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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Joint Letter on REINS Act

Joint Letter on REINS Act from diverse group of scholars

Type: Legislative Testimony (April 14, 2015)
PDF: Joint Letter on REINS Act, 04-14-15
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Tags: REINS Act
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

Earmarking Away the Public Interest CPR Issue Alert

Earmarking Away the Public Interest CPR Issue Alert
Type: News Releases (July 9, 2015)
PDF: Earmarking Away the Public Interest CPR Issue Alert
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Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

Is this the most anti-environmental bill of 2015?

Is this the most anti-environmental bill of 2015?

Type: Op-Eds (July 10, 2015)
PDF: Is this the most anti-environmental bill of 2015?
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Richard Murphy
Categories: Energy & Environment Energy & Environment Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

Verchick and Goodwin letter to House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law re OIRA

Letter from Robert Verchick and James Goodwin to the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law re the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Type: Legislative Testimony (July 15, 2015)
PDF: Robert Verchick and James Goodwin letter to House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law re the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, July 15, 2015
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Author(s): Robert Verchick, James Goodwin
Tags: OIRA regulatory review
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

Noah M. Sachs' testimony before House Judiciary Committee on OIRA

Noah M. Sachs' July 15, 2015, testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Type: Legislative Testimony (July 15, 2015)
PDF: Noah M. Sachs' July 15, 2015 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
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Author(s): Noah Sachs
Tags: OIRA regulatory review
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

Verchick And Goodwin Letter to Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management re OIRA

Letter from Robert Verchick and James Goodwin to Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management re the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Type: Legislative Testimony (July 15, 2015)
PDF: Robert Verchick and James Goodwin letter to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Managementre the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, July 15, 2015.
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Author(s): Robert Verchick, James Goodwin
Tags: OIRA regulatory review
Categories: Consumer Protection Consumer Protection Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy