Melanie Benesh

Melanie Benesh

Melanie Benesh is EWG's Legislative Attorney. She provides a legislative and regulatory analysis of federal food, cosmetics, farm, and chemical law. At Georgetown University Law Center, she was a Cutler Salzburg Fellow and served on the Georgetown Journal of International Law. After college, Benesh worked as a research assistant studying fair trade coffee in Chiapas, Mexico, and later as a community organizer for Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee. She currently co-teaches a course on public interest advocacy as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

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"The Trump administration has made it a priority to roll back the Clean Water Rule, which more clearly defined which kinds of bodies of water are subject to the Clean Water Act," writes Benesh. Views
Friday, August 21, 2020
Trump’s Toxic Wake: 10 Ways the EPA Has Made Life More Hazardous
From the beginning, the Trump administration has aggressively slashed environmental regulations. A New York Times analysis identified 100 environmental protections that have been reversed or are in the process of getting rolled back. The administration’s record on chemical safety has been...
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Sunday, December 04, 2016
A Pro-Industry EPA Could Undermine New Chemical Safety Law
By releasing the first 10 chemicals to be reviewed under the new federal chemical safety law, the Environmental Protection Agency reminds us of what’s at stake – and how decisions made by the incoming Trump administration could jeopardize Americans' health. "If the EPA’s top spots are packed with...
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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Will New Chemical Law Hide the Fracking Industry’s Toxic Secrets?
The makeup of hydraulic fracturing fluid—the slurry of chemicals, sand and water injected deep underground to free petroleum deposits trapped by bedrock—is a closely guarded secret of the oil and gas industry. Fracking has contaminated drinking water and is linked to health problems in people...
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