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July 13, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

POGO Applauds New White House Policy Statement



The White House The Trump Administration has rightly criticized several bad provisions in the House NDAA bill including funding the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, blocking Base Realignment and Closure, misusing the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, and limitin

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Contract Oversight

January 12, 2017

By Sean Moulton

Open Government Win on Toxic Pollution



Massive natural gas processing plant near Bloomfield, New Mexico The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to expand a toxic pollution reporting program—the Toxics Release Inventory program—to include natural gas processing plants. The proposed rule is an important win for open government as it will incre

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

December 16, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

NRC Fines Nuclear Power Plant for Fire Safety Violation



NRC Engineering Area Assistant Lead Inspector Atif Shaikh examines pipes during the 95003 inspection at the Browns Ferry plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission fined the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant $140,000 for safety violations involving fire watch and suppression procedures.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 14, 2016

By Halle Zander

Fossil Fuels Dodge the Law: What We’ve Done About it and What We Must Do



President Obama Signs Dodd Frank Dodd-Frank requires oil, gas, and coal companies to be more transparent; the Securities and Exchange Commission has finally implemented rules to enforce the law after years of effective resistance from the companies. Looking forward, Congress must also ens

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 12, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Transparency Efforts Expand in Public Natural Resource Management



The US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative webpage The United States joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in 2011, but it needs to continue prioritizing transparency, especially regarding natural gas. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in t

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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