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Proposed energy legislation maintains key formula rate policies

Omnibus energy legislation under consideration by the Illinois General Assembly this week maintains key formula rate policies, the value of which could be higher than the legislation’s reported Exelon subsidy, according to new analysis published today by Illinois PIRG. 

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Statement: Beech-Nut to stop selling some rice cereal over arsenic concerns

Beech-Nut will stop selling all single grain rice cereal after Alaska state officials discovered high arsenic levels during routing sampling, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement released Tuesday.

News Release | US PIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Statement: CPSC vote to regulate infant sleep products will save lives

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission approved tough new standards Wednesday to regulate several infant sleep products for the first time.

News Release | Illinois PIRG

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. 


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