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

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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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PIRG and state affiliates call for EPA regulation of polluting technology

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PIRG and state affiliates call for EPA regulation of polluting technology

PIRG, along with affiliate groups, submitted comments urging the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate gasification technologies, often mislabeled as “chemical recycling” or “advanced recycling.” Facilities utilizing these polluting technologies currently operate unregulated by federal air quality standards.

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Part one of EPA’s ‘National Recycling Strategy’ underwhelms

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Part one of EPA’s ‘National Recycling Strategy’ underwhelms

DENVER --  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its first National Recycling Strategy, part one of what the agency promises to be a “series on building a circular economy for all.” After receiving input from various stakeholders, including U.S. PIRG, the EPA chose five objectives, all of which focus on post-consumer waste management, that have historically yielded mixed results:

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