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Saturday, January 14, 2017
After taking $40,000 in campaign contributions from poultry industry interests, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt – President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency – stymied cleanup of a protected river polluted by factory farms’ chicken manure, an EWG investigation found.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The EWG VERIFIED™ program now features 833 top-rated personal care and cosmetics products , allowing consumers to quickly spot items that meet stringent ingredient and transparency requirements.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Today the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth sued the Food and Drug Administration for its failure to protect the public from dangers associated with popular hair straightening treatments.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Golden Globe Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominated actress Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the board of directors at EWG. She brings not only enormous influence, but also a longstanding commitment to environmental health to the group’s governing body.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The nation’s public health protection laws, including those in place to reduce pollution in our air, land and water, will be under withering assault with President-elect Donald Trump’s apparent pick of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency, said EWG President Ken Cook.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Meg Cadoux Hirshberg, a nationally recognized health and wellness advocate and author, has joined the board of directors at EWG, further raising the group’s profile as the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency named the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate under the new Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21 st Century Act, the first update since 1976 of the nation’s primary toxic substances law.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
In a growing market for Black cosmetics, Black women nonetheless have limited choices for products that score low in potentially harmful ingredients, an EWG analysis of more than 1,100 products found. Because black women appear to buy and use more personal care products, the limited options could mean they are being exposed to more potentially hazardous chemicals.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Today the Environmental Protection Agency released its list of 10 priority chemicals . Here is a statement from Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs:
Friday, November 4, 2016
Hurricane Matthew's rampage through North Carolina's coastal plain flooded more than 140 feces-strewn swine and poultry barns, more than a dozen open pits brimming with hog waste and thousands of acres of manure-saturated fields, an analysis by EWG and Waterkeeper Alliance reveals.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
With the generous support of the Jonas Family Fund, EWG is launching the Jonas Initiative for Children’s Environmental Health, redoubling EWG’s decades-long commitment to children’s environmental health with a bold new research and advocacy agenda for 2017 and beyond, both organizations announced today.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
In the last three years , farmers in parts of California's Central Valley irrigated nearly 100,000 acres of food crops with billions of gallons of oil field wastewater possibly tainted with toxic chemicals, including chemicals that can cause cancer and reproductive harm, according to an EWG analysis of state data.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
In the last decade, U.S. taxpayers have sent $30 billion to farmers and landowners to fund federal conservation programs to protect public health and the environment, according to data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests and revealed today in an exclusive new EWG database.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Up to 14 million students in 26,000 U.S. schools could be exposed to unsafe levels of a notorious class of chemicals banned almost 40 years ago, according to a recent study by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
U.S. agribusiness spokesmen routinely defend practices that pollute air and water, and destroy soil by claiming that American farmers are doing what it takes to “feed the world.”
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Under an Environmental Protection Agency program, from 2013 to 2015, local water utilities took more than 60,000 water samples and found chromium-6 in more than 75 percent of samples. The EPA's tests were spurred by a 2010 EWG investigation that found elevated levels of chromium-6 in the tap water of 31 of 35 cities sampled. EWG's analysis of the EPA data estimates that water supplies serving 218 million Americans have potentially unsafe levels of the chemical.
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Friday, September 2, 2016
The federal Food and Drug Administration announced today that triclosan, a toxic chemical ingredient associated with hormone disruption in people, will no longer be allowed in antibacterial hand soaps, which EWG noted as a significant success.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
EWG urged the federal Food and Drug Administration today to investigate whether certain ingredients used in sunscreens to boost SPF values are masking sunburn, the body’s main warning sign of skin damage, without providing additional protection from other types of UV damage.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
As news about North Carolina’s governor and his administration downplaying the risks of drinking water contaminated with hexavalent chromium unfolds, two leading environmental health advocates are pushing the Obama administration to finally set a nationwide standard for the highly toxic chemical.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
The nation’s new chemical safety law promises to give the Environmental Protection Agency expanded authority to regulate hazardous chemicals in consumer products. But of the tens of thousands of chemicals on the market, most never tested for safety, which should the EPA tackle first?