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Department of the Interior will end plastic pollution in parks, public lands

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland issued an order on Wednesday, World Oceans Day, to phase out single-use plastic products on lands managed by the Department of the Interior by 2032. The order is intended to reduce -- and eventually eliminate -- plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers, bottles, straws, cups, cutlery and disposable plastic bags at national parks and on other public lands.

News Release | Solid Waste

STATEMENT: Right to Repair passes in New York State

The New York state Assembly approved a new Right to Repair bill Friday by a vote of 145 to 1. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblymember Patricia Fahy and state Sen. Neil Breslin, passed the state Senate earlier this week by a vote of 59 to 4, and now goes to Gov. Kathy Hochul to be signed into law. 

News Release | PIRG and CoPIRG

Colorado governor signs one of the country’s most comprehensive PFAS restriction laws

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law one of the most comprehensive state bills in the country restricting the sale of consumer products containing PFAS. The bill also aims to restrict PFAS chemicals in fluids used in oil and gas extraction.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

REPORT: ‘Stranded’ shows how new Colorado wheelchair Right to Repair law is essential

On June 2, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed the landmark HB22-1031, Consumer Right To Repair Powered Wheelchairs, which requires manufacturers of powered wheelchairs to provide access to parts, tools and information necessary to repair wheelchairs to owners and independent technicians. “Stranded,” a new report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund, finds a constrained market for wheelchair service and repair in the U.S. makes delays, of weeks or even months, common. 

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