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News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Public Health

New Report: Toxic waste cleanup efforts lag, putting Americans at risk

California has the second-most toxic waste sites of any state in the country, according to a new report from CALPIRG Education Fund, “Superfund Underfunded: How taxpayers have been left with a toxic financial burden.” Due to their highly hazardous nature, the 97 sites in California are eligible for cleanup under the federal government’s “Superfund” program but data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detailed in the report show remediation efforts are lagging due to budget shortfalls.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Solid Waste

U.S. PIRG Education Fund urges the public to hold Coca-Cola accountable on its pledge to reduce plastic use

The Coca-Cola Company, a top plastic polluter according to a 2020 Brand Audit from the nonprofit Break Free From Plastic, announced a new commitment today to start using plastic bottles made with 100 percent recycled plastic for select brands in some U.S. states. According to the company, it would account for a nearly 20 percent reduction of new plastic used in North America compared to 2018. The commitment follows similar ones made by other major consumer goods companies, recently documented by U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

News Release | CALPIRG | Higher Ed

California Assemblymember Ash Kalra Introduces CALPIRG-Backed Bill to Make Textbooks More Affordable

SACRAMENTO, CA – Joint authors, Assemblymembers Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), and bill co-sponsors, Michelson Center for Public Policy and the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG), today announced the introduction of AB 403, the Fair Access to College Textbooks Act. The Act requires that higher education institutions entering into automatic billing agreements include consumer protection provisions for students.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Break Free From Plastic movement urges incoming Biden administration, Congress to reduce plastic pollution

Over 250 environmental groups, alongside U.S. PIRG, sent a thirteen key recommendations today to the 117th Congress outlining strategies on how to reduce plastic pollution through future legislative spending packages.

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund

Statement: Toxic metals found in baby food

A report released Thursday by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee said four of the seven largest baby food manufacturers have sold baby food with “significant levels of toxic heavy metals” dating back to at least late 2019.

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