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House votes to empower EPA to clean up PFAS “forever chemicals”

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the bipartisan PFAS Action Act, introduced by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI). The bill would designate two types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund program, and set a five-year deadline to decide whether to reclassify other PFAS as well. The bill also directs EPA to limit PFAS discharges to waterways and places a moratorium on new PFAS chemicals.

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Hain Celestial joins growing list of companies pledging to slash emissions

Following engagement with shareholder advocates from Green Century Capital Management and Clean Yield Asset Management, the Hain Celestial Group inked an agreement to curb its greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the Paris Agreement’s goals. Under the commitment, the international organic food company is trying to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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Green Scissors Coalition Launches New Database of Wasteful Federal Subsidies

Today, Friends of the Earth, R Street Institute, Taxpayers for Common Sense, U.S. PIRG and Environment America relaunched the Green Scissors Coalition database of nearly $300 billion in wasteful federal support for environmentally harmful projects. 

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Report: Most restaurants fail to stop antibiotic overuse in their beef supplies

Most top restaurant chains in the United States have failed to adopt policies to stop the overuse of antibiotics by their beef suppliers, according to the sixth annual Chain Reaction scorecard released today by six major consumer, public health and environmental organizations.

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Consumer tips: What families should know about child tax credit payments that start July 15

Starting Thursday, many families with children under 18 will start getting monthly payments as part of the American Rescue Plan that became law this spring. Eligible families will get payments every month through December by direct deposit or by paper checks or preloaded debit cards that come in the mail. These payments will add up to half the child tax credit you should be entitled to for 2021; you can claim the rest next year when you file your tax return.

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