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Peoples Gas bill surcharge tops $12 per customer in March 

Peoples Gas released its first quarter report Friday on its troubled pipe replacement program. The report shows that the average Peoples Gas customer paid a $12.04 surcharge for the program in March -- more than ten times the $1.14 per month the legislature was told customers would pay when it passed the surcharge law in 2013. Gas utilities had asked the legislature for the same automatic “formula” rates ComEd won at the beginning of its bribery scheme, but instead won the surcharge, which similarly allows for automatic bill increases and decreased regulatory oversight. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Solid Waste

Lawmakers and public push Whole Foods to put “Planet Over Plastic” at upcoming annual meeting

AUSTIN, Texas --  U.S. PIRG Education Fund , Environment America Research & Policy Center, and Student PIRG sent 59,000 petitions and a letter signed by more than 40 state lawmakers Thursday to Whole Foods urging the company to commit to a comprehensive plan for phasing out single-use plastic packaging from its stores. This follows a March 2021 letter signed by more than 130 advocacy and community groups calling on the national supermarket chain to adopt a bold response to the plastic pollution crisis.

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Statement: Landmark FTC report calls for action on Right to Repair

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report today on manufacturers' use of restrictive repair tactics that have kept consumers from repairing their own products.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Dangerous secrets: Popular cosmetics brands fail to disclose ingredients

A new report that surveys nearly 1,000 personal care products from 26 popular cosmetics companies finds that many of these companies are doing a poor job informing the public on what ingredients are going into their products, hiding potentially toxic chemicals from consumers.

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