Healthy Kids, Healthy Maryland

PROTECTING MARYLANDERS FROM TOXICS—Maryland PIRG is working with state lawmakers and our powerful coalition, connecting concerned citizens with their representatives, and reaching out to the media in our fight to make Maryland toxics-free.

Protecting Maryland Families

We need to do more to regulate toxic chemicals and prevent vulnerable populations, like women of reproductive age, developing children and factory workers from being unwittingly exposed to toxic chemicals.

Today, we are seeing the long-term impact that dangerous chemicals have on people. Leukemia, brain cancer and other childhood cancers have increased by more than 20% since 1975; asthma rates have doubled since 1980; and autism diagnoses have increased tenfold in the last 15 years.

OUR COMMONSENSE STEPS TO A TOXIC-FREE MARYLAND

Our campaign pushes for concrete steps that will help make it easier for Marylanders to protect themselves from toxic chemicals.

The Healthy Kids, Healthy Maryland platform calls for three commonsense steps to protect Marylanders from toxic chemical exposure:

  • Phase out chemicals we know are dangerous, and replace them with safest alternatives available;
  • Provide consumers with health and safety information about the presence of toxic chemicals in everyday products; and
  • Support and encourage research, innovation, education and technology transfer in the field of green chemistry, making Maryland a leader in safe product development.

Issue updates

Statement: Johnson & Johnson recalls sunscreen products after tests detect carcinogens

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. said Wednesday it’s voluntarily recalling all lots of five types of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen after internal testing showed “low levels of benzene” -- which can cause cancer -- in some samples. J&J also said consumers should stop using the sunscreen.

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Statement: Johnson & Johnson recalls sunscreen products after tests detect carcinogens

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. said Wednesday it’s voluntarily recalling all lots of five types of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen after internal testing showed “low levels of benzene” -- which can cause cancer -- in some samples. J&J also said consumers should stop using the sunscreen.

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News Release | US PIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Statement: Beech-Nut to stop selling some rice cereal over arsenic concerns

Beech-Nut will stop selling all single grain rice cereal after Alaska state officials discovered high arsenic levels during routing sampling, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement released Tuesday.

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News Release | Maryland PIRG | COVID-19, Public Health

Maryland PIRG tells Governor Hogan it’s time to shut down, start over and do it right

Baltimore-- Maryland PIRG is calling on Governor Hogan to hit the reset button on the state’s response to containing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as cases and hospitalizations increase.

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News Release | COVID-19, Public Health

As jursidictions begin reopenning, let's follow advice from public health experts

Baltimore: On May 13, Governor Hogan announced plans to lift the statewide stay at home order and ease state restrictions on retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services. His announcement gives individual jurisdictions power to make decisions regarding the timing of reopening locally.

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News Release | Maryland PIRG | COVID-19, Public Health

Maryland PIRG Supports the "Roadmap to Recovery"

Baltimore:On April 24th, Governor Hogan released “Roadmap to Recovery,” his administration’s plan to safely ease state restrictions on business, education, and recreation implemented in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The plan sets out 3 phases of reopening, with subphases within each phase, a set of 4 criteria for moving from one phase to the next, and the ability to move back if conditions worsen. 

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News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health

Statement: Family and Firefighter Protection Act Becomes Law

Governor Hogan allowed a new law to go into effect without his signature which will restrict the use of chemical flame retardants in furniture, children’s products and mattresses. 

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Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Public Health

Get the Lead Out

Lead is contaminating drinking water at schools and pre-schools across the country.  As our report shows, states are so far failing to make the grade when it comes to keeping lead out of drinking water at school.

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Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Public Health

Trouble In Toyland 2016

For more than 30 years, the Maryland PIRG Foundtation has conducted an annual survey of toy safety. These reports have led to more than 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years, and have helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children

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Report | Breast Cancer Fund; Campaign for Healthier Solutions; Clean Production Action; Ecology Center; and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families' Mind the Store Campaign (with support from Maryland PIRG and others) | Public Health

Buyer Beware

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a toxic, endocrine-disrupting chemical that negatively impacts our hormonal systems, contributing to a host of harmful health effects. Hundreds of scientific studies have linked extremely small amounts of BPA, measured in parts per billion and even parts per trillion, to an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, infertility, type-2 diabetes, obesity, asthma, and behavioral changes including attention deficit disorder. It is likely that people are exposed to BPA from canned foods at levels that are compromising our health.

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Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Public Health, Consumer Protection

2015: Potentially Hazardous Toy List

This year's list of potentially dangerous toys.

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Blog Post | COVID-19, Public Health

Nursing homes still don’t have enough masks, gowns and other PPE | Teresa Murray

Shortages improved during the fall but worsened in December

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Blog Post | Public Health

Nursing homes across the country still need more PPE | Teresa Murray

It’s unconscionable that some of our most vulnerable populations and their caregivers are being put in such danger during a global pandemic. But it doesn’t have to be this way — not if our country acts right now to ramp up production and distribution of PPE to where it’s needed most.

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Blog Post | Consumer Tips, COVID-19, Public Health

20 Questions to Ask Your Nursing Home during COVID | Teresa Murray

Whether you have a loved one currently in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, or whether you’re shopping for one, you should arm yourself with a list of questions to gauge how safe the environment is. Here’s a guide to those questions, and the answers you should expect.

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Blog Post | COVID-19, Public Health

Is Maryland Effectively Containing COVID-19? 7/27/2020 | Emily Scarr

Our weekly trends and risk assessment report on COVID-19 in Maryland.

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Blog Post | COVID-19, Public Health

Letter to Hogan: 1000 health professionals call for action | Emily Scarr

Along with U.S. PIRG and more than 1000 health professionals, we are calling on our decision makers to shut down, start over, and do it right. 

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News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation, NRDC, Fashion FWD

Maryland PIRG Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. (NRDC) and Fashion FWD released a scorecard on Wednesday ranking popular retail and apparel brands on policy commitments to eliminate a dangerous class of toxic “forever chemicals,” known as PFAS, from their products.

News Release | Maryland PIRG

On Tuesday, the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted unanimously to send the George Walter Taylor Act to the Senate Floor. 

Public Health

Maryland PIRG-backed comprehensive climate bill clears major hurdle

Pollution from fossil fuel-powered buildings and transportation puts Maryland families’ health and safety at risk. The Climate Solutions Now Act would change that by increasing the state’s electric vehicle fleet and requiring large buildings to reduce emissions, among other key targets.

 

Public Health

Emily Scarr makes the case for action to reduce PFAS

At the Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit, Emily Scarr made the case for stopping the use of "forever chemicals" in our everyday products.

 

Public Health

Maryland PIRG Foundation report details threat of PFAS chemicals

Nearly every American has toxic PFAS chemicals in their blood. A new Maryland PIRG report tells us how PFAS contamination puts our health at risk, what we can do about it. and calls for the regulation and restriction of this class of class of chemicals. 

 

Public Health

Maryland adopts tougher standard for lead in school kids' drinking water

Gov. Larry Hogan has signed the Safe School Drinking Water Act into law, which requires schools to remediate lead in drinking water taps that test above five parts per billion. State-required testing that Maryland PIRG helped pass has revealed dangerous levels of lead, a potent neurotoxin that's especially hazardous to children, throughout the state.

 
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