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  • Campaign for Safe Energy | PennPIRG
    away from potential disaster There is no known safe level of exposure to radiation and mortality rates from more than mild exposure are extremely high The levels of radiation that could escape from our reactors in the event of an accident or natural disaster could dramatically harm human health Issue updates All News Reports News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Safe Energy Nuclear Power Threatens PA Drinking Water Philadelphia PA The drinking water for 6 7 million people in Pennsylvania could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant says a new study released today by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group PennPIRG Education Fund Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Safe Energy Too Close to Home In the United States 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Safe Energy Tragedy in Japan a Terrifying Reminder of the Risks of Nuclear Power Philadelphia PA Mar 16 Statement of PennPIRG State Director Megan DeSmedt in response to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Safe Energy Unacceptable Risk As the eyes of the world have focused on the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Japan Americans have begun to raise questions about the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Safe Energy The High Cost of Nuclear Power Nuclear power is among the most costly approaches to solving America s energy problems Per dollar of investment clean energy solutions such as energy efficiency and renewable resources deliver far more energy than nuclear power Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Safe Energy Nuclear Power Threatens PA Drinking Water Philadelphia PA The drinking water for 6 7 million people in Pennsylvania could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant says a new study released today by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group PennPIRG Education Fund Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Safe Energy Tragedy in Japan a Terrifying Reminder of the Risks of Nuclear Power Philadelphia PA Mar 16 Statement of PennPIRG State Director Megan DeSmedt in response to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Safe Energy Too Close to Home In the United States 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Safe Energy Unacceptable Risk As the eyes of the world have focused on the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Japan Americans have begun to raise questions about the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States Keep Reading Report

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  • Close Corporate Tax Loopholes | PennPIRG
    Twinkies for each taxpayer every year according to PennPIRG s new report Apples to Twinkies 2013 Meanwhile subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy just one half of an apple per taxpayer per year Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next last News Release PennPIRG Tax New Study 82 of Top 100 Companies Used Tax Havens in 2012 With Congress considering big cuts to public programs Penn PIRG released fresh evidence that the vast majority of large companies are dodging taxes by stashing money in offshore tax havens In a study of the top 100 publicly traded companies as measured by revenue the study reveals that 82 maintain subsidiaries in offshore tax havens Collectively the companies report holding nearly 1 2 trillion offshore with 15 companies accounting for two thirds of the offshore cash Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Food Tax 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 PennPIRG s new report Apples to Twinkies 2013 Meanwhile subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy just one half of an apple per taxpayer per year Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Tax Offshore Tax Dodging Blows a 2 1 Billion Hole in Pennsylvania Budget Federal taxpayers are not the only victims of offshore tax havens Tax havens deprive state governments of billions of dollars in badly needed revenues as well Based how much income is federally reported in each state and on state tax rates it is possible to calculate how much each of the state governments lose as a result of offshore tax dodging Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Tax Report Exposes How Taxpayers Bear Cost of Corporate Settlements A report released today spotlights a common practice where corporations that commit wrongdoing and agree to financial settlements with the federal government go on to claim such settlement payments as tax deductible business expenses Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Tax First Step to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff Close Offshore Tax Loopholes Many of America s largest corporations and wealthiest individuals use accounting gimmicks to shift profits made in America to offshore tax havens where they pay little to no taxes This tax avoidance costs the federal government 150 billion in tax revenue each year PennPIRG released new data illustrating the size of this loss with 16 dramatic ways 150 billion could be spent Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group Tax Following the Money 2016 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Budget Tax Closing the Billion Dollar Loophole New report tells how some states have found a simple reform to reclaim significant revenue lost to offshore tax havens Includes estimates of how much each state loses in state revenue to offshore tax haven abuse and how much

