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What Bay Staters are Fixing

“What Bay Staters are Fixing,” reveals how Massachusetts ends up with millions of pounds of avoidable electronic waste and the Right to Repair campaign’s efforts to remedy that situation. Furthermore, the report examines how the COVID-19 pandemic exposed obstacles that face Massachusetts consumers who try to fix their products affordably and on their own terms. Describing the Right to Repair as “good for our pocketbooks and good for the planet,” the report’s authors spotlight the financial and ecological benefits of expanded consumer rights.

Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

The CFPB Turns 10

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns 10 years old, a new report from MASSPIRG Education Fund recaps how the agency has helped consumers over the past decade and the steps under way to refocus the CFPB on its mission after three years of retrograde decisions under the Trump Administration. The report also provides recommendations for CFPB action moving forward, especially on credit reporting.

Report | US PIRG Education Fund | Antibiotics

Chain Reaction VI

The Chain Reaction VI report and scorecard ranks America’s top restaurant chains on their policies relating to antibiotic use in their beef supply chains. 

Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund

Virtual Wallets, Real Complaints

Consumer complaints about peer-to-peer (P2P) payment apps such as PayPal, Venmo and Square have surged during the pandemic year. In April, there were 970 digital wallet complaints — almost double the previous monthly high from July 2020. MASSPIRG Education Fund analyzed this growing problem for Virtual Wallets, Real Complaints, a new analysis of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) Consumer Complaint Database.

Report | MASSPIRG

A Perfect Storm: When tropical storms meet toxic waste

As “National Hurricane Preparedness Week” kicks off, many communities across the country are still dealing with the devastating effects of last year’s record-shattering hurricane season. To help prepare for this year, USPIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research & Policy Center released a report Thursday highlighting the serious threat posed by toxic “Superfund” waste sites in the paths of hurricanes and tropical storms during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. 

The report, entitled A Perfect Storm: When tropical storms meet toxic waste, pulls together data from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to show that 810 sites were in areas affected by hurricanes and tropical storms during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, including 34 in Massachusetts. Additionally, the report made recommendations to the EPA for improving and expediting cleanup at these sites.

 

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history. With a record-breaking 30 named storms, 11 of which made landfall in the United States, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season put on a destructive display of what we may come to expect as a new normal due to climate change

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