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News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Maryland becomes the second state to ban plastic foam containers

Maryland’s statewide ban on polystyrene foam cups and containers will officially go into law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature. In March, Maryland became the first state in the country to pass a foam ban through its state legislature. Following Maine’s lead earlier this month, Maryland is now the second state to have a foam ban on the books.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health

Updated Keep Antibiotics Effective Act will go into Law without Governor Hogan’s Signature

Governor Hogan announced today that he will allow the updated Keep Antibiotics Effective Act (SB471/HB652) to go into law without his signature. Public health advocates are applauding the new law to ensure that Maryland is restricting antibiotic use on farm animals when animals are  not sick and collecting important data regarding antibiotic use on farms.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Safe Energy

Statement: Maryland PIRG Responds to Hogan Energy Announcement

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that he will be introducing legislation in 2020 to move the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. He signaled support for nuclear power, but was short on details.

Maryland PIRG Director Emily Scarr issued the following statement in response:

News Release | Maryland PIRG

Marylanders call for Gov. Larry Hogan to ban plastic foam

Dozens of people gathered at the Maryland Science Center on Earth Day to congratulate the state General Assembly for passing the first statewide foam ban in the nation and call on Gov. Larry Hogan to sign the legislation into law. Earlier in the day, volunteers for Environment Maryland and Maryland PIRG hit the streets around the Inner Harbor, organizing people to urge the governor’s office to take action.

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