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News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Rather than a gas tax holiday, US should address oil dependence at its roots

We need to rethink our transportation system to truly free Americans from the pain of oil market volatility.

News Release

STATEMENT: FDA to order Juul e-cigs off market, WSJ reports

In a decision that should help stem the youth vaping epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to order Juul to take its e-cigarettes off the market. PIRG Public Health Campaigns Director Matt Wellington responds.

News Release | MASSPIRG

As summer begins, groups call for quick state action to ban disposable plastic checkout bags

With Bay State residents and visitors out and about as summer begins, the worsening problem of plastic pollution becomes increasingly visible. The remains of briefly used and discarded items can be seen nearly everywhere in our streets, parks, lakes and beaches.Bags may seem like a small item, but consumers use on average one disposable plastic shopping bag per day. Absent existing local bans, Massachusetts residents would be using over two billion plastic shopping bags per year.

News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund

Media Event: New report sheds light on damaging gas pipeline leaks

MASSPIRG will host a virtual media conference to release a new report by MASSPIRG Education Fund, Environment Massachusetts and The Frontier Group that analyzes federal state-by-state data on methane pipeline leaks

News Release | PIRG

Statement: Supreme Court rejects Bayer’s appeal against Roundup ruling

The Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to hear an appeal by Bayer, allowing lawsuits claiming glyphosate, the main active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, causes cancer to move forward. Bayer, the maker of Roundup, had appealed the case of Edwin Hardeman who said he developed cancer due to his use of Roundup on his property for decades. The court’s action upholds the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled in favor of Hardeman, upholding a  $25 million judgment. The declined appeal opens the opportunity for thousands of similar cases to continue.

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