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October 19, 2015

By Sean Moulton

Congress Adds Insult to 9/11 Injuries



9/11 Dust Debris Firefighters Congress lets funding for 9/11 medical assistance for first responders expire, which is just the latest in a series of poor government actions around health and safety issues surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 8, 2015

By Meg Lentz

EPA Coming Clean, but Gold King a Gold Mine for Contractors



Gold King Mine Leak Colorado Newly released records show the EPA reacting to an undefined emergency in the same region as the Gold King Mine leak — a day before the spill occurred.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

August 19, 2015

By Meg Lentz

Animas River Release: 143 Years in the Making



Colorado Animas River Toxic Mine Spill The Animas River release in Colorado highlights the damage caused by archaic hard rock mining laws that allow corporations to mine freely without any responsibility for clean-up.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

August 17, 2015

By Jacob Marx

What Will Modernizing the Nuclear Weapons Complex Cost?



IAEA Nuclear Forensics A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the nuclear weapons complex reveals incomplete cost estimates for major projects, large fluctuations in the budget, inadequate funding for overdue maintenance, and poor data on critical facili

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

August 14, 2015

By Lyndle Berryhill

Americans Need Greater Extractive Industry Transparency



Oil worker in front of computers at an oil rig A letter from a leading economist illustrates that releasing more data on the extraction of resources from public lands does not harm companies in the competitive marketplace.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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