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News Release | U.S. PIRG and Environment America

EPA decision to undercut mercury pollution standards puts our health at risk

After months of protest, even from members of the industries the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) keeps in check, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized an action that defangs the regulations.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

Former CFPB Director Rich Cordray offers insights on consumer protection, government response to COVID-19

During an online discussion hosted by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Richard Cordray laid out urgent consumer protection priorities for Congress and the Trump administration, while offering advice to consumers struggling at this difficult time.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Democracy

U.S. PIRG applauds Virginia’s efforts to expand voting access

U.S. PIRG applauds the signing of a series of laws over the weekend that will make voting easier in Virginia. The package includes making election day a state holiday and creating 45 days of early voting prior to Election Day.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

Five state treasurers call on ventilator manufacturers to remove repair restrictions

U.S. PIRG has been pressuring ventilator manufacturers to remove restrictions on who can fix these life-saving devices. Our efforts, along with those of our allies at Repair.org, got a boost today, when five state treasurers -- Pennsylvania‘s Joe Torsella, Delaware’s Colleen Davis, Illinois’ Michael Frerichs, Rhode Island’s Seth Magaziner, and Colorado’s Dave Young -- sent a letter to manufacturers calling for them to release proprietary repair manuals, service keys, schematics and repair software. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG and Environment America

U.S. PIRG, Environment America among groups filing suit to protect energy efficiency standards

A coalition of leading public interest organizations including Environment America and U.S. PIRG filed a petition for review Tuesday, challenging a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rule that governs the setting of efficiency standards for consumer appliances and equipment. The changes to the so-called “Process Rule,” which DOE finalized in January, are expected to slow down, or stop altogether, federal efforts to make appliances and equipment more energy efficient. 

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