Our progress

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.

A Win for Nuclear Fuel Security

October 2018

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.

“Restricting Science” Rule Delayed

October 2018

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.

California Passes Groundbreaking 100% Clean Energy Bill

September 2018

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.

Science Wins in Chemical Disaster Lawsuit

August 2018

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.

ExxonMobil leaves Climate-Denying Front Group

July 2018

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.

14k UCS Supporters Help Change EPA Policy on Dirty Trucks

July 2018

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.

Following UCS Pressure, Government Releases Suppressed Study

June 2018

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 Helps Win 100% Electric Bus Fleet in San Francisco

April 2018

After a UCS and partner-led advocacy effort the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority—the second largest bus fleet in California—approved a transition to 100% zero-emission buses by 2035.

UCS Activists Help Bolster Climate Resilience in FY19 Budget

April 2018

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.

UCS Scorecard Spurs Fossil Fuel Disclosure

March 2018

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.

Federal Budget Restores Critical Science Funding

March 2018

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.

UCS Protects Federal Disaster Aid

March 2018

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.

UCS Report Helps Launch an Investigation

March 2018

The Governmental Accountability Office—an oversight agency for Congress—is investigating political interference in federal scientific advisory committees, after a request from senators who’d seen the UCS report Abandoning Science Advice.

UCS Helps Force Withdrawal of Third Anti-Science Nomination

February 2018

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 Sues EPA Over Advisory Board Changes

January 2018

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.

Silver Lining to GOP Tax Bill: Electric Car Credit Preserved

December 2017

After a coordinated effort with supporters and partners, blogging and meeting elected officials, UCS helped save the electric vehicle tax credit in the GOP tax bill.

UCS Mobilizes Supporters Against Toxic Nominee

December 2017

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.

UCS Members in IL Help Block Coal-Burner Bailout

November 2017

After UCS staff, supporters, and coalition partners in Illinois contacted their legislators to protest the bailout of coal-burning power company Dynergy, the legislature dropped the bill.

UCS Rallies Thousands to Protect Food

November 2017

UCS led supporters in successfully opposing the nomination of radio talk show host Sam Clovis for a USDA chief scientist position.

UCS Pressures NRC; Gets Results

November 2017

After UCS exposed a year-long delay by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on a safety assessment at a Mississippi plant, they finally released the report.

We Need Your Support
to Make Change Happen

We can ensure that decisions about our health, safety, and environment are based on the best available science—but not without you. Your generous support helps develop science-based solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.