The Hill: Dems to FCC: ‘Time for action’ on Web reclassification

A group of 36 Democrats are increasing their calls for the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility. The lawmakers, including 12 senators and 24 House members, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the commission to adopt rules recently endorsed by President Obama to enforce net neutrality, the […] More »

Science Blogs: Senator Boxer calls US chemical facility “outrageous” and “unacceptable”

As last week’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing made abundantly clear, communities throughout the United States are at ongoing risk from potentially disastrous incidents involving hazardous chemicals. A new Congressional Research Service report released concurrently by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), details how thousands of facilities across the country that store and use […] More »

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren, other Democrats raise concerns about free trade pact with Asia

Warren (D-Mass.), fresh off her break with the White House on the budget last week, said in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could erode U.S. financial safeguards designed to “prevent future financial crises.” “We cannot afford a trade deal that undermines the government’s ability to protect the […] More »

Bloomberg Businessweek: Russian Nuclear Safety Proposal Put Focus on U.S. Reactors

Russia scaled back opposition to European proposals to improve the safety of nuclear power, leaving the U.S. as the main dissenter to new rules intended to avoid a repeat of Japan’s 2011 meltdown in Fukushima. Russia changed its stance at a Dec. 4 meeting of nuclear diplomats, setting out the Moscow government’s view of new […] More »