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News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Colorado Legislature passes bill to reduce plastic packaging, boost recycling

Building on successful programs in dozens of countries and recent action taken by Maine and Oregon, the Colorado Senate passed on Wednesday a bipartisan producer responsibility bill. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund and NRDC

Consumer advocacy groups launch campaign to get Columbia Sportswear to phase out toxic ‘forever chemicals’

 

U.S. PIRG Education Fund and NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) launched a campaign on Tuesday calling on outdoor gear and apparel brand Columbia Sportswear to phase out the use of PFAS in its products and supply chains. Last month, the company received low marks in a scorecard report released by the advocacy groups. The report found that Columbia Sportswear has failed to adopt policies that ban PFAS chemicals or provide up-to-date, publicly available information on any ongoing efforts to phase out these toxic chemicals from their products.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Consumer Tips

New analysis of towing laws shows only 16 states ban kickbacks to property owners or law enforcement

Our new analysis, Getting Off the Hook of a Predatory Tow Part II, an update to our comprehensive 2021 report on towing protections in every state, finds that 16 states, including Maryland, currently ban kickbacks to private property owners kickbacks when the landowner notifies towing companies about vehicles to tow.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: States sue to stop misguided USPS plan to spend billions on gas powered vehicles

Attorneys general from 16 states,the District of Columbia and environmental groups sued the U.S. Postal Service on Thursday to halt purchases of thousands of gas-powered trucks that only get 8.6 ils per gallon, only a small improvement over teh 30-year-old vehicles currently in use.

News Release | Maryland PIRG

Statement: New state water sampling shows PFAS contamination in drinking water

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) announced on Thursday a new round of sampling results for 18 PFAS chemicals in public drinking water throughout the state.

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