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Testimony & Official Correspondence

Monday, October 1, 2007

Citing a strong body of peer-reviewed evidence, EWG today asked the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to list fluoride in tap water in its authoritative Report on Carcinogens, based on its ability to cause a rare form of childhood bone cancer, osteosarcoma, in boys.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Ken Cook and Chris Campbell [1]
June 9, 2005

U.S. taxpayers provided $264 million in 2004 to a handful of agribusiness firms through an obscure but controversial cotton subsidy program at the center of a fierce global debate over agricultural subsidies—a debate that has paralyzed international trade negotiations for the past three years. One company alone, Allenberg Cotton of Cordova, Tennessee, received almost $35 million through the program last year, and has collected more than $186 million since 1995.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Judge Edward Becker of the U.S. Circuit Court in Philadelphia was asked by Senate leaders to oversee negotiations around a compromise asbestos trust fund bill. In a letter to Judge Becker, EWG President Ken Cook argues that he has ignored the needs of people who are sick and dying of asbestos disease.


May 24, 2005

Honorable Edward R. Becker
19613 United States Courthouse
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
By Fax: 215-597-7217

Dear Judge Becker,

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Friday, June 15, 2007

19 MAY 2005 | DuPont was served Thursday with a subpoena from the Justice Department's environmental crimes unit requesting documents on a key Teflon chemical. DuPont has already agreed to pay up to $340 million in a civil settlement for Teflon pollution and is the subject of an EPA investigation into its coverup of studies of the chemical's health effects.

Friday, June 15, 2007

When Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH) voted in favor of lawsuit immunity for drinking water polluters—and against the interests of his own constituents and thousands of communities nationwide — he claimed he had developed a massive 'trust fund' plan to pay for clean up of MTBE contamination. EWG President Ken Cook has asked Bass for details on his strategy, proposal, and who helped him develop it.

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The Honorable Charles Bass
2421 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-2902

April 26, 2005

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
image of gifts given to study participants

Today Steve Johnson, nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced that the Agency is calling off a study that would have paid families $970 to videotape their children after exposing them to pesticides and other dangerous chemicals for two years. Mike Casey, vice president for public affairs of Environmental Working Group (EWG), said the following:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

EWG appeal requesting correction of FDA seafood advisory entitled "What you need to know about mercury in fish and shellfish: 2004 FDA and EPA advice for women who might become pregnant, women who are pregnant, nursing mothers, young children" (PDF of faxed letter to Dr. Acheson.)

PDF file of letter

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Friday, June 15, 2007

EWG sent this letter to Sheryl Corrigan, Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. A Minnesota Public Radio investigation raised concerns about Corrigan's priorities with regard to 3M and teflon chemicals.


Ms. Sheryl Corrigan, Commissioner
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4194

March 9, 2005

Dear Ms. Corrigan,

Thursday, September 27, 2007

FDA calls industry's bluff on product safety. Acting on a petition filed June 14, 2004 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) [view petition], on February 3, 2005 the Food and Drug Administration issued an unprecedented warning to the cosmetics industry [view document] stating that the Agency is serious about enforcing the law requiring companies to inform consumers that personal care products have not been safety tested.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

A preliminary Environmental Working Group (EWG) survey identified the following manufacturing facilities that use the Teflon chemical PFOA in their operations: Dyneon in Aston, PA; Clariant in Gainesville, FL; Daikin in Orangeburg, NY; Daikin in Decatur, AL; Asahi in Bayonne, NJ; and Asahi in Thorndale, PA. These represent a small subset of all facilities that use the Teflon chemical in their operations.

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