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STATEMENT: U.S. PIRG applauds SEC’s climate disclosure rule

Our statement on the Securities and Exchange Commission's newly proposed rule that would require publicly traded companies to improve and standardize the information they disclose about their greenhouse gas emissions.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

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.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

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.

News Release | PIRG

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.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Panelist discussion offers insights on the future of ‘Superfund’ funding

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the Environmental Protection Network (EPN) hosted a webinar panel on Friday that celebrated the reinstatement of the “polluter pays'' tax that will help fund the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Superfund” toxic waste cleanup program over the next decade.

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