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News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

State to grant $2 million to protect children from lead in drinking water in schools and child care centers

BOSTON – The state of Massachusetts announced Thursday that it is offering a second round of  School Water Improvement Grants (SWIG) to help elementary schools and child care centers to get lead out of their drinking water by replacing tainted water fountains. The SWIG program, funded by the  Massachusetts Clean Water Trust, is run by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

News Release | MASSPIRG | Solid Waste

STATEMENT: APPLE CONCEDES TO RIGHT TO REPAIR MOVEMENT, REVERSES BAN ON SELLING PARTS TO CONSUMERS

BOSTON -- Apple reversed its longstanding policy against selling spare parts, providing repair instructions, and making repair software tools available to customers Wednesday with its announcement of a new Self Service Repair program. This about-face comes just days after the company pledged to stop deactivating Face ID after third parties repaired screens, and after years of advocacy and pressure by Right to Repair advocates. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

Statement: Bipartisan introduction of Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act marks important step in stopping the debt trap

The Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act (VCFCA) was reintroduced in the House Committee on Financial Services on Monday. This bill would limit interest rates on loans and go a long way toward protecting consumers, including veterans, who are often victimized by predatory lenders.

News Release | MASSPIRG

36th annual Trouble in Toyland report exposes risks of counterfeit and other dangerous toys

Even though legitimate toymakers deserve kudos for making their products much safer over the years, too often, Americans end up buying dangerous toys for children for the holidays.  MASSPIRG Education Fund’s 36th annual Trouble in Toyland report shows that many of those toys are counterfeit or recalled products, but still make their way into consumers’ shopping carts.

News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

Hampden County pediatric and public health professionals addressed parents’ hesitancy to vaccinate children against COVID-19

In a public forum last night sponsored by the MA Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics, MA Association of Public Health Nurses, and MASSPIRG Education Fund, local experts in pediatric and public health addressed parents' concerns and discussed safely vaccinating children against COVID-19.

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