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News Release | PIRG & Environment America

Statement: EPA advises stronger limits on levels of toxic PFAS chemicals to protect Americans’ health

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled on Wednesday new health advisories for four of the most common toxic PFAS chemicals that pollute drinking water nationwide. These official EPA actions “provide technical information to drinking water system operators, as well as federal, state, Tribal, and local officials, on the health effects, analytical methods, and treatment technologies associated with drinking water contaminants.”

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Department of the Interior will end plastic pollution in parks, public lands

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland issued an order on Wednesday, World Oceans Day, to phase out single-use plastic products on lands managed by the Department of the Interior by 2032. The order is intended to reduce -- and eventually eliminate -- plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers, bottles, straws, cups, cutlery and disposable plastic bags at national parks and on other public lands.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

VOTES Act Released from Conference Committee

The Massachusetts VOTES Act Conference Committee today released its version of the comprehensive election reform bill, which will now head to the House and Senate for final procedural votes before being sent to Governor Baker’s desk.

News Release | MASSPIRG

NEWS RELEASE: About half of Mass. repair shops worry they could close unless Right to Repair bill passes

While Massachusetts has been the national leader on the right to repair for cars, the fight over whether consumers can fix their cell phones, appliances and other devices has yet to be resolved. Thursday at the State House, leading repair advocates and lawmakers called on the state Legislature to advance twin Digital Right to Repair (HB 341/SB 166) bills that would give Bay Staters the right to fix their own stuff.

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