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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

When the head of a public interest group (like, say, EWG) receives a threatening letter from one of the nation's top industry lobbyists, it generally means he's done something right. On January 27, 2011, Joseph Doss president of the International Bottled Water Association demanded that Environmental Working Group president Ken Cook and his organization stop ranking and rating various bottled water brands.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Last week (Feb. 9), Clorox surprised me when it took a small step along the path to complete disclosure - and real consumer empowerment - by releasing a list of all the fragrance ingredients used in its products. What the company didn't disclose is which of these ingredients are in which products - a major obstacle for consumers trying to avoid specific substances.

Friday, February 11, 2011

On a recent episode of Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show,"  Texas oil and gas executive T. Boone Pickens proudly declared, "I have fracked 3,000 wells in my life.  I have never seen anything damaged."  

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Perchlorate, a common ingredient in rocket fuel and a potent thyroid toxin, will be regulated in drinking water, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced yesterday (Feb. 2).

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Environmental Working Group's recent national study that detected widespread drinking water contamination by carcinogenic chromium-6 was the subject of intense discussion this morning at a well-attended and sometimes contentious 2½-hour U.S. Senate hearing.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Last summer I slept in New York City. To anyone familiar with sleeping in New York City (not me), bedbugs is just part of the deal. When my cousin, in whose groovy, old loft I was crashing, suggested I remove my clothes in the bathtub upon returning home and wash them immediately, this unindoctrinated Oregonian was shocked.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Bottled water quiz

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

You're at the airport. You remembered your refillable water bottle and got it through security by draining its contents in the security line (can't take 'em through full).

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When someone with $8 billion a year in purchasing power tells the world what they don't want, marketers and manufacturers are likely to pay attention.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

With First Lady Michelle Obama in attendance, Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, announced (Jan. 20) that it is launching a five-year plan to provide its customers with healthier and more affordable food choices.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just because it's cold when you're on the slopes, doesn't mean you get to ignore the sun.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

In mid-December, as millions of American school children were eagerly anticipating their holiday break of sleeping late and no homework, President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

In mid-December, as millions of American school children were eagerly anticipating their holiday break of sleeping late and no homework, President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Outgoing California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed poised to give a nice holiday gift to the chemical industry - weak Green Chemistry program regulations that would not ensure consumers get safer products, as the state's 2008 green chemistry law intended.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The absolute best way to fight germs and prevent infection is good old-fashioned hand washing. But when you can't scrub up, you can turn to waterless hand sanitizers, those convenient little bottles for on-the-go.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

On Jan. 4, President Obama signed into law theReduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. The law will reduce the amount of lead allowed in faucets and plumbing fixtures to a tiny fraction of the old limit - from 8 percent to 0.25 percent.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ok, our list of the "worst" environmental stories of the year was a bit of a downer. So here are EWG's Top 10 good environmental news stories.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

We polled our staff to see what stories they thought had the biggest impact, for better or worse. Here are the results:

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

France will soon become the first nation anywhere to require merchants to inform consumers of the radiation levels of cell phones at the point of sale.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

By Rebecca Sutton, PhD, EWG Senior Scientist

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