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News Release | Public Health

Massachusetts governor signs bill to combat youth tobacco use

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker signed a critical bill today aimed at stemming the youth vaping epidemic. “An Act to Modernize Tobacco Control” is the first state law that prohibits the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes and chewing tobacco. It’s a major step to protect youth because four out of five kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product.

News Release | U.S. PIRG and Environment Texas | Safe Energy

U.S. PIRG and Environment Texas Statement on Port Neches Explosion

The TPC chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas exploded, sending three workers to the hospital and causing damage throughout the city.

News Release | Consumer Protection

U.S. PIRG applauds federal legislation designed to strengthen online privacy rights

A group of U.S. senators on the Commerce Committee, led by Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA), have introduced comprehensive federal online privacy legislation. The bill establishes strong consumer privacy rights, outlaws deceptive practices, improves data security safeguards and preserves stronger state laws.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Deadly infant products sold after recalls at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that discount stores T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods sold 19 different recalled products to consumers between 2014 and 2019. In the case of five products, the stores’ parent company TJX initiated the recall. The products included the Rock ‘N Play and Kids II inclined infant sleepers, which are responsible for a number of fatalities, rattles that can break and pose a choking hazard, and electronics that overheat or explode. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Green Century President Leslie Samuelrich honored with prestigious SRI Service Award

Leslie Samuelrich, the president of Green Century Capital Management, has received the 2019 SRI Service Award, the highest honor conferred at the annual SRI Conference for the sustainable, responsible, and impact investing industry. 

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