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need to determine which investments will alleviate the most dire problems America faces as a result of crumbling or outdated infrastructure -- climate change, pollution and threats to public safety.
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 Rhode Island Research & Policy Center and RIPIRG 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.
Environment Rhode Island joined environmental and consumer allies to urge the state legislature to adopt updated appliance efficiency standards on 17 products, including commercial dishwashers, commercial fryers, water coolers and faucets.
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 Rhode Island Research & Policy Center, RIPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group.