Healthy Kids, Healthy Maryland Updates

When Maryland passed legislation promoting green cleaning in public schools, we were in good company: 11 other states passed similar measures to protect our school kids. Unfortunately, our youngest and most vulnerable children are still lacking chemical protections.

Broad Coalition lays out path forward on TSCA reform

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today, 125 organizations,  including Maryland PIRG, sent a letter to House and Senate committee leaders spelling out in detail how to move forward on TSCA reforms and find the best from the House and Senate versions of the bill. Read the letter.

One step closer to TSCA reform

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

On Thursday the Senate passed an update to the federal chemical safety law, the 1976 Toxics Substance Control Act (TSCA), by unanimous consent. The language of the legislation is an updated version of the Senate bill, S.697 (the “Udall/Vitter bill”). The House passed their version this summer. The next phase of the process is a conference committee between House and Senate to reconcile the differences in the House and Senate versions of TSCA reform.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Public Health

Trouble in Toyland 2015

For 30 years, Maryland PIRG Foundation has conducted an annual survey of toy safety, which has led to over 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years, and has helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children.

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Public Health, Consumer Protection

30th Annual Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

– Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to Maryland PIRG’s 30th annual Trouble in Toyland report. The survey of potentially hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Public Health, Consumer Protection

2015: Potentially Hazardous Toy List

This year's list of potentially dangerous toys.

The Montgomery County Council just voted to restrict the cosmetic use of toxic lawn pesticides, protecting public health and our environment.

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Public Health

MARYLAND PIRG DELIVERS 135,000 PETITIONS TO WALGREENS – CALLS ON RETAILER TO PHASE OUT TOXIC CHEMICALS THAT TRIGGER ASTHMA

Baltimore, MD – Today Maryland health and environmental advocates delivered thousands of petitions from Maryland customers calling on Walgreen’s to adopt a comprehensive policy to phase out toxic chemicals in products. In total the group delivered 135,000 petitions to Walgreen’s from their customers across the country.

Udall-Vitter Toxic Chemical "Safety" Bill Does not go far enough

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today, the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Vitter-Udall Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. We are concerned that the bill undermines state action to protect public health from toxic chemical exposure while falling far short of doing so itself.

YES for SB200 - Ban on microbeads in personal care products

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Please encourage your senator to vote YES on SB200 as passed by committee to ban microbeads in Maryland.

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