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Letter: Protecting the FTC from Special Interest Attacks

While much of our work has been in defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), we also support the efforts of the over-100 year old Federal Trade Commission. Recently, powerful special interests convinced the Energy and Commerce Committee to draft (and expect it to vote out soon, likely next week) legislation to severely weaken the FTC's ability to protect the public from identity theft and privacy invasions (including sloppy data security that leads to identity theft), deceptive health marketing claims by sellers of various dangerous or ineffective (or both) products and numerous other last-dollar and other frauds and schemes. We've joined over 30 leading groups in a letter opposing the so-called FTC Process and Transparency Reform Act of 2016 (HR 5510-Burgess (TX)).

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Call your representative and senators every day. Here's how.

There’s a lot unfolding in Washington, DC, right now, and you may be wondering, “What can I do to voice my concerns?” Check out this step-by-step guide to make sure your representative and senators are paying attention to the issues you care about.

Worried about pollution after Harvey?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we've been shining a spotlight on a variety of pollution problems, including Superfund sites, sewage overflows and air emissions. TexPIRG is working alongside our colleagues at Environment Texas to stay on top of the latest news and information about pollution in the area. Here's a list of what we know so far.

Toxic Sites Flooded by Hurricane Harvey

Officials are still trying to confirm whether Texas floodwaters have spread contamination from the toxic waste sites known as “Superfund sites” to residential areas. The Environmental Protection Agency says 13 Superfund sites were flooded and potentially damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The following is a list of those locations, along with the contaminants at the sites and associated health concerns.

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Hazardous toys to avoid

Despite progress in recent years, some toys and children’s products still have the potential to cause harm. Depending on the materials used and the quality and nature of the product itself, the risks for children posed by toys and other products range from choking on small parts to suffering from dangerous chemical reactions in the body. In extreme cases, the consequences can be fatal.

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