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Lawsuit challenges EPA approval of the use of medically important antibiotic as a pesticide on citrus crops

A coalition of public interest groups, including farmworker, health justice and conservation organizations, sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today for approving widespread spraying of streptomycin, a medically important antibiotic, on citrus trees to prevent or treat citrus greening disease or citrus canker.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

New report: COVID-19 cases in nursing homes drop by 80 percent after mass vaccinations

There are many reasons for optimism, particularly the huge turnaround that started in the second half of December when vaccines started rolling out. We found that has led to a decline in nursing home cases exceeding 80 percent. But this is not a time to act irresponsibly or get overly confident.

 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Financial Reform

PIRGs Join 300+ Groups To Urge Congress To Rescind "Fake Lender Rule"

The state PIRGs and  U.S. PIRG joined 300+ consumer, faith and civil rights groups urging Congress to rescind a "fake lender" midnight regulation, which would allow predatory lending, even in 18 states and the District of Columbia where usury caps protect over 110 million consumers. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Gov. Northam announces executive order to phase out single use plastics

RICHMOND, Va -- Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday Executive Order 77, eliminating disposable plastic bags and single-use foodware at all state agencies within 120 days, and phasing out  a wider range of single-use plastics in the state agencies and public universities by 2025. It also directs the state government to develop solid waste reduction and landfill diversion recommendations.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Congressional committee considers vital climate-friendly LIFT America Act

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is holding a full committee hearing Monday on the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow's America Act (LIFT America Act), which aims to revitalize the country’s energy, water and transportation systems. This goal would be met by making investments in clean energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and upgrades to our drinking water infrastructure. The act would also expand broadband access nationwide and invest in public health and healthcare infrastructure.

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