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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Break Free From Plastic movement urges incoming Biden administration, Congress to reduce plastic pollution

Over 250 environmental groups, alongside U.S. PIRG, sent a thirteen key recommendations today to the 117th Congress outlining strategies on how to reduce plastic pollution through future legislative spending packages.

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund

Statement: Toxic metals found in baby food

A report released Thursday by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee said four of the seven largest baby food manufacturers have sold baby food with “significant levels of toxic heavy metals” dating back to at least late 2019.

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

TexPIRG Statement on Corporate Liability Shield

During Monday’s State of the State Address, Gov. Abbott announced a policy he called, “civil liability protections“, which would exempt corporations from any liability and give consumers no recourse against bad acting companies that refuse to comply with basic public health orders. 

TexPIRG Director Bay Scoggin released the following statement in response:

“Governor Abbott’s desired legislation would reward companies that cut corners at the expense of companies that protect their workers and customers,” said Scoggin. “When nobody is accountable, nobody is safe.”

News Release | US PIRG | COVID-19

Nursing homes still don’t have enough masks, gowns, other PPE

A new analysis by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group found that 8 percent of nursing homes nationwide had a critical shortage of surgical-grade N95 masks, as of Dec. 27. And 4 to 6 percent of homes reported shortages in at least one other category of PPE.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

Statement: CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger resigns

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger submitted her resignation Wednesday soon after the inauguration of new President Joe Biden. Resignation opens seat for President Biden’s new nominee Rohit Chopra.

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