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  • Making Health Care Work | PennPIRG
    d been insured their whole lives Now they can remain on their parents plans until age 26 Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 next last News Release PennPIRG Health Care TWENTY TOP GENERIC DRUGS DELAYED BY INDUSTRY PAYOFFS Too often consumers are forced to shoulder a heavy financial burden or even go without needed medicine due to the high cost of brand name drugs Our research indicates that one significant cause is the practice called pay for delay which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Health Care Supreme Court Upholds Health Reform Today s decision is good news for consumers Insurance companies can t go back to the days of dropping your coverage once you become ill or denying coverage to sick children And beginning in 2014 the days of insurers being able to deny anyone coverage for pre existing conditions will be history Keep Reading News Release Health Care Nationwide study of new health exchanges shows Pennsylvania how to lower costs for consumers Philadelphia PA Many states are creating health exchanges to deliver better value for consumers and Pennsylvania should follow their lead according to Making the Grade a new report by PennPIRG Health exchanges are competitive marketplaces that can empower individuals and small businesses with better more affordable options for coverage Under the federal health reform law each state will have an exchange up and running in 2014 Keep Reading News Release Health Care As Passage of Health Bill Nears New Estimates of Pennsylvania Job Gains From Lower Premiums WASHINGTON DC As Congress and the White House are locked in the final negotiations over the health care reform bill a new analysis from the consumer group Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group finds that the legislation will mean between 11 400 and 18 300 more jobs in Pennsylvania With job losses now the central economic issue confronting America the analysis shows that the health care cost savings the bill will achieve will help businesses add new employees Keep Reading News Release Health Care Senate Makes History on Final Health Reform Votes Inaction by Congress and the power of the health care industry have allowed health care costs to spiral out of control and enabled insurance companies to run roughshod over consumers for decades until now Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 next last Result Health Care Young People Now Covered This year the federal health care reforms that U S PIRG worked to win have started to pay off for young people In the past teens saw their premiums soar or were denied coverage when they turned 19 even if they d been insured their whole lives Now they can remain on their parents plans until age 26 Keep Reading Result Health Care Young People Now Covered This year the federal health care reforms that PennPIRG worked to win have started to pay off for young people In the past teens saw their premiums soar or were

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  • Protecting Consumers | PennPIRG
    s emission scandal Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice U S PIRG federal legislative director Jerry Slominski on The Release of the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation The day before the White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal a coalition of more than 100 groups including U S PIRG sent a letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Letter to Congress 212 Groups Call On You To Oppose HR 4018 and Support a Strong Payday Rule Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland For 30 years PennPIRG Education Fund has conducted an annual survey of toy safety which has led to over 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years and has helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children 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 Report PennPIRG Education Fund 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 PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection The Unfriendly Skies It seems as if every consumer has an airline problem story how they were trapped on the tarmac tricked by fees missed their connection or lost their bag What many consumers don t know is that they have a number of new rights as well as a right to complain both to the airline and to the government This report tracks five years of consumer complaints and highlights which airlines received the most complaints and what kinds of complaints were most common Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Debt Collectors Debt Complaints This is the fifth in a series of reports that review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state by state level In this report we explore consumer complaints about debt collection with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with debt collectors and documenting the role of the CFPB in helping consumers successfully resolve their complaints Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 next last

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  • Label GMO Foods | PennPIRG
    by U S District Judge Charles R Breyer for a proposal that deals with Volkswagen s emission scandal Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice U S PIRG federal legislative director Jerry Slominski on The Release of the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation The day before the White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal a coalition of more than 100 groups including U S PIRG sent a letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Letter to Congress 212 Groups Call On You To Oppose HR 4018 and Support a Strong Payday Rule Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland For 30 years PennPIRG Education Fund has conducted an annual survey of toy safety which has led to over 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years and has helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children 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 Report PennPIRG Education Fund 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 PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection The Unfriendly Skies It seems as if every consumer has an airline problem story how they were trapped on the tarmac tricked by fees missed their connection or lost their bag What many consumers don t know is that they have a number of new rights as well as a right to complain both to the airline and to the government This report tracks five years of consumer complaints and highlights which airlines received the most complaints and what kinds of complaints were most common Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Debt Collectors Debt Complaints This is the fifth in a series of reports that review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state by state level In this report we explore consumer complaints about debt collection with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with debt collectors and documenting the role of the CFPB in

