A History Of Action In The Public Interest: the early 2000's

A sampling of the state PIRGs' accomplishments

Safe Food

2000: U.S. PIRG and the Genetically Engineered Food Alert coalition win a recall of taco shells, after lab tests confirm they contain genetically engineered ingredients not approved for human consumption.

Arctic Wilderness

2000: U.S. PIRG files pro-wilderness shareholder resolutions with the three largest oil companies pressing for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Thirteen percent of BP shareholders vote against drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

Toxics Ban

2000: WashPIRG and coalition partners persuade Washington state to adopt a 20-year plan to eliminate all emissions of persistent bioaccumulative toxics such as lead and mercury.

Polluted Runoff

2000: WISPIRG helps win toughest-in-the-nation clean water standards for controlling polluted runoff from agriculture, urban areas, construction sites and roads.

National Monuments

2001: Congress approves a U.S. PIRG-backed initiative that prohibits oil drilling in national monuments. The action will protect some of the nation's most treasured forests, canyons and last-remaining prairie and grasslands.

Clean Air

2001: U.S. PIRG helps win new federal standards that will cut pollution from diesel buses and heavy-duty trucks by more than 90 percent starting in 2007. The new rules will save 8000 lives a year from respiratory illness or cancer.

Safe Drinking Water

2001: U.S. PIRG helps reinstate tough limits on arsenic in drinking water.

Clean Energy

2002: U.S. PIRG efforts are instrumental in the defeat of a dirty energy bill.

Arctic Wilderness

2002: By a vote of 54 to 46, U.S. PIRG helps win a critical Senate vote blocking drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Clean Energy

2002: California Gov. Gray Davis signs the CALPIRG-backed California Clean Energy Bill, ensuring that by 2017 the state will produce nearly as much clean energy as all 49 other states combined.

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