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Monday, December 24, 2012
U.S. and state fishing subsidy programs have contributed more than $6.4 billion to commercial fishing operations between 1996 and 2004, accelerating depletion of once-bountiful fish species, according to a ground-breaking study by Renée Sharp, director of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) California Office and economist Ussif Rashid Sumaila, acting director of the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia .
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Monday, March 2, 2009
Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) has introduced legislation sponsored by Environmental Working Group (EWG) to reduce exposure of California’s infants and toddlers to the toxic hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
It is the federal law that industry loves and environmentalists love to hate, yet have been unable to reform since it was enacted a generation ago. But a congressional hearing convened today by Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois may signal the beginning of the end of a federal policy that has made it all but impossible for the government to protect the public health from toxic industrial chemicals.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Statement of Ken Cook President, Environmental Working Group Feburary 24, 2009 "President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack have done the public a great service by nominating Kathleen Merrigan for deputy secretary of agriculture. "It is a strong signal that under the Obama...
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Friday, February 20, 2009
According to documents obtained by Environmental Working Group (EWG) through New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has not conducted a single test to determine if a controversial technique used to drill for natural gas upstate is a threat to New York City’s drinking water.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Environmental Working Group (EWG) President Ken Cook today urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to support The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act , a proposed reform of U.S. toxic chemical controls to be reintroduced in coming weeks in both the House and Senate.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, D-NJ, one of the U.S. Senate’s most influential advocates for children’s health has assumed the chair of the Environment and Public Works subcommittee charged with overseeing the regulation of chemicals to which Americans are exposed in their air, food, water and environment.
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Thursday, January 8, 2009
The blind rush by lawmakers to embrace the failed promise of current conventional biofuels has led to growing skepticism in the environmental community that even the much touted next-generation biofuels will become a viable component of a larger US renewable energy portfolio.
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Friday, February 6, 2009
In the last weeks of the Bush administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly handed DuPont Co. a three-year extension to complete tests mandated by a 2005 legal settlement on a toxic DuPont product.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
While it’s common to see lipstick sales jump during an economic recession, the current global financial crisis may not produce the same result in Canada where the government today declared two chemicals used in lipstick and other personal care products to be toxic.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
A major new study published yesterday in Human Reproduction, a European reproductive medicine journal , has found that pregnant women and women of child-bearing age in the United States are at greater risk than previously thought for infertility and reproductive problems as result of exposure to the toxic Teflon chemical PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid).
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
There is no question that America faces an environmental and energy crisis. Today the American Wind Energy Association reports that Iowa has the second-greatest wind energy generating capacity, topped only by Texas and surpassing third-ranked California.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s amendment to the House version of the stimulus package would boost federal investment in much-needed mass transit to $12 billion and make a major contribution to reviving the U.S. economy.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The stimulus package devised by President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (ARRP) - wisely proposes to channel hundreds of billions of dollars to vital projects that can create jobs, jump-start the stagnant economy and lead to a renewable and sustainable energy future.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The antiquated 1872 Mining Law, a relic of America’s westward expansion, has fought off many attempts at reform. Currently hardrock mining companies, many of them foreign, pay no royalties for the resources they extract and engage in environmentally destructive practices that often employ highly toxic chemicals in their mining efforts.
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Friday, January 23, 2009
In its 2009 ‘High Risk’ priority list released yesterday, the General Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a blistering indictment of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Bush-era lapses from its mandate to protect the public from toxic chemicals.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
In its final days, the Bush administration appears poised to issue an emergency health advisory for tap water polluted with the toxic Teflon chemical PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) effectively allowing a significant level of pollution and discouraging cleanup of PFOA contamination in tap water in at least 9 states, according to an analysis by Environmental Working Group (EWG).
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Friday, January 9, 2009
WASHINGTON –- In a last-ditch effort to avoid regulating widespread perchlorate contamination of drinking water, the Bush Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling for yet another blue-ribbon study of the toxic rocket fuel component and widespread pollutant. While the work of the...
Thursday, January 8, 2009
As Congress and the incoming Obama administration plan the nation’s next major investments in green energy, they need to take a hard, clear-eyed look at Department of Energy data documenting corn-based ethanol’s stranglehold on federal renewable energy tax credits and subsidies.
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Friday, January 2, 2009
An EWG investigation called “Lighten Up in ‘09” has identified seven compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb lines that trump the rest, with much lower levels of the toxic chemical mercury and lifespans of up to 18,000 hours – dramatically longer than the federal government’s outdated Energy Star standards.

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