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Resource | Solid Waste

Solid Waste In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria

On September 20, Category 4 Hurricane Maria whipped Puerto Rico with winds traveling at 155 miles per hour, just two miles per hour short of a Category 5 storm. Over the next three days, catastrophic flash flooding, storm surges and rainfall – up to 35 inches in some places – inundated the island. According to Puerto Rico’s governor, damage from Hurricane Maria is estimated at $95 billion, or 1.5 times the territory’s annual gross national product. Puerto Rico is home to 3.4 million Americans, who now face water and food shortages, massive clean-up efforts, and the need to rebuild their electrical system.

FinTech and Consumers

This is an updated draft resource from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and The Center for Digital Democracy: FinTech and Consumers: A Preliminary Overview of Important Consumer, Privacy, Small Business, and Civil Rights Issues.

U.S. PIRG, AFR, Comment To CFPB On Data Use

Last week, U.S. PIRG, Americans for Financial Reform and AFR-member organizations filed the last comment letter in a seemingly never-ending series of 2018 Requests for Information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Although there was no clear intent of this RFI, we, and allied academic scholars, both inferred it as another opportunity for industry opponents of the CFPB to attack the Bureau's consumer protection mission -- this time by challenging its collection and use of data to evaluate and respond to financial marketplace problems that harm consumers.

Amazon state legislator price gouging sign on letter

Nearly 350 state legislators from 45 states are calling on America's top online marketplaces to crack down on coronavirus-related price gouging.

Resource | COVID-19

Health groups call on U.S. Senate to protect emergency workers

 

A coalition of leading public health and medical groups in several states across the country are urging U.S. senators to push Senate leadership to establish central, transparent coordination of the medical supply chain in the next coronavirus relief package. The coalition is petitioning the Senators because health officials from coast to coast have expressed serious concern about continued shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

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