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  • Framework for VW Settlement Announced | NJPIRG
    a proposal should be evaluated After seven months since news of the scandal broke Volkswagen still has not committed to making consumers or the environment whole again for the harm caused by its deceitful use of defeat devices in 567 000 clean diesel cars emitting up to 40 times the legal limit of smog causing NOx pollutants A proposal to hold Volkswagen accountable to consumers our environment and public health and that deters future violations by VW or other companies should be evaluated by the following criteria Mitigate past ongoing and future emissions Affected cars that can be fixed to meet emission standards should be fixed Affected cars that can only be partially fixed should receive the available repair if owners choose not to accept buybacks of their cars Volkswagen should offset its past and ongoing emission violations The future emission violations of cars that are not fixed or only partially fixed should also be calculated and offset Develop a robust in use testing protocol to ensure that if the vehicles are repaired the vehicles remain in full compliance for the vehicles full useful life in real world driving conditions The emissions control system must not be allowed to degrade over time to exceed the standards and EPA and CARB must assure the public that there is no further cheating by Volkswagen Make consumers whole by offering to buy back their affected cars Simply fixing the cars still leaves customers less than whole Whether a full or partial fix is available the cars could get lower gas mileage and have weaker performance than promised and advertised and the Kelley Blue Book values will likely diminish further Full compensation is a buyback at full purchase price of the cars However VW should at least compensate owners 1 5 times the Kelley Bluebook value of the affected vehicles on the day before the scandal was discovered or publicized as NHTSA has ordered manufacturers in some other recalls to do Bought back cars that cannot be fully repaired to meet emission standards should be scrapped Mitigate environmental harm caused by scrapping cars Environmental harm caused by scrapping cars should be assessed and offset Assess large civil penalties The Clean Air Act sets a maximum penalty of 37 500 per car or over 18 billion in total penalties A large civil penalty will send a strong deterrent message to others not to violate the law VW should not be allowed tax write offs for any penalties Set up Supplemental Environmental Projects SEPs In addition to offsetting the NOx emissions directly attributable to the defeat devices and offsetting environmental harms caused by scrapping cars VW should set up Supplemental Environmental Projects SEPs Volkswagen would be motivated to work with the EPA to create a SEP which could offset a portion of the civil penalties while achieving concrete pollution reductions The SEP should direct a substantial amount of funds perhaps calculated on a per car basis to create a fund for state and local governments as

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  • Public Health | NJPIRG
    will be raised without antibiotics The pizza chain s announcement adds them to a growing list of restaurants that are helping to stop the overuse antibiotics on large industrial farms Public Health Food Read more about It keeps getting better Predictable Problems in the FDA Annual Report Tuesday December 15 2015 By Bill Wenzel Antibiotics Program Director Not only did the FDA s voluntary Guidance for Industry 213 not lower the sale and use of antibiotics for food producing animals these sales actually increased 4 Public Health Food Read more about Predictable Problems in the FDA Annual Report The Phantom and Other Menaces Monday December 7 2015 By Anya Vanecek Public Health Digital Campaigner In the midst of warnings that the post antibiotic era is quickly approaching we see evidence that it has already arrived Public Health Read more about The Phantom and Other Menaces Not so secret Santas in Congress Using Spending Bill To Roll Back Health Safety Wallet Protections Monday November 30 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director With spending authorization for the federal government set to end on December 11 Congressional leaders are working with powerful special interests on their not so Secret Santa lists to use spending bills as vehicles to gut health safety and wallet protections popular with the general public but not with Wall Street or the U S Chamber of Commerce They know they cannot win a fair fight So they re loading up the must pass funding bill with so called riders which are unrelated policies that couldn t get passed on their own Everything we fought for in Wall Street reform including the CFPB is on the chopping block So are many other PIRG health safety wallet and democracy priorities Public Health Read more about Not so secret Santas in

