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New list: Approaching 11th anniversary, top 11 actions CFPB recently took that anger financial industry

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New list: Approaching 11th anniversary, top 11 actions CFPB recently took that anger financial industry

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns 11 years old, a new list from U.S. PIRG highlights 11 ways this crucial agency has rededicated itself to its mission since Rohit Chopra was confirmed as its new director by the Senate last fall.

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Report: Number of phone companies installing robocall technology quadruples

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Report: Number of phone companies installing robocall technology quadruples

AUSTIN – A year after a new federal law aimed at fighting robocalls, the number of phone companies that have adopted the required technology has quadrupled and the volume of scam robocalls has dropped in half. But spam texts have increased more than tenfold as con artists and identity thieves find alternative ways to steal Americans’ personal information and money.

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Reinstated ‘polluter pays’ tax goes into effect, protecting Americans from toxic waste

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Reinstated ‘polluter pays’ tax goes into effect, protecting Americans from toxic waste

A chemical excise tax to fund Superfund toxic waste site cleanups nationwide will go into effect on Friday, reinstating one of several “polluter pays” taxes that had been allowed to lapse 26 years ago. The EPA’s Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up the country’s most hazardous waste sites.

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Lawsuit challenges proposed I-35 highway expansions in Austin

Highways & infrastructure

Lawsuit challenges proposed I-35 highway expansions in Austin

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Taking a high-profile stance against wasteful and harmful highway expansions, the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG), Environment Texas, and the Rethink35 campaign filed a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) on Sunday June 26th over TxDOT’s plans to spend over $1 billion to expand I-35 to 19+ lanes in the north and south of the Austin area.

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Bank, Credit Union and Consumer Groups Applaud Vote to Close ILC Loophole

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Bank, Credit Union and Consumer Groups Applaud Vote to Close ILC Loophole

A "strange  bedfellows" coalition of bank and credit union trade associations and consumer groups applauded committee passage of a bipartisan bill to deny Big Tech firms from circumventing existing rules to enter the banking system. The “Close the ILC Loophole Act” (H.R. 5912) preserves the longstanding separation of banking and commerce. 

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Department of the Interior will end plastic pollution in parks, public lands

Recycling & compost

Department of the Interior will end plastic pollution in parks, public lands

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland issued an order on Wednesday, World Oceans Day, to phase out single-use plastic products on lands managed by the Department of the Interior by 2032. The order is intended to reduce -- and eventually eliminate -- plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers, bottles, straws, cups, cutlery and disposable plastic bags at national parks and on other public lands.

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