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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 | Solid Waste

Statement: Maryland steps up by officially implementing foam ban

Maryland’s statewide ban on polystyrene foam cups and containers begins today. In March 2019, Maryland became the first state in the country to pass a foam ban through its state legislature. 

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

FTC settles first case against VoIP provider for allowing illegal robocalls

This FTC settlement must be a wake-up call to phone service providers so they do more to protect consumers. If not, the FTC must be vigilant in going after companies that enable the immoral practice of preying on consumers. And the FCC should require providers to block spoofed calls that we all know are scams.

We're calling on Gov. Hogan to hit reverse on transit cuts

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today Maryland PIRG and Environment Maryland sent a letter to Gov. Hogan, Secretary Slater, and Administrator Quinn in opposition newly proposed cuts to transit funding. 

Voting in Maryland: What you need to know (updated for November election)

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Our democracy works best when we all participate. Make sure you, your friends, and family have a plan to vote this November. Here is everything you need to know.

Gov. Hogan: the window is closing

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Today, Marland PIRG sent Gov. Hogan a letter imploring him to instruct SBE to mail voters their ballots like he did for the primary. The letter was signed by voting rights allies including ACLU of MD, Baltimore Votes, Jews United for Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice MD, AFSCME Council 3, SEIU Maryland State Council, and others.

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. 

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation and U.S. PIRG Education Fund | COVID-19, Consumer Protection, Solid Waste

HOSPITAL REPAIR RESTRICTIONS

COVID-19 is putting incredible stress on the U.S. medical system, including the work of hospital biomedical repair technicians, known as biomeds or BMETs. These technicians are essential; hospitals need working equipment to diagnose and treat patients. But in some cases, manufacturers restrict access to what biomeds need.

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