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  • Food | NJPIRG
    of the chicken served on Papa John s pizzas and poppers will be raised without antibiotics The pizza chain s announcement adds them to a growing list of restaurants that are helping to stop the overuse antibiotics on large industrial farms Public Health Food Read more about It keeps getting better Predictable Problems in the FDA Annual Report Tuesday December 15 2015 By Bill Wenzel Antibiotics Program Director Not only did the FDA s voluntary Guidance for Industry 213 not lower the sale and use of antibiotics for food producing animals these sales actually increased 4 Public Health Food Read more about Predictable Problems in the FDA Annual Report News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Food Health Care Stop the Superbugs NJPIRG gathered outside St Michaels s Medical Center in Newark Thursday to call on the Obama Administration to immediately restrict the use of antibiotics on factory farms when animals are not sick NJPIRG Law Policy Center released a new report Ending the Abuse of Antibiotics in Livestock Production The Case for Reform Read more about Stop the Superbugs Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Food Health Care Ending the Abuse of Antibiotics in Livestock Production The following white paper outlines the case for immediate action to stop the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms and protect the long terms effectiveness of these life saving medicines Read more about Ending the Abuse of Antibiotics in Livestock Production News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Consumer Protection Food NJ Consumers Call on Stop Shop to Label GMOs On Anniversary of Whole Foods Labeling Commitment Consumers and advocates launched a campaign calling on Stop Shop to label its store brand products for ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms GMOs on the one year anniversary of Whole Foods announcement

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  • Taco Bell Moves Away From Chicken Raised on Medically Important Antibiotics | NJPIRG
    are increasingly aware of the health risks posed by raising animals with routine antibiotics and major fast food chains are catching onto it Last year McDonald s announced that it will no longer serve chicken raised on medically important antibiotics and Tyson Foods a major chicken producer and a supplier to McDonald s followed suit Months later Subway announced a transition away from all meat raised on antibiotics Taco Bell s commitment to save antibiotics makes it even clearer this is not a fad it s an industry wide shift to protect public health and more restaurants like KFC should get on board said Wellington U S PIRG has helped build a coalition of over 20 000 doctors nurses and other health professionals calling for an end to the overuse of antibiotics on livestock and poultry Taco Bell s announcement is one more step in the right direction to help protect life saving medicines KFC Taco Bell s sister brand should follow this example and serve up a bucket of original recipe chicken raised without routine antibiotics said Wellington Background Antibiotic resistant infections kill 23 000 Americans and sicken 2 million every year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Most large industrial farms administer antibiotics up to 70 of antibiotics sold in the U S are used on livestock and poultry on a routine basis to animals that often aren t sick to promote growth and prevent disease brought on by unsanitary production practices That overuse breeds antibiotic resistant bacteria that rapidly multiply and spread off of farms via contaminated meat direct human to animal contact and through the air water and soil Taco Bell s announcement comes after U S PIRG and 80 other organizations sent a letter in January to Taco Bell s parent company

