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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June 6, 2013, CPR Scholar Robert Verchick, Former EPA Official, Reacts to Congressional Letter to White House on Delayed Rules Protecting the Environment, Health & Safety.

June 6, 2013,
Type: News Releases (June 6, 2013)
PDF: June 6, 2013, CPR Scholar Robert Verchick, Former EPA Official, Reacts to Congressional Letter to White House on Delayed Rules Protecting the Environment, Health & Safety.
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Rena Steinzor's August 1, 2013 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee discussing the human cost of regulatory paralysis.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Aug. 1, 2013)
PDF: Rena Steinzor's August 1, 2013 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee discussing the human cost of regulatory paralysis.
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Tags: regulatory review
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Thomas McGarity's November 7, 2013 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee discussing possible solutions to the problems caused by nonrule rulemaking in auto safety and mental health.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Nov. 7, 2013)
PDF: Thomas McGarity's November 7, 2013 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee discussing possible solutions to the problems caused by nonrule rulemaking in auto safety and mental health.
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
Tags: regulatory review
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Wendy Wagner's November 13, 2013 testimony before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment discussing various 'good science' provisions in the Chemical Safety Improvement Act and how they will impact EPA's use of science.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Nov. 12, 2013)
PDF: Wendy Wagner's November 13, 2013 testimony before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment discussing various 'good science' provisions in the Chemical Safety Improvement Act and how they will impact EPA's use of science.
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The Role of Health and Safety Evidence in Regulation and the Civil Justice System: Preserving Protection of the Public

Type: Reports (Feb. 6, 2014)
PDF: The Role of Health and Safety Evidence in Regulation and the Civil Justice System: Preserving Protection of the Public
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Noah Sachs, Wendy Wagner, Sidney Shapiro, James Goodwin
Tags: torts TSCA
Categories: Energy & Environment Energy & Environment Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

Letter to House Committee on Science, Space and Technology re the Secret Science Reform Act

Letter from several CPR Member Scholars to House Committee on Science, Space and Technology re the Secret Science Reform Act, February 11, 2014.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Feb. 11, 2014)
PDF: Letter to Members of Congress re the Secret Science Reform Act, February 11, 2014.
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Author(s): Noah Sachs, Holly Doremus, Sidney Shapiro, Rena Steinzor, Thomas McGarity, Wendy Wagner
Tags: clean science
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