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.

New EPA administrator, same menace to the environment

Joel Mintz op-ed in Miami Herald: New EPA administrator, same menace to the environment

Type: Op-Eds (July 31, 2018)
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Author(s): Joel Mintz
Joint Letters from CPR re Administrative Law Judges

Joint Letters from CPR Member Scholars and staff to House Rules Committee Ranking Member and to House Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member re Trump Executive Order on Administrative Law Judges, July 16, 2018.

Type: Legislative Testimony (July 16, 2018)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt, Robert Glicksman, Thomas McGarity, Matt Shudtz, Katie Tracy
Pruitt Praised Scalia, But His Actions Sing a Different Tune

Pruitt Praised Scalia, But His Actions Sing a Different Tune, op-ed by William Buzbee

Type: Op-Eds (July 6, 2018)
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Author(s): William Buzbee
Not content with his war on science, Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics

Not content with his war on science, Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics, op-ed by Rob Verchick

Type: Op-Eds (June 28, 2018)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick
Webinar: EPA's Benefits-Busting Proposal

CPR's June 27, 2018 webinar on EPA's benefits-busting proposal to slant EPA's cost-benefit analysis methods even further in favor of pollution, featuring CPR's Amy Sinden and James Goodwin.

Type: Webinars (June 27, 2018)
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Author(s): Amy Sinden, James Goodwin
Laurie Ristino's testimony to House Committee on Small Business on regulation and agriculture.

Laurie Ristino's June 21, 2018, testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business on regulation and agriculture, June 21, 2018.

Type: Legislative Testimony (June 21, 2018)
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Author(s): Laurie Ristino
Deconstructing Regulatory Science

Writing for The Regulatory Review, Rena Steinzor and Wendy Wagner observe that "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt recently opened another front in his battle to redirect the agency away from its mission to protect human health and the environment. This time, he cobbled together a proposed rule that would drastically change how science is considered during the regulatory process."

Type: Op-Eds (June 19, 2018)
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Author(s): Wendy Wagner, Rena Steinzor
Look to Supreme Court for answers on whether Trump can fire Mueller

Look to Supreme Court for answers on whether Trump can fire Mueller, op-ed by Richard Pierce

Type: Op-Eds (May 18, 2018)
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Author(s): Richard Pierce, Jr.
EPA 'transparency' rule confuses science and regulatory science

EPA 'transparency' rule confuses science and regulatory science, op-ed by Sidney Shapiro

Type: Op-Eds (May 16, 2018)
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Author(s): Sidney Shapiro
May 2, 2018, Congressional Review Act Rollbacks Are Endangering Our Health and Safety

May 2, 2018, Congressional Review Act Rollbacks Are Endangering Our Health and Safety

Type: News Releases (May 2, 2018)
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