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Chronic exposure to lead is a well-known threat to health, especially for children, but it’s still a persistent problem. EWG’s research continues to track and uncover lead’s hazards.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration will ban the use of toxic lead acetate in consumer hair dyes such as Grecian Formula, the agency announced today. Lead acetate is the active ingredient that slowly darkens gray hair when used every few days, and can increase the level of lead in users’ bodies.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law three landmark proposals to protect California’s children from exposure to lead.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

With overwhelming bipartisan support, state lawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a suite of landmark proposals to safeguard Californians, from preschool to the workplace, from lead.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

More than 4 million American children spend at least part of the day at child care centers. How widespread is lead contamination of the tap water at these facilities?

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency failed to respond quickly and forcefully enough to the crisis of lead in the tap water of Flint, Mich., in 2014, the agency’s inspector general said in a report today. EWG said the report should push the Trump administration to take immediate steps to safeguard the nation’s drinking water from lead contamination and reduce children’s exposure to the potent neurotoxin.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Despite heightened concern in recent years about lead in drinking water, a troubling new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that more than 40 percent of the nation’s schools failed to test for lead in 2016.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A troubling new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that more than a third of the nation’s schools that tested their water for lead found “elevated levels” of the neurotoxin. But despite heightened concern in recent years about lead in drinking water, more than 40 percent of schools surveyed conducted no lead testing in 2016.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

An estimated 60 percent to three fourths of lower income children in California don’t get the lead poisoning tests required by state and federal law. In response, state lawmakers are taking steps to strengthen the state’s childhood lead poisoning prevention efforts.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

California lawmakers are moving toward ensuring that lead-free drinking water is required in all child care centers, catching up with Oregon, Washington and four other states.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

The danger of children's exposure to even the lowest level of lead is well known. Now, a new study finds that adults who are exposed to lead face major risks of death from heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

EWG News Roundup (2/16): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Third-graders’ reading scores in Flint, Mich., have dropped dramatically since the city’s crisis of lead contamination in drinking water began, according to reports in the Detroit Free Press and The New Republic.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tests by drinking water utilities serving 1.8 million Americans in 45 states detected lead above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level, according to EWG’s analysis of the latest available federal data.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

EWG News Roundup 2/2: Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A new EWG analysis of state records shows that each year between 2012 and 2016, almost three-fourths of California toddlers enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state-run low-income health insurance program, were not tested for lead in their blood.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

In September, EWG reported that each year about a third of California toddlers enrolled in Medi-Cal don’t receive lead testing required by law. But the problem is much worse than we estimated.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

There is no safe level of exposure to lead, especially for kids.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Over the next decade, U.S. cities and towns will spend an estimated $300 billion to replace aging water and sewer pipes. 

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Today Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law sweeping legislation that will mean hundreds of thousands more at-risk California children would be tested for lead poisoning each year. The law will bring major improvements to a long-struggling program that researchers estimate fails to identify almost two-thirds of lead-poisoned children in the state.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lead is a major threat to children’s health, and an EWG analysis of California’s most recent lead testing data shows the state has fallen far short of its responsibility to test children at the highest risk of exposure.

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