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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.
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.
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.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More
Holy smokes, what a week. It began with reports from EWG and others showing food wrappers from several top fast food chains were contaminated with toxic PFCs. The Senate broke its own rules to force a vote on Scott Pruitt to head EPA. Of course, we couldn’t remain silent over the looming scenario of a rabid anti-public health, pro-polluter like Pruitt running the EPA. More on that next week.Read More
This week, the Republican-led Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee suspended rules and decorum to railroad President Trump’s EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt, through the committee, setting up a floor vote by the full Senate in the coming days. EWG said committee members who voted for Pruitt had tarnished the legacy of the EPA and that if approved by the Senate, he would take office as the worst EPA administrator in history.
Statement from Scott Faber, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs:
Scott Pruitt, and now the White House, have repeatedly lied about phosphorus standards for the Illinois River. In response to an EWG report, a spokesperson for the White House this morning said “the fact of the matter is Oklahoma has never had an enforced phosphorus standard until AG Pruitt successfully moved this issue…” Nothing could be further from the truth.Read More
Scott Pruitt, approved today by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee as the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency, would take office as the worst EPA administrator in history, EWG President and Co-Founder Ken Cook said.
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This morning EWG released a report, which showed that many fast food chains nationwide still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with highly fluorinated chemicals.Read More
New research based on nationwide tests shows that many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with highly fluorinated chemicals. EWG’s report supplements a new peer-reviewed study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, which shows some of the test samples contained traces of a notorious and now-banned chemical formerly used to make DuPont's Teflon.
Last year, former President Barack Obama signed an update to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act into law, finally giving the EPA authority to ban asbestos use and importation. The agency is moving full steam ahead. But this progress could be stalled if Scott Pruitt, President Trump's nominee to head the EPA, is confirmed by the Senate.
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The first week of the Trump administration is just about over, and what a week it’s been. It started with a media blackout at EPA and a freeze on EPA grants to states and localities used to protect drinking water and air.Read More
As President Trump’s first week in office comes to an end, a number of startling decisions that could have serious implications for public health and the environment have already come out of the White House.Read More
In 1973, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered a phaseout of lead in gasoline. Since then, lead levels in the blood of American children have dropped dramatically, making the ban on leaded gasoline one of the agency's greatest achievements for public health.Read More
Today’s decision by Target to require full ingredient disclosure from its suppliers by 2020 is great news for consumers, said EWG President Ken Cook.
Oklahoma environmental advocates and attorneys met yesterday with members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to strongly refute Scott Pruitt’s claims that he advanced pollution cleanup efforts as the state’s attorney general.
Today’s unprecedented action by the White House forbidding the Environmental Protection Agency to share any information with the press or public is a chilling move that mocks democratic principles, said EWG President Ken Cook.Read More
An internal memo by President Donald Trump’s top environmental policy adviser reveals the new administration's plans to dismantle key air and water protection programs, and slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency.Read More