Public Health

News Release | Maryland Campaign to Keep Antibiotics Working | Public Health, Antibiotics

Maryland Legislature Passes New Bill to Keep Antibiotics Effective

Public health advocates are applauding the State Senate and House of Delegates for passing bills (SB471/HB652) to ensure that Maryland is restricting antibiotic use on farm animals that are not sick and collecting important data regarding antibiotic use on farms.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Tyson chicken strips recalled, may contain pieces of metal

Just seven weeks after Tyson Foods recalled chicken nuggets that could contain rubber, the poultry giant is recalling chicken strips that might contain metal. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health

Maryland gets a C Grade for efforts to address lead in school drinking water

Annapolis – Reacting to pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Maryland PIRG gave Maryland a C grade today for addressing the problem, according to a new report. In the second edition of Maryland PIRG’s Get The Lead Out study, the state showed progress as Maryland received an F grade in 2017. State Delegates Jared Solomon and Stephen Lafferty, State Senator Cory McCray, and the Baltimore Teachers’ Union joined Maryland PIRG in calling for swift action to ensure lead-free water in Maryland’s schools.

Report | Maryland PIRG | Public Health

Get the Lead Out

Our children need safe drinking water – especially at school where they go to learn and play each day.  Unfortunately, lead is contaminating drinking water at schools and pre-schools across the country.  As our report shows, states are failing to make the grade when it comes to keeping lead out of drinking water at school.  Instead of waiting for more testing, we need to proactively remove the lead pipes and plumbing at the root of this toxic hazard for our children.

Study finds weed killer in beer and wine

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The last thing you want to think about when you pour yourself a glass of wine or a cold beer is whether it contains even small levels of a potentially carcinogenic weed killer.

Testimony: The Lead Reduction and Remediation Act

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Maryland PIRG supports HB1253/SB481 to lower the action level of lead in school drinking water and help schools remediate for lead.

Resource | Public Health

Toxics Free Maryland

We are constantly exposed to toxic chemicals in our food, drinking water, and consumer products. Yet very few chemicals have been tested for safety by the government before they are put into toys our children play with, health and beauty products we apply to our skin, and furniture we bring into our homes. We are constantly exposed to chemicals that haven’t been proven safe—and these exposures add up over time.

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