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Children's Health

Collaboration focuses on protecting children across America from effects of toxic chemicals

With generous support from Jonas Philanthropies, in October 2016 EWG launched the Jonas Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, redoubling EWG’s decades’ long commitment to children’s environmental health with a bold new research agenda for 2017 and beyond.

The mounting evidence connecting children’s exposures to environmental contaminants and serious, life-altering health problems continues to grow, confirming that toxic chemicals in our environment are having adverse impacts on the well-being of our kids. Today, children may be exposed to a wide range of environmental hazards in schools and at home: lead, asbestos, PCBs, flame retardant chemicals, chemicals in cleaning products, pesticides, and various indoor and outdoor air pollutants. EWG has been on the forefront of the fight against these threats to children’s health, empowering parents and all citizens with information on how to avoid toxic exposures in everyday environments.

As part of this partnership, EWG is developing health-based safety standards for hundreds of pollutants that contaminate our air, water and land. The criteria for these limits are based solely on health impacts, and will not be influenced by the interests of polluters who discharge these contaminants into the environment.

Through the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, EWG will build on its established, game-changing research with new content and new communications strategies that will arm parents, politicians and concerned citizens with the tools and data necessary to protect current and future generations of children.

You can learn more by checking out some of our latest research below.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

In his Senate testimony today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt displayed complete contempt for the mission of the department he leads, as well as its efforts to protect human health and the environment, said EWG President Ken Cook.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

EWG News Roundup (1/26): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Theirs aren’t the only faces in Trump’s gallery of regulatory rogues. One year into Trump’s war on public health, here’s a closer look.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Last week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency took steps that could lead to the repeal of health-protective safeguards designed to prevent teenage farmworkers from handling toxic pesticides. But California is having none of it.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

An unbelievably dumb and extremely dangerous dare has gone viral on social media. It’s the “Tide Pod Challenge”: biting down on the small, colorful – and potentially poisonous – packets of liquid laundry detergent until they burst in your mouth. 

Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart via Flickr.com

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is taking steps that could lift health-protective safeguards designed to prevent teenage farmworkers from handling toxic pesticides.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Surrounded by lobbyists for corporate agribusiness, Trump will find kindred spirits on a wide-range of policy positions. 

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Planet Trump
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Monday, January 8, 2018

President Trump is likely to launch new salvos in his full-scale war on healthy food today, when he addresses the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Once again, experts have found asbestos in cosmetics marketed to kids.

 

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

The troubling news about the presence of asbestos in children’s makeup is the latest example of the deadly fiber contaminating imported products marketed toward children, said Environmental Working Group.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

EWG News Roundup (12/22): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

In 2017, EWG once again pushed the envelope in our mission to protect public health and the environment and empower all Americans to make better decisions about their safety and well-being.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

The federal Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, recently released test results that found the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos in more than 300 food samples.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Trump Administration last week proposed to indefinitely delay proposed bans of high-risk uses of three toxic chemicals: Methylene chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone, or NMP, in paint strippers and trichloroethylene, or TCE, in degreasing. 

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

There were plenty of good reasons to oppose President Trump’s nomination of Michael Dourson to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dourson, who was opposed by public health, reproductive health, labor, business and environmental organizations, withdrew his nomination Wednesday.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Asthma can be caused by outdoor air pollution, but also by indoor emissions of chemicals, strong odors, mold, smoke or other factors.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

The CEO of one of the nation's largest coal companies claimed last month he had nothing to do with the Trump administration's scheme to make utility customers pay above-market rates for electricity from failing coal-fired power plants.

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Trump administration's scheme to make utility customers subsidize dirty, dangerous and aging coal and nuclear power plants would result in 27,000 premature deaths and a net cost of $263 billion by 2045, according to projections by independent researchers.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

EWG’s News Roundup (12/1): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Nonpartisan watchdog American Oversight and the Environmental Working Group today announced a joint investigation to determine if controversial toxicologist Michael Dourson has violated ethics rules in his work as a top advisor to Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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