• How One Texas Town Defeated the Oil & Gas Industry

    On November 4, 2014, the people of Denton, Texas voted to ban fracking in their community. The ballot measure was a hard-fought victory for environmental justice and local democracy. Defeated by a grassroots movement, the oil & gas industry responded by undermining the will of the people with statewide preemption. …

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  • Environmental justice derailed by 154-year-old federal preemption

    What do the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 and an environmental justice movement in Benicia, California in 2016 have in common? Unfortunately, the answer is preemption. The modern use of preemption as a political strategy to undermine grassroots health and safety movements is typically dated to 1986, the …

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  • Federal Preemption Under the Revised Toxic Substances Control Act

    The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (HR 2576) reforms the current Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). After some back and forth on preemption and other issues in HR 2576, the House of Representatives passed it on May 24, 2016. After being temporarily stalled in the Senate …

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