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Statement: State’s ozone plan needs more pollution reduction measures

Clean air

Statement: State’s ozone plan needs more pollution reduction measures

The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) approved a State Implementation Plan (SIP) to meet the EPA air quality standards for the Denver Metro/North Front Range nonattainment area. The region has been out of attainment for ozone pollution for years and previous SIPs have failed to bring ozone pollution down enough to meet the EPA healthy air requirements.

Statement: Important hospital patient safety measure won’t be ‘suppressed’ as originally planned

Health care

Statement: Important hospital patient safety measure won’t be ‘suppressed’ as originally planned

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ensured a safer future for millions of American patients late Monday with the release of its final rule on the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). The final rule excludes a proposed provision that would have “suppressed” the calculation and publication of the CMS Patient Safety and Adverse Events Composite (Patient Safety Indicator 90), which reveals how well hospitals have prevented serious patient injury.

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Statement: Equifax must be held accountable for mishandling consumer data yet again

Consumer alerts

Statement: Equifax must be held accountable for mishandling consumer data yet again

According to the Wall Street Journal, Equifax sent to lenders millions of incorrect credit scores for consumers applying for auto loans, mortgages and credit cards. The Journal reports that the scores, sent during a three-week period from mid-March through early April, were sometimes off by 20 points or more in either direction. The Journal says Equifax called the error a “technology coding issue.” We’re calling on regulators to investigate Equifax to get to the bottom of this.

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Statement: Climate deal would reinstate much needed ‘polluter pays’ tax on oil industry

Toxic threats

Statement: Climate deal would reinstate much needed ‘polluter pays’ tax on oil industry

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia have reached a deal on a reconciliation bill that, among major climate and energy efficiency provisions, includes an oil excise tax to fund Superfund toxic waste site cleanups nationwide. If passed, this bill would reinstate one of several “polluter pays” taxes that was allowed to lapse 26 years ago.

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