News Releases

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
California agriculture, which grows roughly 40 percent of America’s food, faces grave threats spurred by climate change, including volatile weather, crippling drought and assaults by growing hordes of pests. It also directly generates about 6 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Organizations representing chemical manufacturers, environmental and public health advocates, environmental justice leaders and consumer product goods companies will host an historic conference to explore fundamental changes to U.S. chemical policy.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
A representative from the Washington, D.C. based Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been asked to present remarks to the Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force Public Meeting held today in Des Moines, IA. In his comments, EWG Midwest Vice-President Craig Cox provided a clear-eyed and no-nonsense assessment of the state of pollution flowing into the Mississippi River Basin and how it contributes to the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone.
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Monday, September 21, 2009
Making good on Administrator Lisa Jackson’s confirmation promise, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with its deliberations on whether to impose the first national limits on drinking water contamination by perchlorate, the main component of solid rocket fuel.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Despite a quarter of a century of effort by farmers, citizens, environmentalists, and government officials to address pollution in the streams, rivers and waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region, agricultural fertilizers, animal manure and soil erosion remain the watershed’s single largest source of pollution. Without an ambitious effort to fairly but effectively regulate pollution coming from farm fields throughout the watershed, there is simply no chance that the Chesapeake Bay watershed will recover.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
After more than a decade of fighting an across-the-board industry campaign, the California government has finally announced proposed health guidelines for the deadly cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6 first made famous by environmental health crusader Erin Brockovich.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
This week, Mitchell Cheeseman, the point person for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) safety review of bisphenol A (BPA), strongly suggested that the agency is not taking the “fresh look” at the chemical promised in June.
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Friday, August 14, 2009
For the first time under the Obama administration’s leadership, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is scheduled on Monday, August 17th, to update the public on its new scientific review of the safety of the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
In efforts to protect the nation’s food supply from further chemical contamination, Environmental Working Group (EWG) today urged the country’s largest grocery stores and supermarkets to suspend the use of plastic food storage racks that contain the toxic flame retardant chemical and neurotoxin commonly called Deca (decabromodiphenyl).
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Monday, August 3, 2009
Researchers from a major medical center in New York have reported that 7 out of 10 U.S. children have low levels of vitamin D , placing them at higher risk for bone disorders, heart disease, and other health problems (Kumar 2009).
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Friday, July 31, 2009
Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Food Safety and Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R.2749) which included a provision by Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) that would require the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make a determination on BPA safety by the end of this year.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
A report from a group of English researchers who claim to have conducted “the most extensive systematic review of the available published literature on nutrient content of organic food ever conducted,” downplayed their own results that favored organic food, and failed to consider the use of toxic pesticides or chemical additives when forming their conclusions.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Environmental Working Group (EWG) President Ken Cook today sent a UV-protective umbrella and letter to Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on the agency to issue safety standards for sunscreens.
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Monday, July 20, 2009
U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, today proposed to place off-limits to new mining activity approximately one million acres near the Grand Canyon for up to 20 years. The proposal prohibits the staking of new mining claims for up to two years to allow for various studies to be performed. Previous attempts by a House committee to protect the Grand Canyon were ignored by the Bush administration.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A California science advisory panel today failed to declare exposure to the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) toxic to the developing fetus and child, despite mounting scientific evidence of health risks.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), narrowly approved in the House, is an important first step toward slowing climate change.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
An Environmental Working Group (EWG) investigation of almost 200 popular bottled water brands found less than 2 percent disclose the water’s source, how the water has been purified and what chemical pollutants each bottle of water may contain. Just 2 of the 188 individual brands EWG analyzed disclosed those three basic facts about their water.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
In an affirmation of Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) three-year campaign for more effective sunscreens, 70 percent of sunscreens offered for the 2009 beach season contain strong UVA filters, compared to just 29 percent last year.
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Friday, June 26, 2009
Eight of 10 dog food brands tested by an independent laboratory commissioned by Environmental Working Group (EWG) contain fluoride in amounts up to 2.5 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) national drinking water standard.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Animal Studies Link Chemical to Cancer, Brain and Reproductive Disorders
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