Successes

Documented Duke Energy's environmental malfeasances

May 2019

Duke Energy is the largest investor-owned electric utility in the U.S. But a report by Environmental Working Group reveals another distinction: Its puny investments in renewable energy, schemes to penalize customers who want to go solar, and environmental record make Duke public energy enemy No. 1.

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Assessed combined risk of multiple tap water pollutants

April 2019

EWG scientists developed a novel analytical method for calculating the combined health impacts of carcinogens and other toxic contaminants in 2,737 community water systems in California. The study was published by a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Environmental Health.

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Detailed the agricultural contaminants the plague Iowa’s domestic wells

April 2019

Private wells across Iowa are contaminated with unsafe levels of two agricultural contaminants, according to an investigation by the EWG and the Iowa Environmental Council.

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Investigated factory farms in Ohio that were contributing to yearly algal blooms

April 2019

Unregulated animal factory farms are funneling nutrient-rich pollution into Lake Erie, feeding an enormous toxic algae bloom each summer, according to an investigation by the EWG and the Environmental Law & Policy Center.

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Launched the first set of fragrances to earn the EWG VERIFIED™ mark

April 2019

Michelle Pfeiffer launched Henry Rose, a new collection of five distinct scents that meets the Environmental Working Group’s rigorous criteria for health and transparency. This is the first fine fragrance line to earn the EWG VERIFIED™ mark.

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Unveiled the 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

March 2019

Kale was found to have higher levels and a greater number of pesticide residues than nearly all other produce found on supermarket shelves, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2019 Dirty Dozen™.

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Found PFAS chemicals tainting the water of more than 100 military bases

March 2019

Water sampled on or near at least 106 military sites was contaminated with toxic fluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS, above what EPA considers safe, according to Department of Defense data analyzed by EWG. But that’s only the tip of a toxic iceberg.

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Analyzed packaged foods to conclude organic products are the only ‘clean’ option

March 2019

Unlike organic packaged foods, conventional packaged food contains thousands of poorly regulated food chemicals, according to an analysis by EWG.

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FDA proposes sunscreen regulations in a major win for public health

February 2019

The FDA released a proposal for updated sunscreen regulations – a big step toward protecting public health by bringing significant improvements to the safety and effectiveness of sunscreens sold in the U.S.

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Unilever announces full fragrance transparency

January 2019

EWG applauded personal care products giant Unilever for making good on its commitment to give consumers information about fragrance ingredients across its 15 brands of cosmetics and personal care products.

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