Testimony to the North Carolina Utilities Commission on Duke Energy Carbon Plan
Climate Justice Policy Fellow Sophie Loeb delivered testimony to the North Carolina Utilities Commission on Duke Energy's draft carbon plan in late July 2022. She expressed concerns about how the Duke Energy plan will negatively impact her and her future neighbors. She noted that rising energy costs and environmental harm hurt us all and stressed the importance of paving the way to a cleaner, greener, and more affordable energy future for all.
Author(s): Sophie Loeb
Comments on EPA's Worst Case Discharge Proposed Rulemaking
In public comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Progressive Reform commended the agency for proposing a rule that aims to strengthen toxic spill response measures under the Clean Water Act. However, the Center noted the rule could more rigorously respond to the worsening impacts of the climate crisis and provided evidence and policy suggestions to support that recommendation.
Comments on the Draft 2022 California Scoping Plan Update
Center for Progressive Reform Policy Analyst Catalina Gonzalez and Member Scholar Alice Kaswan submitted comments on California's 2022 Draft Scoping Plan Update on climate change and net-zero carbon emissions. These comments promote a vision and implementation strategies that embrace the urgent need for action and more explicitly foster improvements in well-being for the state’s frontline communities.
Author(s): Catalina Gonzalez, Alice Kaswan
Joint Comments on the Council on Environmental Quality's Proposed Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool
The Center for Progressive Reform joined with partners at the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform and others to submit comments on the Council on Environmental Quality's climate and economic justice screening tool.
Joint Letter to CEQ Requesting Comment Period Extension on Carbon Capture Guidance
The Center for Progressive Reform joined dozens of other public interest organizations in a public comment period extension request for the White House Council on Environmental Quality's Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration Guidance. The groups asked the agency to extend the comment period from 30 days to at least 60 days.
Testimony to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard
Center for Progressive Reform Senior Policy Analyst James Goodwin testified on the importance of reinstating the "necessary and appropriate" finding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's mercury and air toxics rule. The finding, rolled back during the Trump administration's deregulatory frenzy, is essential to ensure the rule stands and continues protecting all Americans — particularly children — from mercury and other dangerous toxins.
Author(s): James Goodwin
Comments on EPA Environmental Justice Action Plan
The Center for Progressive Reform submitted feedback to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Land and Emergency Management regarding its Draft Environmental Justice Action Plan. The feedback notes that while the draft action plan is a necessary step to ensuring environmental justice impacts and benefits are proactively considered in the office's programs, there are opportunities to strengthen existing strategies. The feedback also urges EPA to consider additional strategies under the office's authority and with environmental justice implications that are currently missing from the draft plan.
Author(s): Darya Minovi, David Flores, James Goodwin, Katlyn Schmitt
Joint Letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Modernizing Regulatory Review
The Center for Progressive Reform joined dozens of other organizations in a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget, urging it and the Biden administration to get to work on making good on its goals to modernize, improve, and reform the current regulatory review process. That process often results in weaker standards and safeguards than are needed to protect all people and our environment.
Joint Letter to the U.S. State Department on the Pending Au Pair Rule
The Center for Progressive Reform joined more than 100 workers’ rights organizations, national organizations, and local and community organizations in opposing the U.S. State Department's pending au pair rule. The rule would undermines labor standards and is at odds with the administration’s support for care workers.
Testimony to the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Division of Labor and Industry on Heat Stress Protections
CPR Senior Policy Analyst M. Isabelle Chaudry testified to the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) Division of Labor and Industry about heat stress protections for Maryland workers. She provided the agency with recommendations to ensure that its forthcoming standard is effective, strong, and worker-centered.
Author(s): M. Isabelle Chaudry