The Trump Administration’s attempts to roll back decades of environmental, workplace and safety protections will be met with some RESISTANCE. The law of the land requires that any executive agency seeking to change any existing regulation has to invite and review public comments.  At least in this setting, citizen voices have something approaching the same weight as that of paid lobbyists.  At IEB we’re tracking as many of these proposed rollbacks as possible so that our members can make their voices heard. Please read the background information in the links below and comment (and comment often) to protect the country!

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November 2018

Comment Deadline 11/23 – Oppose Zinke’s Request for Authority to Destroy Public Records

November 23

The Department of the Interior has sent National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) a massive "Request for Records Disposition Authority," i.e., permission to destroy old records. Interior’s request involves documents about oil and gas leases, mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing, endangered species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition, and lots more. The request covers these categories of documents from every agency within the Interior Department, including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Fish &…

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December 2018

Comment Deadline 12/10 – Rule Change to Penalize Immigrants for “Public Charge”

December 10

A proposed new rule by the administration would penalize millions of tax-paying legal immigrants and their US citizen children for using benefits such as nutrition assistance and Medicaid. The proposed changes to the "public charge" rule would make it harder for legal immigrants to get permanent resident status or citizenship if they use specific services, tax credits or subsidies through the ACA. Comment at >> THIS LINK << Our partners at CHIRLA provided this helpful one-pager explaining the issue but it's critically important that…

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Comment Deadline 12/17 – Rule Change Loosening Methane Emissions Standards

December 17

The Administration is looking loosen rules for methane emissions released from oil and gas production. This new rule change would increase methane emissions into the atmosphere by 380,000 tons from 2019 to 2025. For more background on the change, see this article. See announcement here and use this >> THIS LINK << to leave a comment on why you think this will accelerate climate change.

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