Healthy Kids, Healthy Maryland Updates

News Release | Public Health

Asbestos Found in Claire’s Kids Makeup (Again)

Independent lab results confirm that makeup the Maryland PIRG Foundation found for sale at Claire’s retail stores is contaminated with asbestos, which causes cancer. 

Our 2018 Legislative Priorities

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

We are halfway through Maryland's 90-day legislative session. There's a lot of work to be done. Here are our top priorities.

Protecting families and fire fighters from toxic chemicals

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Chemical flame retardants can be found in everything from the toys our children play with to the furniture we use every day. 

Maryland PIRG 2017 State Legislative Scorecard

Do your legislators support the public interest? Our 2017 State Legislative Scorecard reviews their votes on key public interest issues.

News Release | Public Health

Maryland PIRG Response to Chemical Leak in Curtis Bay

In Baltimore this morning, a release of chlorosulfuric acid occurred at the Solvay Chemicals Plant in Curtis Bay, sparking a 1.2 mile-radius warning from officials. Curtis Bay is a residential, industrial, and commercial community and the 1.2 mile radius included parts of Baltimore City and Baltimore County such as Brooklyn, Brooklyn Park, and east Glen Burnie.

Victory! P&G commits to disclose fragrance ingredients

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today we won our campaign of over a year to convince P&G to increase disclosure of ingredients in "fragrance."

Report | Center for Environmental Health and Maryland PIRG Foundation | Public Health, Food

Kicking the Can?

Bisphenol A, often called BPA, is one of the most widely used and thoroughly studied toxic chemicals. Despite hundreds of scientific studies showing that exposure to BPA is linked to significant health concerns - diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer - it is still used in food cans that millions of Americans buy every day. 

Testimony on HB270 requiring lead testing in Maryland Schools

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

This bill requires testing for lead in drinking water in Maryland public and private schools. It also calls for immediate shut off of outlets with elevated lead and remediation measures to permanently remove lead. While we support this bill, we would recommend removing the exemption for certified lead-free schools because of the possibility of contamination from lead service lines or the water source.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Public Health

Get the Lead Out

Lead is contaminating drinking water at schools and pre-schools across the country.  As our report shows, states are so far failing to make the grade when it comes to keeping lead out of drinking water at school.

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