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Thursday, November 1, 2012

EWG has joined several prominent environmental groups in filing suit against California regulators for failing to evaluate the impact of hydraulic fracturing operations in the state, as required by state law.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

There is now solid evidence that Americans have gotten the message that the plastics chemical bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that can disrupt the hormone system, is hazardous to their health.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas may enrich drillers - but at a prohibitive cost for some landowners near wells.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

I try to maintain my health with the long game in mind, in the hope that one day I'll be able to enjoy my golden years - physically and mentally. Of course, there are a lot of miles to travel between now and then, and mostly I hope I get lucky.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Grocery stores dispense them for wiping down carts, gyms, for spiffing up exercise equipment. Some schools hand them out so kids can scrub their desks and ask parents for wipes as back-to-school supplies.  Antibacterial cleaning wipes are everywhere, but are they harmless? Unfortunately, for most popular versions, that's not the case.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Although scientists and government regulators have long known about the ever-present threat of arsenic in our diet and water, it was unsettling when two major reports came out on the same day (Sept. 19) reminding us of the risk of arsenic in foods, particularly rice.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently (Sept. 7) warned Lancôme to stop making grand claims for several of its anti-aging products -- claims that would require the agency to approve them before the products could be sold to consumers.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Since we released the new online EWG's Guide to Healthy Cleaning, with ratings of more than 2,000 different products, many consumers and several companies have asked us why some products get low grades.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What's in those bottles on top of my washing machine and under my sink? We've been asked that question thousands of times - especially by fans of EWG's Skin Deep database, who value our brand of analysis that gives them straight facts about what they bring into their homes.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's fair to say that I'm not a beach person.  My hair is pale blonde and my skin is the color of a marshmallow, if it had freckles.  I have nightmarish memories of being covered head to toe in sunscreen and still getting burned.  So now when I visit the shore, I faithfully apply one of the sunscreens highly rated by EWG's Sunscreen Guide, sit under an umbrella and still worry about getting burned. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Guaranteeing a clean and ample supply of water should be at the core of our energy policy. Sometimes Washington seems to have forgotten that. But a recent survey shows that the American people have not.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

This week, EWG joined the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in filing a suit against California regulators for failing to develop a drinking water standard to protect millions of state residents against contamination by hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6.

Friday, August 17, 2012

This week marked a huge victory for consumers. Johnson & Johnson, global manufacturer of such well known health and personal care products as Johnson's Baby Shampoo, unveiled plans to reformulate many of its adult cosmetic and toiletry products to remove potentially toxic or cancer-causing ingredients.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Let me guess. You, like most Americans, usually have a sandwich for lunch. Or maybe it's a panini or a wrap, if you want to get technical. Regardless, it's what you eat the majority of the time. When you pack your lunch for work, do you ever stop to think about why you eat what you do? Whether we admit it or not, many of us choose our foods out of habit.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

We walked up to the White House Appointments Desk at 17th Street and State Place NW, headed for the West Wing. The security officer examined Jerry Ensminger's military identification card and then said "Semper Fi!" With no sense of irony, Jerry responded "Semper Fi," the "always faithful" Marine mantra he had repeated so many times before.

Monday, July 23, 2012


As a kid, I was taught that a decent meal has carbs, veggies and meat. Tacos and burgers were my favorites. I have absolutely no interest in becoming a vegetarian.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Nearly two years after EWG published a study documenting high concentrations of the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol A in cash register receipts, scientists are finding that manufacturers have substituted bisphenol S, which may pose similar concerns.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A new water quality study near gas drilling operations in northeastern Pennsylvania counters natural gas industry claims that gas and hydraulic fracturing chemicals can't seep into the drinking water of nearby homes, schools and businesses.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Are smaller, upstream water bodies such as intermittent streams covered by the federal Clean Water Act? This is not an insignificant question: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that 117 million Americans depend to some extent on these sources for their drinking water.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I have happy memories of long summer days spent outdoors, largely unencumbered by sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Now we know that one blistering burn during childhood can increase a child's risk of developing melanoma. So I diligently spread a thick layer of sunscreen on my own sons, who are six and two.

My motivation to protect my children is strong, but getting it done is a bit more of a challenge. Just because the label says, "for children," that doesn't mean a sunscreen truly meets the high standards every parent wants for their children's products.