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EWG research showed that 10,000 people die each year of asbestos-related diseases and unearthed documents showing that corporate executives concealed for decades the dangers of making or handling asbestos-containing materials.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will consider a package of bills today addressing risks from the highly toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

A federal court on Thursday ruled the Trump EPA acted “unlawfully” when the agency refused to consider “legacy” uses of toxic substances like asbestos and lead when reviewing health risks under a revamped chemicals safety law signed by President Obama.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Just because your community’s tap water gets a passing grade from the government does not mean it’s safe

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Friday, October 18, 2019

In response to new asbestos detections of Johnson & Johnson’s popular baby powder, EWG today urged Congress to act quickly to require warning labels on products made with talc.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Philadelphia School District has closed two schools indefinitely after renovations uncovered deadly asbestos. The closure of the schools, housed in the same building, comes just weeks after a longtime teacher in the city’s schools was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer most often caused by asbestos exposure.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

WASHINGTON – The House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the Committee on Energy and Commerce p

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety alert urging consumers to stop using cosmetics from Beauty Plus, after the agency found the deadly carcinogen asbestos in at least four different talc-based products.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway and other senior White House aides have vacated their West Wing offices while asbestos is removed – even as the Trump administration is manipulating a federal chemical safety law to keep asbestos legal.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

President Trump toured a Shell chemical plant in Pennsylvania Tuesday, supposedly to promote his economic agenda. According to reports, he went off script quite a bit – but one thing he definitely didn’t talk about was his administration’s record on chemical safety.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Thirty years ago today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to ban asbestos. It failed, and despite more than 1 million deaths of Americans since then, now the Trump EPA is working to keep the deadly carcinogen legal.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration has once again found talc-based cosmetics marketed to teens contain asbestos.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Top political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency ignored calls by agency scientists and lawyers to implement an outright ban of asbestos, according to internal memos obtained by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. The memos and the EPA’s actions were reported today by The New York Times.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The rule announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency claiming to strengthen the agency’s ability to restrict certain uses of the notorious carcinogen asbestos falls short of what is required to fully protect public health, said EWG legislative attorney Melanie Benesh.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

In testimony today before a Senate appropriations committee, Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler refused to support banning asbestos, one of the deadliest known carcinogens, and dodged questions about the health risks of PFAS chemicals, which have contaminated drinking water nationwide.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced legislation today that would require warning labels on cosmetics that could contain asbestos and are marketed to children.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

In testimony today before a House oversight hearing on cancer-causing chemicals in consumer goods, Scott Faber of the Environmental Working Group warned that talc-based personal care products could be contaminated with asbestos and called for greater oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

EWG News Roundup (3/8): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration issued a rare alert today, urging consumers to stop using certain cosmetics products from the national retailer Claire’s, after the agency found the deadly carcinogen asbestos in at least three different talc-based products.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Asbestos imports to the U.S. soared by nearly 2,000 percent between July and August, according to federal import data analyzed by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Environmental Working Group.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

EWG News Roundup (9/21): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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