Public Interest Research Group in Michigan

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Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM) is a non-profit organization that is part of the state PIRG organizations.

PIRGIM has a history of working on a variety of issues, such as cleaning Michigan's waterways,[1] toy safety,[2] and chemical safety.[3]


The PIRGs emerged in the early 1970s on U.S. college campuses. The PIRG model was proposed in the book Action for a Change by Ralph Nader and Donald Ross.[4] Among other early accomplishments, the PIRGs were responsible for much of the Container Container Deposit Legislation in the United States, also known as "bottle bills."[5][6]

Notable members and alumni[edit]

Phil Radford, environmental leader

Affiliate organizations[edit]


  1. ^ "Michigan waterways At Risk" (PDF). Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Toy Safety in Michigan. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Widely Used Flame Retardants Break Down Into Banned Chemicals and Threaten Health". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Nader, Ralph; Donald Ross (1972). Action for a Change: A Student's Manual for Public Interest Organizing. New York: Grossman Publishers. 
  5. ^ "PIRG Backs "Bottle Bill"". Boston College. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  6. ^ "Bottle Bill Beverage Containers Recycling Program". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  7. ^ "Philip D. Radford, Greenpeace, Executive Director". Fund for the Public Interest. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 

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