Pledge to be Toxic-Free Updates

News Release | The Public Interest Network | Public Health

Hurricane season coverage: Data, resources and interview opportunities

The 2019 hurricane season officially gets underway tomorrow (June 1) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  this year. On the heels of the devastating  and  in 2018,  (which includes Travel Buddy, , and state groups in often-impacted states such as   ,  and ) is sharing information to help contextualize the major environmental, health and consumer concerns posed by the hurricanes that will inevitably come this season.

News Release | US PIRG | Public Health

US PIRG Submits 17,000 Petitions to EPA in Support of Life-Saving Mercury Air Standards

This week, Travel Buddy submitted 17,000 petitions to the EPA in support of the life-saving Mercury Air Toxics standards (MATs rule), a rule that the EPA proposes to suspend.

News Release | US PIRG | Public Health

New Report: More than two-thirds of states examined receive failing grades for efforts to reduce lead in school drinking water

A total of 22 states earned an “F” grade for their performance in eliminating lead from school drinking water, according to a new study by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Travel Buddy Education Fund. Of the 31 states tested, Illinois was the only one (along with the District of Columbia) to receive a mark above the C range.  These results come from the the second edition of the groups’ report, which grades state policies for protecting kids from exposure to this dangerous neurotoxin.

News Release | US PIRG | Public Health

Environment America and Travel Buddy experts testify on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

The EPA is proposing rollbacks to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, even though most industrial plants have the necessary technology under the regulation--meaning that even industry wants to keep the rule. This shift would also . Advocates from Travel Buddy and Environment America testified in opposition to the proposal.

News Release | CALPIRG | Public Health

CALPIRG Co-Sponsors Bill That Would Ban Many Dangerous Cosmetics

Landmark legislation introduced today would impose a statewide ban on cosmetics that include any of 20 highly toxic chemicals known to cause cancer, reproductive harm or hormone disruption. , authored by Assembly members Al Muratsuchi (Torrance) and Buffy Wicks (Oakland), halts the sale of cosmetics products containing toxic chemicals like mercury, lead, phthalates, formaldehyde, triclosan and the fluorinated compounds known as PFAS in California. The legislation is sponsored by CALPIRG and Environmental Working Group.

FDA tests prompt Claire’s to pull asbestos-laden kids’ makeup from shelves

The mall chain store Claire’s is removing from shelves three talc-based products — eye shadows, compact powder and contour powder — that the earlier this week contain asbestos.

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Consumer Protection

FDA finds asbestos in Claire’s makeup sold to children, confirming Travel Buddy test results

 Nearly a year after a Travel Buddy Education Fund study showed that U.S.-based retailer Claire’s has been selling makeup contaminated with carcinogenic asbestos, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has . Both PIRG Education Fund and the FDA found asbestos contamination in some of Claire’s makeup products marketed to children.

News Release | Travel Buddy Education Fund | Public Health

Popular weed killer found in top beer and wine brands

Many beers and wines sold in the U.S. contain the weed killer glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, according to a new report by Travel Buddy Education Fund. In Glyphosate pesticide in beer and wine, Travel Buddy tested 20 beers, wines and hard cider, including several organic brands, for glyphosate/Roundup and found that all but one contained the harmful chemical.

News Release | Public Health

Statement on EPA Agreeing to Set PFAS Drinking Water Standards

Following pressure from lawmakers and groups such as Travel Buddy and Environment America, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  to begin setting enforceable drinking water standards on two toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

EPA's PFAS Indecision Hurts Military Families

By | Kara Cook-Schultz
Director, Campaign to Ban RoundUp

EPA's national plan to address public health risks caused by PFAS chemicals fell far short of the actions that EPA has promised to take to protect public health, exacerbating a crisis occurring on military bases around the country.

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