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Successes

Analyzed the toxic aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

November 2016

EWG and Waterkeeper Alliance revealed the toxic aftermath of Hurricane Matthew's rampage through North Carolina's coastal plain. The storm flooded more than 140 feces-strewn swine and poultry barns, more than a dozen open pits brimming with hog waste, and thousands of acres of manure-saturated fields.

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Dispelled one of Big Ag’s favorite talking points

October 2016

U.S. agribusiness spokespeople routinely defend practices that pollute air and water and destroy soil by claiming that American farmers are doing what it takes to “feed the world.” EWG dove into global trade figures to dispel this common, false claim. 

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Released EWG’s Conservation Database

October 2016

Seven years in the making, EWG released the Conservation Database, which allows Americans to see, for the first time, exactly where billions of dollars in conservation funding have gone at the state and county levels.

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Launched a children’s health initiative

October 2016

With the generous support of the Jonas Family Fund, EWG launched the Jonas Initiative for Children’s Environmental Health, redoubling EWG’s decades-long commitment to children’s environmental health with a bold new research and advocacy agenda for 2017 and beyond

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FDA bans hormone-disrupting chemical

September 2016

The Food and Drug Administration announced triclosan, a toxic chemical ingredient associated with hormone disruption in people, will no longer be allowed in antibacterial hand soaps. EWG has long fought to remove the chemical from personal care products.

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Found ‘Brockovich’ chemical in the water served to 200 million

September 2016

In one of EWG’s most eye-opening analyses to date, we found that the notorious "Erin Brockovich" carcinogen, chromium-6, contaminates the water supplies of nearly two-thirds of Americans at levels above those scientists say are safe.

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Launched the EWG Healthy Living app

August 2016

EWG heard its supporters loud and clear. Time and again, we’ve been asked to package our advice and consumer guides so our followers can use them on the go and make better choices every time they shop.

And now they can, thanks to EWG’s new Healthy Living app.

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Galvanized support for Calif. cleaning products bill

May 2016

EWG has been working for years to close the labeling loophole that allows ingredients in cleaning products – including some that are potentially harmful – to remain undisclosed. The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2016 would strip away the secrecy shrouding the chemicals used to make most cleaners.

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Launched the 10th annual guide to sunscreens

May 2016

EWG launched its 10th annual guide to sunscreens, which found that almost three-fourths of 750 sunscreens reviewed provided inferior protection or contained worrisome ingredients.

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Led opposition to $10B in cotton farming subsidies

April 2016

EWG led the fight to keep $10 billion in taxpayer dollars from subsidizing the cotton industry.

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