federal regulation. Moreover, the President and his team have taken aim at the the process by which such safeguards are developed, aiming to take a system already slanted in favor of industry profit at the expense of health, safety and the environment, and make it even less protective. For example, where critics of the use of cost-benefit analysis see a system that understates the value of safeguards and overstates the cost of implementing them -- making it difficult to adopt needed protections -- the Trump administration seeks simply to ignore benefits of safeguards, pretending they do not exist. The result is a regulatory system that fails to enforce landmark laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and more.

CPR exposes and opposes efforts by opponents of sensible safeguards to undermine the regulatory system, fighting back against knee-jerk opposition to environmental, health, and safety protections. Below, see what CPR Members Scholars and staff have had to say in reports, testimony, op-eds and more. Use the search box to narrow the list.

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Twelve Crucial Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulations: Will the Obama Administration Finish in Time?

Twelve Crucial Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulations: Will the Obama Administration Finish in Time?, CPR White Paper 1106

Type: Reports (April 19, 2011)
PDF: Twelve Crucial Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulations: Will the Obama Administration Finish in Time?, CPR White Paper 1106
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Author(s): Amy Sinden, Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz, James Goodwin, Yee Huang
Tags: regulatory agenda
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy Consumer Protection Consumer Protection Energy & Environment Energy & Environment Workers' Rights Workers' Rights

April 20, 2011, New Report from CPR Urges Administration to Adopt a 'Sense of Urgency' about Finishing Work on 12 Key Environmental, Health and Safety Regulations.

April 20, 2011,

Type: News Releases (April 20, 2011)
PDF: April 20, 2011, New Report from CPR Urges Administration to Adopt a 'Sense of Urgency' about Finishing Work on 12 Key Environmental, Health and Safety Regulations.
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Saving Lives, Preserving the Environment, Growing the Economy: The Truth About Regulation, CPR White Paper 1109

Type: Reports (Aug. 30, 2011)
PDF: Saving Lives, Preserving the Environment, Growing the Economy: The Truth About Regulation, CPR White Paper 1109
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Author(s): Sidney Shapiro, James Goodwin
Tags: regulation cost-benefit
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

Regulation Under Attack: The Overlooked Story of How Regulations Protect Lives

Edit Memo: Regulation Under Attack: The Overlooked Story of How Regulations Protect Lives, by Sidney Shapiro
Type: Editorial Memos (Aug. 31, 2011)
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Sidney Shapiro's testimony on the Regulatory Accountability Act, before the House Judiciary Committee

Sidney Shapiro's October 25, 2011, testimony on the Regulatory Accountability Act, before the House Judiciary Committee

Type: Legislative Testimony (Oct. 24, 2011)
PDF: Sidney Shapiro's October 25, 2011 testimony on the Regulatory Accountability Act, before the House Judiciary Committee.
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Author(s): Sidney Shapiro
Tags: RAA
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

November 28, 2011, Obama White House Changes More Agency Regulations in Backroom Process than Bush Administration Did, Says New CPR Report.

November 28, 2011,
Type: News Releases (Nov. 28, 2011)
PDF: November 28, 2011, Obama White House Changes More Agency Regulations in Backroom Process than Bush Administration Did, Says New CPR Report.
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