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News Release | Illinois PIRG | Safe Energy

Statement: The era of Exelon holding Illinois’ energy policy hostage must end

This morning Exelon Generation issued a press release threatening to close its Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants in fall 2021. 

News Release | Illinois PIRG

Illinois PIRG applauds Gov. Pritzker’s announced energy principles

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a set of eight principles today to guide his administration’s approach to energy and utility legislation going forward. The principles include multiple policies Illinois PIRG has advocated for, including ending “formula rates” for electric utilities, ending similar infrastructure bill surcharges for gas utilities, and ending the practice of utilities recovering charitable contributions from customers bills. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection, Food

New study indicates toxic chemicals used in take-out food packaging from popular chains

A new study that tested for PFAS in food containers from six restaurant chains found that, out of 29 unique samples, 14 tested above the screening level for fluorine, suggesting PFAS treatment.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

John Lewis, 1940-2020

John Lewis was an American hero.

Most people knew him as a champion of civil rights, whether as a young man marching for freedom on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965 or serving as the “conscience of the Congress” for the past 33 years. Yet John Lewis was also a dependable ally on public interest issues, a tenacious advocate of voting reform and open government, consumer protection and a healthy environment.

News Release | Illinois PIRG

Statement: Policy makers must undo harms of corrupt ComEd schemes

Today’s filing confirms what we have long suspected and feared: that ComEd and its parent company Exelon’s remarkable public policy success since 2011 was made possible through a corrupt and illegal political influence operation.


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