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Solid Waste In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria

On September 20, Category 4 Hurricane Maria whipped Puerto Rico with winds traveling at 155 miles per hour, just two miles per hour short of a Category 5 storm. Over the next three days, catastrophic flash flooding, storm surges and rainfall – up to 35 inches in some places – inundated the island. According to Puerto Rico’s governor, damage from Hurricane Maria is estimated at $95 billion, or 1.5 times the territory’s annual gross national product. Puerto Rico is home to 3.4 million Americans, who now face water and food shortages, massive clean-up efforts, and the need to rebuild their electrical system.

No Write-Offs for Consumer Ripoffs

A new factsheet  from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group documents how corporations that have been charged with harming consumers through mortgage violations, price-fixing, racial discrimination and other charges have typically been able to write off the cost of their misdeeds on their taxes.

Resource | Democracy

94 Lawmakers Urge SEC to Pursue Rules Strengthening Political Spending Disclosure

On December 22, 94 Members of Congress signed a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, urging the SEC to continue developing rules that strengthen corporate political spending disclosure.

U.S. PIRG Joins Legal Brief Defending CFPB Constitutionality

Attached is a brief, co-written by PIRG Litigation Director Mike Landis, filed today in the DC Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, filed on behalf of U.S. PIRG Education Fund and other leading groups in support of the CFPB's constitutionality. The full circuit will hear the case en banc on May 24th, after it vacated its own 2-1 panel decision holding the CFPB's structure is unconstitutional. We filed an amicus also at the panel level. We, along with several other consumer and civil rights groups, several members of Congress and several state Attorneys General, had unsuccessfully requested party-intervenor status in the case at the panel and en banc levels.

Resource | Solid Waste

Escombros Después del Huracán María

El 20 de septiembre, el huracán María azotó a Puerto Rico con vientos sostenidos de 155 millas por hora, a solo 2 millas por hora de ser catalogado un ciclón categoría 5. La marejada ciclónica junto a precipitaciones que excedieron las 35 pulgadas en algunos sectores causaron inundaciones catastróficas en toda la isla. Según el gobernador de Puerto Rico, el costo estimado de los daños causados por el huracán María es de $95 mil millones, 1.5 veces el producto nacional bruto del territorio. Puerto Rico es hogar de 3.4 millones de ciudadanos estadounidenses que ahora enfrentan escasez de alimentos y agua, un esfuerzo masivo de limpieza y la necesidad de reconstruir su sistema eléctrico.

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