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  • Toxic Free Communities | NJPIRG
    opposed by Americans for Financial Reform and the PIRGs Meanwhile the House will bring up the Godzilla of all anti health and safety bills the REINS Act Fortunately the President has promised a veto Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Over 7 000 Comments Submitted to Department of Labor Every year over 17 billion is lost from retirement savings to fees and charges according to the Council of Economic Advisors Today we submitted over 7 000 PIRG member comments urging the U S Department of Labor to finalize a strong rule requiring retirement advisors to put the interests of their customers first We also submitted a detailed expert comment of our own in the important conflicted advice rulemaking Keep Reading News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Top 10 List How the CFPB Works for Consumers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turns 4 on July 21st To celebrate and increase public awareness of the agency U S PIRG Education Fund released a new webpage Meet the CFPB Just Ten of the Ways It Works for You Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection The CFPB is 4 years old and has a lot to show for it Ed Mierzwinski Tuesday July 21 marks four years to the day since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened its doors to protect consumers and make financial markets work We ve summarized some of the ways CFPB works for you on a new web page Keep Reading Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next last News Release NJPIRG Public Health Transportation Chemical Security Getting On the Right Track The President s Executive Order is a great step forward in modernizing the security of our chemical facilities Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Public Health Health Care NJPIRG Urges Governor Christie to Invest in Outreach For New Healthcare Options We are two months away from New Jersey s health insurance exchange going live and thousands of New Jerseyans who stand to benefit won t even know about their new affordable options unless the Governor releases the funds for outreach and education Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS AND FIRMS THAT WANT TO PLAY FAIR Today s confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB for a full term is good news for consumers and for firms that want to play fair in the financial marketplace Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Public Health Food Ag Subsidies Pay for 20 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only Half of an Apple Apiece Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup at a rate that would buy 20 Twinkies for each taxpayer every year according to NJPIRG s new report Apples to Twinkies 2013 Comparing Taxpayer Subsidies for Fresh Produce and Junk Food Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Public Health Consumer Protection Health Care Twenty Top Generic Drugs Delayed By Industry Payoffs New Jerseyans with cancer

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/issues/njp/toxic-free-communities?page=6 (2016-04-29)
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  • Toxic Free Communities | NJPIRG
    across New Jersey we can win the public health rules necessary to keep our communities safe from toxic accidents Issue updates All News Blog Post Consumer Protection How the CFPB s Data Keeps Getting Better and Better Mike Litt As the CFPB turns 4 years old on July 21 here is some information on how it works for you and how we at PIRG use its data to produce reports such as our new report on mortgage complaints to the CFPB We ve also got some photos from the Americans for Financial Reform CFPB at 4 event Keep Reading News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection New Report Mortgage Problems Rank 1 at CFPB for Consumer Complaints Mortgage problems were the top source of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB according to a report released today by the U S PIRG Education Fund The report also found that Bank of America was the most complained about company in 45 states and Washington D C for mortgage problems It s the sixth in a series of our reports analyzing nearly 500 000 complaints posted to the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database Keep Reading Report US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Mortgages and Mortgage Complaints Our sixth report analyzing complaints in the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database evaluates mortgage complaints the number one source of complaints to the CFPB totaling 38 of nearly 500 000 complaints posted since 2011 Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection We Commend CFPB For Adding Consumer Stories To Public Complaint Database Yesterday the 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 Blog Post Consumer Protection Hill Threats to CFPB Escalate As CFPB Protects Consumers Servicemembers Ed Mierzwinski Today the House Appropriations Committee at the behest of both Wall Street and predatory lenders seeking to run amok will vote to eliminate the CFPB s independence from the politicized appropriations process Meanwhile over at the CFPB important work to protect consumers including servicemembers from unfair and predatory financial practices continues Keep Reading Pages first previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next last News Release NJPIRG Public Health Chemical Tragedies Reminder of Need for Better Chemical Safety Rules Statement of Jen Kim NJPIRG State Director on Senate EPW Hearing on Chemical Safety Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Public Health Consumer Protection Health Care New Report Documents A Decade Of Safety Violations By Compounding Pharmacies The contaminated

