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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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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. 

Cleaning and disinfecting safely during the coronavirus outbreak

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

If you’re like me, you’re spending a lot more time cleaning while sheltering in place. My increased time at home cooking, working, and playing with my children makes a lot of mess! I am also cleaning more as a way to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. I enjoy my cleaning routine; in a day full of zoom calls and wrangling small children, it’s nice to take a break to listen to the radio or music while I wipe down the counters or sweep the floor. 

Wins worth celebrating

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

The Maryland General Assembly wrapped up the 2020 legislative session weeks earlier than expected. While the public health crisis meant some of our legislative priorities didn’t make it through this year, we still have a lot to celebrate.

Testimony: Safe School Drinking Water Act

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

We request a favorable report. Our children need safe drinking water – especially at school where they go to learn and play. Unfortunately, lead is contaminating drinking water at schools in Maryland. 

Testimony: Electric School Buses

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

We support House Bill 1451 requires that beginning in October 2023, any buses purchased by County School Boards be zero-emission school buses and by October 2026, and buses purchased by contractors for use by County School be zero-emission school buses.

As the state's small donor funded public interest advocacy organization we are working hard on behalf of thousands of members across the state to protect public health, foster a stronger democracy, reduce waste, and more.

Testimony: Flavored Tobacco Products

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

The tobacco industry has evolved over time to create new, highly addictive products, but one thing hasn’t changed--flavored tobacco products hook kids. A government study found that 81% of youth who have ever used tobacco started with a flavored product, and most tobacco users start young.[1] 

Testimony: Family and Fire Fighter Protection Act

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Testimony on the Family and Fire Fighter Protection Act to restrict the use of flame retardant chemicals in furniture, mattresses and children’s products. These chemicals are not effective for fire safety. Commonly used chemical flame retardants are linked to cancer and other health impacts.


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