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  • Leading Groups Send Criteria for Evaluating VW Settlement | NJPIRG
    should be evaluated After seven months since news of the scandal broke Volkswagen still has not committed to making consumers or the environment whole again for the harm caused by its deceitful use of defeat devices in 567 000 clean diesel cars emitting up to 40 times the legal limit of smog causing NOx pollutants A proposal to hold Volkswagen accountable to consumers our environment and public health and that deters future violations by VW or other companies should be evaluated by the following criteria Mitigate past ongoing and future emissions Affected cars that can be fixed to meet emission standards should be fixed Affected cars that can only be partially fixed should receive the available repair if owners choose not to accept buybacks of their cars Volkswagen should offset its past and ongoing emission violations The future emission violations of cars that are not fixed or only partially fixed should also be calculated and offset Develop a robust in use testing protocol to ensure that if the vehicles are repaired the vehicles remain in full compliance for the vehicles full useful life in real world driving conditions The emissions control system must not be allowed to degrade over time to exceed the standards and EPA and CARB must assure the public that there is no further cheating by Volkswagen Make consumers whole by offering to buy back their affected cars Simply fixing the cars still leaves customers less than whole Whether a full or partial fix is available the cars could get lower gas mileage and have weaker performance than promised and advertised and the Kelley Blue Book values will likely diminish further Full compensation is a buyback at full purchase price of the cars However VW should at least compensate owners 1 5 times the Kelley Bluebook value of the affected vehicles on the day before the scandal was discovered or publicized as NHTSA has ordered manufacturers in some other recalls to do Bought back cars that cannot be fully repaired to meet emission standards should be scrapped Mitigate environmental harm caused by scrapping cars Environmental harm caused by scrapping cars should be assessed and offset Assess large civil penalties The Clean Air Act sets a maximum penalty of 37 500 per car or over 18 billion in total penalties A large civil penalty will send a strong deterrent message to others not to violate the law VW should not be allowed tax write offs for any penalties Set up Supplemental Environmental Projects SEPs In addition to offsetting the NOx emissions directly attributable to the defeat devices and offsetting environmental harms caused by scrapping cars VW should set up Supplemental Environmental Projects SEPs Volkswagen would be motivated to work with the EPA to create a SEP which could offset a portion of the civil penalties while achieving concrete pollution reductions The SEP should direct a substantial amount of funds perhaps calculated on a per car basis to create a fund for state and local governments as well as

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  • John Oliver Takes Aim At Credit Reports In 'Last Week Tonight' | NJPIRG
    to read the FTC numbers a different way that s ten times the number of consumer problems they ve previously admitted to And that s 10 million people As John Oliver reported A 1998 survey by the Public Interest Research Group found nearly one third of all credit reports contained serious errors That wasn t our first report it was one in a series that began in 1990 and continues through today The three big credit bureaus Equifax Experian and TransUnion have been the subject of the most complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB since the start of last year We drilled down into these complaints in 2013 with our report Big Credit Bureaus Big Mistakes The FTC which was the agency previously charged with enforcement over the bureaus is largely run by machines they have as few human helpers as possible and was never given enough guns by Congress to fight back In the Matrix movie trilogy set in a future dystopia where humans fight back against computers and machines hero Neo asks for guns lots of guns In 2010 however The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 established the CFPB would have the guns that the FTC has never had By law the CFPB has supervisory authority over big banks and over payday lenders mortgage lenders and private student lenders of any size Unlike the FTC CFPB gained the additional big gun of supervisory authority the right to go inside a firm s operations at any time if it defines other firms as larger marketplace participants The first financial sector that the CFPB designated here was you guessed it the credit reporting industry Four things credit bureaus don t want you to know Everyone has trouble fixing their own credit reports but you can premeptively figure out if something is wrong before you apply for a job or a place to live Our advice Get your own credit reports here at the FTC for free before you apply for credit or a job to see if they are accurate In 2013 over 40 years after enactment of the 1970 Fair Credit Reporting Act the credit bureaus are finally getting around to sharing consumer complaint details with creditors a new technology will go live later this year to enable nationwide credit bureaus to provide lenders with images of any validating documents submitted by consumers According to the CFPB 44 of consumers submit a dispute in writing Our advice A detailed report on this system by colleagues at the National Consumer Law Center is called Automated Injustice Additional NCLC information on fixing credit bureau mistakes is here Free credit reoprts aren t always free Don t be fooled by some free credit reports The Experian owned website freecreditreport com and others that tout free trial offers for report and score monitoring products The catch First the trial offers last as little as 7 days and you may only be able to access the products 5

