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STATEMENT: Following campaign pressure, Deere announces new access to repair materials

The farm equipment maker has promised to make limited tools available for sale online after a FTC complaint and bipartisan ‘Right to Repair’ legislation filed

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STATEMENT: U.S. PIRG applauds industry move to erase medical debt from credit reports

 U.S. PIRG applauds the joint announcement from the three major credit bureaus that they are changing how they will treat the credit reporting of medical debt. Paid medical debt will be erased from consumer reports and any new medical debt won’t be included in credit reports until a year (rather than the current six months) after the debt is given over to collection agencies. Beginning in 2023, owed medical debt of less than $500 will not be included in credit reports.

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Statement: 12 new Superfund sites signal a boost for EPA’s toxic waste cleanup program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Thursday that it will add 12 new toxic waste sites for prioritized cleanup under its “Superfund” program.

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STATEMENT: New bipartisan legislation spurs Right to Repair campaign’s momentum

Sens. Lujan, Wyden and Lummis introduce measure to allow for repairs of cell phones, appliances and tractors 

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Statement: EPA says PFAS contamination in pesticides may violate federal law

In an effort to protect communities from PFAS contamination, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday that the presence of PFAS contamination in pesticides could be a violation of a federal toxic chemical law, known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The EPA has signaled the presence of so-called “forever chemicals'' in pesticides could stem from the fluorinated containers used for storage and transportation.

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