Testimony & Official Correspondence

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Testimony of Kenneth Cook


Environmental Working Group

On S. 697

Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

March 18, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to testify. My name is Kenneth Cook and I am the President and co-founder of Environmental Working Group.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group, testified Dec. 10 before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health against H.R. 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The legislation would deny Americans the right to know what’s in their food and how it is grown. It would preempt state laws that require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Faber spoke on behalf of Just Label It, a coalition of more than 700 businesses and organizations dedicated to mandatory GE labeling.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

EWG and 18,444 EWG supporters ask the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee to improve new draft advice on seafood consumption during pregnancy and childhood. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Comments from Environmental Working Group on the Food and Drug Administration proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label

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Monday, June 30, 2014


Administrator Gina McCarthy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1200 Pennsylvania Ave

NW Washington, DC 20460

RE: Dow AgroSciences application to amend their 2,4-D choline salt herbicide for use on 2,4-D tolerant corn and soybeans. Docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0195


Dear Administrator McCarthy:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Triclosan-containing antibacterial soaps neither safe nor effective:

Comments from Environmental Working Group on the Food and Drug Administration proposed data requirements for antibacterial soaps

June 16, 2014

Re: Safety and Effectiveness of Consumer Antiseptics; Docket No. FDA-1975-N-0012

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014

Re: IRIS Toxicological Review for Hexavalent Chromium; Cr(VI) Docket EPA-HQ-ORD-2014-0313

Environmental Working Group is a research and advocacy nonprofit organization working to protect our nation’s waters from pollution and ensure safe drinking water for all Americans. We are submitting comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Preliminary Materials for the Integrated Risk Information System toxicological review of hexavalent chromium, which would be discussed at the IRIS Public Science Meeting on June 25-27, 2014.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

EPA’s Risk Assessment is Too Flawed to Proceed - Comments from Environmental Working Group on the EPA’s Proposed Decision to Register EnlistTM Herbicide Containing 2,4-D and Glyphosate 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) recently authored the Chemicals in Commerce Act, a discussion draft of legislation purporting to reform our nation’s weak and outdated chemicals management law, the Toxic Substances Control Act. Although EWG has long advocated improving our federal approach to the regulation of toxic chemicals, EWG has serious concerns about this discussion draft and strongly opposes it as a path for reform.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a voluntary "repellency awareness graphic” that would be displayed on bug repellents. It represents a small step forward but falls short of providing the full measure of information that consumers need to make informed decisions about products that provide the greatest benefit while minimizing the risks of exposure to toxic chemicals. After more than a year of research on bug repellents, EWG concluded that the lack of consistent efficacy testing and labeling of skin-applied repellents unnecessarily put consumers at risk from diseases borne by mosquitoes and ticks. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,650 American were infected with West Nile virus in 2012 and 286 of them died. Confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease rose to more than 30,000 in 2012, but the CDC has estimated that the true number of newly-diagnosed cases is probably 10 times greater. Currently, there is no convenient way for consumers to compare the general efficacy of different repellents. The efficacy testing of various products against tick species is inconsistent. Consumers have no easy way to evaluate the efficacy of botanical pesticide products, technically called minimum-risk pesticides.

Read EWG's Comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (PDF).