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News Release | MASSPIRG | Solid Waste

Statement: Groups applaud environmental agency decision to revisit Solid Waste Master Plan

BOSTON -- In a move celebrated by several major environmental, grassroots and public interest organizations, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced Thursday that they would re-open the public hearing process on the draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan, the Commonwealth’s blueprint for dealing with waste. After the initial hearings ended in December without sufficient public outreach, the groups started pushing for the public hearings to be reopened; through direct advocacy, letters, emails and grassroots organizing. 

News Release | MASSPIRG | COVID-19

Massachusetts adopts strong price gouging protections

BOSTON – MASSPIRG praised the action of Attorney General Maura Healey upon the passage of strong price gouging protections for consumers.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Infrastructure bill a can't-miss opportunity to rebuild America, tackle climate crisis

As every state in the country reopens during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, traffic on America’s roads and carbon emissions are returning to pre-lockdown levels. Congress is currently debating how America will rebuild coming out of the crisis, and the much-maligned “infrastructure week” has the potential to result in concrete action. House Democrats unveiled a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure package last Thursday that, if passed, could signal a sea change in federal infrastructure policy.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

Voting Rights Advocates Applaud Bill Passed by Senate; Urge Swift Action

This afternoon, the Senate unanimously passed S. 2755, after adopting amendments recommended by voting rights advocates. The bill would make changes necessary to ensure that our fall elections can remain accessible, participatory, and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure that the kind of administration breakdown that happened in Georgia and Wisconsin this spring does not happen in Massachusetts this fall.

News Release | MASSPIRG | COVID-19, Consumer Protection

MASSPIRG calls for strong price gouging protections

BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Office of Attorney General held a hearing Wednesday on implementing stronger price gouging protections for consumers. MASSPIRG testified in support of Attorney General Maura Healey’s proposal to make permanent the emergency price gouging regulations put into place at the beginning of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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