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Year in review: public health, voters’ rights and consumer protection wins in 2020

Between a global pandemic, raging wildfires and severe hurricanes, 2020 has been a chaotic and difficult year. Hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives and millions took ill. But we persevered, as our community members, friends and family made sacrifices, both large and small. Through it all, U.S. PIRG has advocated on behalf of the public interest.

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Statement: EPA’s new lead rule fails to ensure safe drinking water

The EPA finalized its update to the Lead and Copper Rule. The new rule fails to require adequate action to protect the public from lead in drinking water.

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

Statement: New PPP loans won’t be any more transparent

Despite the PPP's fraud problems, Congress failed to strengthen transparency rules for the SBA's program while granting it another $284 million.

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Three New England states and Washington, D.C., sign landmark agreement to tackle transportation pollution

Governors from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut along with the mayor of Washington, D.C., signed onto the landmark Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) Monday. The regional program, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, will invest in clean transportation projects, including zero emission electric vehicles, expanded public transit options and walking/biking infrastructure. 

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Statement: U.S. PIRG cheers bipartisan Congressional vote to end unfair surprise medical bills

After two years of debate in four congressional committees, Congress seemed likely to pass bipartisan legislation Monday that, if signed into law, will protect millions of consumers from unfair surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers. In response to the expected congressional passage of the surprise billing legislation, Patricia Kelmar, U.S. PIRG’s Health Care Campaigns director, made the following statement: “If passed, this will be the most far-reaching consumer protection that Congress has passed in recent memory...

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