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Zach Carter

Senate Democrats Join GOP Attack On Financial and Environmental Regulation | Zach Carter | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four Senate Democrats are working with Republicans to help the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other GOP-affiliated lobbying groups undermi...

Industry Data: Oil-By-Rail in North America Moving at Record Levels

Steve Horn | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

For the 26th week of 2014 (the half year point) in the U.S., 18.5% more tank cars were on the tracks carrying petroleum and/or petroleum products than last year, a total of 15,894 cars.

White House Meeting Logs: Big Rail Lobbying Against 'Bomb Train' Regulations It Publicly Touts

Steve Horn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.

Kate Sheppard

Coalition To Obama: Reviews For New Regulations Take Too Long | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition representing environmental groups, consumer advocates and unions is calling on the White House to reform the process for rev...

Kate Sheppard

Fox News Accidentally Endorsed Environmental Regulations During Obama Attack | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

Fox News likes regulations. That is, Fox likes regulations that the Obama administration reportedly delayed ahead of the 2012 election. In a segme...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Quietly Withdraws Two Proposed Chemical Safety Rules | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency this week quietly withdrew two draft rules dealing with the regulation of chemicals. The potential r...

What to Listen for at Confirmation Hearing for White House Regulatory Czar

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

Howard Shelanski's confirmation hearing comes at a crucial juncture in the Obama presidency. Progress on many important rules has been halted, including the EPA' rule to limit greenhouse gas emissions from future power plants.

Obama's Nominee for OIRA Director

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

President Obama announced yesterday his selection of Howard Shelanski as the next Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. OIRA, although not widely known, reviews the regulations that are adopted by nearly all federal agencies.

Joe Satran

With Election Over, Experts Hope Obama Will Stop Delaying Food Safety Reform | Joe Satran | Posted 11.20.2012 | Home

Usually, when President Barack Obama has been criticized for moving too cautiously on a given issue, he's been able to blame a divided, obstinate Cong...

Replacing Cass Sunstein

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Whether President Obama gets another bite at the apple or Governor Romney gets a shot at the next appointment, there are certain tenets that should be adhered to when looking for a new OIRA director.

Behind Closed Doors at the White House, Obama Administration Politicizes the Regulatory Process

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

When former Harvard Law Professor and eclectic intellectual Cass Sunstein was named administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs ...

Dan Froomkin

OBAMA'S BIG MISTAKE: Ambivalent Regulator Cass Sunstein | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics

When President Barack Obama let it be known in January 2009 that he had selected Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein to be his regulatory czar, it was...

Dan Froomkin

WATCH: Administration Official's Announcement At AEI Gets Panned | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House regulatory czar Cass Sunstein rolled out the results of the administration's four-month-long regulatory review Thursday morn...

Key OSHA Safety Initiative Potentially Delayed Months by White House Nitpicking

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 05.30.2011 | Business
Sidney Shapiro

Last week, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) approved a survey to be conducted as part of the agency's efforts to develop an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) standard.

Thirty Years of Regulatory Review

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Thirty years ago, President Reagan put cost-benefit analysis at the heart of how agencies like the EPA and OSHA do business and initiated one of the m...

Coal Lobbyists Wooed White House Staff to Influence Coal Ash Regulations Long Before Public Hearings

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Between October 2009 and April 2010, coal industry representatives held at least 33 meetings with White House staff on the coal ash issue, almost three times as many meetings as environmentalists and university scientists were granted on the subject.

Dan Froomkin

White House Mulling Business Group's Regulatory Hit List | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A leading big-business group, responding to a request from top White House aides, last month submitted to President Obama's Office of Management and B...

EPA's Coal Ash Announcement Reflects Unfortunate White House Meddling in Rulemaking Process

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rena Steinzor

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was in a tough position on coal ash. She decided that such an important environmental justice issue should be at the forefront of the Obama Administration's agenda. But Jackson was also taking on Big Coal.

White House Meddles With Federal Agencies, Defying Obama's Own Order

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

Obama appointees Peter Orszag and Cass Sunstein, the director of OMB and Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, respectively, seem to be operating in defiance of an Executive Order by Obama.

White House Sidelines the Public in Coal Ash Debate

Gary D. Bass, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gary D. Bass, Ph.D.

The ongoing controversy over coal ash is beginning to make the Obama administration look bad. The president came into office promising to curb the special deals given to moneyed interests. So where's the balance?

OIRA's Time Is Up on Coal Ash Review

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rena Steinzor

Saturday will be the 120th day since the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) began its review of the Environmental Protect...

Sunstein's Past Record Of Lax Regulation

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

How would progressives respond if President Bush nominated as "regulatory czar" a person who: - Once called for changing the Clean Air Act to require...