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  • Toxic Free Communities | NJPIRG
    Re DHS Breach If you shop with plastic have health insurance pay taxes work for the federal government or fill in blank you re at risk of a data breach And with so much information about you already available on the Internet it s best not to select easy search security questions like Where were you born or answers like Pizza What s your best defense against identity theft No it isn t credit monitoring it s a security freeze 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 Blog Post Consumer Protection Event 5 11 re new book on black box decisionmaking consumers Ed Mierzwinski UPDATED TO CONFIRM CFPB Speaker We are hosting an event Monday 5 11 from 9am noon ET to discuss a new book The Black Box Society with author Frank Pasquale Click Keep Reading to RSVP to attend in person or to watch the livestream While credit bureaus have long functioned as black box gatekeepers to opportunity panelists will discuss the growing use of more and more even less transparent black boxes to categorize consumers in the digital economy Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Supporters of Duckworth Amendment to Protect Our Troops From High Cost Loans Last night on a 32 30 bipartisan vote the House Armed Services Committee supported the Tammy Duckworth IL amendment to strike language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed Pentagon proposed improvements to the Military Lending Act of 2007 It s a critical victory for servicemembers veterans and their families although the fight to protect our troops from high cost loans will continue Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection U S House Considers Delay To Financial Protections for Servicemembers Veterans Ed Mierzwinski UPDATED 30 April Last year the Department of Defense proposed needed improvements to the 2007 Military Lending Act since high cost lenders were exploiting loopholes to evade the law s 36 APR cap on loans to servicemembers to make loans at 400 APR or more harming military families and threatening unit preparedness to defend the nation Now days before a committee vote predatory lenders have succeeded in convincing House Armed Services Committee leaders to insert language into the National Defense Authorization Act that would delay the DoD regulations up to a year while needless redundant studies are prepared Only in Washington Keep Reading Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Food New Report

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  • Toxic Free Communities | NJPIRG
    cancer Millions Could Be At Risk From A Toxic Accident In 2010 the Kuehne Chemical plant reported that the breach of one 90 ton rail car of chlorine gas would endanger 12 million people within a 14 mile radius of their plant at that time Kuehne was reported to have 2 million pounds of chlorine gas stored on site The DuPont plant in Deepwater also stores chlorine endangering 2 million people within a 25 mile radius of the plant Chlorine gas exposure can cause blurred vision skin irritation respiratory irritation shortness of breath nausea vomiting and pulmonary edema The Paulsboro Refining Company is a high risk facility where hydrofluoric acid is stored on site endangering over 3 million people within a 19 mile radius Hydrofluoric acid is also stored at the Thorofare plant in West Deptford endangering over 4 million people within a 25 mile radius Even low level exposure to hydrogen flourine gas can cause irritation of the eyes nose and respiratory system An explosive high concentration release of hydrofluoric acid presents the danger of death within 2 5 hours of exposure Taking Action For Toxic Free Communities Clorox has already transitioned to safer chemical alternatives eliminating the risk of a chlorine gas release from their facilities We re calling on the EPA to further protect communities by requiring other companies to follow Clorox s example and to take action before the next Paulsboro NJPIRG also supports new state level efforts to require public oversight for rail companies that transport toxic chemicals For more than 40 years NJPIRG has won policies to help New Jersey overcome its reputation as a state filled with toxic dump sites Now by harnessing public support across New Jersey we can win the public health rules necessary to keep our communities safe from toxic accidents Issue updates News Release NJPIRG Budget Consumer Protection Advocates Call on Congress to Cut Wasteful Subsidies Not Public Priorities Keep Reading Result Public Health KIDS SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER For years America s schoolchildren have been eating beef chicken and other foods that would have been rejected as substandard even by fast food chains Thanks in part to our advocacy the U S D A has stopped buying such low quality meat for school lunches Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Airborne Toxic Pollution And Health This report focuses on releases to New Jersey s air of carcinogens and developmental toxins In reviewing airborne releases of toxic pollution in New Jersey we have reached three conclusions First industrial facilities continue to release enormous volumes of chemicals that cause cancer and developmental problems Second the airborne toxins are a problem statewide Third safer alternatives exist for many of these chemicals Keep Reading Pages first previous 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 View All RSS Feed Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/issues/njp/toxic-free-communities?page=23 (2016-04-29)
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  • Toxic Free Communities | NJPIRG
    radius Hydrofluoric acid is also stored at the Thorofare plant in West Deptford endangering over 4 million people within a 25 mile radius Even low level exposure to hydrogen flourine gas can cause irritation of the eyes nose and respiratory system An explosive high concentration release of hydrofluoric acid presents the danger of death within 2 5 hours of exposure Taking Action For Toxic Free Communities Clorox has already transitioned to safer chemical alternatives eliminating the risk of a chlorine gas release from their facilities We re calling on the EPA to further protect communities by requiring other companies to follow Clorox s example and to take action before the next Paulsboro NJPIRG also supports new state level efforts to require public oversight for rail companies that transport toxic chemicals For more than 40 years NJPIRG has won policies to help New Jersey overcome its reputation as a state filled with toxic dump sites Now by harnessing public support across New Jersey we can win the public health rules necessary to keep our communities safe from toxic accidents Issue updates All News News Release U S PIRG Public Health Some Good Some Bad in Obama Executive Order on Protecting Antibiotics Today President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria While the order takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are essential to protect public health 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 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 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 Blog Post Consumer Protection The CFPB at Three A Child Prodigy Ed Mierzwinski The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turned just three years old Monday July 21st but when you look at its massive and compelling body of work you must wonder Are watchdog years like plain old dog years Is the CFPB now a full sized 21 year old adult The answer is no not yet The CFPB is still

