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→
Scott Slesinger, Legislative Director, Washington, DC
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.
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→
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→
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
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
Memo to Shutdown Fans: Americans Really Like EPA Protecting Our Air, Water and Health; and Dis Pols Who Don't
During this month, we have blogged on the impact of the shutdown on the environmental and health services that taxpayers pay for, and expect from, their government. The comments from our readers on the switchboard website and the NRDC Facebook...continued→
Government turns a deaf ear to the public, and the freeze in science research risks our global leadership in Day 16 of the GOP government shutdown.
“We were, neck deep in the Big Muddy And the big fool said to push on.” Waist Deep in the Big Muddy—Pete Seeger That famous Vietnam-era anti-war song referred to the futility of President Lyndon Johnson’s decision to continue waging...continued→
E. coli contamination could sicken Colorado kids and no fun for kids at wildlife refuges in Day 15 of the GOP's government shutdown
“You've got to get yourself togetherYou've got stuck in a moment and now you can't get out of it.”—“Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out of” by U2 It does seem like the Tea Party troubadours who forced...continued→
Alaskan GOP pols complain again about their shutdown and a big oil spill goes unreported for a week in Day 14 of the GOP's government shutdown.
"Deadliest Catch" gets caught in shutdown and a big oil spill goes unreported for a week in Day 14 of the GOP shutdown. “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blueIn two-oh-one-three, we got shut down by the GOP” - Bo...continued→
“I'm gettin' sick and tired of the same ole bull”“Fool About You”—Hank Williams Republicans keep saying they really didn’t want to shut the government down. As their approval ratings plummet, they keep trying to shift the blame to Senate Majority...continued→
Food safety inspections fade and Antarctic research freezes on Day 12 of the GOP's government shutdown
“I knew you were trouble when you walked inTrouble, trouble, troubleI knew you were trouble when you walked inTrouble, trouble, trouble” -- “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift The Tea Party certainly barged into Washington looking for the...continued→
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