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Federal Regulations: Protecting Public Health & Safety and the Environment

Public health, safety and environmental regulations enable Americans today to enjoy relatively safer automobiles and consumer products, purer food and drinking water, clearer air, more reliable drugs and medical devices, and safer workplaces than in the past. However, the Bush Administration is working to weaken government agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which are charged by Congress with crafting regulations that protect the health and safety of the American public and the environment.

Public Citizen is committed to preserving these protective safeguards and preventing the "regulatory rollback" advocated by the Bush Administration and supported by business and industry interests. Public Citizen acts as a watchdog, overseeing congressional, executive branch and federal agency actions affecting the regulatory process, alerting the public and Congress when safeguards are threatened, and encouraging Congress to enact legislation that puts public health, safety and the environment first.

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Hot Issues



Cost/Benefit Analysis

Graham Watch & Bush Administration Threats

Health, Safety & Environmental Issue Areas
» EPA: Environmental Protections
» FAA: Airline Security
» FAR Council: Contractor Responsibility Rule
» FDA: Food & Dietary Supplement Safety
» HHS: Department of Health and Human Services
» NHTSA: Auto/Highway Safety
» OSHA: Workplace Safety


Library: Federal Laws and Regulations

OMB Peer Review Proposal

Regulatory Harmonization
» Privatization


Securities and Exchange Commission

View Archived Material
» FDA Rollback 1997 (S. 830)
» Omnibus Regulatory Roadblock Bill 1999 (S. 746)
» Regulatory Accounting Bills 1999 (S. 59 & H.R. 1074)
» Regulatory Mandates Information Act 1999 (H.R. 350)
» Regulatory Rollback 1998 (S. 981)
» Small Business Paperwork Reduction Act 1999 (H.R. 391)


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