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News Release | Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center

New report grades all 50 states on Volkswagen settlement spending plans

When it comes to clean transportation, most U.S. states are underutilizing funds from Volkswagen’s nearly $3 billion settlement with federal authorities, according to a new report from Maryland PIRG Education Fund and Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center.

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Report: Roadmap for a stronger, more sustainable American infrastructure

Three years after candidates from both parties made infrastructure a key presidential campaign issue, it’s finally the long-awaited “infrastructure week.” Democratic congressional leaders and the White House announced two weeks ago that they would commit $2 trillion to the cause. But a new report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group cautions that before allocating that money, our elected officials need to determine which investments will alleviate the most dire problems America faces as a result of crumbling or outdated infrastructure -- climate change, pollution and threats to public safety.

News Release | Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center

New Report: More than two-thirds of states examined receive failing grades for efforts to reduce lead in school drinking water

A total of 22 states earned an “F” grade for their performance in eliminating lead from school drinking water, according to a new study by Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center and Maryland PIRG Education Fund. Of the 31 states tested, Illinois was the only one (along with the District of Columbia) to receive a mark above the C range.  These results come from the the second edition of the groups’ Get the Lead Out report, which grades state policies for protecting kids from exposure to this dangerous neurotoxin.

News Release | Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center

New report highlights how toxic “accidents waiting to happen” threaten U.S. waterways

Facilities storing billions of gallons of toxic waste threaten America’s rivers and millions of people who live near them, according to a new report from the Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center, Maryland PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group.

News Release | Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center

From Pollution to Solutions

While the United States is reeling from worsening wildfires and extreme weather, the success of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is helping counter the climate change-denying policies emanating from inside the Beltway. Today, RGGI, Inc. Chairman Ben Grumbles, Maryland’s Secretary of the Environment, headlined a webinar promoting the release of a new report, From Pollution to Solutions: Maximizing Clean Energy Progress from State Carbon-Pricing Investments, from Environment Maryland Policy and Research Center. The webinar panelists discussed case studies of how to successfully invest RGGI revenues.

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