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Nothing is more important to your health and quality of life than safe drinking water and clean streams and lakes. Across the country, pollution from farms is one of the primary reasons water is no longer clean or safe. Agriculture is the leading source of pollution of rivers and streams surveyed by U.S. government experts, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Thankfully, if we make simple changes in the way we farm, we can take a big step toward clean water.

Monday, November 30, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency today released an "interim strategy" for addressing industrial discharges of the toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” called PFAS. The strategy document encourages EPA officials, when issuing permits to industrial dischargers, to “consider” whether PFAS discharges should be limited but lacks any enforceable standards for such discharges.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

EWG News Roundup (11/20): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

EWG News Roundup (11/13): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

No candidate for president has ever pledged to make the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS a priority – until now.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is not only a repudiation of President Trump, it is also a historic opportunity for the nation to advance the health, safety and equity of all Americans.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

EWG News Roundup (10/30): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

The Big Bang of the nationwide “forever chemicals” crisis was the revelation in 2001 that PFOA, a toxic compound used to make Teflon, had contaminated the drinking water for 70,000 people near a DuPont factory in West Virginia. Pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency forced DuPont and other companies to phase out PFOA, and they agreed not to use it after 2015.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

EWG News Roundup (10/23): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

President Donald Trump and his secretary of agriculture have a message for Europeans: We want you to drink polluted water too.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

It’s been 18 months since the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its plan to address the crisis of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, which a new peer-reviewed study by EWG scientists estimates have likely contaminated the drinking water of more than 200 million Americans.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Senate will almost certainly vote next week to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Because of the way she sees the role of government, her confirmation could mark the end of modern environmental law as we know it.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

A peer-reviewed study by scientists at the Environmental Working Group estimates that more than 200 million Americans could have the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in their drinking water at a concentration of 1 part per trillion, or ppt, or higher. Independent scientific studies have recommended a safe level for PFAS in drinking water of 1 ppt, a standard that is endorsed by EWG.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The end of summer marks the unofficial end of the algae outbreak season. Warmer states like California and Florida see outbreaks fouling lakes, rivers and other bodies of water year-round, but for most of the country, outbreaks stop when the weather turns colder.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

This week EWG released an analysis showing that in California’s majority-Latino communities, 5.25 million people drink tap water contaminated with nitrate at levels at or above the federal limit.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

In California’s majority-Latino communities, 5.25 million people drink tap water contaminated with nitrate at levels at or above the federal limit, according to an Environmental Working Group analysis of state and federal data.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

EWG News Roundup (10/2): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Either toxic algae or potentially dangerous fecal bacteria forced the closure of at least 116 U.S. beaches this spring and summer and triggered health warnings at 162 more, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Toxic algae and bacteria forced the closure of at least 116 U.S. beaches and triggered health warnings at 162 more this spring and summer, according to an investigation by the Environmental Working Group.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newson signed into law a measure to ban the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS from firefighting foams. PFAS-based firefighting foams – known as aqueous film-fighting foam, or AFFF –are among the most significant sources of PFAS water contamination.

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