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News Clips Regarding Trump and the Labor Department

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  Trump Unveils New Pick to Head Labor Department– “President Trump on Thursday announced he was nominating Alexander Acosta to be his Labor secretary, less than 24 hours after his first nominee for the position withdrew amid criticism from Republican senators.  ‘He has had a tremendous career,’ Trump said of Acosta in a press conference at the White House, listing…

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Troubled Waters at the High Court

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Daily Journal, 25 January 2017 On Jan. 13, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in a case involving the controversial Clean Water rule (often referred to as the ‘Waters of the United States’ or ‘WOTUS’ rule) issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Just one week later—on the day the new president was…

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Sustainable Trends of 2017

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  Summarized from the State of Green Business Report 2017, GreenBiz Group Inc., January 2017 Look for an increasing trend of “blockchain” emerging technologies supporting sustainability.  A sort of digital ledger, a blockchain is a decentralized database that records transactions of almost any type and automatically enforces contracts related to them, based on conditions defined by the participants.  It is…

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Upcoming EHS Events March-May 2017

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  EHS and Sustainability Software and Data Management Conference, Houston, TX, March 6-8, 2017 Safer Chemicals in Products 2017, San Francisco, CA, March 27-28, 2017 Biocides USA 2017, San Francisco, CA, March 29-30, 2017 Technological Innovation and Organizational Changes; Potential Impacts on Prevention, Nancy, France, March 29-31, 2017 ECHA Stakeholders’ Day Conference (live web-stream available), Helsinki, Finland, April 4-5, 2017…

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Trump’s Transition and the EPA

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[WP] Trump Transition Leader’s Goal Is Two-Thirds Cut in EPA Employees – “The red lights are flashing at the Environmental Protection Agency.  The words of Myron Ebell, the former head of President Trump’s EPA transition team, warn employees of a perilous future. Ebell wants the agency to go on a severe diet.  It’s one that would leave many federal employees…

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Zika Virus- Achievements, Priorities, $184 Million to Continue the Fight, and Travelling

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  Zika Virus—10 Public Health Achievements in 2016 and Future Priorities– “Seventy years after CDC was founded to fight mosquitoes that carried malaria, CDC found itself entrenched in combat with another mosquito-borne illness, Zika virus.  CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to fight Zika on January 22, 2016, after a widespread Zika outbreak in the Americas was linked to a…

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Congressional Review Act-Trump May Unwittingly Agree to Tie His Hands, Limit Executive Power

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Washington Post, January 9, 2017 THE BIG IDEA: Donald Trump is eager to score some early wins, so that he can look like an effective leader, and congressional Republicans are fixing to give him bills he can sign immediately upon taking office. But, for the new president, some might bring unintended consequences.  The Congressional Review Act is such an incredibly…

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Upcoming EHS Events Feb-May 2017

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GreenBiz17, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-16, 2017 GlobalChem Conference and Exposition, Washington, D.C., February 22-24, 2017 EHS and Sustainability Software and Data Management Conference, Houston, TX, March 6-8, 2017 Safer Chemicals in Products 2017, San Francisco, CA, March 27-28, 2017 Technological Innovation and Organizational Changes; Potential Impacts on Prevention, Nancy, France, March 29-31, 2017 Chemical Watch Expo 2017, Berlin, Germany, April…

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Nate Sponsler Named New AFIRM Group Director

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Media Contact: Kayla Anderson, Marketing Manager The Phylmar Group, Inc., kanderson@phylmar.com Longtime AFIRM Group Member from Gap takes on new role with Phylmar Los Angeles, CA, USA (December 6, 2016): The Phylmar Group, Inc. and the Apparel & Footwear International RSL Management Group (AFIRM) are pleased to announce Nathaniel Sponsler as its new director. Sponsler is taking over the position from…

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National Safety Council’s 5-Minute Safety Talk on Flu Season

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From the National Safety Council Keep Your Cold and Flu Germs to Yourself It is estimated that one billion colds are caught annually in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5-20 percent of the U.S. population catches the flu annually as well. The flu season in the U.S. typically ranges from November to April….

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