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    and real time transit information multi modal apps and virtual transit ticketing in 70 U S cities It finds that residents of 19 cities with a combined population of nearly 28 million people have access to eight or more of these services with other cities catching up rapidly Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2014 Among the toys surveyed this year we found numerous choking hazards and five toys with concentrations of toxics exceeding federal standards In addition to reporting on potentially hazardous products found in stores in 2014 this installment of the report describes the potential hazards in toys and children s products Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center and Demos Democracy The Dominance of Big Money in the 2014 Congressional Elections In 2014 large donors accounted for the vast majority of all individual federal election contributions this cycle just as they have in previous elections Seven of every 10 individual contribution dollars to the federal candidates parties PACs and Super PACs that were active in the 2013 2014 election cycle came from donors who gave 200 or more Candidates alone got 84 percent of their individual contributions from large donors Keep Reading Report NJPIRG and Consumers Union Public Health Prescription For Change Our September 2014 survey of physicians paints a grim picture of the growing problem of antibiotic resistant infections The overwhelming majority of surveyed doctors reported that one or more of their patients had been diagnosed with a presumed or confirmed case of a multi drug resistant bacterial infection in the past twelve months They also expressed concern about the use of antibiotics in livestock production facilities on healthy animals in order to promote growth and prevent disease Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries Our analysis of fund raising data from 2014 s congressional primaries examines the way these dynamics are playing out state by state across the country While some states show markedly more inequity than others the picture painted by the data is of a primary money race where large donors carry more weight than ordinary Americans Nationwide just under two thirds of all candidate contributions came from the largest donors those giving over 1 000 And fewer than 5 500 large donors matched the primary contributions coming from at least 440 000 donors nationwide Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Blog Post Transportation Owning Fewer Cars Isn t Just For Millennials Sean Doyle New transportation options are making it easier for people to use transit more own fewer cars and even save money on transportation Keep Reading Blog Post Financial Reform We oppose latest effort to weaken CFPB other bank regulators Ed Mierzwinski Today the House Financial Services Committee holds its latest cattle call markup of a package of industry backed bills designed to weaken consumer taxpayer depositor and investor protections We ve signed a letter opposing the so

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    CFPB published the first batch 7 700 of consumer narratives or stories to the Public Consumer Complaint Database it began in 2011 We ve used the database to publish five reports so far analyzing complaint trends in markets ranging from credit cards to student loans but we have also long urged the voluntary addition of stories to the data fields Now consumers can learn if what happened to them happened to anyone else Now researchers can track which banks are more responsive to particular problems and which ignore their customers A good resource is now an excellent resource Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection How Companies Turn Your Facebook Activity Into a Credit Score This story in The Nation explains our work challenging the way data brokers use black box or secret algorithms to make scoring decisions that may violate the law and deny credit opportunities This work was also the subject of our recent livestream event featuring Professor Frank Pasquale and his new book The Black Box Society We ve now posted an archive of that event in 3 chapters on our Youtube page Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation Millennials in Motion Millennials are less car focused than older Americans and previous generations of young people and their transportation behaviors continue to change in ways that reduce driving Now is the time for the nation s transportation policies to acknowledge accommodate and support Millennials demands for a greater array of transportation choices Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Weak Medicine Antibiotic resistant bacteria infect more than 2 million people per year in the United States causing more than 23 000 deaths State governments the FDA and other branches of the federal government should take steps to protect human health from the antibiotic resistant bacteria that can develop on factory farms Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Food Health Care Ending the Abuse of Antibiotics in Livestock Production The following white paper outlines the case for immediate action to stop the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms and protect the long terms effectiveness of these life saving medicines Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Citizen Lobby Budget Tax Picking Up the Tab Every year corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated gimmicks to shift U S earnings to subsidiaries in offshore tax havens countries with minimal or no taxes in order to reduce their state and federal income tax liability by billions of dollars Tax haven abusers benefit from America s markets public infrastructure educated workforce security and rule of law all supported in one way or another by tax dollars but they avoid paying for these benefits Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Transportation The Unfriendly Skies This report analyzes these consumer complaints about U S air carriers for the five year period from 2009 2013 evaluates the effectiveness of new regulations and compares airlines performance

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