UCS has worked for years to halt plans for a “MOX” plant that would turn surplus weapons plutonium into nuclear fuel, arguing that the proposition would increase the risk that weapons useable material could fall into the wrong hands. The Department of Energy has officially terminated this project.
Assembled below is a list of recent UCS-driven wins, chronicling the many ways we act at the intersection of science and policy. Each success is made possible through the power of our staff, Science Network, activists, and committed members.
After UCS members and supporters generated 600,000 public comments against it, the EPA has announced that a dangerous proposed rule that would restrict the use of many public health studies in crafting agency policies won’t be implemented yet—giving UCS more time to defeat this anti-science proposal.
After rigorous clean-energy analysis from UCS, and critical advocacy from UCS members and partners to get the bill through the Assembly, Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law SB-100, mandating 100% clean energy in California by 2045.
A federal court ruled in favor of UCS and community partners, requiring the EPA to stop delaying implementation of the 2017 Chemical Disaster Rule—which will require thousands of chemical facilities across the country to protect adjacent communities, first responders, and workers during accidents and extreme weather.
In response to demands from UCS, other organizations, and its own shareholders, fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil has left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) over the group’s tactics of sowing disinformation on climate change. It remains to be seen if ExxonMobil will also stop funding multiple other groups that also mislead the public about climate change.
So-called “glider trucks” are heavy polluters, which is why so many UCS supporters have advocated for limits on their emissions, including 14,000 who contacted EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler and legislators to demand these limits be enforced; Wheeler has agreed.
After a UCS Freedom of Information Act request turned up evidence that the EPA and the White House deliberately blocked the publication of a study on chemicals in drinking water, we successfully mobilized our network to demand its release.
UCS member advocacy led to strengthened funding in the FY19 federal budget for climate resilience programs through FEMA, to help individuals and communities prepare for the effects of climate change.
Using the 2016 Climate Accountability Scorecard as a resource, a major shareholder pushed fossil fuel giant ConocoPhillips to disclose when it pays $50,000 or more to trade organizations supporting disinformation.
Thanks in part to UCS members and supporters pressure on elected officials, the 2018 federal budget bill restored resources for critical environmental and energy research programs, cleared the way for resumption of gun violence research, and increased funding for sustainable agriculture research.
After a threat to funding for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants Program, UCS staff worked with a flood policy coalition to successfully protect crucial federal funding for homeowners of flood-prone properties.
Through strategic local action, working with supporters and partners, UCS successfully pushed back against the nomination of climate change denier Kathleen Hartnett-White to a key federal regulatory position.
UCS has filed a lawsuit against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for changing the makeup of the agency’s advisory boards in order to limit the participation of scientists from academia and nonpartisan nonprofit organizations.
Despite working on behalf of the chemical industry, Michael Dourson was nominated to oversee EPA chemical safety. He withdrew his nomination after backlash, including strategic pressure from UCS supporters in key states.
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