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News Release | NCPIRG | Transportation

Triangle toll road among 20 projects NCDOT might fund with stimulus dollars

North Carolina transportation officials have at the ready 20 highway projects in the Triangle costing $1 billion, should federal infrastructure stimulus dollars come flowing to the state.

News Release | NCPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Group Alerts Shoppers to Hidden Toy Hazards

Hazardous toys are still sold in stores across the country, despite a new law overhauling the nation’s product safety watchdog agency, according to the 23rd annual toy safety survey released today by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG). This survey was released today during a press conference at WakeMed Hospital.  Guest speakers included Ashley Chase, Public Interest Advocate for NCPIRG, Dr. Courtney Mann, Medical Director of WakeMed’s Children Emergency Department, and Jennifer Slusser, a concerned parent.  The group also warned that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is taking actions to delay one of the new law’s toxic toy protections indefinitely.

News Release | NCPIRG | Consumer Protection

Citizen groups file for independent energy saving program, NC SAVE$

Raleigh, NC.  Today, over one dozen consumer, senior, justice, and environmental groups descended upon the Utilities Commission to support a legal petition for an independently-run energy efficiency program.  The move comes during the second round of hearings on Duke Energy’s controversial energy efficiency proposal, Save-a-Watt, which began today. 

News Release | NCPIRG | Consumer Protection

Broad coalition calls on Duke to pull the plug on costly “Save-a-Watt”

Raleigh, NC.  Consumer, labor, and environmental groups rallied on the steps of the Utilities Commission today, calling on Duke Energy to withdraw its controversial “Save-a-Watt” proposal. It is the first energy efficiency proposal to be heard by the Utilities Commission since the passage of the major energy bill last year.  The groups argue that the program costs too much and does too little.  They urged Duke to support independently-run energy efficiency programs. 

News Release | NCPIRG | Consumer Protection

CPSC Data Show Safety Recalls Increased 22% Over Last Year

The number of recalls of toys and children’s products is up 22% over the first half of last year, despite industry promises last year to solve the problems that made 2007 the “year of the recall,” according to an analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission data by the nation’s leading consumer groups. The groups urged Congress to complete a “strong CPSC Reform Act” before the August recess.

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