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Type: Reports (Oct. 1, 2017)
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Holding Polluters Accountable

The Chesapeake Bay is an ecosystem in peril. Pollutants from animal farms, urban and suburban development, sewage treatment plants, and coal-fired power plants are deposited into the Bay causing algae blooms that consume the dissolved oxygen and cause dead zones that cannot support aquatic life. To restore this environmental treasure and economic engine, all contributors to the Bay’s pollution problems must be held accountable. CPR works to ensure that state governments and the EPA are being vigilant, transparent, and equitable in holding polluters responsible for their share of the pollution.

Type: Reports (Aug. 1, 2017)
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Author(s): Evan Isaacson
The Trump Administration's Rulemaking Delays (chart)

The July 3, 2017, decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Clean Air Council v. Pruitt renewed interest in the many rules that the Trump administration has delayed. In response, CPR Member Scholar Rena Steinzor and University of Maryland law student Elise Desiderio prepared a chart listing and describing every rule for which a Federal Register notice was published announcing a delay in either the effective date or the compliance date or both. The delays listed involve postponements beyond July 14, 2017. The list covers the period from January 20, 2017 to July 14, 2017.

Type: Reports (July 17, 2017)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Elise Desiderio
The Twin Demons of the Trump-Bannon Assault on Democracy

The Twin Demons of the Trump-Bannon Assault on Democracy, CPR Paper 1704, by CPR Member Scholar Joseph Tomain, June 2017.

Type: Reports (June 1, 2017)
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Author(s): Joseph Tomain
Congressional Review Act Targets

In the first few months of the Trump administration, Congress invoked a rarely used, little-known law called the Congressional Review Act to repeal a host of health, safety, and environmental regulations adopted during the Obama administration after years of consideration and public input. CPR tracked the congressional assault on our safeguards. See our chart from May 2017 detailing the damage.

Type: Reports (May 25, 2017)
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Author(s): Katie Tracy, James Goodwin
Reaching Higher Ground: Avenues to Secure and Manage New Land for Communities Displaced by Climate Change

Reaching Higher Ground: Avenues to Secure and Manage New Land for Communities Displaced by Climate Change, CPR Paper 1703, by CPR Member Scholars Maxine Burkett and Robert Verchick, and CPR Policy Analyst David Flores, May 2017.

Type: Reports (May 1, 2017)
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Author(s): Maxine Burkett, Robert Verchick, David Flores
Trump's New 'Regulatory Czar': Poised to Lead the Assault on Our Safeguards

Trump's New 'Regulatory Czar': Poised to Lead the Assault on Our Safeguards, CPR Paper 1701. The report by CPR Member Scholars Thomas McGarity, Amy Sinden, Rena Steinzor, and Robert Verchick, and CPR Senior Policy Analyst James Goodwin, examines Neomi Rao’s background and concludes the her modest record of “scholarship and other public statements reflect a deep distrust of federal agencies and their role as policymaking institutions within our constitutional system of government.”

Type: Reports (April 20, 2017)
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Author(s): Amy Sinden, Rena Steinzor, Robert Verchick, Thomas McGarity, James Goodwin
The Truth About Torts: Regulatory Preemption at the Federal Aviation Administration

The Truth About Torts: Regulatory Preemption at the Federal Aviation Administration, CPR Paper 1608, by CPR Member Scholars Thomas McGarity, Nina Mendelson, Sidney Shapiro, and CPR Senior Policy Analyst James Goodwin and CPR Policy Analyst Mollie Rosenzweig

Type: Reports (Nov. 28, 2016)
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Author(s): Nina Mendelson, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, James Goodwin, Mollie Rosenzweig
Untapped Potential: The Carbon Reductions Left Out of EPA's Clean Power Plan

Untapped Potential: The Carbon Reductions Left Out of EPA's Clean Power Plan, CPR Paper 1607, by CPR Member Scholars Alice Kaswan and Kirsten Engel, October 2016.

Type: Reports (Oct. 27, 2016)
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Author(s): Alice Kaswan, Kirsten Engel
Changing Landscape for Bay Restoration

In recognition of the role that Maryland is playing as a case study for the rest of the nation on stormwater pollution abatement, CPR analyzed stormwater pollution control plans for Maryland’s 11 MS4 permit holders.

Type: Reports (Sept. 29, 2016)
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