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News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Public Health

Back-to-school toolkit helps parents get the lead out of drinking water

With children across Massachusetts heading back to school this week, MASSPIRG offered a new toolkit to help parents, teachers, and administrators get lead out of schools’ drinking water.

Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Public Health

Back to School Kit

Our children need safe drinking water – especially at school where they go to learn and play each day.  Unfortunately, lead is contaminating drinking water at schools and pre-schools across the country and here in Massachusetts.

Statement on P&G’s Consumer Product Fragrance Disclosure Announcement

MASSPIRG Education Fund applauds consumer product giant Procter & Gamble, the maker of brands like Olay, Old Spice, and Pampers, for its announcement today that it will increase fragrance ingredient transparency in all of its consumer brands.

News Release | Public Health, Antibiotics

McDonald’s Changes Meat Supply Guidelines to Stem Spread of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

In response to the health risks posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, McDonald’s has announced it is implementing new targets for cutting antibiotic use in the global chicken supply, and plans to expand its commitment to fewer antibiotics in pork and beef.

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.

Resource | Public Health

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. 

Resource | Public Health

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. 

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