Public Health

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips, Public Health

Dangerous secrets: Popular cosmetics brands fail to disclose ingredients

Some of the largest cosmetic and personal care companies are failing to inform the public on what ingredients are used in their products, hiding potentially toxic chemicals from consumers. The U.S. PIRG Education Fund released a scorecard report Wednesday that found 20 of 26 surveyed brands had failed to adequately disclose product ingredients to consumers.

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips, Public Health

LOOKING INWARD

We surveyed nearly 1,000 personal care products from 26 popular cosmetics companies and scored them on ingredient safety and disclosure. The major takeaway: most companies need to do a lot more to inform their customers about what ingredients are in their products.

News Release | CALPIRG, Environment California | Public Health

Statement: Bipartisan clean water infrastructure bill passes U.S. Senate

The Senate passed the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 on Thursday. The legislation would provide a boost to water infrastructure by authorizing more than $35 billion over a five year period for water resource projects. The bill also improves programs to replace lead pipes and stop lead contamination of schools’ water, and creates a program to increase water affordability.

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Public Health, Health Care, Solid Waste

Medical Right to Repair Movement gains steam as SB 605 passes second committee

Senate Bill (SB) 605, The Medical Device Right to Repair Act, passed through its second committee in a 9-0 vote on Tuesday evening. This bill, previously heard and passed unanimously by the Senate Health Committee, was authored by state Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman.

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Public Health, Health Care, Solid Waste

After COVID-19 Laid Issues Bare, Medical Right to Repair (SB 605) Passes Health Committee Overwhelmingly

The Medical Device Right to Repair Act, Senate Bill (SB) 605, passed through its first committee Wednesday in a bipartisan, unanimous vote. The bill, authored by state Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, is the first right-to-repair legislation to advance out of committee in California.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Transportation

New report proposes roadmap for how to transform California’s transportation infrastructure

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Californians parked their cars and stayed home, leading to a significant drop in air pollution and carbon emissions. One year later, we are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels of traffic and driving, and the dangerous impacts for public health and our environment have returned as well.

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund, Frontier Group | Public Health, Transportation

Transform Transportation

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Californians parked their cars and stayed home, leading to a significant drop in air pollution and carbon emissions. One year later, we are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels of traffic and driving, and the dangerous impacts for public health and our environment have returned as well. 

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Public Health, Health Care

Matter of life or death: California bill would allow hospitals to repair critical medical equipment

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put extreme stress on the U.S. healthcare system and workers, California introduced the Medical Device Right to Repair Act (SB 605). The bill, authored by state Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, would require manufacturers of critical medical equipment, such as ventilators, to provide repair parts and information to hospital technicians and other third-party servicers.

Consumers still at risk for harmful over-the-counter drug products of all types because of soft federal regulations.

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.

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