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CPR Member Scholars and staff are frequent contributors to newspaper opinion pages across the nation. Read what they have to say, below.

Corporate Violence as Crime: Anniversary of the West Virginia Chemical Spill

In 2014, about 300,000 people in and around Charleston, West Virginia, lost their drinking water source when thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical known as MCHM (4-methylcyclohexanemethanol) leaked into the nearby Elk River through a hole in a rusted-out storage tank. In 2015, the wheels of justice began to catch up with the owners of the responsible company when they were indicted by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Coincidentally, the West Virginia indictments came down on the same day that the Justice Department charged 14 people in Massachusetts for their role in producing and distributing meningitis-tainted steroid injections that killed 64 people. Rena Steinzor in Huffinton Post on prosecuting corporate violence.

Type: Op-Eds (March 14, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Bad Feds, Deadly Meds

Bad Feds, Deadly Meds, op-ed by Rena Steinzor

Type: Op-Eds (March 1, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Maryland's Whistleblower Law Needs Teeth

In 2013, about 25,000 Maryland workers suffered on-the-job injuries severe enough to force them to miss a day or more of work; 78 of them actually died from their injuries. Year after year, a few tragic fact patterns repeat more often than you might expect: arborists crushed by falling trees, construction workers tumbling from ladders and roadwork crews run over by passing motorists.

Type: Op-Eds (Dec. 4, 2014)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Name a tough prosecutor to succeed Holder

Name a tough prosecutor to succeed Holder, op-ed by Rena Steinzor

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 14, 2014)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Gov. Jindal, Don't Sign Away Our Legal Claims

Gov. Jindal, Don't Sign Away Our Legal Claims, op-ed by Rob Verchick

Type: Op-Eds (June 2, 2014)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick
Why are polluters getting discounts?

Why are polluters getting discounts?, op-ed by Rena Steinzor

Type: Op-Eds (Dec. 28, 2013)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
No mere patch protects nature

No mere patch protects nature, op-ed by Victor Flatt and Catherine Phillips

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 9, 2013)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt
Regulatory Backlog Threatens Health and the Environment

In The Hill, Rena Steinzor writes, "Over the last two years, we've seen a raft of bills aimed at hobbling federal agencies as they work to write regulations implementing such landmark legislation as the Clean Air Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Water Act, as well as newer laws like the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank banking reform law. Their efforts are backed by a flood of anti-regulation rhetoric from think tanks and industry associations that warn of a tsunami of regulation under President Obama. A tsunami? Hardly. The truth is that the Obama Administration hasn't been anywhere near as aggressive as it could and should be."

Type: Op-Eds (Aug. 22, 2013)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Politics and progress: Will the White House stall its own climate change plans?

Politics and progress: Will the White House stall its own climate change plans?, op-ed by Rob Verchick and Thomas McGarity

Type: Op-Eds (July 25, 2013)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick
Toxic chemicals bill trumps state rights

Writing in The Hill, Rena Steinzor discusses the problems with the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, sponsored by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg and his colleague Sen. David Vitter.

Type: Op-Eds (June 26, 2013)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor

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