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Scott Slesinger, Legislative Director, Washington, DC

Scott Slesinger

I am NRDC's legislative director. I work with NRDC staff to develop strategies for advancing environmental legislation and lobby Congress on behalf of the organization. Before joining NRDC, I was Vice-President of Government Affairs of the Environmental Technology Council representing companies that recycle, destroy, and dispose of regulated hazardous waste. Previously, I worked for the Senate Budget Committee on energy and environment issues and as the environmental aide to Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) when Lautenberg chaired the Subcommittee on Superfund and Hazardous Waste. I served as a counsel to the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and worked at the Environmental Protection Agency drafting some of the original regulations under the Clean Water Act. I have a B.A. in Political Science and a law degree from the State University at Buffalo.

Recent Posts

What is the Republican agenda going forward? Waste energy and pollute waters.

Posted April 14, 2015 by Scott Slesinger

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The House Energy and Water spending bill, which the Appropriations Committee released on April 14, 2015, makes clear the House Republicans' priorities - subsidize dirty energy, starve clean energy and block any protections for water. This bill must never become...continued

100+ Budget Amendments Expose GOP Big Polluter Agenda

Posted April 14, 2015 by Scott Slesinger

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Since his first day as Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell made it clear that he intends to support a full scale assault on the environmental protections he deems harmful to the health of his most important constituent - Big Coal....continued

GOP's Budget Plan is Full of Giveaways to Big Polluters

Posted March 17, 2015 by Scott Slesinger

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The House Republican leadership today released a federal budget blueprint that's completely in keeping with its years-long, anti-environment agenda being funded by big polluters. The budget resolution is nothing less than an attempt to carry out the big polluters' road...continued

Stigma is Bogus. The Industry Data Say So

Posted September 11, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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Co-written with Lisa Evans, JD, Earthjustice  It’s been several years now since the Environmental Protection Agency proposed managing coal combustion residuals (CCR, aka coal ash) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). While coal ash waste itself can be...continued

The Republican Blueprint for the Environment

Posted September 3, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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Over the past 3 years, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed literally hundreds of provisions that would roll back laws and standards that protect our climate, our drinking and surface water, our air, and our public lands.  The press...continued

NEPA Changes in the Water Resources Bill

Posted May 19, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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NRDC has been working in an uphill fight to defend one of the iconic core environmental statutes: the National Environmental Policy Act.  The National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA, simply requires that large scale proposals that have the potential to...continued

Paperwork Reductions or Life-Saving Standards?

Posted April 15, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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EPA priorities: Does this make sense to anyone? Appropriators and the Administration need to decide what is more important -- health and the environment or paperwork reduction. The hazardous waste industry has been working over a decade to replace its...continued

EPA Spending in the President's Budget: Where Does the 0.22% of Federal Spending Go?

Posted March 21, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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The federal budget is tight.  Times are tough, so budget priorities stand out more clearly.  In the President’s budget, priorities are funded and other programs suffer.  At EPA, as Jon Devine’s blog points out, the biggest hit is the cut...continued

Coal Ash: Why it is better recycled than as a waste

Posted February 13, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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photo credit: Dan River coal ash pollution courtesy of Appalachian Voices EPA has announced that the two primary encapsulated uses of coal ash are safe, so recyclers have no legitimate remaining arguments to support their previous requests for a weak coal...continued

How NEPA can be Improved

Posted February 5, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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President Obama in the State of the Union:  “We will need Congress to protect more than three million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer.  But I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the...continued

Instead of Protecting Contributions, Shouldn't the Congress Protect Drinking Water? From Charleston, WV to the Great Forests

Posted January 22, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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Over the past month, the Congress has continued to vote to put our drinking water at risk.  You would think that the disaster in Charleston, West Virginia, would have halted attempts to further weaken safeguards that protect our drinking...continued

Congress Votes Against Corporate Responsibility Hours Before the Charleston Spill

Posted January 17, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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About four hours before the disaster declaration in Charleston, WV, the House voted to make it easier for companies handling hazardous materials to NOT carry insurance in case of accidents.  The vote on the bill, H.R. 2279, was 225-188. In my...continued

Yes, Virginia, the House WRDA Bill is Worse than the Senate

Posted January 13, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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Despite the environmental community’s disappointment in the very bad Senate changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process put forward by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), the House provisions are even worse.  One of the most important examples of this is...continued

Another Bill to Protect Industry from Free Enterprise

Posted January 3, 2014 by Scott Slesinger

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H.R. 2279, A Bill to Allow Corporations to go Without Insurance and Place the Expense on the Taxpayer Act. Does Capitalism Work? Apparently not according to House Republicans. House Republicans once more are trying to privatize profits and socialize the...continued

Budget Conference - End the Sequester and Fund our Future

Posted October 30, 2013 by Scott Slesinger

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Today a House and Senate Budget Conference are meeting for the first time to address the impasse that led to the government shutdown.  The House has passed but the Senate has killed hundreds, yes hundreds of amendments attempting to weaken...continued

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