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Consumer Mediation Office

Taking legal action against a business or a service for consumer protection violations may be a long and costly process. Mediation provides a voluntary, informal channel of resolving disputes to reach a mutually agreeable settlement.

Testimony in favor of Banning Plastic Bags in Boston

By | Janet Domenitz
Executive Director

MASSPIRG urges Boston City Council to support the bag ban. Single use plastic bags are the shameful hallmark of a society that has become over dependent on things we don’t need. Nothing we use for five minutes should end up polluting our environment for hundreds of years.

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Springfield Passes Resolution Opposing Repeal of the Bottle Bill

In an important demonstration of support for container deposits, the Springfield City Council unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the Massachusetts Bottle Bill on Monday, June 6th.  

Oppose Bottle Bill Repeal

By | Janet Domenitz
Executive Director

As experts in environmental protection, public health, conservation, water quality and waste reduction, we are unanimous in our opposition to House Bill 646 -- which would repeal Massachusetts' successful Bottle Bill recycling program.

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Southbridge Landfill Petition

On January 22nd, 2016, citizens from Sturbridge, Charlton and Southbridge will deliver the attached petition to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Environment and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. I need your help to get as many signatures as possible.

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Southbridge Landfill Petition

As part of MASSPIRG's opposition to the Southbridge Landfill, we've collected signatures on a petition to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency in January 2016. You can download the attached petition here.

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MASSPIRG to DEIR on September 25h, 2015

MASSPIRG submitted comments to Casella's Draft Environmental Impact Report to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, MEPA.

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MASSPIRG to DEIR on September 25h, 2015

MASSPIRG submitted comments to Casella's Draft Environmental Impact Report to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, MEPA.

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Toxic chemical found in wells for 3 Charlton homes near landfill

MASSPIRG staff attorney warned that the Southbridge Landfill would leak. Now, a total of four homes within a half  a mile of the Southbridge Landfill have exceedances for 1,4-dioxane, a toxic chemical, in their well water. Casella Waste will be required to do further testing in a wider radius. The Board of Health of the Town of Charlton and citizens in the area are concerned about the high levels.

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Resident advocate says landfill expansion not safe

Great article from Worcester Telegram featuring MASSPIRG's staff attorney Kirstie Pecci's work against the unnecessary and dangerous (both for the environment and public health) expansion of the Southbridge Landfill -- which is already one of the largest landfills in Massachusetts.

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