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/issues/njp/toxic-free-communities?page=11 (2016-04-29)
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  • Toxic Free Communities Updates | NJPIRG
    EPA to take action to protect the public from the dangers of high risk chemical plants Activists gathered outside the Kuehne chemical facility to release Danger In Our Backyards The Threat of Chemical Facilities to Millions a report that highlights two New Jersey plants as posing significant threats to public safety Over 12 million people live near a high risk New Jersey chemical plant Read more about Advocates Call On EPA for Increased Chemical Safety Security Report Public Health The Danger In Our Backyards Every day millions of people live and work in the shadow of high risk chemical plants that store and use poisonous materials with the potential to harm millions of workers and residents Read more about The Danger In Our Backyards News Release NJPIRG Public Health Transportation Chemical Security Getting On the Right Track The President s Executive Order is a great step forward in modernizing the security of our chemical facilities Read more about Chemical Security Getting On the Right Track News Release NJPIRG Public Health Chemical Tragedies Reminder of Need for Better Chemical Safety Rules Statement of Jen Kim NJPIRG State Director on Senate EPW Hearing on Chemical Safety Read more about Chemical Tragedies Reminder of Need for Better Chemical Safety Rules Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Airborne Toxic Pollution And Health This report focuses on releases to New Jersey s air of carcinogens and developmental toxins In reviewing airborne releases of toxic pollution in New Jersey we have reached three conclusions First industrial facilities continue to release enormous volumes of chemicals that cause cancer and developmental problems Second the airborne toxins are a problem statewide Third safer alternatives exist for many of these chemicals Read more about Airborne Toxic Pollution And Health Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics

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  • New Jersey Schools At Potential Risk From Toxic Disasters | NJPIRG
    Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate JOIN US Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on

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  • Change the Market - Support Antibiotic-free Restaurants | NJPIRG
    overused such as in the production of meat the more bacteria become resistant to the drugs Restaurant commitments to using meat raised without antibiotics will help ensure that we preserve these drugs for generations to come Please consider supporting such practices by patronizing these establishments and others like them Resource file download Guide to Antibiotic free Restaurants Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate JOIN US Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms Call on KFC to stop selling meat raised on routine antibiotics ADD YOUR VOICE Support Us Your donation supports NJPIRG s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter especially when powerful interests are blocking progress Donate Today CONSUMER ALERTS Join our network and stay up to

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