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  • Reining in Wall Street | PennPIRG
    Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation The day before the White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal a coalition of more than 100 groups including U S PIRG sent a letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders Keep Reading Media Hit Financial Reform Credit Bureaus Deal to Improve Accuracy Huge for Consumers Bloomberg Buying homes getting jobs and borrowing money will be easier after an agreement by the three biggest U S consumer credit reporting services with New York It s a sea change in the way the credit bureaus treat complaints said U S PIRG s Ed Mierzwinski The credit bureaus have been run by computers for years now They re going to have to hire more people and actually verify that what a creditor said is true Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection Financial Reform Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps with bank complaints Since it started accepting complaints about banks 18 months ago the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has helped thousands of irate customers settle disputes over their accounts with roughly 1 out of 4 complaints resulting in monetary relief a just released analysis by a consumer group shows Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Financial Reform New Report Identifies Banks Consumers Complain About Most Thousands of Americans are using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau s public Consumer Complaints Database to settle disputes with their banks according to a new report from the PennPIRG Education Fund The report highlights banks that generated the most complaints through their various banking services in each state Keep Reading Media Hit Financial Reform Post Gazette Please protect consumers Sen Toomey For more than two months the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a centerpiece of the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has been up and running It s the nation s first federal financial regulator with the singular duty of protecting consumers including specifically members of the armed services from unfair financial practices Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 next last Result Financial Reform A VICTORY FOR CONSUMERS OVER WALL STREET Even after the financial crisis lobbyists for the big banks and credit card companies furiously opposed pro consumer provisions in the Wall Street reform law We helped convince Congress to ignore them and create a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Keep Reading Report U S PIRG Education Fund Financial Reform Ten Reasons We Need Consumer Financial Protection For years leading up to the 2008 financial collapse federal bank regulators ignored numerous warnings of increasingly predatory mortgage practices credit card tricks and unfair overdraft policies used by banks The banks were earning billions from gotcha practices Incredibly bank regulators actively encouraged this behavior arguing it was profitable and kept banks safe No regulator cared about its other and to them secondary job enforcing consumer laws

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  • JOBS | PennPIRG
    public a voice For years PennPIRG has won real victories to protect our democracy our health and safety and our financial wellbeing Yet we still face enormous challenges from a flood of big money in our democracy to hidden genetically modified ingredients in the food we eat That s why we ve partnered with the Fund for the Public Interest to help us bring together thousands of like minded students and activists to work on campaigns to win real progress for the public We need people like you to go out into communities to talk with citizens about the issues raise money and build membership You will also have the opportunity to work with the media build coalitions and mobilize community activists Positions are available in state as well as in more than 50 offices across the country For more information or to apply visit www JobsForGoodCauses org JOBS FOR RECENT GRADUATES This year we are hiring 100 recent college graduates to join our staff and make a difference as campus organizers fellows and in a variety of other positions Read more about our featured positions and search for others JOBS FOR EXPERIENCED CANDIDATES If you re interested in working with us we may have a position for you We re looking for talented go getters who are ready to make a difference on some of the most pressing issues of the day Learn more about our openings INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEER POSITIONS Get a chance to work side by side with one of our lead PennPIRG staff focusing on real problems that affect people in their daily lives We are currently hiring undergraduate graduate and JD interns on a rolling basis to work with us on our various campaigns To find out more about internships and volunteer positions inquire here

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  • News Releases | PennPIRG
    for a proposal that deals with Volkswagen s emission scandal Read more about Leading Groups Send Criteria for Evaluating VW Settlement News Release U S PIRG Public Health Food Taco Bell Moves Away From Chicken Raised on Medically Important Antibiotics Taco Bell will no longer serve chicken raised on medically important antibiotics in U S locations starting in 2017 The announcement was included in a release from Taco Bell s parent company Yum Brands and comes amid widespread consumer demand and concern from the medical community about the overuse of antibiotics on livestock and poultry Taco Bell s announcement will put major market pressure on the meat industry to stop overusing antibiotics and should push its partner brands KFC and Pizza Hut to have stronger commitments as well Read more about Taco Bell Moves Away From Chicken Raised on Medically Important Antibiotics News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation The day before the White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal a coalition of more than 100 groups including U S PIRG sent a letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders Read more about More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last More Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a

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