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News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Biden administration announces $6.4 billion program to reduce transportation’s climate impacts

The United States Department of Transportation announced on Thursday a new program to spend $6.4 billion over the next five years to reduce climate emissions from the nation’s transportation sector.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Transportation

Statement: Biden restores robust public and environmental review for infrastructure projects

The Biden administration announced on Tuesday stronger public and environmental review requirements under a bedrock environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The move reversed a rollback by the Trump administration of the requirements, which had limited public review of federal infrastructure projects in an effort to shove through the permitting of new freeways, fossil fuel power plants and pipelines.

News Release | Illinois PIRG

ComEd proposes nearly $200 million rate hike

ComEd filed its 2022 Formula Rate Update on Friday that proposed a $199 million rate increase for customers starting in 2023. The proposed rate hike would raise average bills by $2.20 per month. If approved, ComEd will have raised delivery rates by $960 million since 2012. The proposed rate hike would allow ComEd to make a guaranteed $825 million in profits in 2023.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund & Environment America Research and Policy Center

Interactive map shows widespread lead contamination in schools drinking water

Lead contamination of school drinking water is more pervasive than previously thought, according to testing data from across the nation published on Thursday by Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund on a new interactive map. The groups urged public officials to take swift action to “get the lead out” of schools’ drinking water.

News Release | Illinois PIRG

IDOA rules would ignore damage caused by volatile, drifting pesticide

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced on Wednesday the release of permanent rules regulating the use of dicamba, a volatile, toxic pesticide, on soybeans grown in the state. The new rules, first implemented last year and now made permanent, prohibit the application of dicamba on soybeans above certain temperatures and wind speeds, factors that can contribute to greater drift incidents. After implementing similar rules last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found no reduction in dicamba drift complaints.

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