Healthy Kids, Healthy Maryland Updates

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health

Senate Environment and Health Committee Unanimously Supports George "Walter" Taylor Act

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

Testimony: Protecting Maryland Families and Firefighters from "forever chemicals"

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today we are testifying in support of SB273, the George "Walter" Taylor Act to protect Maryland families and firefightetrs from toxic "forever chemicals."

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation, Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center, and Frontier Group | Public Health

Trouble in the Air: Marylanders suffered through dozens of days with elevated air pollution in 2020

The Baltimore Metropolitan Area, home to nearly 3 million people, experienced 43 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a new report from Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and Maryland PIRG Foundation. Many metropolitan areas throughout Maryland faced similar levels of air pollution, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks, cancer and other adverse health impacts.

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation

BURGER KING INDICATES IT IS TESTING ALTERNATIVES TO TOXIC ‘FOREVER CHEMICALS’ IN FOOD PACKAGING

Jose Cils, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, parent company of Burger King, suggested on Wednesday that the fast food giant was testing alternatives to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in its food packaging.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health

Statement: Gov. Hogan signs Safe School Drinking Water Act

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Today, Gov. Hogan will sign the Safe School Drinking Water Act, which will strengthen the state’s protections against lead in school drinking water. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Cory McCray and Del. Jared Solomon, requires schools to remediate lead in drinking water taps that test above five parts per billion. 

Protect our kids from lead in school drinking water

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

For the last three years, we have worked with Del. Jared Solomon and Sen. Cory McCray to expand and improve on our existing state policy, A version of this bill passed the House in 2019 and the Senate in 2020. This year let’s get it done.

Testimony: The PFAS Protection Act

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today we testified in support of the PFAS Protection Act. A bill sponsored by Senator Sarah Elfreth and Delegate Sara Love. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health

Statement: Baltimore City Council Passes Ban on Toxic Pesticides

The Baltimore City Council voted in favor of a new comprehensive regulation on pesticides (CB 20-0495). The bill restricts the use of chlorpyrifos, neonicotinoids and glyphosate (the main ingredient in the popular weed killer RoundUp) in Baltimore City. The regulation will go into effect on July 1, 2022. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation, Mind the Store, Toxic-Free Future | Consumer Tips

New study indicates toxic chemicals used in take-out food packaging from popular chains

Packaged in Pollution: Are food chains using PFAS in packaging?, analyzes packaging from six national food chains, including Burger King, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s as well as health-minded food chains Cava, Freshii, and Sweetgreen, and includes packaging collected in Maryland. 

Testimony: Baltimore City Pesticide Control and Regulation

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Maryland PIRG, along with our partners at Environment Maryland are proud to support comprehensive legisation to restrict the use of toxic pesticides in Baltimore City. Below is our testimony for today's remote hearing in the City Council's Health Committee.

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