Consumer Protection

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Statement of Johanna Neumann on U.S. Senate Passage of the Credit CARD Act

For too long, owning a credit card company has been a license to steal. Over the last few years, the banks increased their use of abusive tactics, such as changing due dates so they could trick consumers into paying late. The Credit Card Act bans nearly all retroactive rate increases on current balances, it prohibits universal default in the first year and it protects college students from unfair marketing of credit cards.

News Release | Consumer Protection

Toxic Chemical in Household Products Endangers Children’s Health

An unlikely coalition of nurses, firefighters, consumer advocates and concerned parents have joined forces to call on the Maryland General Assembly to ban a toxic chemical and switch to safer alternatives.

Eliminating Toxic Mercury

In 2009, we played a role in addressing the largest manufacturing source of mercury in the state.

National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals

The Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals 2009 and the Updated Tables, February 2011, together are the most comprehensive assessment of environmental chemical exposure in the U.S. population.

News Release | Consumer Protection

Young Children in U.S. Among World' Most Polluted with Fire Retardants

In the first nationwide investigation of chemical fire retardants in parents and their children, Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that toddlers and pre-schoolers typically had three times more of the neurotoxic compounds in their blood as their mothers. The study suggests that U.S. children 1 to 4 years of age bear the heaviest burden of flame retardant pollution in the industrialized world.

News Release | Consumer Protection

Victory for America's Littlest Consumers

Today, the Senate passed the final conference report of H.R. 4040- the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  Maryland PIRG State Director, Johanna Neumann had the following statement.

Toxic Baby Furniture

Furnishings containing formaldehyde – a toxic chemical linked with allergies, asthma, and cancer – can contaminate indoor air within Maryland homes. Babies and young children are particularly vulnerable to harm.

News Release | Consumer Protection

Formaldehyde from Baby Nursery Furniture Contaminates Indoor Air

Cribs, changing tables, and dressers can emit formaldehyde at levels linked with increased risk of childhood allergies and asthma, according to a new report released today by Maryland PIRG Foundation.

News Release | Consumer Protection

Students overwhelmingly support fair campus credit card marketing principles

Students overwhelmingly support limits on campus credit card marketing,  according to the results of a nationwide USPIRG survey of over 1500 students at 40 colleges in 14 states including the University of Maryland College Park.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Mixed Signals

One year from now 22 million Americans who rely on free over-the-air analog broadcasting will be at risk of losing access to TV. On February 17, 2009, analog televisions that receive over-the-air signals will go dark, unless they are retrofitted with digital converter boxes.

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