Testimony & Official Correspondence

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

EWG, along with Clean Water Action and more than a dozen co-signers, submitted comments to the California State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Social Services regarding the agencies’ implementation of AB 2370. The co-signing groups are asking the agencies to adopt and implement actions to ensure that children not ingest lead-contaminated water while at licensed child care centers in California.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Attached is a letter submitted by non-governmental organizations, to support House and Senate Armed Services Committee efforts to include several provisions related to per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020.

Monday, August 26, 2019

EWG objects to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed drinking water standard for perchlorate, a contaminant associated with harm to the thyroid. The EPA’s proposed legal limit of 56 parts per billion for perchlorate in drinking water disregards the risks to children’s health, ignores the latest scientific research, and fails to follow the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act to use the best available peer-reviewed science for setting drinking water standards.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Environmental Working Group objects to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed decision on glyphosate, the most heavily used pesticide in the U.S. The EPA’s decision to allow continued, extensive use of glyphosate disregards the cancer risks and children’s health risks posed by glyphosate and should be re-evaluated with emphasis on the latest research on glyphosate toxicity.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Below and attached is EWG’s testimony to the Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for their hearing pertaining to PFAS contamination and the need for corporate accountability

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

EWG has submitted detailed comments to the Food and Drug Administration about the agency can improve sunscreen safety and effectiveness. We also submitted comments jointly with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Public Citizen, Consumer Federation of America, Environmental Defense Fund and Healthy Babies Bright Futures. In addition to these two comment letters, we also provided the agency with a list of 31,621 petition signers supporting #SunscreensMadeSafer!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Environmental Working Group submits comments to the EPA on the registration review for pesticide thiabenzadole. EWG urges the EPA to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the cancer risks of thiabendazole and to use a full 10x children’s health safety factor for this chemical.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

EWG has submitted a petition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting biomonitoring of the American public for glyphosate, a commonly used weed-killing chemical that has been associated with an elevated risk of cancer and harm to the developing fetus.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

EWG has submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency urging the EPA to include a 10-fold Food Quality Protection Act children’s health safety factor for the triclosan human health assessment and to consider all routes of exposure from all potential sources for triclosan in the final assessment for this antimicrobial chemical.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

EWG has submitted a petition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting that biomonitoring of the American public include tests for common sunscreen ingredients. Research conducted by the Food and Drug Administration found that four common sunscreen ingredients absorbed through the skin in amounts that require additional safety consideration. For this reason, biomonitoring for sunscreen chemicals is essential for protecting public health.

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