Uncovered carcinogenic chemical in drinking water and consumer products
Using our tap water and cosmetics databases, EWG found the unregulated cancer-causing contaminant 1,4-dioxane in the water supply of 90 million Americans and thousands of personal care products.
Applauded Procter & Gamble’s fragrance ingredient transparency
Procter & Gamble, the world’s biggest maker of both household cleaning and personal care products, announced that by 2019, the company would begin disclosure of fragrance ingredients for all its products sold in the U.S. and Canada. This came as welcome news to EWG after its 25 years advocating for chemical ingredient disclosures in all consumer goods.
Launched EWG’s National Tap Water Database
Years in the making, EWG released its new national Tap Water Database, which contains more than 30 million state water testing records for all 50 states. Now Americans can easily find out exactly what’s in their water and at what levels.
Supported California listing glyphosate as a carcinogen
California officially added glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, as a chemical known to cause cancer under the state’s Proposition 65 law. EWG applauded this measure, but urged the state to further regulate the chemical. In the weeks leading to this decision EWG analyzed the chemical and its legal limit.
Mapped nonstick chemical pollution in the water of 15 million
Along with researchers at Northeastern University, EWG found highly fluorinated toxic chemicals, known as PFCs or PFASs, in the drinking water of 15 million Americans in 27 states. Pollution came from more than four dozen industrial and military sources nationwide.
Found billions of dollars of waste in USDA conservation program
Through analysis and mapping, EWG found that the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program was not only failing to provide lasting protection for environmentally sensitive land, but also wasting billions of taxpayer dollars.
Urged N.C. governor to veto factory farm protection bill
Following nearly a month of pressure from environmental activists and property rights groups, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation that would protect factory farms from being sued for damages by residents affected by rampant pollution.
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