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Friday, February 17, 2017

After today’s vote confirming Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, a number of troubling questions remain as to his impartiality and his commitment to protecting the environment.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The nation’s drinking water and air, safeguards against pesticides, and oversight of big polluters are at risk with the Senate's approval today of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, despite unanswered questions about his relationship with the fossil fuel industry.

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

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News Release
Friday, February 17, 2017

Oklahoma has a dangerous and widespread groundwater pollution problem caused by illegal discharges of toxic swine waste from industrial-scale swine Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs. But an investigation by Waterkeeper Alliance and EWG found that Scott Pruitt – the state’s attorney general since 2011 and President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency – has not taken a single legal action to enforce Oklahoma’s stringent water quality laws and protect the public from a pollutant that can be deadly for infants.

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Planet Trump
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

An Oklahoma state judge today ordered Scott Pruitt, the state’s attorney general and President Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator, to release some 3,000 emails between his office and the fossil fuel industry, under a lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy. The judge gave the attorney general’s office until next Tuesday, Feb. 21, to comply with the order, lending urgency to the growing call for a postponement of the Senate’s vote on Pruitt’s confirmation, scheduled for Friday.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Senate is poised to vote tomorrow to install the worst nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator in history: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. His record and statements disqualify him from being entrusted with protecting the nation’s drinking water, air and environment. On the eve of the vote, EWG urges senators to stop and think about what’s at stake.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

EWG joined several members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to postpone a vote on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s confirmation to be Environmental Protection Agency administrator. The request comes as an Oklahoma court has scheduled a hearing for later this week over a lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy, which seeks disclosure of email communications between Pruitt’s office and oil and gas industry officials.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This week the full Senate will likely decide whether to confirm President Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Here are the top 10 reasons to oppose him for the nation’s top environmental job.

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Planet Trump
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

On Valentine's Day, sweethearts bestow millions of lipstick-stained kisses. But those smooches could include a dose of lead.

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EnviroBlog
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Monday, February 13, 2017

DuPont and its spinoff company Chemours agreed today to pay $671 million to settle about 3,500 lawsuits from West Virginia and Ohio residents whose drinking water was poisoned by a cancer-causing chemical used to make Teflon. Although the settlement closes the most infamous case involving the chemical PFOA, its toxic legacy lingers worldwide, said EWG President Ken Cook.

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News Release
Friday, February 10, 2017

Here’s some news you can use as you begin your weekend.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Friday, February 10, 2017

Following last week’s suspension of rules to railroad President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency nominee, Scott Pruitt, through the Republican-led Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, a number of apparently false claims Pruitt made under oath have come to light.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Target made a giant commitment to the better beauty movement by adding W3LL PEOPLE, one of the leading nontoxic cosmetics companies in the country, to store shelves. W3LL PEOPLE has more than 30 products that carry the EWG VERIFIEDTM seal, the gold standard for health and wellness in the personal care aisle.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Many of the supplies we use to clean and freshen our homes and workplaces contain ingredients that could harm our health or the environment. Some products use ingredients that have been linked to accidental poisonings, asthma, skin allergies, reproductive impacts, birth defects and cancer.
 

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EnviroBlog
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

A poultry waste lagoon subject to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s oversight overflowed after a storm in early 2015, fouling nearby creeks and lakes with chicken manure.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

For decades, Americans have been needlessly exposed to chemical flame retardants – which have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other health effects – all because of a well intentioned but ultimately misguided California regulation from 1975.
 

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EnviroBlog
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Below is the text of a letter from EWG to the Department of Justice, calling for an investigation into claims made by EPA nominee Scott Pruitt.

 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Environmental Working Group urged the Department of Justice today to investigate whether Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, made false or misleading statements at his confirmation hearing in violation of federal law.

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News Release
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, introduced legislation today to require manufacturers to disclose the ingredients in cleaning products used by consumers and professional cleaning workers. If the bill passes, it would be the first such law to take effect in the nation.
 

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News Release
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Levels of a cancer-causing flame retardant are increasing dramatically in the bodies of American adults and children, according to a new study led by Duke University scientists, in collaboration with researchers at EWG and other universities. 
 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

For decades, federal regulations have let companies use the word “fragrance” on soap, shampoo, skincare and other personal care product labels to hide the identity of multiple chemicals, many of them linked to allergies or other health effects. For the most part, personal care product companies and fragrance manufacturers have resisted calls for disclosure, and “fragrance” has remained a black box for hundreds of chemicals in thousands of everyday products.

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