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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Scientific tests found abundant hog feces on homes and lawns, and in the air of private properties near big hog farms in North Carolina – proof that factory farms are exposing nearby communities to dangerous fecal bacteria, endangering the health of tens of thousands of citizens. Despite this disgusting evidence, state lawmakers are moving to strip citizens of their right to fair compensation through so-called nuisance suits against concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Photo credit Waterkeeper Alliance
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
The long-held property rights of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians are at stake in the latest round of the ongoing battle between state lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper.
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Friday, May 5, 2017
In a victory for property rights and public health, today North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation that would have shielded big hog farms from liability for the pollution and stench that assault hundreds of thousands of people statewide.
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
A bill rushed through the North Carolina legislature and now on Gov. Roy Cooper's desk would severely restrict the traditional property rights of hundreds of thousands of property owners from the pollution and stench of factory farms. Now the names of citizens impacted have been matched to the numbers. Photo courtesy of Waterkeepers Alliance
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Almost 40,000 Americans have let the Environmental Protection Agency know what they think about the Trump administration’s agenda to eliminate "burdensome" environmental regulations, including those protecting drinking water from big polluters. As the president might ask, who knew so many of them think it's a bad idea?
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Friday, April 28, 2017
The Trump administration is holding a meeting next week to look for ways to let polluters dump more toxic contaminants into the nation’s drinking water. Americans who want clean water can also try to speak up, but the opportunity for public input is severely restricted.
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Friday, April 28, 2017
Plate of the Union, a campaign to shift federal food policy to better serve all Americans, kicked off this week with more than 30 top U.S. chefs convening on Capitol Hill to promote nutrition programs, clean drinking water and other environmental protections, consumer transparency, and standards that improve food safety and accessibility.
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Monday, April 17, 2017
The Environmental Working Group is surveying U.S. makers of personal care products to ask if they are working to remove 1,4-dioxane, a likely human carcinogen, from their products. According to EWG’s Skin Deep® database, at least 8,000 products on the market contain ethoxylated ingredients, which may be contaminated with the chemical.
Monday, April 17, 2017
North Carolina legislators are rushing to pass a bill that would severely restrict the traditional property rights of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians suffering from the pollution and stench of factory farms, an EWG investigation based on satellite imagery revealed.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Environmental Working Group commends Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for protecting Americans from exposure to a potentially toxic contaminant in personal care products.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
American Oversight and the Environmental Working Group today launched a joint investigation into the March 29 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency not to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
For decades, Shell and Dow hid a highly potent cancer-causing chemical in two widely used pesticides, contaminating drinking water for millions of people in California and beyond, according to lawsuits detailed in a new report from EWG.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017
Legislation introduced today would make California the first state to ban perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, from fast food wrappers and takeout containers.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
President Trump's plan to cut funding that helps states protect children from lead poisoning would save less money than the cost of his trips to Florida. It’s a callous proposal that again shows the administration's disregard for children's health, said EWG President Ken Cook.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
In one of his first major decisions as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt sided with the pesticide lobby over scientists in an eleventh-hour decision to abort the agency's proposal to ban chlorpyrifos – an insecticide that at small doses can harm children's brains and nervous systems – from use on food crops.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
On Wednesday, March 29 at 9:30 a.m., the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee will consider the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (SB-258).
Monday, March 27, 2017
President Trump's rollback of the Clean Power Plan is not just a foolish failure of leadership on climate change, but another attack on public health that will trigger more asthma attacks among American children and cause more adults to die before their time, said EWG President Ken Cook.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Federal crop insurance policy is rewarding Southern Great Plains farmers’ failure to adapt to drought and hotter weather, and encouraging practices that could lead to another Dust Bowl, according to a new report by the Environmental Working Group.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Despite the rapid growth of the organic food industry, U.S. production lags significantly behind consumer demand. A new report from EWG shows that with modest reforms to existing programs, Congress could help growers transition away from farming that relies on chemical pesticides and expand the acreage dedicated to organic agriculture.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving farmers millions of taxpayer dollars a year to support the planting of cover crops, which reduce polluted runoff from farm fields. To see how this investment is paying off, the Environmental Working Group has documented – for the first time – the extent of cover crop use in three Corn Belt states.
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