Public Health

Get the Lead Out of Drinking Water in Schools

Ban Roundup

It's clear. Unless and until it's proven safe, we should ban Roundup. 

On March 31st, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that his agency would deny a petition to ban the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos from being sprayed on food. He announced this decision despite EPA scientists’ earlier findings that concluded that chlorpyrifos, which is manufactured by Dow Chemical, can harm brain development of fetuses and infants after ingesting even small amounts. The news that the EPA would continue to allow the spraying of chlorpyrifos alarmed doctors and other public health officials, but what’s even more interesting is that according to several recent Freedom of Information Act requests, Pruitt met with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris at a Houston hotel just twenty days prior to making his controversial decision.

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Lawsuit filed in Charlton, MA against Casella Waste

In the Commonwealth of MA, we should be on a path to zero waste, per the Department of Environmental Protection's Solid Waste Master Plan. But in the tri-town area of Southbridge/Charlton/Sturbridge in central MA, there's a leaking landfill---which Casella wants to expand---that has polluted precious drinking water and contaminated natural resources, per the lawsuit filed today by the National Environmental Law Center (NELC). MASSPIRG stands with the citizens, the organizations, and NELC in calling for accountability and clean up. 

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Lawsuit filed in Southbridge against Casella Waste

In the Commonwealth of MA, we should be on a path to zero waste, per the Department of Environmental Protection's Solid Waste Master Plan. But in the tri-town area of Southbridge/Charlton/Sturbridge in central MA, there's a leaking landfill---which Casella wants to expand---that has polluted precious drinking water and contaminated natural resources, per the lawsuit filed today by the National Environmental Law Center (NELC). MASSPIRG stands with the citizens, the organizations, and NELC in calling for accountability and clean up. 

News Release | Public Health

Statement on SC Johnson’s skin allergen disclosure announcement

“SC Johnson, the manufacturer behind popular brands like Glade, Pledge, Windex, and more has announced today that it will disclose the presence of 368 fragrance and non-fragrance potential skin allergens that may occur in its products. This is a great move for chemical transparency in consumer products."

News Release | Public Health, Antibiotics

Statement on McDonald's shareholder resolution to eliminate the routine use of medically important antibiotics from the company’s meat supply chain

At McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting today shareholders voted on a proposal to eliminate the routine use of medically important antibiotics from the company’s entire meat supply chain. Of those that voted, nearly 30% were in favor of the resolution.

#KickTheCan: BPA still found in many grocery stores’ canned foods

By | Dev Gowda
Public Health Advocate

We’re all told to watch out for BPA in drinking bottles and baby products. But how about BPA in the cans that contain our food? A recent study by Center for Environmental Health (CEH) reveals that the toxic chemical BPA is readily found in canned foods. BPAs are often used in the liners of canned food to keep the aluminum from interacting with the food.

L'Oréal: Pledge to Be Toxic-Free

Today, MASSPIRG Education Fund, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP)), and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families delivered more than 150,000 petition signatures calling on the multinational cosmetic giant L’Oréal USA to eliminate cancer causing chemicals and to disclose its secret “fragrance” chemicals. 

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