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News Release | U.S. PIRG

Reinstated ‘polluter pays’ tax goes into effect, protecting Americans from toxic waste

A chemical excise tax to fund Superfund toxic waste site cleanups nationwide will go into effect on Friday, reinstating one of several “polluter pays” taxes that had been allowed to lapse 26 years ago. The EPA’s Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up the country’s most hazardous waste sites.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: EU to phase out new fossil fuel cars by 2035

The European Union reached a deal on Wednesday to pass a new climate law that will require new car sales to be zero-emission by 2035. 

News Release | CALPIRG

California Governor signs landmark bill to tackle plastic pollution

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed California’s landmark Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act (SB 54) on Thursday, following a vote this week in both the state Assembly and Senate.

News Release | CALPIRG

Landmark plastic waste legislation advances out of committee

California’s Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act (SB 54), introduced by Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica, passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday with a 9-0-2 vote. This landmark anti-plastic pollution legislation mandates a first-in-the-nation reduction in single-use foodware and packaging, requires single-use items to actually be recyclable or compostable by 2032 and holds producers financially responsible for the plastic they generate. 


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