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

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

Maryland PIRG Statement on Gov. Hogan Restaurant Capacity Announcement

Baltimore - Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that he is loosening coronavirus restrictions on indoor dining. Starting Monday, September 21st at 5:00pm restaurants will be allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity for indoor dining, up from 50%. 

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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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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 Campaign to Keep Antibiotics Working | Public Health, Antibiotics

Maryland Legislature Passes New Bill to Keep Antibiotics Effective

Public health advocates are applauding the State Senate and House of Delegates for passing bills (SB471/HB652) to ensure that Maryland is restricting antibiotic use on farm animals that are not sick and collecting important data regarding antibiotic use on farms.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Tyson chicken strips recalled, may contain pieces of metal

Just seven weeks after Tyson Foods recalled chicken nuggets that could contain rubber, the poultry giant is recalling chicken strips that might contain metal. 

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News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health

Maryland gets a C Grade for efforts to address lead in school drinking water

Annapolis – Reacting to pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Maryland PIRG gave Maryland a C grade today for addressing the problem, according to a new report. In the second edition of Maryland PIRG’s Get The Lead Out study, the state showed progress as Maryland received an F grade in 2017. State Delegates Jared Solomon and Stephen Lafferty, State Senator Cory McCray, and the Baltimore Teachers’ Union joined Maryland PIRG in calling for swift action to ensure lead-free water in Maryland’s schools.

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News Release | Public Health

Maryland Department of Agriculture Enacts Weak Antibiotics Regulations

Annapolis, Md – Public health advocates are crying foul over the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) long-awaited regulations to implement the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017. That year, the Maryland General Assembly passed the bill to help curb the proliferation of antibiotic resistant bacteria by eliminating routine use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry that aren’t sick. 

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News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Public Health, Consumer Protection

New report: Hazardous Meat & Poultry Recalls Nearly Double

Baltimore: From E. coli-infected romaine lettuce to Salmonella-tainted beef, contaminated foods lead to illnesses that sicken as many as 1 in 6 Americans annually. In 2018, this epidemic helped spur major recalls, which caused stores and restaurants to toss millions of pounds of meat and produce.  Maryland PIRG Foundation’s new report How Safe is Our Food?, released today, reveals how fundamental flaws in our current food safety system have led to a jump in these recalls since 2013.

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Blog Post | Public Health, Democracy, Safe Energy

Public Interest Priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session | Emily Scarr

Maryland's 2020 Legislative session begins on January 8th. We'll release a full agenda soon, but in the mean time here are our top priorities.

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Blog Post | Public Health, Democracy

2019 Year in Review | Emily Scarr

2019 was another big year in the fight for the public interest. Here's just a small taste of some of our work and accomplishments. Thanks for standing by us in 2019, and we look forward to another incredible year!

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Blog Post | Public Health

2019 Legislative Scorecard | Emily Scarr

The Maryland Public Interest Research Group (Maryland PIRG), a non-profit, non-partisan advocate for the public interest, monitors the voting records of Maryland’s state legislators. Do your legislators support the public interest? Our 2019 State Legislative Scorecard reviews their votes on key public interest issues, including those listed on our 2019 Legislative Agenda.

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Blog Post | Public Health, Antibiotics

Superbugs Unplugged: PIRG launches podcast about antibiotic resistance

Get ready for some alarming stories—and they're all the more alarming because they're true.

On Nov. 14, U.S. PIRG and the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) of George Washington University launched "Superbugs Unplugged," a podcast that will dive into the alarming issue of antibiotic resistance and how we can slow it. Matt Wellington, our Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics campaign director, is co-hosting the podcast, along with Dr. Lance Price of ARAC. 

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Blog Post | Public Health

Kids are back at school. How do we make sure their water is safe to drink?

It's not just Flint or Newark. Parents and teachers are concerned about lead in drinking water throughout the country. And they're looking for steps they can take to get the lead out.

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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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